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Andaman Uprising: Agitating youths bring Port Blair to a standstill

Island Youths Cry for Domicile; demand written assurance from LG & CS

of youths today came out on road demanding domicile. Sheekha News Service Most of these youths, who Port Blair, Jan 09: Hundreds are now demanding 100

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percent job reservation, were sitting on hunger strike for last five days and alleged that no one from the side of

Administration even came to hunger strike, fainted near listen to their demands. Just Goal Ghar. A few girls also when the protest began two fainted when the protest rally (See page 2) youths, who were sitting in

On domicile issue Administration says Interest of Islanders is paramount Bureau Report Sheekha News Service

Port Blair, Jan 09: On the issue of today’s massive agitation by island youths, demanding domicile, Andaman Sheekha contacted Mr. Rakesh Bali, the Secretary of IP&T, who is also by default the Spokesperson of A & N Administration, in absence of a full time Spokesperson of the Administration. Commenting on this issue Mr. Bali appealed the agitating youths to withdraw protest stating

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Hunger Strike by ANIFPDCL employees at Mayabunder

PRESIDENT’S ITINERARY Port Bair, Jan 09 (PIB) The President of India, Mr Pranab Mukherjee will be on three day visit to Andaman and Nicobar islands from Saturday, 11th January. He will arrive at Port Blair on 11th morning. He will be given reception and guard of honour on his arrival at the airport. He will then proceed to the National Memorial Cellular Jail and lay wreath at the Martyrs’ column there. In the afternoon at 4 hours, a civic reception will be hosted by the Port Blair of the PBMC, K Ganeshan invited everyone Municipal Council in honour to attend the civic reception. of the President at the On Sunday morning at 11 a.m., the historic Nethaji Stadium at President will inaugurate the newly formed Port Blair. The Chairperson (See page 7)

Mayabunder, Jan 09:The employees of Andaman & Nicobar Islands Forest Plantation and Development Corporation Limited today organised hunger strike infront of the office of the ANIFPDCL Mayabunder protesting against

Island Youth... reached Goal Ghar and blocked t he traffic. Y ou t hs d e c la r e d A nd a ma n ‘ B a n d h ’ a nd d e ma n d e d w r i t t e n assurance from the side of Lt. Governor and Chief Secretary in this issue. B es i d e s 1 0 0 p e r c e nt jo b reservation the youths are demanding to discontinue the practice of accepting online job applications; post of nurses in every school, age relaxation for female c an d i d at e s t i l l 3 8 ye a r s an d m al e candidates upto 35 years and halting all recruitment drives till the domicile issue comes to an logical end. Earlier in the

On domicile issue... interest of Islanders will be paramount. Secondly the Lt. Governor has already written a letter to the Ministry of Home Affairs requesting develop some system to protect the rights of Islanders on the issue of

the non-payment of their salary as well as wages since Oct 2013 and raised slogans. Nearly 70 employees took part in the protest rally. (From page 1) ev ening a delegat ion of agitating youths also met the Chief Secr etary and placed their demands but l at e r t he y t er m ed t h e meeting as unfruitful and decided to c ontinue the protest. Angry youths sat on the Goal Ghar Junction and said that they would continue the protest, even d ur i ng t h e v i si t o f President of India, till their demands are fulfilled. (From page 1) Job Reservation. When Administration is already doing all needful, I can only appeal to the youths no to protest,” Mr. Bali said.

Kuldeep demands to fill up all vacant promotional posts of AE in Elec. Dept. Port Blair, Jan 09: The PCC President Kuldeep Rai Sharma has requested the Lt Governor to fill up the vacant promotional posts of Assistant Engineers in Electricity Department.           In his letter Kuldeep has drawn the kind attention of the Lt Governor that inordinate delay in the filling up of promotional posts of AE is causing despair amongst the eligible Junior Engineers who are waiting for their first promotion even after rendering more than 26 years of service. Kuldeep has further stated that non filling of posts certainly hampers the government work and also diminishes the employment opportunity for the fresh engineers waiting for employment in the scenario where unemployment is the biggest crisis which the islanders are subjected to.

