The average asset of these 65 re-elected MLAs now in 2013 is Rs 7.51 Crores. The average assets of these 65 MLAs in 2008 was Rs. 1.92 Crores. The average asset growth of these 65 re-elected MLAs is 290% or by Rs. 5.59 Crores according to a report by the Association for Democratic Reforms. 55 re-elected MLAs of BJP have shown an average asset increase of 279% or Rs 3.26 Crores. Assets of 10 INC MLAs grew by 302% or Rs 18.39 Crores.
It has been 12 years since the symbol of our democracy was attacked. The Parliament attack evoked a very strong reaction at that time, but the more important question that we need to ask today is what lessons have we learnt. There have been lessons learnt, but the biggest irony is that today the nation has blindly politicised every attack of terror.
Without sounding too cynical we could first point out the positives says C D Sahay, the former Research and Analysis Chief who was part of the agency at the time of the attack. Today there is a greater awareness when compared to what it was in the year 2001. The debate relating to terrorism has assumed a centre stage and 12 years later one feels that people are aware of the threat to our national existence and also to our democratic values.
The deadlock on the Telangana debate in the Andhra Pradesh assembly is likely to be broken on Monday. The house has been adjourned at the moment following a major ruckus over the issue with leaders from both regions putting forth contrasting demands.
The leaders from Telangana say that they want the bill to be discussed immediately where the Seema-Andhra leaders point out that they are in favour of a resolution for a United Andhra Pradesh.
However the deadlock is expected to come to an end on Monday and the Bill will be discussed after all. The Governor is likely to summon Kiran Kumar Reddy, the Chief Minister and tell him that a bill sent by the President of India cannot be ignored.
A warning in the year 2009 to diplomats and polticians to stop using Gmail, google and facebook at their work places sure has had no impact. The very fact that the NSA managed to snoop into accounts with the help of google a revealation that came out a few months back goes on to prove why the 2009 directive ought to have been taken seriously.
Kapil Sibal, the man who sets the IT policy in India continues to use Gmail and this is not the best of signs for a country which has been snooped into several billion times. The official statistic where the snooping into India is concerned reads- 6.3 billion pieces of information from internet networks have been snooped into. Additionally 6.28 billion calls from India were also collected by the NSA.
The Delhi police have picked up a man alleged to be a Lashkar-e-Tayiba operative. Mohammad Shahid Imam was picked up by the police for allegedly running a Lashkar network between Delhi, Haryana and Rajasthan.
Delhi police sources tell rediff.com that Imam was in touch with an operative by the name Javed Baluchi alleged to be a commander of the Lashkar in Pakistan. We traced the calls between them and found that they were setting up a network for the Lashkar between Delhi, Haryana and Rajasthan.
The Prime Minister’s Rozgar Yojana was set up for a noble cause but then when the Indian Mujahideen makes use of this, it is something that one needs to ponder over. The Delhi police which have Yasin Bhatkal and his aide Asadullah Akthar in their custody point out that for the Jama Masjid firing incident the guns were procured from a gun smith in Bihar who had set up shop under the Prime Minister’s Rozgar Yojana (PMRY).
The PMRY was extended to gun smiths in the Munger district in Bihar. Although this started off as a noble cause which was extended to the gun smiths over the years, fronts have been set up where some gun smiths are indulging in illegal trade of weapons. They have started making modern weapons and selling it illegally to gangsters, honchos of politicians and also the Indian Mujahideen. It has also been found that many of these weapons have been supplied to naxal belts as well.
Withdrawing a case of terror will be the prerogative of the Central government and the state cannot suo motu do so. This is what the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court had to say while staying a decision taken by the Uttar Pradesh government
The Bench observed that since cases of terror are booked under provisions of the Central Law, the state alone cannot take a decision to withdraw such cases. The Bench while staying the decision of the government referred the matter to a larger Bench of the court which would deliver a final verdict. The court has also given the government six weeks time to submit its reply.
Rahul Gandhi had created a furore when he said recently that the ISI was in touch with the Muzzafarnagar victims. The government of India had promised to look into the statements and following a probe by the Home Ministry it was found that there was no such link between the spy agency of Pakistan the ISI and the Muzzafarnagar victims.
A team had been set up by the Home Ministry to look into this statement and the report was submitted to the Home Secretary R P N Singh. In its report it was stated after looking into the matter we found no such link. Interestingly the report also points out that after the riots in Muzzafarnagar no such alert was issued by either the local of central intelligence units in the country.
Topping the agenda at the Andhra Pradesh assembly this session is the relief measures for the Cyclone affected areas of the state and not Telangana. In fact Telangana is not on the agenda of the AP assembly which commenced today.
The Business Advisory Committee which fixes the agenda for the session has not included Telangana in it and this has earned the wrath of the Telangana MLAs who are doing everything to push the topic on the agenda. Continue reading
The President of India has given the Andhra Pradesh assembly six weeks time to deliberate on the issue of Telangana. The Bill has been sent to the Andhra Pradesh assembly by President of India Pranab Mukherjee.
Although the Andhra Pradesh MLA’s in thier meeting earlier sought not to put Telangana on their agenda at the assembly session starting tomorrow they will have to take up the matter now.