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January 22, 2014


23:45  'Cops free to act against lawbreakers wearing AAP caps':   Faced with allegations of Aam Aadmi Party volunteers resorting to violence, the party today said the police was free to take action against its party volunteers or anyone "wearing AAP caps" indulging in mischievous or violent activities.

"The police is free to take action against any of our volunteers indulging in mischievous or violent activities. There are many who wear AAP caps and do this," senior party leader Gopal Rai said, observing that the miscreants may not be AAP supporters.

He was responding to a query that some AAP volunteers had resorted to stone-pelting after a face-off with the police yesterday during Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's protest against the Home Ministry demanding action against certain police officials near Rail Bhawan here.
23:31  Indore: Boy serious as mobile phone explodes while charging:   A 10-year-old boy from Dewas district was seriously injured when a mobile phone, said to be of Chinese-make, exploded in his hand while charging, police said today.

The incident occurred last night when Arihant was playing games on the handset while charging it at his home at Uday Nagar village, 100 km from here, they said. Police said Arihant has fractured his fingers and also sustained injuries on his face and in eyes due to the blast.

He was taken to a private hospital in Indore last night. A doctor treating Arihant said he was out of danger. "However, blood supply to one of his fingers is stopped. If there is no improvement in the condition of that finger, we might have to amputate it", he added.
22:56  Govindacharya hails AAP decision on FDI in retail:  RSS ideologue K N Govindacharya today hailed the AAP government's decision to revoke FDI in multi-brand retail in Delhi, saying several organisations have been demanding the move for long.

"It is a good step," Govidacharya told PTI here while appreciating AAP for revoking the previous government's decision to allow FDI in multi-brand retail in Delhi,  "AAP formation is intended to bring the prevailing corrupt political system of the country back on track with focus on issue and value-based politics," Govindacharya said, advising Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to be patient to face challenges.
22:43  Explain rationale of travel expenses of MPs: HC to Centre:   Travel expenses given to MPs have come under the scrutiny of the Delhi High Court, which asked the Centre to explain the "rationale" behind such benefits.

A bench comprising Chief Justice N V Ramana and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw asked the Centre to respond on a PIL which questioned the "payment of extra allowances" to MPs.

It asked Additional Solicitor General Rajeeve Mehra to inform about the "rationale of travel expenses of MPs".

The ASG said he will seek details from the parliamentary affairs ministry on the issue. The petition also sought directions from the Centre to have travel allowance and dearness allowances of the MPs of both the houses audited by the Comptroller and Auditor General.
22:20  8 Indian-American high school students among Intel finalists:  Eight Indian-American high school students have been named as finalists in the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search competition in the US.

In all 40 science students from across the nation have made it to the science competition for this year, which is considered to be one of the toughest and most prestigious in the US.

The eight who have made it to the list are Anubhav Guha and Preeti Kakani from New York, Rahul Siddharth Mehta from Chicago, Ajay Saini from Massachusetts, Vishnu Sarkar and Sreyas Misra from California, Anand Srinivasan from Georgia, and Parth Thakker from North Carolina.

The students are among the 40 finalists, who would gather in Washington from March 6-12 to compete for $630,000 in awards with the first-place winner receiving $100,000 from the Intel Foundation.
22:09  Syrian peace talks stuck over Assad's future:  Peace talks intended to carve a path out of Syria's civil war got off to a rocky start today as a bitter clash over President Bashar Assad's future threatened to collapse the negotiations even before they really begin. 

The dispute over Assad cast a pall over an international peace conference that aims to map out a transitional government and ultimately a democratic election for the country mired in fighting that has killed more than 130,000 people and displaced millions.
21:50  No military solution to Syrian crisis: India:  India today asserted there can be no military solution to the lethal Syrian conflict and societies cannot be "re-ordered from outside" as people have the right to choose their own destiny. 

As the world powers gathered in Switzerland for the peace conference on Syria (Geneva-II), External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said the talks to resolve the conflict within Syria were a "positive" and "timely" step to prevent further destabilisation of the region.
21:45  Kejriwal's test reports normal, doctors advise 2 days' rest:  The reports of tests conducted on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal this morning were normal, but doctors advised him rest for at least two days. 

