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    Congress ire over Rahul gets an airing

    Congress ire over Rahul gets an airing
    By Neeta Lal

    NEW DELHI - Salman Khurshid, the Indian minister for law and minority affairs, set the cat among the pigeons within the folds of his party - the 127-year-old Congress - last week by criticizing the chaos and inaction that bedevil it.

    In a candid interview to The Indian Express, Khurshid, a senior party member and a staunch Congress loyalist, said the party needed "a new ideology" to meet contemporary challenges.

    "Reforms in the 1990s were the emergence of a new ideology," he said. "But today we need an ideology to be given by our next-generation leader Rahul Gandhi to move forward. We have to be clear about what we want to go ahead with in the next elections."

    But what really riled his party was what Khurshid had to say next: "Until now," the minister told the newspaper, "we have only seen cameos of his [Rahul Gandhi's] thought and ideas, like democratizing elections to the Youth Congress. But he has not [woven] all of this into a grand announcement. This is a period of waiting."

    Though grumblings and disenchantment have been all too audible of late in the Congress ranks because of its growing incoherence, a senior Congress minister expressing his pique with the Gandhi family so openly is quite unprecedented - that too with Rahul, who caries the imprimatur of the party's prime-ministerial candidate for the Lok Sabha (lower house) elections in 2014.

    Though as expected, the minister later clarified that his comments were "misinterpreted", the episode amplifies a growing chorus in the Congress fold for Rahul to step up his game. The dissonance with Rahul's marginal role in party affairs, say experts, underscores a desperate need for the Gandhi lad to mainstream himself, simply because the storm-tossed Congress needs an immediate infusion of fresh ideas and young blood, they opine.

    Khurshid's critique of the Congress also provided ammunition to an issueless opposition to fire at the Gandhis. The Bharatiya Janata Party, which has already tasted blood as Time magazine dubbed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh an "underachiever" in a cover feature this month, rubbished Rahul's credentials as a leader. "As the leader of the future, [that] he has no clear coherent thinking is being confirmed by a senior government minister ... I can only say good luck to the Congress," said Ravi Shankar Prasad, the BJP's chief spokesman.

    Even the Samajwadi Party, which supports the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government from outside, leveraged the opportunity to take a swipe at Gandhi. "It is clear from the very beginning that Rahul may want to become the PM, but he is not [of] the leadership material. He does not have the ideological moorings like Indira or Rajiv Gandhi. He does not have ideological focus," SP leader Shahid Siddique said.

    Though Khurshid has been frostily asked by the Congress to "explain" his Rahul comment, party members admit anonymously that he has only articulated the prevalent sentiment in the organization. "He [Gandhi] has been a member of Parliament for eight years now. This was a long enough period for him to have taken his involvement to the next level," a Congress MP told Asia Times Online. "But he has done nothing of the sort. He isn't even accessible to MPs and legislators."

    The broad view is that Khurshid's ire frames the party's growing frustration with Rahul after it saw him emerging as the pivot of a new power center. The Gandhi scion has not spoken within or outside Parliament on matters of national importance. He has eschewed sustained media interaction while singularly investing all his energy on the Youth Congress when what his party needs is an organizational overhaul.

    Had he reconciled himself to a marginal role in national politics, says a Congress worker, Rahul's current amorphous avatar would have been acceptable, but not when he is being projected as a larger-then-life prime-ministerial candidate.

    Worse, Rahul has also not accepted any administrative role where his political acumen or leadership skills could be judged. In the eight years he has been an MP (member of Parliament from Amethi in Uttar Pradesh), he has not only turned down a minister's post offered by Manmohan in 2009 but also the party's vice-presidential post. Furthermore, though he has been the Congress general secretary for almost a decade, he is yet to spell out a clear vision for either the party or the country.

    "He's a clone of his mother [Sonia]," says a functionary of the right-wing BJP, the country's principal opposition party. "The Gandhis love to wield soft power without the accompanying burden of political responsibility which may put them under public scrutiny."

