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Suspected Maoists attack polling personnel in Jharkhand, casualties feared

Written By kom nampultig on Kamis, 24 April 2014 | 08.20

DUMKA, JHARKHAND: Suspected Maoists on Thursday attacked a vehicle carrying polling personnel Asna village in Dumka district, the police said here.

The incident happened near Asna village under Shikaripara police station, the sources said.

Casualties are feared, the sources said, adding that further details are awaited.


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Coal scam: Enforcement Directorate registers money laundering, forex violation case

NEW DELHI: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has registered money laundering cases against those firms which are under the scanner of CBI, including Jindal Steel and Power Limited (JSPL) and Rathi Steel and Power.

ED officials said that post-registration of the cases, the agency has issued directions to its various zonal offices across the country to initiate investigations under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in the financial dealings of the firms which have also been booked by CBI in this case.

During the same investigation, the ED probe will also look into the issue of foreign exchange "contravention" by these firms which have now been asked by the agency to furnish relevant documents.

The firms against whom the cases have been registered include Castron Technologies Ltd, Jharkhand Ispat Private Limited, Pushp Steel and Mining Pvt Ltd, JSPL, RSPL, Grace Industries, Jharkhand Ispat, Green Infrastructure, Hindalco, BLA Industries and Nav Bharat Power Private Limited.

The agency, according to sources, has taken cognizance of the over 17 FIRs filed by CBI in this case and it will investigate if these firms laundered illegal money and generated "proceeds of crime" in the entire process of coal allocation.

The probe by both the agencies in this case is being monitored by the Supreme Court.

CBI registered the FIRs after it conducted three preliminary enquiries related to coal block allocations between 2006 and 2009, 1993 and 2004 and projects given under a government scheme.

According to the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), an estimated loss of Rs 1.86 lakh crores was caused to the national exchequer in the coal block allocation scam.


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Sonia betrayed country by not becoming PM in 2004: Rajnath

KATHLAL: BJP president Rajnath Singh on Thursday accused Congress president Sonia Gandhi of "betraying the country" by not taking up the post of the Prime Minister in 2004.

"In 2004, Congress got majority, but Sonia Gandhi did not become the Prime Minister. Is this not a betrayal?" Singh said at a campaign rally at Kathlal in Kheda district.

"Manmohan Singh's (former) media advisor Sanjaya Baru has written a book called 'Accidental Prime Minister'. Manmohan Singh is an accidental Prime Minister. He (Baru) has categorically written that the Centre was not being run by Prime Minister, but it was being run from 10 Janpath (Sonia Gandhi's residence)," Singh said.

"Sonia is super PM who is running this government." The BJP chief also took a dig at Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra, saying "we have witnessed many corruption scams.... 2G, 3G, CWG and Jijaji (borther-in-law)".

"When somebody asked Pandit (Jawaharlal) Nehru if India will ever become strong, he replied that we are engaged in 'rashtra-nirman' (nation-building). Even today we are seeing advertisements of Bharat-Nirman by Congress. How long will this Bharat-Nirman continue?" Singh asked.

"There was a time when Indira Gandhi used to say that Jan Sangh (predecessor of BJP) was trying to oust her when she was trying to oust poverty. Indiraji wanted to remove poverty, but to the date poverty hasn't been removed."

He also alleged that Congress had not fulfilled any promise it made.


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90 more candidates qualified for Civil Services 2012

NEW DELHI: As many as 90 candidates, who were put on a reserved list, have been declared qualified for Civil Services Examination, 2012 by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

998 candidates were declared qualified by the UPSC for the 2012 examination in order of merit for appointment to IAS, IFS, IPS and other central services, as against 1,091 vacancies, results of which were declared in May last year.

The Commission, in accordance with Civil Services Examination Rules, was also maintaining a consolidated reserve list in order of merit below the last recommended candidate under the respective categories.

As sought by the Department of Personnel & Training, the UPSC has now recommended 90 candidates which include 67 General, 22 Other Backward Class (OBC) and one Scheduled Tribe (ST), to fill up the remaining posts based on the Civil Services Examination, 2012, a release issued today by the government said.

A list of these candidates is available on the UPSC website — www.upsc.gov.in.

"The recommended candidates will be communicated directly by the DoPT," it said.

Of the 998 successful candidates — 753 male and 245 female — 457 were in General (including 23 physically challenged) category, 295 OBC (including nine Physically challenged), 169 SCs (including two physically challenged) and 77 STs.

