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Friday, June 19, 2009
| ||Mumbai: June 19,2009 |
Peeved Zardari not to face Singh
In a sudden development, President Asif Ali Zardari has decided not
to attend the NAM Summit in Egypt next month, apparently to avoid
another meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, whose blunt public
comments appear to have annoyed Pakistan.
(Free Press Journal, Mumbai )
Pakistan satisfied with Singh- Zardari meeting in Russia, but the
country’s establishment has raised the Kashmir issue again. Dr Manmohan
Singh, while agreeing to continue dialogue with Pakistan had
categorically said that the focus should only be on terrorism
(Sakaal, Marathi, Pune / Mumbai)
DNA editorial on Political Gentlemanliness
Summary : DNA, Mumbai editorial ‘Saying Sorry’ has commended both
Dr. Manmohan Singh and Mr. L K Advani for showing to the world that they
are gentlemen of the old school. This exchange of apologies should serve
as a good example for our politicians. Ideological differences need not
necessarily lead to personal attacks.
Indian politicians do
not really say sorry even when they have to. They feel that an apology
amounts to loss of face.
Prime minister Manmohan Singh and leader of opposition LK Advani , by
saying sorry to each other showed that both are gentlemen of the old
school, given to courtesies. It was uncharacteristic of them to have
turned pugilistic in the first place.
Each in his own way, Singh and Advani, bring a more suave style to the
business of politics. If it is the scholar's gentleness that shines
through with Singh, it is the-man-with-more-than-political-interests
that define Advani. So their style of doing politics is not exactly that
of the so-called hard boiled politician.
In these days of hard
media sell, there is a feeling that there has to be something noisy and
nasty if it is to become interesting. It is a battle for political TRPs
and possibly, Singh and Advani might have been pushed into it much
against their own inclination.
Neither Singh nor Advani are part of the TV-shouting brigade though they
are no less men of conviction for it. By expressing regret for what they
had said to each other, they showed that they indeed belonged to a
This exchange of apologies should serve as a good example to some of the
newer recruits to politics that ideological differences do not
necessarily have to lead to personal attacks. Hopefully it will also
mean a more courteous atmosphere in Parliament where standards of
debates and discussions have been plummeting in recent years.
Reservation Bill facing hurdles
Recently, Prime Minster Manmohan Singh was
taken aback when journalists accosted him in Parliament for his reaction
about JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav’s threat to consume poison if the
Women’s Reservation Bill was passed. Mr. Singh stood quiet for a minute
and, recovering his composure, just smiled and walked away without
giving an answer. UPA chief Sonia Gandhi had no answer either when she
was asked how the bill would be passed except to say that they would
The Women’s Reservation Bill has been a controversial political issue
triggering heated debates in Parliament and outside for the past 13
years. It is a long story since the then Prime Minister Deve Gowda
introduced it in 1996 in Parliament. Since then, a solution has eluded
it. It was re-introduced in June 1998 and again in November 1999 but
nothing happened. In 2004, the UPA made it a part of its common Minimum
programme but opposition from SP, RJD and JD(U) stalled it. To save
face, the Government just introduced the bill in the Rajya Sabha in 2008
and referred it to a standing committee headed by Nachiappan. In 2009,
the Congress party made in election promise. While the supporters of the
bill try to sell it as a political stunt to woo women voters, its
opponents continue to stall it by describing it as an elitist measure.
( Free Press Journal )
Starting this session, nine out of every 10 seats in Maharashtra’s
junior colleges will be reserved for students of the state board (SSC).
That would leave students of CBSE, ICSE and other boards eligible to
compete for just 10 per cent of the seats.
The government finalized the decision on Thursday. A government
resolution would be issued and the decision would come into effect from
the current academic year ( 2009-10), school education minister
Radhakrishnan Vikhe Patil told The Indian Express.) ( Mumbai Newsline
CBI raids Padamisinh Patil’s flats, seizes arms
The CBI on Thursday raided two flats in Colaba reportedly belonging
to NCP MP Padamsinh Patil who has been arrested in connection with the
murder of Congress leader Pawanraje Nimbalkar.
A source said several “highly incriminatory” documents relating to the
murder as well as the financial fraud in the Terna co-operative sugar
factory in Osmanabad were seized. Unaccounted for cash, to the tune of
Rs.7.26 lakh, was also seized. Documents referring to social activist
Anna Hazare were also found in the flats.
( Times of India )
Won’t shift new airport site: State
The State government is not keen to shift the site for the new
airport near Navi Mumbai.
A day after Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh wrote Chief Minister
Ashok Chavan to consider shifting the site of the new airport, as it
could cause “irreparable damage” to coastal ecology, state government
officials said scouting for an alternative site would not be ‘viable at
Chavan is expected to reply to Ramesh by Friday, apprising him of
approvals taken for the project.
The letter is also expected to point out that the City and
Industrial Development Corporation has already acquired 77 per cent of
land required for the airport planned across 2,053 hectares.
( Hindustan Times)
Suspected Swine flu case in Vidarbha
A suspected case in swine flu is found in Nagpur. The patient has
been admitted in Nagpur Medical College and Hospital. A resident of
Akola the patient has flew from USA to New Delhi recently. Meanwhile two
more suspected cases of swine flu are spotted in Pune.