October 02, 2013
Congress today said BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi was steeping up attacks on the CBI as he was wary of facing the truth about his involvement in fake encounters in Gujarat.
"Modi is neck deep (involved) in the fake encounter cases in Gujarat... why he is so afraid of the CBI... actually he is feeling guilty, so attacking the CBI and getting senior BJP leaders to write to the Prime Minister (over its alleged misuse)," AICC general secretary Madhusudan Mistry said in Lucknow.
The CBI is working on the directives of the Supreme Court and the high court. If Modi has anything to say he should show the courage to speak about the court, Mistry said.
On September 27, BJP leader Arun Jaitley had written to the Prime Minister charging Congress with "using" the CBI to target Modi and his close aide Amit Shah.
Best-selling US author Tom Clancy, known to millions for his Jack Ryan series of novels, has died aged 66, his publisher has confirmed. Clancy wrote a string of best-selling spy and military thrillers. Several of his books featuring CIA analyst Ryan were adapted into successful films, including The Hunt for Red October and Patriot Games.
The former insurance broker died in a Baltimore hospital near his Maryland home, according to reports.
BJP today slammed the UPA government which decided to withdraw the ordinance that sought to give protection to convicted lawmakers from disqualification, saying it has succumbed to "dynastic" pressure.
"It has nothing to do with morality, legality, validity constitutionality. It is the sheer power of dynasty before which the PM and the cabinet meekly submitted," said senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad after the Union Cabinet withdrew the ordinance.
The overturning of the decision by the Cabinet came in the wake of Rahul Gandhi's trashing of the ordinance as "complete nonsense". He had said it should be "torn" and "thrown out".
Prasad said the develeopment has vindicated "BJP's stand that the dynasty is far more important in this government than the PM and the Cabinet".
BJP today took a dig at the Prime Minister for asking all secular forces to unite against Narendra Modi, saying it shows that he is apprehensive and feels the challenge posed by the party's Prime Ministerial candidate.
Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley asked all political parties which are against corruption to join hands with BJP.
"Those who go with the Congress will sink with a party that is going down," he said.
The opposition party also slammed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for meeting his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in New York at a time when Indian soldiers are being attacked at the LoC and Islamabad continues to support terrorism against India.
The Union Cabinet, which met on Wednesday evening, has decided to withdraw the controversial ordinance pertaining to convicted legislators. TV channels report that government will also withdraw the bill that is being studied by the standing committee when the Parliament convenes.
In the meeting Sharad Pawar pointed out that even BJP wanted the bill to be reversed.
The Union Cabinet has met to discuss the controversial ordinance issue after reports stated that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh spoke to UPA allies conveying them Congress Core Group's decision to withdraw the ordinance on convicted legislators.
Meanwhile, NDTV reports that Agriculture Minister and UPA ally NCP chief Sharad Pawar is likely to question government's flip flop on the ordinance issue in the Cabinet meeting.
Five soldiers have been injured in the nine-day-long anti-infiltration operation along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, army sources have said. The army on Wednesday said it foiled an infiltration bid by Pakistan-backed terrorists in the Keran sector on the Line of Control last week and search operations were going on there.
"An infiltration bid was attempted last week by terrorists which was foiled by the army. The search operations are still on," the army headquarters said in New Delhi.
Four Indian prisoners, languishing in different Pakistani jails on charges of "illegal stay", are set to be freed after a federal review board ordered their release. Dil Bagh Singh, Sunil and two other Indians have completed their terms but are still being held in jail.
A Pakistan Interior Ministry official yesterday informed the review board comprising two judges of the Supreme Court that the government is taking steps to repatriate the prisoners who had completed their sentences. "Verification of nationality is required for the release of the foreign prisoners. And the process is underway," the official said.
It could not immediately be ascertained when the Indians would be released.
US President Barack Obama has cancelled his first visit to Malaysia next week due to the current US government shutdown, Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak said today.
"Obama called this morning and informed me that he has to cancel his visit to Malaysia due to events transpiring in the United States, which has caused a partial shutdown of the government," Najib said.
Najib said US Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker will be coming to Malaysia next week to represent Obama at the 4th Global Entrepreneurs Summit on October 11, state-run news agency Bernama reported.
"Yet, Obama has expressed his intention to visit Malaysia at a date to be determined later," Najib added. The White House has not yet announced any changes to Obama's travel plans.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has met President Pranab Mukherjee to discuss the controversial ordinance.
The prime minister is expected to inform the President that the Congress party feels that the ordinance should be withdrawn.
Meanwhile, the ruling UPA is expected to convene a meeting of alliance partners over the issue to take them on board before taking a final call.
Sources have told TV channels that there was overwhelming support for reconsidering the controversial ordinance in the just-concluded Congress core group meeting.
Sources said that the Congress core group will urge the Union Cabinet to reconsider the ordinance, and will also ask it to ensure that all UPA allies are taken on board before taking the final call.
Sources have told CNN-IBN channel that Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi told Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that he didn't want to embarrass anybody by his stand on the controversial ordinance.
The PM also said that his suggestions will be taken under consideration during the Cabinet meeting. Meanwhile, the Congress core group meeting is underway to take a view on the controversial ordinance on convicted legislators.