There were 1,091 advertised vacancies — 550 General, 295 OBC, 169 SCs and 77 STs — for Civil Service Examination 2012.

UPSC conducts Civil Services Examination to select candidates for prestigious Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) among others.

The Civil Services Examination is conducted in three stages — preliminary, main and interview.


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Suspected Maoists attack polling personnel in Jharkhand, casualties feared

DUMKA, JHARKHAND: Suspected Maoists on Thursday attacked a vehicle carrying polling personnel Asna village in Dumka district, the police said here.

The incident happened near Asna village under Shikaripara police station, the sources said.

Casualties are feared, the sources said, adding that further details are awaited.


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Hate speech: BJP leader Giriraj Singh to surrender before court tomorrow

Written By kom nampultig on Rabu, 23 April 2014 | 08.20

PATNA: Facing arrest for his controversial statements, senior BJP leader Giriraj Singh on Wednesday said he will surrender before the court on Thursday but did not say whether he would do so in Jharkhand or Bihar.

"I will surrender before court tomorrow... I have respect for law, judiciary and the Election Commission," he said.

When asked, he said, "I will not reveal where I will surrender."

Three FIRs — two at Deogarh and Bokaro in Jharkhand and one in Patna — were lodged against him at the behest of the Election Commission, which has barred him from campaigning in the two states in the wake of his April 18 controversial remarks that those opposing BJP PM nominee Narendra Modi should go to Pakistan, and that the Centre was giving subsidy for export of beef while taxing those who reared cows.

The third FIR was lodged at the Airport police station here two days ago for repeating the same remarks publicly on April 20. Patna district administration had issued notice to Singh and sought his reply within 24 hours, which he did after expiry of the deadline.

The city police have confirmed that a police team from Jharkhand led by an officer of the rank of deputy superintendent of police is on its way here to arrest Singh in compliance with a non-bailable warrant issued by a court there.

"We will extend all cooperation to them (Jharkhand police)," city superintendent of police Jayant Kant said.

Singh said he was aware that a police team from Jharkhand armed with arrest warrant against him had left for Patna.

Singh, a former minister in the Nitish Kumar government who contested on BJP ticket from Nawada on April 10, alleged he was singled out for punishment though a number of leaders from various political parties like Azam Khan (SP), Shazia Ilmi and Prashant Bhushan (AAP), Akbaruddin Owaisi (AIMIM) were "going around scot-free" despite their controversial remarks.

Singh's statements had provoked outrage from various political quarters, including his own party.


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EC issues fresh show-cause notice to UP minister Azam Khan

NEW DELHI: Expressing "deep concern", the Election Commission on Wednesday issued a fresh show-cause notice to Uttar Pradesh minister Mohd Azam Khan for reportedly making objectionable remarks against it and circumventing a ban imposed on him from campaigning in the state.

The show-cause notice was issued to the senior Samajwadi Party leader days after the poll body banned him from campaigning in the state following his controversial 'Kargil' remarks.

He has been asked to respond to the charges by Friday evening, failing which the EC will take a decision without further reference to him.

The EC said it has noted with "deep concern" that despite the ban, Khan "persistently, continuously and wilfully" continued to violate the model code of conduct.

It said the UP minister made provocative statements which can aggravate existing differences and create mutual hatred between communities at Sambhal, Rampur and Bijnor on April nine and ten.

"...the Commission has received further reports/complaints that instead of complying with the EC Order, dated April 11, 2014 in right spirit, you made attempts to circumvent the said directions given in the aforesaid order by making an objectionable remark about ECI during a TV interview...on 13.04.2014 and by getting your objectionable speech read over by one of your party workers, in a recently held election meeting dated April 14, 2014 of Mulayam Singh Yadav," the EC notice said.

It said Khan has made "totally baseless and scurrilous allegations" against the Election Commission.

It noted that prima facie he has violated various provisions of the model code of conduct.


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Court summons Kejriwal, Sisodia and Yadav in defamation case

NEW DELHI: Delhi's former chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and two other AAP leaders have been summoned as accused by a court here in a criminal defamation complaint filed against them by an advocate.

Metropolitan magistrate Muneesh Garg directed Kejriwal, AAP leaders Manish Sisodia and Yogendra Yadav to appear before it on June 4 in the matter.

