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Sunday, 27 October 2013

Five killed in 6 serial bomb blasts at Modi rally


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Bihar faces flood scare


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NDRF rescues nine from jaws of death


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Forest connections


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For Rahul, family means only grandmother, parents: Shivraj


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The Hat-Trick Formula?


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With the PDS gambit, Raman Singh hopes to checkmate Congress


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BJP crosshairs shift to Rahul Gandhi in MP poll campaign


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Nitish rules out security lapses leading to serial blasts


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CBI clean chit for Jayant Patil in Adarsh scam


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Pollmeter


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Woman gang-raped in Ghaziabad


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NIA, NSG teams rushed to blasts sites: Shinde


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Former Rajasthan Minister remanded in CBI custody


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‘Keshubhai, not Modi, contributed to Sardar memorial’


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Relief operations in Ganjam hit due to rains


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Affected people allege poor government succour


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Friday, 18 October 2013

Naxals plant IEDs near polling booths in Chhattisgarh: Police


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Naveen defends letter on Hindalco


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One dead in Mathura gas tanker explosion


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Odisha’s death toll after cyclone, floods climbs to 44


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Landslide damages Kedarnath highway, yatra still on


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Narayan Sai’s aide arrested; police raid various Asaram ashrams


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Manipur government accused by SoO


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CBI begins inquiry into Khemka’s complaint on seed supply


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Shrine of tragedy


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BJP asks Naveen why he selectively recommended Hindalco


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Strike by 2 lakh Uttarakhand govt. employees


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Police firing in Assam; one killed


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Phailin destroys over 70% banana fruit


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World Bank praises India's Phailin evacuation efforts


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VHP Sankalp Diwas rally: BJP MP among 1,600 held; borders sealed


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Munde challenges MCA decision in court


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Two BSF troopers injured in firing from Pakistan


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PIL for court-monitored excavation


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Saturday, 5 October 2013

Maoist leader convicted in Laxmanananda murder case

Maoist leader convicted in Laxmanananda murder case - The Hindu var _comscore = _comscore || [];_comscore.push({ c1: "2", c2: "11398210" });(function() {var s = document.createElement("script"), el = document.getElementsByTagName("script")[0]; s.async = true;s.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? "https://sb" : "http://b") + ".scorecardresearch.com/beacon.js";el.parentNode.insertBefore(s, el);})(); Follow!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); Today's Paper Archive Subscriptions RSS Feeds Site Map ePaperMobileApps Social SEARCHReturn to frontpageHome News Opinion Business Sport S & T Features Books In-depth Jobs Classifieds Shopping Bus tickets National Andhra Pradesh Karnataka Kerala Tamil Nadu Other States News» NationalPhulbani (Odisha),October 1, 2013 Updated: October 1, 2013 14:30 IST
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A Maoist leader was on Tuesday convicted by a court in Kandhamal district for the murder of senior VHP leader Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati and four others five years ago.

Additional Sessions Judge Rajendra Kumar Tosh held Pulari Rama Rao alias Uday, a Maoist leader from Andhra Pradesh, guilty for the murder of Laxmanananda and four of his disciples during Janmastami celebrations on August 23, 2008, at an ashram in Kandhamal district.

The court acquitted Somanath Dandasena for want of evidence.

The verdict came a day after seven persons were convicted by the court in the sensational murder case. The court will pronounce the quantum of punishment for all the eight convicts on October three.

The seven persons convicted on Monday were Gadanath Chalanseth, Bijaya Kumar Shyamseth, Buddha Nayak, Sanatan Badamajhi, Duryadhan Sunamajhi, Bhaskar Sunamajhi and Munda Badamajhi.

Besides murder and criminal conspiracy, they were convicted under provisions of IPC for offences including rioting with deadly weapons and unlawful assembly. They were also held guilty under several provisions of the Arms Act.

Out of the 13 accused in the case, nine were arrested while four are still at large.

The murder triggered communal violence leaving 37 dead and a large number of houses and places of worship damaged in Kandhamal district.

