Archive | October, 2010

Curfew imposed in three towns of northern Kashmir

Posted on 30 October 2010 by admin

AIHRA News, Sunday 31 October, 2010.

Srinagar,  (PTI) Curfew was today clamped in three towns of north Kashmir as authorities apprehended breach of peace even as normal life in the rest of the Valley was disrupted due to a strike called by the hardline Hurriyat Conference.

Curfew was imposed in Delina and Palahalan towns of Baramulla district and Bandipora district town in the wee hours, a police spokesman said.

The restrictions were clamped as a precautionary measure following reports that some persons were planning to create law and order problems.

Bandipora has witnessed clashes between protestors and security forces after a shopkeeper was arrested by police recently.

Although there were no restrictions elsewhere in the Valley, normal life remained affected due to the strike called by Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

Shops, business establishments and private offices remained closed in most parts of the Valley.

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Adarsh Scam: Ashok Chavan meets Sonia, offers to resign

Posted on 30 October 2010 by admin

AIHRA News, Sunday 31 October, 2010.

New Delhi, (PTI) Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan today offered to resign from the post after a meeting with Congress President Sonia Gandhi, becoming the first political casualty to the embarrassing housing scam in Mumbai.

“I offer my resignation to you. I leave it to you take a final view on this,” he told reporters about what he told Gandhi after more than an hour-long meeting with her at her 10, Janpath residence here.

51-year-old Chavan, son of late Union Home Minister and former Chief Minister S B Chavan, became chief minister on December 8, 2008 after Vilasrao Deshmukh made his way out in the wake of 26/11 terror attack in Mumbai.

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HC upholds disqualification of rebel MLAs, govt safe

Posted on 29 October 2010 by admin

AIHRA News, Saturday 30 October, 2010.

Bangalore, (PTI) In a major boost for the BJP government in the state, a third judge in the Karnataka High Court today upheld the disqualification of 11 rebel BJP MLAs, concurring with the decision of the Chief Justice.

Justice V G Sabhahit, to whom the division bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar had referred the matter, upheld Speaker K G Bopaiah’s order disqualifying the dissident MLAs.

The Speaker’s order of disqualification was in accordance with Para 2 (1) (a) of the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution–anti-defection law, observed Justice Sabhahit, who has concurred with the ruling given by the Chief Justice earlier.

The division bench, which also consists of Justice N Kumar, had earlier given a split verdict with Justice Kumar setting aside the Speaker’s order. The bench had then referred the matter to the third judge.

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Sohrab case: Former Guj minister Amit Shah gets bail

Posted on 29 October 2010 by admin

AIHRA News, Saturday 30 October, 2010.

Ahmedabad,  (PTI) The Gujarat High Court today granted bail to former state minister Amit Shah over three months after he was arrested by the CBI in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case.

Justice R H Shukla granted bail to 46-year-old Shah on a personal bond of Rs 1 lakh and a condition that he will have to appear before the CBI’s Mumbai office every month as the case is registered there.

The court also rejected the demand of the CBI to grant three weeks stay on the bail order as the agency would like to appeal against the verdict. This plea was made by CBI counsel Yogesh Ravani.

Shah’s lawyer Nirupam Nanavati assured the court that his client would comply with all the terms and conditions of the bail and also any additional terms which the CBI would like to impose.

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CWG probe: I-T conducts raids at 50 locations

Posted on 28 October 2010 by admin

AIHRA News, Friday 29 October, 2010.

New Delhi,  (PTI) Investigators probing the Commonwealth Games scam spread the dragnet with 300 Income Tax sleuths carrying out simultaneous nationwide raids today on 50 premises of four contractors who executed some Games-related works.

As the multi-agency investigations into alleged financial irregularities in the conduct of the games continued, the Central Vigilance Commission was probing a complaint related to alleged amassing of Rs 200 crore by a top CWG official, believed to be a close associate of Organising Committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi.

In reply to an RTI query filed by PTI, the CVC, which is looking into 22 complaints of financial irregularities in different Games-related projects, said that it is probing the complaint against V K Gautam, former Chief Operating Officers (COO). Gautam was not available for comments.

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Polling peaceful in Bihar; 53 pc voter turn-out

Posted on 28 October 2010 by admin

AIHRA News, Friday 29 October, 2010.

