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  • 1. Visit u at www.indialocal9.blogspot.in Email-indialocal9@gmail.com Inside The Q&A portion of the Prime Minister's Press Conference at the Page .......2 National Media ... Cut power rates in Mumbai like AAP did in Delhi: Congress MP Page .......3 Aam Aadmi Party taking right steps, have long way to go: Anna Hazare INDIA'S LOCAL NEWSPAPER Vol. : 3 Issue : 29 Monday, 20 th to 26 th Jan 2014 RNI No. : MAHENG/2011/38665 Price : Rs.2 Page .......8 Page : 8 MUMBAI: BRIDGING THE HOUSING GAP Mumbai | MHADA has been fulfilling the essential requirement of providing shelter through affordable housing. The Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) was set up with a mission to carry out the works of housing and area development across the state by passing an enactment. MHADA has been synonymous with the creation of good quality but affordably priced housing. The authority’s work touches many lives and gives home seekers the hope of having their own residence one day. The tenements or houses constructed by MHADA are always in high demand, with applications far outstripping the number of flats or plots on offer. A transparent lottery system with applicants present at the venue during the results ensures that MHADA’s reputation and credibility have only been enhanced further over the years. The authority has undertaken many such initiatives with accruing benefits for the common man. There are various advantages that MHADA offers, including carpet area sale, construction quality, clear land title and reasonable prices, which have made it a preferred housing facilitator. Regional boards There are nine regional boards under the jurisdiction of the authority namely- Mumbai Housing and Area Development Board, Mumbai Buildings Repair and Reconstruction Board, Slum Improvement Board, Konkan Board, besides Pune, Nashik, Nagpur, Aurangabad and Amravati are the regional boards. The jurisdiction of Mumbai Housing and area Development Board is limited up to Dahisar and Mulund. The regional board shares the responsibility of works like housing, development of the land, distribution /allotment of tenements or plots, maintenance, transfer of tenancy and lease agreement, and sale of deed i.e. conveyance of societies and other as per the provisions in the authority’s act of 1976 and as per the provision made in regulation in 1981 by the state government (and the changes made from time to time herein). Process followed The tenements/houses constructed by MHADA (Estate Management, Selling, Conveyance, Transfer of tenements) are sold by giving advertisement in the newspaper by inviting applications. After the acceptance of application forms, scrutiny of the forms is done to check the first hand eligibility of the applicant and after that a date is declared through the newspapers f o r t h e l o t t e r y. T h e authority has not appointed any broker or agents to sell the tenements constructed by the Mumbai Housing and area Development B o a r d . To s e l l t h e houses constructed by the boards, it takes help of certain banks to sell and accept the application form from the public at its branches. Changes are made public through advertisements. Evolution The Maharashtra Housing Board formerly called “Bombay Housing Board” had a jurisdiction over the entire state of Maharashtra except Vidharbha region. This body undertook construction of residential buildings under various housing schemes for different sections of the society. The allotment and maintenance of these buildings was being looked after by it. On the reorganization of the state, the Vidharbha Housing Board was established in the year 1960 as a successor body to the erstwhile Madhya Pradesh Housing Board. Its functions were similar to those of the Maharashtra Housing Board, except that it also advanced loan to cooperative housing societies, institutions and local authorities for the construction of houses. The Bombay Buildings Repairs and Reconstruction Board was constituted in 1971. It was created to deal with the problems faced by tenants residing in dilapidated buildings in the Island City of Bombay and undertook its structural repairs and reconstruction, so as to make them structurally sound and safe for habitation. The Maharashtra Slum Improvement Board was constituted in 1974, with an intention to provide basic amenities, such as water taps, drainage, pathways, latrines and streetlights etc. in slums
  • 2. Monday, 20 th to 26 th Jan 2014 Editorial N-power "dependable, clean" energy option Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday said that nuclear energy was a "dependable and clean" option for satisfying the growing energy needs of the country as it looks to achieve rapid economic development. Addressing a public gathering after laying the foundation stone for the 2,800 megawatt nuclear power plant in Gorakhpur village in Fatehabad district of Haryana, Dr Singh said, "A long way has to be covered to meet our growing power demands. Nuclear power is a dependable and clean option". India is among the very few nations which have developed technology to install nuclear power plants. The Rs 23,502 crore project under the Haryana Anu Vidyut Pariyojna will have four units, each of 700MW. In the first phase, 1400MW units will be completed at a cost of Rs 21,000 crore by 2020-21. In his address, Dr Singh stressed on the need for economic progress to ensure better living standards and emphasised the importance of creating job opportunities for the youth. Dr Singh pointed out that the pace of economic development, as had taken place under the UPA regime, could only be maintained if the government increased energy supplies to industries, farmers and the common households. We will have to tap all available resources like hydro, thermal, gas, wind, solar and nuclear energy. At the same time, we will have to ensure that pollution is kept under check. Power generation had increased manifold in the last 10 years and the country now has an installed capacity of 4800 MW of nuclear power. The aim was to generate more than 27,000MW of nuclear power in the next 10 years. About the Gorakhpur plant, half the power produced by it would be allocated to Haryana to enable it to meet the energy demands of the rural and industrial sectors. The people of this region should get the maximum benefit (from the project)... Compensation has been paid by government. An annual royalty will also be given for the next 33 years, touching upon the needs of the local people who might have been affected by the project. As part of the first phase of the project, 8,000 to 10,000 people are expected to get employment. Besides, new avenues of employment will also be generated and priority for these would be given to locals. A hospital and deer and herbal parks are also to come up in Gorakhpur, which is also to benefit from better road connectivity and skill development programmes. A total of 1,503 acres of land was acquired for the plant, out of which the major share of 1,313 acres belongs to Gorakhpur village. The entire land was acquired from 847 families with approximately Rs 450 crore having been paid in compensation. The project, in the pipeline