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IPL spot-fixing: Dawood Ibrahim voice intercepts figure twice in chargesheet


IPL spot-fixing: Dawood Ibrahim voice intercepts figure twice in chargesheet

Posted on 31 July 2013 by GGS News

GGS SPORTS  : 31 JULY : Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s voice intercepts figure twice in the nearly 6000-page charge sheet today filed by Delhi Police in the IPL spot-fixing case.

Dawood Ibrahim who has been named in the first column of the charge sheet is said to be the prime accused in the case.

His voice has been intercepted twice during the investigations which have been listed in the charge sheet, police said.

As per one of the intercepts, bookie Ramesh Vyas got a call from Dawood. During the conversation, Dawood threatens Vyas saying, “Be honest with Master and Doctor”. Master in this conversation is Salman and Doctor is Dawood’s associate Javed Chautani, both whom operate from Pakistan.

The other conversation in which Dawood features is between Javed Chautani and Dawood, Chautani further talks to Tinku Mandi, police said.

Dawood’s voice has been confirmed by CFSL. The CFSL report also says that the bookies were speaking to Dawood’s associate Chutani, Salman alias Master and Ehtesham- all of them are reportedly based in Pakistan.

Both Chautani and Salman were operating on behalf of Dawood and were in constant touch with bookies Tinku Mandi and Ramesh Vyas.

The Delhi Police filed its voluminous charge sheet in a court here naming Dawood, his close aide Chhota Shakeel and some cricketers, including S Sreesanth, as accused while Rajasthan Royals’ captain Rahul Dravid has been made a witness.

Besides them, the other accused include suspended players of Rajasthan Royals Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila, bookies Ashwani Agarwal, Vyas, Deepak Kumar, Sunil Bhatia and Firoz Farid Ansari and ex-Ranji player Baburao Yadav.

According to a senior police officer, the main charge sheet has 571 pages while the supporting documents run into nearly 5,000 pages.

The charge-sheet has named 39 persons as accused and 168 as witnesses in the case. Out of the 39 named as accused – 29 persons have already been arrested while 10 are yet to be arrested. Amongst those yet to be arrested are- Dawood and his aides.

In order to prove the charges, cops have submitted telephonic conversations, legal order to tap phone, official documents related to seized mobile phones and voice samples of 12 persons, proved after CFSL.

Cops have recorded voice samples of twelve people including players Ankeet Chavan, Jeeju Janardan, Amit Singh, Manan, Chandresh Patel, Jeetu, Sunil Bhatia, Kiran Dole and others. The cops have not managed to record Sreesanth’s voice as he never spoke to bookies directly, an officer said.

Replying to a question about Raj Kundra and Shilpa Shetty, the officer clarified, “Raj Kundra and Shilpa Shetty don’t figure in the charge sheet as we are not investigating betting, this is about spot-fixing.”

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Bradley Manning cleared of ‘aiding enemy’ but faces 136-yr jail

Bradley Manning cleared of ‘aiding enemy’ but faces 136-yr jail

Posted on 31 July 2013 by GGS News

GGS NEWS : 31 JULY : Bradley Manning, the source of the massive WikiLeaks trove of secret disclosures, faces a possible maximum sentence of 136 years in military jail after he was convicted on Tuesday of most charges on which he stood trial.

Colonel Denise Lind, the military judge presiding over the court martial of the US soldier, delivered her verdict in curt and pointed language. “Guilty, guilty, guilty, guilty,” she repeated over and over, as the reality of a prolonged prison sentence for Manning – on top of the three years he has already spent in detention – dawned.

The one ray of light in an otherwise bleak outcome for Manning was that he was found not guilty of the single most serious charge against him – that he knowingly “aided the enemy”, in practice al-Qaida, by disclosing information to the WikiLeaks website that in turn made it accessible to all users including enemy groups.

Lind’s decision to avoid setting a precedent by applying the swingeing “aiding the enemy” charge to an official leaker will invoke a sigh of relief from news organisations and civil liberties groups who had feared a guilty verdict would send a chill across public interest journalism.

The judge also found Manning not guilty of having leaked an encrypted copy of a video of a US air strike in the Farah province of Aghanistan in which many civilians died. Manning’s defence team had argued vociferously that he was not the source of this video, though the soldier did admit to the later disclosure of an unencrypted version of the video and related documents.

