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Rahul slams Modi’s use of harsh words Bathinda, April 28: Amid the bitter war of words between the Congress and BJP, Rahul Gandhi on Monday accused Narendra Modi of being discourteous to his opponents, adopting double standards on corruption and favouring select industrialists. Rahul said that the BJP prime ministerial candidate seeks to give an impression that development of Gujarat was his “personal” achievement and seems oblivious to the efforts of millions of people, including women who made the Amul brand a success. “You listen to his speech (Mr. Modi), You listen to mine. You (Punjab) gave us a Prime Minister. You see his (PM) speeches during the last 10 years, Sonia’s (Gandhi) speeches, Congress leaders speeches, all talk with love and respect. “Even if we talk about them (opponent), we talk with love and respect. We never use harsh words and angry tone. But wherever they (opponents) go, they cannot speak any good, nor they can do any good for others,” he said addressing a rally in favour of Congress candidate Manpreet Singh Badal. Manpreet, estranged nephew of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, is locked in a battle against his sister-in-law and sitting SAD MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal. Manpreet, who is heading Peoples’ Party of Punjab, is contesting the elections on the Congress symbol with CPI backing. Keeping Mr. Modi at the centre of his attack, Rahul the BJP tries to portray as if nothing was happening in Gujarat for the last
KCR insulting families of T-martyrs Hyderabad, April 28 : Rajya Sabha MP V Hanumantha Rao on Monday accused TRS President K Chandrasekhar Rao of insulting the families of Telangana martyrs after the passing of Telangana Bill in the Parliament. Speaking to media persons after releasing a booklet titled ? Mistakes & Thousand lies of KCR" at Gandhi Bhavan here, VHR said that KCR, along with his family members, called on AICC President Sonia Gandhi after the passing of Telangana Bill in the Parliament. However, he did not meet the families of those who laid down their lives for the statehood cause. He said KCR requested Sonia Gandhi to give him the post of Telangana Chief Minister. When Sonia Gandhi did not react to his demand, he started targeting the Congress party and other leaders, he alleged.VHR also alleged that KCR did not give tickets to the family members of Telangana martyrs. Instead, he distributed tickets among land grabbers and those who worked against Telangana.
is being sold to you (farmers),” he alleged. Tearing apart Mr. Modi’s much-touted Gujarat model, he said financial benefit to the tune of Rs 26,000 crore as power waiver was given to an industrialist. A total benefit of Rs 35,000 crore was handed over to Adani, he alleged. Referring to the financial benefit given to Mr. Adani, he said, “Take this, and enjoy.” He also accused Mr. Modi of giving away Rs 10,000 crore of loan to Tata at a rate of 0.1 per cent for 25 years and said in contrast, the total budget allocation for education and health was just Rs 8,000 crore in Gujarat.“There is one Nano company to whom they gave Rs. 10,000 crore of loan at a rate of 0.1 per cent for 25 Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi at an election rally at years. It is Tata whereas farmers are getting loan at Faridkot on Monday. rate between 12 and 14 per 60 years.“Gujaratis built it “Just two-three industrialists cent,” he alleged.However, he (the state). Women of were benefited (under NDA praised Tata for “doing good Gujarat gave Amul regime) which they called work.” “I don’t say that you brand....Gujaratis and India Shining. Big govern- do not help them or other inPunjabis are known for their ment-owned companies dustrialists. I am saying why hardwork...But (according to worth thousands of crore you are helping only one opponents) you did nothing. were gifted. Balco, a govern- company,” he said.Rahul For the last 60 years, people ment-owned company was said the Centre allocated Rs of India did nothing,” Rahul given to a friend of late Union 30,000 crore per annum said. “Now Mr. Modi is com- Minister and BJP leader udner UPA’s flagship NREGA ing and he says he will do Pramod Mahajan,” Rahul al- scheme. However, an everything, he has built leged. amount equivalent to this Several other government scheme was doled out to Gujarat and now he says he will build country. He (Modi) companies were also given Adani, he charged. “Their boasts before thousands of away, he alleged.Accusing only agenda is to see that people that I built Gujarat. He Mr. Modi of doling out favours only a limited number of people does not feel the need to ask to select corporates, Rahul in this country should prosper anybody as if he has all the alleged that he handed over whereas Congress wants inclu45,000 ares of land to Adani sive and all round progress in knowledge,” he said. Hitting out at BJP, Rahul group at a rate of Rs 1 per which poor man’s son runs busisaid they gave India shining meter. “45,000 acres of land ness, farmer’s child flies slogan in 2004 without was given to one business- planes and leads a happy life”, realising that a large section man whereas the farmers he said. “We want such a counof people including farmers, whose land was acquired are try where everyone dreams big labourers and other weaker now working under NREGA and not only five or ten people sections were not benefited. scheme. This kind of toffee including Adani,” he said.
Clinching evidence to arrest Modi, Shah in Ishrat case: Kapil Sibal Ahmedabad, April 28: Union Minister Kapil Sibal on Monday raked up alleged fake encounter of Ishrat Jahan to hit out at Narendra Modi saying the BJP's PM nominee and Amit Shah were being "shielded" despite existence of "clinching" evidence to arrest them. "I want to ask who is shielding Modi and Shah when, as per lawyers like us, there is a clinching evidence to arrest them in the case of fake encounter of Ishrat Jahan and three others," Sibal told reporters here. The hard-hitting attack by Sibal came on the last day of campaigning for the single-phase polls in Gujarat to be held on April 30. Joining Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, party vice-president Rahul Gandhi and other leaders in attacking Modi's development model, Sibal said, "many models are being talked about in the country now, but this is an encounter model of Gujarat". Elaborating about "clinching evidence" Sibal said, "There are call records of talk between accused police officer DG Vanzara and the then minister of state for Home Amit Shah at the time of encounter and before the encounter that took place on June 15, 2004. "There are statements of police officers under CrPC 164 pointing fingers at them," the minister said. Quoting from resignation letter of Vanzara, Sibal said, "Vanzara has said that 'being field officers, they have simply implemented the con-
scious policy of this government. "Clearly, all this could not have happened without Modi's knowledge," he alleged. "All the pieces have now fallen into place. The highest authority in the state, from the evidence as disclosed, now needs to answer. Courts need to stand-up for human rights and deal swiftly against those who, through fake encounters, eliminated people," Sibal said. Responding to a query that whether the CBI which works under the Central government is protecting Modi and Shah from arrest, Sibal said, "CBI is not working under the Central government". CBI, investigating the alleged fake encounter of Ishrat Jahan and three others, has not included any political leaders in chargesheets filed by it but has charged police and IB officers for murder and criminal conspiracy among other things.When asked if any top Congress leader in Central government is "soft" on Modi and Shah and is instrumental in keeping them out of the CBI charge sheet, Sibal replied in the negative. On the snooping controversy, Sibal said his government will appoint a judge to probe the incident before May 16. When his attention is drawn to reports in media that some retired judges have declined to head the Commission appointed by Centre to conduct inquiry into alleged snooping of a woman architect in Gujarat, Sibal said,"I do not believe in newspaper reports... Why should I believe in newspaper reports...?
