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Modi is being projected as a “magician”: Sonia Kolar (Karnataka), April 9 : Training her guns on BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday charged that he was being projected with his “true face” hidden behind a mask and as a “magician” who could cure all ills of the country. Without naming Mr. Modi, Ms. Gandhi also made a stinging attack on the Gujarat model of development being touted by him, saying some people had the habit of projecting “small things in a big” way as if no good work is happening in other states. “These days you can see all over the country huge and costly advertisements are being showcased and an attempt is being made by them to hide the truth,” the UPA Chairperson told an election rally in Kolar. She said, “An attempt is being made to hide the true face of one person with a mask; he is being projected as a cure for all ills and as a magician for the country.” Tearing into the Gujarat model, she said, “Some people have this habit of projecting small things in a big way. These days similar picture is being shown about the development in Gujarat as though no good work is happening in other states.” Ms. Gandhi said it was a “different thing altogether” that the poor, downtrodden and minorities had made enough sacrifices for “this development...children are dying of malnutrition in poor man’s house, tribals are facing problems in leading their daily lives.” Charging that farmers’ lands were being forcefully acquired in Gujarat, she said,
Congress president Sonia Gandhi greets people during an election rally in support of party candidate K.H. Muniyappa (R) in Kolar near Bengaluru on Wednesday. “If we talk about the condition of women in Gujarat, there are different types of harassment. This is their true picture.”“....they don’t believe in unity in diversity, they divide hearts, they make brothers to fight against each other.Please tell me can you expect nation building from such people who don’t believe in our fundamentals of secular principles.” “We cannot have expectations from such people about nation building,” Ms. Gandhi said, as she canvassed support for Union Minister K.H. Muniyappa who is contesting from Kolar (Reserved) constituency. “We have two options in
front of us. On one side we have BJP and its divisive communal agenda, on the other side there is Congress which has always stood for brotherhood and unity...,” Ms. Gandhi said.“This is the same BJP that talks of Dharma and morality, but you are witness to the fact of how women were treated during their rule, it was a kind of national embarrassment,” she said hitting out at the previous BJP government in Karnataka.She said, “It was the time in Karnataka when all kinds of developmental activities had come to halt, and with conspiracy and collusion your mineral resources were being looted.”
Polling ends in four north-east States Itanagar/Shillong/Imphal/Kohima, April 9 : Polling was held on Wednesday for six Lok Sabha seats in the four northeastern states of Manipur, Nagaland, Meghalaya besides Arunachal Pradesh where Assembly elections to the 60-member House were also held. Nagaland registered 81.47 per cent polling, Manipur 80 per cent, Meghalaya 71 per cent and Arunachal Pradesh 55 per cent, according to election office sources. Congress candidate in Konsa (W) Assembly constituency in troubled Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh was kidnapped by suspected militants, but was released unharmed later. Polling was not held in a disputed area in Longleng district of Nagaland bordering Assam.Longleng Superintendent of Police James said armed Assam Police and CRPF personnel prohibited the entry of polling officials at Ladaigarh Polling Station (PS) No. 1 under Tamlu Assembly constituency in the district.A mob prevented setting up of standby polling station other than the designated one. In Meghalaya, defying a 12-hour bandh called by a banned separatist group in the Khasi Jaintia hills, voters turned out in large numbers in urban areas, state Chief Electoral Officer P Naik said. In Arunachal Pradesh, Congress, BJP, NCP and People’s Party of Arunachal, besides Independents, were in the fray in the Western and Eastern parliamentary constituencies which have been traditional Congress
strongholds since 1975, except in 2004 when BJP made a dent. Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering of Congress was pitted against BJP nominee Tarir Gao and PPA’S Wangman Lowangcha in the Eastern parliamentary seat. After casting his vote at Sagalee, about 137 km from Itanagar, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki said the party would emerge winner in both the Lok Sabha and assembly polls. Mr. Tuki was among 11 Congress candidates elected unopposed to the 60-member house. There were 155 candidates including 5 women, in the fray for remaining 49 Assembly seats in the state. In Manipur, 10 contestants from BJP, Congress, Trinamool Congress, Naga People’s Front, NCP, JD(U) and Aam Admi Party, besides three independents were in the fray. The candidates whose electoral fate was decided were sitting Congress MP Thangso Baite, Gangmumei Kamei (BJP), C Doungel (NCP), Kim Gangte (TMC), Soso Lorho (Naga People’s Front), L Gangte (JD-U) and M K Zou (AAP). Elections to the Inner Manipur seat would be held on April 17. In Nagaland, the poll will decide the fate of Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, the candidate from his Naga People’s Front party. He was pitted against Congress’ K.V. Pusa and Akheu Achumi of Socialist Party (India).This was the first time that Nagaland webcast poll proceedings in 84 polling stations out of 2,059 stations.
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GHMC achieves Rs 1022 cr property tax target Hyderabad, April 9 : Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) Commissioner Somesh Kumar today said that after achieving a target of Rs 1022 crores in Property Tax, the Corporation (GHMC) has established a new programme, namely 'Early Bird', to initiate Property Tax collections for the financial year of 20142015.Talking to reporters after luanching the programme here, Mr.Somesh Kumar said that as part of the programme all the property Tax payers who manage to remit their annual Property Tax dues for the current year before April 30 will be given a 5 per cent rebate on their respective due.The Commissioner said that the programme is launched to encourage the tax payers. Currently, all the bill collectors are busy with election work.So the populace can avail these services at their closest Mee Seva centre or the Citizen Service Centres,
Former union minister Narendra dead Hyderabad, April 9 (IPT) : Senior BJP leader and former union minister Ale Narendra died here Wednesday, after prolonged illness. He was 67. Narendra breathed his last at a private hospital. He is survived by two sons and a daughter. Hailing from the old city of Hyderabad, Narendra had returned to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2011 after remaining in political oblivion for few years. Popular among his supporters as "tiger", Narendra began his political career as Rashtriya Sweyamsevak Sangh (RSS) worker. He was elected to Andhra Pradesh assembly and parliament. He was elected to the assembly from Himayatnagar constituency in the city in 1985 and to Lok Sabha from Medak in 1999. A strong supporter of the demand for separate Telangana state, he quit the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and floated Telangana Sadhana Samihi (TSS) in 2000. He later merged the outfit with the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS). Narendra was elected again from Medak in 2004 and was inducted in the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) ministry. He was the union minister of state for rural development. In 2007, the TRS expelled Narendra from the party for his alleged involvement in human trafficking scam.BJP leaders have condoled the death of Narendra. Party's senior leader M. Venkaiah Naidu, its Telangana president G. Kishan Reddy and others paid tributes.
he added.He said that this offer can only be availed on the current year Property Tax if one has any previous arrears the rebate will not be applicable. The Commissioner said that GHMC plans to collect close to Rs 250 crores under the 'Early Bird' banner and if one pays post July there would be a 2 per cent penal interest which would be levied. 'Do not wait for the demand notices to be served, he said and requested all the Property Tax payers to pay up as soon as possible.If one has to remit Rs 1000 as property tax, the tax payers can just pay Rs 950 and get done with it. There are no hassles of adjusting the rebate in the future accounts, he added.