since 2009, had faced resistance from locals and some environmental activists. Principal opposition party INLD, too, had raised safety concerns over the project. Former Army chief Gen (retd) VK Singh, AAP leader Prashant Bhushan and yoga guru Ramdev were among those who had visited Fatehabad to lend support to the anti-nuclear plant campaign. But the landowners eventually accepted the compensation package offered for the land acquisition. Maharashtra government can learn a great lesson from this experience for Navi Mumbai International Airport to acquire land and compensation paid to the affected people. INDIA LOCAL PAGE 2 India completes three polio-free years India on Monday declared itself a polio- diseases. Polio or infantile paralysis, is a viral, free country for the third consecutive year infectious disease which spread from person to without a single new case of the disease and person, primarily via the fecal-oral route. Polio, termed it as a "monumental milestone". "It is which usually infects children under the age of a matter of pride for the nation that not a single five, can be prevented by vaccine and has been case of polio has been detected in the three eliminated in most countries. The disease still years. This is one of India's monumental and causes paralysis and death in some parts of the biggest milestone achieved, through a mas- world including Nigeria, Pakistan and Afganistan. sive and sustained immunisation programme," India succeeded in its drive against polio through Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad. "India intense pulse polio immunisation under the Gloaccounted for half of all the cases of polio bal Polio Eradication Initiative launched in 1988. reported globally in 2009. Under the initiative, over 17 Within four and half years, we his next focus is going to crore children were vaccinated have been able to eradicate on non-communicable in each round of vaccination the crippling disease," Azad dieses, that is cancer, diabe- with the help of 24 lakh vaccisaid adding that 36 months ago tes and cardio-vascular dis- nators. the last case was reported on eases. Polio or infantile paRAHUL GIVES POLIO 13th January 2011 when a ralysis, is a viral, infectious DROP two-year-old girl suffered po- disease which spread from Congress Vice-president lio paralysis in Howrah district person to person, primarily Rahul Gandhi on Monday of West Bengal. 741 cases via the fecal-oral route. joined the polio drop distribuwere reported in 2009, 42 in Polio, which usually infects tion at a Primary Heath Cen2010 and one case in 2011. children under the age of tre at Thuravoor in Alappuzha An official function to cel- five, can be prevented by district and interacted with docebrate the occasion will be vaccine and has been elimi- tors, paramedics and local held on 11th February in nated in most countries. people who thronged to meet which President Pranab him. Gandhi, who arrived to Mukherjee, Prime Minister participate in the "Yuva Kerala Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Yatra" campaign, led by State Youth Congress Gandhi, Leader of the Opposition Sushma President Dean Kuriakose, dropped in at the cenSwaraj and WHO Director General Marga- tre located between Kochi and Alappuzha and ret Chan along with international NGOs will spent about half-an-hour there. When Gandhi be present. On the issue of risks of infection reached there, polio distribution was in progress from neighbouring countries, Azad said "right and he immediately joined the campaign by givfrom the beginning, we have vacing polio drops to a baby. cinating the children coming from The Congress leader also lavRAHUL ished praise on the universal pubPakistan when they would cross TULI the border. There are some lic health care system in Kerala, other neighbouring countries terming it as "one of the best in from where people come here by air and we the country." have already issued advisories a few months "Your health care system is reputed in India back that they will not be allowed to come and outside. What is the secret behind it?," he unless they have been vaccinated in their re- was heard asking hospital authorities. spective countries. He further said his next Gandhi also praised the services rendered by focus is going to on non-communicable dieses, nurses from the state not only in different parts that is cancer, diabetes and cardio-vascular of India but also in many foreign countries.
  • 3. Monday, 20 th to 26 th Jan 2014 INDIA LOCAL PAGE 3 His holiness Syedna’s final journey; lakhs of mourners pay respects Indian Bohra Muslims take part in the funeral procession of their spiritual leader His holiness Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin in Mumbai (AU NN) At 10 am, the funeral procession of Dr Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin began from his Malabar Hill residence here amid tight security arrangements. He is to be buried beside his father at Raudat Ta h e r a M a u s o l e u m i n B h e n d i B a z a r, s o u t h Mumbai. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin led the Namaz-e-Janaza of the late Syedna. As scores kept joining the procession every minute, to get a last glimpse of the spiritual head while it proceeded through Walkeshwar Road in South Mumbai, the route was closed for traffic to allow easy passage. Thousands of people from all walks of life joined hands to form a human chain across the road and bid a tearful adieu to the d e p a r t e d l e a d e r, w h o passed away after a cardiac arrest here Friday. The body of the departed leader was placed in a flower-adorned casket draped with the national flag atop a open vehicle, escorted by policemen, immediate family and com- munity heads. Dawoodi Bohra is a sect of Shia Muslims spread all over the world. One of the key principles of the sect is "patriotism as part of the faith." The 52nd Dai alMutlaq of the worldwide Dawoodi Bohra community was 102. The Syedna was to celebrate his 103rd birthday in a few weeks, a spokesperson of the Bohra community said. The end came at Saifee Mahal, his residence in Malabar Hill in south Mumbai, his media associate Shaikh Qureish Raghib said on Friday. He is succeeded by his second son, Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin. Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin had proclaimed Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin as his successor at a Nass (investiture) in London in 2011. The new Syedna has worked closely with his father and received spiritual guidance from him. Born in Surat, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin had succeeded his father, the late Syedna Taher Saifuddin in 1965 and led the community for nearly five decades. He was cred- ited with transforming Dawoodi Bohras into a vibrant community. Bohras thronged to the Syednas sermons. He was honoured with highest civilian titles like the Star of Jordan and Order of the Nile by the respective governments of Jordan and Egypt. Syedna was conferred Honourary Doctorates for his efforts in social and educational development by renowned institutes like Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Aligarh Muslim University and University of Karachi.