Barring stray incidents, polling passed off peacefully in 48 constituencies figuring in the third phase of Bihar Assembly elections, which saw an estimated 53 per cent voter turnout.

Five Maoist-hit constituencies – Amnour, Taraya, Ramnagar, Balmikinagar and Patepur – recorded 45 per cent to 52 per cent polling.

Voters were ferried by boats in the riverine areas of Raghopur Assembly constituency in Vaishali district where former chief minister Rabri Devi is in the fray. The wife of RJD supremo Lalu Prasad is also contesting from Sonepur seat in Saran district.

Over 185 persons were detained during the polling, which witnessed minor incidents of clash and scuffle. “Otherwise, it was peaceful and smooth,” Director General of Police Neelmani said. Around 60 vehicles were also seized.

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Hold serious consultations with Pandits: AIKS to interlocutors

Posted on 27 October 2010 by admin

AIHRA News, Thrusday 28 October, 2010.

Asserting that displaced Kpashmiri Pandits are vital stakeholders to any initiative on Kashmir, All India Kashmiri Samaj (AIKS) called upon the interlocutors to simultaneously evolve a process of serious consultations with the community.

“Displaced Kashmiri Pandits constitute an important segment of the state’s population and as such are vital stakeholders to any initiative on Kashmir,” the AIKS president Moti Koul said at a seminar on ‘Accession of Kashmir is final and settled’ last evening.

“We call upon the interlocutors to simultaneously evolve a process of serious consultations with the displaced Kashmiri Pandits to address their vital issues of survival and their continued neglect from the mainstream political life of the state,” he added.

Maintaining that Kashmir is an integral and indispensable part of Indian dominion, Koul accused the Indian government of appeasing separatists and anti-national elements, who “have been denouncing India at every given moment”.

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CWG scam: Emaar clarifies media reports on Games Village

Posted on 27 October 2010 by admin

AIHRA News, Thrusday 28 October, 2010.

Dubai,  (PTI) Dubai-based Emaar Properties has issued a clarification regarding a recently published report that said the company would be fined for delay and defects in construction of the Commonwealth Games (CWG) Village.

The company said it was aware of the actions being contemplated by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), with respect to the CWG project delivered by Emaar MGF.

“The Games Village has been built to the highest standards of quality and design,” the statement said.

It added that the Village was handed over to the DDA and the Organising Committee (OC) after a full inventory of facilities, items and assets in June 2010.

“The Village was fully put to use during the recently concluded Commonwealth Games,” the statement said, adding that the village received rave reviews from all participants who stayed there.

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Bihar elections: Maoists burn 3 campaign vehicles

Posted on 26 October 2010 by admin

AIHRA News, Wednesday 27 October, 2010.

Munger,  (PTI) Maoists today torched three campaign vehicles at Badakihathiya in Bihar’s Munger district, police said here.

Over 45 heavily-armed ultras stopped the vehicles belonging to RJD, Congress and Janvadi Samajwadi Party in a forest area, pulled the occupants out and thrashed them before torching the vehicles, they said.

The vehicles were used for campaigning by party candidates for Tarapur Assembly constituency in Bihar, which would go to poll in the fourth phase on November One.

Maoists have given a poll boycott call for the six-phase on-going elections in Bihar.

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Moily slams Arundhati Roy, Geelani; BJP demands arrest

Posted on 26 October 2010 by admin

AIHRA News, Wednesday 27 October, 2010.

New Delhi, (PTI) As the authorities contemplate filing a criminal case against them, a senior Union minister today slammed Hurriyat hardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani and writer Arundhati Roy for stating that Kashmir is not an integral part of India while the BJP demanded that the two be arrested on sedition charges.

“Yes, there is freedom of speech…it can’t violate the patriotic sentiments of the people,” Law Minister Veerappa Moily said at a seminar here while terming their remarks as “most unfortunate”.

On BJP’s allegations that government remained silent on the developments, he said, “Politics cannot be mixed with statements which border sedition.”

Asked whether his ministry had received a request from the Home Ministry seeking its legal opinion on whether the two can be booked for sedition, the Law Minister said, “I was away for three days…I have not seen the file so far”.

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