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PM could not ensure ministers to comply coal allocation policy : Bureaucrat New Delhi, April 14 : Former Coal Secretary and the author of the book 'Crusader of Conspirator' P C Parakh today credited Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with the policy of allocating of coal blocks through open bidding but could not ensure his ministers adhering to the decisions. Speaking after the release of his controversial book, Mr Parakh, a technocrat turned IAS officer from Andhra Pradesh cadre said the Prime Minister had approved allocation of blocks as early as August 2004 but his two ministers Shibu Soren and Dasari Narayana Rao 'resolutely opposed' the policy and blocked transparency, but unfortunately Dr Singh was unable to control them, he said.The PM, he said had not made any recommendation for any of the controversial allocations while money was asked for appointment of even director level officials in the coal Ministry, during the regimes of the two ministers', he alleged.An FIR was registered against Mr Parakh but the probe could not establish any motives. He said the role of Members of Parliament during the period was reduced to that of 'blackmailing' the officers and government companies while the ministers 'reversed' Prime Minister's decisions. The author, however had praises for Mamata Banerjee who was the the Coal Minister describing her as 'paragon of virtue'. Mr Parakh's book comes on the heels of the book authored by Prime Minister's former media adviser Sanjay Baru 'Accidental Prime Minister' who too in his book insinuated that
the UPA Chairman and Congress President Sonia Gandhi saw the crucial files ahead of the PM.The Prime Minister's Office has rubbished the book as the coloured views of the former media adviser misusing the position he held for commercial gains.Dr Baru on the other hand defended his book saying that it was the best defence anyone could have put up for Dr Singh who was the 'accidental PM in 2004' but a PM by his own merit in 2009, a fact that was never officially acknowledged by the Congress Party. Former Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India Vinod Rai in his message to the release of the book maintained that the auditors could not turn out to be 'cheer leaders' for the corporates or the Government. The allocation of coal blocks giving undeserving gains to the corporates was 'opaque'. Former Supreme Court G S Singhvi observed that the nation's sovereignty rested with 'people of India' but in reality, the servants of people had turned out to masters. There was a time when corrupt used to be treated with disdain but they were now worshipped lot, he observed. The Congress took a snipe against the books authored by Dr Baru and Mr Parakh saying that they were 'sponsored'. 'We know the BJP is flooding money', AICC General Secretary Digvijay Singh remarked. Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley, contesting from Amritsar Lok Sabha seat said the books had shown that the Congress was 'deliberately dwarfing' the PM's office or the PM had 'voluntarily succumbed'.
We expect real attacks after election: Kejriwal New Delhi, April 14 : In remarks clearly directed at the BJP, AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal said Monday that he expected "real attacks" on his party after the Lok Sabha election.Speaking at a book release function, Kejriwal said he and some of his associates have till now been subjected to "slaps, kicks and egg attacks" during the Lok Sabha election campaign. "I feel nothing major will happen until the elections get over because otherwise these might boomerang," he said, speaking in Hindi."The real attacks will start after the election. They won't spare us after the election," he added. Kejriwal did not name the BJP by name but the contents of his speech made it evident that he had the Bharatiya Janata
Party in mind.The former Delhi chief minister has been going hammer and tongs against BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi all over the country, and has decided to challenge Modi in the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat.In his speech, Kejriwal told the audience that he saw a video clip -- the result of a sting operation -- in which a BJP leader is heard saying that "our own people will have to die to take the movement forward".Kejriwal mistakenly referred to the person heard on the video as Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Ashok Singhal, but soon corrected himself and said it was Sakshi Maharaj.And then, in one pointed reference to the party, Kejriwal said the BJP had nothing against Muslims per se. "To come to power they will do anything."
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Governor releases book on Heritage city Hyderabad, April 14 : Andhra Pradesh Governor ESL Narasimhan today released a book titled 'Heritage Hyderabad' that chronicles the significant historical monuments in the city of Nizams.Speaking on the occasion, the Governor said the book is a 'work of beauty' that gave a comprehensive account of the number of historic and heritage monuments in Hyderabad. Recalling that many of his guests sought to know from him about the places worth visiting in Hyderabad, he said 'Heritage Hyderabad' deserves to be kept in all the guest rooms of Raj Bhavan. Appreciating the author Malladi Krishnanand, his Press Secretary, he said he has done a 'wonderful job' in doing tremendous work in bringing out the volume. The 135-page book, accompanied by photographs, narrates 95 historic monuments in Hyderabad. Governor's Special Chief Secretary N Ramesh Kumar, Hyderabad Metro Rail Managing Director NVS Reddy and several other officials and leading editors and media persons attended the event at Raj Bhavan.
Swaran, raju to lead RCC in Bali Hyderabad, April 14 : Swaran Singh and G Divyanand Raju will lead the A and B teams of Raju Cricket Club (RCC), which is participating in a six-a-side tournament at Bali. The event will be held from April 16 to 23.Squads-'A' team: Swaran Reddy (Capt), Alankrit (VCapt), Sanket, Arvind, Lolith, Mahender, Venkat, Sasi. 'B' team: G Divyanand Raju (Capt), Suhash Reddy (V-Capt), Sohith, Lalith Kumar, Adhitya Sri, Eswan Raju, Anirudh Yadav, Mori; Coach: G S Raju.
UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi with party candidate C.P Joshi during an election rally at Paota in Jaipur district of Rajasthan.