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No files damaged in Secretariat fire Hyderabad, April 28 : Secretary to Government (GAD) N Sivasankar on Monday clarified that no files got damaged in the fire that broke out in the ground floor of the C-Block of Secretariat on Sunday night. 'The damage has been assessed today. No files are damaged. However, a switch board, a wall mounted fan and a chair were damaged totally. Certain old records, which are to be weeded out and kept near the almirah got partially damaged,' the Secretary said in a statement. Disclosing details, he said that on Sunday at about 7:45 PM, fire broke out on account of short circuit in the ground floor of the C-Block where certain sections are located. The security guard who was standing there immediately noticed the smoke and informed the fire personnel, who immediately swung into action and brought the situation under the control. The Chief Security Officer, officers of the General Administration Department and Electrical Engineers rushed to the scene immediately and assessed the damage. The R&B (Elec.) Dept. are of the view that the fire broke out due to short circuit. A complaint has been filed by the concerned authorities immediately before the Saifabad Police Station. The fire broke out on the North Eastern side of the SC-D Section of the General Administration Department.
Cong made sacrifice to give Telangana: Azad Hyderabad, April 28: Union Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Monday claimed that the Congress party gave a major sacrifice to fulfill its promise of giving statehood to Telangana region. Participating in the road show in Jubilee Hills and Khairtabad constituencies here, Azad said that Telangana became a reality due to the personal interest of AICC President Sonia Gandhi. He said Sonia Gandhi and other leaders were well aware that the party might face a rout in Seemandhra region if the Centre bifurcate Andhra Pradesh. However, he said that Sonia Gandhi went ahead with the formation of Telangana to turn the six-decade old dream into a reality. Azad said that the credit for the formation of Telangana goes to over 1200 people who sacrificed their lives for the statehood cause. He said only Congress could develop Telangana and it would be made a model State in the country. Congress candidates M Anjan Kumar Yadav (Secunderabad Lok Sabha), Danam Nagender (Khairtabad) and P Vishnuvardhan Reddy (Jubilee Hills) were also present.
Priyanka Vadra during an election campaign for her mother and Congress President Sonia Gandhi in Raebareli on Monday.
Cong accuses KCR of intimidating opponents Hyderabad, April 28 : Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee chief spokesperson Dr Shravan Kumar on Monday alleged that TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao was intimidating his political opponents.Speaking to media persons at Gandhi Bhavan here, Shravan Kumar shown some clips of KCR's speeches wherein KCR threatened to cause physical harm to his political rivals. He said KCR's tone and use of
language was highly objectionable and aimed at intimidating his rivals. "KCR is speaking like a rowdy," he alleged.Shravan Kumar said that KCR was trying to mislead the people through his tall promises. He said it would need around Rs 20 lakh crore to implement the promises made in TRS manifesto. He asked KCR to clarify on how he plans to mobilise those funds. He said KCR would go back on all the poll promises after the elections. He re-
minded that KCR promises to wash Sonia Gandhi's feet if she granted statehood to Telangana region. However, he forgot his promise later. He accused KCR of exploiting the Telangana sentiments and held him responsible for over 1200 suicides that took place for the cause of statehood. He said KCR had no sympathy over the Telangana martyrs. He also accused him of insulting the Backward Classes by regularly targeting TPCC chief Ponnala Lakshmaiah.
Girls outperform boys in Inter First Year exams Hyderabad, April 28 : Girls have outperformed boys in the First Year Intermediate Public Examination 2014 whose results were announced here on Monday. While 60.52 per cent girls passed the exam, 51.37 per cent boys cleared the Inter First Year. The girls maintained their dominance in the Vocational with a pass percentage of 50.03 per cent compared to boys' 38.69. The results were announced by Advisor to Governor Salauddin Ahmed in the presence of Principal Secretary (Education Depatment) Rajeshwar Tiwari, Commissioner Intermediate Education Aadhar Sinha and Board of Intermediate Secretary Ram Shankar Naik at the BIE office at Nampally. Salauddin Ahmed informed that 55.84 per cent of 8,68,744 candidates have passed the Inter First Year exams. Similarly, of 59,710 Vocational candidates, 42.98 per cent cleared the exams. As many as 47.78 per cent candidates have secured more than 75 per cent marks of A Grade, while 29.76 per cent got B Grade with 60-75 per cent marks. A total of 15.52 got C Grade and 6.95 per cent got D Grade. While as many as 80 candidates in General category and 13 candidates in Vocational were booked for malpractice, the results of 13 candidates in General and 16 candidates in Vocational have been withheld. In General category, Krishna district stood on top with 74 per cent while Adilabad had the lower passing percentage of 38. In
Vocational, Srikakulam district was on top with 74 pass per cent and Nizambad and Mahabubnagar district had the lower pass percentage of 32. Salauddin Ahmed informed that the Marks Registers of all Colleges would be dispatched to the Regional Inspection Officers concerned within two days. The Principals of the colleges have to collect them from RIOs immediately and display in their colleges. The Principals can collect Memoranda of Marks from the RIOs on May 3 and see that they are given to the candidates at the earliest. The discrepancies if any, found in the Memorandum of Marks should be referred to the Board through concerned Principals before May 27. Applications received after this date will not be entertained. The last date for payment of examination fee for Intermediate Advanced Supplementary Examinations, May/June 2013 is May 6. There is no provision for payment of examination fee with penalty after the due date. The candidates who have passed in all papers can appear for improvement, no payment of Rs 100 per paper in addition to the normal examination fee. The candidates will appear with the same Registration Number of IPE March 2014. The better of old/new performance will be taken only for candidates who passed in all subjects. The first year intermediate failed candidates can appear for passed papers of first year also along with failed papers subject to the condition that they shall forego the previous performance of passes papers. The Intermediate Public Advanced Supplementary Examinations, May/June 2014 will be held from May 25.
Sobha to stay in Allagadda poll fray Hyderabad, April 28: Clearing the ambiguity over the poll for Allagadda assembly constituency, Central Election Commission has clarified that the name of the deceased YSR Congress Party candidate Sobha Nagi Reddy will be part of the ballots there. Disclosing this to reporters here today, party spokesperson Gattu Ramachandra Rao said Central Election Commission has
clarified in a communication to the party that Sobha Nagi Reddy's name will continue to be part of the ballots for elections in Allagadda. According to the communication, the votes polled for Sobha Nagi Reddy will not be considered as NOTA votes, Gattu said. 'The commission has further said that if she gets majority votes among all the candidates, she will be the winner. But a re-election
will be ordered in such an event,' he said. Earlier reports said that Sobha's name will be removed from the ballot and votes polled for her despite that will be considered as NOTA votes.Gattu said that it would have been better if the Election Commission had ordered a reelection for the Allagadda assembly constituency following the death of Sobha Nagi Reddy in an accident.