Kejriwal today underwent a series of tests, including a CT scan, at the Yashoda Hospital here after suffering severe bouts of cough, a day after he called off his over 30-hour protest.
21:43  If you don't know how to govern, quit: Chidambaram to AAP:  In a scathing attack on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Finance Minister P Chidambaram today said that Aam Aadmi Party should quit if they don't know how to govern. 

"That (holding two-day long dharna on Delhi streets) is not governance. That is abdicating governance. If you don't know how to govern, quit," he said.
21:01  Cong does not talk but act: Rahul jibe at Kumar Vishwas :  With AAP leader Kumar Vishwas throwing an open challenge to him, Rahul Gandhi today said the Congress does not talk but act and in an affectionate gesture invited an old woman to be seated beside him in his car during his visit. 

Rahul's indirect jibe at AAP came even as Vishwas sharpened his attack on the Congress Vice President, saying he was here on a "political picnic" and not to share the "pain" of the people.
20:34  People have realised AAP cannot govern: Narayanasamy:  Taking a swipe at AAP for its dharna at New Delhi for two days, Union Minister V Narayanasamy today said the people of national capital have realised that the fledgling party was incapable of governing as it had failed to fulfill poll promises.
20:33  Jiah's mother to seek probe in her death anew, wants US help:  After Mumbai police charged actor Suraj Pancholi with abetting the alleged suicide of his actress girlfriend Jiah Khan, her mother today said she would move the Bombay High Court seeking reinvestigation from the angle of murder by a Special Investigating Team or CBI.
20:04  Kejriwal, colleagues are 'unguided missiles': BJP:  Against the backdrop of Arvind Kejriwal's protest here, BJP today equated the Delhi Chief Minister and his party colleagues with "unguided missiles" and said they should behave responsibly as they are bound by the Constitution. 

The party also ridiculed Congress for its outside support to the Aam Aadmi Party government.
19:36  Narendra Modi has humble root like Karpoori Thakur: Rajnath:  BJP president Rajnath Singh today made a comparison of Narendra Modi to veteran socialist leader Karpoori Thakur saying the party's prime ministerial candidate has humble root like him. 

The BJP president highlighted the simplicity as well as greatness of veteran socialist leader Karpoori Thakur while addressing a BJP function to observe birth anniversary of the former Bihar Chief Minister.
19:15  RBI to withdraw all pre-2005 currency notes:  
The Reserve Bank today decided to withdraw all currency notes issued prior to 2005, including Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denominations, after March 31 in a move apparently aimed at curbing black money and fake currencies. 

"After March 31, 2014, it (RBI) will completely withdraw from circulation all bank notes issued prior to 2005. From April 1, 2014, the public will be required to approach banks for exchanging these notes," the RBI said in a statement. 

The public can easily distinguish the currency notes issued before 2005 as they do not have the year of printing on reverse side. The year of printing in a small font is visible  at the middle of the bottom row in notes issued after 2005.

Asking people not to panic and cooperate in the withdrawal process, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said old notes will continue to be legal and can be exchanged in any bank after April 1. 

"From April 1, 2014, the public will be required to approach banks for exchanging these notes. Banks will provide exchange facility for these notes until further communication," the RBI said.
18:05  CBI wants to quiz WB, Goa Guvs on chopper scam: report:  
The Central Bureau of Investigation or CBI has reportedly asked the Law Ministry if it can question West Bengal Governor MK Narayanan and Goa Governor BV Wanchoo in its investigation into alleged kickbacks in the Rs. 3600-crore VVIP helicopter deal.

The government had earlier this month terminated the deal for 12 helicopters alleging that AgustaWestland, the British subsidiary of an Italian company contracted to supply the helicopters for use by the President, Prime Minister and other VIPs had breached an integrity pact by allegedly paying bribes to Indian officials. 
 
CBI sources said Narayanan, who was then the National Security Adviser or NSA and Wanchoo as head of the elite Special Protection Group or SPG, were part of meetings where specifications for the helicopters were changed.