Since the Lt Governor being the appointing authority in respect of promotion to the group B gazette post, to which category the post of Assistant Engineers of the Electricity Department belongs, Kuldeep has earnestly requested the Administrator to bestow his personal intervention in the instant matter so that the eight vacant posts of AE gets filled by the deserving junior engineers of the Electricity deptt at the earliest possible there by creating employment opportunity for potential candidates awaiting employment.

Job Reservation issue, Under active consideration of MHA Port Blair, January 9: In response to the communication sent by the Lt Governor to the Govt. of India seeking preferential treatment for local candidates seeking appointment in government posts in the A&N Administra-

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ANSOA delegation meets LG; Amphibian Golf Highlights issues related to sports Cup Tournament Held Port Blair, Jan 09: Mr. G. Bhaskar , President of Andaman and Nicobar State Olympic Association along with its Secretary General of ANSOA meet the Lt. Governor , Andaman And Nicobar Island in Raj Niwas on 7th January , 2014 and discussed various issues for the development of sports in these Islands. The Secretary (Sports) and the Director of Sports , A&N Administration were also present in the discussion. During the meeting , various other issue like strengthening of infrastructure development in various District levels, allowing the use of Sports Authorities’ infrastructure and equipments

for the player of the Islands , granting permission for the players who are also the Government Servant to practice before taking part in any national events, fixing quota for appointment of sports person in various posts in the Department under the Administration, appointment of lady coach where girls children are involved in the team, synthetic track for athletes and austro turf for hockey, procurement of equipments for games, kayaking, canoeing, rowing and cycling, posting of coach for various games like badminton, volleyball, football, table tennis, hockey, taekwondo, karate , boxing, etc. to impart better training, revamping of State Sports

Council more Sports Association, strengthening of the Department of Sports and adoption of national sports policy by the sports department were discussed in details. In the meeting it was informed to Lt. Governor that lack of proper playing kits and equipments are a major issue for our teams to participate in the various tournaments being conducted on the mainland and therefore, he stressed the need of making available these kits and equipments to the players by the Sports Departments apart providing other incentives like increasing of allowances of food, travelling and accom(See page 6)

Distribution of IGNOU Study Materials for RR January 2014 Session Port Blair, Jan 09: IGNOU Regional Centre will be distributing Study materials for students who had done Re-Registration for January 2014 session for All programmes. Students are advised to collect their materials from Room no 51 of IGNOU Regional Centre from

Monday, the 13th of January 2014 onwards during working hours. The study materials for candidates belonging to Study centres in the inter islands have already been dispatched to their respective centres. Outstation students may kindly

contact their respective Study Centre Coordinators for receipt of study materials. Due to some technical problems, SMS to students will not be sent this time. Inconvenience caused is regretted, a communication from IGNOU Regional Centre, Port Blair stated.

Results of RSC Football Tourney Port Blair, Jan 09: In the prequarter final matches played today at JNRM Football Stadium M.K. Brothers defeated Chakkargaon by 3-0.

Thereafter at 3.30pm DYC Port Blair defeated Meshack Sporting Club -B by 5-2. Tomorrow at 2pm SSC will play against SPC Phoneix Bay and

at 3.30pm Directorate of Shipping Services  will  clash with Home Brothers. The tournament is being conducted by RSC Port Blair.

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Port Blair, Jan 09: To commemorate the 66th Army Day a number of activities and events are being organized. As part of the celebration a Golf Tournament was held at the lush green coastal ANCOM Golf Links course on 04 Jan 2014, in Birchgunj Military Station. 52 Members of the club participated in the tournament. Capt (IN) Sanjay Kumar was adjudged the winner of the tournament. A chip & putt competition was also held which was won by Capt (IN) Sanjay Kumar & Mrs Gayatri Pandey. Prizes were given away to the win-

ners by Mrs Ranjana Roy, President DWWA and Air Marshal PK Roy, AVSM, VM, VSM, ADC, Commander-in-Chief Andaman and Nicobar Command who complimented the players for their impressive show. Though this course is one of the trickiest courses which poses many challenges to the players in the form of morning dew, creeks and hillocks, the golfers left past these difficulties by sticking to the basics i.e. keeping the ball straight and put up a splendid show with zeal and fervor.

