Live: RTI activist rejects Modi's claim on Sonia bill

Last Updated: Tue, Oct 02, 2012 14:00 hrs

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RTI activist rejects Modi's claim on Sonia's travel expenses

Narendra Modi said Congress should reveal Sonia Gandhi's air-travel expenses as requested by an RTI activist and cited a news paper's report. Today, the concerned RTI activist Ramesh Sharma questioned the expenditure figures quoted by Modi and said he had not received any reply to his RTI query.

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India faces South Africa in crunch game

India is all set to face South Africa in the key Super8 stage tie set to start in half-an-hour. You can follow the game here live as both sides need to win to ensure any chance of qualifying to the next round.


BJP to snub Nitish and contest all 40 LS seats in Bihar?

Bihar's BJP chief today said that his party will contest all 40 Lok Sabha seats in the state, putting it in direct competition with its ally in the state, the Janata Dal (United).

This was confirmed by Bihar BJP president C.P. Thakur today. He said this was done in view of growing uneasiness with BJP's alliance with the JD(U).

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India pauses in its busy tracks to remember Gandhi

India took time to remember one of its greatest icons on his 143rd birth anniversary. Here are images from across India marking the celebration of Gandhi Jayanthi

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Modi: Reveal details of Sonia's travel expenses

Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi today demanded that the government make public the expenditure incurred on Congress president Sonia Gandhi's foreign trips.

Addressing a gathering of youths here, Modi said that information sought under RTI about expenditure on Sonia Gandhi's foreign trips three years ago has not yet been provided.

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Will cut Dikshit's power supply: Kejriwal

Following the official launch of his political party, Arvind Kejriwal today said he will disconnect the electricity supply of Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit as part of a protest against the recent hike in power tariff.

"People should not pay electricity bills if government disconnects anyone's electricity, we will reconnect it. I am ready to go to jail. We will not just gherao (lay siege to) chief minister's (Sheila Dikshit) residence, but will disconnect her electricity," Kejriwal said.

He threatened to hold a protest in Delhi on Thursday if the state government did not announce a rollback of the electricity tariff hike.

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Jaiswal slammed for sexist comment

Women groups reacted strongly today to union Coal Minister Shriprakash Jaiswal's comment that "once a wife gets old, she loses her charm" and threatened to bring his statement to the notice of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

Jaiswal, also a Congress Lok Sabha member, made the unsavoury comment at a poetry meet at K.K. Girls College in Kidwai Nagar in Kanpur on Sunday night.

"Is this the way a senior minister should behave," Aarty Awasthi, a social worker in Lucknow, asked.

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Kejriwal's party envisions direct rule of people

 Direct rule of the people, fighting corruption and eliminating price rise will be the focus of the political party being started by Arvind Kejriwal and other activists, a vision document for the party said.

The document comes as Kejriwal, along with other colleagues of the erstwhile Team Anna, is set to announce his political party.

"It is a big day for the common people. They are fed up of corrupt politicians and rising prices and are coming together to change the politics of the country," Kejriwal ,donning a Gandhi cap with "Mein hoon aam admi, mujhe chahiye Janlokpal" (I am common man, I want Jan Lokpal) printed on it, told reporters shortly before he started a meeting with other activists Tuesday.

The vision document terms the decision to launch a party as the "quest for swaraj (self rule) - from subjecthood to citizenship".

It also seeks establishment of a Janlokpal, and electoral reforms to "eliminate role of money and muscle power" from elections.

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Kingfisher on hold, won't be allowed to fly yet

A day after declaring a partial lockout, top officials of beleaguered Kingfisher Airlines on Tuesday met DGCA chief and promised to pay salaries of the staff held up for last six months in the next few days.

The airline CEO Sanjay Agarwal, who along with executive vice president Hitesh Patel met DGCA chief Arun Mishra, blamed a small section of employees for the mess, saying it had led to suspension of all operations till October four. The airline has stopped sale of tickets till then.
Agarwal briefed the DGCA about the financial problems facing the crisis-ridden carrier as well as the next steps being taken to restore normalcy.

"We have shared the steps which we are going to take in the next few days with the DGCA. We have explained our position to DGCA," Agarwal told reporters after the meeting.

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'Govt waiting for report from MEA, RAW on Lt Gen KS Brar attack'

The Ministry of Home Affairs has refused to comment on who could be behind the attack on Lt General Kuldip Singh Brar. The MHA sources have told CNN-IBN that the ministry is awaiting a report from the Ministry of External Affairs and RAW, which is expected in a day.

The MHA has been in constant touch with the Indian High Commission and other officials in London. The British High Commission has also assured that those responsible for the attack will be booked. Reports point towards a possible involvement of Sikh terrorist groups.

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Hong Kong rescuers search for survivors in boat crash 

Rescue workers searched  for survivors from the collision of two passenger boats that left at least 36 people dead in one of the territory's worst ferry accident.

The incident happened on China's National Day.

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Attackers of Lt Gen KS Brar had 'long beards': Scotland Yard

Scotland Yard has appealed for information from members of the public on the Sunday night assault on Lt Gen KS Brar, and described the four assailants as wearing dark clothing, long black jackets and having "long beards".

