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Stalemate continues over Telangana bill in Assembly Hyderabad, Jan 28 (IPT) : Stalemate continued in Andhra Pradesh assembly Tuesday as legislators from Telangana stalled the proceedings demanding the speaker to reject a notice given by the chief minister for rejecting Telangana bill. Speaker N. Manohar adjourned the house for an hour, minutes after it assembled for the day as legislators from Telangana surrounded the podium to press for their demand. The lawmakers from

Seemandhra (Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra) also rushed to the well of the house, raising slogans in support of united Andhra Pradesh.Ministers from Telangana, who had surrounded the speakers podium on the same issue Monday, lodged their protest Tuesday by standing near their seats.Repeated appeals by the speaker to the agitating legislators to allow him to take up debate on Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill 2013 failed to restore order. He

advised the members to express their views by participating in the debate. The extended time for the state legislature to send back the bill to the president with its opinion is ending Thursday. No debate could take place on the bill in both the houses Monday due to protests by lawmakers from Telangana. President Pranab Mukherjee Dec 12 had referred the bill to the state legislature under Article 3 of the Constitution for its opinion. It was initially given time to give

TRS candidate, Cong rebel filed nominations for Rs elections Hyderabad, Jan 28 (IPT) : TRS nominee K.Kesava Rao today filed his nomination papers on the last day of filing nominations for the biennial Rajya Sabha elections, scheduled for February 7, 2014.Telangana Rasthra Samithi (TRS) Chief K.Chandrasekhara Rao twodays back nominated K.Keshav Rao, who has joined TRS last year, as the party nominee for Rajya Sabha Polls.Keshav Rao joined TRS after Sonia Gandhi did not give him renomination to Rajya Sabha and also cancelled his CWC membership in view of Rao's open campaign for Telangana

bifurcation .As per the decision made after consulting CPI central party, state CPI secretary Dr K Narayana decided to support to TRS Rajya Sabha candidate Kesava Rao. Meanwhile, piqued by the Congress high command's decision to carve out a separate Telangana state, Seemandhra Congress MLC KV Satyanarayana Raju (Chaitanya Raju) also filed his nomination as a rebel against Congress official nominees in the Rajya Sabha elections .However. Former Congress Minister from Seemandhra JC Diwakar Reddy, who also planning to

contest in the elections as rebel , withdrawn his plan and supported Raju.The Congress yesterday had renominated sitting members KVP Ramachandra Rao. T Siubbirami Reddy and MA Khan. The official members , who received party official forms from PCC President Botcha satyanaryana at Gandhi Bhavan in the morning, will file their nominations before AP Legislature Secretary S Raja Sadaram shortly. TDP Rajya Sabha candidates of Garikapati Mohan Rao from Telangana region and Thota Sita Mahalakshmi from Seemandhra will also file their nominations likely in the evening.

Governor E.S.L.Narasimhan of Andhra Pradesh is seen addressing in the valedictory function of 150 years celebrations of MAHBUB COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL at Secunderabad on Tuesday.

its view by Jan 23 but after the state government sought another four weeks for the debate, the president extended the deadline by a week.Opposing the states bifurcation, Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy had Friday submitted a notice to the speaker seeking permission to move a resolution to reject the bill. The resolution will urge the president not to send the bill to the parliament.A similar notice to the council chairman A. Chakrapani was submitted

by Endowments Minister C. Ramachandraiah. The chief ministers action has plunged the legislature into an unprecedented crisis. Ministers from Telangana led by Deputy Chief Minister Damodar Rajanarasimha have revolted against Kiran Reddy for unilaterally submitting a notice without discussing it in the cabinet. Rajanarasimha has even demanded resignation of the chief minister, saying he has lost the confidence of ministers from Telangana.

SC Refuses to Review Its Verdict Criminalising Gay Sex New Delhi, Jan 28 : In another setback to the LGBT community, the Supreme Court today refused to relook at its verdict criminalising gay sex in the country. A bench of justices H L Dattu and S J Mukhopadhaya, in in-chamber proceedings, dismissed a bunch of petitions filed by the Centre and gay rights activists including noted filmmaker Shyam Benegal against its December 2013 verdict declaring gay sex an offence punishable up to life imprisonment. With the dismissal of review plea, the petitioners are left with only one option to get relief - by filing curative petition. "We have gone through the review petitions and the connected papers. We see no reason to interfere with the order impugned. The review petitions are, accordingly, dismissed," the bench said in its brief order. It also rejected the plea for oral hearing on the review petitions which are normally decided by judges in chamber without giving an opportunity to parties to present their views. The Supreme Court had on December 11 set aside the Delhi High Court judgement decriminalising gay sex and thrown the ball into Parliament's court for amending the law. The judgement revived the penal provision making gay sex an offence punishable with life imprisonment in a

setback to people fighting a battle for recognition of their sexual preferences. While setting aside the July 2, 2009 judgement of the Delhi High Court, the apex court had held that Section 377 (unnatural sexual offences) of the IPC does not suffer from the vice of unconstitutionality and that the declaration made by the high court is legally unsustainable. Amid huge outrage against the judgement, the Centre had also filed a review petition in the apex court seeking a relook to "avoid grave miscarriage of justice to thousands of LGBT" persons who have been aggrieved by the apex court judgement contending it is "unsustainable" as it "suffers from errors". Seeking a stay on the operation of the judgement, gay rights activists and organisations, including NGO Naz Foundation, had said thousands from the LGBT community became open about their sexual identity during the past four years after the high court decriminalised gay sex and they are now facing the threat of being prosecuted. They had submitted that criminalising gay sex amounts to violation of fundamental rights of the LGBT community.The NGO had submitted there are a number of "grave errors of law" and "wrong application of law" in the judgement which needs to be corrected.

SC to Hear Bhullar's Petition Against Death in Open Court New Delhi, Jan 28 : The Supreme Court today agreed to hear in an open court the plea of Khalistan Liberation Force terrorist Devinderpal Singh for commutation of death sentence awarded to him for the September 1993 blast to life imprisonment. A bench comprising Chief Justice P Sathasivam and justices R M Lodha, H L Dattu and S J Mukhopadhaya decided to hear the curative petition filed by Bhullar's wife Nevneet Kaur on Friday. The hearing in the open court assumes importance

in view of the January 21 judgement of five-judge constitutional bench holding that inordinate and inexplicable delay by government in deciding mercy plea of death row convicts can be a ground for commuting their sentence. Bhullar's wife filed the petition for relook against the apex court verdict which rejected her plea to commute his death sentence to life imprisonment on grounds of delay on the part of the government in deciding his mercy plea.