Lind also accepted Manning’s version of several of the key dates in the WikiLeaks disclosures, and took some of the edge from other less serious charges. But the overriding toughness of the verdict remains: the soldier was found guilty in their entirety of 17 out of the 22 counts against him, and of an amended version of four others.

The guilty verdicts included seven out of the eight counts brought under the Espionage Act. On these counts, Manning was accused of leaking the Afghan and Iraq war logs, embassy cables and Guantánamo files “with reason to believe such information could be used to the injury of the US or the advantage of any foreign nation”. The 1917 act has previously been reserved largely for those who engage in spying as opposed to leaking; the seven convictions under the act are likely to be seen as a major stepping up of the US government’s harsh crackdown on whistleblowing.

Manning was also found guilty of “wrongfully and wantonly” causing to be published on the internet intelligence belonging to the US, “having knowledge that intelligence published on the internet is accesible to the enemy”. That guilty ruling could still have widest ramifications for news organisations working on investigations relating to US national security.

The verdict was condemned by human rights campaigners. Amnesty International’s senior director of international law and policy, Widney Brown, said: “The government’s priorities are upside down. The US government has refused to investigate credible allegations of torture and other crimes under international law despite overwhelming evidence.

“Yet they decided to prosecute Manning who it seems was trying to do the right thing – reveal credible evidence of unlawful behaviour by the government. You investigate and prosecute those who destroy the credibility of the government by engaging in acts such as torture which are prohibited under the US Constitution and in international law.”

Ben Wizner, of the American Civil LIberties Union, said: “While we’re relieved that Mr Manning was acquitted of the most dangerous charge, the ACLU has long held the view that leaks to the press in the public interest should not be prosecuted under the Espionage Act.

“Since he already pleaded guilty to charges of leaking information – which carry significant punishment – it seems clear that the government was seeking to intimidate anyone who might consider revealing valuable information in the future.”

Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, said in a statement from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he is sheltering from extradition to Sweden on suspicion of sex crimes, that the verdict set a “dangerous precedent” and was an “example of national security extremism”.

In a statement to the Guardian, Manning’s family expressed “deep thanks” to his civilian lawyer, David Coombs, who has worked on the case for three years. They added: “While we are obviously disappointed in today’s verdicts, we are happy that Judge Lind agreed with us that Brad never intended to help America’s enemies in any way. Brad loves his country and was proud to wear its uniform.”

Once the counts are added up, the prospects for the Manning are bleak. Barring reduction of sentence for mitigation, which becomes the subject of another mini-trial dedicated to sentencing that starts tomorrow, Manning will face a substantial chunk of his adult life in military custody.

He has already spent 1,157 days in detention since his arrest in May 2010 – most recently in Fort Leavenworth in Kansas – which will be deducted from his eventual sentence.

A further 112 days will be taken off the sentence as part of a pre-trial ruling in which Lind compensated him for the excessively harsh treatment he endured at the Quantico marine base in Virginia between July 2010 and April 2011. He was kept on suicide watch for long stretches despite expert opinion from military psychiatrists who deemed him to be at low risk of self-harm, and at one point was forced to strip naked at night in conditions that the UN denounced as a form of torture.

Lind has indicated that she will go straight into the sentencing phase of the trial, in which both defence and prosecution lawyers will call new witnesses. This is being seen as the critical stage of the trial for Manning’s defence: the soldier admitted months ago to being the source of the WikiLeaks disclosures, and much of the defence strategy has been focused on attempting to reduce his sentence through mitigation.

With that in mind, the soldier’s main counsel, David Coombs, is likely to present evidence during the sentencing phase that Manning was in a fragile emotional state at the time he began leaking and was struggling with issues over his sexuality. In pre-trial hearings, the defence has argued that despite his at times erratic behaviour, the accused was offered very little support or counselling from his superiors at Forward Operating Base Hammer outside Baghdad.

The outcome will now be pored over by government agencies, lawyers, journalists and civil liberties groups for its implications for whistleblowing, investigative reporting and the guarding of state secrets in the digital age. By passing to WikiLeaks more than 700,000 documents, Manning became the first mass digital leaker in history, opening a whole new chapter in the age-old tug-of-war between government secrecy and the public’s right to information in a democracy.

Among those who will also be closely analysing the verdict are Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who has disclosed the existence of secret government dragnets of the phone records of millions of Americans, who has indicated that the treatment of Manning was one reason for his decision to seek asylum in another country rather than face similar aggressive prosecution in America. The British government will also be dissecting the courtroom results after the Guardian disclosed that Manning is a joint British American citizen.

