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Omer Abdulla says he prefers to go to pakisthan than to stop criticising Modi

Written By Kvartha People on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 | 1:16 PM

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said on Monday that he would “prefer to go to Pakistan” than stop criticising the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

Addressing an election rally in Anantnag district, he said, “I will prefer to go to Pakistan than stop criticising Modi… Thanks to the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus, I won’t have to go to New Delhi. I can board the bus from here only.”
He was reacting to Bihar BJP leader Giriraj Singh’s statement that there is “no place” for those who “want to stop” Modi and “their place will be in Pakistan”.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said on Monday that he would “prefer to go to Pakistan” than stop criticising the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

Addressing an election rally in Anantnag district, he said, “I will prefer to go to Pakistan than stop criticising Modi… Thanks to the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus, I won’t have to go to New Delhi. I can board the bus from here only.”

He was reacting to Bihar BJP leader Giriraj Singh’s statement that there is “no place” for those who “want to stop” Modi and “their place will be in Pakistan”.

Union minister Farooq Abdullah said the BJP wants to create “a new Pakistan”. Speaking to the media in Chadoora, he said, “This is the mindset of the BJP… It is this mindset that created Pakistan. Now they want to create a new Pakistan”.

Farooq said, “The statement that all Modi opponents are Pakistansupporters reflects the poison and venom that dictates the policies of BJP and Modi… I think this is dirty thinking and you should oppose it as much as you can. If they (BJP) continue with this mindset, it will be difficult for them to save India”
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Modi says to disapprove irresponsible statements

BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Tuesday expressed his disapproval over “irresponsible” statements being made by those claiming to be the party’s well wishers.

“I disapprove any such irresponsible statement & appeal to those making them to kindly refrain from doing so,” Mr. Modi tweeted.

The leader’s reaction comes after VHP leader Pravin Togadia and party leaderGiriraj Singh’s reported hate speeches.

Mr. Modi said that with great happiness, the entire nation is looking towards the Bharatiya Janata Party for going to people solely on the issues of good governance and development.

“Petty statements by those claiming to be BJP’s well wishers are deviating the campaign from the issues of development & good governance,” he wrote without naming the leaders.

Mr. Togadia, who reportedly said Muslims should be thrown out of Hindu areas, had Monday triggered a controversy.

Bihar leader of the party, Mr. Singh, during an election rally in Deogarh, Jharkhand, had last week said those opposing Mr. Modi are looking at Pakistan, and such people will have no place in India but in Pakistan.
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CBI to question Hindalco chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla

Written By Kvartha People on Monday, April 21, 2014 | 10:45 PM

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will later this week question Hindalco chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla in the coal block allocation scam.

The agency had registered a case naming Birla along with PC Parakh and unknown officials of Hindalco and coal ministry last year under various sections pertaining to criminal conspiracy and corruption for alleged irregularities in the allocation of two coal blocks nine years back.

Immediately after filing an FIR with the court, the CBI had conducted searches at various places in the country. The CBI move was criticized by India Inc and former bureaucrats.

The agency had last month sent a questionnaire to Nair, Advisor to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who in return sent replies to the CBI. The questions included those on coal policy and allocation of coal blocks when the Prime Minister was in charge of the Coal ministry between 2006 and 2009.

The replies of Nair were sought on delay in auctioning of coal blocks, missing coal files and events leading to the Talabira coal block being given to Hindalco in which Parakh and Birla, Chairman of Aditya Birla Group, have been named. Nair, according to the sources, had responded on lines similar to the one made by Singh in Parliament in which he had defended the coal blocks allocation and rejected charges of wrong doing.
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"The lady in Tamil nadu is better than Modi"

 Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa wound up her 51-day campaign in the Chennai saying, “The lady in Tamil Nadu is better than Modi in Gujarat in governance”

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa on Monday wound up her 51-day campaign across 40 Lok Sabha constituencies in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry during which she exhorted the people to vote for her party in the April 24, 2014 polls and make it part of the next government at the Centre.

Ending her campaign in the city on the eve of deadline for electioneering, she signed off by claiming, “The lady in Tamil Nadu is better than Modi in Gujarat in governance.”

Reeling out data on various parameters to buttress her stand that Tamil Nadu was ahead of Gujarat, she asked the electorate who was the better administrator, “Gujarat’s Modiyaa or Tamil Nadu’s intha ladyaa (Gujarat’s Modi or this lady)?” to a thunderous applause and asserted it was she who gave the best governance.

The AIADMK supremo also attacked the DMK and the Congress on various issues, especiallycorruption.