Bhullar was convicted and awarded death penalty for triggering a bomb blast in New Delhi in September 1993, which killed nine persons and injured 25 others, including then Youth Congress president M S Bitta. The apex court had on March 26, 2002 dismissed Bhullar's appeal against the death sentence awarded by a trial court in August 2001 and endorsed by the Delhi high court in 2002. He had filed a review petition which was also dismissed on December 17, 2002. Bhullar had then

moved a curative petition which too had been rejected by the apex court on March 12, 2003. Bhullar, meanwhile, had filed a mercy petition before the President on January 14, 2003. The President, after a lapse of over eight years, dismissed his mercy plea on May 14, 2011. Citing the delay, he had again moved the apex court for commutation of the death sentence but his plea was rejected. The apex court on January 21 had held that inordinate delay by govern-

ment in deciding mercy plea of death row convicts can be a ground for commuting their sentence and had granted life to 15 condemned prisoners including four aides of forest brigand Veerappan. In a landmark judgement, the court had held that prolonging execution of death sentence has a "dehumanizing effect" on condemned prisoners who have to face the "agony" of waiting for years under the shadow of death during the pendency of their mercy plea.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh presents the silver medal to the NCC winning cadet during the Prime Minister's NCC rally in New Delhi on Tuesday.

AP bags three award for BSUP Hyderabad, Jan 28 (IPT) : Andhra Pradesh Government begged three awards for providing best Basic Services for Urban Poor (BSUP) from Government of India. Visakhapatnam got best city award for implementation of BSUP for 2012-13, Best city award in effective enforcement of three pro poor reforms. Greater Visakhapatnam Muncipal Corporation (GVMC) has taken up construction of 14,203 housing units for the poor, completed 14139 and handed over 12,348. The State Govern-

ment got the Swarna Jayanti Shahari Rozgar Yojana (SJSRY) award for providing amenities for urban poor. The Minister for Municipal Administration, M Maheedhar Reddy, Principal Secretary, Sameer Sarma, GVMC Commissioner M V V Satyanarayana and Senior IAS Officer Anitha Rajendran called on the Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy this afternoon and presented the awards which were received from the Government of India, a CMO release here today said. The Chief Minister congratulated them. Three pro

poor reforms are earmarking at least 20-25 per cent of developed land in all housing programmes both in public private agencies for Economically Weaker Sections Low Income Group (EWS LIG) category with a system of cross subsidization, Internal earmarking within local body budget for Basic Services to Urban Poor and provision of basic services-- security of land tenure at affordable price, improved housing, water supply, sanitation, education, health and social security.

11 Get Life Term in Chandrasekharan Murder Case Kozhikode, Jan 28 : In a setback to CPI(M) in Kerala, three of its local functionaries and eight others were today sentenced to life imprisonment by a special court in the sensational T P Chandrasekharan murder case.In a keenly awaited verdict, judge R Narayana Pisharodi held "political animosity" as the motive for the murder of the CPI(M) rebel who floated the Revolutionary Marxist Party challenging the parent party's supremacy in the red fortress Onchiyam in Kozhikode district in north Kerala. One of the 12 found guilty in the case was given three years imprisonment. Noting that the deceased was the leader of "an emerging political party", the judgement said, "Motive of the crime was political animosity."The judge held that the first seven accused, who executed the murder, were "tools in the hands of the persons who entertained political enmity towards the deceased".They were found guilty under IPC sections 302 (murder),143 (unlawful assembly) and 147 (rioting).The three CPI-M functionaries were found guilty under IPC section 120-B (conspiracy) read with 302 (murder).One of the 12 accused found guilty

by the special judge was awarded three years' imprisonment. When the court pronounced the conviction last week, the CPI(M) had taken the outcome as a relief as several of its local functionaries who figured as accused were acquitted. The party activists sentenced to life imprisonment were P K Kunhanandan, an area committee member from Panur in Kannur district, K C Ramachandran, a local committee secretary and Manoj, a branch secretary. Chandrasekharan, a former CPI(M) wholetimer, was hacked to death by a sevenmember gang on May 4, 2012 under cover of darkness. The killers had come in a hired car and fled after hacking him to death, inflicting 51 cuts on his body.The murder cast a shadow on the CPI(M) in the state firmly controlled by state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan with not only political rivals but its own senior leader V S Achuthanandan using it as a weapon to attack the internal foes. Reacting to the sentence, Chandrasekharan's widow K K Rema said it came as relief to a certain extent in view of CPI(M) leaders' claim that their party had no involvement in the conspiracy to annihilate her husband.

Sanjay Singh files RS nomination from Assam; Opp to field joint candidate Guwahati, Jan 28 : Congress UP Lok Sabha member Sanjay Singh today filed nomination, seeking election to the Rajya Sabha from Assam, while an united Opposition is likely to field a joint candidate for the election. Mr Singh, who arrived in Guwahati last evening, reached the Assam Legislative Assembly premise this morning, escorted by ruling Congress legislators of the state. He filed the nomination in the presence of Assam CM Tarun Gogoi and Pradesh Congress chief Bhubaneswar Kalita. Talking to reporters, Mr Gogoi defended the Con-

gress decision to field a person from UP and stated that Mr Singh will work for the welfare of the state. He maintained that the people of the state will accept Mr Singh as was 'evident in the immense love the people have shown towards me by repeatedly voting for me'.Mr Singh is currently a Lok Sabha member from Sultanpur constituency of Uttar Pradesh. Pradesh Congress chief Bhubaneswar Kalita is likely to be the second candidate from the party. The Opposition parties are likely to file a common candidate, noted journalist Haidar Hussain, and he is

expected to file his nomination later in the day. Today is the last date for filing nomination for the Rajya Sabha polls. Earlier, Mr Biswajit Daimary of Bodoland People's Front (BPF), ally of ruling Congress, had filed his nomination yesterday. The Congress had earlier announced of supporting BPF candidate for one of the seats. The ruling alliance is expected to win two seats smoothly, but an united Opposition could wrestle the third seat.Elections for three seats from Assam for the Rajya Sabha are scheduled for February 7 next.


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Anarchy cannot be alternate politics: Arun Jaitley The past week has been a learning experience. I followed very closely the vision of India espoused by three different leaders. Rahul Gandhi’s address to the AICC was intended to boost the morale of his party cadres. They appear to be directionless. The decision not to have a prime ministerial candidate in the present context has put them to a psychological disadvantage. His address was aggressive but without specifics. Narendra Modi addressing the National Council of the BJP was at his eloquent best. Political positioning apart, he used the occasion to lay down a positive vision of India. He raised the level of debate. His address was prime ministerial. Emphasizing the importance of federalism, his address unfolded his vision of modern and strong India. From agricultural sector to education and health he was full of positive ideas. Every state must have institutions of excellence such as IIT, IIM and AIIMS. No home in India should be without basic amenities. The elevation of the Golden Quadrilateral to a Diamond Quadrilateral comprising of highways, industrial corridors and bullet trains with 100 smart cities can change the face of India. The first right to resources belongs to the poor and the deprived. This address is an important landmark for the BJP’s and Modi’s campaign for 2014. The third is the politics of the Aam Aadmi Party. The party was born as a reaction against conventional politics. It promised alternative politics. It is now clear that the alternative politics is anarchy. This has been admitted by the leader of the AAP. The demagogue is unambiguous. In the Lokpal movement, it was argued that the CBI as police of the central government cannot be under the control of the Centre. The same people now argue that the state police must be under the elected representatives of Delhi.Needless to say, the utterances of its leaders lack in civility. The party has displayed scant regard for the Rule of Law (in Malviya Nagar), political adventurism, extreme arrogance, lack of civility in public discourse and the least concern for established institutions. It appeals to the policemen to take off their uniforms and participate in the agitation.