The change in "service ceiling" (or the altitude at which a helicopter can fly) from the 6000 metres suggested Air Head Quarters to 4500 metres had allowed AugustaWestland to enter the race. 
17:50  Keriwal is a 'mad' chief minister, says HM Shinde:  
Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde today stoked a potential controversy when he called Arvind Kejriwal a Veda Mukhyamantri (mad chief minister), while recalling his own days in the police force. 

"When I was in Kherwadi police station in Mumbai's Bandra area, I did not get leave because there were Sena (led) riots. Similarly, yesterday (in Delhi), because of a 'veda mukhyamantri' (mad chief minister) sitting there (on dharna), I had to cancel the leave of policemen," Shinde, who was at the receiving end of Kejriwal's repeated diatribe, said.

Shinde's remarks came while addressing a meeting at Hingoli in Marathwada region where he spoke about an instance in the 1970s, when as a policeman, he could not get leave after his marriage due to work pressure. 
16:50  Sharif approves MoU with India on electricity trade:  
Energy-starved Pakistan is looking at buying electricity from India, with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif approving such a deal.

A senior Pakistani official said the Cabinet approved the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) during its meeting on Monday. 

The issue of electricity trade had come up for discussion during the meeting between Commerce Minister Anand Sharma and Chief Minister of Punjab Shahbaz Sharif during his visit to India last month. 

Minister for Commerce and Textile Industries Khurram Dastgir Khan, who was in India recently, said establishment of trade ties with neighbouring countries is one of the top priorities of the government. 

The Minister said trade relations are in favour of people of both Pakistan and India.
16:28  Hanif Kureishis new novel is the talk of the town. Wonder why?:  Sex, power and bons mots -- is Hanif Kureishi's new novel actually the fictionalised biography of fellow writer VS Naipaul? David Sexton reports on a titanic tussle that's the talk of the town, in the London Evening Standardhere.
16:24  Greenpeace hangs up its calling card on Essar building:  Greenpeace today left its calling card on the Essar House facade -- a huge banner saying 'We Kill Forests'. Greenpeace even tweeted a photograph of the banner on Essar's front.

From what one could gather from @greenpeace's tweets, Essar had called its campaigner, Priya Pillai, and two activists from Mahan in Madhya Pradesh for talks. Essar Power, which has been allotted a captive coal block in Mahan and where it plans to start mining from end of this year, has been facing protests from villagers and activists concerned over environmental degradation. 

The talks were to be held at Essar's head office in Mumbai today, when using the occasion Greenpeace activists managed to scale the building's facade and hung out the banner for the whole world to see -- a first in India, as far as we can tell.
16:17  How they killed our factories:  

The government of India, it seems, has decided that factories must not be allowed to come up or to run.

 

Uday Kotak said a few months back, in the course of an interview, that he was amazed that in his new office in Mumbai, not one of the furniture or fixture items were made in India. My friend Rahul Bhasin conducted a similar exercise in his office in Delhi and discovered pretty much the same thing.

 

The carpet is from China, the furniture is from Malaysia, the light fixtures are from China, the glass partition is from all places, Jebel Ali in the Middle East and so on. Kotak went on to add that even Ganesha statues are no longer made in India. They are imported from China. Our great, glorious, imperial, imperious government in Delhi, I am told, organises what is called a cabinet meeting every week.

 

The first item on the agenda is to take stock of how well the country has progressed in destroying its manufacturing base; the second item is to think up Machiavellian new ways to further emasculate what is left of Indian manufacturing. I am told that it is during one of these sessions that it was decided that the income tax department should mount a strong and no-holds-barred campaign against Nokia, a defenceless Finnish company which had shown the temerity and gumption to not only bring FDI into the country, but to actually be one of the few (only?) investors to set up a manufacturing facility.

 

Read more on The Indian Express

15:55  Will Raj Babbar and Shatrughan apologise for rape scenes: Kumar Vishwas:  
Here's AAP leader Kumar Vishwas' bizarre comeback at those holding him accountable for his comments. 

"Will the Congress and BJP apologize for Raj Babbar and Shatrughan Sinha's rape scenes in their films?" he asked, referring to actors-turned-politicians from the two major national parties.