Keywords: Laxmanananda murder case, VHP leader killing, Odisha communal clashes

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Devotee killed in Tuljapur temple stampede


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Writers’ Buildings temporarily dethroned as West Bengal’s seat of power


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Every third child in Gujarat is underweight, says CAG


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Top Hizbul Mujahideen commander arrested in Baramulla


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Telecom firms allowed to inspect Kalapet jail for installing jammers


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Durga Puja, a 290-year-old tradition for Mookerjee family


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India on the railroad of time


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RJD is united: Lalu Prasad’s son


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People losing faith in PM, says Modi

People losing faith in PM, says Modi - The Hindu var _comscore = _comscore || [];_comscore.push({ c1: "2", c2: "11398210" });(function() {var s = document.createElement("script"), el = document.getElementsByTagName("script")[0]; s.async = true;s.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? "https://sb" : "http://b") + ".scorecardresearch.com/beacon.js";el.parentNode.insertBefore(s, el);})(); Follow!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); Today's Paper Archive Subscriptions RSS Feeds Site Map ePaperMobileApps Social SEARCHReturn to frontpageHome News Opinion Business Sport S & T Features Books In-depth Jobs Classifieds Shopping Bus tickets National Andhra Pradesh Karnataka Kerala Tamil Nadu Other States National» Other StatesMumbai,October 1, 2013 Updated: October 1, 2013 01:59 IST
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Continuing his attack on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said the people had lost faith in him.

Addressing a function here, the Chief Minister claimed he had been victimised by the Congress. “Congress has used its agencies to target me, whether it is the Central Bureau of Investigation or the Intelligence Bureau. The CBI can muzzle Mayawati and Mulayam but not me.”

He demanded the Congress to step aside for the BJP to take over the government at the Centre.

“It’s because the government is corrupt that the poor don’t have food to eat. The common man has had to suffer at the hands of the Congress governments at the Centre and the State[Maharashtra],” Mr. Modi added.

Keywords: Narendra Modi, BJP prime ministerial candidate, Manmohan Singh, Lok Sabha polls 2014

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Congress suspends former Rajasthan minister

The Hindu Former Rajasthan Minister Babulal Nagar arrives for check-up at the Sawai Man Singh Government Hospital in Jaipur on Saturday. File photo: Rohit Jain Paras Former Rajasthan Minister of State for Dairy and Rural Industries Babu Lal Nagar was suspended from the Congress party over rape allegations levelled against him by a married woman, sources said Tuesday.

A first information report (FIR) was registered against Nagar at the Sodala police station here Sep 19.

Nagar, 53, resigned from the state ministry two days after the FIR was registered.

“The All India Congress Committee (AICC) issued direction regarding his suspension from the party as he was facing serious charges,” said a senior Congress leader in Rajasthan.

He said the Pradesh Congress Committee suspended Nagar late Monday evening in compliance of the directions.

The state government has also recommended a CBI probe into the case.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is likely to take up the case in the next couple of days, sources said.

Sources did not rule out the possibility of Nagar’s arrest soon after the CBI begins the investigation.

A medical examination was conducted on Nagar at the SMS Hospital here Saturday. Doctors took Nagar’s blood and semen samples to match the DNA with that of samples lifted from the woman’s clothes.

In her police complaint, the 35-year-old woman alleged that Nagar called her to his government residence on the pretext of giving her a government and raped her on September 11.

Besides Nagar, two other legislators of the ruling Congress party, Malkhan Singh and Mahipal Singh Maderna, were also suspended in December 2011 following allegations of sexual exploitation and murder of government nurse Bhanwari Devi.


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Mamata threatens to stage protests in Capital

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I have not come to take salutes sitting in an air-conditioned office. I have come to take the salute of the masses: Mamata Accusing the Congress-led-United Progressive Alliance of engaging in “political vendetta” against the people of West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee threatened here on Monday to head for New Delhi and lead a demonstration there if the Centre does not restructure the debts incurred during the Left Front regime, which the government is repaying.

“This is my last appeal. You [Centre] have to sort out this issue,” Ms. Banerjee said addressing at an extended general council meeting of the Trinamool Congress meeting here.

“If you don’t do that then I will forget that I am a Chief Minister. I am a commoner, I will go to Delhi and demonstrate there,” she said, adding that the only protocol she abides by is the “protocol of the masses”.

About one crore people from West Bengal and other States would participate in the protests to highlight the Trinamool Congress’s strength, Ms. Banerjee said.

“Remember, I have not come to take salutes sitting in an air-conditioned office. I have come to take the salute of the masses,” she added.

Underscoring the federal structure in the country, she said: “Just as you preside over the Central government, similarly we preside over the State government.”

She said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Congress had assured the State at a rally during the 2009 general election campaign that it would restructure debts if the Congress led-UPA government came to power.