Untoward leaders, but the AAP is on course When a crowd, however well-meaning, becomes a party, there are bound to be wrinkles, or even problems. The Aam Aadmi Party is encountering that in an in-your-face manner, two of them being Somnath Bharati and Kumar Vishwas who have some weight in the party. One is a minister; the other is set to challenge the fiefdom of the Gandhis in Amethi. Bharati has not just been a minister who was defied by the Delhi police but as later security cameras revealed, had been at the hospital when the suspect women were put through medical tests. He was also, as a video capture showed, inside a shop at midnight purportedly demanding answers as to why they were open. He is clearly in the role of a vigilante. Vishwas’s past, in the form of his poetry which he recited at mushairas as a profession, for a fee, have shown up some unpalatable verses and descriptions: one about a religious procession and another of nurses from Kerala. These are have been ferreted out from the past, thanks to YouTube, but it will haunt him and the AAP. Whatever Bharati’s conduct that infamous night, it is up for scrutiny, with the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress ensuring that their diggers were active looking for

just anything damning. It is not so much to underline the correctness or otherwise of a word or deed but as a means to corner the AAP which continues to have an upper hand in Delhi, with Lok Sabha polls within shouting distance. It is not that conventional parties have not goofed up. That they have and do on many serious issues is why we continue to have headline-making scams where the sums involved are mindbogglingly huge. However, these very parties facing tough election prospects because of their misdeeds are out to sermonise the AAP. To that is politics, to the AAP, it is not -- it is an attempt to cleanse. The AAP’s most visible, and obviously most powerful and maverick leader, Arvind Kejriwal has taken to the streets to demand the suspension of police officials who did not act when crimes were committed or purportedly being committed. When it is a political power game, as seen by the Congress, AAP would have to struggle to get its demands met. But unexpectedly, he continues to bat for Bharati. Much as the AAP has in place some system of screening people who move upwards to party positions and to executive positions in the government,

it is quite likely that the level of diligence may be inadequate. The way a person would conduct himself is hardly likely to be determined and digging into the poems of a poet who just reels them off, is near impossible. The party does have a problem in this area. Wouldn’t it have been better for him to have jettisoned Bharati and push hard for the Delhi state government’s administrative control over the police force in the national capital? It may have, but the AAP would have been seen as caving in under pressure. His option has been to counter it by pressure by public action. Control over police is the crux and though all three parties -- AAP, the Congress and the BJP -- have been demanding full statehood for Delhi. Once that is ensured, the police automatically come under the state instead of being managed by the Union home minister. It is ridiculous for the Union home minister to be concerned about a local police when serious other issues -terrorism and spread of Maoism -- have not been decisively and adequately tackled. If what Kejriwal says about graft and transfer is true, then the preoccupation of

the MHA is misplaced, even stupid. That is why dismissing Kejriwal as an anarchist and trying to corner him on that score is unfair because the AAP is unlike any other party we have so far seen. It takes its strength directly from the people not just by way of votes but being participatory in its decisions. It is, as sociologist Shiv Viswanathan says, is also “hyphenating protest, participation, and empowerment and its first symptoms are often disorder”. This protest post the formation of the government now is a manifestation of that disorder. When an established order, ossified but self-serving for the governors instead of being people-friendly emerges in their midst, there is bound to be a tumult among the practitioners of the old kind of politics. When outliers try to dictate terms, they are bound to shout ‘anarchy!’ and they have. They have understood the implications of an AAP and its idea of being truly representative of the governed instead of a phalanx of the governors. If not uprooted, it threatens the way politics has been run, with a surface sense of propriety hiding the rot within. The battle in Delhi is between these two forces: participative versus patronising. But AAP is on course.

lomat after the first face-toface meeting in the highceilinged, wood-paneled room on the 5th floor of the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva. He said, only half-joking, that the room in a sealed-off section of the labyrinthine U.N. complex was selected specifically for its inaccessibility - out of reach of journalists, diplomats and other potential interference. Those practical preparations were matched by the patient diplomacy of Brahimi himself in the months leading up to the talks as he, along with the United States and Russia, pushed the wary parties towards the negotiating process. “Expectations are low so we’ll see how things develop day by day. Every day that they talk is a little step forward,” another diplomatic source in Geneva said on the eve of talks which the opposition only formally agreed to just over a week ago. While Western and other nations backing the opposition met its chief negotiator every evening to discuss strategy and calm nerves, diplomats said they were looking to Russia, Assad’s major ally, to press the government side to let aid into Homs. Other proposals included local ceasefires and prisoner swaps. “They (the Russians) want this process to succeed, but this will be a test for them on how much sway they really have on the regime,” the diplomatic

source said. BACK FROM THE BRINK Aware of the enormous challenge of finding common political ground in the m i d d l e o f a c i v i l w a r, Brahimi avoided diving straight into the most divisive issue - the future of Assad. The 80-year-old veteran of conflict resolution has never portrayed himself as a man in a hurry. “I didn’t say going slow is great. I am saying be careful, don’t run before you can walk,” he told journalists. Brahimi’s strategy does appear to have tied the two sides into the negotiations just a few days after they came to the brink of disaster. On Friday, both threatened to pull out - the opposition refusing to talk until the government signed up to the 2012 Geneva accord on Syria, and the government warning it would return to Damascus unless the talks started the next day. Those threats have subsided, replaced by a qualified readiness to engage in political issues which Brahimi says form the core of his mission - albeit from largely irreconcilable positions and laced with acrimonious public exchanges. “I am happy because in general there is mutual respect and they are aware of the fact that this attempt is very important and must continue,” he said. SITTING WITH THE ENEMY

Sitting down with their opponents in the sparsely furnished negotiating room complete with translators’ cubicles in the corner for Brahimi’s non-Arabic speaking staff - has not been easy. Delegates from each side make no effort to hide the disdain they feel for their opponents. The last time 83-year-old Haitham al-Maleh looked across a table to a representative of Assad’s government was when he was being interrogated, he said. The former judge served a total of 10 years in prison on charges which included “weakening national morale”. “I kept looking at them one by one,” Maleh said of the government delegation. “I have spent a long time in jail and I have seen this regime kill and torture its people. But I still don’t understand how anyone could defend it”. At the official start of the talks on Friday, activists Rima Fleihan and Suhair alAtassi carried pictures of Abdelaziz al-Khayyer, a veteran dissident who was abducted in Damascus two years ago and whose fate remains unknown. “The regime needs at least to feel shame,” Fleihan said. For the government, sitting down for talks with people it has blamed for inciting bloodshed has also been a challenge. “We sit across the table because we love our country,” presidential adviser Bouthaina Shaaban said as she arrived one morning at the United Nations from the

lakeside Hotel de la Paix (Peace Hotel) where the government delegates are staying. “We are here because we don’t want to leave a door unopened if we can help our people and put an end to this terrorism and put an end to this horrible war,” she said. Asked to describe the mood at the first meeting, Shaaban said: “No tension. Calm and logical talks.” Brahimi characterized the first sessions as a civilized discussion and a “good beginning”, a message reinforced by diplomats who described the talks as free from drama. The opposition’s Western and Gulf Arab backers hope that the longer the talks last - especially if they start to bear fruit - the more chance the opposition has of winning support from rebels who remain either suspicious or openly hostile to the talks and owe no allegiance to the political exiles. But the opposition, aware that that strategy could backfire and that prolonged talks could simply harden the hostility of rebels and Syrian civilians, has told the West it will not get sucked into a stagnant process which resembles the decades-old Palestinian-Israeli negotiations. For now in Geneva, though, few people’s horizon extends beyond the immediate days ahead. “I can’t tell you where this is going,” the Western envoy said. “But there were a lot of people who said this will collapse on day one. And it hasn’t.”