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Security in Jammu and Kashmir: Circa 2013 2013 offered a mixed bag for Jammu and Kashmir so far as security is concerned. This was the third consecutive year when the state witnessed a modicum of peace which translated into unhindered social and economic activity. The going was, however, not totally smooth; as many issues came up, some due to circumstances, and others most cleverly orchestrated by inimical vested interests. The year started on a sad note with the brutal killing of two brave soldiers while they were patrolling the Line of Control at Mendhar, Jammu and Kashmir, well within their own territory. Pakistan blatantly denied the incident and continued with its military adventurism through the year. Yet another ambush by Pakistani soldiers on August,6, 2013, once again in Indian territories, led to the brutal killing of six Indian soldiers. Deliberate and constant ceasefire violations by Pakistan were witnessed throughout the year along the Line of Control and also along the International Border. The more than 200 violations constitute the highest in a year since the ceasefire was declared in November 2003. Where there are ceasefire violations, infiltration bids cannot be far behind. There were a large number of attempts reported along the Line of Control; the traditional areas of Karen and Machil in Kupwara, Bandipura and Gurez etc remained active, as did areas in Poonch and Rajouri. The biggest attempt took place in Karen in October, where massive forces were deployed over almost two weeks to counter the ingress of as many as 30 well armed terrorists. Infiltration attempts along the line of control are usual, what was unusual is the increased activity along the International border in the Jammu region. Despite sustained efforts, the terror mongers across failed to push as many terrorists as they wished to and things have remained in control all through. Pakistan's military adventurism caused a serious dent in bilateral relations. The situation mended a bit in the last month of the year with ceasefire violations decreasing. A meeting held between the DGMO's of the two armies on December, 24 further helped ease matters; while both sides have expressed a resolve to make the ceasefire "sustainable", only time will tell whether Pakistan is ready to walk the talk or not. Another security issue with an international dimension was repeated incursions by the Chinese along the Line of Actual Control in the Ladakh region. The first major incursion took place in on April, 15, when a contingent of about 30 Chinese soldiers came 10-12 kms inside Indian territories at Burthe in Daulat Beg Oldie, Eastern Ladakh. The situation was diffused at the diplomatic, political and military levels to avoid an adverse impact on relations.
India-US spat: Long journeys are not terminated midway My daughter Shambhavi, showing great prudence and maturity, wrote to me last evening: 'I am sure that if all the elected leaders of our country are called in and asked to take a stand about the issue of America treating us the way it has been, they would agree that the solution is to continue the warm relations with the required amendments.' America and India, like other superpowers, cannot afford to dismiss relations, but need to move on with the peaceful corrections they need for a smoother journey together. Although disrespect is way out of line, I believe, to win is not to kill, but to learn to live with a Mahatma Gandhi and a Martin Luther King, so I would still see Barack Obama as a friend. The truth of the matter is we can't afford to lose each other, and there must be mature people in the US State Department who recognise this. Long-term journeys are not terminated midway. Back home, we must reflect and have a reality check. An economically strong and militarily powerful India would have never had this experience. Not just the Americans, everyone in this world respects might. China receives respect, India gets the law book. Governance in India needs an overhaul, not squabbling actions like removing barricades from the road leading to the US embassy. India is neither Peru or Panama nor Venezuela. Act powerful and self-confident and see the change. A nation that is poverty
stricken, soft towards terror groups and their patrons, slow on building infrastructure, plagued with anarchist political tamashas and manageable State agencies won't impress anyone. Its truth will not be accepted. Its pain will not be felt. Its genuine desire for friendship shall remain a 'use and throw' gambit for others. The Devyani Khobragade issue has now escalated beyond her. It is going to have serious repercussions on our bilateral ties, and also on geopolitical equations in the region. It will be interesting how China, Russia and Pakistan perceive the war of words between the two avowed friends. India and the US being touted as most natural strategic allies made political pundits write about how China feels concerned about the growing proximity between India and the US along with its allies like Japan. Pakistan too now feels more comfortable that the Indians are being subjected to the same humiliation and coercive diplomacy as is Islamabad. One of my friends in Pakistan said, "Look, this is why we in Pakistan react angrily to US intervention and dadagiri." I was left speechless. Should I support US actions in Pakistan as I have been doing till now or condemn them? The pinpricks exchanged between South Block and the could-not-care-less State Department have gone too far. It is the first time that common Indians, cutting across party lines, have looked upon America in a shockingly angry mood. Normally, there exists a natural affinity and respect for
the US even amongst the less aware common sections in India. Years of methodical studies of their great democratic history, struggles and the heroes they produced like Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, John F Kennedy clubbed with the respect Americans show for our Gandhi have contributed immensely in creating a positive atmosphere for our ties with the US. Obama's election, created a wonderful feeling in India and we saw it as the most positive and Gandhian development in American politics. Where do we go from here? Should all that togetherness be allowed to be reduced and shrunk abysmally? How do we redeem the same levels of confidence and bonhomie that has been the cornerstone of our global strategic ties and diplomacy? If India needs a US strategically, the US need us as well. If we have been ignoring the less acceptable dimensions of US policies, like the way it treated our students, its help to Pakistan, the imbalance in trade, and not-so-friendly cooperation on the David Headley issue, the US too is required to reciprocate. Secretary of State John Kerry's phone call to National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon looks a hollow gesture as everything against India's deputy consul general occurred with the State Department's approval. The coloured Western press has been too prejudiced in reporting the Indian side of the story, often labelling its complaint as a 'patriotic outburst just before the
is a far cry for most. Widespread sense of deprivations at the absence of the most basic necessities of life gets painfully accentuated at the stark contrast with the amenities visible a stone's throw across the border in Tibet where they seem to have everything -hospitals, schools, network of excellent roads, 24x7 electricity and mobile phones with robust connectivity. In fact, lost in this wilderness for a week my only link with home and the world was the China mobile to which my cell phone got automatically hooked for the most part of the travel. A sneaking sense of admiration for China is palpable! While the people feel aggrieved at the lack of basic amenities, what hurts them most is the steady loss of their traditional livelihood -precious pastures, to intermittent Chinese land grabs. The pastures are crucial for sustenance of the livestock -- sheep, goats and yaks. In an extremely harsh terrain where mercury dips below minus 40 degree celsius, with no agriculture or industry, the livestock is the main source of livelihood. Size of the livestock crucially hinges on the extent of available pastures. Steady grab of their pastures by China has depleted their livestock almost by the half. A family that had some six to eight hundred sheep and goats till about a decade back can barely afford half of it today. Drastic erosion of their livelihood over
a relatively short period of time has devastated them and is profoundly shaping their worldview. Since the land grabs by China seems unstoppable and India is perceived indifferent, the border people are having wrenching doubts over India's commitment to them and its territorial integrity. Having seen their land being steadily gobbled by China without any resistance, the border people have begun suspecting their sense of nationhood. In every village they ask, how does the 'mighty' India not even make pretence of defending its territory and its people's vital interests? How come the Chinese troops increasingly grab ever more Indian pastures for their graziers without opposition while the Indian troops, for fear of confrontation with the Chinese, don't let the Indian graziers take their livestock even to the pastures that were theirs till the last season? Manifest rise in prosperity of the people across the border, to some extent made possible by acquisition of more and more Indian pastures, and India's inscrutable insouciance is rather compelling for them. The on going loss of land and livelihood has also drastically altered the people's perception of our troops. Unaware of the intricacies of the game between Delhi and Beijing, their pride in the own troops is palpably eroded because they believe they are 'weak' and â€˜coward'. Instead of providing them
with a sense of security and comfort, the troops often harass and gratuitously punish the villagers in the guise of enforcing the Indian customs law.Over the years while India has remained a distant notion for the border people, the only visible presence is the Indian Army and the Indo Tibet Border Police, China with their cheap consumer goods has come remarkably closer. For example, during the winter when the desolate region turns into an unforgiving freezing mountain dessert, the people try to reach the nearby markets across the border for cheap Chinese blankets and thermos flasks. In a region where the main source of fuel is droppings of the livestock, conserving them for optimal use in cooking food for the family is their utmost priority. A thermos flask keeps the butter tea, their staple drink to fight the cold, hot. According to the villagers while the Chinese troops let them reach the market and buy the goods without let or hindrance, our troops harass them and do not spare even women carrying tea in China made flasks to their menfolk. The nearest Indian market is at Leh, a long week away. For many it is way beyond their reach. It is another story that the shops in the Moti market, the main shopping area of Leh, are stacked more with Chinese than Indian consumer goods. Profits added, the goods are costlier than the Chinese markets across the border.