“Did the Prime Minister not say at a rally in Dum Dum that the debt on the State will be restructured?” Ms. Banerjee asked party leaders.

“If you deduct all the money of the people [the State’s earnings] there will be protests a thousand times,” she said.

Exhorting the party workers in at the extended general council meeting to strengthen the party organisation in other States, the Trinamool Congress chairperson reiterated her ambitions to play a prominent role at the national politics.

“Today you are for Bengal. Tomorrow you will be for the rest of the country,” she told the leaders, adding that the Trinamool Congress would contest Lok Sabha polls from States other than West Bengal.

“The Trinamool Congress is a dedicated and transparent party… slowly try to extend party activities in your State,” she said, designating charge of certain States to prominent leaders of her party.

Keywords: Mamata Banerjee, protests, Trinamool Congress, West Bengal Chief Minister, protest rally

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Tuesday, 1 October 2013

MP govt. cracks down on environment activists in Sidhi

The Hindu Protesters perform Jal Satyagraha. Hardly a fortnight after the Madhya Pradesh government scuttled the Jal Satyagraha against submergence by dams, it has again come down hard on activists in Sidhi protesting the diversion of forest land for a cement factory. File photo Hardly a fortnight after the Madhya Pradesh government scuttled the Jal Satyagraha against submergence by dams, it has again come down hard on activists in Sidhi protesting the diversion of forest land for a cement factory. On the intervening night of September 30 and October 1, 22 protestors in Sidhi district were arrested for attempting to burn effigies of the district administration and Jaypee Cement. They were sent to prison for a fortnight after refusing to sign bonds that they would not protest.

A local NGO Toko-Roko-Thoko Krantikari Morcha (TRTKM) found out through an RTI response that 525 acres in the Kaimor Hills had been allotted to Jaypee Cement for quarrying. The area is close to the Sanjay Gandhi Tiger Reserve and it is in this range that the White Tiger was discovered in 1950.

“We did not know that the forest will be cleared as there was no public hearing or any environment report shown to us. We started meeting local revenue and forest officials from August 16, but they said everything is legal,” a protestor told this paper.

On August 20, women symbolically tied rakhis to trees in the forest. After much protest, the villagers say they were assured by additional collector Anil Khare and Divisional Forest Officer RB Sharma on September 20, that work would be stalled until Jaypee and the government hold an awareness camp in Pipraon village

“On September 26, bulldozers started clearing up the forest to show it is wasteland. It was futile to picket as there were too many police. Three villagers Rajesh Pandey, Harishankar Tiwari and Devendra Tiwari sat on indefinite fast on top of the hill while they rest started sloganeering,” TRTKM secretary Sachin Chouhan told The Hindu.

On September 30, when villagers attempted to burn effigies at the foothill they were arrested and taken to Pipraon police station. Superintendent of Police Navneet Bhasin evaded questions and later stopped taking calls from this paper. Sources confirmed that around 1500 villagers laid siege to the police station all evening. They were pacified by the police who said that the men would be released once the SP and Collector reach.

“At around 11, the lights went out. Already around 500 police had gathered. After sometime they started a lathicharge. Everyone began to flee and in this confusion they took away our friends to the district jail in a van,” said Chouhan.

Collector Swati Meena refused to give any clarification. “It is a law and order matter and I will not talk to you on the phone. You can write what you want,” she told this reporter.

Sources in the administration said that there were orders to prevent the agitation for intensifying. “Collector Madam is strict. She was transferred here in June from the Commercial Taxes department. Development and industry is her priority,” an officer said on condition of anonymity.

The indefinite fast continues, even as the bulldozers clear the hills. No senior official or politician has yet met the protestors.


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RJD dissolves Madhya Pradesh unit

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A day after RJD chief Lalu Prasad was convicted in the fodder scam case, the party dissolved its Madhya Pradesh unit, which according to a senior leader, was about to merge with BJP.

The action comes apparently as the Bihar-based party is keen to give an impression that it will “have no business” with BJP.

“Madhya Pradesh state unit of RJD headed by Sanjay Silwat is dissolved with immediate effect. We have come to know that he was trying to tie up with BJP and merge the RJD unit in the state’s ruling party. This is an anti-party activity given the founding principle of secularism of RJD. And hence, the entire state unit stands suspended with immediate effect,” party’s national general secretary Ramdeo Bhandari told PTI.