    At 42, age is also not on Rahul's side. This is going to be a handicap in a rapidly evolving global political landscape where leaders are getting increasingly younger. David Cameron became prime minister of Britain at 44, while Barack Obama, 49, could soon become a two-time US president.

    Gandhi's supporters, however, feel he is sufficiently equipped to take the prime-ministerial plunge without bothering about propitious timing. He carries a phenomenal political legacy, they feel, and has oodles of charisma. Besides, they iterate that even if the Congress loses the 2014 elections, Rahul can always stage a comeback in 2019 as a seasoned and more mature politician. "Given the durability of the Gandhis, this won't be an impossibility," says a senior Congress member.

    One good thing has come out of the Khurshid controversy, though. The Congress is now scrambling to endow Rahul's political presence with more heft in the run-up to national polls. Some say he will soon be anointed as the party's official prime-ministerial candidate. Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh, considered to be the political mentor of the Gandhi scion, says that by September Rahul will play a much more defined and proactive role in the party.

    "An elaborate roadmap," iterated Singh, is being chalked out by the party out for him. Had Rahul gone too fast, added Singh, the media would have criticized him, but now there is a demand within the party for his "larger role". "So I think the time has come."

    The time, say Congress members, has also come because there is a growing disconnect between Congress leaders and the party high command. In the past year, the Congress has witnessed the unprecedented spectacle of numerous party leaders venting their ire about the party's internal affairs. A few have even articulated their dissent in public, while others have been more discreet, expressing their displeasure in private conversations.

    Among the heavyweights who have vented their frustration about the current governance deficit as well as a drift in the party in different ways are senior leaders such as Mani Shankar Aiyar, Salman Khurshid, Shankersinh Vaghela, Jairam Ramesh and Digvijaya Singh.

    The next general election will see more than 290 seats up for grabs in six states - Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu. With Congress' prospects not appearing too bright in any of the big six, the regional satraps and the UPA allies are set to call the shots here. With his mother and UPA chairwoman Sonia Gandhi's clout also eroding fast within the party, the Gandhi heir would do well to heed his party's wake-up call before it is too late.

    Neeta Lal is a widely published writer and commentator who contributes to many reputed national and international print and Internet publications.

    http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/NG19Df01.html

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    Workers Riot at India’s Maruti Suzuki.

    Workers Riot at India’s Maruti Suzuki.

    Aftermath of labor riots at a Maruti Suzuki plant in IndiaNEW DELHI—India’s largest auto maker, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd., 532500.BY +2.43%was hit by violence as workers at one of its auto factories attacked supervisors and started a fire that killed a company official and injured nine policemen as well as nearly 100 managers, including two Japanese expatriates.

    Wednesday’s riot left parts of the assembly plant charred and strewn with glass from smashed windows and guarded by about 1,200 police called in to prevent any recurrence of the violence. Police said they intend to charge rioters in the death of a plant human resources manager.

    Violence stemming from a labor dispute at Maruti Suzuki’s manufacturing plant ends in the death of an employee and a temporary shutdown of the plant. How did the dispute being and what does the Japanese company do to move forward from this episode?

    A Maruti spokesman said the unrest began Wednesday after the workers’ union demanded the reinstatement of a worker who had been suspended for beating up a supervisor. An injured executive at the hospital where he was being treated described the attack as unprovoked.

    “The workers grabbed whatever they could, split up in small groups and attacked us,” he said. The Maruti executive, who declined to be identified, suffered a broken elbow and injuries to his head, ribs, and legs.

    In a statement, the company insisted the incidents were “not an industrial relations problem in the nature of management-worker differences over issues of wages or working conditions,” but an “orchestrated act of mob violence.” Police have said workers who participated face murder or attempted murder charges.

    Workers involved couldn’t be contacted. The plant employs 3,200 assembly workers, about half permanent and half contract workers.

    Intermittent strikes at the local unit of Japan’s Suzuki Motor Corp. 7269.TO -2.00%have highlighted the tense relationship between the company’s management and the workers. The latest incidents follow a string of protests that hit the same factory in Manesar, in the northern state of Haryana, for much of last year.