Closure of Light & Sound Show at Cellular Jail and Radha Nagar Beach Port Blair, Jan 09: The general public, tour operators/ hoteliers of A & N Islands are hereby informed that Light & Sound Show at Cellular Jail, Port Blair will remain closed for general public and tourists on 10th & 11th Jan, 2014. Similarly, no boats etc. will operate from Aberdeen Jetty (Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex) on 11/1/2014.

Contribution to LG’s Relief Fund Port Blair, Jan 09: Shri Jagatram Dey, R/o Junglighat, Joint Director (Retd), Agriculture Department has donated an amount of Rs 20,000/ -towards LG’s Relief Fund.


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Only dynasty can save Congress Months before AAP and Delhi’s assembly elections descended on India’s political horizon, Rahul Gandhi had an inkling that Congress was in for a drubbing in the national capital. But he failed to salvage the situation. Last year he had handpicked 54 observers from AICC’s talent pool to conduct a “discreet” survey in 540-odd Lok Sabha constituencies spread across the country, to identify winnable seats. Each of them was assigned a cluster of 10 constituencies to tour and collect grassroots’ feedback on the party’s electoral prospects ahead of 2014 polls. The not-so-flattering reports are before Rahul Gandhi. Goa PCC chief Subhash Shirodkar, who was among the observers, was given charge of Delhi. His survey painted a grim scenario, suggesting that most MPs (including Union ministers) have become unpopular and would lose their seats. When this writer wrote about this gloomy forecast in a national daily, then Delhi PCC president J P Agarwal took great offence. Party mandarins had failed to read the writing on the wall. Obviously, Rahul’s well-intentioned efforts to strengthen Congress have come unstuck in the absence of a killer instinct. This is why, while many are celebrating AAP’s arrival, some commentators are writing the political obituary of Congress. This Grand Old Party is facing its worst ever crisis, bigger than even the assassinations of Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi. In 1994, N D Tiwari and Arjun Singh floated All India Indira Congress (Tiwari). Two years later P Chidambaram resigned and joined the breakaway Tamil Maanila Congress. They also returned after Sonia assumed leadership. (In 2001, Chidambaram formed his Congress Jananayak Peravai party, which merged with the Congress around the 2004 general elections.) Mani Shankar Aiyar quit the party in 1996 and joined Trinamool Congress. He returned to the parent party too after Sonia replaced Kesri as party chief. These splits and desertions negate the hypothesis that Congress can become stronger only if it jettisoned dynasty. Only the politically naive could come to such a conclusion. It’s obvious that a Congress sans the Gandhi family is a recipe for disaster. Without the family glue, a party populated by leaders with superegos could collapse like a pack of cards. Congress need not be ashamed of its dynastic streak. Many regional satraps are now furthering dynasty. Barring