Ms. Jayalalithaa has visited all the 39 constituencies in the State and the lone seat in neighbouring Puducherry since March 3 appealing the voters to prefer only AIADMK nominees.

At today’s rally in Chennai, she rejected the DMK’s accusation that her government had not delivered on the promises made in the 2011 manifesto, saying a majority of the assurances had been implemented and even the remaining would be fulfilled in the next two years.

“When the DMK had not fulfilled its promises made in 2009 polls, the party is trying to cheat you by making promises again,” she said.

She claimed the DMK was “playing second fiddle” to the Congress even now out of “fear” of further the CBI action against party leaders.

Alleging that the DMK leader M.K. Stalin’s family was using a Hummer that was “illegally imported,” she said the CBI conducted a raid against him after the party withdrew its support to the Congress-led UPA.

However, the issue was put on the backburner as the Congress felt that the DMK will help it some time, she said.

“Now, it is being said that the car has been conditionally returned. Karunanidhi and Stalin must answer on this,” she added
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RCB win over Mumbai Indians

Written By Kvartha People on Saturday, April 19, 2014 | 10:03 PM

After restricting Mumbai Indians to a modest 115 for nine, RCB cantered to their second successive win in the tournament in 17.3 overs.

RCB though had a shaky start when left-handed opener Nic Maddinson was cleaned up by pacer Lasith Malinga with only 16 runs on the board and Zaheer Khan wreaked havoc in the very next over with two wickets.

The left-arm pacer sent skipper Virat Kohli for a duck and trapped Sharjah hero Yuvraj Singh lbw for nought in the space of three deliveries.

Wicketkeeper Aditya Tare though ruined Zaheer’s hat-trick chance when he dropped Yuvraj on the very next ball after Kohli’s dismissal.

But Mumbai’s cheer was shortlived as Parthiv Patel and AB de Villiers soon got a grip of the situation to stitch a 99-run unbeaten partnership.

Parthiv mixed the right dose of caution and aggression to score an unbeaten 57 off 45 deliveries. His innings was laced with seven boundaries.

De Villiers at the other end played the sheet-anchor’s role to perfection, making an unbeaten 48-ball 45 with the help of three fours and two sixes.

Earlier put into bat, Mumbai batsmen failed to counter the clinical bowling display by the RCB attack. The Mumbai openers started on a decent note but soon lost the plot against the RCB pacers.

South African pacer Albie Morkel drew first blood after scalping Mike Hussey for 16 in the 4th over of the innings.

Tare also couldn’t last long as pacer Varun Aaron induced a top-edge from the batsman which landed in the safe hands of Maddinson in the deep.

Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal then bowled a magnificent spell to bag two quick wickets, giving away just 17 runs in his quota of 4 overs.

Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma (2) was a prized scalp for the Haryana tweaker and soon the big-hitting Kieron Pollard also fell to his guile.

Ambati Rayudu and Corey Anderson then tried to stem the rot, stitching together a 31-run fifth-wicket partnership, but Mitchell Starc sent the two batsmen back in the dug-out in his third over to choke MI.

Rayudu was caught at long off for a fighting 35 as De Villiers took his second catch while Anderson followed him soon after to give Starc a hat-trick chance.

The Australian left-arm pacer did not get the hat-trick but ended with impressive figures of 2/21.

Ashok Dinda joined the party when he packed Zaheer back for a duck and Mumbai slipped further.
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BJP denies Jeelani claim over Kashmir issue

The Kashmiri separatist leader had on Friday claimed that two emissaries of BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi had approached him for a meeting with him on the Kashmir issue

The Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday demanded an apology from Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani for his claims that its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi had sent emissaries to meet him on the Kashmir issue.

Rejecting Mr. Geelani’s claims as “baseless and mischievous”, BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said no representative of the Gujarat Chief Minister has ever met the separatist leader.

“We would like to demand from Geelani that he must apologise for making this false and unfounded statement,” Mr. Prasad told reporters here.

Mr. Geelani had on Friday claimed that two emissaries of Mr. Modi had approached him on March 22 for a meeting with him while he was in Delhi for treatment. The separatist leader said he rejected the offer citing Mr. Modi’s RSS background.

“The BJP would like to emphasise that the said claim is totally baseless, unfounded, mischievous, malicious and full of prejudices against the BJP. We would like to highlight very clearly and categorically and with full sense of responsibility that no representative of Modi has ever met Geelani,” he said.

Mr. Prasad said, “The BJP firmly believes Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and the BJP is committed to development of J&K where good governance is the biggest casualty and where corruption has led to loss of development and progress.