    The strikes aren’t unique to Maruti and walkouts involving disputes over wages and working conditions at several companies have struck other companies in the world’s second-fastest growing major economy, including Nestlé India Ltd., 500790.BY +0.54%Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., 500520.BY -0.94%Coal India Ltd., 533278.BY +0.38%Bosch Ltd. 500530.BY -0.39%and Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Ltd.

    Shares in Maruti, India’s largest car maker by sales, slumped 8.9% on Thursday to close at 1,117.30 rupees ($20.20) on the Bombay Stock Exchange. The slide was the steepest loss in nearly two years.

    A prolonged shutdown at the Manesar plant would hurt Maruti as the company makes its highest-selling diesel cars—the Swift hatchback and the Swift Dzire sedan—there. It also makes the SX4 sedan and the A-Star small car in Manesar, where about 1,700 cars are produced per day.

    Partly because of labor unrest, in the fiscal year through March, Maruti’s net profit fell 29% to 16.35 billion rupees. Its vehicle sales fell nearly 11% to 1.13 million units.

    Umesh Karne, an analyst at Mumbai-based Brics Securities Ltd., said the impact on Maruti will depend on how long the Manesar factory remains shut.

    “Looking at the current situation, it appears that the factory will remain closed” for at least two to three days, Mr. Karne said. “Even if the factory reopens, there will be simmering tension between workers and the management. So, it is better for both the parties to sit down and talk.”

    D.L. Sachdev, national secretary of the All India Trade Union Congress, said in a conference call with analysts that Maruti’s contract workers are paid about one-third of that of regular workers. He declined to elaborate.

    “The discontent among regular and contract workers has been going on. Unfortunately, the management hasn’t been able to resolve the issue,” he said.

    The Haryana police have taken control of the Manesar plant and have set up a special team to investigate the violent incidents, Maheshwar Dayal, deputy commissioner of police in charge of crime, told reporters.

    Mr. Dayal said 88 workers have been arrested so far.

    Maruti said the dead worker is Awanish Kumar Dev, general manager in charge of human resources at the Manesar plant.

    “Such acts of violence—preplanned, unprovoked and gruesome—have implications beyond one company or region,” the company said. “They are negative trigger for existing companies and regions across the country, as also for prospective investors and job seekers.”

    http://blogs.wsj.com/drivers-seat/20...maruti-suzuki/

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    India probe alleges government coal scam: report

    NEW DELHI: Indian investigators believe 12 firms were given “undue favours” by the government when it let them mine coal without making them bid for the rights, a newspaper report said Monday.

    An official from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) told the Mint newspaper that a probe ordered by the country’s anti-graft watchdog found the dozen companies were given coal deposits without good reason.

    “These companies did not meet requisite criteria to get coal and (it) appears that they were given undue favours,” the official said.

    The official said preliminary investigations were expected to be completed by the end of August.

    The probe was launched after the Times of India revealed a draft report by the national auditor saying the government lost $210 billion in revenues by awarding 155 coalfields to firms without inviting competitive bids.

    The auditor’s final report on the allocation of coalfields, initially scheduled to be presented in parliament in May, was put on hold until the monsoon session, which will begin on Thursday.

    Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal has said India will scrap its current allocation system and begin to hold open auctions later this year after finalising the guidelines for the process.

    The national auditor’s reports detailing treasury losses due to alleged graft have caused major scandals for the Congress-led government in recent years.

    In one case the auditor said the mis-selling of mobile phone licences to favour some firms in 2008 cost the treasury up to $39 billion.

    Phone licences issued under the sale have since been revoked by the Supreme Court, casting a cloud on the country’s previously heralded telecom sector.

    http://dawn.com/2012/07/23/india-pro...l-scam-report/

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    Indian stars accused of misusing top Muslim shrine

    NEW DELHI: The head of one of the most important Muslim shrines in India has complained about Bollywood stars misusing the site to pray for their “sinful” films to be commercially successful.

    Zainul Abedin Ali Khan, who leads the organisation in charge of the Ajmer shrine in Rajasthan, said that celebrity pilgrims were appealing for movies that often featured immoral subjects that insulted Islam.