a few exceptions such as Jayalalithaa, Mamata Banerjee, Mayawati and Naveen Patnaik (three spinsters and a bachelor!), many parties - SP, Akali Dal, DMK, INLD, RJD, RLD, National Conference, YSR Congress - are promoting family rule. Sons of senior BJP leaders such as Jaswant Singh, Vasun-dhara Raje, and Maneka Gandhi have also embraced politics. Even the US and some Middle Eastern countries have witnessed political dynasties. Americans have seen the Kennedy clan, George Bush senior and junior, and the Clintons. The Congress dynastic trio Rahul, Priyanka and Sonia - still enjoys clean personal reputations and their combined efforts can keep the party boat floating through its worst-ever crisis. The triumvirate could mount an effective campaign among women, youth, tribals and dalits. Why waste a young and charismatic Priyanka Gandhi when the party is faced with a shortage of popular leaders? Though a bit late, even now her arrival can be a morale booster for Congress’s rank and file. There was a perception among a section of Congressmen that her projection would create a parallel power centre in the party, confuse the cadre and undermine Rahul. The party could neutralise such misgivings by clear demarcation of labour. While Rahul will continue to remain de facto leader and oversee the organisation and overall strategy, Priyanka should not be confined to merely Amethi and Rae Bareli. She connects with her audience better than any in the Gandhi family and can be drafted for campaigning in key states outside UP, if not across the country. Campaign and publicity are two critical factors in winning elections these days. Sonia should continue to be the balancing force between impatient youth and the restive old guard. She is also needed to negotiate with wily allies and satraps such as Sharad Pawar. For Congress, the chips are now down and it would take a miracle for it to lead a UPA-III government. Ideally, it should sit in the opposition for some time and reflect on what went wrong. A sabbatical from governance will help it reinvent itself and prepare a roadmap for 2019 or even before. After all, the next government cou ld be rickety or of AAP /Th ird Front persuasion and collapse within 1-2 years.

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Shah Rukh Khan Set To Host The Screen Awards Shah Rukh Khan is all set to host yet another awards ceremony in the coming week. He will entertain audiences at the 20th Annual Life OK Screen Awards to be held here in Mumbai on January 14, 2014. The Badshah of Bollywood enjoys hosting award functions as it gives him an opportunity to return the love of his fans. “I’ve always enjoyed hosting award functions and making people around me happy and Screen Awards gives me that opportunity, the chance to return all the love and the wishes that my audiences have always blessed me with,” said Shah Rukh in a statement In the statement, Shah Rukh also shared his insights on his relationship with the brand. “This is the 20th edition of Screen Awards and the first year of association with Life OK and I know we will have a long relationship ahead,” he said. The awards will celebrate the achievement and excellence of Hindi as well as Marathi cinema. Also, the much awaited nominations list is finally out. This time the who’s who of Bollywood will be competing with each other in multiple categories, to win the coveted Awards. The announcement of the nomination list and the Jury for the prestigious awards happened in Mumbai a couple of days ago. The nomination ceremony saw the coming together of Bollywood and eminent Television Celebrities from the Hindi and Marathi enter-

tainment fraternity. As the stars descended at the nomination party, the host of the evening was the popular television star Karanvir Bohra, who has been an integral part of the Life OK family since its inception. Commenting on this momentous occasion for Life OK, Ajit Thakur, General Manager, Life OK, said, “Life OK recently turned two and our endeavor is now to make entertainment bigger and better for our viewers. The 20th Annual Life OK Screen Awards is an important step in that direction. Screen comes with a history of credibility, which only makes the association for us more valuable. The nominations have been announced and it is clear that it will be a tough call for the jury but the best will win.” The eminent jury for the 20th Annual Life OK Screen Awards comprises of Govind Nihalani, Atul Agnihotri, Homi Adajania, John Matthew Mathan, Moushumi Chatterji, Prosenjit, Sonali Kulkarni, Rahul Dholakia, Kiran Shantaram, Sriram Raghavan, Umesh Shukla, Shreyas Talpade, Sam Balsara, Tarun Katial amongst others.

UP govt grants Rs 1 crore aid to Madhuri Dixit’s ‘Dedh Ishqiya’ The Uttar Pradesh government has given Rs one crore aid to Madhuri Dixit starrer “Dedh Ishqiya” and Saif Ali Khan’s “Bullet Raja” in a bid to attract producers to shoot their films in the state. The announcement in this r egard was made by Film Bandhu at a meeting here and the same was announced by the Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav at Saifai Mahotsav yesterday. As per the decision of Film Bandhu, the state government would give a grant of 25 per cent of the total cost of the film

or Rs one crore, whichever is less, to those Hindi films whose 75 per cent shooting was done in UP, an official of Film Bandhu said here. As both the films were shot in UP, Rs one crore aid would be given to them. While ‘Dedh Ishqiya’, releasing tomorrow, is shot at Mehmoodabad in Sitapur district, shooting of ‘Bullett Raja’ was done in Lucknow. The Film Bandhu will also give financial assistance to Bhojpuri and Awadhi films in future too, its officials said.