At Syrian peace table, embittered enemies face off When Syria’s political foes met across a negotiating table for the first time in nearly three years of conflict, the top priority was to keep them from walking out. Diplomats had talked up the importance of getting the two sides in the same room in Geneva, but at one point things were so bad that it looked like that room might be the departure lounge at the city’s airport. But meet in the conference chamber they did, cajoled by officials who arranged the agenda to allow each delegation something it could live with. None of the diplomats Reuters spoke to for this article wanted to contemplate the consequences of failure. “If this conference fails then the situation will explode regionally,” said one diplomatic source, like others speaking on condition of anonymity because of the delicate negotiations. U.N. mediator Lakhdar Brahimi began by focusing on a deal on humanitarian access to the besieged and starving city of Homs before steering the talks towards the highly contentious question of a political settlement of a war that has killed 130,000 and forced millions to flee their homes. While both sides are ready to discuss a 2012 document which called for political transition, their interpretations of it are wildly divergent. The opposition say it means President Bashar al-Assad must step aside while the government says calls for his departure are the

stuff of fantasy. Diplomats said that to square that kind of circle, they will have to keep the talks going for months or perhaps even years. The hope is that over time the membership of delegations will evolve, with the opposition becoming more representative of the people doing the fighting and the government side reflecting a reappearance of doubts about Assad’s durability. “The longer the talks last, the more likely different opponents will join the process,” said the diplomatic source. Other sources said if the Geneva process takes off, support for Assad on the government side of the table may weaken. But opposition unity is at least as fragile and will be sorely tested if the talks drag on without result. The continued acquiescence in the negotiations shown by some rebel groups in Syria can also not be taken for granted, and al Qaeda-linked fighters reject them outright. STAGE MANAGEMENT In the meantime, delegates sat in silence on opposite wings of a U-shaped table as Brahimi set out his agenda. And when the heads of delegation spoke, it was to Brahimi not to each other. The painstaking stage management, designed to keep friction to a minimum and restrain mutual hatred, was part of a finely tuned diplomatic effort to lock the sides into talks. “It’s just the nature of this, that it could stall or explode any day,” said a Western dip-

Poor-quality sleep along with frequent awakenings accelerates cancer growth A new study has revealed that poor-quality sleep marked by frequent awakenings can speed cancer growth, increase tumor aggressiveness and dampen the immune system's ability to control or eradicate early cancers. "Fragmented sleep changes how the immune system deals with cancer in ways that make the disease more aggressive," study director David Gozal, MD, chairman of pediatrics at the University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital, said. The researcher said that toll-like receptor 4, a biological messenger, helps control activation of the innate immune system. It appears to be a lynchpin for the cancerpromoting effects of sleep loss.The researchers used mice, housed in small groups. During the day-when mice normally sleep-a quiet, motorized brush moved through half of the cages every two minutes, forcing those mice to wake up and then go back to sleep. The rest of the mice were not disturbed.After seven days in this setting, both groups of mice were injected with cells from one of two tumor types (TC-1 or 3LLC). All mice developed palpable tumors within 9 to 12 days. Four weeks after inoculation the researchers evaluated the tumors. They found that tumors from mice with fragmented sleep were twice as large, for both tumor types, as those from mice that had slept normally.A follow-up experiment found that when tumor cells were implanted in the thigh muscle, which should help contain growth, the tumors were much more aggressive and invaded surrounding tissues in mice with disrupted sleep.

Mouthwash users at higher risk of heart attacks

A new study has revealed that mouthwash users are at a greater risk of heart attack, as it can increase blood pressure by killing off "good" bacterias, which help blood vessels to relax. Professor Amrita Ahluwalia of Queen Mary, University of London, said that killing the good bacterias is a disaster, as small rises in blood pressure have significant impact on morbidity and mortality from heart disease and stroke, the Daily Express reported. She added that their research is not trying to tell people to stop using antiseptic mouthwashes if they have a gum or tooth infection, but they would ask why anyone else would want to.The study, which tracked the blood pressure of 19 healthy people who started using Corsodyl twice a day, found that their blood pressure shot up by between 2 and 3.5 units.According to the study, for each two-point rise in blood pressure, the risk of dying from heart disease rose by seven percent and the risk of dying from stroke by 10 percent.Corsodyl makers GlaxoSmithKline said that their product was for shortterm use to stop plaque and prevent gum disease. Corsodyl contains 0.2 percent by volume of the antiseptic chlorhexidine, and kills microbes needed to help create nitrite, which is essential for blood vessels to dilate properly.The study is published in the journal Free Radical Biology And Medicin

Genes to decide what diet suits you best

Soon, genetic testing may identify what diet you should consume for a longer, healthier life.Researchers have identified a group of genes that allow an organism to adapt to different diets and show that without them, even minor tweaks to diet can cause premature aging and death. "The studies have revealed that single gene mutations can alter the ability of an organism to utilise a specific diet. This could explain why certain diets work for some but not others, explained Sean Curran, assistant professor at University of Southern California (USC). In the age of commercial gene sequencing, people might be able to identify which diet would work best for them through a simple blood test, added Shanshan Pang from USC.They studied caenorhabditis elegans - a onemilimetre-long worm that scientists have used as a model organism for years.Curran and Pang identified a gene called 'alh-6' which delayed the effects of aging depending on what type of diet the worm was fed by protecting it against diet-induced mitochondrial defects. "What we have learned in the worm could translate to a better understanding of the factors that alter diet success in humans, Curran said in the study appeared in the journal Cell Metabolism. Finding a genetic basis for an organism's dietary needs suggests that different individuals may be genetically predisposed to thrive on different diets.This could be the start of personalised dieting based on an individual's genetic makeup, Curran stressed.

Simple blood test can reveal early diabetes risk

A simple blood test can reveal an individual's risk of developing type-2 diabetes much earlier - helping doctors provide earlier diagnosis and treatment. Researchers at Tel Aviv University's Sackler faculty of medicine found that 'A1c' test - performed to diagnose type-2 diabetes - can also be used at a much earlier stage to screen for the disease in high-risk population, like overweight patients. We were actually able to quantify how risk increases with A1c levels. This could allow doctors to make more informed decisions regarding diabetes prevention, informed Nataly Lerner of Tel Aviv University.