  • 4. Monday, 20 th to 26 th Jan 2014 INDIA LOCAL PAGE 4 'Miss Lovely' review: Dark, devastating universe of porn To aesthetically capture the scummy on screen in all their naked glory is not an easy task. Debutant director Ashim Ahluwalia has achieved a stirring and disturbing synthesis of a documentary-styled narrative on the not-defunct world of horror-porn from the 1980s, and a conventional Hindi film love triangle (two brothers, one girl, tension, tension!). The storytelling is not just unique, it is also extremely disturbing. The characters do not follow the redemptive path from sleaze to atonement. They remain till the end damned, doomed and despicable in their greed to capture female flesh in lascivious close-ups. The lure of the leer is laid out with a brutal directness. The tale is a trap for the compromised. But it`s not a morality tale. The camera space between the characters and the audience is next to non-existent in Ahluwalia`s narrative. And that`s the highest compliment one can pay the film`s cinematographer K.U. Mohanan and co-editors Paresh Kamdar and Ahluwalia who have done their jobs so well they seem non-existent in the scheme of Ahluwalia`s scathing sting operation on human depravity and uncontrollable sexual appetites. There is an unevenness about the narration which perfectly matches the smoky seedy mood of the story. Barring Niharika Singh`s character which epitomizes beauty in the sleazy cesspool, all the actors are captured in grotesque flabby close-ups. Niharika looks aloof and detached from the sleaze. She seems to be playing the title role. But then, deception is the name of the grime. There is nothing pretty or lovely about ‘Miss Lovely’. Penetrating into the horrifically immoral world of horror-porn films in the 1980s, Ahluwalia ex- pends no shame in exposing the characters - the lowlife money-spinners desperate to make a fast buck by shooting a fast f**k in hazy garish light. Scene after scene of cheesy titillation is piled on with little space for narrative niceties. In one sequence, a desperately ambitious starlet is introduced by her mother to a room filled with balding horny businessmen. "My daughter is willing to do anything you`d like," the mother offers helpfully. Elsewhere a flabby woman, clearly past her prime, jiggles her bust for a midget- middleman in the hope of getting a role as the middleman orders her to give him a closer look. Clearly Ahluwalia knows this dark desperate ugly world. He enters it fearlessly and shamelessly. The narrative pulls the characters out of their cheesy lair like cavities from a mouth filled with infected teeth. Emotionally and visually the narrative remains married to the murky until the bitter shocking end. The finale leaves us as sick in the pit of our stomach as the rest of the film . These are characters who belong to the armpit of humanity. You can almost smell their dried sweat. The actors are so real you wonder if they are really actors! The four principal parts are played with disconcerting scrupulousness by Niharika Singh, Anil George, Zeena Bhatia and last but not the `leashed` Nawazuddin Siddiqui who continues to create compelling characters culled from dark desperate corners of the human condition. Nawazuddin`s Sonu Duggal is a curiously untar- nished soul trapped in a world of unmitigated debauchery. His romance with the wannabe starlet Pinky (Niharika Singh) comes to an expectantly sticky tragic end. The bitter rage with which Nawazuddin confronts the betrayal of his innocent love for the girl is more Shakespearean than you`d expect a film of this nature to be. The blend of Ramsay and Shakespeare, of the perversely potent and spiritually impotent, is unparalleled. Loath or love it. But you`ve never seen anything like ‘Miss Lovely’. It builds a world of vicious vices with the raw stock of gritty stark visuals and elemental emotions. The sound design is deliberately hazy, going as it does from Asha Bhosle-R.D. Burman in the opening credits to incidental distant sounds of girls giggling in fake ecstasy and moaning in ersatz pleasure. If we close our eyes we can "see" Ashim Ahluwalia`s world for what it is: a blind alley infested with a cornucopia of debasement. Dark, sinister, sexy, dangerous and devastatingly lurid, the sleazy world of Bollywood`s semi-porn scare-fests in the 1980s is recreated in a scarily new cinematic language. ‘Miss Lovely’ takes Indian cinema to another level. The view may not be pretty but it is unfailingly provocative and exhilarating. This film is not for the squeamish. (AU NN) Sunny Leone credits husband for success Mumbai: From being an adult film actress to creating waves in Bollywood, Sunny Leone has come a long way in the past few years. The Indo-Canadian talent credits her husband Daniel Weber for her success. The duo got married in 2011. "I would have been nothing if Daniel wasn`t by my side," Sunny said during the shooting of ‘Breakfast to Dinner’. She said that at first, “I wanted him to reject me, so I went late for my first date with Daniel." But destiny had other plans for them. Sunny said that she owes her husband, who is also her manager, as he stood beside her through thick and thin. A known name in the world of pornography, Sunny made inroads into Indian entertainment when she par- ticipated in reality show ‘Bigg Boss 5’. Her appearance on the show set the ball rolling for her as far as getting work in Bollywood was concerned. Sunny, whose real name is Karen Malhotra, got her first break with 2012 film ‘Jism 2’. Following that, she was seen in a special song in ‘Shootout at Wadala’ and then a full-fledged role in ‘Jackpot’. She is looking forward to the release of ‘Ragini MMS 2’ later this year and hopes that the Indian film fraternity and the audience accept her in different roles and take her seriously as a performer. The episode of ‘Breakfast To Dinner’, featuring Sunny will air Sunday. (AU NN) Celebs mourn Bengali cinema's mahanayika - Suchitra Sen's death New Delhi: People from the Hindi and Bengali film fraternities took to twitter to express their grief on the demise of veteran actress Suchitra Sen. The queen of Bengali cinema, who is known for her power packed performances in films`Deep Jwele Jaai`, `Devdas`- passed away Friday morning following a massive cardiac arrest. Many celebs from the showbiz world and outside remembered Suchitra Sen, as they mourned her death. (AU NN)
  • 5. Monday, 20 th to 26 th Jan 2014 INDIA LOCAL French President Hollande admits to private life problems French President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday he is going through "painful moments" in his personal life after a magazine report that he is having a secret affair with an actress. Hollande's partner, journalist Valerie Trierweiler, has been hospitalised since Friday, when Closer published photos it said proved Hollande's liaison with Julie Gayet. The report has heaped new pressure on the already unpopular Hollande. He was asked at a major public appearance whether Trierweiler remains the first lady. In his first comments since the magazine report, Hollande responded: "Everyone in his or her personal life can go through ordeals, that's the case with us." The latest revelations call into question whether a complex personal life can be private for someone with round-the-clock bodyguards, and about the role of "first lady" in France. Trierweiler is the first person to hold the post who was not married to the president. Hollande said he will clarify who the first lady is before he takes a presidential trip to the United Top prosecutors probing Turkey graft charges removed In Turkey, the Government has removed several top prosecutors from their posts, including the chief Istanbul prosecutor probing the graft charges involving top politicians and business tycoons. The Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors , HSYK headed by Turkey's justice minister, said that 20 prosecutors were being reassigned. Besides, the Justice Ministry has approved a probe into several top prosecutors involved in the corruption inquiry. The move follows a probe into graft charges which has led to a mass purge of police and prosecutors .Turkish premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused supporters of a rival Islamic cleric of plotting to destabilize his Government. States on February 11, but he wouldn't comment further. The pictures published in Closer included one of a man the magazine said was Hollande being ferried by motorcycle to an apartment where Gayet waited. The issue even reached the floor of parliament today. A leading legislator from the opposition conservative UMP party accused the president of taking unreasonable risks with his security. Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault tried to defend his boss, insisting that Hollande "has only one concern ... The future of France, the return to growth, the fight for jobs" and that the debate about his private life "isn't worthy of a great democracy." Blast derails train in Pak, 3 killed A bomb blast has derailed a train in central Pakistan killing at least three people and injuring 15. Officials say the Khushhal Khan Khattack Express was travelling from the northern city of Peshawar to the southern port of Karachi. The explosion hit the train in the Rajanpur district of Punjab province. It is unclear if the blast occurred on the train or the tracks. It derailed seven carriages. PAGE 5 Chinese obstetrician gets suspended death sentence for selling babies to traffickers A Chinese obstetrician has been given a suspended death sentence for stealing newborn babies and selling them to child traffickers. Zhang Shuxia was found guilty of abducting and selling seven babies in Fuping, Shaanxi province, the sentencing court said. Zhang sold seven babies to child traffickers between November 2011 and July 2013, including a pair of twins. Six of the babies were rescued, but one baby girl died. Pope Francis condemns abortion as sign of 'throwaway culture' Pope Francis has issued his strongest condemnation yet of abortion, calling it a horrific symptom of a throwaway culture that placed too little value on human life.He said it was frightful to think about early pregnancy terminations. Since his election in March, the pope has not spoken out against abortion as sternly as his predecessors. He made the comments in his yearly State of the World address to diplomats accredited to the Vatican. Pope Francis has issued his strongest condemnation yet of abortion, calling it a horrific symptom of a throwaway culture that placed too little value on human life. He said it was frightful to think about early pregnancy terminations. Since his election in March, the pope has not spoken out. AROUND THE WORLD By Pallavi Jagtap Residents of Beijing warned to take precautions after air pollution readings soared Residents of China's capital, Beijing, have been warned to take precautions after air pollution readings soared. Today's readings registered more than 20 times the recommended exposure levels by the World Health Organisation. Thick smog reduced visibility to a few hundred metres, shrouding skyscrapers and leaving an acrid smell in the air. Officials advised people going to work to wear protective masks, and children and the elderly to stay indoors. Four highways linking Beijing to other cities were temporarily closed this morning due to poor visibility. US to continue to work with Sheikh Hasina govt in Bangladesh The United States would continue to work with the newly elected Sheikh Hasina Government in Bangladesh despite its reservations on the credibility of the recently concluded general elections in the country. State Department Deputy Spokesperson, Marie Harf, told reporters in Washington that the US will of course continue to work with the new government in Dhaka, but at the same time its concerns with the election remain. She said Washington is of the view that elections did not reflect peoples mandate as most of the seats of the new parliament weren't contested or had only token opposition. US,China, Vietnam, Combodia congratu- International Force in Afghanistan Iran's reformers, moderate conservatives late B'desh PM Hasina on assuming office condemns Taliban attack in Kabul welcome Nuke deal with 6 world powers China, Vietnam and Cambodia have congratulated Sheikh Hasina government in Bangladesh on assuming office after last Sunday's elections. A statement from Bangladesh Foreign Office said that Chinese Premier Li KeQiang in a message to Prime minister Hasina, said Beijing would like to join hands with the new government to strengthen China-Bangladesh relations. Meanwhile, the US cleared its stance on the new government of Bangladesh, saying that US would continue to work with Sheikh Hasina's new government, despite its disappointment with last Sunday's elections. Deputy Spokesperson of the US Department of State Mary Harf said in Washington that the US will of course continue to work with the new government in Dhaka, but at the same time its concerns with the elections there remain. The International Force in Afghanistan has strongly condemned the brutal Taliban attack on a Kabul restaurant last night which resulted in the deaths of more than 20 Afghan and foreign civilians. In a statement issued in Kabul the International Force Commander General Joseph Dunford has said that once again the Taliban have demonstrated their complete disregard for human life and shown their intent for the future of Afghanistan. Expressing deepest sympathies to the victims and families of those wounded and killed in last night's brutal and senseless attack General Dunford said, the Taliban must stop premeditated and indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, especially on those who are working to bring stability and prosperity to the Afghan people. 121 Indian fishermen Obama orders curbs on collection of of Freed by Sri Lankan court intelligence data about leaders willUS allies The US has assured its allies that it not eavesThe 121 Indian fishermen, who have been freed by the Sri Lankan courts in the last two days, will be repatriated within couple of days. Talking to reporters after returning home from India, Sri Lankan Fisheries Minister Rajitha Senarathna said, rest of the Indian fishermen and all their fishing boats under Sri Lankan custody will also be released next week. drop on their private communication unless there is a compelling security case for doing so. Talking to reporters in Washington, President Barak Obama said such data had prevented terror attacks at home and abroad, but said that in tackling threats, the government risked over-reaching itself. He ordered curbs on the collection of bulk data from hundred of millions of phone users by American intelligence agencies at home and abroad. The announcement follows widespread anger after leaks revealed the full extent of US surveillance operations. Iran's reformers and moderate conservatives have welcomed the agreement between Iran and six world powers on ways to implement a nuclear deal struck in November. Head of Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Alaeddin Boroujerdi said in Tehran that it will shore up Iran's sanctions-hit economy. Hard-liners, however, inside the Islamic Republic remain opposed to the deal. The six-nation group and Iran have agreed to startimplementing the terms of the historic interim deal from January 20. That will start a six-month clock for a final deal to be struck over Tehran's contested nuclear program. People give nod for new constitution in Egypt referendum State media in Egypt say the ballot count in the constitutional referendum so far shows more than 90 per cent of those who vote to approve the new constitution. Turn out remains unclear but officials are saying was more than 50 per cent. The Muslim Brotherhood boycotted the referendum in protest of the overthrow of the Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.