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Former Sabita minister charge sheeted in illegal mining case Hyderabad, April 9 (IPT) : The CBI Wednesday filed a supplementary charge sheet against a former Andhra Pradesh minister and a retired bureaucrat in illegal mining case involving former Karnataka minister Gali Janardhana Reddy. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) named former home minister P.Sabitha Indra Reddy and former Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer and then secretary of mines, B. Kripanandam in the supplementary charge sheet filed in Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC) case in a special court here. OMC is owned by mining baron Janardhana Reddy, who is in jail for over two years now and is facing similar
cases in Karnataka. The OMC case related to lease granted to the company for mining iron ore in Anantapur district bordering Karnataka in alleged violation of all rules.The CBI has charged Sabitha Indra Reddy and Kripanandam with cheating, criminal conspiracy, breach of trust and corruption. They were accused of favouring the company. Sabitha was minister of mines in Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy's government (20042009) when the OMC was given the lease. The CBI said its investigations revealed that the then minister and secretary allegedly issued provisional mining lease for 68.50 hectares in favour of Bellarybased private company with-
out any justification and also violating the provisions of Mines and Minerals (Development Regulation) Act, 1957 (MMDR Act) and Mineral Concession Rules, 1960. "Later, in addition to the said mining lease of 68.50 Ha, the accused persons also allegedly approved the grant of mining lease of 39.50 Ha in favour of Bellary based private company in violation of MMDR Act, 1957," a CBI statement said.Sabitha resigned as minister last year after the CBI named her in a chargesheet filed in the quid pro quo investment case involving YSR Congress chief Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy. She was named in the case relating to allotment of limestone lease to Dalmia Cements in Kadapa district in 2008.
TDP candidate Krishnaiah injured in attack Hyderabad, April 9 (IPT) : R. Krishnaiah, who is considered the Telugu Desam Party's candidate for the chief minister's post in Telangana, was injured when supporters of a party rebel attacked him at Saroornagar on the outskirts of Hyderabad Wednesday. Krishnaiah, the TDP candidate for L.B. Nagar assembly seat, was attacked when he was going to file his nomination. The attackers damaged his car. The police managed to rescue him and chased away the assailants. A leader of the backward
classes, he recently joined the TDP, which has promised to make a backward class leader the chief minister if the party comes to power in Telangana. The TDP's alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has led to resentment in certain sections of the party with protests outside the residence of TDP chief N. Chandrababu Naidu by those opposing the alliance. The TDP activists are unhappy with the leadership for leaving several seats considered their stronghold for the BJP. Meanwhile, supporters of
two TDP leaders in Khammam district clashed over the choice of candidates. TDP candidate for Khammam Lok Sabha seat Nama Nageswara Rao had to face the ire of supporters of another district leader, Balasani. The latter alleged that Nageswara Rao denied him the ticket for the assembly election. In another incident, Jai Samaikyandhra Party (JSP) candidate for the Khammam Lok Sabha seat Nagarjuna Rao was attacked at Madhira in Khammam district Wednesday. Rao was injured
when Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) workers attacked his car as he was proceeding to file his nomination papers. The TRS activists threatened to kill the JSP leader, saying a political party from Andhra has no place in Telangana.JSP was floated last month by former chief minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, who quit his post and the Congress to protest the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.In Nalgonda also, the TDP office was ransacked by supporters of leaders who were denied tickets.
Voters stand in a queue to cast their votes for the Lok Sabha elections at Pasighat in East Siang district in Arunachal Pradesh.
INS Vikrant finally sold for scrap, activist moves apex court Mumbai, April 9 : India's first aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant has finally been auctioned to a ship-breaker for Rs.60 crore and an activist Wednesday moved the apex court in a last ditch bid to save the vessel which saw action in the 1971 India-Pakistan war.It was sold through an auction to Mumbai's IB Commercials Pvt. Ltd., but details are awaited.Mumbai activist Kiran Paigankar, who had earlier filed a writ petition in Bombay High Court trying to save the ship, said he moved
the Supreme Court challenging the auction. "The matter is likely to come up tomorrow (Thursday). At the hearing, we shall request the apex court to allow any other state government or port trust to come and take over the ship - since the Maharashtra government is unwilling to save it - and accord her the status of 'Antiquity' under the Antiquity and Art Treasure Act, 1972," Paigankar told .The onceimposing vessel, commissioned by the Indian Navy in 1961, was decommissioned
in 1997 and has been kept on anchor at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai.During the hearing of the PIL in January, the central government informed the Bombay High Court that the ship had completed its operational life. The Maharashtra government expressed its inability to preserve it as a floating museum owing to financial constraints following which the Bombay High Court dismissed Paigankar's PIL. He said that the move in the apex court is a last attempt to save the 15,000
tonnes steel ship.The 70year-old vessel, purchased as HMS Hercules from Great Britain in 1957, was later rechristened as 'INS Vikrant' and helped enforce a naval blockade of East Pakistan now Bangladesh - during the 1971 war.Paingakar feels that many Indians want it to be converted into a permanent floating National Museum for educational, tourism and defence training purposes. After the state government's refusal to provide finances, the Indian Navy put it up for an e-auction.
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Women yet to establish presence in Arunachal Pradesh Assembly Though Arunachal Pradesh graduated to a parliamentary form of democracy in 1978 with the first election to the 30-member assembly, but women are yet to show their presence in the house. Despite the immense contribution of the fairer sex to the socio-economic development of this tribal dominated state, women representatives in the assembly has been negligible so far. Sibo Kai was one of the three members nominated by the governor to the house, which held its first session at Itanagar on March 21, 1978, when P.K. Thungong of the Janata Party (JP) was the chief minister. The other ministers were Gegong Apang, Tadar Tang, Soben Tayeng and Nokme Namati. There were a total of 86 candidates - 29 JP, 21 People's Party of Arunachal (PPA), one Indian National Congress and 35 independents in the fray, including two women - Nyari Welly and Omem Deori, and both were defeated. Of the total 105 nominations filed, 86, including 35 independents in the hustings, the JP won 17 seats, while eight seats went to the PPA and five went to independents. The election saw a peculiar situation in many constituencies with members of the same families, even brothers or clans fighting against each other on different party tickets. Ziro constituency had recorded the maximum six candidates but it was captured by an independent. In 1980, social worker Nyari Welly became the first women elected member to win on a PPA ticket from among two contestants; in 1984, Welli (INC) and Komoli Mossang (Ind) won from among five woman contestants; in 1990, Mossang and Deori won on INC tickets. In 1995, Yadap Apang (INC) of the four aspirants; in 1999, Makeup Dolo (Ind) of the four aspirants had won while Nyani Natung and Yari Dulom of INC were elected in by-elections in 2001 and2002 respectively following the deaths of their husbands. In 2004, Natung and Dulom of INC from among nine woman candidates, while in 2009, Karya Bagang (Trinamool Congress) and Nang Sati Mein (Ind) had emerged victorious from among the nine female candidates. Though the women crossed the 33 per cent reservation mark in the 2008 and 2013 panchayat elections, andin the 2013 municipality elections, but the male-dominated society is yet to nominate an adequate number of women to fight assembly elections in the state.
