April, 2010


Gogoi Downplays Threat to Life from ULFA

Downplaying threat to his life by the outlawed ULFA, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has said that it is ‘nothing new’ and ruled out talks with the outfit on its demand of sovereignty, said media reports. Gogoi made the remarks while reacting to reports about New Delhi’s warning of possible attacks by an ULFA hit squad against him, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and his younger brother Susanta Biswa Sarma. “I simply don’t care about ULFA’s threats as these are nothing new for me. There has always been a threatRead More

Chouhan Visits RSS Headquarters in Nagpur, Meets Bhagwat

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Friday called on RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat in Nagpur, reported PTI. Chouhan paid visit to Bhagwat at the RSS headquarters in old city area, report said citing sources. It may be mentioned that Chouhan, after Gujarat CM Narendra Modi, is second BJP chief minister to have met Bhagwat within a week. Modi, in Nagpur on April 21, held a closed door meeting with the RSS sansanghchalak for about three hours in the evening when all top party leaders were Delhi to protest against theRead More

HC Directs Indore Police to Trace Malegaon Blast Witness

The Madhya Pradesh High Court has issued directives to Indore police to track down a witness in Malegaon blast case, asking them to file a detailed report about his whereabouts in a week’s time, said media reports. A bench comprising of Justices NK Modi and IS Shrivastava issued the directive while hearing a habeas corpus petition moved by the witness Dilip Patidar’s brother Ramswaroop more than a year ago, reports said. Directing SSP D Srinivas Rao, the bench asked him to submit a detailed report about his whereabouts by MayRead More

Justice Sarosh Homi Kapadia New Chief Justice of India

Justice Sarosh Homi Kapadia has been appointed as the new Chief Justice of India, reported IANS. Kapadia, a Supreme Court judge, will take charge on May 12 from Justice KG Balakrishnan, India’s first Dalit chief justice, report said. A press release from the ministry of law and justice stated: “In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (2) of Article 124 of the Constitution of India, the President is pleased to appoint Justice Sarosh Homi Kapadia, judge of the Supreme Court, to be the Chief Justice of India with effectRead More

Two CRPF Personnel Taken into Custody for Supplying Arms to Naxals

Four persons, including two CRPF personnel, have been taken into custody by the Uttar Pradesh STF for allegedly stealing arms and ammunitions and supplying the same to the Naxals, reported PTI. Police said that the four persons were arrested in an operation undertaken on the ground of a tip off received in the aftermath of the Dantewada massacre, in which 76 security personnel were killed by the Naxals, report said. The STF carried out searches in Moradabad, Rampur and Jhansi and arrested Vinod Paswan and Dinesh Singh of CRPF, saidRead More

No Composite Dialogue but New Format of Indo-Pak Talks Likely: Experts

A day after India and Pakistan decided to start foreign minister level talks, the spotlight is now shifting to working out the contours and contents of the talks, said media reports. Yesterday, India considerately avoided the use of phrase ‘composite dialogue’ saying that the two countries should move beyond nomenclature to introspect on the trust deficit entrenched in their relationship and chart the way forward. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterparty Yousuf Raza Gilani asked their foreign ministers and foreign secretaries to work out modalities of restoring trust,Read More

Burqa Ban in Belgium to Take Some More Time

The lower house of Belgium’s parliament has banned burqa-type Islamic dress in public, however, the step is poised to face a challenge in the Senate which will delay early enactment of the law, said media reports. Christian Democrats and Liberals in the Senate questioned the phrasing of the law, which holds that no one can appear in public ‘with the face fully or partly covered so as to render them no longer recognizable’, reports said. After the fall of Premier Yves Leterme’s government April 22, early elections are necessitated inRead More

Tortured by Caste Panchayat, Couple Pleads for Ending Life

Terrorized and traumatized by the diktat of Khap panchayat, a young couple in Rajasthan’s Barmer district has pleaded to the district collector to let them committee suicide, said media reports. Chatraram and Khama got married at an Arya Samaj temple last month and Khama’s relatives, who wanted her to marry someone else, instantly got a caste Panchayat arranged, reports said. Panchayat instructed the couple to separate and pay a penalty of 5 lakh rupees, reports said. The husband and wife, however, said that they would rather die instead of separating,Read More

One Person Killed in Stone-pelting in Srinagar

In an attack on a minibus by stone pelting youths, one person was on Friday killed in Batmaloo locality of central Srinagar, reported PTI. According to report, Shafiq Ahmad Sheikh, 40, was on travelling from Natipora to Batmaloo when he was hit by a stone on the head receiving serious injuries. Police said that Sheikh was then rushed to S K Institute of Medical Sciences, Soura, where he succumbed to his wounds, said report. The group of youths indulged in stone pelting to forcibly close the shops in the localityRead More

Chidambaram Apprises MPs of Strategy to Deal with Naxals

Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Friday convened a meeting of parliamentarians belonging to 33 Naxal-affected districts and apprised them of government strategy, especially development schemes, seeking their cooperation in the task to deal with the menace, reported PTI. Chidambaram and other top officials briefed the MPs about the severity of the Naxal problem and informed them of the measures government is taking to tackle the Maoism, said report. “Planning Commission had given a presentation to the MPs about development schemes. Focus is entirely on flagship programmes of Government ofRead More