  • 6. Monday, 20 th to 26 th Jan 2014 Pervez Musharraf suffers severe heart attack Pakistan's former president Pervez Musharraf has suffered a "severe heart attack" and is placed in the Critical Care Unit in Rawalpindi hospital, All Pakistan Muslim League's (APML) spokesperson told reporters. Musharraf was taken to Rawalpindi's Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology, after he complained of chest pain on way to the special court for treason trial. According to local media reports, he may be shifted abroad for further treatment. The decision of shifting him abroad for treatment will taken only after the release of his medical report, sources said. Musharraf left his farmhouse Thursday morning to appear at the special court where his treason trial hearing is taking place, but missed the trial for the third time as he was taken to the hospital. Earlier, Dr Raza Bokhari, international spokesperson of Musharraf had confirmed that Musharraf is "conscious". "He is conscious, oriented in time and space and is being examined by Pakistani military doctors..We pray to Allah for his speedy and full recovery," he said in a statement. The court had yesterday warned the legal team of Musharraf that an arrest warrant would be issued against him if the former General failed to appear at the court before 11:30 am, said a Pakistani newspaper. Musharraf faces treason charges for having abrogated the Constitution on Nov 3, 2007 by imposing an Emergency and is liable to face life imprisonment or death penalty if found guilty. No scrapping of polls in Bangladesh: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Accusing opposition leader Khaleda Zia of taking the country hostage, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday ruled out cancellation of January 5 polls and asked the people to actively participate in elections to uphold democracy. "We had taken oath as an elected government to uphold democracy. That's why the elections will take place on January 5 in accordance with constitutional norms," Hasina said in a nationally televised address, accusing her arch-rival Zia of shunning dialogue and rejecting an offer to share power in an interim administration. The BNP led by former premier and its 18-party alliance are boycotting the polls and political violence during their nationwide strikes and blockades have left over 120 people dead and crippled the economy since November. The opposition has been demanding a non-party caretaker government to oversee the polls. China loans Pakistan $6.5 billion for nuclear plants China has agreed to grant cash- strapped Pakistan USD 6.5 billion for two nuclear power plants being constructed in Karachi as part of efforts to deepen bilateral civil nuclear cooperation. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, during a special cabinet meeting held yesterday, said China was providing a concessionary loan for K2 and K3 nuclear power plants having combined generation capacity of 2,117 megawatts. The repayment period of the soft loan will be 10 to 20 years. Talks with China for more loans for power projects are also underway. Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong had recently said that a number of Chinese companies have a keen interest in energy cooperation with Pakistan and they are willing to participate in water, thermal, solar, wind, civil nuclear power generation projects. China's nuclear trade and cooperation with Pakistan have caused significant concern in India and the West, which believe the new plants will free Pakistan's older reactors to produce uranium for weapons. However, China has said the cooperation helps to ease Pakistan's electricity shortage and is in the interest of local people. INDIA LOCAL PAGE 6 Philippines allows phone use on planes The Philippines' civil aviation authority said it would allow passengers to use mobile phones and laptops to make calls and access the Internet during flights. Civil aviation director general William Hotchkiss said the order covered "transmitting portable electronic devices". With immediate effect, the move will allow "people on board the aircraft conditional use of laptops, cellular phones, Internet or short-basedmessaging service, voice communications and other broadband services during flights", he said in a directive. However, devices should still be turned off pre-flight, when the aircraft is refuelling, and be switched to silent mode. "The use of MP3s should always be with earphones and not with additional or separate speaker or amplifiers," Hotchkiss added. The United States and the European Union have also said they will relax restrictions on the use of mobile devices on planes. However there have been concerns that allowing voice calls would cause disturbance to other passengers. Russia :Second deadly suicide bombing At least 14 people were killed on Monday when a suicide bomber blew himself up on a packed trolleybus in Volgograd, raising new concerns about security at the Sochi Olympics a day after a deadly attack on the southern Russian city's train station. President Vladimir Putin, under pressure to show that Russia can assure the security of tens of thousands of guests when the Winter Games open on February 7, ordered stepped up security across the country. The twin suicide attacks on Volgograd, which until this year had no record of recent unrest, have stunned Russia and troubled the authorities as people prepare for mass New Year celebrations. At least 17 people died in Sunday's attack blamed on a suspected female suicide bomber. The force of the blast destroyed the number 15A trolleybus, which was packed with early morning commuters and was turned into a tangle of wreckage with only its roof and front remain- ing. Health ministry spokesman Oleg Salagai told Russian state television that 14 people were killed in the trolleybus bombing and 28 wounded. Russian investigators have opened a criminal probe into a suspected act of terror as well as the illegal carrying of weapons, the Investigative Committee said. "The explosives were detonated by a male suicide bomber, fragments of whose body have been found and taken for genetic analysis to establish his identity," said spokesman Vladimir Markin. He said that some four kilogrammes of TNT equivalent had been used in the blast and noted the explosives were identical to those used in yesterday's train station bombing. "This confirms the theory that the two attacks are linked. It is possible that they were prepared in the same place," he added. The new attack will further heighten fears about security at the Winter Olympic Games in Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi, which lies 690 kilometres southwest of Volgograd. AROUND THE WORLD By Pallavi Jagtap New Year's Eve fireworks: Dubai shatters previous world record Guinness World Records says that Dubai has shattered the previous world record for biggest ever New Year's Eve fireworks display. Confirming that a new record had been set, the Guinness website said, ten months in