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Land acquisition of three villages set aside by Allahabad High Court (General)
21-10-11  Allahabad High Court, today (21-Oct-2011) set aside the acquisition of land in three villages of Noida, Greater Noida and Noida Extension. The farmers of some other villages in Gautam Budh Nagar will receive enhanced compensation.

The decision was given by the 3-judge Division Bench comprising of Justice Ashok Bhushan, Justice S. U. Khan and Justice V. K. Shukla.The bench ruled on a writ petition filed by 491 farmers challenging the acquisition of more than 3000 hectares of land by the state government.

The court has ruled that the affected farmers are entitled to restoration of their land subject to the return of any compensation they have already received.

The court seriously considered the fact that the land was acquired by the state government by invoking the urgency clause, for the purpose of planned industrial development, but was later transferred to private builders for construction of residential complexes.

The Allahabad High Court, had earlier in May this year, also turned down the acquisition of 156 hectares of land in Shahberi village which was also similarly acquired and turned over to private builders.
UPA Government uses brute force to evict Baba Ramdev (General)
06-06-11  Baba Ramdev's hunger strike on the issue of corruption and black money has shaken the UPA led government at the center. The government has initiated extreme action and did all in its power to prevent the Baba from proceeding.

The hunger strike which began on the morning of Saturday 04-June-2011 was abruptly interrupted by what is being termed as the most inhuman act of the Delhi Police in independent India.

Late in the night, after midnight when most of the protesters were sleeping the police displayed their strength. The police entered the tent at Ramlila Ground in large numbers and beat up many of the followers of Baba Ramdev, including women and children. Some of the beaten up people are critically injured and had to be admitted to the hospitals.

The police took the Baba into custody and evicted him out of Delhi.

In the follow-up of this police action the government has ended up mustering up a lot of support for Baba Ramdev and his campaign from all over the country. Anna Hazare and the some of the veteran leaders of Indian politics have likened this police action to that of Jaliawala Bagh. Some of the younger leaders said it resembled the Emergency that had rocked the nation in 1975.

One thing is certain that the UPA government has lost the support of most of the common man, who has seen it actively stalling on all issues of corruptions be it 2G scam, CWG scam, Lokpal Bill.
Ravinder Singh - A Sikh - to become Chief of Army in Singapore (General)
04-03-11  Brigadier-General Ravinder Singh, a sikh of Indian origin, has been nominated to take over as Chief of Army. He will take charge from out-going chief Major General Chan Chun Sing on 25 March 2011.

Son of Harchand Singh, the 46 year old BG Ravinder Singh is currently the Deputy Secretary (Technology) in the Ministry of Defence of Singapore. He joined the armed forces in Dec 1982 and was awarded the SAF Overseas Training Award (Academic) in 1983.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours First Class) (Engineering Science) and a Master of Arts (Engineering Science) from the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. He also holds a Master of Science (Management of Technology) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States of America.

Singh has served the Singaporean army in various capacities. He has made significant contributions to the development of the 3rd Generation SAF which includes the application of Integrated Knowledge-Based Command and Control (IKC2) as the key driver for the SAF's transformation efforts.
Appointment of PJ Thomas as CVC struck down by Supreme Court (General)
03-03-11  Supreme Court of India has today quashed the appointment of P. J. Thomas as Chief Vigiliance Commissioner.

Thomas had been appointed as CVC on 7 Sept 2010. His appointment had been challenged in the Supreme Court through a PIL by an NGO along with some retired government officials, in view of a pending criminal case against him in a Kerala court. It was also alleged that Thomas, who was then Telecom Secretary, was involved in the cover-up of the 2G spectrum scam.

The Bench of Chief Justice S. H. Kapadia, Justice K. S. Radhakrishnan and Justice Swatantar Kumar delivered the decision today at Delhi. The three judge bench of the apex court noted that the appointment of Thomas was did not keep up the institutional integrity of the post of CVC and the choice of the Prime Minister's panel amounted to official arbitrariness.

The court also observed that "The high-powered committee has to take into consideration what is good for the institution and not for the candidate. The touchstone is public interest."
Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab's death sentence upheld by Bombay High Court (General)
21-02-11  Bombay High Court has today upheld the death sentence of Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone surviving terrorist for his role in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.

10 Pakistani terrorists had entered Mumbai on 26/11/2008 and unleashed at terror attack that shook the nation and had left 166 people dead.

Kasab was tha only pertetrator to be captured alive. He was tried in a special anti-terror court that had on 6 May 2010 pronounced a death sentence for him.

Kasab had appealed in Bombay High Court against the verdict, which has today been turned down by the High Court. The judges of the High Court hearing the case observed that Kasab was directly responsible for the deaths of seven people on that fateful night.