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Thailand to go ahead with February 2 election, despite warnings of chaos Bangkok, Jan 28 : Thailand's prime minister has confirmed a general election will go ahead on Sunday despite a warning that it could end in chaos in the face of months of at times violent anti-government protests. In a separate part of an army complex in Bangkok where Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was meeting Election Commission officials, shots were fired in a group of anti-government protesters. Two people were injured. "We have to go forward with the election. The Election Commission will organize the election under the framework of the constitution and try to avoid any violence," Deputy Prime Minister Pongthep Thepkanchana told a news conference. Yingluck had called the snap

election in the hope of confirming her hold on power and putting an end to the protests in the capital which began in November in an attempt to force her from office. The protests are the latest eruption in a political conflict that has gripped Thailand for eight years and which is starting to hurt growth and investor confidence in Southeast Asia's second-largest economy. The conflict broadly pits Bangkok's middle class and royalist establishment against the mainly poor, rural backers of Yingluck and her brother, ousted former premier Thaksin Shinawatra. The protesters have rejected the election, which Yingluck's ruling party looks set to win, and prevented advance voting in many parts of Bangkok

and the south on Sunday. The Commission has been pressing for a delay in the election because of the unrest and wants it delayed by up to four months. Ten people have been killed since the protests began and hundreds have been wounded. The latest shooting was where about 500 anti-government protesters had gathered at the Army Club compound in Bangkok where Yingluck held a cabinet meeting before meeting the Election Commission. The shooting took place far from that meeting. "Someone fired shots. One protester was hurt and the man who fired the shots was hurt too. They have been sent to different hospitals," Chumpol Jumsai, a protest leader who was at the facility in north Bangkok,

told Reuters. The protesters want to suspend what they say is a fragile democracy destabilized by former telecoms tycoon Thaksin, whom they accuse of nepotism and corruption. They want to eradicate the political influence of his family by altering electoral arrangements in ways they have not spelt out. The Election Commission has argued that the country is too unsettled to hold an election now. It also points out that candidates have been unable to register in some constituencies, meaning there would not be a quorum to open parliament even if voting went ahead."We believe chaos will ensue ... Our new recommendation is to hold elections within three or four months," Somchai Srisutthiyakorn, a member of

Gunmen kill senior Egyptian Interior Ministry official Cairo, Jan 28 : Two gunmen on a motorbike killed a senior Egyptian Interior Ministry official outside his home in Cairo on Tuesday, security officials said, putting pressure on the military-backed government as it struggles to contain an Islamist insurgency. The death of General Mohamed Saeed, head of the technical office of the minister of interior, suggested militants were stepping up their campaign against the state at a delicate time in Egyptian politics. Army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who toppled president Mohamed Mursi in July, is expected to announce his candidacy for the same post in the coming days, a move that will anger the Muslim Brotherhood to which Mursi belonged. The Islamist movement accuses Sisi of staging a coup that has undermined democratic gains made since an uprising ousted

autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011. Hundreds of its supporters were killed in clashes with security forces across Egypt in August.In the violence since Mursi's ouster, hundreds of members of the security forces have also been killed. Saeed's assassination came hours before Mursi appeared at a courthouse set up at a Cairo police academy to face charges of kidnapping and killing policemen after a 2011 jailbreak. Mursi, who already faces charges in three other cases, will not have the opportunity to scream slogans against Sisi and the army-backed government, as he did in previous court sessions. This time he is being held in a glass cage with a sound system controlled by the court, another example of the crackdown on dissent which has drawn criticism from human rights groups.

A Border Personnel Meeting (BPM) of the forward deployed troops of India and China was held on the occasion of India's Republic Day in Tawang.

Fighting erupts in Philippines as final peace deal nears Manila, Jan 28 : Philippine troops have killed about 17 members of a Muslim rebel faction, officials said, underscoring volatility in the resource-rich south as the government and the main rebel group enter the final, delicate stage of a peace process. The government and the main Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) reached a milestone in a 13-year peace process on the weekend, signing the fourth and final annex of a peace roadmap set out in 2012. But the rebels, who have been fighting for autonomy in the Muslim-majority south for decades, have to give up their weapons in the final stage and that could lead to resistance and possibly violence from some of them, analysts say. The latest violence flared in Maguindanao province on Monday when the military tried to serve arrest warrants against members of a splinter faction known as the

Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) for kidnapping and killings. Government forces were surrounding the rebels and skirmishing with them on Tuesday as they attempted to flee, an army spokesman said on Tuesday. "We have enough troops to be able to handle the estimated 300 BIFF forces," said Lieutenant Colonel Ramon Zagala, the army's chief spokesman. Troops had recovered the bodies of two rebels and officials said information from village officials and army personnel on the ground indicated 15 more rebels had been killed. The fighting was unlikely to derail the peace process with the MILF but it could slow it down, one analyst said, and it raised the prospect of more skirmishes over opposition to the decommissioning of rebel weapons. "The pace of the process would be prob-

ably affected," Julkipli Wadi, dean of the University of the Philippines' Institute of Islamic Studies, said in a television interview. "We can expect possible encounters, skirmishes and eventual refusal of other groups, they are not willing to lay down their arms, that could complicate things," he said. In September, members of another Muslim rebel faction who felt disadvantaged by the peace pact stormed into Zamboanga City, battling security forces for weeks after taking civilians hostage. About 200 people were killed. The agreement on Saturday forged in Malaysia, which has been brokering talks since 2001, cleared the last hurdle to a pact to end more than 40 years of conflict that has killed 120,000 people, displaced about two million and stunted growth in a region rich in minerals and other natural resources.

the Election Commission, told reporters as he went into the meeting. As the protest movement drags on into its third month, the government has issued an ultimatum to leaders that they face arrest by Thursday if they do not give up areas of Bangkok they have taken over. The government has declared a state of emergency in the capital and Labour Minister Chalerm Yoobumrung, in charge of enforcing the decree, said an arrest warrant would be sought against protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban and others on Tuesday. "If the court issues arrest warrants for the protest leaders at 3 p.m. today, we will start capturing them. Suthep has refused to negotiate with us so we don't know what else to do," Chalerm told reporters.

Istanbul gun attack heightens violence fears ahead of local polls

Istanbul, Jan 28 : Unidentified assailants opened fire with rifles on the offices of a leading Istanbul mayoral candidate , a day after a opposition party official was shot dead, raising concerns about violence ahead of March local elections. No one was hurt in the attack in the affluent central district of Sisli, a city official said. Its mayor, Mustafa Sarigul, is running for the powerful post of mayor of greater Istanbul on the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) ticket. On Sunday, an adviser to the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), another opposition party, was shot dead outside a campaign office in the Istanbul suburb of Esenyurt in a street clash the party blamed on supporters of Kurdish militants. Local elections on March 30 are seen as a test of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's popularity after a graft probe implicated his government and following anti-government protests in Istanbul and the capital Ankara last summer. The government has reassigned thousands of police officers as a result of the graft investigation, and MHP leader Devlet Bahceli said on Monday those changes may encourage violence.

