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Digvijay’s comments were “frustration” of a loser: Jaitley NEW DELHI: Criticising Congress leader Digvijay Singh’s “unwarranted advice” to the judiciary, Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley today said the motivation behind his criticism was the “frustration of a loser”. Jaitley said the “illadvised” suggestion made to the judiciary by Singh has come when corruption of UPA government is being investigated by CBI and monitored by the Supreme Court and did not come when the SC had ordered monitoring of Gujarat riots cases. “The likes of Digvijay Singh welcomed that monitoring. It is only when the corruption of the UPA government is being investigated by CBI and monitored by the Supreme Court that monitoring of investigation is now being

termed as constitutionally unacceptable. Such arguments of convenience have very little place in a meaningful public discourse,” Jaitley said in an article. He was commenting on Singh’s reacton to the apex

court’s stinging criticism of CBI for the vetting of probe report on coal mines allocation scam. Defending the Supreme Court comments on CBI, Jaitley said the same have come after government did not succeed in enacting

Country’s first woman jawan found hanging JALPAIGURI (WB): Shanti Tigga, the Territorial Army’s first woman jawan, was today found hanging inside her cabin in a hospital in Jalpaiguri district where she was admitted a few days ago, police said. Tigga, who was attached with the 969 Railway Engineer Regiment of the Territorial Army, was found hanging with her ‘gamchha’ (traditional cotton towel) inside the cabin of the Alipurduar Railway Hospital. She was hospitalised last week after she had allegedly been abducted by unknown persons and left tied to a post for an entire night near Chalsa.

The 37 year old woman, who was posted as a pointsman at Chalsa station in the district, was allegedly abducted after her duties in the evening of May 11, police said. She was found blindfolded and tied to a post near railway tracks, and rescued next morning. She had said

that she was not physically harmed by the ‘kidnappers’. Tigga had joined the Railways in 2005 on compassionate ground after her husband died. She then took tests to join the Railway Engineer Regiment of the Territorial Army and earned the distinction in 2011. (PTI)

Air India flight makes forced landing at Bhopal airport BHOPAL: An Air India flight from New Delhi to Bangalore made a forced landing at the city’s Raja Bhoj Airport yesterday following a technical snag, airport sources said today. The flight AI-403 carrying 135 passengers was forced to land at the airport here last

evening as pilot noticed a snag in one of the doors and sought permission of Bhopal ATC to land at the airport, they said. The snag was rectified soon and the flight left for Bangalore in the night. Air India’s station Manager, Firoz Khan said that it was a technical landing and not an emergency one.

‘J & K is as safe as other parts of the Globe’ SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir government today appealed to the nations, which have issued negative travel advisories on Kashmir, to allow their citizens visit the state saying it is as safe as any other part of the world. “These countries should allow their citizens to visit Jammu and Kashmir as the state is as safe as other parts of the globe,” state Tourism Minister Ghulam Ahmad Mir said. He was interacting with a group of Canadian tourists here last evening. Mir said all the three regions of the state Kashmir, Ladakh and Jammu offer diverse form of tourism and the state is all season destination.

“Kashmir, known as paradise on earth, is best suited for tourists for their holidays. Our state is all season destination owing to its varied topography and abundant natural beauty,” the tourism minister said. He said the government is “specially focusing” on promoting tourism in the state. “We have not only developed new tourism spots but upgraded world class infrastructure facilities for the tourist at the world famous destinations of the state, besides creating new attractions of adventure, heritage and eco tourism as well as leisure tourism,” he said. “Unfortunately, Jammu and Kashmir has passed

through hard times, but the resilience of the people of Kashmir has helped the tourism picking up in the state,” he said. “We have created several tourist attractions in all the regions with a focus on highlighting adventure, golf, health and conventional tourism besides leisure and developed virgin tourism spots like Yousmarg, Doodpathari, Baderwah and Bangus,” he said. Expressing their feelings about the state, the Canadian tourists, who are on a week long holiday trip, said they were overwhelmed by the beauty of the Valley and pledged to take up the issue of lifting travel advisories on Kashmir with their government. “There are no security problems in Kashmir, we will convey this message to the fellow countrymen and will even write to Canadian government that it should lift the advisory on Kashmir,” they said. The Minister said Kashmir was the centre of spiritual learning. “It has been blend of different cultures of Buddhism, Sufism or Shaivism,” he said adding Kashmir has been blessed by nature in arts and crafts uniquely. (PTI)

