GujaratChief Minister Narendra Modi appears before Special Investigation Team; Questioned for nine hours in two sittings.
- Three convicts in Satyendra Dubey murder case sentenced to life imprisonment.
- Third round of talks between Rajasthan Government and Gujjar leaders over reservation issue fails.
- Kolkata Knight Riders beat Kings-XI
Punjabby 39 runs in the IPL Cricket at Mohali.
For the first time since the riots in
Gujarat eight years ago, state Chief Minister Narendra Modi appeared before the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team SIT in two sessions lasting for more than nine hours in Gandhinagar yesterday. The BJP leader, faces allegations of omission and commission with regard to the mob attack on a housing society in which a former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri and 68 others were killed. The first session lasted over five hours from to and the second session for four hours from till as Mr.Modi was keen that the entire exercise be completed yesterday itself.
Talking to reporters after the second round of quizzing at the SIT office at the old secretariat building, the Chief Minister said, the investigators told him that his work was over.Though there was no official word on the questioning, Mr. Modi is said to have replied to 62 questions put to him in the first session. Talking to media persons after the first round, Mr. Modi said that his appearance before the SIT is a fitting reply to his detractors.
The Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has called upon the States to initiate immediate action to operationalise the Act to set up Gram Nayalays. Speaking at the National convention on Law Justice and common man in
organised by the Congress, he reaffirmed the government's commitment to judicial reforms and continued efforts for easy, affordable, speedy justice for the common man. New Delhi
Dr. Manmohan Singh said, the strength of the legal system in the country is diminished by the huge number of pending cases at every level. He also pointed to the need for sensitivity and care in dealing with the vulnerable and marginalised sections of society.
In her address the Congress President Mrs. Sonia Gandhi called on the legal fraternity to educate the people about their rights and help in empowering them.
The Finance Minister Mr Pranab Mukherjee in his valedictory address lamented that the delivery system in the country is poor and said that it needs to be improved. In an apparent reference to the incidents in Parliament, he said that resorting to obstructionism as a way of protest is a violation of the fundamental right.
All the three convicted in the whistle blower Satyendra Dubey murder case, have been sentenced to life imprisonment by a special CBI court in
. Our correspondent reports that Mantu Kumar, Udai Kumar and Pinku Ravi Das were convicted by special CBI court on Monday. Patna
CBI spokesman Harsh Bhal said that the investigation agency did not find evidence of possible conspiracy by contractors or mafia to kill Satyendra Dubey as alleged by his brother.
The CBI has dismissed the theory of involvement of contractors or mafias in the murder of Satyendra dubey. After an inquiry no evidence came on record showing that deceased Satyendra Dubey was eliminated under any conspiracy by the contractors and mafias as alleged in the complaint by his brother Dhananjay. CBI further stated that a number of officials, contractors and engineers connected with national highway authority of india projects were examined with reference to the issued raised by the diseased in his letter addressed to the then prime minister.
, eight terrorists have been killed so far in the ongoing operation in Keran sector of Kupwara district. Our correspondent reports that the operation started on Wednesday. Jammu and Kashmir
Gunbattle erupted when a group of heavily armed militants from
occupied Pakistan Kashmir tried to sneak into Keran sector along the Line of control on Wednesday. Three militants were killed on the same day while five more were killed yesterday taking the toll to eight. Defense spokesman Lt. Col J.S. Brar told A.I.R that operation is still in progress and Army has cordoned-off, the high altitude area with dense vegetation and dense 10 to 12 feet of snow Rafiq Ahmad air news Kupwara.
The third round of talks between Gujjars and the Rajasthan government over the issue of reservation in government jobs has failed. Our correspondent reports that the one-to-one meeting between Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla and Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot in Jaipur lasted for over one and a half hours.
One to one meeting between Chief Minister Mr. Ashok Gehlot and Col. Kirori Singh Bainsla ended without any conclusion but still there is a hope that interaction between both sides will be continued. Mr. Gehlot said that it is not possible to take any decision on reservation issue as the matter is subjudice. He stressed that on this matter if necessary, Government will go to the supreme court he said that Gurjar community should take advantage of special package announced for them. After meeting with the Chief Minister Col. Bainsla said that will be continued. In demand of five percent reservation. Mahapadao is still continuing in Dausa ,
, Tonk dipsticks by Gurjar Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti. Ajmer
Mahavir Jayanti is being celebrated today. Jain Temples are tastefully decorated where special prayers are being held.