    “Many film stars come here with (a) CD or DVD of their work and offer it while praying for the success of the film or serial, whatever it is, which is absolutely against the Islamic law,” Khan told reporters in Ajmer on Sunday.

    “They are using the holy place, a prime centre of religious belief, for purely commercial purposes and for degrading moral values among people,” the Press Trust of India news agency quoted him as saying.

    The shrine to sufi saint Muin-ud-din Chishti, who died in Ajmer in the 13th century, is one of south Asia’s most important pilgrimage sites, attracting millions of Muslim and non-Muslim devotees from around the world every year.

    Khan did not name any stars, but glamorous actresses Katrina Kaif and Kareena Kapoor, veteran leading man Amitabh Bachchan and heartthrob Shah Rukh Khan are among many Bollywood personalities to have visited in the past.

    “Most of the films today are full of obscenity, double meaning words and expressions,” Khan explained. “It is hateful and sinful.

    “I strongly condemn and object to the visit of film actors, actresses, directors and producers to the dargah (shrine) to seek blessings for such things which are taboo.”

    Khan also complained that an unnamed male singer-composer visited the shrine wearing a burqa and that a leading actress offered prayers while dressed in a skirt.

    “This is to attract attention and it is highly objectionable,” he said


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    Corruption is rife in our neighbourhood we need more draconian laws and people to be made an example of.

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    Presidential win a boon to Congress
    Sudha Ramachandran

    BANGALORE - The victory of Pranab Mukherjee, the United Progressive Alliance's candidate in the presidential election, will evoke a sigh of relief from the Indian National Congress, the party that heads the ruling coalition. It has crossed a critical bump on the road to the general election in 2014.

    The Congress has seen few election victories over the past year. Mukherjee's will therefore provide a much-needed morale boost. More important, although the president's post is largely a


    ceremonial one, he can play a significant role at the time of the formation of the next government, especially in the event of a fractured mandate - the scenario that is most likely in 2014. He could tilt the scales in favor of a party or coalition by inviting it to try forming the government first.

    Thus the Congress will be relieved that it has a friend in Rashtrapathi Bhavan, the presidential house, to give it a leg up in 2014.

    President-elect Mukherjee is a veteran Congressman. He will be India's 13th president. He was finance minister before he became the UPA's presidential nominee. Besides holding the Finance portfolio several times, he has headed key ministries including Defense and External Affairs and has served too on the boards of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. He was the Congress' troubleshooter, a person who has friends in every party.

    Mukherjee's victory was expected. Besides support from all the UPA coalition partners - even the ever-troublesome Trinamool Congress came around to voting for him after some theatrics - he managed to garner the backing of the Communist Party of India (Marxists) (CPI-M) as well as the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP). Importantly, the presidential election saw some key constituents of the opposition National Democratic Alliance (NDA), which is led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), such as the Shiv Sena and the Janata Dal (United) (JD-U) vote for Mukherjee.

    The presidential election has indicated that UPA chief and Congress president Sonia Gandhi's skills in alliance-building have not dimmed. She has been able to get sworn enemies, the BSP and the SP, the JD-U and the Rashtriya Janata Dal, as well as the CPI-M and the Trinamool, on to the same platform.

    While coalition-building in a general election is different from winning support for a candidate in a battle for the presidency, through Mukherjee's decisive victory Sonia has signaled that her skills in stitching together an alliance remain intact. These are likely to come in handy in the 2014 general election.

    India's ruling coalition has been floundering from one crisis to another. Its image has been badly battered by a string of corruption scandals. Its failure to curb price rises has undermined its credibility. Indicative of its dipping popularity is its poor performance in a string of assembly elections.

    Recent elections in Uttar Pradesh - a state that accounts for a fifth of the seats in the lower house of Parliament - saw the Congress put up an abysmal performance. Even its star campaigners, Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi, failed to impress voters. The road to power in Delhi, it is often said, goes through Uttar Pradesh. The debacle there prompted political pundits to write off the Congress' chances in 2014.