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a Lokpal and liberate CBI and has been “slow and reluctant” to do so. “CBI gets belittled when it bends before to political pressure and conducts a pliable investigation. On the contrary, when the court discovered this pathetic plight

of CBI, its investigation had to be monitored. “The delinquent minister had to resign. The officials are still struggling for what reply to give. The government is nervous. The order of the court has indicated that either the government prepares a legislative plan to insulate CBI or the court could issue specific guidelines...If CBI is made more independent, it does not get belittled. On the contrary, it is strengthened,” Jaitley said. The opposition leader said “the agency has been misused against political rivals. The agency has been used to pacify leaders of Samajwadi Party and BSP in order to contribute to the longevity of the government. The relationship between CBI, the government and the ruling party has become too close for comfort.” (PTI)

Modi takes dig at Lalu PATNA: In a dig at RJD supremo Lalu Prasad, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi today asked the former to explain whether he wanted to bring back the days of underdevelopment in Bihar by seeking to return to power through mobilising public support during the ‘Parivartan Rally’ in the state capital tomorrow. “Do you want to bring back ‘those days’ (19902005) in Bihar by mustering public support at the ‘Parivartan Rally’ (rally for change) tomorrow?” the senior BJP leader asked. Stating that the people of Bihar have forgotten the days of horror and moved ahead in their lives by electing the NDA

government to power for the second successive term on the agenda of development, Modi lamented that the RJD supremo wanted to turned the clock back and perpetrate miseries on the people by depriving them of fruits of development as was the case during its 15-year rule.

Settlement of boundary issue should be strategic objective:

Pak national held near LoC JAMMU: A Pakistani national was apprehended today by the army from near the Line of Control (LoC) in the Akhnoor belt of Jammu, a defence spokesperson said. “One person was apprehended by the Army near the LC in general area Khour, Pallanwala, today,” a defence spokesperson said. “On observing a suspicious movement near LC at night, the alert troops launched a search operation

during which a civilian was apprehended by the troops today,” he added. The person has been identified as Ahmed Khan, hailing from Beharia area near Chhamb of Pakistan. “The civilian, aged between 45-50 years and apparently a labourer, has been identified as Ahmed Khan, son of Kasim Khan, resident of Beharia, near Chhamb in Pakistan,” he said, adding, that the man was still being interrogated.

Withdraw all appeals for death penalty in Guj riot cases: VHP AHMEDABAD: After Gujarat government’s move to withhold its decision to seek death penalty for exminister Maya Kodnani in the Naroda Patiya riots case, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad has now demanded withdrawal of all appeals seeking death penalty in other riot cases as well. The Gujarat government, which had earlier given its consent to the Special Investigation Team (SIT) to file an appeal in the Naroda Patiya case and seek death penalty for 10 convicts including Kodnani, has now withheld its decision on the grounds of seeking opinion of the Advocate General.

In a press statement, Gujarat VHP General Secretary Ranchhod Bharvad said, “The VHP demands that the Gujarat government should give clear order to its law department not to seek any punishment for Hindus henceforth, and also to file an independent appeal against verdicts that have given harsh punishments in such cases.” The VHP leader said the outfit will launch protests if the government fails to do so. The right-wing organisation has also asked the state government to withdraw appeals, filed by the SIT in the Gujarat High Court, seeking death penalty in the Ode and Dipda Darwaza rioting cases.

Bajwa hints at action against absentees

(Punjab Congress Chief Partap Singh Bajwa) ALOWAL (PATIALA): Punjab Congress Chief Partap Singh Bajwa today hinted at taking action against leaders not canvassing for party nominees for the May 19 Zilla Parishad and Block Samiti elections. “We will set up a committee to look into the matter and take action against those who have not yet joined the campaign,” he said while interacting with reporters here. He was replying to a

question on Raninder Singh ‘Tikku’, who has not been campaigning for party candidates in Samana constituency. Tikku, son of former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, briefly made a public appearance in Patiala city during a function organised at National Institute of Sports on April 30. Shiromani Akali Dal and Bharatiya Janata Party have made the absence of Tikku, a major election issue.