Afghanistan’s surprises In” In a nation more associated with calamity than consensus, the initial results of Saturday’s Afghan presidential election are startling. Despite Taliban threats to attack polling stations nationwide, the same percentage of Afghans turned out to vote - roughly 58 percent - as did Americans in the 2012 U.S. presidential race. Instead of collapsing, Afghan security forces effectively secured the vote.And a leading candidate to replace Hamid Karzai is Ashraf Ghani, a former World Bank technocrat who has a PhD in cultural anthropology from Columbia University, a Lebanese Christian wife, and an acclaimed book and TED talk entitled “Fixing Failed States.” “Relative to what we were expecting, it’s very hard to not conclude that this was a real defeat for the Taliban,” Andrew Wilder, an American expert on Afghanistan, said in a telephone interview from Kabul on Monday “And a very good day for the Afghan people.” Two forces that have long destabilized the country - its political elite and its neighbors - could easily squander the initial success. Evidence of large-scale fraud could undermine the legitimacy of the election and exacerbate long-running ethnic divides. And outside powers could continue to fund and arm the Taliban and disgruntled Afghan warlords, as they have for decades. “None of it means it’s over, Afghanistan is a democracy and we’ve won,’” said Ronald Neumann, a former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan. “But I don’t think you can look at this turnout - in the rain and against death threats - and
say nothing much has been achieved, as critics like to say.” One of the biggest beneficiaries was the Afghan security forces. To the surprise of both Afghan and foreign observers, the Taliban failed to carry out a single large-scale assault in a major city. The group claimed to have carried out 1,000 attacks nationwide but security officials said that was a gross exaggeration. Election observers said the level of violence was unclear. This year, there were about 90,000 fewer American and NATO troops in the country and those that remained were confined to bases and served as a reserve force. Instead, 350,000 Afghan police and soldiers fanned out across the country. Wilder said the Afghan government security effort in Kabul, where he observed the vote, was the most sweeping he has seen in thirty years of intermittently working in the country.“It was a really phenomenal security operation,” said Wilder. “I’ve never seen anything like it.” After the vote, Afghan police were a “sensation” on social media, garnering wide praise, according to Wilder. Their popularity also extended to the street: one election observer reported seeing a group of young Afghans buy scores of roses and distribute them to police officers the day after the vote. Barnett Rubin, an expert on Afghanistan who served a senior adviser to the State Department from 2009 to 2013, cautioned that the Taliban will retaliate. “There will be a test of strength this year and next year,” Rubin said, referring to Taliban attacks. But “an elec-
tion that goes well can only strengthen the morale of the security forces and reduce the morale of the Taliban.” The news media - as well as social media - played an unprecedented role as well. A series of presidential debates broadcast live on television were more sophisticated than in the past. And intensive Afghan news coverage - and social media commentary - on Taliban attacks before the vote may have driven up turnout. In particular, the pre-election execution-style killing of popular Afghan journalist, Sardar Achmad, his wife, sixyear-old daughter and fouryear-old son as they ate a holiday dinner in a Kabul luxury hotel outraged many Afghans. A Facebook page that tracked the recovery of a two-year-old boy who was shot in the head — the family’s lone survivor — generated vast online traffic and sympathy.“The attacks really mobilized Afghans to come out and vote,” said Wilder. And in terms of candidates, it was Ghani, the technocrat turned effective campaigner, that most surprised observers. Despite wide praise for Ghani’s 2002-2004 tenure as Afghanistan’s finance minister, he was seen as lacking political skills or a large electoral base. Afghans who remained in the country during the 1980s Soviet occupation and 1990s civil seemed to resent Afghans who, like Ghani, had fled the country and flourished. In 2009, Ghani ran for president and won about four percent of the vote. After his 2009 defeat, Ghani remained in Afghanistan, built a home and took a position overseeing the transition of security opera-
tions from foreign forces to Afghan units. Visiting every province in the nation, he developed a vast network of supporters. Criticized in the past for being too haughty, abrasive and Western, he donned local clothes and grew a short beard. In a maneuver that surprised many, he forged an electoral alliance with Abdul Rashid Dostum, a former Uzbek warlord long accused of gross human rights violations. Having Dostum as an ally delivered a large block of votes to Ghani. In debates and on the campaign trail, Ghani vowed to end corruption and modernize Afghanistan. “He has been exciting to young people,” said Neumann, the former ambassador. “He is really the change candidate.” Numerous dangers lie ahead. Karzai can exert his sizeable influence on whoever wins. Warlords and others who have benefited from years of corruption may resist change. And the Taliban remain the largest wild card of all. After years of supporting the Afghan Taliban and undermining Karzai’s government, Pakistan’s army may decide to undermine Afghanistan’s new leader as well. Rubin, the former State Department official, described a more alarming scenario. He argued that Pakistan’s military has tried for years to influence the Afghan Taliban but their ability to do so has diminished in recent years.“The fundamentals haven’t changed that much,” he said.Wilder expressed caution as well but called Afghans’ enthusiasm on Saturday “infectious.” The question, he said, was whether a new group ofAfghan leaders would respect it.