Vishwas apologized today for offensive remarks about Kerala nurses that he made in 2008
15:49  IPS officer gets show cause notice for praising Modi:  
CNN-IBN reports: A Bihar Police official was served a show cause notice for delivering a political speech during which he referred to BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

RK Mishra, a 1986 batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, was served the notice for his speech at a function in Darbhanga district in November held to mark the death anniversary of noted Mithila poet Vidyapati.

He reportedly cited the example of Modi's address in Maithili language at a rally in Patna on Oct 27 last year, to exhort the masses to champion the cause of the language.
15:46  French Navy rescues 11 Indian sailors from suspected pirates:  
French Navy has rescued eleven Indian sailors from suspected pirates at the mouth of the Gulf of Aden. 

According to a media release of the Embassy of France in New Delhi, the rescue operation took place on January 18 off the coast of Oman. 

The embassy release further revealed that the French Landing Platform Dock (LPD) Siroco, a flagship of the EU Naval Force Atalanta, released the 11 Indian crew members of a dhow that had been attacked by suspected pirates at the mouth of the Gulf of Aden. 

A boarding team from the Siroco arrested five suspected pirates who were holding the Indian crew hostage, the embassy release stated. 
15:07  AAP an item girl of politics: Chetan Bhagatt:  
Best-selling author Chetan Bhagat, an ardent supporter of AAP, today lashed out at the new political outfit for the dharna in Delhi by calling it an "item girl of politics".

Bhagat denounced the two-day dharna by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and rest of the Cabinet which was called off last night and said he was "ashamed" that they had resorted to such an action. 

Bhagat told a private TV news channel, "AAP has really, really let me down. I feel so let down by their antics. The cost-benefit analysis of this just does not add up". 

The author pointed out that two police officers had been sent on leave following the Aam Aadmi Party protest but the party had "brought the Capital to a standstill, demoralised the police force and depressed business sentiment". 
15:05  Kejriwal's 'dharna' a move to protect Somnath Bharti: Binny:  
A day after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called off a dramatic 33-hour street protest, rebel Aam Aadmi Party leader Vinod Kumar Binny on Wednesday described the 'dharna' as a move to protect Law Minister Somnath Bharti, who has come under scanner for ordering the midnight raid on the house of a Ugandan woman. . 

Addressing the media, the Laxmi Nagar MLA lashed out at Bharti, saying that the people who misbehave with women should be put behind bars
 
Binny, who last week called Kejriwal a 'dictator', described the protest held by AAP as an attempt to save the Law Minister. Whosoever it is, everyone is equal before the law, and action must be taken against people misbehaving with women, Binny exhorted. 

He demanded that Bharti's should be sent on leave as the two Delhi Police officials so that an impartial probe is conducted. Binny also said that the law minister should be asked to resign by the Kejriwal government.
15:04  DCW summons Somnath Bharti:  
The Delhi Commission for Women on Wednesday summoned Law Minister Somnath Bharti and asked him to depose before it over allegations of manhandling some Ugandan women by a group led by him during a midnight raid in South Delhi. 

Five Ugandan women have recorded their complaints with the Commission alleging that they had been manhandled by the Minister and his associates on January 15 night, DCW chairperson Barkha Singh said. 

"We had asked him to appear before the Commission yesterday but he did not show up. We will be sending another summon to him through the SHO concerned. If he still does not appear, we shall write to the Lt Governor and to the Delhi Police Commissioner," she added. 

Singh said three of the Ugandan women have claimed that unknown persons had forcibly entered their house in the middle of the night asking for their passports and started searching their suitcases. 
14:19  Heavy snowfall snaps road, air links in J&K:  

Heavy snowfall threw normal life out of gear in Jammu and Kashmir today, snapping the road and air links between the state and rest of the country.         Electricity supply across the Valley was also suspended due to the fresh bout of snowfall which began last evening.        

 

Vehicular traffic from Jammu-Srinagar national highway has been suspended due to slippery road conditions in Jawahar tunnel and Patnitop areas. Flights to and fro Srinagar have also been put off for the time being.        