planning, over 500,000 fireworks were used during the display which lasted around six minutes. Guinness says the display spanned 94 kilometres of the Dubai coast, which boasts an archipelago of man-made islands and Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower. Enough fireworks were launched in the first minute of the display to break the previous record, set by Kuwait in 2011 with an hour-long show of 77,282 fireworks. The main displays took place at Burj Khalifa and the luxurious Atlantis hotel located in Palm Jumeirah, one of three palm-shaped islands. US firm Fireworks by Grucci designed the display, using 100 computers and 200 technicians to synchronise the pyrotechnics at a reported cost of around 6.7 million dollar. Pope stresses strength, courage, hope in new year Pope Francis on Wednesday urged people to accept each other's differences and for enemies to recognise that they are brothers a New Year's Day service dedicated to world peace. "We are all children of one heavenly father, we belong to the same human family and we share a common destiny," Francis said, speaking from his studio window overlooking St Peter's Square, jammed with tens of thousands of faithful, tourists and Romans. "This brings a responsibility for each to work so that the world becomes a community of brothers who respect each other, accept each other in one's diversity, and takes care of one another," the pope said. Setting aside his prepared text for a moment, he expressed impatience with violence in the world. "What is happening in the heart of man? What is happening in the heart of humanity" to cause such violence? Francis asked. "It's time to stop." In his speech to the often-applauding crowd, he also expressed hope that "the gospel of brotherhood speak to every conscience and knock down the walls that impede enemies from recognising that they are brothers." The Catholic church dedicates January 1 to the promotion of word peace. Earlier, during his homily at Mass in St Peter's Basilica, Francis spoke of humanity's journey in the year unfolding and invoked what he said where "words of blessing," explaining that they are "strength, courage and hope." "Not an illusory hope," he added, "based on frail human promises, or a naive hope which presumes that the future will be better simply because it is the future." In his first year as pope, Francis has charted a path for what he calls a "poor" church attentive to the needy. While offering new year's wishes to the crowd in the square, Francis pressed his campaign on behalf of the downtrodden. 2200 FLIGHTS IN UNITED STATES CANCELLED Temperatures in New York were expected to drop to minus 13 degrees Celsius, according to forecasts. Tracking system Flight Aware said that some 2,200 flights within, into or out of the United States had been cancelled. The National Weather Service issued winter storm warnings and advisories for a huge area spanning states from Chicago trough New York, New England and even the US capital, Washington. Severe weather was also hitting the country's Midwest, dropping a blanket of snow and cancelling flights at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. The northeastern winter warning was in effect in New York from Thursday evening through midday, with forecasters predicting four to eight inches of snow and winds that could reach up to 35 miles (56 kilometres) per hour.
  • 7. Monday, 20 th to 26 th Jan 2014 INDIA LOCAL PAGE 7 Sonia attacks BJP, says its divisive ideology biggest threat "The biggest danger to the country's social fabric is from the communal forces and their ideologies. Congress has always worked to unite people and has never compromised with communalism. Secularism means equal faith in all religions (sarva dharma sambhava). It is not an electoral compulsion for us. This is something which we deeply believe in," she said in New Delhi on Friday. Making a scathing attack on the BJP, Congress President Sonia Gandhi has warned that the country faced the biggest threat from communal forces and their ideology even as the AICC resolution called upon "like-minded political and social forces to come together at this critical juncture". Apparently referring to the recent drubbing in the Assembly polls, she said there might be some shortcomings in meeting the hopes and expectations of the common people and requested all to be a little soft towards her party in view of the slew of programmes and policies implemented by the UPA government. The resolution's phraseology was almost similar to the one adopted by the Congress at the Shimla Conclave in 2003 when the party shed its reservation to coalition politics. Congress had then called for unity of secular forces. Asking the party workers not to lose heart after the recent drubbing in assembly elections, Gandhi said that victory and defeat are inescapable in politics and Congress always has the resilience to bounce back by fighting the challenges strongly. "Congress has faced many difficult times in the past, much tougher than today, but we have never lost heart," she said signalling that the party was battle ready for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Describing secularism as the biggest identity of the country, Gandhi hit out at the BJP, without taking its name, saying the policy of the main opposition party is of dividing society on communal lines, imposing uniformity in the name of unity. "The biggest danger to the country's social fabric is from the communal forces and their ideologies. Congress has always worked to unite people and has never compromised with communalism. Secularism means equal faith in all religions (sarva dharma sambhava). It is not an electoral compulsion for us. This is something which we deeply believe in," she said in New Delhi on Friday. Striking a similar note, the omnibus resolution moved by senior leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and seconded by P Chidambaram for consideration at the AICC meet said, "the recent political setbacks are an important wake up call" underlining the need to enhance the connect with people and work harder. "The next elections will see a sharpening contrast between competing ideologies from the past and clashing vision of the future. It will be a battle between forces of age old secularism and others. It will be a battle for India as we cherish," she said. Seeking to contrast it with the politics of BJP, she said their way of functioning is to divide society on communal lines and provoke violence. "As Congressmen, we have always fought this ideology." "The 2014 Lok Sabha elections is a contest between opposing ideologies-one that seeks to divide and other than seeks to unite India. One a polarising ideology that militates against the core values which define Indian nationhood and its constitutional democracy and the other a liberal secular democratic ideology represented by Indian National Congress," the resolution said. Maintaining that Congress will continue to champion this "liberal secular democratic vision of