Capping off his monthslong tour during which he had drawn impressive crowd during public meetings in the districts, Prasad will address the ‘Parivartan rally’ here tomorrow where he was expected to exhort the people to dethrone the NDA government in the state. (PTI)

(Chinese Premier Li Keqiang) NEW DELHI: A day after Chinese government pushed for settlement of the vexed boundary issue at “an early date”, India today responded by saying that it should be pursued as a “strategic objective” by the two countries. India also pressed the need to have “clarification and confirmation” on the differing perceptions of the Line of Actual Control, saying if there was any forward movement on the proposal “we stand ready on that”. “Our conviction is that an early settlement of a boundary question will advance the basic interests of the two countries and we, therefore, feel that it should be pursued as strategic objective by both countries,” Syed Akbaruddin, Spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs, said here. He was asked to react to the comments of Qin Gang, Spokesperson and DirectorGeneral of Information Department in the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Currently visiting India, Qin had stressed for an urgent need to “redouble our efforts to push forward framework negotiations (for boundary settlement) so that we can reach a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable solution at an early date”. Significantly, the remarks come in the backdrop of recent Chinese incursion

AHRC orders probe into Basanti Devi’s death GUWAHATI: Taking Suo-Motu cognisance of Basanti Devi being electrocuted by an exposed live electric wire in the Anil Nagar area here on May 9, the Assam Human Rights Commission today ordered a probe into the fatal incident. The Commission comprising its Chairperson Justice Dr Aftab H Saikia and Member Tarun Phookan took cognisance of print media reports and news television broadcasts about Basanti Devi’s death. By its order in AHRC Case No.714/24/1314, the Commission has ordered an inclusive probe into the death of the woman to be conducted by the Chief Secretary within a period of 30 days. The AHRC took serious note that one Basanti Devi was electrocuted while returning home from the market after coming into contact with some exposed live electric wire on the footpath during a heavy downpour allegedly due to the neglect of the electricity department. (PTI)

in Ladakh which had prompted many commentators to see it as a change of track by China which could be pushing for a faster settlement of the contentious boundary issue. Noting that the issue has been discussed at Special Representative level who have held 15 rounds of talks so far, Akbaruddin said “they have completed the first step i.e they have arrived at political parameters and guiding principles for the resolution of the India-China boundary question. “Now, they are in discussions on the second phase which is related to the framework for the resolution of the boundary question.” He also said “India is committed to seek a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable solution to the boundary question consultations.” . Reiterating India’s proposal of having clarification and confirmation on LAC in the India-China border areas pending the final settlement, Akbaruddin said “if there are attempts to move that forward, we stand ready on that because it was our proposal at that stage.” Noting that in the agreements done in 1993 and 1996 between India and China on the issue of LAC, there were clarifications on the differing perceptions on LAC and there were exchanges on it, the sources said that somehow in later years, this discussion went off the table from Chinese side, probably because there was a sense that it may be taken as default boundary. “There is a need to revive this particular subject to prevent incident of this nature. Clarifications we really seek is imperative and is required. (Otherwise) This (Depsang incursion) kind of incidents could recur. This is something we would certainly flag,” sources said. Asked if the boundary issue will figure during talks between Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, he said all bilateral, regional and international issues will be discussed. Li will arrive here on 19 May and will also visit Mumbai, where he will have attend a business meet.

Meira Kumar gheraoed by stone crushers

SASARAM (BIHAR): Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar was today gheraoed by stone crushers near the district collectorate here demanding her intervention for the revival of crushing units in Bihar’s Rohtas district. Kumar was gheraoed by the Stone Crushers Association members as soon as she reached the district collectorate to attend a meeting for review of development works in her parliamentary constituency, Sasaram, officials said. They were pressing for her intervention in the revival of the crushing units which have been shut down by the district authorities on the direction of the state government. The protesters also submitted a memorandum to in this regard. Kumar assured them that she would take up their demand with the state government and the district authorities. The Lok Sabha speaker is on a four day visit to her home district.

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