 

"J&K Highway has closed for the vehicular traffic today due to fresh snowfall and slippery road conditions in Jawahar tunnel and Patnitop areas," officials at Police Control Room in Jammu said.        

 

The flights to and fro Srinagar have been suspended for the time being and there are bleak chances of any flights operating today due to continuous snowfall, an official of the Airport Authority of India said.  

 

Police said over 200 vehicles are stranded at several places in Sidhra, Udhampur, Ramban, Kud, Ramban and Banihal belts of Jammu region. About one-feet thick snow has accumulated at Jawahar tunnel and 6 inches at Patnitop belt.

14:15  Rahul will be PM if Cong comes to power: Chidambaram:  

Finance Minister P Chidambaram at World Economic Forum in Davos: If Congress comes to power, I am pretty certain Rahul Gandhi will be the PM.  

 

India is likely to grow at about 5 pc in current fiscal and next fiscal we will cross 6 pc, the minister added.

14:09  3 myths that block progress for the poor:  

By almost any measure, the world is better than it has ever been. People are living longer, healthier lives.

 

Many nations that were aid recipients are now self-sufficient. You might think that such striking progress would be widely celebrated, but in fact, Melinda and I are struck by how many people think the world is getting worse.

 

The belief that the world can't solve extreme poverty and disease isn't just mistaken. It is harmful. That's why in this year's letter we take apart some of the myths that slow down the work. The next time you hear these myths, we hope you will do the same.

 

Read Bill and Melinda Gates' letter here

13:27  MSM moves to court over exclusive media rights for IND-NZ cric series:  

Multi Screen Media's (MSM) sports arm Sony Six bagged the exclusive broadcast rights for the highly anticipated India's tour of New Zealand just 10 days prior to the first match. 

 

However, after the first One Day International (ODI) which was played at Napier on 19 January where the Kiwis decimated the boys in blue by a margin of 24 runs, MSM discovered that few website operators and a radio operator were providing live and contemporaneous text and audio commentary and detailed ball-by-ball update of the match without obtaining any authorisation from MSM. 

 

While ESPNCricinfo was providing live and simultaneous text commentary over the internet, Cricbuzz was providing audio and text commentary online, and RadioOne was providing audio commentary through internet and mobile. Since the Network has exclusive copyright over the content, MSM moved the Delhi High Court (HC) against these three entities seeking inter alia for permanent injunction restraining violation of its exclusive media rights, damages and rendition of accounts.

 

Read more on Indiatelevision.com

12:56  High court tells NGO to move magistrate's court against Kejriwal:  An NGO moved the Delhi high court for quashing of the election nomination of Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal for alleged illegalities in his affidavit filed before the Election Commission.

The court refuses to entertain the NGO's plea and directs it to move the appropriate magisterial court.
12:22  'Kejriwal should demand Bharti's resignation':  

CNN IBN: National Commission for Women chief Mamata Sharma says that the SHO is scared to summon Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti as he is being threatened by AAP workers.  

 

Mamta has demanded Bharti's resignation after Ugandan woman complained of misbehaviour by the minister and his supporters. Mamta said, "Somnath Bharti should resign. Arvind Kejriwal should demand his resignation."

12:19  Kerala CM and his goons must apologise for AAP office attack: Kumar Vishwas:  
Kumar Vishwas reacts to Kerala CM's letter to Arvind Kejriwal, says he and his goons need to apologise for the attack on AAP office in Kochi.

It is a script written for 'kavi sammelan', it has nothing to do with politics: Kumar Vishwas on his comments on Kerala nurses.
12:14  Fears grow for Michael Schumacher:  
More than three weeks after former Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher suffered a severe head injury while skiing in France, fears are reportedly growing that the German driver will never make a full recovery. 

Schumacher has been kept in a medically induced coma at a hospital in the Alpine town of Grenoble since falling and hitting his head on rocks December 29. Doctors have performed two emergency operations and have pronounced his condition as stable. 

However, the Austrian news website Format reports that the seven-time world champion's friends and family are increasingly concerned that Schumacher may be suffering from Apallic syndrome, or a persistent vegetative state. It reports that Schumacher is being "fed there with probes, washed daily and moved again and again to avoid bed sores."