UPA government worked for minorities: Sonia Gandhi SP, BSP, BJP most corrupt Moradabad (Uttar Pradesh), April 14 : Congress chief Sonia Gandhi Monday said the UPA government has done a good job in uplifting the living conditions of the minorities. "We have formulated policies to provide higher education to youth, especially the girls, by giving them scholarships under the Maulana Azad Foundation," she said while addressing an election rally here."The Congress has always worked for social and economic development of the backward class and will continue to do so," Gandhi said. The Congress has provided free treatment and medicines to the poor, she said.The Congress chief said more police stations
will be opened with 25 percent of women police officers as mentioned in the Congress manifesto, if the party comes to power. Aonla : Congress President Sonia Gandhi today took on SP, BSP and BJP over their charges of corruption on UPA-11 government and blamed these party leaders as most corrupt. "Today, there are lots of talks on corruption and our opponents, who themselves are most corrupt, level baseless allegations against us (Congress) on it. But they forget that it was the Congress party which implemented RTI - the most powerful weapon to fight graft. Every citizen can legally gather any information regarding government functioning," she
said.Ms Gandhi, while addressing a party election rally at Aonla Lok Sabha constituency, which goes to poll on April 17, further, said it is the Congress, which enacted Right to Education to ensure free education for all children upto 14 years of age."To fight poverty and malnutrition, we implemented Food Security scheme.For the benefits of our soldiers, we implemented one-ran-one-pension scheme. We also framed stringent laws to curb atrocities against women. All these policies by the UPA government are aimed at empowering our people and to make them self reliant".Ms Gandhi, without taking the name of her sister-in-law Menaka Gandhi, who represented the
seat at present but has now shifted to Pilibhit said, "I feel sad that this region does not have any institute for training and higher education for girls. Similarly, there are no sufficient healthcare facilities for the poor here. The sugarcane farmers are struggling a lot as they are forced to carry their crops to miles far as there are no proper transport facilities. "She said the state government is not bothered about these difficulties being faced by the common people."You also must be aware that the state government has not yet taken up any measures to materialise the long pending proposalforgenerating electricity from IFFCO plant here," she alleged
soon after it came to power. “Three members of the family received Bharat Ratna immediately after their deaths but Parliament did not even have a portrait of Ambedkar till the NDA government put it there,” Mr. Modi said.“Ambedkar spent his whole life for the uplift of Dalits and backward classes. He was instrumental in creating our constitution. But, it is our misfortune that such a ‘Dalit messiah’ is always ignored by Congress leaders,” said Mr. Modi in Gandhinagar after paying homage to Ambedkar.“If someone claims that he has given any right or law for the country, then he is insulting Ambedkar. Those who do not know the Constitution, they are today taking credit for these things due to political reasons,” the Gujarat Chief Minister said referring to Mr. Gandhi’s various speeches. Highlighting the alleged plight of Dalits in the country, the BJP Prime Ministerial candidate attacked the Congress, SP and BSP governments in Uttar Pradesh for “crimes against Dalits.”
Hyderabad, April 14 (IPT) : YSR Congress party's president Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy will contest the assembly election from Pulivendula while his mother and honorary president Y.S. Vijayamma will fight for the Lok Sabha from Visakhapatnam. Jaganmohan Reddy's uncle and cousin also figured in the list of candidates announced by the party Monday for parliamentary elections in Seemandhra or residuary state of Andhra Pradesh.Vijayamma, Y.S. Avinash Reddy and Y.V. Subba Reddy were among 24 candidates announced by the party for May 7 elections. The party also declared names of 170 candidates for assembly elections. Jaganmohan Reddy, who eyes the post of chief minister in the residuary state of Andhra Pradesh, will contest assembly election from Pulivendula in his home district Kadapa. Vijayamma was elected unopposed to Andhra Pradesh assembly as Con-
gress candidate from Pulivendula in the by-elections in December 2009 following the death of her husband and then chief minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy in a helicopter crash, a few months after he led the Congress to second successive term in power.Vijayamma was elected by over 85,000 votes from Pulivendula in the 2011 by-polls caused by her resignation following the formation of YSR Congress party by her son. Pulivendula is considered a family stronghold. YSR, as the late chief minister was popularly known, was elected six times from this constituency. YSR Congress chief turned down strong requests from the party cadres to field his sister Sharmila, who is campaigning for the party. Party spokesperson Vasireddy Padma, however, said Sharmila had already made it clear that she would not contest the polls. Jaganmohan Reddy's cousin Y.S. Avinash Reddy
will contest for Kadapa Lok Sabha seat, currently held by the party chief. Avinash Reddy is son of Y.S. Bhaskar Reddy, brother of Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy. Jagan, as the young leader is popularly known, had retained Kadapa seat by a record margin of over five lakh votes in 2011 by-polls. The 41-year-old businessman-politician was first elected to Lok Sabha in 2009 from Kadapa, a family bastion. YSR had won the seat thrice while his brother Y.S. Viveknanda Reddy represented it twice.Jagan has named his maternal uncle Y.V. Subba Reddy as the party candidate from Ongole parliamentary constituency. Subba Reddy, husband of Vijayamma's sister, played a key role in running the party when Jagan was in jail for 16 months in quid-pro-quo investment case. The YSR Congress has retained sitting MP from Nellore, Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy.
Congress usurping Ambedkar's credit: Modi Ahmedabad/Lakhimpur Kheri, April 14 : Launching a scathing attack on the Congress for seeking to pocket the credit of empowering Dalits, BJP prime ministerial candidate on Monday accused the Gandhi family of stopping implementation of rights given by B R Ambedkar and even “snatching” Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s right of free speech. On the 123rd birth anniversary of architect of the Indian Constitution, B.R. Ambedkar, the BJP leader slammed Congress for “insulting him” and ignoring the plight of Dalits and backwards in the country. Gujarat chief minister and BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi pays tributes to “It is unfortunate that the Babasaheb Ambedkar at Gujarat assembly house in Gandhinagar on Monday. Gandhi family has stopped the implementation of rights Mr. Modi’s comments chief architect of the Consti- by Ambedkar on Lord Budgiven by Ambedkar. You are come against the backdrop tution and the god of Dalits dha, saying the first Prime now taking credit for giving of revelations made by by taking credits for giving Minister of the country had a rights and enacting laws but former PM media adviser rights and enacting laws in “poisoned mind” against Soniaji and Shehzaadeji Sanjay Baru in his book that the country.” Ambedkar. (Rahul Gandhi), can you tell suggest that Sonia Gandhi’s “Had Ambedkar not been Mr. Modi said the Conme who has snatched Prime instructions were sought for there, then someone like me gress governments did Minister’s right of free clearing all files and deci- would not have been stand- “maximum insult” to the chief speech. The country wants sions were taken by her. ing before you,” he said and architect of the Indian Conto know which lock you have Reaching out to the even slammed Jawahar Lal stitution and did not give him put on Manmohan Singh’s Dalits, Mr. Modi said Mr. Nehru for refusing to buy even the Bharat Ratna which was mouth,” he said. Gandhi was “insulting the 100 copies of a book written given by the NDA government
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Have poll manifestos lost their sheen? How relevant are election manifestos? Going by the casual manner in which some political parties have been treating their manifestos and the scant attention the media has so far paid to what they promise to the voters, such scepticism is understandable. The major Left parties have released their manifestos focusing on the need to launch a more effective attack on poverty. Some regional parties too have unveiled their manifestos highlighting the need for decentralised governance. The Congress party has released a detailed manifesto, which is claimed to be the longest ever and produced out of a series of meetings with people at grass-roots level to understand their concerns as well as aspirations. Significantly, the Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP, which claims to be the strongest contender to form or lead the next government at the Centre, is yet to bring out its manifesto even though the first phase of the 2014 general elections is less than a week away. While the BJP’s apathy towards declaring what it stands for and what it wishes to promise to the voters is a disturbing sign for any democracy, the virtual absence of public debate over even the few promises that different political parties have made in their manifestos is a cause for deeper concern. One reason for the lack of seriousness about election manifestos is the nature of governments that have been formed at the Centre since 1996. Each of them has been a coalition government with support and participation of at least half a dozen political parties. In a coalition government, the role and importance of individual party manifestos get diluted, if not completely devalued. Indeed, in some coalition governments of the past, the pre-poll manifestos of individual parties gave way to a post-poll common minimum programme. And in some coalition governments, even a common minimum programme was given a go-by and governance followed neither the manifestos of the coalition partners nor any mutually agreed action plan. The next government after May 2014 is also likely to be led by a coalition of parties. That perhaps explains why both political parties and even the voters have turned indifferent -- even agnostic -- towards the promises made in manifestos.The Congress manifesto, however, is a little different and needs to be judged by another yardstick. This is because an election manifesto from a ruling party is not just a statement of intent.