"Accused persons namely Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia and Yogender Yadav are summoned for offence punishable under Sections 499/500/34 (defamation and common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.

"Be listed on June 4, 2014 for appearance of accused persons," the court said on the complaint of advocate Surender Kumar Sharma

"In the totality of facts and circumstances, considering the deposition of complainant and other evidence on record, I find prima facie material to summon the accused persons for offence under Sections 499/500/34 IPC.

"The press release published in newspapers as well as testimonies of witnesses reflect that defamatory remarks were published in the newspaper which affected the reputation of complainant in the society and lowered his reputation in the eyes of other members of the society," the magistrate said.

The court, however, rejected the complainant's plea that AAP leaders had conspired and cheated him, saying in the absence of the very element of deception, there was no prima facie material against any of the accused for the offence of cheating and criminal conspiracy.

The advocate had alleged that in 2013 he was approached by volunteers of AAP who asked him to contest Lok Sabha election on party ticket as Kejriwal was pleased with his social services.

He filled up the application form for contesting on AAP ticket and was later on told by Sisodia and Yadav that the Political Affairs Committee of the party had decided to give him the ticket.

He started his political campaign and incurred expenses of about five lakhs on the campaign, the complaint alleged.


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EC issues fresh show-cause notice to UP minister Azam Khan

NEW DELHI: Expressing "deep concern", the Election Commission on Wednesday issued a fresh show-cause notice to Uttar Pradesh minister Mohd Azam Khan for reportedly making objectionable remarks against it and circumventing a ban imposed on him from campaigning in the state.

The show-cause notice was issued to the senior Samajwadi Party leader days after the poll body banned him from campaigning in the state following his controversial 'Kargil' remarks.

He has been asked to respond to the charges by Friday evening, failing which the EC will take a decision without further reference to him.

The EC said it has noted with "deep concern" that despite the ban, Khan "persistently, continuously and wilfully" continued to violate the model code of conduct.

It said the UP minister made provocative statements which can aggravate existing differences and create mutual hatred between communities at Sambhal, Rampur and Bijnor on April nine and ten.

"...the Commission has received further reports/complaints that instead of complying with the EC Order, dated April 11, 2014 in right spirit, you made attempts to circumvent the said directions given in the aforesaid order by making an objectionable remark about ECI during a TV interview...on 13.04.2014 and by getting your objectionable speech read over by one of your party workers, in a recently held election meeting dated April 14, 2014 of Mulayam Singh Yadav," the EC notice said.

It said Khan has made "totally baseless and scurrilous allegations" against the Election Commission.

It noted that prima facie he has violated various provisions of the model code of conduct.


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Hate speech: BJP leader Giriraj Singh to surrender before court tomorrow

PATNA: Facing arrest for his controversial statements, senior BJP leader Giriraj Singh on Wednesday said he will surrender before the court on Thursday but did not say whether he would do so in Jharkhand or Bihar.

"I will surrender before court tomorrow... I have respect for law, judiciary and the Election Commission," he said.

When asked, he said, "I will not reveal where I will surrender."

Three FIRs — two at Deogarh and Bokaro in Jharkhand and one in Patna — were lodged against him at the behest of the Election Commission, which has barred him from campaigning in the two states in the wake of his April 18 controversial remarks that those opposing BJP PM nominee Narendra Modi should go to Pakistan, and that the Centre was giving subsidy for export of beef while taxing those who reared cows.

The third FIR was lodged at the Airport police station here two days ago for repeating the same remarks publicly on April 20. Patna district administration had issued notice to Singh and sought his reply within 24 hours, which he did after expiry of the deadline.

The city police have confirmed that a police team from Jharkhand led by an officer of the rank of deputy superintendent of police is on its way here to arrest Singh in compliance with a non-bailable warrant issued by a court there.

"We will extend all cooperation to them (Jharkhand police)," city superintendent of police Jayant Kant said.

Singh said he was aware that a police team from Jharkhand armed with arrest warrant against him had left for Patna.

Singh, a former minister in the Nitish Kumar government who contested on BJP ticket from Nawada on April 10, alleged he was singled out for punishment though a number of leaders from various political parties like Azam Khan (SP), Shazia Ilmi and Prashant Bhushan (AAP), Akbaruddin Owaisi (AIMIM) were "going around scot-free" despite their controversial remarks.

Singh's statements had provoked outrage from various political quarters, including his own party.


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