Another party that will be intimately engaged with the verdict is WikiLeaks, and its founder, Julian Assange. They have been the subject of a secret grand jury investigation in Virginia that has been looking into whether to prosecute them for their role in the Manning disclosures.

WikiLeaks and Assange were mentioned repeatedly during the trial by the US government which tried to prove that the anti-secrecy organisation had directly steered Manning in his leaking activities, an allegation strongly denied by the accused. Prosecutors drew heavily on still classified web conversations between Manning and an individual going by the name of “Press Association”, whom the government alleges was Assange.

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RSS activists take away tribal girls: Kantilal Bhuria

Posted on 31 July 2013 by GGS News

GGS NEWS : 31 JULY :  If Madhya Pradesh Congress chief Kantilal Bhuria is to be believed, RSS activists run away with beautiful tribal girls from every village they set foot in.

“They enter the house on the pretext of having meals but keep an eye on our girls,” the former Union minister told a meeting of the Congress’s tribal unit in Bhopal Monday. He also listed several instances of rape and molestation allegedly involving RSS men.

“Don’t let them enter your villages,” the tribal leader told his community. “If they have already entered, throw them out the way you avoid a curse.”

Later, speaking to The Indian Express, Bhuria alleged that these RSS activists “get emboldened because police don’t register complaints against them” and accused the BJP government of going soft on them.

Bhuria is considered a protégé of Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh, who has long been a vehement critic of the RSS. Digvijaya had recently reiterated his allegation that the RSS trains its cadre in bomb-making.

Bhuria’s remarks did not go down well with RSS and BJP supporters who clashed with Congress workers in Sagar. Some activists from both sides were reportedly injured.

Rajendra Bapat, an RSS activist and lawyer from Dewas, filed a criminal case against Bhuria for hurting his sentiments and insulting an ideology. He accused the Congress leader of creating an atmosphere of distrust between tribals and non-tribals. he court will hear the complaint on August 1.

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Israel, Palestinians eye peace deal within 9 months: John Kerry

Israel, Palestinians eye peace deal within 9 months: John Kerry

Posted on 31 July 2013 by GGS News

WASHINGTON,(GGS NEWS) 31 JULY :   (AP) — Israeli and Palestinian negotiators agreed Tuesday to meet again within two weeks to start substantive negotiations on a so-far elusive peace deal with the goal of reaching a deal within nine months, Secretary of State John Kerry said.

Speaking as the two sides wrapped up an initial two days of talks at the State Department after paying a visit to President Barack Obama at the White House, Kerry said Israel and the Palestinians were committed to “sustained, continuous and substantive negotiations on the core issues” that divide them. He said the next round of negotiations would take place in either Israel or the Palestinian territories at an as yet-unspecified date before mid-August.

“The parties have agreed here today that all of the final status issues, all of the core issues and all other issues are all on the table for negotiation. And they are on the table with one simple goal: a view to ending the conflict,” Kerry said. “Our objective will be to achieve a final status agreement over the course of the next nine months.”

U.S. officials had previously said the negotiations would continue for a minimum of nine months without setting that as a timeframe for reaching a deal. Kerry said he was aware of the deep skepticism surrounding the new push for peace and acknowledged that the road ahead would be difficult. Yet, he said he was hopeful an agreement could be reached. “While I understand the skepticism, I don’t share it. And I don’t think we have time for it,” he said.

“I firmly believe the leaders, the negotiators and citizens invested in this effort can make peace for one simple reason: because they must,” Kerry said. “A viable two-state solution is the only way this conflict can end. And there is not much time to achieve it. And there is no other alternative.”Kerry said the negotiations, to be mediated on a day-to-day basis by his new Mideast peace envoy, Martin Indyk, would be cloaked in secrecy and that the parties had agreed that he would be the only person to comment on them. He quickly added that he would not comment on them, leaving unclear the framework for the talks that he struggled for six months to get back on track.

Despite the secrecy, the broad outlines of an agreement are well known: the Palestinians want a state based on the lines, with agreed land swaps, that existed before the 1967 war in which Israel seized east Jerusalem and occupied the West Bank and Gaza. Israel wants security assurances and a recognition that it is and will remain a Jewish state.

Obama laid out those parameters as U.S. policy for any negotiations in a May 2010 speech but neither the Israelis nor the Palestinians has publicly signed off on them. U.S. officials said Tuesday the talks would proceed under the framework Obama announced in that speech but Kerry did not mention that in his comments.