Western nations line up at U.N. to slam Russia’s moves on Ukraine Western nations on Sunday accused Russia of massing tens of thousands of wellequipped troops near the Ukrainian border in preparation for a Crimea-style invasion, while Russia denounced what it said was Ukraine’s Russophobic, anti-Semitic leadership. “Satellite images show that there are between 35,000 and 40,000 Russian troops in the vicinity of the border with Ukraine, equipped with combat aircraft, tanks, artillery and logistical support units,” Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant said. “This is in addition to the 25,000 Russia troops based illegally in Crimea,” Lyall Grant added in his speech during an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Ukraine. French Ambassador Gerard Araud echoed Lyall Grant’s remarks. The meeting of the 15-nation council, the first emergency session on the Ukrainian crisis in weeks, was convened at Russia’s request. Council diplomats said Moscow wanted it to be a closed meeting by France and other Western insisted that it be a public session. The council has held numerous emergency meetings on Ukraine but has been incapable of taking concrete action
because of Russia’s sharp disagreements with the United States and Europe. Last month Russia vetoed a Western draft resolution that would have condemned Crimea’s referendum on secession from Ukraine, held when it was already occupied by Russian military forces. As expected, the council took no action on Sunday. Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin dismissed the criticisms of Russia’s actions in Ukraine, telling the council, “Many inaccurate accusations were made against Russia.” He blamed the Kiev government for the unrest across southeastern Ukraine and described its threatened military operation in the region as a “criminal use of force.” He was referring to Ukraine’s ultimatum to pro-Russian separatists to disarm by Monday or face armed force. “Things might take an irreversible turn for the worst,” Churkin said about the ultimatum, without elaborating. “The authorities (in Ukraine) do not want to listen to those who do not accept the imposed dominance in Kiev of national radicals and chauvinists, Russophobic, antiSemitic forces,” he said. “The grotesque
Russophobia and embedded hatred has become the norm in the Verkhovna Rada (parliament) as well.” CHOREOGRAPHED IN RUSSIA? Kiev has repeatedly said the rebellions across Ukraine are inspired and directed by the Kremlin. But action to dislodge the armed militants risks tipping the stand-off into a new, dangerous phase as Moscow has warned it will protect the region’s Russian-speakers if they come under attack. One Ukrainian state security officer was killed and five were wounded on the government side in Sunday’s operation in Slaviansk, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said. U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power suggested that Russia was dissembling about its true intentions in eastern Ukraine, where many Russian-speakers live. “You have heard these last weeks Russia disclaim any intention of occupying or invading,” she said. “You have heard it publicly, and we have heard it privately.” “Unfortunately, the fact is that the armed seizure of buildings in six eastern Ukrainian towns yesterday and several more today mirrors the tactics Russian forces used in the early stages of the Crimea invasion,” Power
said, adding that the instability “was written and choreographed in, and by, Russia”. Ukraine’s envoy, Yuriy Sergeyev, echoed the remarks of Power and other Western envoys, noting that the troops massing near Ukraine were “obviously the professional special forces”. He also said, “We don’t want any clashes.” Lithuanian Ambassador Raimonda Murmokaite spoke of Russia’s “unending provocations” and attempts to dismember Ukraine. “Where there was no unrest, unrest and chaos are being created by pro-Russian militias, again anonymous without insignia, again carrying the same modern models of assault weapons as seen in Crimea,” Murmokaite said. “Again the external anti-Ukrainian and antiWestern propaganda machine is in full swing, inciting suspicion, mistrust and hatred waiting to explode,” she added. No country on the council spoke out strongly in Russia’s defense. Moscow’s traditional ally and fellow veto power on the Security Council, China, merely called for all parties in Ukraine to “keep calm and exercise restraint.”
India is in a timidity trap with China The unofficial release of some parts of the Henderson Brooks Report on the untold story of the India-China war and the flurry of commentaries in its aftermath illuminate a tragic irony of India. While the Indian government, wielding pernicious laws and rules, shields its culpable acts and omissions, including those bearing serious consequences for India's national security, from scrutiny behind a deliberately created smokescreen, concerned Indians are left to speculate until an enterprising Neville Maxwell casts some fortuitous light on them. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, a well-known crypto-Anglophile, in his zeal to promote his anti-imperial image among the newly liberated countries, went overboard, undid India's historical relations with Tibet forged over centuries, and sacrificed India's special geo-political interests earned and accrued therein over a long period of time with a stroke of pen (Panchsheel Agreement, 1954). He did it wilfully, ignoring the ominous rumblings from the border since 1951. While Nehru basked in his image in the high-sounding empty preamble of the agreement, China swallowed Tibet and made India dismantle its long established diplomatic and operational infrastructures and beat a quick retreat from Tibet. This agreement is unique in the annals of international relations as it stands out as a bizarre illustration of a
prime minister trading his country's crucial national interests solely to buffer his personal international image. When China published its maps in 1957 showing large chunks of India as its own, causing commotion in Parliament, Nehru downplayed the concerns and called it a 'small matter'. Having already taken over Aksai Chin and built a motorable highway across it, China began baring its fangs on India's border claims. Nehru underplayed Chinese belligerence and dismissed any possibility of a conflict with China, calling it 'preposterous'. In the winter session of 1957 he told the Rajya Sabha: 'I am convinced that that there is not the remotest chance, or if I put it more strongly, not the remotest chance of a remote chance of India coming into military conflict with China.' Two years later, Nehru was proved vehemently wrong when Chinese troops inflicted heavy casualties on unsuspecting Indian troops at Longju in the east and Kongka Pass in the west in 1959. Nehru sought to calm an outraged nation with an air of injured innocence and false bravado. He misled the country, apparently on the advice of his cronies, into believing that India had superior military advantages over China in the eastern sector. The ground truth was just the opposite. Disregarding contemporary geo-political imperatives and the honest professional advice of field commanders, he made a se-
ries of moves detrimental to India's interests. A sequence of civil and military miscalculations resulted in India's humiliation in the war. The Indian National Congress, steeped in the Nehru cult and tradition, blanches at the mere prospect of facing the bare facts of the biggest self-inflicted disaster of post-colonial India -- its defeat and humiliation by China in 1962. The Congress recoils at the facts as it unveils the ugly warts on the assiduously chiselled and polished profile of its icon. However, for India's sake, the truth must be told and lessons learnt as it is the only way to redemption. The 1962 war is not yet history for India though the Congress party and the Chinese would like us to believe so. India's continuing acquiescent compliance to the terms of defeat, including humiliating stringent Chinese strictures on Indian armed forces venturing within 20 km of their line of control, and intermittent low-intensity aggressions causing progressive loss of Indian territory, do not let 1962 and its shame slip into a dead past. So long as India cringes from the truth of 1962, a war that was the inevitable culmination of Nehru's schizophrenic China policy, and shies away from looking squarely at it, it will remain caught in its self-created timidity trap. Such an approach may help endure the 'clean' image of a dead man, but its enduring invidious legacy under-