Mladic refuses to testify in Karadzic defence The Hague, Netherlands, Jan 28 : Former Bosnian Serb army commander Gen. Ratko Mladic has slammed the United Nations’ Yugoslav war crimes tribunal as a “satanic court” and refused to testify as a defence witness for his former political master, Radovan Karadzic. A courtroom reunion on Tuesday of the two alleged chief architects of Serb atrocities during Bosnia’s 1992-95 war lasted only about an hour as Gen. Mladic told judges repeatedly he would not answer former Bosnian Serb President Karadzic’s questions. Both men are on trial separately for crimes including genocide. Both insist they are innocent. Gen. Mladic initially refused to testify, then said he would if officials fetched his dentures from his cell. But even with his false teeth in place, Gen. Mladic said he was too ill to testify and did not want to risk incriminating himself.

Veena Malik announced her retirement from the commercial film industry and said she will only take part in projects with religious and social messages as an Islamic cleric has changed her life completely.

Ukraine PM Azarov offers to resign 'to help end conflict' Kiev, Jan 28 : Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov offered his resignation to President Viktor Yanukovich on Tuesday, saying he hoped his departure would help towards a peaceful settlement to two months of unrest which has convulsed the former Soviet republic. The 66-year-old Azarov announced his decision as parliament met for an emergency session to work out possible concessions to the opposition to end street protests in the capital Kiev and in other cities in which six people have been killed. Azarov, a loyal lieutenant of Yanukovich since the latter was elected to power in February 2010, said he was offering to step down "with the aim of creating extra means for finding a social-political compromise, for the sake of a peaceful settlement of the conflict." But in reality he has been publicly humiliated by Yanukovich's offer at the weekend to give his job to former economy minister Arseny Yatsenyuk, one of the opposition leaders, in an effort to stem the rising pro-

tests against his rule. The opposition has been calling consistently for the resignation of the Azarov government since the onset of the crisis. But opposition leaders have shied away from the offer of top government posts by Yanukovich, seeing it as a trap intended to compromise them in front of their supporters on the streets. Yatsenyuk, one of a "troika" of opposition leaders, formally turned down the offer of the top government job on Monday night and the question now was whether Yanukovich would accept Azarov's departure or not. Azarov has steered the heavily indebted economy through hard times over four years, keeping the national currency tightly pegged to the dollar and refusing International Monetary Fund pressure to raise gas prices at home. He backed the decision in November to walk away from a free trade agreement with the European Union - the move which sparked the mass street protests - and it was Azarov who took the heat in parliament, defending the

need for closer economic ties with Russia in a stormy debate with the opposition. Parliament went into emergency session on Tuesday with ministers loyal to Yanukovich saying they would press for a state of emergency to be declared if the opposition leaders did not rein in protesters and end occupation of municipal and government buildings across the country. Opposition leaders, who include boxerturned-politician Vitaly Klitschko and nationalist Oleh Tyahnibok, are also pressing for the repeal of sweeping anti-protest laws rammed through parliament by Yanukovich loyalists on January 16. A government reshuffle had also been slated for discussion at the emergency session but it was not clear now how this would proceed given Azarov's resignation offer.Another battle lies ahead over protesters detained during the unrest. The Yanukovich side said these would be pardoned, but only once protesters had ended their occupation of public buildings and blockade of roads.

two miles with hundreds of protesters swirling around him holding signs and guitars. With a simple gesture extending his friendship Seeger gave the protesters and even their opponents a moment of brotherhood the short-lived movement sorely needed. When a policeman approached, Tao RodriguezSeeger said at the time, he feared his grandfather would be hassled. “He reached out and shook my hand and said, ‘Thank you, thank you, this is beautiful,’” RodriguezSeeger said. “That really did it for me. The cops recognized what we were about. They wanted to help our march. They actually wanted to protect our march because they saw something beautiful. It’s very hard to be anti-something beautiful.” That was a message Seeger spread his entire life. With The Weavers, a quartet organized in 1948, Seeger helped set the stage for a national folk revival. The

group Seeger, Lee Hays, Ronnie Gilbert and Fred Hellerman churned out hit recordings of “Goodnight Irene,” “Tzena, Tzena” and “On Top of Old Smokey.” Seeger also was credited with popularizing “We Shall Overcome,” which he printed in his publication “People’s Song” in 1948. He later said his only contribution to the anthem of the civil rights movement was changing the second word from “will” to “shall,” which he said “opens up the mouth better.” “Every kid who ever sat around a campfire singing an old song is indebted in some way to Pete Seeger,” Arlo Guthrie once said. Seeger called the 1950s, years when he was denied broadcast exposure, the high point of his career. He was on the road, touring college campuses, spreading the music he, Guthrie, Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter and others had created or preserved. “The most important job I did was go from college to college to

college to college, one after the other, usually small ones,” he told the AP in 2006. ” ... And I showed the kids there’s a lot of great music in this country they never played on the radio.” Seeger’s output included dozens of albums and single records for adults and children. By the 1990s, no longer a party member but still styling himself a communist with a small C, Seeger was heaped with national honours. Official Washington sang along - the audience must sing was the rule at a Seeger concert - when it lionized him at the Kennedy Center in 1994. President Bill Clinton hailed him as “an inconvenient artist who dared to sing things as he saw them.” Seeger was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 as an early influence. Ten years later, Bruce Springsteen honoured him with “We Shall Overcome- The Seeger Sessions,” a rollicking reinterpretation of songs sung by Seeger.

Singer, activist Pete Seeger passes away New York, Jan 28 : Buoyed by his characteristically soaring spirit, the surging crowd around him and a pair of canes, Pete Seeger walked through the streets of Manhattan leading an Occupy Movement protest in 2011. Though he would later admit the attention embarrassed him, the moment brought back so many feelings and memories as he instructed yet another generation of young people how to effect change through song and determination as he had done over seven decades as a history-sifting singer and ever-so-gentle rabble-rouser. “Be wary of great leaders,” he told The Associated Press two days after the march. “Hope that there are many, many small leaders.” The banjo-picking troubadour who sang for migrant workers, college students and star-struck presidents in a career that introduced generations of Americans to their folk music heritage died on Monday at the age of 94.

