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Hon’ble K’taka Governer – in the news for wrong reasons!!

Though the disqualified MLAs would appeal to the Supreme court, initial victory has been of the CM & the Speaker. But we must not lose the focus of the high handed manner in which Honorable Governer acted during the confidence Vote. At this stage it shows that Honorable was partisan, hasty in recommending the dismissal of the Govt. While he has allowed to prsecute CM, who would rectify the mistakes from his side? Readers may remember that he had also denied awarding of honorary Doctoral degree to reknowned writer Chidananda Murthy. Later a protest by Kannada activists, pressure by senior  Kannda writers etc made the Gov. succumb to the pressure.

RSS writes letter to PM

Sarkaryawah (working chief) of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Suresh (Bhayya) Joshi has written a letter to Prime Minister of India on 9th February 2011 and has requested a meeting at a mutually convenient time to discuss this issue.

The purpose of this letter is to bring to your attention the deliberate attempts to distort, even pervert and politicise, the ongoing investigations into the bomb blasts at Malegaon. Ajmer and Hyderabad and to cast false aspersions on the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh [RSS].

A single fact in the Government’s hands will nail this lie. The Maharashtra ATS [MATS] has evidence in its possession to show that the accused in the Malegaon blast case, Col Purohit and Dayanand Pandey, were, simultaneously plotting to eliminate Shri Mohanrao Bhagwat, the then Sarkaryavah – General Secretary – of the RSS (currently the Sarsanghachalak), and a senior RSS leader Shri indresh Kumar. At the time of the Malegaon investigations, a senior Maharashtra ATS official had informed one of our prominent leaders about this conspiracy by the above mentioned Malegaon accused. Yet, some elements in the investigative agencies have been trying to club the RSS with those very same people who were plotting against it. The fundamental question that arises, but not addressed, is: how could the RSS be bracketed with those who were viciously hostile to it and conspiring to kill its leaders?

SM Qureshi dropped as Pakistan foreign minister

A new, smaller group of Cabinet ministers took an oath of office Friday in Pakistan, where the ruling party recently agreed to shrink the prime minister’s circle of advisers to save the cash-strapped country some money.




The swear-in ceremony was carried live on state-run Pakistan Television, and most of the incoming ministers appeared to be holdovers from the previous Cabinet dissolved earlier this week. Notably absent was the former foreign minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani presided as about 20 officials sat around a table designated for the new Cabinet — though it was not immediately clear if that will be the final number of members.

PM knew about Raja’s role in 2G scam: Shourie

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Shourie has claimed that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was informed about former telecom minister A Raja’s involvement in the 2G spectrum scam in 2009. Shourie, who was the telecom minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, said that Singh took no action against Raja even after getting the information about the scam. Speaking exclusively to CNN-IBN, Shourie said that after the Prime Minister did not act on his complaint for a month, he was forced to approach the Central Bureau of Investigation. Shourie also alleged that his own party is not interested in taking the matter forward.

PM warns Islamists could take control in Egypt

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned during his meeting yesterday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Jerusalem that the continued upheaval in Egypt may bring to power radical Islamic elements, a repeat of the scenario that occurred during the Iranian revolution in 1979.

Netanyahu relayed a similar message in a telephone conversation with U.S. President Barack Obama on Saturday night, and in conversations with other world leaders in recent days.

Congress has distorted thinking on Kashmir, says Advani

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K. Advani Sunday accused the Congresss of “distorted thinking” on Jammu and Kashmir and said it was a shame that two top political leaders of the country had to observe the Republic Day in the custody of a state government.

In a post on his blog, Advani said the movement for Jammu and Kashmir’s complete integration with India by Shyama Prasad Mukerjee saved the country from possible “disastrous consequences” of the policies of then prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru.

“The gross mishanding by the government of the BJP’s Tiranga yatra reveals that the Congress party has still not abandoned the distorted thinking about Jammu and Kashmir state which made the government committ those early follies,” Advani wrote.