mines India's future story. It stunts India and casts pernicious shadows over its legitimate regional and global ambitions. India's perception of China and its policy to it, consciously or otherwise, underpin its broad geo-politics and its international standing, more pronounced in the immediate and extended neighbourhood. The ghost of 1962 haunts the Indian establishment so much so that, as a matter of policy, it maintains a meek military profile in the border areas. It shies away from letting its army go anywhere in the proximity of the Line Of Actual Control and instead has entrusted the border guarding responsibility to a quasi-armed force, the IndoTibetan Border Police. It does so in deference to Chinese strictures laid down in its 'ceasefire' declaration of the midnight of November 20-21, 1962, warning India not to let its armed forces venture within 20 km of its LAC in the middle and western sectors and similar distance from the 'illegal McMahon Line' -- as it calls it -- in the eastern sector. China made the warning explicit, saying that it 'reserved the right to strike back' should India ignore it. Much to China's delight, the Indian establishment has taken the warning to its heart and has been diligently complying with it. Since China has mischievously refused to specify the alignment of its LAC, a humbled India, fearing an accidental face-off, has set
a strict limit for its border patrols, calls it the Limit of Patrols (LOP), far inside Indian territory, way behind what it claims is its own LAC, and leaves vast tracts of Indian land for Chinese troops to roam around freely and advance at will. China keeps its LAC dynamic and shifting forward in areas of its strategic interests in the eastern as well as western sectors. The war had decisively altered the India-China strategic equation in China's favour. With the air of a victor China made it explicit that for a border settlement it was not in a hurry and would 'wait with patience' (Chou En-Lai's letter of April 20, 1963, to Nehru). China's 'wait' is not static. It keeps making incremental advances in the sectors that are of its strategic significance, mainly in the sub-sector north in Ladakh and tri-junction east in Arunachal Pradesh while mounting diversionary strategic pressure on all other sectors to keep India off-balance. It took 30 years for India to see through the Chinese deception of 'status quo'. Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao took a unilateral initiative in 1993 to engage the Chinese and sought to reduce the asymmetric disadvantages to India accruing from the 'status quo'. Through a treaty he sought to contain China's belligerence along the borders and made an attempt to broadly define the 'Line Of Actual Control', an essential
prerequisite for any eventual honourable settlement. However, Chinese apathy did not give the desired traction to Rao's initiative. The official-level dialogue for a decade made no headway. The officials were limited in their mandate and constricted by bureaucratic rigmarole. Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee understood the Chinese game of 'wait with patience' and assessed the need to upgrade tack. He succeeded in persuading the Chinese in 2003 to raise the dialogue to the political level with a broader mandate and greater flexibility. The two sides appointed special representatives. It was indeed an astute move by Vajpayee. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, however, with his little understanding and appetite for geo-politics, soon after assuming office in 2004, decided to rely more on trade and commerce to improve the relationship and resolve the outstanding issues with China. Greater emphasis on trade diluted the strategic resolve of Vajpayee's initiative. With the change in thrust from strategic to trade and commerce, the special representative mechanism became routine, repetitive and trapped in inane diplomatic rituals. It gives India an illusion of motion in stasis. Eleven years and 17 rounds of tete-a-tete between SRs did not serve India's interests. Ironically, the period of trade boom also witnessed enhanced Chinese belligerence at the border.
Potential hepatitis C cure found in Chinese herb In what could revolutionise treatment of patients infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV), scientists have isolated a new compound from Chinese herbal medicines that can inhibit HCV activity by approximately 90 percent.The new compound, SBEL1, was extracted from a herb found in certain regions of Taiwan and Southern China.In Chinese medicine, it is used to treat sore throats and inflammations. The function of SBEL1 within the plant is unknown and its role and origins are currently being investigated. Recent advances means that we can now virtually cure HCV without unpleasant side effects, said Markus Peck-Radosavljevic, associate professor of medicine at University of Vienna in Austria.In the past, less than 20 percent of all HCV patients were treated because the available treatments were unsuitable due to poor efficacy and high toxicity, Peck-Radosavljevic said. For the research, scientists pre-treated human liver cells in vitro with SBEL1 prior to HCV infection and found that SBEL1 pre-treated cells contained 23 percent less HCV protein than the control, suggesting that SBEL1 blocks virus entry. "SBEL1 has demonstrated significant inhibition of HCV at multiple stages of the viral lifecycle, which is an exciting discovery because it allows us to gain a deeper understanding of the virus and its interactions with other compounds, Peck-Radosavljevic noted.There are an estimated 150 million to 200 million people living with chronic HCV and more than 350,000 people die annually from HCV-related diseases. HCV is transmitted through blood contact between an infected individual and someone who is not infected.This can occur through needlestick injuries or sharing of equipment used to inject drugs.
Control pregnancy weight to avoid obesity in kids
Gaining both too much or too little weight during pregnancy appears to increase the risk of having an overweight or obese child, a study involving an Indian-origin researcher finds. Gaining either too little or too much weight in pregnancy may permanently affect mechanisms that manage energy balance and metabolism in the offspring, such as appetite control and energy expenditure, informed studys lead author Sneha Sridhar from California-based Kaiser Permanente. The stronger association we found among normal weight women who gained too much or too little weight during pregnancy suggests that perhaps weight gain in pregnancy may have an impact on the child that is independent of genetic factors, added senior researcher Monique M. Hedderson.Researchers reviewed the health records of 4,145 racially diverse female members of Kaiser Permanente in northern California who had completed a health survey between 2007 and 2009 and subsequently had a baby. The analysis of medical records of children between ages two and five years old and found that among all women who gained more than the recommended weight during pregnancy, 20.4 percent of their children were overweight or obese. This figure was 19.5 percent in women who gained less than recommended weight and 14.5 percent in women who gained weight within the guidelines. Women with a normal Body Mass Index (BMI) measurement before pregnancy who gained less than the recommended amount were 63 percent more likely to have a child who became overweight or obese.Women with a normal BMI before pregnancy with weight gain above recommendations were 80 percent more likely to have an overweight or obese child. "This could potentially have long-term effects on the child's subsequent growth and weight," Sridhar added.The study was published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Galaxy S5 joins race to monitor heart rate Smart phones are increasingly becoming more than just phones and assuming bigger roles in users lives. The latest on the block is Samsungs new flagship Galaxy S5 smart phone with heart rate monitor that would track your motions and monitor your steps. The innovation comes after Samsung introduced eye-tracking technology last year to pause your phone when you looked away. Samsung's new Gear smart watches would also measure your heart rate and order you to step up the pace when out for a run. The other tech innovations include a mini-robot printers and smart hearing aids connected to iPhone, The Guardian reported. A little bot from Zuta Labs looks like a small puck shuffling across a piece of A4 leaving a trail of ink, but will autonomously print a full page in about 40 seconds.The ReSound Linx hearing aids hooks up to an iPhone and would not only pipe the phone's audio from calls, music, navigation and videos to the hearing aid, but also allows users to tweak their audio settings. Bass, treble and volume can be altered and associated with a specific location so that it automatically adjusts to the right settings as a user enters their favourite coffee shop, the report added.