    Such predictions have been belied by Mukherjee's strong showing. The support the Congress was able to drum up for him indicates that two years ahead of the general election, it is still "advantage Congress".

    However, the upturn in the Congress' fortunes is not a statement on its merit.

    If it is attracting allies, it is only because the opposition NDA is in utter disarray. From an alliance that once commanded 24 parties, it is now down to just seven. And the number could fall further as general elections near.

    The possibility of the controversial and polarizing chief minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi, being projected as the BJP's prime-ministerial candidate could result in allies like the JD-U and the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) parting ways with the NDA. It was under Modi's watch that the anti-Muslim pogrom of 2002 was carried out.

    While he has won three assembly elections in a row and is expected to win another in December, whether the NDA or even the BJP will hold on if he is their prime-ministerial candidate is doubtful.

    At this point, however, it is not the tattered NDA that the Congress needs to fear but a possible Third Front that includes powerful regional parties like the SP, Trinamool even the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). On July 19 even as voting for the president was in progress, serious trouble bubbled over for the Congress when a key ally, the NCP, threatened to pull out of the government. NCP chief Sharad Pawar, who heads the Agriculture Ministry, said he was putting in his papers because his party was annoyed with the Congress' failure to consult coalition partners in making key decisions.

    While the Congress is skilled in building coalitions, it is unable to work with other constituents as allies of a coalition. Hence the unilateral decision-making. The party is still uneasy with coalition politics and considers other constituents as subordinate entities.

    If the Congress is to have a fighting chance of retaining power in 2014, it will need more than coalition-building skills to save it. It will have to win enough seats in the election in the first place to be in the driver's seat for building a coalition. That will require an improvement in governance immediately if it is to win back support of voters. Many feel that this is unlikely so long as aging and incompetent leaders continue to head ministries.

    On July 19, soon after casting his vote in the presidential election, Rahul Gandhi told reporters that he was ready to play a "more active role in party and government". This came close on the heels of a comment made by Law Minister Salman Khursheed that Rahul was not accepting "functional responsibility". "Until now," he said, "we have only seen cameos of his thought and ideas like democratizing elections to the Youth Congress."

    Hitherto Rahul has been involved with party organizational matters and reviving the Congress' youth and student wings. He has refused to take on ministerial responsibilities, prompting commentators to say that while Rahul's initial refusal to take on such positions was understandable, his continuing avoidance of responsibility and reluctance to lay out his ideas before the public, eight years after he stepped into politics, is untenable.

    As an editorial in the influential English-language daily The Hindu observed: "If he is the heir-apparent, as the entire party thinks he is, and he is to be projected as a prime-ministerial candidate in 2014, he must end his wanderings through the thicket of the party organization and take on concrete ministerial responsibilities ... [He needs to] demonstrate to the people that he can actually administer, as a minister, some of the small but important infrastructure programs of the UPA government."

    A ministerial reshuffle is reportedly in the cards, Rahul is expected to be appointed a minister. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is expected to use the opportunity to push out some of the deadwood in his cabinet to include younger leaders.

    Making Rahul a minister would not by itself improve the government's performance or boost the Congress' electoral chances. It could in fact trigger rebellions from the allies. Still, if it marks the beginning of a process of lifting the party out of a state of directionless drift, then it can hope to recover at least some of the credibility it has lost.

    Sudha Ramachandran is an independent journalist/researcher based in Bangalore.


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    It is amazing that after all this time Congress and Sonia Ghandi have so much influence on the people of India

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    Dynastic politics is bad for our neighbourhood. Education is a must for our people to kick the Bhutto Gahndi types out.

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    Main suspect in India Assam girl assault held

    The police in India say they have arrested the main suspect in the assault of a teenage girl in northeastern Assam state.

    Amarjyoti Kalita - an actor who played a policeman in a recent Assamese television serial - was held in the northern city of Varanasi on Monday.

    There was outrage after footage emerged showing a mob of men attacking the girl in the city of Guwahati.