Indifferent India allows Chinese land grab on the border The guardians of the nation, ensconced in rarefied shells on the Lutyens knoll, though are ever quick to dismiss media reports of Chinese intrusions into the Indian territory as 'acne' and 'pimple', but Indians living at the border feel differently. They are appalled and intrigued at Delhiâ€™s denial of the daylight truth about steady loss of their livelihood -- the precious pastures crucial for sustenance of their livestock to the Chinese. A recent week in the villages along the border in the Ladakh sector left the writer with a queasy feeling that the people who are the vanguard of our defence against China, are feeling forsaken and suffering a wrenching emotional re-orientation of their sense of belonging. Persistent betrayal by New Delhi has shaken their innate sense of Indian-ness. They are compelled to ponder over a heart ripping prospect of a future in China -- a country they viscerally hate for steadily usurping their land, smashing and grabbing Tibet -- the country they share their cultural and spiritual values with and waging a treacherous war on India. Their swelling disillusionment and popular frustration with India is fraught with grave geo-strategic and national security implications for the country. New Delhi's morbid indifference is indeed frightening. Contrary to popular perception, diligently engendered by wilful distortions of the country's frontier's geog-
raphy by the rulers and their misleading utterances that the Ladakh's region along India-China border is a sprawling stretch of desolate rocks and dead mountains where 'not a blade of grass grows', it is the home and habitat of a people who are culturally rich, politically sensitive and emotionally proud Indians. Unfortunately the country is sorely testing their patriotism. From Shyok, the northernmost border village in the sector where China has been the most aggressive -- the latest reported aggression was in April this year in which they grabbed further some 30 kms of the Indian territory, to Demchok, the easternmost border village, an stretch of some 400 kms, the people feel utterly abandoned by the governments -state as well as the central. Primary healthcare, education, roads and communication seem surrealistic dreams to the people. Health centres of sorts are as far as over 150 kms from the villages with no roads. From Demchok the nearest health centre is at Nyoma, the subdivisional headquarter, over 175 kms away with no connectivity. A weekly bus trundles between Leh, the district headquarters and some lucky villages linked by mud and gravel roads during non-winter months. Thanks to solar electricity some of the villages get about 2 to 3 hours of light in the evening contingent on sunshine during the day. A primary school
elections' and an 'over-reaction of the Indian Foreign Service lobby.' If Kerry was regretting without showing any signs of regret, India's Minister of External Affairs Salman Khurshid woke up to the incident too late, wasn't smart to put the facts before the public immediately and was seen as being lethargic in dealing with this matter. Even though the MEA took up the issue with the State Department and the US embassy in New Delhi, the required follow-up was missing. They allowed Sangeeta Richard's family to be 'evacuated' by the US from under its nose. Why did the US embassy in India and the State Department chose to ignore New Delhi's requests for so long? Why did they not feel this is an urgent matter which needs to be responded quickly in a friendly manner? Why is an impression gaining ground that the US treats India as its pastureland and can influence our media, politics and governance? Why have most of our proAmerica leaders been conspicuous by their silence on the Devyani issue? The real answer lies in our weakness, both economic and in defence matters. We are known as a poor, backward people led by corrupt politicians. India is no longer a land of brilliant, dreamy-eyed progressive, highly-prosperous youngsters. But a land where law and order is subservient to the political bosses. If the Americans had a perception that India is as strong as China or Russia, would they have shown this scant respect for our friendship? The MEA has come out with startling details about the legal position regarding the Khobragade-Richard episode. Clearly, the Richards were conniving with the Delhibased US embassy to act against their motherland to get passage to the US. The issue has also exposed the sham patriotism of the NRI community based in the US. The way they have reacted, without caring to know and understand the reality, simply proves that protecting their comfortable life in the US is more important than protecting their Punya Bhumi's honour and a fellow Indian's rights. Instead of questioning the illegalities of the US treatment meted out to our diplomat, they are labelling her as a wrong-doer. They have no answer why an Indian diplomat, representing the Indian sovereign State, should be subjected to such savage treatment. If she has done anything wrong, nobody prevents the law from taking its course in the strictest possible manner back home, but an Indian can't be humiliated by a foreign government. These NRIs cannot see how the Indian courts and media have upheld the supremacy of law even in the case of the high and mighty in recent times. As I said earlier, all this will be recognised when we are happy and mighty. Our own sinew will take us to the desired goals and not a dependency on the US as I wrote in 2009.
High BP potentially more dangerous for women than men A new study has revealed that high blood pressure is potentially more dangerous for women than men. Scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for the first time found significant differences in the mechanisms that cause high blood pressure in women as compared to men. "This is the first study to consider sex as an element in the selection of antihypertensive agents or base the choice of a specific drug on the various factors accounting for the elevation in blood pressure," lead author of the study, Carlos Ferrario, said. Although there has been a significant decline in cardiovascular disease mortality in men during the last 20 to 30 years, the same has not held true for women, Ferrario said.In the comparative study, 100 men and women age 53 and older with untreated high blood pressure and no other major diseases were evaluated using an array of specialized tests that indicated whether the heart or the blood vessels were primarily involved in elevating the blood pressure. The researchers found 30 to 40 percent more vascular disease in the women compared to the men for the same level of elevated blood pressure. In addition, there were significant physiologic differences in the women's cardiovascular system, including types and levels of hormones involved in blood pressure regulation, that contribute to the severity and frequency of heart disease.
New breast cancer treatment in the offing?
More women are now undergoing early tests that reveal pre-cancerous breast tissue.Early diagnosis can save lives but in reality, few of those lesions go on to become tumours - and doctors have no good way of predicting which ones will.As a result, many women have to undergo surgery who might never develop the disease!All that may change soon. Researchers from the Wyss Institute of Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University have discovered a new breast-cancer therapy that partially reverses the cancerous state in cultured breast tumour cells and prevents cancer development in mice.This could pave the way to treat early stages of the disease without resorting to surgery, chemotherapy or radiation, said a new study published in the journal Science Translational Medicine. "The findings open up the possibility of someday treating patients who have a genetic propensity for cancer, which could change people's lives and alleviate great anxiety," said Don Ingber, founding director, Wyss Institute.Amy Brock, a former Wyss Institute post-doctoral fellow, grew healthy mouse or human mammarygland cells in a nutrient-rich, tissue-friendly gel.Healthy cells ensconced in the gel formed hollow spheres of cells akin to a normal milk duct. But cancerous cells, in contrast, packed together into solid, tumour-like spheres.Brock treated these cancerous cells with a short piece of RNA called a small interfering RNA (siRNA) that blocks only the HoxA1 gene, said the study. The cells reversed their march to malignancy, stopping their runaway growth and forming hollow balls as healthy cells do. What's more, they specialised as if they were growing in healthy tissue.The siRNA treatment also stopped breast cancer in a line of mice genetically engineered to have a gene that causes all of them to develop cancer. "There was no aha moment. But after enough evidence builds up, you turn to each other and say this is really doing something here," Brock added.