The President, the Vice President and the Prime Minister have greeted the people on the occasion.
Rashtrapati Bhavan fell into virtual darkness last evening as it switched off all its non essential lights joining lakhs of people in turning off bulbs across the country as part of a campaign to save the planet. A Rashtrapati Bhavan official said, the non-essential lights were switched off between not only in the Rashtrapati Bhavan but also in the residential quarters. However, some of the lights were kept on keeping the security considerations in view. City's famous heritage structures -- Red Fort, Humayun's Tomb and other buildings of importance -- also fell into darkness.
in Sydney in 2007, the 'Earth Hour' became a global event in 2008 with participation of 35 countries. Australia joined the Earth Hour campaign last year. India alone had saved 700 MW of power by supporting the campaign. Delhi
The leader of Al Iraqiya alliance Iyad Allawi has said that he is willing to work with all sides to form a new government in
. The secular al-Iraqiya alliance won Iraq ’s parliamentary elections with 91 seats followed by incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s coalition with 89 seats. Our correspondent reports that the Iraqi National Alliance won 70, while Iraq Kurdistan 42 seats. Alliance
The Iraqia has started the consultation process to form the new government in
after emerging as single largest coalition in the elections. According to the Iraqi constitution Alawis secular alliance will be given the first opportunity to form a government but they do not have required 163 seats needed to form a government in 325-member parliament. If Allawi fails to form a government within 30 days, the Iraqi president will designate another leader for this. So, long negotiations are expected where Kurds and INA are likely to play key roles as kingmakers. Security officials have warned that a long period of coalition building could give insurgents a chance to further destabilize Iraq . Iraq
NATO Secretary General has urged the military alliance to push ahead with construction of a missile defence system and extend it to cover
as well. Speaking at a security conference in Russia , he said building a defence system together will signal that Brussels is fully part of the European Atlantic family. Russia
An unbeaten 75 by Manoj Tiwary and his 79-run third wicket partnership with opener Sourav Ganguly helped Kolkata Knight Riders defeat hosts Kings XI Punjab by 39 runs in the IPL at Mohali last night. Electing to bat first after winning the toss, the Knight Riders posted a competitive 183 for five, and then restricted Kings XI Punjab at 144 for six. Tiwary blasted a 47-ball 75 be jewelled with eight fours and two sixes, while Ganguly's 50 runs included six fours and one six.
Chasing 184 to win, Kings XI Punjab batsmen got starts but couldn't materialise them into big score as they lost half of their side within 100 runs inside 15 overs. Manoj Tiwary was declared the Man-of-the-match.
In today's encounters, Rajasthan Royals meet Chennai Super Kings at Ahmedabad, while Mumbai Indians clash with Deccan Chargers at Mumbai.
The top story in most of the sunday papers is
Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi's appearance before the supreme court appointed Special Investigation Team. The headline in The Hindu says 'Modi appears before SIT, says it is a fitting reply to critics'.
The Prime minister's address at a national convention in
, where he urges states to implement the Gram Nyayalaya Act speedily finds front page coverage in the Hindustan Times. New Delhi
'Whistleblower's killers get life term', says the Asian Age, writing about the sentencing of 3 men being convicted by a fast track court in Patna for killing NHAI engineer Satyendra Dubey in 2003.
A report in The Indian Express says that the decks have been cleared for low-cost carriers Indigo and Spicejet to fly abroad. The paper writes that the Civil aviation ministry has given its go-ahead to complete the formalities.
Photographs of lights out in various cities in
as Earth Hour was observed, has been featured in many papers. Switching of the illumination of India Gate features in the Hindu and the Hindustan Times. India
A front page report in The Pioneer says that the Indian Space Research Organisation has confirmed that since 1962, the Himalayan glaciers have decreased by 16%.
In some economic news, the Asian Age writes that according to the World Trade Organisation, world trade is all set to expand by 9.5% this year, led by economic growth in
and India . China
The Times of India highlights the ill mannered lot that Delhiites are while using the world class metro service. The story is headlined '
's weekend crowd tramples on Metro manners', with a photo of surging crowds captioned 'an uncivil society'. Delhi