Mr. Silwat and all the office bearers, roughly over 24, as such stand suspended from RJD, sources in the party said.

Mr. Bhandari said his party was against BJP mainly on the issue of communalism and had been fighting it tooth and nail, as it believes in secular politics and hence such “anti-party activities” cannot be tolerated.

The RJD leader said a new state unit in Madhya Pradesh will be constituted soon after consultation with the party chief.

Mr. Prasad was on Monday taken to jail after being convicted by a special CBI court in the fodder scam case in Ranchi.

RJD’s rival in Bihar, JD(U), had been alleging a “nexus” between BJP and RJD for some time after Nitish Kumar’s party walked out of NDA, breaking its 17-year alliance with BJP in June this year.

RJD has been, however, vehemently denying the contention.

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Allahabad High Court directs hospital to give details on free treatment to patients

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Petition takes into consideration two reports in The Hindu; court asks questions on the reportsThe Allahabad High Court on Tuesday directed the Kamla Nehru Memorial Hospital (KNMH) to provide details of whether it gave free treatment to poor patients as per the policies of the Central government and the State Government.

The Court also sought the names and addresses of cancer patients who have been given free treatment in the hospital in the last five years as per the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) guidelines.

The KNMH is one of the 27 Regional Cancer Centres in India and is presided over by the UPA chairperson, Sonia Gandhi.

A Division Bench of Acting Chief Justice Rakesh Srivastava and Justice Laxmi Kanta Mohapatra passed the order on a Public Interest Litigation by Aam Aadmi Party volunteer Saumya Bahadur and another respondent.

The petition takes into consideration a June 14 report by The Hindu titled“Kamla Nehru Hospital got excess grants, reveals RTI query”. The report noted the Comptroller and Auditor General’s (CAG) observations on how, despite receiving excess grants, the hospital kept funds unutilized to rake in interest. The report also pointed out that free and subsidised treatment was provided to people with influence rather than to the needy. The hospital could not provide any “clear answers” to queries put by the CAG. The report also mentioned other cases of financial irregularities in the hospital and raised questions on its Regional Cancer Centre (RCC) status.

The Court also sought to know if any fund had been provided for the treatment of a 10-year-old cancer patient from Allahabad, Shivani Kesarwani, who belongs to a family that is Below Poverty Line.

An August 6 report in The Hindu, titled “Do BPL patients get their due at cancer centres?” narrates Shivani’s story.

Shivani’s parents alleged that they did not receive any assistance from the hospital despite belonging to the BPL category. Instead, the KNMH had recommended Shivani to the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Science, Lucknow, despite both hospitals being RCCs. But since her family could not afford the new costs, they decided to continue treatment at KNMH. Since then, Shivani has received Rs 1 lakh from the Chief Minister’s Fund.

However, Shivani’s father Suresh Kesarwani, a gas delivery hawker, says the amount won’t be enough but also expressed hope since the Court has taken up his daughter’s case.

“It is costly and difficult to find people for bone marrow transplant, so she will require treatment all her life. We hope she is provided free treatment. Since the court has taken up the issue, we have full faith that something positive will happen,” he said.

Siddharth Nandan, counsel for the petitioners, said the hospital was involved in financial bungling and cancer patients were being deprived of benefits due to political reasons and manipulation of government agencies.

The Court has also sought details on the number of beds earmarked in KNMH for cancer patients as per the NCCP.

Keywords: poor patients, Allahabad High Court, Kamla Nehru Memorial Hospital, KNMH, NCCP

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The Congress had on Tuesday demanded judicial enquiry against NGOs misappropriating AIDS

control fund through enrolling ordinary women as sex workers in Tripura. The party has also demanded a white paper on whole gamut of AIDS campaign in the state.

Meanwhile tension prevailing in Kailashahar in north Tripura where NGO Action Aid allegedly enrolled six hundred housewives from weaker sections as sex workers to manipulate fund meant for Targeted Interventions (TI) programme. An angry mob ransacked its office and damaged equipments on Monday evening.

“The situation is tensed in Kailashahar as people are very upset over what has had happed for several years. Besides Action Aid, 13 more NGOs are engaged in TI campaign and we doubt thousands of women were shamed with sex worker stigma by money mongers”, veteran Congress leader Birajit Sinha told a news conference.

He complained the government is trying to hush up a ‘very sensitive issue’ by instituting a simple enquiry. He alleged ruling CPI(M) leaders are involved in the NGOs and they did not expect a fair probe.