Cell division secrets hold key to cancer cure
Finding a cure for cancer may lie in knowing - and controlling - various ways in which a human cell divides. Researchers at University of Exeter in Britain have found that cells demonstrate considerable flexibility in the way they divide. This finding, they hope, may have links to the underlying causes of many cancers. The study describes a number of routes to the formation of a microtubule spindle - the tracks along which DNA moves when a cell divides in order to make two genetically-identical cells. In order to understand the phenomenon, biosciences researchers James Wakefield, Daniel Hayward and Jeremy Metz combined highly detailed microscopy and image analysis with genetic and protein manipulation of fruit fly embryos.They found that the cell can use each pathway in a complementary way, and also that removal of one pathway leads to the cell increasing its use of the others. The researchers also identified that a central molecular complex - Augmin - was needed for all of these pathways.It was previously thought that in order for chromosomes to line up and be correctly separated, microtubules have to extend from specific microtubuleorganising centres in the cell, called centrosomes. However, the study, published in the journal Developmental Cell, found that microtubules could additionally develop from the chromosomes themselves, or at arbitrary sites throughout the main body of the cell, if the centrosomes were missing. All of these routes to spindle formation appeared to be dependent on Augmin - a protein complex responsible for amplifying the number of microtubules in the cell.The researchers are currently investigating cancer links in the light of these findings.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
MARK INDIA, Hyderabad
With rare speech, Algeria's ailing Bouteflika starts new term
Vacheslav Ponomarev, the self-proclaimed mayor of Slovyansk, fourth from left, is flanked by a group of foreign military observers being held by Ponomarev's group during a press conference in city hall, Slovyansk, Ukraine
Egyptian court passes death sentence on Brotherhood leader, 682 supporters Minya, April 28: An Egyptian court sentenced the leader of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and 682 supporters to death on Monday, intensifying a crackdown on the movement that could trigger protests and political violence ahead of an election next month. In another case signaling growing intolerance of dissent by military-backed authorities, a pro-democracy movement that helped ignite the uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011 was banned by court order, judicial sources said. The death sentence passed on Mohamed Badie, the Brotherhood's general guide, will infuriate members of the group which has been the target of raids, arrests and bans since the army forced President Mohamed Mursi from power in July. The movement says it is committed to peaceful activism. But some Brotherhood members fear pressure from security forces and the courts could drive some young members to violence against the movement's old enemy, the Egyptian state. Badie, considered a conservative hardliner, was charged with crimes including inciting violence that fol-
lowed the army overthrow of Mursi, who is also on trial on an array of charges. The slight, 70-year-old veterinary professor stood trial in Cairo in a separate case hours after the sentence was affirmed. "If they executed me one thousand times I will not retreat from the right path," Badie was quoted as saying by lawyer Osama Mursi, who attended one of his trials in Cairo. The comments were published on the Facebook page of Osama Mursi, son of the Brotherhood leader ousted as president. Two security officials told Reuters that Badie appeared relaxed and joked, asking other Brotherhood members to buy him the red outfit that prisoners condemned to death wear. Tough measures against the Brotherhood suggest the authorities still see it as a major threat, even though most of its leaders and thousands of members are behind bars. Authorities are well aware that the movement founded in 1928 has survived repression under successive Egyptian autocrats. The Brotherhood, believed to have about one million supporters in the nation of 85 million, has vowed to topple
the government through protests. In a separate case, a court affirmed death sentences on 37 others. The rulings were part of a final judgment on 529 Muslim Brotherhood supporters condemned last month. The remaining defendants were jailed for life, judicial sources said.Death sentence recommendations in the case involving Badie will be passed on to Egypt's Mufti, the highest religious authority. His opinion can be ignored by the court. The rulings can be appealed. Many defendants are on the run. Mass trials in the biggest Arab state have reinforced fears among human rights groups that the government and anti-Islamist judges are using all levers of power to crush opponents. "The decisions are possibly the largest possible death sentences in recent world history. While they're exceptional in scale, they're certainly not exceptional in kind," said Sarah Leah Whitson, executive director for Middle East and North Africa at Human Rights Watch. "It seems that these sentences are aimed at striking fear and terror into the hearts of those who oppose the interim government."
Thai opposition leader meets military head as crisis deepens Bangkok, April 28: Thai opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva met the head of the armed forces on Monday to discuss ways to avert a showdown between rival political factions next month that threatens more bloodshed and economic damage. Former Prime Minister Abhisit, who met Armed Forces Supreme Commander General Thanasak Patimaprakorn, has asked for two weeks to try to resolve the crisis peacefully. "He supports what I want, which is to bring all sides together to find a way out for the country," Abhisit told reporters after a two-hour meeting with Thanasak. "The commander underscored that political problems must be solved through political means." Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has faced months of anti-government protests aimed at removing her and ridding the country of the influence of her brother, former premier Thaksin Shinawatra. The protests are the latest phase of nearly a decade of confrontation between Thaksin and the Bangkok-based royalist establishment who see Thaksin, a populist former telecoms tycoon, as a threat to their interests.The protesters accuse Thaksin of corruption and nepotism, which he denies. They want an unelected "people's council" to oversee reforms to tackle graft and end what they see as Thaksin's money politics. Thaksin, who was ousted in a 2006 military coup and lives in self-imposed exile to avoid a jail sentence for graft handed down in 2008, remains hugely popular among the rural poor in the north and northeast.The military, which
has intervened frequently in politics in the past, has stayed out this time, although its leaders have said they will intervene if violence worsens. Twenty-five people have been killed in politically related violence since the unrest began in November, most of them in shootings and grenade blasts. The turmoil has dented business confidence, especially as Yingluck has headed a caretaker government with limited powers since dissolving parliament in December. Data on Monday showed that industrial output in March was 10.4 percent lower than in March last year. Later, the Commerce Ministry released data showing exports fell 3.12 percent in March from a year earlier due to a lackluster global economy, while imports were down 14.19 percent. The central bank has warned that the economy could contract in the first quarter compared with the final three months of 2013. It has cut its 2014 growth forecast several times and said last week it would probably fall short of its most recent forecast of 2.7 percent. Yingluck's government triggered the protests late last year by trying to push through an amnesty bill that could have allowed Thaksin to return without facing jail time. The demonstrations quickly turned into a bid to oust Yingluck. The rallies have waned in recent weeks but that has not deterred protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban, who has promised a "final push" to oust Yingluck in May. The protesters are also pinning their hopes on legal cases that could lead to Yingluck's removal from office within weeks.
