Kejriwal demands Khurshid's arrest, dismissal
India Against Corruption (IAC) activist Arvind Kejriwal today demanded the arrest of Law Minister Salman Khurshid and his dismissal from the Manmohan Singh ministry over allegations of siphoning off funds meant for providing aid to the disabled through an NGO run by him and his family.
Kejriwal was addressing his supporters on Parliament Street here where they were stopped by police when the IAC members were moving towards the prime minister's 7 Race Course Road residence to press for their demand.
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Pranab Mukherjee's son wins Lok Sabha by-poll
President Pranab Mukherjee's son Abhijit Mukherjee of the Congress Saturday won the Jangipur Lok Sabha by-election in West Bengal, defeated his nearest Communist Party of India-Marxist rival Muzaffar Hussain by over 2,000 votes, an official said.
However, Abhijit Mukerjee's margin of victory has sharply dropped from the emphatic over 1.28 lakh votes by which his father had won in 2009.
The by-election was held Oct 10. The seat had fallen vacant after Pranab Mukherjee was elevated to the highest office of the country.
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Drive-by shooting hits Obama's campaign office
A drive-by shooting occurred Friday afternoon at US President Barack Obama's campaign office at downtown Denver, police said.
One shot was fired, shattering the street-front window of the Democratic campaign headquarters office, but no one was injured, according to police spokeswoman Raquel Lopez who said a number of people were working inside at the time of the shooting.
Police arrived on the scene within minutes and finished their onsite investigation in two hours, reported Xinhua.
Mala Raj Laxmi Shah is a member of the erstwhile Tehri royal family, while Saket Bahuguna is the son of Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna.
The result of the by-poll has come as a disappointment for the ruling Congress Party, which was confident of Saket Bahuguna's victory.
The by-poll was necessitated after Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna resigned from the seat following his victory from Sitarganj Assembly constituency.
Undeterred, Kejriwal said that he will go to Parliament Street, where some of his other supporters are expected to demonstrate from 11 am onwards, and continue his protest demanding action against Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid over embezzlement charges.
"As per law, they will have to produce us before magistrate within 24 hours. They will have to do it before 3 pm. Either we will be arrested and taken to Tihar Jail or we will be released. If we are released, we will go to Parliament Street and continue our protest. We appeal to people to come and join us there," Kejriwal was quoted as saying on Saturday.
Earlier he said that India Against Corruption was protesting peacefully and the move of police to detain them was not expected.
Ayman al-Zawahri praised as "honest and zealous" demonstrators who breached the U.S Embassy in Cairo and attackers who stormed the U.S. "embassy" in Benghazi in violence linked to the film. The American ambassador and three others died in the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in the Libyan city.
The amateur film "Innocence of Muslims" was made by an Egyptian-born American citizen.
In an audio message released by al-Qaida's media arm As-Sahab and posted on militant websites early Saturday, al-Zawahri claimed Washington allowed the film's production under the pretext of freedom of expression, "but this freedom did not prevent them from torturing Muslim prisoners."
Abjijit Mukherjee, son of President Pranab Mukherjee and Congress candidate today won the Jangipur Lok Sabha by-election by 2,536 votes defeating his nearest CPI-M rival Muzaffar Hussain.
Abhijit polled 3,32,919 votes, while the CPI-M candidate bagged 3,30,383 votes, Election Commission sources said.
BJP candidate, Sudhangshu Biswas, who came third, received 85,867 votes.Two independent candidates Raisuddin and Tahedul Islam polled 41,620 and 24,691 votes respectively.
Trinamool Congress did not put up candidate in the by-poll even after severing ties with Congress.
Pranab Mukherjee had won the seat by a huge margin of over 1.28 lakh votes in the 2009 Lok Sabha election.
The by-election was held on October 10 as the seat had fallen vacant after Pranab Mukherjee was elevated to the highest office of the country.
Seeking damages of Rs 100 crore, the lawsuit was filed against the TV Today group for airing the defamatory programme on its channels, Headlines Today and Aaj Tak, media reports said citing unnamed sources.
According to the TV network's report, Khurshids' Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust had been granted Rs 71.50 lakh by the union social welfare and empowerment ministry for distributing tricycles and hearing aids to the disabled in Uttar Pradesh.
Forging signatures of senior officials in several districts of the state the NGO embezzled funds off the grants and deprived the physically challenged who were eligible for benefits under the scheme.
Anti graft activist Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said he will continue with his protest till Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid resigned over allegations of corruption, and urged more people to join the campaign.
Kejriwal is presently lodged in make shift jail in Bawana in New Delhi's outskirts with hundreds of his supporters.
Kejriwal along with his supporters was arrested on Friday (October 12) while leading a protest march to the residence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, demanding Khurshid's dismissal on the allegations of involvement in embezzlement of funds allocated for the welfare of specially-abled people.
Kejriwal on Wednesday (October 10) had accused Khurshid's wife, Louise Khurshid, for siphoning off funds, which were allocated for the welfare of specially-abled people.
Speaking to reporters, Kejriwal said that they would continue with their agitation and called for an explanation from Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Politics has cast its ugly shadow over culture and tradition. The raging Cauvery row between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu is casting a shadow on the famous Mysore Dasara festivities that have been already been scaled down this year due to severe drought in the state.
The Dasara festival, signifying the victory of good over evil, is celebrated in Karnataka as 'Nada Habba' (state festival). The showpiece of the festival is the nine-day display of pomp and pageantry culminating in the 'jamboo savari' or procession of majestic elephants in Mysore.
Mysore, 130 km from Bangalore, thrives on tourism because of its places, the Chamundi hills and the Brindavan Gardens at the Krishnaraja Sagar (KRS) reservoir. Every weekend it attracts hundreds of visitors and during Dasara tens of thousands, including from abroad.
This year the Mysore Dasara festivities start Oct 16 with the usual 'pooja' (worship) of Hindu Goddess Chamundeshwari atop Chamundi hills.
Steel company ISPAT Industries Limited's (IIL) diary entry shows that the company has paid off 2.2 crores to government officials.
The supreme council is an umbrella body of khap panchayats across the state. Khaps have no legal sanction but often function like kangaroo courts and issue social diktats that are enforced in the villages.
A meeting called for Saturday in Sonipat, about 40 km from Delhi, to discuss the reservation issue will focus instead on the marriage age issue and how the government could be compelled to get the bar lowered in Haryana, where at least 15 rapes have been reported in the past month.
"The meeting aims at knowing the views of various khap panchayats about the issue of lowering the marriageable age to prevent rape incidents in the state. Representatives of around 100 khaps across the state will attend the meeting to share their opinion and to present their proposals on the issue," Sube Singh Samain, spokesperson of the Sarva Khap Jat Panchayat, said.
On Saturday, also on the agenda, besides age and reservations for Jats, is the rising incident of heinous crimes in Haryana.
"The role of khap panchayats in checking crime will also be discussed in length at the meeting," Sube Singh said, adding that the khaps wished to play a vital role in controlling crime. You can read more on the issue here