When asked how CPI(M) is involved, he replied senior CPI(M) leader Yunus Miah Khadim who unsuccessfully contested 2008 assembly elections is a key functionary in the Action Aid.

“Only judicial enquiry can unearth the truth. At the same time the state government must release a white paper to explain everything on AIDS programmes in Tripura”, Mr. Sinha added.

Tripura State AIDS Control Society (TSACS) selected the NGOs for the central government aided TI programme in state. The scam came to light after a sacked official of Acton Aid spoke in public over the irregularities in the NGO.

Meanwhile security forces deployed in different localities of Kailashahar after an angry mob attacked and damaged properties in Action Aid office. Protest rallies were also organised in the area.

ActionAid clarifies

ActionAid India (www.actionaid.org/india) has clarified that it has nothing to do with the NGO in Tripura that has used its name and allegedly indulged in manipulation of records for the purpose of collecting funds. "ActionAid takes great pride in its transparency and accountability that it holds as a key value in its mission to alleviate poverty," according to Sandeep Chachra, Executive Director, ActionAid India.

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PTI In this September 30, 2013 photo Asaram Bapu is produced in the Sessions Court in Jodhpur. The Rajasthan High Court on Tuesday rejected the bail application of self-styled godman Asaram Bapu, who is accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl.

The court accepted the prosecution’s argument that the godman’s supporters were threatening the victim and her family and that he might try and tamper with evidence if released on bail.

The High Court’s order came a day after a Sessions Court in Jodhpur extended the judicial custody of the godman and his attendant Shiva till October 11.

After hearing the prosecution and the defence’s arguments for two hours in a packed courtroom, Justice Nirmaljeet Kaur said that this stage was not fit for granting the relief sought by Asaram.

Asaram’s counsel and senior Supreme Court lawyer Ram Jethmalani, appearing before the Bench for the third time, produced written arguments along with some affidavits, arguing that all the accused wanted in the case, except one, had been arrested and no recovery was pending from any of them.

Mr. Jethmalani contended that his 72-year-old client should be granted bail considering, inter alia, his age and the fact that the complainant was “mentally unstable” and there were serious doubts about the crime scene described by the prosecution.

He also raised doubts about the girl’s age and said she had made up the charges because she was stopped from making online friends during her stay in a boarding school run by Asaram’s ashram in Madhya Pradesh.


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BJP stages walkout over Omar’s accession comments

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Opposition BJP members on Tuesday staged a walkout from the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly after the Speaker rejected their adjournment motion over Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s comments about accession of the State to India.

The BJP MLAs had submitted an adjournment motion on Monday demanding a discussion on remarks made by Mr. Abdullah on the conditional accession of Jammu and Kashmir to Union of India during a meeting with a European Union delegation.

However, Speaker Mubarak Gul rejected the motion saying the members who have moved it should go through the history.

“The adjournment motion is disallowed as the Chief Minister has said those things on the floor of the House (also). It is history,” Mr. Gul ruled.

Angered by the speaker’s ruling, the BJP members were joined by three Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party MLAs in slogan-shouting against the government.

They staged a brief protest inside the House, before staging a walkout.

Mr. Abdullah, during an interaction with a delegation of ambassadors of EU member nations, had said while other States had merged with Union of India after accession, Jammu and Kashmir had only acceded to the federation on four matters of currency, communication, foreign affairs and defence.

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Minority MattersMuslims suspicious of Modi’s ‘skullcap politics’Prashant JhaShare  ·   Comment  ·  print  ·   Qausar Khan of the RJD and Ayaz Khan of the BJPQausar Khan of the RJD and Ayaz Khan of the BJPRazi Ahmed (right) of Patna's Gandhi Museum; Mufti Javed Iqbal of the Madrasa Anjuman Islamia in Kishanganj.Razi Ahmed (right) of Patna's Gandhi Museum; Mufti Javed Iqbal of the Madrasa Anjuman Islamia in Kishanganj.TOPICS politics election
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Qausar Khan is a political activist who is cynical about the ways of politics. A local Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader in Phulwari Sharif, an old Muslim-dominated area in Patna, Mr. Khan often mentions — in the course of an hour-long conversation — that no party, including his own, is really committed to the ‘true interests of Muslims.’