Kasab was not brought to the court today for his hearing. He attended via a video conference link from Mumbai's Arthur Road Jail.
Telhaka releases names of 15 having secret accounts in Leichtenstein (General)
05-02-11  Telheka has published a list of 15 individuals and entities who have secretly held money in accounts outside India.

The Magazine has once again done what the government has been unable to do so far.

According to the report, two years ago, on 18 March 2009, the German Government had given the names of 18 Indians who had accounts in the LGT Bank of Leichtenstein, a well known tax haven nation, 190 km from Munich, Germany.

The magazine claims that it has accessed 16 names out of 18 and has released names of 15 people out of it. The magazine says that currently it is giving only the names. It says that the persons have been contacted and will be given an opportunity of saying their side of the story. The 16th is the name of a prominent Indian businessman who has been contacted by the magazine for his version of the story.

Tehelka is an independent news magazine, that has shaken the Indian government on earlier occasions, with its revelations. Click here for the Tehelka report - Indian Black Money: The Swindler’s List.

The Tehelka report does however give credit to the government saying that the government has almost completed investigations of 15 names and is preparing to prosecute them for tax evasion and concealment of income.

Early in 2008, Germany had got a list of about 1200 individuals mainly Germans who held secret accounts in Liechtenstein. The country had initiated action against over 600 of its tax payers and gone ahead and shared the information with other countries including India.
Bihar 2010 Election Result: Nitish Kumar led NDA targets 2/3rd majority (General)
24-11-10  National Democratic Alliance - a national coalition of parties including the BJP and JD(U) - is leading the poll results in Bihar.

The alliance is all set to form government in the state for the second term, that too with a thumping majority.

According to the ECI reported figures, at 2:50pm, JD(U) is leading in 113 seats while its alliance partner the BJP is leading in 86, taking their combined total to 199. The coalition is all set get a 2/3rd majority in the 243 seater Bihar Assembly.

PartyWonLeads
JD(U)12101
BJP1769
RJD223
LJP-7
INC-6
Others-6

In a major upset, Rabri Devi, former Chief Minister and the wife of RJD supremo, who contested from 2 seats is trailing from both. Rabri Devi had sought the people's votes from Raghopur and Sonepur assembly constituencies.

At Sonepur Rabri Devi is behind to Vinay Kumar Singh of BJP by more than 19000 votes, whereas Satish Singh of Janta Dal (United) is ahead of Rabri Devi in Raghopur by more than 12000 votes.
Bihar Polls: Trends by Election Commission at 9:05am (General)
24-11-10  Election Commission of India has shown the trends for 12 seats on its results portal.
PartyLeads
BJP3
JD(U)6
RJD1
LJP0
INC1
Others1
JD(U) and BJP are contesting the polls together while RJD and LJP are in alliance. INC has contested the polls on its own.

In the outgoing assembly in Bihar JD(U) + BJP had 88 + 55 = 143 members, RJD + LJP had 54 + 10 = 64 seats, while the Congress party (INC) was in the 5th place with only 9 seats.

JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar who has been the Chief Minister of the state for the last five years is a MLC and has one year of tenure left as MLC. He has not contested the polls, neither did the deputy chief minister, Sushil Modi of BJP.

The supremos of RJD and LJP, Lalu Prasad Yadav and Ram Vilas Paswan, respectively are both Members of the Lok Sabha. They too did not contest in the current polls.
Bihar Polls: Early trends place JD(U)+BJP combine in the lead (General)
24-11-10  The trends from the counting centers in Bihar have started coming in.

Early trends have put
  • JD(U)+BJP ahead in 24 places
  • RJD + LJP combine ahead in 4
  • INC is leading in 2, while
  • Others are leading in 6 seats.
The battle of Bihar is being seen as a test of Nitish Kumar's governance model, which has brought Bihar out of the violence prone image.

The five big parties that are to be watched out for are Janta Dal United {JD(U)} Nitish Kumar the sitting Chief Minister's party with has an alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party {BJP}. Lalu Prasad Yadav's Rashtriya Janta Dal {RJD} and Paswan's LJP are in an alliance. The Indian National Congress {INC} has contested the election on its own.

More and more information is continously pouring in even as we update this status.
Bihar State General Elections - Results to come out soon (General)
24-11-10  Today is counting day at Bihar, where General Election of Bihar Legislative Assembly 2010 has been successfully conducted by the Election Commission.

The poll process began in the state in first week of September when the poll schedule was announced by the Election Commission of India. Election in the state conducted for 243 seats in 6 phases with the last phase concluding on 20 November 2010.

The highlight of the election process in Bihar this time, is that no major violence was reported, which has been notorious for its bahubali and trigger happy leaders.

Electronic voting machines (EVMs) were for polling, which drastically reduces the time required for announcing the results.

Counting is expected to start at 8:00am, trends and results are expected to start pouring in soon.
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