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UN Security Council meets on Ukraine crisis
Explosion in northern Tanzania bar injures 15 people
United Nations, April 14: The U.N. Security Council met late Sunday in emergency session amid growing violence in eastern Ukraine, with Western powers and Russia blaming each other for the deepening crisis. Russia called the meeting hours after Ukrainian special forces exchanged gunfire with a pro-Russia militia in an eastern city, and at least one security officer was killed and five others wounded. Ukraine’s president accused its powerful neighbour of fomenting unrest, and announced that it would deploy armed forces to quash an increasingly bold pro-Russian insurgency. Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin denied Western and Ukrainian claims that Moscow was behind the violence, and told U.N. diplomats that Ukraine has been using radical neoNazi forces to destabilize its eastern region. “It is the West that will determine the opportunity to avoid civil war in Ukraine. Some people, including in this chamber, do not want to see the real reasons for what is happening in Ukraine and are constantly seeing the hand of Moscow in what is going on,” Mr. Churkin said. “Enough. That is enough.” U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power said the protesters in eastern Ukraine were well-organised and had military equipment, and accused Russia of spreading fiction. “The lives of innocent civilians are at risk. Yet we are being bombarded by Russian disinformation and propaganda while the Ukrainians are being confronted by incitement and violence,” Ms. Power said. “These are not protests, these are professional military operations,” she added. Russia has tens of thousands of troops massed along Ukraine’s eastern border, and there are fears that Moscow might use the violence in the mainly Russian-speaking region as a pretext for an invasion, in a repeat of events in Crimea earlier this year.
Dar Es Salam, April 14: Fifteen people were injured late on Sunday when a makeshift bomb exploded at a crowded bar in Arusha, a popular destination for Western tourists in northern Tanzania, a senior government official said on state television. Two bombing attacks in the same city killed five people last year. Police said they were trying to establish who planted the bomb and the motive of the attack. Officials said Sunday's bomb exploded at the Arusha Night Park pub when football fans were watching an English Premier League match on television. "This was a hand-made bomb. It was planted there by an unknown person," Arusha regional commissioner Magesa Mulongo told state-run Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation on Monday. Godbles Lema, the member of parliament for Arusha, which is a popular starting point for wildlife safaris, said he was worried. "These explosions first started at a church, then moved to a public rally organized by the (opposition) CHADEMA party and now at a pub ... I don't know what is going on in Arusha," Lema said in a statement. Three people were killed and several injured in June by the explosion at the CHADEMA rally. A bomb attack at a Roman Catholic church in the city killed two people in May.
Iran lodges complaint against United States over U.N. envoy ban: IRNA
Dubai, April 14: Iran has complained to the United Nations about the United States refusing to grant a visa to its newly appointed U.N. ambassador over his role in the 1979 hostage crisis, state news agency IRNA said on Sunday. Hamid Abutalebi has said that he acted only as a translator during the 444-day crisis when radical Iranian students seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and held 52 Americans hostage. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham was quoted by IRNA as saying that the issue had been "referred to the UN committee". "The official mechanisms for following up the complaint have been activated and we are going to follow up the case," she said.Iran had said on Saturday it would take action against Washington at the United Nations over the matter. Since an uproar among former U.S. hostages and U.S. lawmakers over
Abutalebi broke out, Tehran has steadfastly stuck by its choice, describing Aboutalebi as a seasoned diplomat. He has served as Iran's ambassador to Italy, Belgium and Australia, and is not known for being a hardliner or for having staunchly anti-Western views. U.S. President Barack Obama had come under strong domestic pressure not to allow Abutalebi into the United States to take up his position in New York, raising concerns that the dispute would disrupt delicate negotiations between Tehran and six world powers, including Washington, over Iran's nuclear program. The U.S. government can bar U.N. diplomats who are considered national security threats, but this potentially precedent-setting step could invite criticism that it is using its position as host nation to improperly exert political influence.
Samantha Power, the United State’s ambassador to the United Nations (R)during an U.N. Security Council emergency meeting called at Russia's request to discuss the growing crisis in Ukraine, at United Nations headquarters.
