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Friday, March 1, 2013

Violence marks 100 hr BTAD bandh in Assam

Normal life was paralysed and sporadic incidents of violence were reported in Bodoland Territorial Administered Districts (BTAD) today following a 100-hr bandh called by Peoples' Joint Action Committee for Bodoland Movement.

The bandh has been called by Peoples' Joint Action Committee for Bodoland to demand talks with NDFB(P) at the political level with the Union Home Minister and also to press for a separate Bodoland.

An unidentified body was recovered from Bagansali area under Kokrajhar police station while bandh supporters set ablaze a motorcycle in Kokrajhar town, official sources said.

The bandh, which began last midnight, disrupted normal life with all shops, business and commercial establishments educational institutions and markets remaining closed.

Vehicles, too, remained off the road but trains operated as per schedule, sources said.

Security has been tightened throughout BTAD with patrolling intensified in vulnerable areas.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Nokia Lumia 800 gets a another price cut, now retailing for Rs. 18,867

After we saw price reductions for the LG Optimus 4X HD and the HTC One S and Desire V this month, Nokia has slashed the price of its Lumia 800 for a second time and it is now retailing for Rs. 18,867 with online portal Saholic.

The Windows phone device was initially launched in November 2011 alongside the Lumia 710 and was introduced in the country a month later. The device was criticised for being over-priced.

The smartphone, which was positioned as Nokia's flagship Windows Phone device, also faced some software glitches post launch, though the impact was minimal in India. The Lumia 800 received its first price cut in March this year and was made available for Rs. 23,790.

The Lumia 800 features a premium polycarbonate uni-body design, a 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 512 MB RAM, a Clear Black AMOLED display with a WVGA resolution of 800x480 and an 8MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics.  The phone also features 16GB of internal storage as well as a unique curved glass display. The device runs on Windows Phone 7.5 and is expected to receive a Windows Phone 7.8 update soon.

The company announced a software update for the Lumia 800 in June that enabled users to share their 3G data connection over Wi-Fi with up to five other devices. It also brought flip-to-silence, that allowed users to turn their phone face down to mute all incoming phone calls and alerts.

In July, the Finnish handset maker launched The Dark Knight Rises limited edition Lumia 800 in the country.The device came with exclusive trailers, wallpapers, movie information, ringtones, and a game in which users could defend Gotham City.

Nokia recently launched the Lumia 510 in India, which is "the cheapest Lumia device in the world", expectedly priced at less than Rs. 11,000. It is a successor to the Lumia 610 that was announced in July this year that was priced at Rs. 12,999.

Nokia Lumia 800 key specifications
  • Windows Phone 7.5
  • 3.7-inch curved WVGA AMOLED display
  • 1.4GHz single core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 512MB RAM
  • 8MP autofocuscamera with Carl Zeiss optics
  • 16GB internal storage
  • No microSD slot
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 

Friday, August 10, 2012

India committed to Teesta treaty, land accord with Bangladesh

India has assured Bangladesh that agreements on the Teesta Water Treaty and demarcation of land boundaries will soon become a reality.

This assurance was given to Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina by Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh who visited that country early this week.

“Of course, there were concerns on Teesta and land boundary agreement that were raised by Bangladesh and I reassured the Prime Minister that our government is committed to both these agreements becoming a reality soon,” the Minister told PTI.

On Teesta river treaty, which has been put on hold after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed some reservations, Mr. Ramesh said he has assured Hasina that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh “is in touch with the West Bengal Chief Minister” to address the concerns raised by her.

“We are working with the West Bengal Chief Minister to address their concerns. We recognise the importance of the Teesta and Land Boundary Agreements,” he said.

On the Land Boundary Agreement, he said, “We are hoping that we will be able to introduce the Constitutional Amendment Bill” in the current session of Parliament.

The Indian government has to get the agreement ratified by Parliament before implementing it as it involves exchange of land.

At a meeting between Foreign Secretaries of the two countries here last month, Bangladesh had conveyed its unhappiness about non-implementation of the land boundary agreement.

Bangladesh had also raised the issue of Teesta water-sharing which could not be signed last year because of strong opposition by UPA constituent Trinamool Congress.

The agreement on demarcation of the border and exchange of enclaves, over which the two sides had reached an accord in 1974, will cover 111 enclaves in India and 51 on the other side in which about 51,000 people reside.

The people in the enclaves will be given the right to continue to reside there itself or choose the country of residence, it is learnt.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Anna backs Bedi, says ‘Gang of Four' defaming his team

Anna Hazare on Monday accused the government of attempting to “defame” Kiran Bedi, and alleged that a “Gang of Four” within the Congress was attempting to break up his team of anti-corruption activists.

In his first reaction since The Indian Express published, four days ago, details of how Bedi bought discounted airline tickets but submitted inflated invoices to claim full fare and, at times, Business Class reimbursement, Hazare wrote on his blog that people accusing Bedi “of being involved in air-travel corruption” are actually opposed to the Jan Lokpal Bill.

Bedi has “time and again made it clear that if she has used the money for the benefit of her family then the government should take help of one of its inquiry agencies and if found guilty should take stringent actions against her”, Hazare wrote in his post, titled ‘Rise and fight against Gang of Four!’.