"Every day, every week in a coma the chances decline that the situation is improving," Jean-Marc Orgogozo, professor of neurology at the University of Bordeaux, told Britain's Daily Mirror.
12:07  Narayan Sai's female disciple Jamna to be produced in court:  
Controversial godman Asaram's son Narayan Sai's close accomplice Jamna will be produced in a court in Surat on Wednesday. 

Jamna had on Tuesday surrendered before the police in connection with a rape case registered against Sai by one of two city-based sisters.
 
Jamna, who is alleged to be mother of Sai's son, had evaded questioning by police since he was arrested on December 4 in connection with the rape case. 

Police said Jamna had been named in the original FIR and her interrogation will strengthen the case against Sai. 

Jamna had informed police that she was in an ashram in Madhya Pradesh. 
12:03  'Isolated' Somnath Bharti may quit before January 16:  
AAP Law Minister Somnath Bharti today stands 'isolated'.

According to an AAP source, Bharti may be asked to resign from his post before the Republic Day event. 

The source added that Kejriwal had begun to realise his mistake
11:59  Delhi police to book 350 AAP activists for breaking law:  
350 AAP activists are likely to be booked for violating section 144. 

They have been identified through video footage recorded by the Delhi Police near Rail Bhavan.

This list does not include AAP MLAs and Ministers
11:57  Russia hacked hundreds of Western, Asian companies?:  
A US cybersecurity firm says it has gathered evidence that the Russian government spied on hundreds of American, European and Asian companies, the first time Moscow has been linked to cyber attacks for alleged economic -- rather than political -- gains. 

According to the firm, CrowdStrike, the victims of the previously unreported cyber espionage campaign include energy and technology firms, some of which have lost valuable intellectual property. 

CrowdStrike declined to go into detail about those losses or to name any victims, citing confidentiality agreements related to its investigation. 

Officials with the Russian Interior Ministry could not be reached for comment early on Wednesday in Moscow.
 
"These attacks appear to have been motivated by the Russian government's interest in helping its industry maintain competitiveness in key areas of national importance," Dmitri Alperovitch, chief technology officer of CrowdStrike, told Reuters on Tuesday evening. 
10:59  Kejriwal suffering from acute bronchitis, undergoes CT scan:  

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who sat on a two-day dharna outside Rail Bhavan, is unwell today and undergoing tests at a hospital in Ghaziabad.         Kejriwal is suffering from acute bronchitis and had fever in the night, sources at Yashoda Hospital said.        

 

A CT scan has been conducted on him at the hospital besides various other tests. Dr Bipin Mittal, the chief minister's family doctor, is accompanying Kejriwal.         During his over 30-hour protest, Kejriwal and his cabinet colleagues slept in the open outside Rail Bhavan. Kejriwal was running mild fever yesterday also.

09:49  Delhi Police file FIR against AAP protestors:  

CNN IBN: Delhi Police have filed FIR against Aam Aadmi Party protestors at the Parliament Street Police station for the Rail Bhawan agitation.  

 

The two-day agitation, led by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, ended on Tuesday evening.

09:16  Another AAP-Centre face-off is imminent!:  

The standoff between the AAP government and the Union Home Ministry over the conduct of Delhi Police may qualify at best as a temporary truce. With Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal fast-tracking  a new Lokpal Bill for Delhi '" it is to be in place by February '" the two governments may soon lock horns again since the Bill first requires clearance from the Home Ministry.

 

The AAP government aims to repeal the Delhi Lokayukta Act and replace it with a Bill modelled on their own Jan Lokpal Bill for the Centre. The Bill envisages a Lokpal or Lokayukta heading the anti-corruption wing in Delhi with powers to tap phones, conduct surveillance and independent inquires.

 

Read more on The Indian Express

08:52  China's princelings storing riches in Caribbean offshore haven:  

More than a dozen family members of China's top political and military leaders are making use of offshore companies based in the British Virgin Islands, leaked financial documents reveal.