“People of the state need a corruption free administration. Young people need jobs, need development, good governance. But getting these fundamental issues addressed, separatist leaders tried to cloud the aspiration of youth,” he said.

He said, “BJP strongly condemns it and reiterates that J&K is an integral part of India. BJP is firmly committed to the development of the state.
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Sonia says democracy no safe in the hands of one man

Written By Kvartha People on Friday, April 18, 2014 | 11:31 PM

Without naming BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Ms. Gandhi cautioned the people that no democracy could be safe in the hands of one man.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday launched another scathing attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), saying that the saffron party’s acts were threatening the democratic fabric of the country.

Addressing a rally at Bhatgaon town in Sarguja Lok Sabha constituency, she said: “The BJP is crossing all the limits to capture power in this election. Their behaviour is extremely dangerous for the democratic set-up in our country. Elections will come and go, but the way they are doing things and lying to the people of this country, will hamper democracy.”

Without naming BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Ms. Gandhi cautioned the people that no democracy could be safe in the hands of one man.

Applauding the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government for “taking decisions for the betterment of all the sections of the society," the UPA chairperson also claimed that no other government had done the welfare work which the Congress party did in its tenure.

Criticising Chhattisgarh’s BJP government, Ms. Gandhi said it had failed to protect the people of the State despite the Centre providing all possible assistance.

“We never saw which State is ruled by which party. The Central government provided help to all the States without any discrimination. The Central government provided thousands of crores of rupees to the State government but it did not utilise the funds for the people of the State,” Ms. Gandhi asserted.

The Congress president also questioned why the people of Chhattisgarh had to migrate to other States when the Central government provided crores of rupees to the State for works under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.

“We brought the Land Acquisition Act to protect Tribals from land displacement, but in Chhattisgarh, the Tribals’ land is being snatched. The State government is not giving the rights to the Tribals,” she told the gathering
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Modi says Mulayam is soft on rapists

Mulayam goes soft when a tough stand is required.."Netaji failed miserably in helping the kin of victims of Muzaffarnagar riots," Modi told a rally in Etawah.

Training his guns on Mulayam Singh in his home district Etawah on Friday, BJPprime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi scorned the Samajwadi Party supremo for being (Mulayam) soft on 'rapists' but harsh on riot survivors living in relief camps in Muzaffarnagar.

"Our Netaji has a problem. (Instances) where he is required to be soft, he is harsh and tough. And where he is supposed to be tough, he turns out to be soft. If anyone rapes our daughters, we must be tough, but Netaji is soft on the rapists. There were quami riots (in Muzafarnagar) and children were forced to facehardships in relief camps. Netaji should have been soft on them. But he couldn't do it," Mr. Modi said.

Mr. Modi's word play was a direct reference to the controversy created by the SP chief, who recently remarked that "boys will be boys, they make mistakes," while questioning the death sentence to three men convicted of gang-raping two women in Mumbai last year. The SP has also receivd flak for mismanagement of relief camps in Muzaffarnagar post-riots.

Later addressing a rally in Rural Kanpur, the Gujarat Chief Minister alleged that as "disclosed by atelevision channel," a "big hawala racket" had come to the fore in a recent raid on a meat-exporting company by the IT department, and claimed that "four Union Ministers" were involved in it.

"Four union Ministers are linked with this company in hawala. Even a leader who is close to 10 Janpath (the official residence of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi) is involved," Mr. Modi said while challenging the UPA to come clean on the matter.

Mr. Modi also took at dig at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for considering poverty as an avenue for 'tourism,' a reference to Mr. Gandhi's visits to Dalit hutments in the past.

"Delhi ka Sehzada visits poor households just like tourists visit the Taj Mahal in Agra... (Gandhis) are born with silver spoons in the mouth, we have reached here after toiling and selling tea," Mr. Modi said trying to raise the poverty sentiment.

Predicting a drubbing for the Congress in the general elections, Mr. Modi said the party would not cross double digits (of seats) in even a single state and fail to open its account in many States.

Urging voters to give the BJP "300 seats" for a "strong government" to "change the destiny of the country," Mr. Modi said that judging by the polls conducted so far, it was clear that a new governmentwould be formed at the Centre. He urged voters to uproot dynasty politics from Lucknow and Delhi.
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Search for missing airlines goes deeper

Written By Kvartha People on Monday, April 14, 2014 | 7:02 PM

A US Navy underwater drone will be deployed to scour the floor of the Indian Ocean for a missing Malaysia Airlinesplane, search officials said on Monday, launching a new phase of the operation after nearly six weeks of fruitless searching.