    So far, 12 people have been arrested in connection with the incident.

    The editor of a television channel, which first aired the video of the assault resigned over the broadcast last week.

    Gauravjyoti Neog, the journalist who filmed the girl's ordeal, has also resigned to facilitate a "fair investigation" after facing allegations of voyeurism.

    The incident has so angered residents of Guwahati that some have put up a billboard in a busy city area, demanding tough action against those involved.

    Assam has a high rate of crime against women - 36.9 per 100,000 a year against the national average of 18.9.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-18964865

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    Truck plunge kills 16 pilgrims in Indian Kashmir

    SRINAGAR: Sixteen Hindus returning from the site of an annual pilgrimage in Indian Kashmir died when their truck plunged into a deep gorge, police said Friday.

    The truck, carrying more than 30 pilgrims, skidded off the road and into the gorge late Thursday evening, some 50 kilometres from the Kashmiri winter capital Jammu, a police spokesman said.

    “The truck rolled over. Sixteen people were killed and another 16 were injured,” the spokesman told AFP.

    The victims had all taken part in an annual pilgrimage — one of the oldest in the world — to the Amarnath cave in the Kashmir Himalaya, which houses a natural stalagmite worshipped as a symbol of Shiva, the god of destruction.

    Hundreds of thousands of Hindus visit the cave every summer, trekking to altitudes of 4,570 metres along narrow, winding paths that criss-cross steep valleys.

    Two weeks ago 15 pilgrims died in Indian Kashmir when their bus skidded off the road into a different gorge.

    http://dawn.com/2012/07/27/truck-plu...ndian-kashmir/


    A pray for the victims and their families today please from all

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    Bhopal victims stage own ‘Olympics’ to protest Dow sponsorship

    Bhopal victims stage own ‘Olympics’ to protest Dow sponsorship

    Published: 26 July, 2012, 23:45


    Survivors of the 1984 Bhopal disaster, one of the world’s worst-ever industrial catastrophes, have held their own Games to protest against the London Olympics being sponsored by Dow Chemical.

    Dozens of disabled kids aged five to 16 have participated in 10 sports in Bhopal during the ‘Special Olympics’. The move was aimed against the company which has a contract with the IOC until 2020 and, in particular, is a sponsor of London Olympics.

    "We have been protesting against Dow's sponsorship for a year now, we want them to be dropped," organizers' spokeswoman Rachna Dhingra told Reuters. "But we have realized this is not going to happen."

    Some 25,000 residents of Bhopal died in the aftermath of a massive gas leak in a pesticide factory owned by Union Carbide, an American company purchased by Dow Chemical in 2001.

    Dow, however, has done little to improve the situation in the disaster-stricken zone. According to activists’ estimates, 500,000 people are still suffering from illnesses developed after the tragedy, including cancer, blindness and various birth defects.
    The company has repeatedly denied any involvement in the tragedy and refuses to add to the $470- million compensation paid out in 1989.



    http://www.rt.com/news/olympics-bhop...-disaster-160/


    I a somewhat surprised that a massive country in terms of population is not able to get the sponsor removed

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    Indian politician ND Tiwari fathered illegitimate son

    A 31-year-old Indian man is the son born out of wedlock of senior politician ND Tiwari, DNA tests show.

    The Delhi High Court ordered the tests after Rohit Shekhar filed a paternity suit against the politician.

    Mr Shekhar had argued that his mother, Ujjwala Sharma, had a relationship with Mr Tiwari, who is now 86.

    The politician, a prominent member of India's governing Congress party, had dismissed the case as an attempt to malign his reputation.

    He opposed an earlier court order to give a blood sample, saying he could not be forced.

    But the High Court ruled that police help could be sought to collect his DNA if he resisted.

    On Friday it rejected arguments from the politician's lawyer that the DNA test result should be kept secret in order "to protect his reputation".

    Mr Tiwari has been a federal minister in past governments and also the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state.

    In 2009, he resigned as the governor of the southern state of Andhra Pradesh after video footage surfaced allegedly showing Mr Tiwari in bed with three women.