Templeton's Mobius says rewards higher than risks in Russia, Ukraine Bucharest, April 28: The rewards are currently higher than the risks for equity investments in Russia and Ukraine, the chairman of Templeton Emerging Markets Group said on Monday. "Right now our calculation is that reward is better than the risk for both the Russian and Ukraine investments," Mark Mobius told Reuters in an interview in the Romanian capital Bucharest. His emerging markets fund holds about $200 million in Ukrainian stocks and $500 million in Russian equities. "Most of the assets and investments that we have in Ukraine are in the western side, the nonRussian speaking side. The word we're getting from the companies in which we invested is 'no big deal'. For Russia prices have been really depressed, and the valuations are extremely attractive."Mobius envisioned a scenario in which "some accommodation (was) reached between Ukrainian authorities and the Russians to move more towards a federalist system, where the Russian speaking parts of the country have some degree of autonomy." The United States froze assets and imposed visa bans on seven powerful Russians close to President Vladimir Putin on Monday and also sanctioned 17 companies in reprisal for Moscow's actions in Ukraine.
Algiers, April 28: Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was sworn in for a fourth term on Monday after he easily won an election opponents dismissed as unfair and returned to power for another five years. State television showed Bouteflika, 77, sitting in a wheelchair to take his oath and give his first public speech for at least two years. He suffered a stroke last year that raised questions about his ability to govern. "I thank the Algerian people for their renewed confidence," Bouteflika said in a weak, often wavering voice before hundreds of supporters. "The April 17 election was a victory for democracy." Under Bouteflika, a veteran of the war that ended with independence in 1962, the OPEC producer has become a partner in Washington's campaign against al Qaedalinked militancy in the Maghreb and a supplier of about a fifth of Europe's gas imports. But Bouteflika's weak health has left questions about what happens next, who replaces him if he cannot govern for the entire term and how that would affect political and economic reforms and oil investment in the North African country.
occasionally in public, usually when greeting foreign dignitaries such as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry just before the vote. After his return from Paris, sources say, Bouteflika's allies strengthened his hand by removing several generals to curb the influence of Algeria's DRS military intelligence service, which has long played a kingmaker's role in politics. Diplomats say that backroom tussling for influence among rival political and military clans has defined much of Algeria's post-independence politics. Appointments to the new government will illustrate how those rivalries are evolving, and how likely broader reforms are, said Geoff Porter at North Africa Risk Consulting. "How he does so and who he picks will shed light on a persistent question: did the election finally resolve or simply prolong Algeria's festering political feud?" he said. "Bouteflika's fourth and undoubtedly final term could usher in real policy changes or the paralysis that has hampered Algerian growth for the last three years could continue." Many Algerians are fearful of upheaval after a war with Islamist militants in the 1990s that killed 200,000 people. Bouteflika's cam-
paign portrayed him as the man who brought security back to Algeria. An ambush east of Algiers by Islamist militants tied to al Qaeda's North African wing killed 14 soldiers days after Bouteflika was reelected, in one of the deadliest attacks against security forces in years. With huge oil and gas revenues at its disposal, Algeria has mostly escaped the uprisings that saw off long-standing leaders in neighboring Libya, Tunisia and Egypt in the "Arab Spring". But local protests over housing shortages, services and jobs are common, and the new government must manage popular discontent over opportunities, especially among the young. With more than $190 billion in foreign reserves, the government has a financial cushion for spending to ease social tensions. But analysts say reforms are needed to ease red tape and restrictions to attract more foreign investment, especially in the crucial oil and gas sector. The OPEC producer's oil production has stagnated at around 1.4 million barrels per day over last three years, and a new bidding round for foreign companies later this year will be key to bringing new output online.
Israelis soldiers stand still as a two-minute siren sounds in memory of victims of the Holocaust in an army base near the Israeli Gaza border, Israel. Holocaust remembrance day is one of the most solemn on Israel's calendar with restaurants and places of entertainment shut down, and radio and TV programming focused on Holocaust documentaries and interviews with survivors.
Jordan arrests suspects after unrest in tribal town Amman, April 28: Jordanian police arrested about 16 youths suspected of involvement in armed attacks against government buildings in the poor southern town of Maan in protest against the killing of a man, security officials said on Monday. The unrest broke out last week over the death of bystander Qusai al-Imami during a raid on what authorities described as bandits and drug dealers in the tribal stronghold, which is known for its defiance of central authority. Although civil unrest is rare in Jordan, Maan has been the scene of violent protests in recent years, often reflecting Bedouin resentment against the government as well as tribal rivalries. Muslim Salafi fundamentalists are also active. Many residents carry weapons and have resisted pressure to disarm. Last week's raid was mounted a day after a relative of fugitives killed in earlier police round-ups had fired on several policemen guard-
The president, who left his campaigning to a circle of supporters, must name a new government including prime minister and energy minister. The choices may give an indication of the depth of reform proposals. In the text of his speech, Bouteflika said he would soon start work on "consensual constitutional revision" and called on representatives from civil society and political parties to join the process. Many Algerians say their country has been governed behind the scenes by rival clans of independenceera leaders from the ruling Front de Liberation Nationale and old-guard army generals who see themselves as guardians of stability. Six main opposition parties joined forces to boycott the April 17 ballot, saying it was biased in Bouteflika's favor and offered little chance of change to the status quo. "Is this a president who can resolve problems and meet the people's aspirations? Can he fulfill his constitutional duties? Lots of questions remain without answers," said Lakhdar Benkhallaf, a representative of an Islamist party. Since the stroke that put him in a Paris hospital for three months last year, Bouteflika has appeared only
ing the Maan court in the old city.City mayor Majid alSharari said police had arrested around 16 people in the last two days who are suspected to have been behind the attacks. Residents reported gunfire every night from last Wednesday till Friday. Witnesses said some neighborhoods saw youths firing at police targets and burning tires to block off roads. Petrol bombs were thrown on two banks and two police stations were attacked by unknown gunmen. Witnesses said security forces remained vigilant near government buildings as a precautionary measure and outside the city but without a heavy presence that could provoke locals. Deputy Amjad Al-Khatab, to whose tribe the dead youth belonged, said successive governments was to blame for the unrest. He accused the authorities of failing to inject much-needed investments to create jobs in the economically deprived city.
Obama hails security pact with Philippines, says no threat to China Manila, April 28: President Barack Obama said a new military pact signed with the Philippines on Monday granting a larger presence for U.S. forces would bolster the Southeast Asian country's maritime security, but was not aimed at countering China's growing military might. The agreement, which will have an initial 10-year term, was touted as the highlight of Obama's first visit to the Philippines, the United States' oldest ally in the region. It sets the framework for a beefed-up rotation of U.S. troops, ships and warplanes through the Philippines, part of a rebalancing of U.S. resources towards fast-growing Asia and the Pacific. But China interprets the move as an attempt to contain its increasing military capability and embolden Manila in a decades-long territorial dispute with Beijing. "The goal for this agreement is to build Philippine capacity to engage in training, engage in
coordination, not simply to deal with issues of maritime security, but also to enhance our capabilities so that if there is a natural disaster that takes place we can respond quickly," Obama told a joint news conference in Manila after talks with President Benigno Aquino. "Our goal is not to counter China, our goal is not to contain China. Our goal is to make sure that international rules and norms are respected, and that includes the area of maritime disputes." He reiterated Washington's support for Manila's move to seek international arbitration over conflicting territorial claims in the South China Sea, an important shipping route that is believed to be rich in energy resources. The Philippines is the last stop on a week-long tour of Asia partly aimed at reassuring U.S. allies that Washington remains committed to its strategic "pivot" to the region. Obama said all four
countries he has visited, including Japan, which has its own dispute with China over tiny islands in the East China Sea, were committed to seeking a peaceful resolution of territorial issues. China claims about 90 percent of the South China Sea, a claim that overlaps with those of the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam and Taiwan. China has rejected international arbitration, preferring a bilateral route to solving the jurisdictional disputes. Rising regional tensions were highlighted by a commentary from China's state news agency Xinhua criticizing the pact. "Given that the Philippines is at a bitter territorial row with China, the move is particularly disturbing as it may embolden Manila in dealing with Beijing," the commentary said. "A more assertive or even reckless Manila would stoke regional tensions and in turn upset Obama's policy of rebalancing."