PERTH: Search crews will for the first time send a robotic submarinedeep into the Indian Ocean on Monday to try to determine whether underwater signals detected by sound-locating equipment are from the missing Malaysian jet's black boxes, the leader of the search effort said.

The crew on board the Australian navy's Ocean Shield will launch the unmanned underwater vehicle on Monday evening, said Angus Houston, the head of a joint agency coordinating the search off Australia's west coast. The Bluefin 21 autonomous sub can create a three-dimensional sonar map of the area to chart any debris on the seafloor.

The move comes after crews picked up a series of underwater sounds over the past two weeks that were consistent with an aircraft's black boxes, which contain flight data and cockpit voice recordings. The devices have beacons that emit "pings" so they can be more easily found, but the beacons' batteries last only about a month, and it has been more than a month since the plane vanished.

"We haven't had a single detection in six days, so I guess it's time to go under water," Houston said.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott raised hopes last week when he said authorities were "very confident" the four underwater signals that have been detected are coming from the black boxes on Flight 370, which disappeared March 8 during a flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing.

But Houston warned that while the signals are a promising lead, the public needs to be realistic about the challenges facing search crews, who are contending with an extremely remote, deep patch of ocean - an area he dubbed "new to man."

"I would caution you against raising hopes that the deployment of the autonomous underwater vehicle will result in the detection of the aircraft wreckage. It may not," Houston said. "However, this is the best lead we have, and it must be pursued vigorously. Again, I emphasize that this will be a slow and painstaking process."

The Ocean Shield has been dragging a US Navy device called a towed pinger locator through thewater to listen for any sounds from the black boxes' beacons. Over the past 10 days, theequipment has picked up four separate signals.
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coal secretary's book new blow to PM Manmohan Singh

A new book accuses Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of being weak and unable to stamp out corruption on his watch, the second recent attack by an insider that undermines the Congress party as it seeks re-election despite trailing in opinion polls.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has cast the world's largest ever election as a battle between its dynamic and assertive leader Narendra Modiand the relatively ineffective incumbent premier Manmohan Singh.

That impression was underlined in a book, published on Monday, called "Crusader or Conspirator? Coalgate and Other Truths" by PC Parakh, who retired as coal secretary in 2005.

It said Singh's inability to take on vested interests led to the so-called "Coalgate" scandal, which rocked his premiership.

It was the second book in the last week to portray 81-year-old Singh, Prime Minister since 2004, as a well-intentioned man of high personal integrity but one often unable to assert his authority.
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Maoist target teachers and ambulance

Written By Kvartha People on Sunday, April 13, 2014 | 8:24 PM

Seemingly discarding the constitution of the CPI (Maoist) and a fundamentaltenet of their guerrilla war, Naxals in Chhattisgarh on Saturday targeted teachers, men on medical duty and civilians along with CRPF personnel, killing 14 people in two separate attacks at places over 200 km apart.

Five ‘shiksha karmis’ — the name used for teachers in Bastar — on election duty were killed in one of the attacks.

In the other, Naxals blew up a Sanjivani 108 ambulance, one of a fleet of specially equipped vehicles that have proved effective in reaching medical aid to the poor in remote areas.

Maoists have fired at Sanjivani 108 ambulances in isolated incidents earlier, but have quickly apologised for the “mistake”. They have repeatedly claimed that it was against their constitution to attack medical professionals and teachers.

Saturday’s attacks — both of which were carried out using improvised explosive devices (IEDs) without a shot being fired — mark the biggest ever loss of teachers in an ambush by Maoists, and the first instance of an IED blowing an ambulance to smithereens. Over 10 people were injured in the attacks, and were being treated at a hospital in Raipur.

The first attack took place near Ketulnar in Bijapur district around 11 am. Police said the IED ripped apart a mini bus in which poll officials were returning from duty in Kutru to the district headquarters, carrying polling material. A forest department employee travelling with the five shiksha karmis, and a helper of the mini bus too were killed.

Four of those killed were identified as Sonla Vijay, Yalam Ramchandram, Kursam Shankar and Samayya Jhadi. In a statement, Chhattisgarh Police said, “Nearly 130 polling personnel were moving on foot from Kutru to Godma, accompanied by security personnel. Later, the polling officials boarded four mini buses. While three of the buses passed safely, the last one was caught in an IED.”

As the administration grappled with the enormity of the attack, within an hour came news of an incident in Darbha, the second in that region in the space of a month
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