his early childhood in Kundanlal chawl near the Asarva village of Ahmedabad. He has a tragic family background. His mother Tulsiben married thrice. Dhanjibhai, Mistry's father was his mother's first husband. "My mama (maternal uncle) told me that soon after my birth, my father didn't return home one day. He simply disappeared from our lives," Mistry recalls. "Later, my mother married again. She had one daughter from the second marriage. That marriage ended in divorce, then she married a third time. My relation ended with her when she left me behind with my maternal grandmother. I was breastfed by my naani. I considered her my mother." Without displaying any emotion, Mistry says, "My relatives claim I was born on January 3, 1945. I hope so." His relationship with his mother turned so bitter and they were so cut off from each other's lives that Mistry found out about his mother's death much later. Mistry is deeply attached to his family. He got married in 1969 and has three daughters and one son. He encountered deprivation early because his maternal uncle, his guardian, had a minor job in a Rajgir textile mill. The family was too large to sustain on his
uncle's salary. In 1967, some 11 textiles mills shut down in Ahmedabad and that brought misery for thousands of families. "My naani earned a small amount selling vegetables. When I was around four years old I would carry the weighing scale and walk for hours behind my naani." Twice a day grandmother and grandson would go from house to house to sell vegetables.Later, when he entered school, he valued money more because by then his maternal grandfather, a skilled mason, had retired from the military hospital."My first job in life was to hold the wooden seedi (ladder) for masons, for a whole day, in under-construction buildings. I was paid Re 1 a day for it." "I have done every small job for small sums of money. Asarwa was a mini India. I had Tamilians, Haryanvis, Saurashtrians, Rajasthanis, Muslims and many Dalits as my neighbours. We were poor. We used to go with our goats to search for grass every day, we had to collect cow dung from the streets for my grandma, so that she could cook. We used to loaf around in nearby farms where we had free nuts, mangoes and berries.""Even though I am in the CWC I haven't changed," asserts Mistry. "My lifestyle is the same. I can sleep on
the floor with my two pillows. I can still eat onion and roti. At short notice, I can leave Delhi. I haven't spread my wings much in Delhi." Mistry studied in a school many kilometres away. He never bought a book for himself, not even in higher classes. "I had a friend with whom I shared text books. I would sleep till 2 am when my friend would finish reading the books. Then I would get up and study his books before appearing for the exams."Walking up and down more than 15 km every day to attend high school was tough for him, Mistry remembers. The R C Shah Nutan School was more than seven km from his chawl. He has many memories of when money was a constant constraint. "In the 1960s Ahmedabad had many cases of smallpox and malaria. I was a victim of both. Those days it would cost Rs 5 for an injection to treat malaria. We could not afford it."When his family shifted to the Sadar Bazaar area, which is known as mini Brazil, he had some fun in life. Sadar Bazaar residents were not enamoured of cricket but they loved football those days. Mistry too became football crazy. "I was lucky to have a good number of friends. Some gave me clothes to wear and some gave me a
house to live in. Some gave me books and some paid my college fees. Jagdish Shah and Harish Patel are two such friends. I have not forgotten any of them and I will never forget." During vacations, Mistry worked in the Ahmedabad military compound colouring pots with organic colours. He got a proper mason's job when he was employed by the contractor who built the inspector general's office in Ahmedabad. Mistry remembers he was employed full-time to mix cement and sand when the Food Corporation of India godowns were built in Ahmedabad. He did all kinds of small-time jobs during school vacations that included jobs as badli kamdar (temporary worker) in the textile mills.For many years he worked as an office peon, clerk and colour mixer. He used to earn Rs 75 a month for the temporary jobs. Mistry did his BA in arts from Ahmedabad. When Rediff.com asked, "What was your ambition then?" he replied, "To study at Vadodara's M S University." With the help of friends and charity he did his master's from Vadodara in geography. Mistry would cook twice a day for his friends during his college days in exchange for free accommodation.
He served tea, I am a mason, says the man facing Modi at home On the eve of the Lok Sabha election Priyanka Vadra's presence is being felt strongly within the Congress. The daughter of the Gandhi-Nehru dynasty is trying to save the Congress from a complete rout as its detractors and around a dozen preelection surveys predict. Her idea seems to be to 'go aggressive' and take the Bharatiya Janata Party prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's assault head on.At least in the distribution of election tickets, the Congress is showing confident political movements and showcasing a mood to fight it out against the BJP's propaganda machinery. Madhusudan Mistry, a new political entrant to the Gandhi darbar, has been asked to fight from Vadodara, challenge Modi no less. Some three months ago, Mistry claims, he had expressed his desire to take on Modi. There is a strong Gujarati word, daaz (loosely translated into heart filled with rage), which Mistry says he carries against Modi for long. Mistry and Priyanka were on the same page on challenging Modi in Vadodara. Sonia Gandhi didn't take time to approve the idea. The move to pit Mistry against Modi is considered symbolic, but is interesting nevertheless. Mistry, like Modi, has
risen from a humble background. Both are Gujarati OBCs.Mistry doesn't believe in rituals, but always wears a rudrakash. He claims he believes in panchmahabhut (fire, water, air, sky, earth, the five elements). He ran into a controversy for helping churches in Gujarat do social work among the tribals. Every time he fights an election he faces allegations of being sympathetic to Christians. Modi and Mistry have both worked in the social field, living among the people. Mistry had his own non-government organisation, Disha, operating in the tribal Panchamahal district and Sabarkantha, while Modi worked through the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in urban and non-urban areas of Gujarat including Vadodara. Modi's mother Heeraben washed utensils to make a living. Mistry's maternal grandmother, who brought him up, was a vegetable vendor.Much before Mistry was nominated to fight against Modi in Vadodara he had spoken to Rediff.com about his life and the difficult times he has endured. His trajectory from poverty to membership of the all powerful Congress Working Committee is moving. Mistry was born into a family of masons. He spent
Strategy needed to control non-communicable diseases: Experts There is a need for a coherent strategy to control non-communicable diseases in the country with a special focus on alcohol consumption, experts said Wednesday. "It is important to think of a coherent strategy and put together overall policy framework for control of noncommunicable diseases where alcohol and tobacco form the basis of a policy formulation," C.K. Mishra, additional secretary in the health ministry said at a consultation on alcohol control here. The consultation "Alcohol Control: Public Health Perspective - moving forward towards a comprehensive national alcohol control policy" was organised by the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) in collaboration with the union health ministry. "There is a need to address the problem of alcohol use from public health perspective with multi-stakeholder involvement from government, civil society and likeminded organisations," Mishra said.In India, alcohol is a state subject and states and union territories have the power to frame policies and guidelines on issues relating to movement, possession, marketing, availability, consumption, sale and state excise rates of alcohol. Monika Arora, director-health promotion, PHFI, said: "The consultation aimed at creating a conducive environment to address alcohol problem in India from a public health perspective. It also discussed a draft white paper on alcohol control in India enlisting the public health interventions and programmes needed to overcome the burden of alcohol in India.""... a final white paper on alcohol control from this consultation will be presented to the government," Arora said.
Polling stations in Delhi to be no-smoking zones
The Election Commission (EC) has declared all polling stations in Delhi, which votes for the Lok Sabha election Thursday, as no-smoking zones, an official release said . Delhi Chief Electoral Officer Vijay Dev has declared all polling stations in the national capital as no-smoking zones and has issued instructions to all district electoral officers-cum-district magistrates to ensure prohibition of smoking at the booths. The district electoral officers have also been asked to display signs outside informing voters about the booths being no-smoking zones, the release said. States such as Assam, Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan have also declared all polling stations as nosmoking zones. "We have met all key officials to ensure polling stations in Delhi be made smoke-free and requested them to issue necessary instructions to all concerned to impose a complete ban on smoking inside polling booths," Bhavna Mukhopadhyay, executive director, Voluntary Health Association of India, said. According to government data, 9.9 percent of Delhi's population smoke cigarettes, 8.7 percent are bidi smokers and 10.5 percent use smokeless tobacco.