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Govt launches new health programme Eight years after his ministry identified adolescent health as a key focus area under the National Rural Health Mission and launched the Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health (ARSH) programme, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad Tuesday launched another health programme for adolescents — the Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram. A senior official said the new programme was necessary because the earlier one did not look beyond reproductive health or address issues of malnutrition, mental health, etc. Moreover, it did not offer communitybased services or take into account emerging challenges like non-communicable diseases. However, officials associated with ARSH said the

programme used reproductive health only as a starting point to effectively address all adolescent health concerns.“ARSH was a facility based programme focusing only on reproductive and sexual health. It did not take into account emerging epidemiological patterns. We have identified six key areas — sexual and reproductive health, nutrition, injuries and violence (including gender-based violence), non-communicable diseases, mental health and substance abuse. We have incorporated learnings from ARSH, but this is more comprehensive,” additional secretary Anuradha Gupta said about the Rs 250 crore programme to cater to 343 million adolescents (21 per cent of the country’s population).

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ANSOA delegation meets... modation etc. During the meeting it was highlighted tha t t he youths of these Islands do not have any kind of ent er t a i nmen t during

evening hours and sports could be a good alternative for t hem to b e f ocused. The Governor had a patient hearing and as-

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sured the president of the A&N State Olympic Association that all positive measures would be taken f or t he development of sports in these Islands.

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Modi mocks PM at NRI meet, says 'good days ahead' after LS polls NEW DELHI: BJP leader Narendra Modi on Thursday chose a global NRI meet to hit out at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who had said that "we are set for better times". "I agree with the Prime Minister. Good days are ahead for India. I don't want to say anything more. We should wait for four to six months. But good days are coming," the BJP's prime ministerial candidate said, indicating that his party would form the next government at the Centre after the Lok Sabha polls. Modi's jibe at Singh came a day after the Prime Minister sought to dispel apprehensions among the Indian diaspora on the state of the economy, saying that the country was heading towards "better times" and

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President of India... Andaman and Nicobar Tribal Research and Training Institute (ANTRI) at Haddo. He will also address the invitees on the occasion. On 13th morning he will proceed to Car Nicobar. He will visit the Mus Cathedral Church around noon. He will then visit the Tsunami Memorial at Big Lapathy village and pay homage to those who lost their lives in Tsunami. The President will also

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interact with the tribal leaders and other Communities at Car Nicobar. He will inaugurate the Animal Husbandry farm there at 1 p.m. In the afternoon, he will witness the traditional boat race and cultural programmes presented by the Nicobarese. The President will leave the islands on the same day evening by special aircraft.

PBMC Sounds caution for cattle owners there was no reason to despair about its present or worry about the future. Addressing a press conference last week, the Prime Minister had said that "we are set for better times" as the cycle of global economic growth is turning for the better. This is the first verbal attack on the Prime Minister by Modi after Singh said that "it will

be disastrous for the country to have Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister." Slamming the UPA government, Modi also said at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas that the overall atmosphere of divisive politics, policy paralysis and scandals and corruption have severely hit people's perception and trust in the government and its leaders.

Lalu Prasad meets Rahul Gandhi for possible alliance NEW DELHI: RJD chief Lalu Prasad today met Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi here and the issue of a possible alliance between the two parties is understood to have figured in the talks. Lalu had met Congress chief Sonia Gandhi a few days ago and vowed not to repeat the 2009 mistake of allowing the breakdown of alliance between RJD and Congress. Though details of the meeting between Lalu and Rahul are not available, the two leaders met

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for a few minutes and were understood to have discussed the current political situation and a possible alliance between the two parties in Bihar. Lalu is likely to meet the Congress chief again later this month for working out details of a possible alliance. He had earlier said he has full confidence that an alliance of Congress-RJD-LJP will happen this time and will halt the march of "communal forces" in Bihar, Jharkhand and elsewhere. He had also praised the leadership of Rahul Gandhi as "million times better" than that of Narendra Modi and