Instead, he said only that the two sides had agreed that all “final status issues, all of the core issues and all other issues” would be on the table for negotiation. Those issues include security, borders, the status of Jerusalem, the fate of Palestinian refugees and water, all of which have been responsible for cratering multiple U.S.-brokered peace efforts over the past two decades.

Earlier Tuesday, Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met with the lead negotiators — Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat — for about 30 minutes. White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama called the meeting to “directly express his personal support for final status negotiations.” Obama pledged full U.S. support to the process, Carney said.At the State Department ceremony, Kerry was flanked by Livni and Erekat — who each spoke briefly about the need to resolve the long-standing conflict.

“It’s time for the Palestinian people to have an independent sovereign state of their own,” said Erekat, who spoke first. “It’s time for the Palestinians to live in peace, freedom and dignity within their own independent, sovereign state.”

Livni allowed that she and Erekat had been involved in failed negotiations before, notably the Annapolis Process that former President George W. Bush initiated in 2008, but she said this time could be different.

“You know, Saeb,” she said to Erekat, “we all spent some time in the negotiations room … but we didn’t complete our mission. And this is something that we need to do now, in these negotiations that we will launch today. And the opportunity has been created for us, for all of us, and we cannot afford to waste it.”

“I believe that history is not made by cynics; it is made by realists who are not afraid to dream,” Livni added. “Let us be these people.”

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Trinamool Congress wins big in 2013 panchayat polls

Trinamool Congress wins big in 2013 panchayat polls

Posted on 31 July 2013 by GGS News

GGS NEWS : 31 JULY : Contesting alone in a major poll after parting ways with the Congress in September last year, Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress swept the panchayat elections in West Bengal, establishing its undisputed supremacy in the rural areas of the state.

The results, dealing a huge blow to the Left and the Congress, suggested that two and a half years of incumbency and controversies, including the Saradha chit fund scam, by and large failed to shake the rural people’s faith in the TMC government.

Of the 17 districts, the Trinamool won zilla parishads in 13 districts, the Left in one (Jalpaiguri) and the Congress in one (Murshidabad). The BJP drew a blank.

Out of the 824 zilla parishad seats, the Trinamool Congress bagged 530, the Left Front 209, Congress 78 and others 5. Two results were pending.

The party registered major victories in traditionally red bastions in the south and smashed through the Congress strongholds in the north where the TMC was relatively weak.

South Bengal districts have 34 Lok Sabha seats and the north eight, including Darjeeling where elections were not held.

TMC won the zilla parishads in Howrah, Hooghly, North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas, Burdwan, Birbhum, Nadia, Coochbehar and South Dinajpur districts.

The poll results suggested that Trinamool Congress widened its reach in Congress dominated North Bengal and the division of votes appeared to have helped the Left immensely in North Bengal and cost the Congress heavily.

In the Malda zilla parishad where Congress was in control, the party captured 16 out of 38 seats, the Left 16 and the Trinamool Congress six leaving a hung outcome.

The Congress would need TMC’s support to form the board.

Similarly, the Congress fared badly in another party controlled zilla parishad in North Dinajpur district, the home-ground of the union minister and Mamata Banerjee’s bete noire Deepa Dasmunshi.

In the North Dinajpur zilla parishad, out of 26 seats, the Left Front secured 13 seats, Congress eight and TMC five.

In the same district’s panchayat samiti, the Congress could bag only one of the nine bodies.

Congress put up a very poor show, winning only Murshidabad district under the leadership of Congress strongman and Union minister of MoS for Railways Adhir Choudhury.

In the gram panchayat election, the Congress drew a blank in Hooghly, Bankura and South Dinajpur districts.

Out of 329 panchayat samitis, Trinamool Congress bagged 192, the Left 64 and the Congress 20. Independents and others got 22. Some results were still pending.

In the lowest tier, the gram panchayat, the Trinamool won 1,745 out of 3,215 or a whopping 54 per cent.

At Singur, the Trinamool Congress bagged 12 out of 16 gram panchayat seats, with the Left bagging just one and putting up a close fight in three others.

At Kamduni in North 24 paraganas district, which hit the headlines in recent times over the brutal rape and murder of a college girl student, the Trinamool Congress polled more votes than the Opposition in the gram panchayat.

Out of 362 votes polled of a total of 952, the TMC received 190.

The ruling party registered a huge victory in the three former Maoist strongholds in Bankura, Purulia and West Midnapur districts and adjoining East Midnapur district except minor blows in Nandigram where the party had to struggle with former TMC supporters, who fought as independents.