Chronic smoking can disturb postural stability
Another statutory warning for smokers. A study on the effects of chronic cigarette smoking on postural stability has found that chronic cigarette use continues to impact the brain regulating postural stability even during abstinence.Chronic cigarette smoking has a high co-occurrence with alcohol use disorders, and roughly 60 to 90 percent of alcohol dependent (AD) individuals seeking treatment are chronic smokers. Postural instability is also common among AD individuals, because of damage to the brain systems that maintain postural stability. Based on both anecdotal and empirical findings, postural instabilities with eyes open or closed appear to be highly prevalent in treatment-seeking AD individuals, explained Thomas Paul Schmidt, a research associate from University of California, San Francisco. Assessing postural stability over an eight-month period of abstinence from alcohol is not an easy feat considering relapse rates hover around 60 percent, Schmidt noted.In addition, we took into account the potentially harmful effects of concurrent cigarette smoking during abstinence from alcohol, he added. One of the key findings was that non-smoking AD individuals improved significantly on a measure of postural stability over the course of eight months of sobriety.This suggests that the neural and perceptual mechanisms responsible for postural stability are impacted by smoking, and even after chronic alcohol consumption has ceased.Brain systems underlying postural stability are known to be particularly sensitive to alcohol's neurotoxic effects.The current work suggests that these areas may also be exquisitely sensitive to chronic smoking, the study observed in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
MARK INDIA, Hyderabad
Bomb kills 20 in market on edge of Pakistani capital Islamabad, April 9 : A bomb exploded at a vegetable market on the outskirts of the Pakistani capital on Wednesday, killing 20 people and injuring about 70, police and hospital officials said. The deadliest attack in Islamabad in several years followed weeks of preliminary talks with the main Islamist militant grouping battling the state, the Pakistani Taliban, who last week extended a ceasefire until April 10. The Pakistani Taliban denied responsibility for the early morning bomb that went off as traders assembled for fruit auctions. Severed body parts and bloodstained clothes were scattered throughout stalls at the market between Islamabad and its twin city of Rawalpindi. Police said the bomb had been hidden in a box of guava fruit. "Body parts went everywhere and even hit other people on the head," said Shaheen, a market worker who only gave one name. Bloody sandals lay amid boxes of straw and damaged
fruit in the mud. Police waved metal detectors over boxes while dazed vendors sat in the wreckage. Javed Akram Qazi, vice chancellor of the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, said 18 bodies had been brought in to his hospital. Earlier, he had said 23 people were killed but later said authorities had been confused in their reporting. Another hospital had received two bodies, and about 70 people were injured, said Minister of Health Saira Afzal Tarar. Rawalpindi is home to the headquarters of the military but the blast occurred far from any army buildings. The Pakistan Taliban condemned the attack and blamed it on "hidden hands". "The deaths of innocent people in attacks on public places are saddening," the group's spokesman, Shahidullah Shahid, said in a statement. "Such attacks are wrong and against Islamic law." The Taliban regularly bomb schools, marketplaces and
public transport. Authorities say they have killed tens of thousands of Pakistanis. In talks with representatives of the government, the Taliban have demanded the release of hundreds of prisoners and the withdrawal of the army from some semi-autonomous ethnic Pashtun regions where militants shelter along the border with Afghanistan. The Taliban are fighting to overthrow Pakistan's democratically elected government and impose a strict form of Islamic law. Pakistan is home to dozens of militant groups. Many are officially banned but nevertheless tolerated by the government in a country that has for decades seem Islamist groups as "assets" for use in the event of war with old rival India, and to pursue objectives in Afghanistan. Some Islamists, such as the Pakistani Taliban, turned on the state after Pakistan was pressured into siding with the United States in its "war on terror" following the September 11, 2001, attacks on U.S. cities.
Afghan election complaints watchdog warns of fraud Kabul, April 9 : Afghanistan's presidential election last Saturday may have suffered a significant degree of fraud, the country's election complaints commission said, warning that all votes cast irregularly would be thrown out. The final result is not expected for weeks as ballot boxes have to be returned to Kabul from distant corners of the insurgency-racked country, with some carried down from the mountains by mule. "I want to say election fraud did take place and it might not have been a small amount," Abdul Satar Sadaat, the head of Afghanistan's Independent Election Complaints Commission, told a news conference on Wednesday. Unless there is an outright winner with more than 50 percent of the vote, there will be runoff held between the two leading candidates at the end of May. Early returns indicated the frontrunners were former foreign ministers Abdullah Abdullah, and Zalmay Rassoul, and former finance minister Ashraf Ghani, but it was too early to identify clear trends from results at a few polling stations in Kabul. Whereas the 2009 election, which saw Hamid Hazai reelected president for a second term, was
marred by large scale ballot box stuffing, according to the National Democratic Institute, the latest poll has received even more complaints, though most referred to the behavior of election officials. "The majority of complaints registered with us right now is about the election commission workers. We are investigating to get to the bottom of this - like who was working for who," Sadaat said. The complaints commission said on Tuesday it had received over 3,000 reports of violations from last weekend's presidential election, with more expected as ballot boxes arrive from the provinces.The leading candidates have all complained of fraud in the vote, which is meant to usher in Afghanistan's first democratic transfer of power, as Karzai was barred by the constitution from seeking a third term, and has to step down after more than 12 years as head of state. The head of the body organizing the election said it would begin publishing results from provinces on Saturday and warned the public to ignore initial tallies until the final results were published. "Those surveys have no credibility for the election commission," said Independent Election Commission chief, Ahmad Yousuf Nuristani.
Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, holds her son Prince George during a visit to Plunket nurse and parents group at Government House in Wellington, New Zealand.
Hong Kong police search landfill for $3.7 mn painting Hong Kong, April 9 : Hong Kong police on Wednesday searched for a valuable painting mistakenly dumped in a landfill after it sold for $3.7 million at auction, reports said. "Snowy Mountain" by Chinese artist Cui Ruzhuo, which was a main feature of the spring auction by Beijingbased Poly Culture this
week, was dumped by cleaners at the luxury hotel hosting the sale, the South China Morning Post said. Grand Hyatt hotel cleaners were suspected of dumping the painting, which sold on Monday for more than HK$28.75 million ($3.71 million), along with rubbish that was taken to a
landfill, the paper said, citing an unnamed police source. Poly Culture did not comment immediately when contacted by AFP. Police suspected the painting was thrown out by cleaners after viewing security camera images but would not rule out the possibility of it having been stolen, media reported.
Series of car bombs in Baghdad kills 13 people Baghdad, April 9 : Iraqi officials say a series of car bombs has hit several mostly Shiite neighbourhoods in Baghdad, killing at least 13 people. Police officials say four car bombs exploded today in the Iraqi capital. One struck in the sprawling Sadr City district, one in the suburb of Kazimiyah, one in Shaab and one in the impoverished Shammaiya neighbourhood. The attacks also wounded 46 people. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to talk to the media. Violence has been escalating in Iraq and last year, the country saw its highest death toll since the worst of the sectarian bloodletting began to subside in 2007.
Pakistani investigators gather around a crater following an explosion in Islamabad, Pakistan.