Arvind Kejriwal. The RJD chief had also expressed regret over the break-up of the tie-up with Congress in 2009 due to his mistake of offering only three seats to Congress and said the error will not be repeated this time. LJP and RJD had fought 2009 Lok Sabha elections separately without an alliance with Congress and as a result while RJD could win only four seats in Bihar, Congress two and LJP failed to open its account. This was in stark contrast to their having together won 29 seats in 2004 Lok Sabha polls.

Port Blair, Jan 09: The Port Blair Municipal Council has cautioned the cattle owners to refrain from letting on their cattle on public places on roads. The direction comes following the observation of the Council that despite repeated direction to the cattle owners including pig owners by the PBMC, they are not complying with the direction of the Council and allowing their animals to move about freely on the roads, public places and public building premises. This not only poses threats for the vehicles moving on the roads but also for the pedestrians and also creates unsanitary conditions on roads and public places. In a press note received here today, the Secretary, PBMC has stated that it has now become essential to deal sternly with such

owners and hencefor th incase any such animal is found straying on roads or public places the same will be treated as unclaimed one and will be captured by the employees of the Municipal Council. In view of the forthcoming visit of the President of India to these Islands, the cattle owners are more emphatically cautioned to refrain themselves from letting on their cattle on public places and roads. It is also informed that the PBMC will not be responsible in any way for any loss occurring to any individual on account of capturing and subsequent transportation of such un-claimed animals to isolated places. The Council will also not entertain any claim for compensation, the release added.

Celebration of National Youth Day on Jan 12 Port Blair, Jan 09: To mark the National Youth Day on the occasion of birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, the Department of Sports & Youth Affairs, A&N Administration in association with Department of Education, JNRM, TGCE, BRAIT, NYK, SAI and Ramakrishna Mission will be organizing a

programme on Jan 12, 2014. The Chief Secr etary, A&N Administration, Shri Anand Prakash will be the chief guest of the main function which will be organized at 8.30 am near the statue of Swami Vivekananda in the JNRM premises, a communication said.Â


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Must make Modi PM for nation’s sake, Chouhan says BHOPAL: Often propped up and named in the same breath as Narendra Modi by certain BJP leaders, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday made it clear where he stood on the question of his perceived rivalry with the BJP's prime ministerial candidate. "For the good of the nation, it is necessary to make Narendra Modi the PM of the country," Chouhan said at the concluding session of the BJP's two-day state executive in Bhopal. He said that over the last eight years as CM, he has suffered discrimination at the hands of the UPA-led Centre, which refuses to sanction funds for Madhya Pradesh's development. "Just the other day, the Centre reduced our funds to build roads by Rs 6,000 crore. So long as the Congress-led UPA remains in

power, we won't be treated fairly. There will be no justice for states ruled by BJP," Chouhan said. "Congress has taken the country rock-bottom. If you want to save the country, Modi will have to be made PM," the BJP leader said, claiming that all of MP's 29 Lok Sabha seats will go to BJP. "We will send 29

flow-ers to make a garland for Narendra Modi's coronation as PM," said Chouhan. The state BJP will start its Lok Sabha election exercise from January 16 and the chief minister will start four days earlier from the tribal-dominated district of Alirajpur, adjoining Gujarat, to ask people to vote for the Gujarat chief minister.

Aadmi Party (AAP). Clarifying why they are thinking of political intervention at this point of time, Medha Patkar said, "What was exhibited by the verdict of people in Delhi is that people want a new land to be created in this political arena." Mehda Patkar further said added that at the same time they want people movement should be protected. "When we go for intervention also keeps in mind come what may people movement should continue," said Patkar. Medha Patkar admitted that they are in talk

with AAP but as of now no decision has been taken about joining them and they may come up some decision by January 12."AAP is in talk with us and we have identified certain issues and sought clarification on some issue," said Medha adding that dialogue is in progress at various levels in National Association of People Movement (NAPM) on whether to join, support or associated with AAP. Along with this we are also holding a meeting all the organizations of people movement on January 23 and 24 at Wardha to decide about the future strategy.