India," the resolution said the party "seeks the support of all like-minded political and social forces to come together in this pursuit at this critical juncture". A highlight of the proceedings was the clamour for declaring Rahul Gandhi as the Prime Ministerial candidate of the part responding to which Sonia Gandhi said that the decision taken by the Congress Working Committee on Thursday was final. The CWC on Thursday decided that Rahul Gandhi will lead the campaign in the Lok Sabha polls, refraining from specifically naming him the PM candidate. "This meeting of the AICC declares that the Congress Partys 2014 Lok Sabha election campaign will be led by Rahul Gandhi," the resolution, which was approved by an extended meeting of the Congress Working Committee on Thursday, said. As the clamour continued, party general secretary Janardan Dwivedi intervened seeking to pacify the agitated party workers dropping broad indications that it is Rahul Gandhi who will be Prime Minister if the Congress came to power. "Is there any name other than Rahul Gandhi? Is there any alternative to Rahul Gandhi? If it is not so why dont you understand?" Detailing the work done by the Congress-led coalition at the Centre, Sonia asked whether any other government had done so much in the past. Hailing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, she said he has led the coalition for the past ten years with dignity despite all difficulties and obstructions as well as irresponsible attitude of the opposition and remained firm on his objectives. At the outset, Gandhi said, "We meet today to send a clear signal that the Congress is ready and prepared for the battle ahead". Noting that the AICC is meeting at a time when the party is celebrating the 125th birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru, Gandhi said it was he who had said soon after independence that confronting danger and facing adversity is the Congress way. "That message should resonate more loudly now than ever before". Turning to the issue of corruption, Gandhi said crucial bills, which are powerful instruments in the country's fight against corruption, are pending in Parliament. "We will do our utmost to get them through when Parliament reconvenes next month," she said, appealing to all parties to rise above political considerations and pass these bills. Noting that the RTI Act was the single most important reason why citizens feel empowered to fight corruption, she said that Congress is responsible for the historic Act. On the issue of disparities, she said that while growth is essential and must be sustained, it alone cannot address the problems arising out of continuing disparities. "Tackling these is not just a matter of social justice but more importantly an existential necessity and a moral imperative," she said. "If the basic needs of large sections of society are not met in tangible measure, the fabric of society will be stretched and torn," she warned. The party's focus on bringing communal secular discourse in the elections was evident with the AICC resolution dwelling in detail on the issue. "There is a serious challenge faced by the country today from communal and divisive forces. This threatens to rupture the very basic fabric of our nation's unity and social cohesion. "Painstaking efforts of several generations of Indians have ensured that our civilisational country retains its diverse and pluralistic character," the resolution said affirming the Congress' role as a "flag bearer for safeguarding and nurturing the secular ethos of India". It said Congress will continue to fearlessly play this role. The party said that it stands fully prepared to face the political challenges ahead. "It will go to the people in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections on the basis of its core values of secularism, social justice and inclusive growth, the performance of Congress-led UPA government on various fronts and a commitment to deliver transparent, participative and accountable governance for all Indians for the next five year," the party said in the resolution on Friday. RAHUL TARGETS MODI Anointed the campaign chief, a combative Rahul Gandhi sought to enthuse the demoralised Congress cadre for the Lok Sabha polls and attacked Narendra Modi over his 'Congress-free India' pitch and "divisive" politics. At the day-long AICC session in New Delhi, Rahul Gandhi in his 45-minute spirited address, which was repeatedly cheered by delegates from across the country, he sought to widen the party's reach as he asserted that he would fight for the cause of the youth, women, downtrodden sections and a new constituency of people who have risen above the poverty line and are aspiring to be part of the middle class. He gave indications of changing the style of functioning in the party, which he had promised after the drubbing in Assembly polls, by ensuring larger participation of people, including women in decisionmaking like candidate selection. He said tickets will not be given to party hoppers but to those who have "Congress in their blood" and candidates for 15 Lok Sabha seats will be chosen on the basis of feedback from local units, an experiment which will be expanded if it works. Acknowledging that Congress has a "tough battle" ahead, Rahul said, "This is not just another turn in the history of India, another election to be fought, won or lost. This is a turning point in our nation's journey. Giving a battle cry for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, Rahul said the Congress is ready for the tough challenge ahead and "we will not stop till the battle is won". In a bid to lift the morale of the cadre, he said howsoever dark the night may be and tough the battle may be, the Congress will go in as "warrior" with "head high" and "not lose courage." Tearing into BJP and its PM candidate Modi for his 'Congress-free India' campaign, he said Congress is a "thought" which cannot be erased. "Whoever has tried to do it, has himself got destroyed". Sonia Gandhi asked the party workers not to lose heart after the recent drubbing in assembly elections, saying victory and defeat are inescapable in politics and Congress always has the resilience to bounce back by fighting the challenges strongly. "Congress has faced many difficult times in the past, much tougher than today, but we have never lost heart," he said. Rahul and Sonia Gandhi also put an end to the debate over projecting him as the Prime Ministerial candidate, saying the party has the tradition of PM being elected by the MPs. Rahul articulated worries over the issues of corruption and price rise and said the Congress and the Manmohan Singh government is determined to address these. In a virtual directive, Rahul asked the government to raise the annual cap of subsidised LPG cylinders from 9 to 12, a point that was lustily cheered by the audience. Oil and Petroleum Minister M Veerappa Moily immediately announced that the issue will go to the Cabinet and a decision will be taken to implement it.