Stating that detectives were keeping an open mind on the motivation behind the attack, the police said in a statement on Monday that they were particularly keen to speak to people who assisted Mr Brar and his wife after the attack on Old Quebec Street in central London. No arrests had been made until Monday night, the police said.

"The four men are described as wearing dark clothing and long black jackets. They all had long beards. One of the men is described as younger and slimmer than the other three. They all fled in the direction of Oxford Street," the statement said.

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Arvind Kejriwal to announce name of party

Activist Arvind Kejriwal will formally join politics today with the announcement of the launch of a political party.

The move coincides with the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Mr Kejriwal will also announce members of his new party, an aide said on Monday. 

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Grounded Kingfisher looks for help with safety checks needed to fly

Taking a cue from Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh's statement that Kingfisher Airlines could approach other carriers for safety certification, the Vijay Mallya-promoted airline has reportedly approached Air India and others for getting its aircraft checked for certification.

"Kingfisher Airlines is in talks with Air India, IndiGo and Jet Airways to get its aircraft certified by their engineers for flying," an airline source said on Monday evening.

All these carriers operate a mix of Airbus and Boeing fleet, while Kingfisher operates only Airbus planes.

“We can't allow Kingfisher to fly until their aircraft are certified. (Since) their engineers are on strike, they can get the planes certified by other engineers also," Mr Singh had said earlier in the day.

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Kingfisher declares partial lockout 

Kingfisher Airlines declared a partial lock-out till October 4 (Thursday) after a meeting of the management with its striking engineers ended without an outcome.

Around 270 engineers went on a flash strike from Sunday evening protesting against non-payment of salaries. Employees of the debt-ridden airline have not been paid salaries since March this year

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Backers aim to widen ban on gay conversion therapy

San Francisco: Gay rights advocates are making plans to get other states to join California in banning psychotherapy aimed at making gay teenagers straight, even as opponents prepared Monday to sue to overturn the first law in the nation to take aim at the practice.

After months of intense lobbying, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill late Saturday that prohibits licensed mental health professionals from using so-called reparative or conversion therapies with clients under age 18. Brown called the therapies "quackery" that "have no basis in science or medicine."

Two New Jersey lawmakers already are drafting similar legislation, while groups that helped get the California law passed are sharing research, witnesses and talking points with counterparts in other gay-friendly states, said Geoff Kors, senior legislative and policy strategist for the San Francisco-based National Center for Lesbian Rights.

"There are lots of folks today who are looking at this, now that the governor has signed it," Kors said. "We'll be reaching out to all the state (gay rights) groups, especially in states that have had success passing LGBT rights legislation."

The law only applies to licensed therapists, not ministers or lay people who counsel teens to resist same-sex attractions.

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It was an assassination attempt by pro-Khalistan elements: Lt Gen Brar

Lt Gen K S Brar, who was assaulted by four people in central London on Sunday night, is convinced that it was an attempt to assassinate him by “pro-Khalistan elements” for his role in the 1984 “Operation Bluestar”.

Brar, who kicked and fought three of the four assailants, suffered a knife wound in the neck and is recovering after receiving medical treatment at a London hospital soon after the attack near the busy Marble Arch area. He is due to return to India today.

“This was a pure assassination attempt on me. Even on Internet there are so many threats being sent to me to say that there have been many attempts on your life but they haven’t succeeded, but the next one will succeed. They’ve been after me.” Brar told a television channel last night.

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Good Morning!

Bapu's birthday!

Today is the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, or 'bapu' as he was called by those close to him.

Nowadays he has been steadily pushed into the rather strange position of a powerless figurehead, gracing our notes and being the subject for countless statues. It is a position that Gandhiji would have found odd indeed, considering that he spent his life agitating and in action, hardly the type to watch silently as others used his name.

Modi's claims

In a speech at a rally, Modi made the absurd declaration that Sonia Gandhi had spent 1880 crores of tax payers money for her foreign trips.

Modi based his allegation on a newspaper report of an RTI filed by 'a Haryana youth'. That activitist has denied all such claims, saying the expenses report he received was for 88 Lakhs (a more plausible sum).

In any case, the very idea that this Government, so well-versed in the art of denying any scams and hiding all manner of things, would meekly hand over information that Sonia Gandhi has spent close to two thousand crores for 'trips' is ridiculous.

Modi has said that if he is mistaken, he will apologize. But the political storm only seems to be beginning.

Kejriwal steps up

Arvind Kejriwal will announce the formation of his new political party today. He appears to have taken the blessing of Anna Hazare for the move, although it seemed he was going to go ahead with it anyway.

India vs South Africa

The Twenty20 World Cup continues in it's rapid pace. After the Lankans knocked out the English to secure their place in the semi's, India will face South Africa today, in yet another of those tension-filled matches. Catch all the action beginning from 7.00 pm.

Blue star mystery

Lt General (Retd) K S Brar was stabbed in the neck yesterday, outside his hotel in London. The assailants were four unidentified men whose motives remain unknown. It is presumed they attacked him because he was the commanding General for Operation Blue star.

While the General is recovering, we are hoping for some more updates on the case today.

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