DMK suspends five Alagiri loyalists in Madurai CHENNAI: The DMK on Thursday suspended five loyalists of former Union minister M K Alagiri for violating party discipline. A statement from DMK general secretary K Anbazhagan said the party decided to suspend former Madurai deputy mayor and party executive committee member P M Mannan, party

general council members S Ezhilmaran and Mubarak Mandhri and two other party members, Anbarasu Elango and M Balaji, for damaging the party image by continuing to put up posters in Madurai despite a strong warning. "They continued to put up posters in several parts of Madurai even after they

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First Lady to inaugurate Flower Show & Fruit & Vegetable Show Port Blair, Jan 09: As a part of Island Tourism Festival 2014, Department of Agriculture, Andaman & Nicobar Adminis tr at ion will organize Flower Show a nd F r u it & Vegeta b le Show at Organic Horticulture Farm, Sippighat on Jan 14-15, 2014. The show will be inaugurated by the First L a dy of Anda man & N icob a r I sla nds , S mt i Suneeti Singh, on Jan 14,

Time to make strong political intervention: Medha Patkar INDORE: Social activist Medha Patkar believes that it is high time for the people associated with people's movement to make strong political intervention as dynamics of politics are changing, however, she has yet not taken decision about joining AAP. "I feel it is time to decided one way or other how to make concrete and strong political intervention because character of state has changed mainly because promises are not fulfilled and people are being exploited," said Medha Patkar in Indore on Thursday in reply to the news of her joining Aam

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2014 at 11.30 am. During this event ‘flower show’, competition will be held under the categories viz, potted plants, cut flower, dry flower arrangements, rangoli and bouquet & garland making, while a fruit recipe competition will also be held on Jan 14, 2014 during the fruit & vegetable show in the categories of salad, chat, puddings, ice cr eam, jelly ma king, a communication said.

Circuit Court from Jan 17 Port Blair, Jan 09: Mr. Justice Pratap Kumar, Member (J)/HOD & Mr. R. Bandyopadhyay, Member (A) of Central Administrative Tr ibunal, Calcutta Bench will hold Circuit Court

at Port Blair from Jan 17 to 31, 2014 (both days inclusive) instead of earlier proposed Circuit sitting from Jan 20 to 31, 2014, a communication received here said.

CBDT withdraws tax exemption of 4 cricket associations NEW DELHI: Revenue Department today withdrew tax benefit of four cricket bodies -- Saurashtra Cricket Association, Baroda Cricket Association, Kerala Cricket Association and Maharashtra Cricket Association -- for engaging in certain commercial activities. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) said the Income Tax authorities have looked into the affairs of these four cricket associations and found that they were engaged in certain activities which were considered commercial in nature in view of the amended provisions of Sec 2(15) of the Income Tax Act."Consequently, the scrutiny of assessments in these cases has resulted into the withdrawal of tax-exemption," the CBDT said. Past assessments in these cases, it added, have also been reopened by

the revenue department to examine the correctness of their claim for income tax exemption during the periods concerned. The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) in its report tabled in Parliament last month had slammed the I-T Department for extending irregular exemptions to the four cricket affiliates of BCCI, resulting in short-levy of tax of over Rs 37 crore. The CAG said the IT Department allowed irregular exemptions on income from TV rights given to four associations engaged in commercial activity. The CAG said under Section 2 (15) of the Income Tax Act, a public utility activity cannot be treated as "charitable" if it involves carrying out of any activity in the nature of trade, commerce or business.

were warned not to do so. The posters damaged the party's image. They have been suspended from the party," the statement said. The suspension of the five party men comes a couple of days after Karunanidhi warned his son, Alagiri, for opposing the party's move to align with the DMDK.

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