 

The brother-in-law of China's current president, Xi Jinping, as well as the son and son-in-law of former premier Wen Jiabao are among the political relations making use of the offshore havens, financial records show.

 

Read more on The Guardian

08:51  CM on dharna? Tamil Nadu has seen it thrice:  

Tamil Nadu is no stranger to protesting chief ministers. It has had three who resorted to public protest while in the hot seat, and all three joined politics after a stint in films. M.G. Ramachandran, disciple Jayalalithaa and political rival Karunanidhi have all sat on hunger strike as chief ministers, although for different reasons.

 

Read more on The Telegraph

08:50  Changing the rules of the game:  

Citizens' protests in the last few years signal a consensus among all segments of society that the "rules of the game' of conducting politics in India need to change.  

 

The rise of the AAP has been surprising and dramatic and the detractors are many. It is possible that in the coming months, the party may not be able to abide by the high standards it has set, but as the BSP example suggests, the battle for some severe institutional changes in the functioning of India's electoral democracy has begun. India's electoral politics is a decidedly murky process, and it is so by design. This route is not a quick-fix solution, but the true meaning of democracy can be realised only when democratic ideals are deeply embedded in the practice of democracy.

 

Read Vasundhara Sirnate and Rahul Verma's opinion piece on The Hindu

08:27  Ugandan woman identifies Bharti, says he misbehaved with the girls:  

A Ugandan woman says she has identified Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti as the man who led the 'midnight raid' at her house last week, in a statement recorded in front of a magistrate on Tuesday, NDTV reports.  

 

"We were attacked on Wednesday night (January 15) by Indians who were led by Somnath Bharti. They are claiming we are blacks and we should leave their country. We were harassed, we were beaten, they had long sticks (sic) and they said we should leave their country or they'll kill us one by one. We don't know if being black is a crime," she told reporters after recording her statement.

 

The woman claimed that it was Mr Bharti's muffler that helped her identify him when he appearance on TV the next day. "I identified Somnath Bharti because he came in the night then the next day I saw him on television. He was still putting on what I saw last night."The Delhi Police had registered a First Information Report (FIR) against unknown people on Sunday, following a complaint by the Ugandan nationals. Mr Bharti was not named in the FIR.

 

Read more here

01:49  5000 Cong workers court arrest in Merrut during protest, released later:  Uttar Pradesh Congress today held a protest against the state government over its alleged anti-people policies, deteriorating law and order situation and dues of the farmers, during which nearly 5000 party activists courted arrest.

The protest, held at the Gymkhana Maidan, was led by leaders like Minister of State for Home Sri Prakash Jaiswal, Raj Babbar, Chairperson of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes PL Punia, state Congress chief Nirmal Khatri, former state chief Rita Bahuguna and others.

However, these leaders were not arrested.
00:12  Midnight raid: Ugandan woman listed as prosecution witness:  One of the African women who was assaulted by a group of people allegedly led by Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti today recorded her statement before acourt here after police decided to make her a prosecution witness in the case.

Court sources said that the Ugandan national told the magistrate who recorded her statement that she would be able to identify the persons who had barged into her house on the intervening night of January 15-16.

The woman recorded her statement in camera under Sec 164of CrPC. The statement has been now given to police in a sealed cover and will be opened only during the trial.
00:10  NIA to file charge sheet against two Italian marines soon:  NIA will file a charge sheet against two Italian marines, accused of killing two Kerala fishermen, after getting sanction to prosecute them under a law which provides only death penalty.

However, the charge sheet is unlikely before February 3 by when the Centre has told the Supreme Court that it will resolve all disputes with the Italian government arising out of invoking the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against Safety of Maritime Navigation and Fixed Platforms on Continental Shelf Act against the two marines, official sources said.

The Home ministry had given sanction to NIA to prosecute the marines under SUA last week. Accused Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone, who were on board Italian vessel 'Enrica Lexie' and now lodged in Italian embassy premises here, allegedly shot dead the two fishermen off the Kerala coast on February 15, 2012.
00:09  Top headlines of the last 24 hours:  Capital chaos: Is this Kejriwal's victory? No, says Congress
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