    His office denied the allegation, saying that the video had been doctored.

    Mr Tiwari was married but his wife died in 1993. The couple had no children together.

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    India: Rajasthan couple held for selling baby

    Police in India's Rajasthan state have arrested and bailed a couple suspected of selling their new-born baby boy for $722 (£462) to pay for the treatment of their sick three-year-old son.

    The parents, Sandhya Devi and Ashok Kumar, allegedly sold the baby to a neighbouring couple, who have also been arrested and bailed.

    The incident reportedly took place in the Sriganganagar district.

    Police said they were also probing the role of six other people in the case.

    They include a government official.

    Mr and Mrs Kumar allegedly sold the baby boy to their neighbours - Vinod Agarwal and his wife Shakuntla.

    The baby was born on 31 July and handed over to the couple on 3 August.

    Mr and Agarwal allegedly offered to pay for the baby when they found out that Mrs Kumar was pregnant.

    Her three-year-old son has suffered from a debilitating illness since birth and is disabled.

    "Since the couple could not pay for the treatment of their son, a middleman lured them to sign a deal with the neighbours, who were wanting a child," senior police official Sharvandas said.

    Mr and Mrs Kumar lodged a complaint with police earlier this week saying that the Agarwals had not paid them all the money to which they had been promised.

    Police then arrested both couples and the middleman.

    The baby has now been handed back to the Kumars.

    BBC News - India: Rajasthan couple held for selling baby
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    News like this is heartbreaking. Our leaders need to be tried for treason that there are some so poor that they have to resort to this. A society is judged by the way it treats its weakest
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aryan_B View Post
    News like this is heartbreaking. Our leaders need to be tried for treason that there are some so poor that they have to resort to this. A society is judged by the way it treats its weakest
    Mate its appalling to hear and see. We must keep news like this in the public domain so it will humiliate those leaders that are responsible for the pain society faces every other day.
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    can we put the blame entirely on the leaders of these countries? these leaders are brought in by the public, they have a duty to vote for the right peole and if unhappy then kick them out!

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    Monkeys attack residents near Selaiyur, 19 hurt

    CHENNAI: At least 19 people were injured when two monkeys went on the rampage at Padhuvanchery near Selaiyur on Tuesday. The injured were treated at a private hospital. Several residents tried to nab the monkeys, but failed.

    Later, forest officials laid a trap and caught the simians after a struggle of more than two hours. The monkeys were taken to the forest office in Velachery where they will be examined before being released into the wild. "We have asked a veterinarian to check them to see why they turned violent and attacked the people. If it is found that they have some disease, we will shift them to the veterinary clinic," another official said.

    After talking to local residents, police said the two monkeys were part of a group of three and had turned violent after one of them died a week ago. On Tuesday morning, police said, some children playing on the streets saw the two monkeys and gave them some puffed rice, groundnuts and banana. The monkeys snatched the food from the children's hands and suddenly turned upon them. The children screamed and ran. A few other residents then tried to drive away the monkeys but they attacked them too. After some time, the residents had to run for their lives.

    "These monkeys are really wild. They attack residents walking on the streets with fruits and vegetables and snatch their bags," Prakasam, a local resident, said.

    Selaiyur inspector MN Viswanath Jain said, "We didn't get any complaint from the victims as many of them sustained only minor injuries."
    Monkeys attack residents near Selaiyur, 19 hurt - Times Of India
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    Quote Originally Posted by bilalhaider View Post
    Monkeys attack residents near Selaiyur, 19 hurt



    Monkeys attack residents near Selaiyur, 19 hurt - Times Of India

    Indians --- please they are very dangerous monkeys ---do not feed them they will bite your arm off....

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    Man they look seriously dangerous unfed and licence to kill!!!!lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Express View Post
    Indians --- please they are very dangerous monkeys ---do not feed them they will bite your arm off....

    Naaah - they'll just take 10% of your arm ...

    The one on the right will issue strong denials that any such incident ever took place and/or will vow to arrest the perpetrators in days and even claim that he would kill any such arm biting monkey himself!
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