Seeger’s grandson, Kitama Cahill-Jackson, said his grandfather died peacefully in his sleep around 9. 30 p.m. at the New York Presbyterian Hospital, where he had been for six days. Family members were with him. “He was chopping wood 10 days ago,” Cahill-Jackson recalled. With his lanky frame, worn banjo and full white beard, Seeger was an iconic figure in folk music who outlived his peers. He performed with the great minstrel Woody Guthrie in his younger days and wrote or co-wrote “If I Had a Hammer,” “Turn, Turn, Turn,” “Where Have All the Flowers Gone” and “Kisses Sweeter Than Wine.” He lent his voice against Hitler and nuclear power. A cheerful warrior, he typically delivered his broadsides with an affable air and his fingers poised over the strings of his banjo. In 2011, the canes kept Seeger from carrying his beloved instrument while he walked nearly


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Infosys bags LEED rating for 2 building in city Hyderabad, Jan 28 (IPT) : Infosys, a global leader in consulting, technology and outsourcing solutions has been awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) India Platinumrating by the Indian Green Building Council for its Software Development Blocks (SDB) 2 and 3 in the city.With this, Infosys now has a total of ten buildings, covering 2.7 million square feet of space, garnering the prestigious Platinum rating, up from 2.1 million square feet in year 2013, a company release here today said. The LEED Green Building Rating System is a globally accepted benchmark for design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings. Infosys has the largest building area as LEED Platinum certified in the office space category and also has the second highest number of LEED Platinum awards for a corporate.Infosys constructed these buildings with a holistic approach to sustainability, concentrating on areas such as water efficiency and harvesting.

Sahara Chief Subrata Roy Can't Leave India: SC New Delhi, Jan 28 : Sahara Group chief Subrata Roy will not be allowed to leave the country with the Supreme Court today refusing to relax its order restraining him from going abroad till his company furnishes details of refunding Rs 20,000 crore of investors money. A bench of justices K S Radhakrishnan and J S Khehar said that it will allow him to leave the country only when the Sahara group furnishes all the documents to reveal the source of Rs 22,885 crore which it claimed to have refunded to its investors. It said that if the company failed to show the source of the money then it would direct "further probe" against the group and brushed aside an impassioned plea of Roy's counsel who submitted that his client be allowed to go abroad for business purposes and he will return before the next date of hearing. "Everything is going in a circle. We want to finish this aspect of the case on the next date of hearing," the bench said adding "If you give the source then a day after we would allow you to go abroad". The bench said that delay is on the part of the company to furnish details and directed the group the place all the documents including the bank statements sought by SEBI before February 11 when it would take up the case for further hearings.Tightening the noose around

Sahara group for not refunding Rs 20,000 crore investors money, the Supreme Court had on November 21 last year barred Roy from leaving the country and also restrained it from selling any of its properties. On the last date of hearing on January 9, the Supreme Court had warned the Group to reveal source of Rs 22,885 crore or be ready to face inquiry by CBI and Registrar of Companies. Sending a clear message that the court is not "helpless" in taking action for flouting its directions, the apex court had rapped Sahara chief Subrata Roy and the group for refusing to disclose the source of money. It had on August 31, 2012 directed the Sahara group to refund Rs 24,000 crore by November end. The deadline was further extended and the companies were directed to deposit Rs 5,120 crore immediately and Rs 10,000 crore in first week of January and the remaining amount in first week of February.The group, which had handed over the draft of Rs 5,120 crore on December 5, has failed to pay the rest of the amount.The two companies, their promoter Roy and directors Vandana Bhargava, Ravi Shankar Dubey and Ashok Roy Choudhary were told to refund the collected money to the regulator. Three contempt petitions filed by SEBI against Roy, the two firms--Sahara India Real Estate Corp Ltd (SIREC) and Sahara India Housing Investment Corp Ltd (SHIC)--and their directors are pending before the court.

Nine Missing in Boat Mishap in Ganga Buxar, Jan 28 : Nine persons, mostly girls, went missing in a boat mishap in river Ganga in Chausa block of Bihar's Buxar district today, police said. As per information collected from people on board the boat, 21 persons were returning home after working in field in Palia village in Uttar Pradesh when the vessel capsized, Superintendent of Police Babu Ram said. 12 people swam to safety, while 9 are still missing, he said, adding there was no trace of them even after three hours of search by the divers.

Kumari Selja Quits as Minister After RS Nomination New Delhi, jan 28 : Kumari Selja, who has been nominated to the Rajya Sabha, has quit the Union Council of Ministers to work in the party. Selja, who held Social Justice and Empowerment portfolio since October 2012, submitted her resignation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh last night, sources close to her said. The resignation of 51year-old Selja, a known detractor of Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, comes at a time when the Congress high command is undertaking a rejig in the

Delhi businessman robbed of Rs.7.69 crore

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minsiter Akhilesh Yadav with Aazam Khan inaugurates a number of development schemes at a programme in Lucknow.

HC Notice to Kejriwal, Bharti on Poll Expenses New Delh, Jan 28 : The Delhi High Court today issued notices to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Law Minister Somnath Bharti on separate pleas of two BJP leaders seeking to declare their election as void on the ground that they exceeded the poll expense limit of Rs 14 lakh each. A bench of justice Vipin Sanghi sought the response from Kejriwal on the election petition of former Delhi BJP president Vijender Gupta, who had unsuccessfully fought the Assembly election against Kejriwal from New Delhi constituency. Another bench of justice G S Sistani issued notice to the law minister on the plea of BJP leader and former Delhi mayor Arti Mehra, who alleged that Bharti did not comply with the provisions of the Representation of People Act (RP Act) and had spent more than Rs 14 lakh during his election campaign in the Malviya Nagar Assembly seat. The courts, which did not issue notice to the Election Commission, asked the Aam Aadmi Party leaders to file their responses within four

weeks and fixed the matters for hearing on February 25. During the hearing, Satyapal Jain and Rajeev Ranjan Raj, appearing for BJP leaders, cited various related provisions of the RPAct to stress on the point that the AAP leaders did not give correct and separate accounts of expenses incurred by them during the election campaign. The BJP leaders have said in their petition that Kejriwal and Bharti had indulged in corrupt practices and incurred huge expenditure of nearly Rs 94.80 lakh during campaigning by organising a rock show "Jeet Ki Gunj, Vote for Change" on November 23, 2013 at Jantar Mantar, after filing their poll nomination. "...The total actual expenses incurred by the Aam Admi Party on the account of concert is Rs 94.80 lakh which has been highly underestimated by the respondent (Kejriwal) and the Aam Admi Party as Rs. 14.72 lakh," the petitions said. Similar allegations have been made by Mehra against Bharti."Kejriwal has influenced/solicited the voters by

such a massive concert, thereby affecting the outcome of the election," the petitions allege. It accused both the AAP leaders of having violated the Model Code of Conduct issued by the Election Commission of India, the provisions of the RP Act and also the principles of the Constitution regarding free and fair elections. The petition said many prominent singers and Bollywood personalities performed at the event and all of them charged Rs 3 lakh to Rs 10 lakh, which was allegedly paid by Kejriwal. The petitions also said that the concert was advertised through newspapers, TV and radio to attract voters. Elaborate arrangements were put in place and the programme was attended by more than 20,000 people and the total cost of the show/ concert will not come to be less than Rs one crore. Gupta said "the show was addressed and attended by Kejriwal and three other AAP candidates namely Somnath Bharti from Malviya Nagar constituency, Surinder Singh from Delhi Cantt con-

stituency and Manish Sisodia from Patparganj, who was also a star campaigner. In that event, Rs 33 lakh has to be added in the expenses account" of Kejriwal. He said the Election Commission has a video recording of the event but the same is yet to be provided to him. The petitions said that on their complaint, an inquiry was initiated by the Election Commission and the District Expenditure Monitoring Committee "erroneously apportioned" an expenditure of Rs 13.05 lakh in the account of Kejriwal, Bharti and Surinder Singh. They said that the assessment arrived at by the Commission treating the concert as "good cause" was "erroneous" and no independent information was used to evaluate the exact amount. "....The stand of Kejriwal and AAP that the artists/ celebrities have not charged for performing in the concert for being associated with the party is factually wrong and, hence, not acceptable as per the guidelines of the Election Commission.