Ukraine President threatens military operation as unrest grows Slaviansk, April 14: Ukraine's president on Monday threatened military action after pro-Russian separatists occupying government buildings in the east ignored an ultimatum to leave and another group of rebels attacked a police headquarters in the troubled region. Acting president Oleksander Turchinov also held out the possibility of a referendum on the future shape of the Ukrainian state, partly addressing demands made in the largely Russian-speaking east for more control over their local affairs. As the 9 a.m. deadline issued by authorities in Kiev expired, a Reuters reporter in the flashpoint city of Slaviansk, where armed men had seized two government buildings, saw nothing to show the rebels were obeying the ultimatum. At least 100 pro-Russian separatists attacked the police headquarters in the city of Horlivka on Monday, a witness told Reuters, and video footage on Ukrainian television showed an ambulance treating people apparently injured in the attack. In all, separatists have seized government buildings and security facilities in 10 cities. Angered by the death of a state security officer and the wounding of two comrades near Slaviansk,
British Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha stop for a drink by a beach during their holiday on the Spanish Island of Lanzarot
Turchinov warned rebels that an anti-terrorist operation involving the army would begin unless they laid down their arms, and that the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine "will soon be stabilized". His warning raised fears of possible Russian military intervention, but there were no signs of any Ukrainian forces in Slaviansk on Monday and no sign of an anti-terrorist operation. Outside the city council offices stood a group of about 12 armed men in matching camouflage fatigues, with black balaclavas, one of whom was holding a Russian flag. They said they were Cossacks but did not say where from. One told Reuters: "The borders between Ukraine, Russia and Belarus are artificial and we are here to take them away." The new element in the operation announced by
Turchinov is the inclusion of the army which has not been involved in more than four months of turmoil and is untested in dealing with internal disorder. The move to bring in the army shows a lack of confidence in the 30,000-strong interior ministry troops which have been discredited by identification with the leadership of ousted president Viktor Yanukovich. Turchinov and other leaders blame Russia, which annexed Ukraine's Crimea region when Moscow-backed Yanukovich fled after months of pro-Western protests, for inspiring and organizing a rash of rebellions in Slaviansk and other Russianspeaking towns in eastern Ukraine. Turchinov said the Kiev leadership was "not against" a nationwide referendum being held on the type of state Ukraine should be and added he was sure it
would confirm the wish of the majority for a united, independent country. The holding of a referendum has been one of the demands of the separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine, although they envisage a poll being held only in their home region. Turchinov such a referendum could be held at the same time as a presidential election on May 25.Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Ukraine's Russian-speaking eastern regions should be involved in drafting a constitution that should be put to the referendum. Lavrov said it was not in Russia's interests for Ukraine to break up, but Moscow wanted all citizens of the country to be given equal treatment by Kiev. He denied Ukrainian and U.S. allegations that Russia had undercover agents fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine,
and said he was seeking explanation of media reports that the director of the CIA, John Brennan, had visited Kiev. The crisis in Ukraine has brought relations between Russia and the West to their worst since the end of the Cold War in 1991, and also risks unleashing a "gas war" which could disrupt energy supplies across Europe. Ukraine said on Saturday it would stop paying for Russian gas because the price was too high. Russian stocks and the ruble fell sharply on Monday, reflecting fears of further Russian military intervention in Ukraine and more western sanctions against Moscow. Use of force by Kiev's proEurope authorities could trigger a fresh confrontation from Russia. Russia's foreign ministry called the planned military operation a "criminal order" and said the West
should bring its allies in Ukraine's government under control. The United Nations Security Council held an emergency session on Sunday night, and the United States warned that it was likely to impose further sanctions on Russians close to the Kremlin if the escalation in eastern Ukraine continues. European Union foreign ministers were due to discuss whether to impose further sanctions on Moscow. British Foreign Secretary William Hague said the destabilization of eastern Ukraine was clearly being instigated by Russia, adding: "I don't think denials of Russian involvement have a shred of credibility. German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel warned of an escalation of the crisis in Ukraine, saying "Russia was clearly prepared to allow tanks to roll across European borders".
China 'confident' that Israel says Kerry remarks on Iran good ties 'consensus nuclear threshold 'not acceptable' of all Indian parties' Beijing, April 14: A senior official said on Monday said the Chinese government was "confident" that the new government that takes charge in New Delhi following the Lok Sabha elections - no matter which party was in power would ensure friendly ties with Beijing, as both sides held strategic talks aimed at laying the groundwork for a series of high-level engagements in coming months. "We are confident that to promote China-India friendship is a shared consensus of all political parties in India. So I am confident that whichever party comes into power in India it will stay committed to friendship and cooperation between the two countries", Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin, who is also the Foreign Ministry's main interlocutor on India, told reporters, speaking ahead of the sixth round of the annual strategic dialogue, which took place in Beijing at the Diaoyutai State guesthouse on Monday. He told Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh at the start of the talks that China "highly appreciates" that the strategic dialogue was being held despite the fact that India was occupied with the ongoing elections. "I wish to mention in particular that India is undergoing a very important election. Therefore you have chosen to come to China at this very special time to have this strategic dialogue with us. This shows the
tremendous importance that the Indian government and you yourself attach to this bilateral relationship and we highly appreciate that," he said. Ms. Singh said the aim of her visit was "to reiterate to the government of China that the government of India attaches the highest priority to India's relations with China". The message from officials of both countries is that the dialogue here will stress continuity in ties at a functional-level even as political engagements remain on hold on account of the elections. Besides bilateral engagements, the dialogue will look at the entire breadth of the relationship as well as common regional concerns such as the situation in Afghanistan. India and China have expressed willingness to do more to coordinate their efforts there, including on joint projects.Mr. Liu said the bilateral relationship "has already gone beyond the bilateral scope". "Naturally, besides bilateral cooperation we are also going to talk about regional and international issues. We can see three levels of India-China cooperation: on the bilaterallevel, regional-level and international-level. It is a very important bilateral relationship". "We hope in today's dialogue we will have the opportunity to have an indepth exchange of views on bilateral relations and those efforts to implement the consensus achieved by leaders of both countries.
Jerusalem, April 14: Israel described as "unacceptable" on Monday remarks by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry suggesting cautious openness to negotiating a nuclear deal that would keep Iran six to 12 months away from bomb-making capability. "In the past, and also recently, what we heard from the Americans, including publicly, and from the Europeans and even from the Russians, was that Iran must be distanced years - not months but years - from nuclear weaponry," said Yuval Steinitz, the Israeli cabinet minister in charge of nuclear affairs. Iran, which denies seeking nuclear arms, is in talks with Washington and five other world powers on rolling
back its work on uranium enrichment and a potentially plutonium-yielding reactor.Briefing U.S. senators last week, Kerry stopped short of saying negotiators would "settle for" a timeline of six to 12 months in which Iran could amass enough fissile material for a nuclear device but said it would be "significantly more" than the current two months it would take."The things that Kerry said ... are worrying. They are surprising. They are not acceptable," Steinitz told Israel Radio. The Israelis, widely assumed to have the Middle East's sole atomic arsenal, see Tehran's nuclear program as a deadly threat and have long threatened to launch pre-emptive war against Iran if they deem in-
ternational diplomacy a dead end. The censure of Kerry's remarks follows a cascade of Israeli criticism of the U.S. statesman's mediation of peace talks with the Palestinians, which are now deadlocked."We will not be able to adopt and accept any agreement that keeps Iran within a range of months to a year from nuclear weaponry, because such an agreement would not hold water," Steinitz said, reiterating Israel's demand that its archenemy be stripped of nuclear capabilities. "It would also prompt Iran to get nuclear weaponry, and Sunni Arab countries like Algeria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, perhaps also Turkey and the UAE, to seek to launch a nuclear arms race."