TMC painted almost all of rural Bengal green, including Left strongholds like Burdwan, Bankura, Purulia, West Midnapur and Birbhum in South Bengal and also in two North Bengal districts, Coochebehar and South Dinajpur.

The 2008 rural polls had provided the first signs of a Trinamool Congress surge in the state though the Left had bagged 13 zilla parishads while Trinamool and Congress secured two each.

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Tony Blair to blame for Zimbabwe woes: Robert Mugabe

Tony Blair to blame for Zimbabwe woes: Robert Mugabe

Posted on 31 July 2013 by GGS News

GGS NEWS : 31 JULY : Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe on Tuesday said former British prime minister Tony Blair was to blame for his country’s problems on the eve of a crucial general election.

In an interview with Britain’s ITV News, Mugabe lashed out at Blair for his pursual of sanctions and said he had “no regrets” from his 33-year tenure as president.

When asked what was the root of Zimbabwe’s recent economic chaos, which resulted in inflation of 79.6 million percent per month in 2008, he replied: “Really condemnation by us of Britain and mainly of the government of Mr Blair.

“He’s the one who caused it,” added the veteran leader.

“He didn’t want dialogue. We wondered what kind of government it was that would prefer to impose sanctions on us.”

He told Blair to “go to hell” in 2002 after the then British leader endorsed the opposition before elections, and accused Britain of poking its “pink noses in our business”.

Mugabe on Tuesday vowed to step down if he loses the fiercely-contested election, as his rivals charged they had concrete evidence of vote rigging.

In response, the president told ITV News that rigging was “a foreign word.”

“We have never, ever rigged an election,” he insisted.

“I don’t have regrets at all.”

Mugabe, through a series of violent and suspect elections, has ruled Zimbabwe for 33 years uninterrupted since it gained independence from Britain.

He faces a major challenge from Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, his reluctant partner in an uneasy power-sharing government forged after the last bloody polls in 2008.

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‘Spain train driver was on phone at time of crash’

‘Spain train driver was on phone at time of crash’

Posted on 31 July 2013 by GGS News

Spain,(GGS NEWS) 31 JULY: Investigators say the driver of a train that derailed in Spain killing 79 people was talking on the phone at the time of the accident.

On Tuesday, investigators looking into Spain’s worst railway disaster in decades announced their preliminary findings from analysis of the train’s data-recording black boxes, The Associated Press reported.

Investigators at the Court of Justice of Galicia said the black boxes showed that moments before the accident, the train was travelling at 192 kilometers per hour, and driver Francisco Jose Garzon Amo activated the brakes “seconds before the crash”.
The speed limit at the spot where the Madrid-to-Ferrol train derailed late on Wednesday is 80 kilometers per hour.

Investigators said that human error appears to be the cause of the train wreck as the driver was speaking to members of staff.

“Minutes before the train came off the tracks he received a call on his work phone to get indications on the route he had to take to get to Ferrol. From the content of the conversation and background noise it seems that the driver consulted a map or paper document,” a court statement said.

The president of Spanish rail network administrator ADIF has said that the driver had been warned to slow the train down four kilometers before the accident occurred.

The train was traveling on traditional tracks, where it is the driver’s responsibility to respond to prompts to slow down instead of the vehicle’s speed being automatically reduced by security systems used on high-speed rail tracks.

A US woman critically injured in the crash died in hospital on Sunday, bringing the toll to 79. Seventy people remain in hospital, with 22 in critical condition.

The eight-carriage, high-speed train was transporting 218 passengers from the capital Madrid to the shipbuilding city of Ferrol when it derailed and slammed into a concrete wall near the northwestern city of Santiago de Compostela.

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Bassi to take over as Delhi Police chief today

Bassi to take over as Delhi Police chief today

Posted on 31 July 2013 by GGS News

GGS NEWS : 31  JULY  : IPS officer Bhim Sain Bassi will take charge as the Delhi Police chief on Wednesday, replacing Neeraj Kumar.

A 1977 batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram-Union Territories (AGMUT) cadre, Bassi, 57, was the front-runner for the post.

Currently the special commissioner of police (Administration), he previously headed the Delhi Traffic Police and was also Goa’s director general of police.

Bassi has also been the special commissioner (vigilance), joint commissioner (southern range) and additional commissioner (northern range).