“But the government doesn’t seem forthcoming in taking such a step. To accuse and humiliate seems to be the mantra of the few. This is not the first time that such accusations have been leveled against Kiran Bedi. Every member of `Team Anna’ had to face accusations and character assassination by the ‘gang of four’. Who are these people? Those are the very same people who are not in favor of Janlokpal Bill.”

The Gang of Four, Hazare said, had accused Shanti Bhushan and Prashant Bhushan “on the CD issue” with the intention of spreading “dissension in Team Anna” and “misconceptions among people”. They were responsible, he said, for lathicharging women and children at Baba Ramdev’s rally, for arresting him before his proposed fast, for leveling allegations against Justice Santosh Hegde, and for the slipper attack on Arvind Kejriwal.

“Why do people stoop to so such low level? They have their own reasons. They are afraid if Janlokpal Bill is passed they will be stripped off their power. They will no longer be able to take bribe. Hence under any circumstances they will see to it that the Janlokpal Bill as a law does not come into existence. They will keep blaming Team Anna so they can go on doing corruption,” Hazare wrote.

He did not clarify who the ‘Gang of Four’ were.

However, the “righteous” were in a majority in the government, Hazare said, and hoped they would ultimately prevail over the “gang”, whom he likened to “goons”.

“The number of Ministers who are opposing Janlokpal Bill in Cabinet is handful. It is similar to a village where there are 2 to 4 goons who hold the entire village to ransom. In government there is a majority of people who are righteous but can’t go against these ruffians. Leaving aside these specific 4 to 6 people no one points a finger at us,” he wrote.

Hazare announced he would write to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asking that the “draft for the Janlokpal Bill to be passed should be put on the internet”. If the Bill is not passed in winter session, Hazare said, he would tour the states going to polls. He asked people to write to PM and Sonia Gandhi demanding the Jan Lokpal — “from all over India 35 to 40 lakh resolutions should reach the government”.


Friday, July 29, 2011

Hasan Ali wife goes before ED after HC order

The Bombay High Court on Thursday directed Reema Khan, the wife of Hasan Ali Khan, to appear before Enforcement Directorate for questioning. Later in the day, Khan appeared before the agency. She has also been asked to appear for questioning on August 1, August 3 and August 5. The court has also directed the ED to issue a notice to Khan if further investigation was required.

The court was responding to a petition filed by Khan for quashing proceedings initiated against her under Prevention of Money Laundering Act. “Since the Supreme Court is presently monitoring the investigations, no relief can be granted,” the judges noted.

Reema’s counsel Ishwariprasad Bagaria contended that the alleged offences were said to have been committed before 2000, when Khan had not married Hasan Ali. Bagaria also argued that since an SIT was being formed for investigating the money laundering case, Khan need not appear before the ED. However, the HC asked, “But has the SIT actually taken over the case? The order of the apex court might be there, but it has not been implemented as yet.”


Friday, May 6, 2011

2G scam: Kanimozhi seeks bail before court, blames A Raja for conspiracy

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi's daughter and DMK MP Kanimozhi on Friday appeared before a special court, responding to summons for her alleged involvement in the 2G spectrum scam and sought bail on grounds of being a woman.

43-year-old Kanimozhi appeared along with Kalaignar TV Managing Director Sharad Kumar, another accused in the case. The third accused, Cineyug Films Director Karim Morani, who too had been summoned, however, sought exemption from appearance on medical grounds.

Kanimozhi was accompanied to court by several party leaders, including DMK MP T R Baalu.

Soon after the court proceedings began, senior advocate and former Union Law Minister Ram Jethmalani filed a bail plea on her behalf contending that she "has no role, whatsoever, in the scam."

He contended that apart from having a 20 per cent stake in Kalaignar TV, she does not have any role in running its day-to-day affairs. He also said that the entire conspiracy in the spectrum allocation was done by former telecom minister A Raja.

She is neither a board member nor had attended any board meeting of the channel, said Jethmalani, adding that being a woman she deserves to be granted bail.

"The overt act committed by the company can't be attributed to a person who is a mere shareholder and did not take part in any decision which indicates about her complicity in the case."

"I have not absconded nor interfered with the evidence. I was just summoned and I obeyed court orders. I have no wrong intention and bail is my right. It should be granted," Jethmalani said.

As Jethmalani argued for her, Kanimozhi looked calm and composed. The argument on her bail plea, besides proceedings relating to other accused, who appeared in the court were continuing.

Among those who were present in court was DMK MP and former communications minister A. Raja. Others chargesheeted by the CBI - Raja's personal aide R.K. Chandolia, former telecom secretary Siddhartha Behura and Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Balwa - were also in court.

Karunanidhi's wife Dayalu Ammal was listed as a witness.

Kanimozhi was named co-conspirator along with Sharad Kumar, Morani, and Asif Balwa and Rajiv B. Agarwal of Kusegaon Realty in a supplementary chargesheet. The probe agency says she has a 20 percent stake in the TV venture.

Asif Balwa and Agarwal were also present in court.

Vinod Goenka of Swan Telecom, Sanjay Chandra of Unitech and three officials of Reliance ADAG: Gautam Doshi, Hari Nair and Surendra Pipara are also accused in the case.

Raja, Chandolia, Behura, Shahid Balwa, Asif Balwa, Agarwal, Goenka, Chandra, Doshi, Nair and Pipara are in judicial custody.

The case relates to alleged irregularities in the allocation of airwaves to telecom operators that caused huge losses to the national exchequer.