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
MARK INDIA, Hyderabad
YSRCP will give a transparent govt : Vijayamma Ichchapuram, April 28: Appealing to the people to vote for a leader who can give them a clean and transparent governance like YSR, YS Vijayamma has said that YS Jagan Mohan Reddy will carry forward his legacy and balance welfare and development. 'We have seen governments before and after YSR that have been very taxing while YSR has given a very soothing touch through his welfare schemes without imposing any fresh taxes. YS Jagan Mohan Reddy will continue his legacy and provide a transparent government and I appeal to you to vote for YSRCP fan symbol to witness the YSR era back,' she said while addressing road-show here on Monday. 'Your vote is precious and there is need to elect a leader who shows concern for you and draft welfare schemes that benefit you and infuse faith and assurance for a welfare state. YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has always
been in the forefront in taking up people's cause and holding deekshas and dharnas. TDP and Congress leaders are always drifting away from people and land only when elections are due unlike YSRCP which is with the people and for the people. I appeal you to vote for YSRCP fan symbol and strengthen the hands of YS Jagan Mohan Reddy who will usher in development in the new state from infrastructure development to building of a new state capital to airports to seaports and industrial corridors,' she said. 'Our family has been with you and fought every battle on your behalf against the Congress government while TDP has been hand-in-glove with the state and Central governments. When the Kiran Kumar Reddy government has imposed heavy taxes and hiked the power charges to a tune of Rs 32,000 crores we moved a no-confidence motion while Chandrababu Naidu has is-
sued a whip and saved the Congress government. He has been working in tandem with Congress and gave an unconditional letter in favour of the division of the State while we quit our posts and held dharnas to keep the state united. YSR has brought in welfare schemes like Aarogyasri, pavala vaddi, fees reimbursement and Jagayagnam, which were punctured by the Congress government and YS Jagan Mohan Reddy will revive them after coming to power. Raising the local problem, she said 'we will also take up the Vamsadhara issue. To carry out all these we need your mandate and winning all the seats added to a five seats in Telangana region will place us in a position to get more Central funds to expedite the development process.' Others may come to lure you with false promises. We have seen the nine year misrule of Chandrababu Naidu and the five year antipeople policies of Congress
government after the death of YSR. Chandrababu Naidu has done away with TDP polls promises of NTR and increased the price of Rs 2 kg rice, lifted prohibition and defused subsidised power scheme. He has increased power charges eight times in eight years and was very rude towards, students, anganwadi workers and farmers. He is now promising to waive farm and DWACRA loans which account for Rs 1.50 lakh cores which are more than the state budget. It is an impossible task and he is bluffing. He is promising one job per family without knowing that there are 3.5 crores families in the state.While he was in power he has closed down about 75 PSUs and sacked 26,000 government employees and sold the factories in cooperative sector to his close associates for throwaway prices. This process has affected nearly 7 lakh workers.
Priyanka has lowered political discourse: Jaitley
New Delhi, April 28: Attacking Priyanka Gandhi for her remarks comparing the BJP leaders to “panic-stricken rats”, Arun Jaitley on Monday said she has “lowered the political discourse” with her language and the Vadra family needs to be “scared of the law”. “She has compared the BJP to ‘panicstricken rats’... Mrs Vadra has lowered the quality of political discourse by her comments...If any of my family members started referring to my opponents as rats and reptiles I surely will be a worried man,” the BJP leader wrote on his blog.Ms. Priyanka had on Sunday said that the BJP was “baffled and running around like rats. I knew that they will repeat their bunch of lies. There is nothing new in it but let them say whatever they want to. I am not afraid of anyone and will continue to speak against their negative, destructive and shameful politics.” On her remarks that she was not afraid of anyone, Mr. Jaitley said, “The Vadras are right that they need not be scared of anyone. They should only be scared of the law. Be the Vadras be ever so high, the law is above them. Law spares none, be it the rich, the famous
or the related.”The war of words between the BJP leaders and Ms. Priyanka Gandhi started on Sunday when she referred to the opposition party as “panic-stricken rats” after it released a video showing alleged wrongdoings in land deals involving her husband Robert Vadra. Mr. Jaitley said the family members of candidates are entitled to help in elections when they are preoccupied with many engagements. “The family fills up the vacuum either in the election office or in the campaign where the candidate cannot reach. The family members are always instructed to be extra courteous and never be overbearing on political workers. They are advised not make any undignified references to political rivals,” he said. Mr. Jaitley also flayed National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah’s statement that those voting for Mr. Narendra Modi should drown in the sea.“This demonstrates Mr. Abdullah’s contempt for the majority opinion. Farooq Sahib believes and rightly so that India is secular and will not accept communal politics. Where is it that secularism in India has seen the single greatest failure?..
Do not take his bait as he is known to ditch people. He has backstabbed his fatherin-law is a known fact. Like YSR has signed the files immediately after swearing-in providing free power to farmers and waiving power dues, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy will sign five files which will provide education to two children from each family through Amma Vodi scheme, enhance pensions to Rs 700, create a Market Stabilisation and Calamity Fund to save farmers from market fluctuations, floods and drought. He will also waive DWACRA loans and decentralize administration. This apart, he will also build 50 lakh houses in five years, provide 150 units of power for Rs 100, provide seven hours power supply in day time and the new state would be having surplus power by 2019. He will also bear Rs 100 subsidy for gas cylinder and close down belt shops besides employing local women into police jobs, she said.
APCC slams Naidu for chanting Modi's mantra Hyderabad, April 28 : Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee chief spokesperson Rudraraju Padmaraju on Monday ridiculed TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu's praise for BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. Speaking to media persons at Indira Bhavan here, Rudraraju wondered as to how Chandrababu Naidu and BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu could "chant Modi's mantra" by ignoring the factual position. He said that the Gujarat's model of development was ridiculous. He said Gujarat stands in 13th position in education, 14th place in Below Poverty Line and 21st place in road connectivity across the country. Therefore, Chandrababu Naidu's slogan of emulating Gujarat model in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana was highly objectionable, he said.
Akhilesh defends Vadra, calls Modi ‘Model of Dividing India’
AAP candidate for the Patiala seat Dharamvir Gandhi with party leader Gul Panag during an election road show in Patiala.