Neeraj Kumar, a 1976 batch IPS officer, took charge of Delhi Police from B.K. Gupta on July 1 last year. His biggest challenge followed the December 2012 gangrape of a young woman that unleashed unprecedented mass protests in the capital. The woman died in Singapore.

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IAS officer Durga Nagpal likely to be chargesheeted in UP

IAS officer Durga Nagpal likely to be chargesheeted in UP

Posted on 31 July 2013 by GGS News

New Delhi,(GGS NEWS) 31 JULY : Suspended IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal is set to be chargesheeted by the Uttar Pradesh government. The process of chargesheeting the officer will be as per law, said the UP administration.
According to the UP government, it is only after it serves a chargesheet, can Durga Shakti give an official explanation of her actions. The UP government further claimed that any decision on the IAS officer’s future will be taken on receiving her response.
This came as the IAS officers association claimed she is being punished for taking on the sand mafia. She had ordered seizure of lorries engaged in illegal quarrying in the past few days and arrested fifteen offenders.Sources say that the Uttar Pradesh governmnet, in the chargesheet against Durga, will also mention the demolition of the wall of a mosque in a village in greater Noida, following which strong reactions had come from the villagers.
The Uttar Pradesh government has been facing criticism from the Opposition, bureaucrats and IAS officers for the suspension of Durga Shakti Nagpal. UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has been under pressure to revoke her suspension.
“A suspension order isn’t up for debate, I will look into this on Wednesday,” said Akhilesh Yadav, promising a review of his own decision. Durga, a 2009 batch IAS officer, had ordered a crackdown on illegal sand mining rampant on Yamuna and Hindon river beds. But she was suspended for her decision of bringing down a wall of a mosque in a village in Greater Noida, a move which generated some tension on the ground.
The villagers in Kadalpur say she came without an order to bring down the wall of the mosque and ever since the construction began in the last two months, no notice was served.
CNN-IBN has learnt that Durga Nagpal had prepared a list of sand mining units operating illegally in the area. It is believed that a local Samajwadi Party leader Narendra Bhati, who is allegedly linked to the mining mafia, put pressure on the party leadership to get the officer shifted. This is one reason why the matter has taken strong political overtones.
“I merely informed the authorities that the wall of the mosque has been brought down. After that they took the action against Durga Nagpal. Nothing more should be read into this,” Bhati said.
“Damages should be imposed against those who take arbitrary decisions against honest IAS officers,” said bureaucrat and whistleblower Ashok Khemka.
Meanwhile, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office V Narayanasamy has said that the state hasn’t consulted the Centre on the issue yet.

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BREKING NEWS : Telangana Live: Bandh in coastal, southern Andhra Pradesh

BREKING NEWS : Telangana Live: Bandh in coastal, southern Andhra Pradesh

Posted on 31 July 2013 by GGS News

GGS NEWS : 31 JULY : A day after the UPA government approved the creation of Telangana, those opposed to the bifurcation of Andhra pradesh have called for a day-long bandh across coastal and southern regions of Andhra on Wednesday .
Repersussions have strated pouring in after the decision with bandhs and resignations of MPs and Congress ministers.United Andhra activists called for a bandh in nine Andhra districts and four Rayalaseema districts of the state.

The schools and business establishments  are closed  and stete transport buses are off the roads.
Telangana is all set to become India’s 29th state but groups seeking a united Andhra Pradesh expressed unhappiness with the Telangana decision and a shutdown has been called in the Seemandhra region (as coastal Andhra and Rayalseema are commonly known) on Wednesday.
Other Congress ministers and MPs  will also meet Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy today before deciding whether they would resign. Reddy is also opposed to  the division of the state

The new state will comprise of 10 districts including Hyderabad, which will be the common capital for 10 years, during which period the residuary state of Andhra Pradesh will build its own capital.
Guntur MP Rayapati Sambasiva Rao, of the Congress, and three legislators – two from the Congress and one from the Telugu Desam Party – resigned in protest.
Rao, who is visiting the US, faxed his resignation to Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar and Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
A senior Congress leader and Lok Sabha member from Guntur has decided to resign from the party as well as his parliamentary seat. Rayapati Sambasiva Rao said he is “hurt” by Congress’ decision. “The move to bifurcate the state is against the interest of the people. Congress leaders from Telangana have misled the party leadership,” he told

Congress legislator P Satish Kumar, who represents Mummidivaram constituency in East Godavari district, also sent his resignation to Andhra Pradesh Assembly Speaker N Manohar yesterday.

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