“By undertaking this exercise now, the BJP has done a signal service to the cause of the country’s unity and integrity, for which the party’s founder sacrificed his life,” he added.

Advani said that Pakistan’s leadership mishandled the eastern wing of Pakistan resulting in an independent Bangladesh. “Pandit Nehru’s handling of J&K state – his reference to UN the issue of Pakistan’s aggression on the state, and his conceding a separate constitution and a separate flag to the state – could have had similar disastrous consequences,” he said in his blog.

As Egypt sneezes democracy, China fears catching a cold

The rumblings of a popular discontent threatening to overthrow the 30-year-old autocratic government of Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak is being acutely felt in China whose communist dictators fear that the uprising could fuel calls for reform at home. The word “Egypt” has now joined the rank of censored or blocked terms on the internet in china, according to the AFP, the Wall Street Journal online (WSJ), and numerous other media services Jan 31.

The WSJ report said the Chinese authorities appeared to have censored the word “Egypt” on Twitter-like microblogging sites in the country. Almost all of the comments posted beneath the few limited reports on the unrest—mostly from the state-run Xinhua news agency—that have been published on Chinese news sites in the past few days had been deleted by Jan 30, it said.

The report noted that the strict online controls illustrated the Communist Party of China’s concern that the Internet was providing China’s citizens with a new means of information and organization that could challenge its monopoly on power, as had happened with other authoritarian governments in recent years.

The report said China’s state media had provided limited coverage of the unrest in Egypt, including the scores of reported deaths, the cutting of Internet and cellphone access, and president’s appointment of a vice president. The AFP report said these stressed the lawlessness in Egypt and the need for order – echoing calls by China’s foreign ministry – and Beijing’s plan to send two chartered jets to Cairo to bring home more than 500 stranded Chinese.

Ministry, GoM didn’t stop DD loot: Shunglu

Senior political figures responsible for conduct of the Commonwealth Games are in the line of fire for their inability in preventing officials from colluding with a UK-based broadcaster to cause a Rs 135 crore loss to the government.

The Shunglu committee’s interim report on the graft-tainted Games said the information and broadcasting minister and a ministerial group failed in oversight functions. It recommended action against suspended Prasar Bharati chief B S Lalli and director general of Doordarshan Aruna Sharma.

The report does not specifically name I&B minister Ambika Soni or oil minister Jaipal Reddy who had headed the group of ministers.

Census 2011 will cover illegal immigrants too

The Census 2011 will cover all people living in India, including illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.

Registrar-General and Census Commissioner C Chandramouli today said the exercise will cover anyone living in India and enumerators would not ask their nationality.

“Everybody will be counted even if he has illegally entered (in India),” he told reporters at a function organised for unveiling of the logo of census enumerators by Home Minister P Chidambaram.

Chandramouli was asked whether illegal immigrants from Bangladesh will be counted.

He made it clear that the information collected about individuals will be kept absolutely confidential. In fact, this information is not accessible even to courts of law.

Chandramouli said except the foreign embassies and consulates, all houses, religious and public places will be counted during the massive exercise.

DMK scrambles to save face over Raja arrest

The Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK) will have to reshuffle their political card games after the embarrassing arrest of A Raja over the 2G spectrum scam. A general council meeting of the DMK is scheduled to be held today (Feb 3) in Chennai on how best to salvage the situation and how to reduce the impact of the blow caused to the party’s image.

DMK chief will have to face stiff opposition from dissenting forces within the party. One faction wants to maintain their unconditional support to the tainted Former Telecom Minister A Raja, the other group wants to disown him completely and clear the party’s name. The loudest dissenting voice comes from Karunanidhi’s son and Union minister MK Azhagiri who has been rallying to suspend A Raja from the party for long.

Azhagiri is supported by Deputy CM of TamilNadu, MK Stalin as well. Karunanidhi recently visited Delhi and held a meeting with PM Manmohan Singh on a damage control mode and to strategise on the upcoming polls in Tamil Nadu.