Modi has no courage to come to Kashmir: Omar Abdullah Srinagar, April 28: Launching a scathing attack on Narendra Modi, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday said he and his family do not need the certificate on secularism from the Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate. Hitting back at Modi, who earlier in the day said the biggest blow to secularism in India was delivered in Kashmir from where Kashmiri Pandits were forced out due to their religion, Omar Abdullah said the Gujarat Chief Minister has insulted all Kashmiris with his statement. He added: “I don't need secularism certificate from you Modi ji, neither does my
khandaan, nor do Kashmiris”. “We are glad that you (Modi) didn't give us a certificate on secularism, otherwise we might have had to resign,” Omar said.The J&K CM also mocked at Modi, saying the BJP's prime ministerial candidate has no knowledge of the state's history, “so he must not lecture us on secularism”. Raking up the issue of exodus of Kashmiri Pandits, Omar said they did not leave during Farooq Abdullah' reign, but during Jagmohan's tenure as Governor, “who is still with the BJP as per my knowledge”. Accusing the BJP of using the issue of Kashmiri Pandits issue to gain political mileage, Omar said that he
wants Kashmiri Pandits to return to the J&K. Defending his father, who triggered a row when he said Kashmir and they will not remain with India if the country becomes communal, Omar said Modi has levelled baseless allegations against Farooq Abdullah. “Nothing is wrong in my father's statement,” said Omar, adding: “Farooq Abdullah has only said that Kashmir will not be a part of communal India. What Farooq sahab has said can happen in the heat of campaigning and even the Election Commission has sent him a notice in this regard.”Daring Modi to come to Kashmir to campaign for the candidates running in the
General Elections, Omar said that the Gujarat CM has no courage. “Modi ji, you don't have the courage to come to Kashmir. You want to be the PM of the country but don't have courage come to Kashmir.” “Modi has three candidates but won't campaign in Valley. He doesn't know what the hell is happening in state, why will he come here?” “I don't think the people of the Kashmir region can have a place for you (Modi) in their hearts,” Omar added. He further hailed Kashmir as the place which has never been communal and has always taught tolerance, Omar said: “Amarnath Yatra is taken out with the help of Muslims of Kashmir.
Barabanki, April 28: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav today appeared to be defending Priyanka Gandhi’s husband Robert Vadra, accusing BJP of blowing the issue of land deals out of proportion and attacked Narendra Modi, saying his name meant “Model of Dividing India“. Yadav, without naming anyone, said the issue was being raised by the BJP in an attempt to distract the attention of the people from other things, an apparent reference to the BJP questioning the land deals by Vadra, son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi. “BJP is unnecessarily blowing the land issue out of proportion. This is not a big thing. Which party does not give land to companies to set up project for the development of the area when it comes to power. By creating hype over the issue, BJP is distracting the attention of the people from other things,” he said, without naming anyone, while addressing an election rally at Jaidpur.
BJP President and Lucknow Lok Sabha seat candidate Rajnath Singh with party leader Nitin Gadkari during an election road show in Lucknow.
HC throws temporary lifeline to KVP Hyderabad, April 28: Parliamentarian K.V.P. Ramachandra Rao received a temporary breather Monday when Andhra Pradesh High Court directed police not to take any action till further orders on red corner notice or warrant against him in the titanium bribery case. On a petition filed by the Rajya Sabha member challenging the red corner notice issued by the Interpol, the high court directed the Crime Investigation Department (CID) not to take any action till the final hearing. The court also issued notices to the union home ministry and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The
CID submitted to the court the red corner notice received from the CBI and said they were waiting for a provisional warrant to arrest him. Director General of Police B. Prasada Rao had said Sunday that the CID received the red corner notice from the CBI but since it was not accompanied by a warrant, they are in touch with the CBI.The Interpol sent the notice to the CBI after a US Federal Jury indicted the Congress MP and five others on charges of receiving bribes of $18.5 million from an American firm to allow it to mine titanium in Andhra Pradesh. Ramachandra Rao,
a close aide of former chief minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, has denied charges against him and appealed to the court to declare the red corner notice as unconstitutional and a violation of the civil liberties.He argued in the his petition that no US court has jurisdiction for trying an offence that had happened in India. He said the US court cannot indict an Indian citizen without conducting any inquiry and without issuing any notice to the accused individual. Ramachandra Rao said that the action of the US court goes against the provisions of the Indo-US treaty of 1997 and also the Extradition Act, 1962.
People's welfare is hallmark of our politics: Jagan Hyderabad, April 28 : Pulling out a big surprise, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has took to Hindi while campaigning on his last leg for the April 30 elections and exhorted that people's welfare is hallmark of YSRCP politics. We need to change this system and bring in value based politics. We play the politics of people welfare unlike others who come during elections and drift away after polls never to be seen till the next elections.In the whirlwind campaign of the twin cities and its peripheries, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy said: 'there is need to bring a change in the political system which has now stooped to new lows and is having only votes and seats as its sole consideration. We need to change this system and bring in value based politics. We play the politics of people welfare unlike others who come during elections and drift away after polls never to be seen till the next elections.I appeal you to vote of YSRCP
fan symbol and elect candidates who will work for you welfare, he said introduced the Khairatabad assembly candidate Vijaya Reddy who is the daughter of PJR, a known figure in the area. 'She will be a real and good MLA and work for your welfare,' he said. 'I am sure of coming to power in Seemandhra and in Telangana as well we will come to power if not in this election, in the next one,' he said drawing a big round of applause. When you go to vote, remember YSR and his welfare schemes. Others may make empty promises but when we come to power we will give houses along with pattas and make every welfare scheme a meaningful one, he said. Though he began his speech at Khairatabad constituency in his inimitable style of thanking the people for waiting for him in the scorching heat, on the suggestion of Vijaya Reddy he switched over to Hindi taking everyone by surprise.
Amid slanging match, campaign ends for Phase 6 New Delhi, April 28: As campaigning ended for the seventh phase of polls on Monday, political discourse hit a new low with politicians of all dispositions entering into a slanging match. Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi was at the receiving end; replying in like manner to barbs flying thick and fast from the Congress, National Conference and Trinamool Congress (TMC). While the BJP kept its guns trained on Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra’s “dubious’’ land deals, the party opened another front by alleging that several Ford
Foundation-funded non-government organisations had been part of the Planning Commission and National Advisory Council. “Instead of throwing a challenge at us, the Congress needs to give some answers,’’ BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said.Maintaining that the allegations against Mr. Vadra had been “conclusively rejected by a division bench of the Allahabad High Court and the Supreme Court as arising out of ‘oblique political motive’ in Modi-sponsored public interest litigations’’, the Congress, in turn, threw a `hawala racket’ at Mr. Modi. Referring to a ‘hawala racket’ unearthed by the En-
forcement Directorate of Ahmedabad and Surat in March, Congress spokesman Randeep Surjewala said Rs. 700 crore was unearthed in raids conducted at the residence of a protégé of Mr. Modi.In West Bengal – where he campaigned on Sunday – Mr. Modi got an earful from the TMC after he accused Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of using her connections with the Sharadha chit fund scamaccused to sell her painting for over a crore. The TMC’s top leadership came out all guns blazing; accusing him of forgetting all political courtesies while indulging in personal attacks.
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