Separatists build barricades in east Ukraine, Kiev warns of force Luhansk, Ukraine, April 9 : Pro-Russian separatists reinforced barricades and prepared petrol bombs on Wednesday at a security services building they have seized in the east Ukrainian city of Luhansk after the government in Kiev warned it could use force to restore order. The building is one of several in the east of the country seized by protesters demanding regional referendums on independence from Kiev, similar to the one that led to Russia's annexation of the Crimea region last month. A police spokeswoman said
reports that hostages had been taken in Luhansk were incorrect. The protesters have also denied the reports. Protesters in Donetsk, to the south, remain in control of the main regional authority building, but authorities have ended the occupation in the city of Kharkiv. "A resolution to this crisis will be found within the next 48 hours," Interior Minister Arsen Avakov told reporters in the capital Kiev. "For those who want dialogue, we propose talks and a political solution. For the minority who want conflict they will get a forceful answer from the Ukrainian authorities," he
New ping signals spark confidence in Malaysia Airlines search Sydney/Perth, Australia, April 9 : Australian officials said on Wednesday two new "ping" signals had been detected in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, boosting confidence after more than a month of fruitless searching for the missing jetliner. The signals, which could be from the plane's black box recorders, bring to four the number of overall "pings" detected in recent days within the search area by a U.S. Navy "Towed Pinger Locator"(TPL). Angus Houston, head of the Australian agency coordinating the search, struck an optimistic tone when announcing the information, but urged caution as the task of searching the remote Indian Ocean region remained enormous. "I believe we are searching in the right area but we need to visually identify aircraft wreckage before we can confirm with certainty that this is the final resting place of MH370," Houston told reporters in the western Australian city of Perth. "I'm now optimistic that we will find the aircraft, or what is left of the aircraft, in the not too distant future." The black boxes record cockpit data and may provide answers about what happened to the plane, which was carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew when it vanished on March 8 and flew thousands of kilometers off its Kuala Lumpur-to-Beijing route. But the batteries in the beacons have already reached the end of their 30-
day expected life, making efforts to swiftly locate them all the more critical. Authorities say evidence suggests the plane was deliberately diverted by someone familiar with the aircraft, but have not ruled out mechanical problems. Analysis of satellite data led investigators to conclude the Boeing 777 came down in a remote area of the Indian Ocean, some 2,261 km (1,405 miles) northwest of Perth. Up to 11 military aircraft, four civilian aircraft and 14 ships were involved on with a massive search that has yielded frustratingly little concrete information. On the weekend, the sophisticated U.S. Navy TPL picked up what officials said were two signals consistent with black box locator beacons - the first for more than two hours and the second for about 13 minutes. On Wednesday, Houston said that another ping was detected on Tuesday afternoon and lasted five minutes, 25 seconds, while a second was picked up on Tuesday night and lasted seven minutes. That brings to four the number of pings found in the area. But two U.S. Navy officers told Reuters on Wednesday that while the pings had been found within a 1,300 square kilometer area, they were not confident that they represented recurrence of the same signal. "I'd say they are separate acoustic events," said U.S. Navy Captain Mark Matthews, citing the fact that the pings were not close together.
said. A spokesman for the protesters holding the building in Luhansk said that 50 people had left overnight and that talks on resolving the crisis were continuing. Others remained there. Activists, many in balaclavas and masks, continued to build up barricades using tires, wooden crates and sandbags, and prepared petrol bombs. Several were holding automatic rifles. "Those who left were not ready to stay and fight," said the spokesman, who gave his name as Vasily and said his "soldiers" would fight on until a referendum on independence from Kiev was held."We of course
Assad's forces advance into rebel border town Beirut, April 9 : Forces loyal to President Bashar alAssad advanced into the rebel-held Syrian border town of Rankous on Wednesday, consolidating their control over a former rebel supply line from neighboring Lebanon. The assault on Rankous is the latest stage of an offensive by the army and Hezbollah fighters to seal off the border region and secure the main highway leading north from Damascus towards central Syria, Homs, and the Mediterranean coast. Hezbollah's television channel Al-Manar said Rankous was under complete control of Assad's forces, but Syrian state television and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said fighting continued on the edges of town. "Units of the Syrian Arab Army are advancing in Rankous and are pursuing the remnants of the terrorists groups on its northern fringes and the surrounding farmlands," Syrian television said. The fight for Rankous takes place less than a month after Hezbollah and the Syrian army recaptured the rebel stronghold of Yabroud, choking off the vital supply line into central Syria. Backed by Shi'ite fighters from Hezbollah and Iraq as well as Russian weapons and Iranian military commanders, Assad has regained territory around Damascus and central Syria leading to the coastal strongholds of his Alawite minority. But the mainly Sunni Muslim rebels and foreign jihadi fighters still control most of eastern Syria and the north, and are fighting Assad's forces in north of the coastal province of Latakia.
must ask Russia to let us join it," he said, adding that he hoped for assistance from President Vladimir Putin." The Ukrainian government says the occupations are part of a Russian-led plan to dismember the country, a charge Moscow denies. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry accused Russian agents and special forces on Tuesday of stirring separatist unrest and said Moscow could be trying to prepare for military action as it had in Crimea. Russia denied the accusations on Wednesday and dismissed concerns over a troop buildup near the border
with Ukraine in what has become the worst East-West crisis since the end of the Cold War in 1991. "The United States and Ukraine have no reason to be worried," the Russian Foreign Ministry said. "Russia has stated many times that it is not carrying out any unusual or unplanned activity on its territory near the border with Ukraine that would be of military significance." Luhansk police spokeswoman Tatyana Popukai said talks with the protesters were continuing and added: "We hope to resolve this peacefully because nobody needs blood and death."
Japan, United States face off in crucial trade negotiations Tokyo, April 9 : Japan and the United States on Wednesday began a round of crucial talks aimed at concluding a trade pact seen as critical to the success of regional negotiations, although officials warned that bridging differences would be difficult. Tokyo and Washington are seeking a two-way trade deal, regarded as a key part of the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that is the centerpiece of Washington's push to increase its Asian presence, before U.S. President Barack Obama travels to Japan for an April 24-25 state visit. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has touted the multilateral framework as a key part of his growth strategy but the outlook for a Japan-U.S. deal is cloudy as both sides accuse each other of inflexibility. "I think if there is good will on both sides we can make progress on bridging our differences," U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman told reporters before talks with officials including Economy Minister Akira Amari. Working level discussions on Monday and Tuesday made little substantial progress in narrowing gaps, a Japanese government source said, and Froman's talks with Amari were likely to continue on Thursday. "The president's visit is one important juncture, but it is not a deadline," Japanese Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiroshige Seko told a news conference. "What is important is to achieve our country's national interests." Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Abe confirmed a basic trade agreement on Monday, overcoming sticking points on beef and autos that had threatened to stymie a deal, and agreed to work towards signing it as soon as possible. "Clearly we are looking for a level of ambition in TPP that is significantly higher than that," Froman told reporters on Tuesday upon arriving in Japan. Froman told U.S. lawmakers last week that Japan's reluctance to lower trade barriers was holding up agreement on the TPP, a 12-nation grouping that would stretch from Asia to Latin America. Japanese officials say Washington needs to be more flexible on its side. The United States wants Japan to open its rice, beef and pork, dairy and sugar sectors - politically powerful sectors that Abe has vowed to defend. Japan wants a timetable on U.S. promises to drop tariffs of 2.5 percent on imports of passenger cars and 25 percent on light trucks. Abe called for flexibility and said he hoped that both parties would end up feeling that they were in a mutually beneficial situation, as with the Japan-Australia agreement. "I think we can say Japan and the United States are dominant among parties participating in TPP talks in terms of economy," he told Japanese television on Tuesday. "If Japan and the United States fail to reach an agreement, TPP could collapse ... The important thing is that it would be pointless if Japan and the United States remained unyielding and that happened."