Syria opposition claims has evidence of chlorine gas attack Beirut, April 14: Syrian opposition activists have posted photographs and video that they say shows an improvised chlorine bomb to back up claims that President Bashar alAssad's forces used chemical weapons in two attacks last week. Rebels and the government have blamed each other for the alleged poison gas attacks on Friday and Saturday on rebel-held Kfar Zeita village in the central province of Hama, 125 miles north of Damascus. Both sides said chlorine gas - a deadly agent widely used in World War I - had been used. The gas, which has industrial uses,is not on a list of chemical weapons that Assad declared to the global chemical weapons watchdog last year for destruction. It is a so-called dual-use chemical, which would have to be declared to the Organization for
the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), a spokesman said. State-run television on Saturday accused the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front of carrying out the attacks, which it said wounded dozens. On Sunday, activists from the "Syrian Revolution in Kfar Zeita" posted video footage and pictures of an unexploded canister with the chemical symbol for chlorine, Cl2, on its side which they said was found in the village. Eliot Higgins, a respected UK-based researcher who trawls daily through online videos of Syria's civil war to verify weapons in them, could not verify the opposition's claims but said the videos did appear to show an industrial chlorine cylinder. "It looks like they (the government) have taken an industrial chlorine cylinder, put it in a improvised barrel bomb and dropped it out of a helicopter," he told.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
MARK INDIA, Hyderabad
Many fresh faces in Congress list for Seemandhra
BJP-TDP alliance good for party, people: Javadekar Hyderabad, April 14 (IPT) : BJP National Spokesperson and MP Prakash Javadekar today expressed hope that the poll-alliance between TDP and BJP would be beneficial for his party and the people. Talking to newpsersons here, he said the support of superstar Rajinkanth, whom BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi meet in Chennai yesterday, was good for the party and people of the country. To a question, he said nearly 20 parties had already joined NDA and expressed confidence that his party would form a government at the Centre. Referring to the coal scam, he said AICC President Sonia Gandhi should answer to the all questions on how coal reserves were allocated to some persons by rejecting others.He also alleged that the Congress was anti-Ambedkar.
Offenders involved in various crimes held Hyderabad, April 14 (IPT) : Cyberabed Police here today claimed to have arrested several offenders involved in several cases of murder, dacoity, burglary and chain snatching committed in the limits of the Cyberabad Commissionerate. A special team constituted by Cyberabad Commissioner of Police C V Anand worked on several cases and arrested three offenders who were involved in Shamshabad double murder, seven members of Peddinti Golla Dacoity Gang, five offenders in burglary cases and one notorious chain snatcher of Irani Gang. In all, one case of double murder, 20 cases of chain snatching were detected and recovered two kgs of Gold, four kgs of silver, One Revolver, knives, rods, one Indigo car, one bike, one scooty all worth Rs 75 Lakh were recovered from them, a press release here said.
Two Maoists killed in Odisha gun battles Bhubaneswar, April 14 : Two Maoists, including one carrying a reward of Rs.1 lakh on his head, were killed in separate gun battles with police in western Odisha, an official said Monday. While an unidentified woman rebel died Monday in an exchange of fire with police at Sunabeda Sanctuary in Nuapada district, another rebel, Puno Uluka alias Khatru, died in a gunfight at Narayanpatna in Koraput district late Sunday. Inspector General of Police (Southwestern Range) Yaswant Jethwa said the bodies of the slain rebels have been recovered. Police also seized a rifle used by the woman rebel. Uluka, an active member of the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist, was suspected to have played a key role in a number of murders and other violent crimes in both Narayanpatna and Bandhugaon areas, Jethwa told.
Bollywood actor Ritesh Deshmukh during a roadshow in support of Congress candidate in Latur, Maharashtra.
Rapist should face severe, strict punishment but only after guilt proved: Supreme Court New Delh, April 14 : Rape is a reprehensible act and every perpetrator of the crime should be punished severely and strictly but only after the accused's guilt has been proved beyond doubt, the Supreme Court has said as it set aside the conviction of a man for rape. "Rape is indeed a reprehensible act and every perpetrator should be punished expeditiously, severally and strictly. However, this is only possible when guilt has been proved beyond reasonable doubt," said a bench of Justice K.S.Radhakrishnan and Justice Vikramajit Sen in their recent judgment. The court said while setting aside the Kerala High Court verdict holding Vinod guilty of rape and sentencing him to four years in jail. The high court, while holding Vinod guilty, had however reduced his jail term from seven years as he was sentenced to by the Thiruvananthapuram additional district and sessions judge. Vinod, who was already married and had two children, got into a relationship with the college-going girl. She eloped with Vinod on April 19, 2000 after finishing
her examination earlier in the day. Thereafter, both travelled to different places before her uncle Abdul Rasheed chanced upon then in a market.While Vinod claimed that he had told her about being already married and having children, the girl said that she was unaware of Vinod's marital status otherwise she would not have consummated their marriage which they had entered into by way of an agreement. Setting aside the conviction of Vinod, the apex court noted that the high court had "aptly observed" that what began as a telephonic friendship strengthened into close acquaintance between Vinod and the girl which later blossomed into love, eventually leading them to elope". Yet despite arriving at this conclusion the high court termed her a victim,"which seems to us to be an incongruous factual finding leading to a misconception and consequently a misapplication of the law". "In our deduction there was no seduction; just two persons fatally in love, their youth blinding them to the futility of their relationship," said the apex court. "Rape is indeed a repre-
hensible act and every perpetrator should be punished expeditiously, severally and strictly. However, this is only possible when guilt has been proved beyond reasonable doubt," the court said. The apex court said it had no doubt that the girl was aware that "the appellant (Vinod) was already married but, possibly because a polygamous relationship was not anathema to her because of the faith which she adheres to, the prosecutrix was willing to start a home with the appellant". However, it noted that Vinod "is not an innocent man inasmuch as he had willy-nilly entered into a relationship with the prosecutrix, in violation of his matrimonial vows and his paternal duties and responsibilities". "If he has suffered incarceration for an offence for which he is not culpable, he should realise that retribution in another form has duly visited him." "It can only be hoped that his wife Chitralekha will find in herself the fortitude to forgive so that their family may be united again and may rediscover happiness, as avowedly the prosecutrix has found."
Vajpayee's tenure better than of Nehru, Indira: Advani Patna, April 14 : Senior BJP leader L K Advani Monday held that Atal Bihari Vajpayee's six years as prime minister were better for India's development than the long rule of Congress' prime ministers Jawaharal Nehru and Indira Gandhi "Vajpayee's tenure as PM was best ever," Advani said addressing election meetings in Bihar's Banka and Katihar parliamentary constituencies.Visiting Bihar for the first time to campaign for BJP candidates during ongoing Lok Sabha polls, he did not directly target Bihar Chief Minister Nitish KumarAdvani claimed that Nehru and Indira Gandhi developed the country at a cost. During Nehru's rule, his biggest failing was defeat at the hands of China in the 1962 war and the Emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi was a historic blunder.Current Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's rule will be known for only scams, he added.After Modi and party president Rajnath Singh, Advani is the third star campaigner of BJP to campaign in Bihar for the polls.