  • 8. Monday, 20 th to 26 th Jan 2014 INDIA LOCAL 100,000 people to sing patriotic song in Mumbai Mumbai(AU NEWS NETWORK) A staggering 100,000 people are expected to sing the patriotic song "Ae Mere Vatan Ke Logon" here to mark the end of its golden jubilee celebrations on January 27. The function, to be held at Mumbai's Mahalaxmi Race Course, has been organised by Shahid Gaurav Samiti (SGS) in which Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar -- who first rendered it on January 27, 1963 to remember the heroes of the 1962 IndiaChina war -- will be present. "Over a lakh people will sing the song in presence of Lata Mangeshkar and she may also join them. She will be felicitated by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi along with other war heroes and their families," SGS spokesperson Vaibhav Lodha said here. He added that over 100 Param Vir Chakra, Mahaveer Chakra and other gallantry awardees, families of martyrs and other dignitaries shall be present and felicitated. "The golden jubilee of this patriotic song was celebrated (for) the ethos of nationalism and patriotism among Indians and to inspire future generations," said SGS convenor and Bharatiya Janata Party legislator from Mumbai, Mangal Prabhat Lodha. "Ae Mere Vatan Ke Logon", penned by the late Kavi Pradeep, was first sung by Lata Mangeshkar Jan 27, 1963 after the 1962 war, at a function in Delhi where India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and other dignitaries were present. SGS also has declared January 27 as 'Shreshtha Bharat Divas' in memory of the martyrs who lost their lives defending the country's borders during various wars, the spokesperson said. Missing female IT professional's burnt body found Mumbai(AU NEWS NETWORK) Eleven days after a 23-year-old female software engineer, who hailed from Andhra Pradesh, went missing from the city, her burnt body was found on Thursday, police said. The body of Esther Anuhya, bearing burn injuries, was found in suburban Kanjurmarg. "The highly decomposed body of Esther Anuhya, who had gone missing from Mumbai, was found at suburban Kanjurmarg," Mahesh Ghuriye, Deputy Police Commissioner told. The body was identified by her father S Prasad, a retired Professor of Andhra Pradesh University, police said, adding a murder case has been registered. According to police, Anuhya, employed with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), had boarded the VishakapatnamLTT Express train from Vijayawada on January 4 for Mumbai. She was returning to Mumbai after Christmas holidays. Anuhya's father spoke to her the same day at about 10 PM when she told him the train had reached Solapur. She promised to call him again after reaching her hostel in suburban Andheri. However, there was no phone call from the woman and her father, too, could not contact her subsequently. Prasad later contacted her colleagues but there was no trace of his IT professional-daughter. Her father then lodged a missing person complaint at Vijayawada railway police station on January 5. Later, Prasad came to Mumbai and lodged a similar complaint at the Kurla railway police station on January 8. Preliminary investigations established the techie went missing after reaching Mumbai, police said. Tata Power claims to charge lowest power tariff in Mumbai Mumbai(AU NEWS NETWORK) As the demand to reduce power tariff gaining momentum in Maharashtra, private utility Tata Power on Thursday claimed that its tariff is the lowest in the metropolis. The company, which has a residential consumer base of 4.5 lakh in the city, charges a tariff of Rs 2.13 per unit from customers consuming power up to 100 units with a fixed charge of Rs 40 and Rs 3.62 per unit If you want to make it BIG in LIFE start reading and fixed charge of Rs 75 for up to 300 units, the Tata Power Company (TPC) said in a statement. It said that while Reliance Infrastructure (RInfra) charges an average Rs 5.68 per unit within 250 units, BEST charges Rs 4.52. RInfra has the largest number of low-end customers followed by BEST and TPC. While RInfra supplies power to over 18.8 lakh low-end households, TPC has 2.94 lakh customers and BEST 6.53 lakh The demand to reduce power tariff in Maharashtra g a i n e d momentum after the Aam Aadmi Party ( A A P ) announced a 50 per cent cut in electricity tariffs in Delhi soon after forming the government in December. PAGE 8 Power tariff reduction soon; toll tax review in a week: Prithiviraj Chavan Nagpur: (AU NEWS NETWORK)Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithiviraj Chavan on Thursday said the state government will soon make an announcement in connection with reduction of power tariff while toll tax will be reviewed within a week's time. The government had appointed a sub-committee headed by Industries Minister Narayan Rane on November 19 which submitted its report recently. Accordingly, an announcement on giving further subsidy will be made on January 20, Chavan told reporters here. Chavan, who was in the city to distribute the awards in the cooperative sector said the government was seriously reviewing the toll tax in the state and the minister concerned has been asked to prepare a detailed report on it. Accordingly, the MSRTC buses plying outside city limit will be exempted from the burden of toll tax. The entire issue is being re-examined in the wake of protests in certain parts of the state, he said. To a question on recovery of Rs 154 crore with penalty from Saoner Congress MLA Sunil Kedar, main accused in the security scam of Nagpur District Central Co-Operative Bank (NDCCB), Chavan said the issue is under process in the co-operative department. The MLA had been directed to pay the sum within a month by the department of co-operatives. He also said the state government has decided to rejuvenate Central Co-Operative Banks of Nagpur, Buldana and Akola districts. The state government has already provided financial assistance to other co-op banks elsewhere in Maharashtra. The demand to reduce power tariff in Maharashtra gained momentum after the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) announced a 50 per cent cut in electricity tariffs in Delhi soon after forming the government in December. Elections to the Maharashtra Assembly are scheduled to held in September and October. Acid attack:'Jealous' neighbour held for Preeti Rathi's death Mumbai Nine months after the acid attack on a Delhi resident here that claimed her life, her neighbour was arrested for allegedly carrying out the crime as he was jealous of her career growth, police said on Friday. Accused Ankur Panwar (23), a hotel management graduate, was a neighbour of victim Preeti Rathi and resided in Bhakra Beas Management Board Colony, was arrested from Delhi. He confessed to the crime saying that he hated for her career growth, Joint Police Commissioner (Crime) Himanshu Roy said. "The reason for this extreme step the accused cited was that his parents often mocked him for not getting a job despite having completed his course and praised his neighbour Rathi saying she had got hold of a good job in Indian Navy. Because of this, Ankur was very jealous of her and had been looking for an opportunity to severely harm her in a bid to deface her so that her career gets destroyed," Roy explained. On May 2, 2013, acid was flung on Rathi when she got down from Garib Rath Express at the Bandra Railway Terminus here. She was supposed to join Colaba Naval hospital INS Ashwini as a staff nurse. Having suffered severe damage to her lungs, she succumbed to the injuries on June 1 at the Bombay Hospital. Government Railway Police had probed the case and arrested a man called Pawan Gehlot on suspicion, but could not prove his links in the case, after which he was discharged from the case. Hearing a plea on alleged sluggish pace of probe in the case by Railway Police, Bombay High Court transferred the case to Mumbai Police Crime branch, which took over the investigation in December last year. A special team had been formed to probe the case. OWNED, PRINTED & PUBLISHED BY : ARINDAM BANERJEE, Ashiwini Co.Op. Hsg. Soc. MUMBAI-400058 Printed at Somani Printing Press, Sharma Ind. Estate, Goregaon (E), Mumbai-400072.Editorial Office : Shop No.2, Marble Arch, Shastri Nagar, Andheri (W), Mumbai-400053. Mob. :9920205579-022-26365459 EDITOR : ARINDAM BANERJEE. All Disputes to be settelled in Andheri Court only.