Thursday, April 10, 2014
MARK INDIA, Hyderabad
Modi misused official machinery in nomination: Congress New Delhi, April 9 : The Congress Wednesday complained to the Election Commission that BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi had misused official machinery while filing his nomination from Gujarat's Vadodara and sought special central observers be deployed there. In the complaint to the poll panel, Congress said that its candidate from Vadodra, Madhusudan Mistry, was facing difficulties in running a smooth campaign and his genuine complaints made to authorities "were not being looked into and resolved."K. C. Mittal,
secretary of Congress' legal and human rights department, said that fundamental principles of electoral process and model code of conduct were not being adhered to by Modi, also the Gujarat chief minister.Modi, who Wednesday filed his nomination papers for Vadodara Lok Sabha seat, is also a contesting from Varanasi. Mittal said the Congress had earlier complained about "the manner in which 1,000 prime locations meant for election publicity were taken over by the BJP and Modi in connivance with the authorities"."The manner in which the nomination was
filled by using the official machinery is also a glaring violation of the model code," he alleged.He said the "kind of atmosphere being created by Modi" was denying an equal opportunity to the Congress candidate. The party sought special central observers may be stationed "whom the Congress candidate can approach and get the difficulties and issues resolved at the appropriate level"."This will help the Congress candidate to at least raise grievances for resolution before an independent authority, not under any kind of influence from Modi," the party said.
Poll panel seeks details of Azam Khan's speech Luncknow/New Delhi, April 9 : The Election Commission Wednesday sought details of Uttar Pradesh minister Mohd Azam Khan's speech in which he said that only Muslim soldiers are to be credited for Kargil victory even as he defended his remarks while the Congress and BJP termed them communal. As the poll panel sought details, the Samajwadi Party leader defended his statement."My statement on Kargil should be welcomed," Azam Khan told reporters in Lucknow Wednesday. "What is the harm in talking about the contributions of Muslims for the country... why can't we talk about it? Why are the sacrifices of Muslim soldiers being ignored? What is so wrong about it?" he said. Addressing an election rally in Ghaziabad for party candidate Nahid Hasan Tuesday, Khan said the Kargil peaks were not conquered by Hindu soldiers, but by Muslim soldiers. He was attacked by Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party alike who slammed the leader for communalising the poll. Both parties also complained to the poll panel over the issue."This is an insult to
the Indian Army and the sacrifice made by our soldiers," BJP spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi said Wednesday. "Such a statement during election shows the extreme of vote bank politics by the socalled secular parties. It is a dangerous example of playing communal politics over national security," he said. "This is election time and the EC has responsibility to conduct the polls impartially. Security forces have a crucial role to play in the elections. If any body tries to do communal politics over security forces, then it will have a serious repercussion on electioneering," added Trivedi. Former Army Chief Gen V.K. Singh, who is the BJP candidate from Ghaziabad Lok Sabha constituency, said the Kargil war was "won by Indians". "Anybody who talks of caste, creed and religion in the army needs to be condemned. He may be anybody. The war was won by Indians and not by any caste, creed, society, religion," he said.Congress spokesman Randeep Surjewala demanded that "action should be taken against Khan for intemperate remarks that could lead to division of communities based on regligion or caste".
'Chaiwala' Modi files papers; polling for 91 LS seats today New Delhi/Kohima/ Ahmedabad, April 9 : Narendra Modi, basking in the 'chaiwala' tag, filed nomination from Vadodara, with a tea vendor as his proposer, as massive security was clamped for polling tomorrow for 91 Lok Sabha seats, spread over 14 states and UTs.Four North eastern states witnessed moderate to brisk polling.Modi asked people in Sangli to snap ties with Congress for not fulfilling promises made to them under the UPA regimes at the Centre during the last de-
cade. He addressed a number of meetings in Maharashtra and blamed the Congress for the ills assailing the country.In Solapur, the BJP pm nominee recalled that he had to face the wrath of passengers if tea served in railway compartments by him went cold. He said he understands poverty better than those born with a silver spoon.Parties, after a hectic campaign for the third phase, riveted their eyes on the next six across India.In a significant development, the top court declined to stay the
notification issued by the Centre for Jat reservation. Extraordinary security has been mounted for the third phase of polling tomorrow in Maoist-infested belts in Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra , Jharkhand and Bihar.Three security personnel were killed when they were returning to base after dropping poll parties in Chhattisgarh's Sukma area.The Election Commission made an assessment of the situation in sensitive areas, including Muzzafarnagar, where polling is slated for tomorrow.
Amarinder Singh during election campaign in Amritsar on Wednesday.
Nomination process ends in Telangana
Haj qurrah on Apr 17 Hyderabad, April 9 (IPT) : Andhra Pradesh Haj Committee today announced that the computerized Qurrah (draw of lottery) for selection of Haj pilgrims for Haj 2014 at Haj House here on April 17. The Haj Committee of India will hold the Qurrah district wise, according to AP Haj Committee Special Officer Prof S A Shukoor. The quota for the state had not been declared so far, he said and added the State Haj Committee was making elaborate arrangements for the the Qurrah function. He said that out of 18080 haj applications, the Qurrah would be held for 16608 fresh Haj applicants As many as 1472 applicants under the reserved categories (70 puls years) and forth timers were already declared selected with out the Qurrah. Haj Committee Executive Committee Abdul Hammed said the highest number of applicants belonged to Hyderabad with 8839. Only five Haj applications were received from Srikakulam district and 12 applications were submitted in the Prakasam district.
in Gujarat," he said while addressing a poll meeting in this divisional headquarters. Pointing out that t h e Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh does not boast even a solitary female member, Mr Gandhi added that women have a 50 per cent partnership in India and have to be provided power so that the nation progresses. "Advancement of a few industrialists is not Congress thinking. In 2004, the BJP raised the 'India Shining' slogan but only some chosen
persons shone. 'India Shining' failed in 2009 as well. Today, those in the BJP are attempting to mislead the poor and other weaker sections by raising the 'Gujarat Model' slogan," he alleged. Corruption has reached the nadir in Madhya Pradesh, Mr Gandhi said, adding that mafias are running the regime. "The BJP speaks of graft but turns Nelson's eye to corruption in its governments. Its manifesto is a copy of the Congress one," he said.