SEBI chairman U.K.Sinha along with RBI Executive Director R.Gandhi during the launch of Interest rate futures at BSE in Mumbai on Tuesday.

New Delhi, Jan 28 : A businessman was robbed of Rs.7.69 crore at gun point in a meticulously planned robbery here Tuesday, police said. Rakesh Chawla lost the money as a group of armed men made away with his car while he was arguing with the occupants of another car that had halted suddenly ahead of his vehicle, causing a collision. The entire crime took place on an otherwise busy road in Lajpat Nagar in south Delhi, close to a Delhi Metro station. Police who reconstructed the crime said the robbers used two cars: a Wagon R and a Verna. Chawla, who deals in property, was going towards central Delhi from his Greater Kailash-I office in south Delhi around 9 a.m. with three associates and a driver in his Honda City car. A Wagon R overtook Chawla's car and suddenly stopped in the front. Its occupants got into a heated row with Chawla. That is when the Verna car turned up. Its occupants sprang out and held the businessman captive at gun point. While one group of robbers escaped from the spot in the victim's car which had Rs.7.69 crore, the other sped away in their Verna car, a police officer said. The robbers' Wagon R car was left behind. The entire operation, clearly carefully planned, lasted around 20 minutes. Police said they were verifying the origin of the looted amount. Some three hours after the robbery, police traced the Verna car, bearing a Haryana registration plate, at Jangpura in south Delhi. Chawla's Honda City was recovered on a flyover near Sewa Nagar, also in south Delhi, but minus the money. Both the cars used in the crime were stolen, said an officer.

party ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.The fourth-time Lok Sabha member put in her papers soon after being nominated to the Rajya Sabha from her home state Haryana. Assembly elections in Haryana are scheduled by the year-end. Congress sources said that the Union Minister is being drafted for party work for the next Lok Sabha polls. The party high command is in search of a PCC chief for the state to replace Phulchand Mulana. Earlier the name of young party Ashok Tanwar, also a Dalit was doing rounds for the PCC

post.She has been active politics since 1990 and was first elected in 1991. She is a four term Lok Sabha MP. A section in the party believes that she could be accommodated in AICC.Selja is Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment. She is the daughter of former Union Minister Chaudhary Dalbir Singh. She was a Lok Sabha member from Ambala and had earlier represented Sirsa. A prominent Dalit face of the party in Haryana, she had been more active in the politics of Centre. Selja is second woman minister to have quit the

Union Council of Ministers in the recent past after Jayanthi Natarajan.A number of Union Ministers are likely to put in their papers in coming days to involve them in party work ahead of the Lok Sabha polls scheduled in April. Recently four senior ministers P Chidambaram, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Salman Khurshid and Anand Sharma were made senior spokespersons of the party while Shashi Tharoor and Jyotiraditya Scindia were made spokespersons. PMO sources said Selja's resignation has been forwarded to the President for being accepted.

No change in inflation goalposts, CPI to be in focus: Rajan Mumbai, Jan 28 : Reserve Bank Governor Raghuram Rajan on Tuesday said the 25 basis point repo rate hike will help rein in consumer price rise at under 8 per cent by next January and denied speculation that the goalposts have been shifted to retail inflation and inflation targeting has been adopted. “We should be able to reach the 8 per cent objective (on consumer price inflation) by the end of the year with this rate hike, which in turn will aid sustainable growth in the long term,” Mr. Rajan told reporters at the customary post-policy interaction.The Urjit Patel

Committee on monetary policy framework set a retail inflation target of 8 per cent by January 2015. The panel’s recommendations include shifting the goalposts to consumer price inflation and inflation targeting.Mr. Rajan, however, denied that the RBI has adopted any of the suggestions formally and said it will have to be done in consultation with the government. He added that CPI inflation at 8 per cent is a very “reasonable” target. “It is premature to say that we are moving towards inflation targeting,” he said, adding the committee’s recom-

Rahul Gandhi ill-informed about 1984 riots: BJP New Delhi, jan 28 : The BJP Tuesday took Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi head on, saying he was illinformed about the 1984 anti-sikh riots. Rahul Gandhi, in a TV interview Monday night, said the difference between the 1984 riots and the 2002 riots in Gujarat was that in the former, the government was trying to stop the violence while in Gujarat, the government was abetting and pushing the riots. "Rahul Gandhi is ill-informed. In 1984, police hardly fired at the rioters, it was in collusion with the government. In Gujarat, 300 rioters died in police firing. Around 65,000 rioters were arrested in Gujarat... more than 4,000 cases have been chargesheeted and hundreds have been convicted," Bharatiya Janata Party leader Arun Jaitley said."Even the chief minister has gone through enquiries. What did they (Congress) do in 1984," Jaitley questioned."Which Congressman has ended in jail because of 1984? The call for 'khoon ka badla khoon' (an eye for an eye) was heard in AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Science) first," he said. Then prime minister Indira Gandhi was taken to AIIMS after being shot by her Sikh bodyguards. Asked about Rahul Gandhi's refusal to apologise, Jaitley said: "We are not expecting him to go that far. We are just expecting him to have correct lessons of history."Party leader Ravi Shankar Prasad, meanwhile, said Rahul Gandhi knows "defeat stares at his face" as he shied away from a debate with its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. "Rahul recognises certain defeat stares at his face," Bharatiya Janata Party leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said, referring to Rahul Gandhi's TV interview.

mendations are being studied. He said the RBI had been focusing on both the consumer price index (CPI) and wholesale price index (WPI) inflation numbers for some time now and feels the CPI component is important because of its direct correlation with the consumer, who is getting affected the most and needs to be protected. Mr. Rajan said the RBI has to focus on disinflationary pressures in a weak economy. “The 25 bps increase in the repo is needed to set the economy securely on the recommended disinflationary path,” Mr. Rajan said.

Dry weather to prevail in AP over next 48 hours Hyderabad, Jan 28 (IPT) : Mainly Dry weather would prevail over Coastal Andhra Pradesh, Rayalaseema and Telangana during next 48 hours. The outlook for subsequent two days there would be no large change, the Met Office said in a bulletin here today.The sky over Hyderabad and neighbourhood would be partly cloudy over next two days.Fog and mist would occur during morning hours. Maximum and Minimum temperatures would be around 28 and 16 degrees Celsius respectively. Observations recorded till 0830 hours today indicated that dry weather prevailed over Coastal Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Rayalaseema. On Monday, the minimum temperatures appreciably fell at few places over Telangana but appreciably rose at one or two places over Coastal Andhra Pradesh & Rayalaseema.

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