Hyderabad, April 14 (IPT) : Facing a tough challenge in Seemandhra, the Congress has been forced to field fresh faces for a majority of the seats for assembly and Lok Sabha elections. The party has named almost all loyal outgoing MPs and state legislators due to the mass exodus from the party following the bifurcation of the state. Unlike in Telangana, there were fewer aspirants for many constituencies in Seemandhra and the leadership did not face problems in naming the candidates. The Congress is having a testing time in Seemandhra or the residuary state of Andhra Pradesh as both the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the YSR Congress are targeting it for dividing the state. The TDP has an alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The Congress late Sunday released the first list of candidates for elections to the Lok Sabha and the state assembly. It announced candidates for 20 Lok Sabha and 139 assembly seats.The
party has named seven new faces for the seats won by it in 2009. After K. Sambasiva Rao, who resigned as the union minister this month and decided not to contest on Congress ticket, the party has fielded E. Nageswara Rao from Eluru. Out of six MPs expelled from the party in February for stalling the Telangana bill in parliament, the leadership has won back A. Sai Pratap. He will seek re-election from Rajampet. The party has re-nominated union ministers Kishore Chndra Deo (Araku), Killi Krupa Rani (Srikakulam), Pallam Raju (Kakinada), Panabaka Lakshmi (Bapatla) and Kotla Suryaprakash Reddy (Kurnool). The other candidates are D. Pavan Kumar (Ongole), T. Vijayalakshmi (Anakapalli), K. Durgesh (Rajahmundry), Maheswara Rao (Amalapuram), Ramaiah (Nandyal), Venkatramudu (Hindupur), V. Narayana Reddy (Nellore), K. Venkatakrishna Reddy (Narsaraopet), Sheikh Waheed (Guntur) and D.
Avinash (Vijayawada). More than half of the 139 candidates announced for the assembly elections are new faces. The legislators won on Congress ticket in 2009 have since quit and joined the YSR Congress or the TDP. Andhra Pradesh Congress chief N. Raghuveera Reddy will contest from Kalyandurg instead of Penukonda assembly seat which he won in the last election.Former state party chief Botsa Satyanarayana will seek re-election from Cheepurapalle while assembly speaker N. Manohar will contest again from Tenali. Former minister S. Sailajanath, who was considered close to former chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy, who quit the Congress and floated Jai Samaikyandhra Party (JSP), will seek reelection from Singanamalla. Elections to 175 assembly and 25 Lok Sabha seats in Seemandhra are scheduled to be held May 7. In 2009, the Congress had bagged 107 assembly and 21 Lok Sabha seats in Seemandhra.
YSRCP releases candidates' list for Seemandhra Hyderabad, April 14 (IPT) : YSRCP today released the list of candidates for contesting from various Assembly and Lok Sabha constituencies in Seemandhra region, where elections were be held for 25 Lok Sabha and 175 Assembly seats in second phase on May 7. The list consists of candidates for 24 Lok Sabha out of 25 and 170 Assembly constituencies out of 175 in the region. While YSRCP Honorary President Y S Vijayamma will contest from Visakhapatnam parliamentary constituency and her son and party Chief Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy will contest from Pulivendula Assembly constituency. The party allotted most of the constituencies for BCs at various segments in Seemandhra. The YSRCP Chief allotted Srikakulam parliamentary seat to BC candidate
Shanthi and also seven assembly segments too. The seven assembly segments of Visakhapatnam Lok sabha seat, also allotted to BC candidates by the party chief. The YSRCP Chief gave tickets to former Congress Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao, who resigned to his ministry after his name was figured in the CBI charge sheet in Jagan illegal assets case and joined YSRCP recently and he was alloted Srikakulam Assembly seat. Mr Jagan also allotted Amudalavalasa assembly seat to Tammineni Sitaram, who recently joined YSRCP , Narasannapet assembly constituency to Dharmana's brother Dharmana Krishna Das and Visakhapatnam (West) assembly constituency to Daadi Ratnakar, son TDP MLC Daadi Veerabhadra Rao, who recently joined in YSRCP.
Rahul dubs Gujarat model as ‘toffee model’ Latur (Mah), April 14 : In a blistering attack on BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Monday dubbed the Gujarat model propagated by the Gujarat Chief Minister as a “toffee model”, saying it has benefited only one industrialist in the state, ignoring the interests of the farmers and the poor. He also said while the BJP talks of empowering women in its election campaign posters, its party activists along with RSS cadres beat up women going to pubs in Mangalore (Karnataka) and the Gujarat Chief Minister uses his powers and police machinery to tap the phone of a woman. “Let me tell you about the Gujarat model. Have you heard of (L K ) Advani. Advani, Jaswant Singh have been sidelined. Now a new neta (leader) has emerged. He is Narendra Modi. Earlier, there was a partnership between Atal Bihari
Vajpayee and Advani. Now there is partnership between Modi and Adani,” Mr. Gandhi said at an election rally here. “Land of Aurangabad’s size...45,000 acres...has been given for a mere Rs 300 crore. This is toffee model not Gujarat model. For Re 1, you get a toffee here. There land was sold at Re one per meter...it was the land of the poor and the farmers,” Mr. Gandhi said. He said a loan of Rs 10,000 crore was given to build the Nano car. The amount is more than what is spent on health and education in Gujarat. Taking a dig at BJP’s campaign posters on empowering women, Mr. Gandhi said 20,000 women are “missing” in party-ruled Chhattisgarh. Vote out BJD govt Earlier during a election rally in Jagtsinghpur in Odisha, Mr. Gandhi asked the electorate to vote out the BJD government led by Naveen Patnaik. Despite maximum fund allocation by
the UPA government to the state, money could not reach the people, he alleged. “The UPA government has plans to set up a manufacturing corridor through which lakhs of people can be provided jobs,” he said, accusing the BJD government of rendering thousands jobless. “This is the time for change, give rest to the present government in Odisha and bring back Congress to power to witness real development,” Mr. Gandhi said at a public meeting at Nabakrushna Choudhury Stadium here.
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi with children during the festival of Rongali Bihu in Guwahati.
Gandhis are under siege, family charisma has faded away: Jaitley New Delhi, April 14 : Attacking Gandhi family, senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley today said, " the Gandhis are under siege" and "the family charisma has faded away". "The Congress appears to be getting more and more desperate. Two national papers carry reports what is happening within the
Congress."The first report suggested that the desperation was so high that in order to confine Modi, Priyanka Gandhi had agreed to contest Varanasi seat against Narendra Modi. Another paper reports that the Chief Ministers of the Congress have been told that if you cannot win seats, you will be
replaced," Mr Jaitley said in his article."If both the reports are true, they only confirm how far cut off from reality the Congress has been. The Gandhis are under siege. The situation is akin to what happened to Indira Gandhi and Sanjay Gandhi in the run up to the 1977 general elections. Economic populism did not work. The
family charisma has faded away. But a party which is merely a crowd around a family probably felt that the current leader in the family has not clicked," Mr Jaitley said in his article."The real solution to the problem is to make Congress a more structured party. The Congress party solution is, if one
incumbent in the family fails, the alternative can only be another member of the family. In an earlier write-up, I had almost predicted this. I only wish that the desperate solution of Varanasi had been actually implemented. The country now needs the myth of the other family member also to be exploded," Mr Jaitley said in his article.
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