Talking about Narendra Modi, he wears the hat of an analyst. “He takes his own decisions, unlike Manmohan Singh, who works on signals. Modi main yeh talent hai [Modi has this talent]. The BJP’s numbers will increase.”

But then he points to a big weakness. “He is only for one community. And he won’t ever be forgiven for the injustice in Gujarat. He treats Muslims as untouchables. Has he given a ticket to a single Muslim?”

Sitting with Mr. Khan is Ayaz Khan and his wife, Victoria Banu, who have come from Vikrampali Panchayat in Wazirpur. Both smile when the RJD leader speaks, and later disclose they are members of the BJP. They joined the party three months ago on the prodding of their mukhiya, and Ayaz Khan says he now serves as a local intermediary between his community and the district administration. “I get work done for people,” he says.

Asked how others in the community see their association with the BJP, he responds: “They tease us. But incidents happen under all parties. Did Muzaffarnagar happen under the BJP? What has the Congress given us except corruption?”

Mr. Khan has been given five cars, out of the 150 for the entire block, to get people for Mr. Modi’s rally in Patna on October 27.

Qausar Khan shakes his head and says: “This is wrong. But it is their choice.” He does not let political differences come in the way of personal ties, and offers them tea, before sending them off.

The couple from Vikrampali is indicative of the inroads the BJP is trying to make among Muslims. But they are an exception. Conversations with dozens from across the community in seven districts of Bihar reveal certain common strands. Minorities are not comfortable with Mr. Modi, though they are also wary of secular politics, which they say merely treats them as a vote-bank. They do not think Mr. Modi will be in a position to form the government. But in case he succeeds, a majority of Muslims are not scared, for they say he will have to stick to the current political framework.

Suspicion

“Why are you asking a Muslim this? You think we can like him?” says an irritated Manzar Islam, who teaches social science at Azad Academy, a government-recognised minority institution in Araria. Sitting in the staff-room, Mr Islam asks: “Does the BJP not have anyone else, when they know nominating Modi is an insult to our sentiments?”

But prod further about what makes Muslims suspicious of Mr. Modi and there are a range of answers.

Some say the 2002 riots. Others point to the continued ‘discrimination’ against Muslims in Gujarat. Maulana Anisur Rahman, secretary general of the Imarat Shariah, asks: “If he cannot take everyone in his own State along, how will he take the entire country?”

Mr. Modi’s attacks on Pakistan are often laced with an undercurrent of hostility towards Indian Muslims, suggests Razi Ahmed, the founder of Gandhi Museum in Patna. “Indians Muslims had nothing to do with Pakistan, but the two are, unfortunately, often wrongly equated.”

Mr. Modi’s ‘skullcap politics’ has only contributed to the doubts. A common refrain is skullcaps don’t make a Muslim, and they do not need or expect Mr. Modi to wear one. “But his personal contempt for it, combined with his desire to get Muslims to his rallies wearing it, shows his intentions are not clean,” says a Muslim resident of Forbesganj.

‘Not scared’

The apprehension, however, is accompanied with a widespread feeling among Muslims that Mr. Modi will not be able to muster the numbers. Social science teacher Mr. Islam asks: “Tell me, where are the numbers? In Gujarat, they have 14 out of 26. In UP, they have ten seats. Where is he in South India? It is not us, but secular Hindus who will defeat him. See what U. Ananthmurthy and Amartya Sen said about him.”

Kishanganj is a district with among the highest Muslim population in the country. Mufti Javed Iqbal of the Madrasa Anjuman Islamia speaks thoughtfully, measuring his words. “We have no objection to anyone coming through legitimate democratic methods. What we want is that our life and property is protected. Our commitment is to the secular constitution of India. And we will not let him, or anyone else, change that.”

Keywords: Muslims, Narendra Modi, BJP prime ministerial candidate, skullcap politics, Lok Sabha polls 2014, Qausar Khan, Ayaz Khan, Gandhi Museum

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Activist claims the girl was sold by her mother for Rs. 1. lakhA 12-year-old on Sunday filed a police complaint here after escaping from a folk dance centre, where she had been repeatedly raped after allegedly being sold by her mother for Rs. 1 lakh. Shweta (name changed) was assisted by NGO Astitva Mahila Sanghatana (AMS), the complainant in the case.

A case of rape, abduction and wrongful confinement has been registered against the girl’s mother, the owner of the dance centre and the two men who allegedly bought her. No arrests had been made till Tuesday evening.