Hyderabad, April 9 (IPT) : The filing of nomination papers for 119 assembly and 17 Lok Sabha seats in Telangana ended today as the offices of returning officers witnessed heavy rush of aspirants who thronged them to file their papers for the elections slated for April 30. Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) President K Chandrashekar Rao filed his papers from Medak Lok sabha and Gajwel ass e m b l y cosntituency,while his daughter Kavitha filed her nomination from Nizamabad Lok sabha cosntituency. Union Minister S Jaipal Reddy filed his papers from Mahabubnagar Lok sabha constituency and senior BJP leader and former union minister B Dattatreya filed his nomination from Secunderabad Lok sabha cosntituency. Popular film actor Vijaya Shanti filed he nomination papers from Medak assembly constituency as a Congress nominee. CPI state unit secretary Dr K Narayana filed his nomination from Khammam Lok Sabha constituency which was allotted to the CPI following its alliance with the Congress.
may, the party is committed to empower the poor, tribal folk, women and other weaker sections of society with the Right to Food, Health, Housing and other welfare measures." The Congress Vice-President said that the BJP is attempting to create a wave similar to the 'India Shining' campaign during the 2004
and 2009 general elections. If the BJP comes to power at the Centre, only a handful of persons would be benefitted as farmers and the impoverished poor are never in the party's priority list. Referring to the recentlypromulgated Food Security Act, he asserted that nobody would be left hungry and added that the United Pro-
gressive Alliance regime waived peasants' loans amounting to Rs 70,000 crore despite stiff opposition by the BJP. Mr Gandhi hit out at the saffron party for targeting persons hailing from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar and residing in Maharashtra and alleged that the party was behind the Gujarat and Muzaffarnagar riots.
Kushboo addresses the Election Campaign Rally for the DMK Candidate in Coimbatore.
Rahul raises issue of women's empowerment Morena, April 9 : Raising the emotive issue of female empowerment, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi today said that the fairer sex would not become strong until and unless the country's women are provided rights. "The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) speaks of according respect to that gender but opposes the proposal for legislation granting 33 per cent reservation to women. In Karnataka, BJP leaders perpetrate rapes, women are beaten up in Bangalore and women's phones are tapped
Modi might foment violence between Muslims and Hindus: Rahul Raipur, April 9 : In a personalised attack on the BJP's prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi, Congress vice-chief Rahul Gandhi today said the Gujarat Chief Minister could go to any extent to become the Premier and might divide the country and incite strife between Hindus and Muslims."As per BJP propaganda, Mr Modi knows everything and he is the only person who can alter the face of Hindustan," he said while addressing an election rally in Balod within Kanker (Scheduled Tribes) parliamentary constituency. This was the second visit of the Congress star campaigner to insurgency-affected Bastar Division.Lambasting Mr Modi for wishing to be a chowkidar (watchman) for checking corruption, Mr Gandhi said, "You can ask (ex-deputy prime minister Lal Krishna Advani and (former Union minister) Jaswant Singh how chowkidari is done in their
party. Unlike the BJP, the Congress believes that the country need crores of chowkidars and not one chowkidar. The BJP favours making one person all-powerful." Claiming that Congressmen consider themselves as servants of the people and are ready to take the public's orders with humility, he said, "Come what
BJP to set up Price Stabilisation Fund to bring down prices: Rajnath Bangalore, April 9 : Price rise has been the worst suffering the poor and middle class in the country had during the decade-long Congress-led UPA rule and if elected to power, BJP will set up a Price Stabilisation Fund and bring down prices of essential commodities in an effective manner, BJP President Rajnath Singh today said. Speaking to reporters after a day long campaigning in Karnataka, the BJP Chief said his party would not 'hoodwink' people like Congress did by giving promise of bringing down prices within days, but will work seriously to bridge the demand and supply gap and ensure easing of the prices of all essential commodities. 'I cannot say like whether prices will be brought down in 100 days, 50 days or within 10 days. BJP will not make false promises to the people like Congress did. But we will work effectively where lives of the ordinary people will be made easy,' he said to a question whether BJP will take less time than 100 day promise made by the Congress to bring down prices.'We will take all challenges that is affecting ordinary people due to price rise and this is more than a commitment of the BJP. We will
make life easier for the poor and the middle class,' he said.Mr Singh said the party's manifesto released early this week was no ordinary documents but a determination document and the party will stand to fulfil all the promises made in it in 'letter and spirit'.The BJP Chief said under the Congress rule in the country for last ten years the country had suffered a 'crisis of credibility' across the World and BJP, if elected, would fully correct it. Contesting AICC vice president Rahul Gandhi's claim that IT revolution in the
country happened during his father, Rahul Gandhi's time, Mr Singh said it was the BJP and the NDA government under A B Vajpayee which ushered the trend.He said the NDA had made the IT industry a 'sun rise' industry while under UPA it had become a 'sun set' industry.'The country is earning USD 76 billion through exports from IT sector and it was NDA which triggered the development and helped the industry to sustain the growth. NDA was responsible for the great growth in the IT and Telecom sector,' he claimed.
AAP dismisses as 'false' reports on Assembly contest Hyderabad, April 9 (IPT) : Aam Aadmi Party dismissed as rumours and false reports that the party was not planning to contest Assembly elections in the state. AAP State Committee Secretary and Kurnool Lok Sabha Candidate Kirankumar, who is campaigning in Kurnool, stated the party issued B-forms to 70 Assembly candidates in Telangana and all of them completed the nomination process today, In Andhra Pradesh, AAP had already released first list of 29 candidates and is planning to release second list tomorrow. In Kurnool District, the party may contest upto 10 Assembly seats. Party activists started door-to-door and public campaigning in Kurnool wearing the trademark Aam Aadmi caps in locations around the town including the stadium, SV Complex, Ashok Nagar and Old Town, Mr Kiran added.
Amit Shah moves HC on staying his arrest over hate speech Allahabad, April 9 : BJP General Secretary and Incharge of Uttar Pradesh Amit Shah today moved an application in the Allahabad High Court here, seeking stay on his arrest and quashing of the FIRs filed against him in hate speech.The court has admitted his application and sought a report from the Election Commission and the UP government along with the CD of the hate speech, by tomorrow.The court is expected to hear the case tomorrow afternoon.'Shah has sought stay on his arrest and quashing of the criminal cases lodged against him in west UP recently,' his lawyer Soaib Ahmed here claimed. The UP government had filed FIRs in Bijnore and Shamli over the reported hate speech of Mr Shah in a meeting of Jats during his campaigning last week. The EC has also served a notice to Mr Shah seeking his explanation on the controversial speech. BJP has already replied to the EC on the notice claiming that Mr Shah had asked the voters to take revenge by pushing the EVM buttons.Mr Shah reportedly said that Jats should take the revenge in this elections.
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