Sold and harassed

The girl, who hails from Beed in Maharashtra, was sold by her mother in May, according to a statement made to the police by Aparna Dubey of the AMS.

“Shweta had come home for summer holidays from her residential school. One day, three men entered the house in her mother’s absence. One of them raped her and told her that she had been sold,” Ms. Dubey told The Hindu on Tuesday. Shweta was then brought to the Trimurti Tamasha Kala Kendra (TTKK), a centre for folk dance. “She was raped there too and forced to dance in front of men. When she refused, she was harassed.”

Ms. Dubey was informed about Shweta’s plight by the police, who were tipped off by her teacher, with whom the seventh-standard student had managed to make contact.

“We told her to come to the Pune railway station and met her there. She has displayed immense courage at this age,” Ms. Dubey said. Shweta is currently in police custody, and the AMS will seek her custody after the initial investigation is over, she said.

In April, The Hindu had reported about a similar case in the north Maharashtra district of Dhule (http://bit.ly/16Udk9h).

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The Hindu Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. File photo: Ranjeet Kumar Accusing the Central Bureau of Investigation of “selectively” investigating the fodder scam, Dipankar Bhattacharya, general secretary CPI (ML- Liberation), asked why the Central agency was silent on the alleged link of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and other leaders, whose names, too, had cropped up in the case.

“During the investigation of the fodder scam, the names of Mr. Kumar, [JD (U) leaders] Shivanand Tiwari and Lalan Singh and [BJP leader] Dhruv Bhagat had cropped up. But the CBI has let them off in a mysterious way. Why has the agency followed this pick-and-choose policy? It will have to explain why it spared these leaders, who all are mentioned as recipients of fodder scam cash in the testimonies of senior officials of the Animal Husbandry Department,” Mr. Bhattacharya said at a press conference here on Tuesday.

He pointed out that when the probe was under way, the National Democratic Alliance was in power at the Centre and Mr. Kumar was an ally of the NDA.

“Were the names of leaders excluded because during the crucial early years of the CBI probe the NDA was in power with L.K. Advani as the Union Home Minister and all these leaders were in the same coalition? And incidentally, by the time we got the current verdict, Nitish Kumar has switched over from his protracted alliance with the BJP to growing political bonhomie with the Congress,” the CPI (ML) leader said.

“BJP leader Ravishankar Prasad is saying today that the documents, on the basis of which Lalu Prasad was arrested, also name Mr. Kumar. This means the BJP had proof of Mr. Kumar’s indictment, but their ties continued,” Mr. Bhattacharya said.

He called for an investigation into the roles of leaders whose names had come to light during the probe.

Mr. Bhattacharya took objection to the remark of former Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi that after the fodder scam, top-level corruption ended in Bihar.

“There is corruption even in this regime. You have the MGNREGA scam, the AC/DC bill scam, where it is difficult to even estimate the extent of corruption and irregularities in land allocation by the Bihar Industrial Area Development Authority,” he said.

He blamed the Congress-led government at the Centre for showing inaction in dealing strictly with communal forces and thereby strengthening them.

Left unity

Asked about the Left’s unity in Bihar, Mr. Bhattacharya said the CPI(ML) would have “no truck” with the other Left parties if they tied up with the ruling JD(U).

“The Left unity in the State is not just based on national and international issues which impact us, but also on the reality of Bihar. Going by the acts of omission and commission of the JD(U) government, we will have no truck with them if they join hands with it,” he said.


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In view of the Supreme Court empowering voters with the right to reject, forthcoming Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections will see electronic voting machines (EVMs) having a separate button for electorate not wishing to vote for any of the candidates in the fray.

According to an official release on Tuesday, by pressing this button, voters will be able to use the option of ‘no-voting’ with secrecy.

By opting for ‘none-of-the-above’ (NOTA) button, they will be able to exercise their right to reject all candidates contesting the polls.

'None-of-the-above' shall be printed in a separate panel on the ballot paper below the name of the last contesting candidate.

This ballot paper shall be affixed on the ballot unit of the EVM. If the voter presses the button next to 'none-of-the-above', his desire not to vote for any of the candidates in the fray will get recorded in the EVM with secrecy.

The Election Commission will also make appropriate changes in part-2 of Form 17C used during counting and the result sheet in Form 20 to separately compile the number of persons who use the option not to vote for any of the candidates in the fray.

Keywords: Election Commission, NOTA, no-vote option, Madhya Pradesh Assembly polls

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