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Consensus on major clauses of Lokpal bill: Sibal

on Lok Pal Bill here, the HRD Minister, Mr. Kapil Sibal said that there was an agreement on about 85 per cent clauses of the bill.

Describing today’s meeting as a major step forward, Mr. Sibal said that the areas of divergence and differences will be discussed in the all party meeting to be convened by the Prime Minister next month. He reiterated the government’s commitment to introduce a strong Lok Pal Bill in the monsoon session of Parliament. Mr. Sibal said that the discussions took place in a non acrimonious manner and there was frank exchange of views between both the sides.

Earlier, the UPA chairperson, Sonia Gandhi has said that the Lokpal Bill is very much a part of the agenda of the National Advisory Council. In a reply to social activist Anna Hazare’s letter to her, Mrs Gandhi said, she has already made her views clear in her earlier communications. Mrs. Gandhi said, she believes that there is an urgent necessity to combat graft and corruption. The UPA chairperson said that she strongly supports the institution of Lokpal that is consistent with the practices and conventions of the country’s parliamentary democracy.

J Dey:Mumbai Police question ACP Mahabole

Mahabole was allowed to go after recording his statement yesterday. Crime Branch sources said, during the interrogation Mahabole claimed that he had cordial relation with Dey and he had no role in the murder. Sources said, Crime Branch may summon him again if required.

Mahabole, under scanner following the June 13 murder, was shunted to Local Arms Control Room in suburban Naigaon from the in-charge post of Azad Maidan division in south Mumbai.

Sonia favours Lok Pal

In a reply to social activist Anna Hazare, Mrs Gandhi said, she has already made her views clear in her earlier communications.

Mrs. Gandhi said, she believed that there was an urgent necessity to combat graft and corruption. She said that she strongly supports the institution of Lokpal that is consistent with the practices and conventions of the country’s parliamentary democracy.

Meanwhile, ahead of the eighth meeting of Joint Draft Committee on Lokpal Bill tomorrow, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Human Resources Development Minister Kapil Sibal and others members representing the government held deliberations on various aspects of the bill.

Pak to probe Osama killing

Pak Law Minister Maula Bakhsh Chandio told a TV Channel that consultations are under way for the new panel.

Opposition leader and PML-N Chief Nawaz Sharif asked the government to form an independent and powerful commission to expose all mysteries surrounding bin Laden’s presence in the country and the failure of intelligence agencies to detect the US military helicopters that participated in the raid against the al-Qaeda leader.

AIUDF for action against Forbesganj perpetrators

“We are surprise that the present state government which came to power with huge minority votes is so slow in practical action”. Maulana Ajmal said adding that the police personnel shown in the media footage reflect the CM apathy towards the poor people.

The video that captured the horrible scene may bring tears into the eyes of those who have beating hearts. The incident was a worst example of khakhi atrocities in Bihar against the people. The horrible incidence is altogether a violation of human rights, women rights and child rights.

‘We were hoping that the state government, other than offering penny to the victim families, would take adequate actions against the culprits. But to our shock till 15 days passed no concrete action has been taken by the state government and the victim families have to rush to Delhi for justice” he said , adding that the firing was open violation of citizen’s right and the government must deal with it seriously’.  

Krishna to visit Myanmar

This will be the first Indian high level visit after the formation of Civil Government in Myanmar in March this year. Broad based exchange on the issues of transportation, connectivity, Information Technology, telecommunication and infrastructure are high on the agenda of the Indian delegation.

Mysterious disease claim 22 kids lives in Bihar

The state health department has sent a team of experts from Patna to Muzaffarpur. Principal Secretary, Health, Amarjeet Sinha said, the team has already collected the blood samples and returned to the state capital. He said, the blood samples have been sent to a specialised laboratory in Pune for examination.

While four children died at Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital, SKMCH, three others died at Kejriwal hospital in Muzaffarpur town. SKMCH Pediatrician Dr Braj Mohan confirmed the death of four children at the hospital since yesterday.

Centre to give due importance to Urdu

name-plates and directional signs in Urdu and other languages which have been given official status in states and union territories other than Hindi.

The decision was taken by the ministry recently while considering the public convenience and welfare of the large sections of society living in the said States.

The home ministry sources said that in addition to Hindi and English, the official languages of the states should be given equal prominence. It even said that the font sizes of the texts of all the languages will be of the same size.

The official notification said that the boards, sign-boards, name-plates and directional signs will be written, printed, painted, inscribed, embossed in Hindi first. The order of the other languages, including English, will be determined by the department concerned or the state concerned.

It has been observed that despite getting official status in several states, Urdu has not been given due prominence in sign boards and other official purpose.

India lodges protest with Pak on military exercises

INS Godavari is escorting an Egyptian vessel released by Somali pirates. An official release said that the Naval Adviser of the Pakistan High Commission here was summoned on Friday to the Ministry of Defence and India’s serious concern on this incident was conveyed.

New Delhi said that it was also against the relevant regulations on navigational safety. The statement also said that the acts of Pakistan naval vessel were in violation of bilateral agreement signed in 1991.
India has also refuted allegations that its war ship obstructed the Pakistan naval ship.

The Egyptian vessel MV Suez, hijacked by Somali pirates, was released on Monday after nearly 10 months. Its 22 crew members included 6 Indians, 11 Egyptians, 4 Pakistanis and one Sri Lankan.

Bihar: The tragic tale of injustice and indignity

(My son was reading Kalima, Police thought he was abusing them. They started dancing on his semi dead body. They did no allow us to near him). The seen has been shown on few TV channel.

This heart-rending story was narrated by the sobbing mother of Mustafa Ansari (18) who was killed in unprovoked police firing at Bhajanpura village in Forbesganj block of Araria district of Bihar on June 3.

At a crowded press conference here on Saturday, the victims of the police firing have narrated police brutalities and highhandedness inflicted on the hapless villagers. Mustafa’s mother Taheran Khatoon said her son had nothing to do with the agitation, he was coming back to home from his ‘paan’ shop, and police shot him point-blank on his head.

Other victim’s mother Ameena Khatoon said his son was hit by four bullets, one on his head. The victims said they were confined into their homes for more than four days.

Noted filmmaker and activist Mahesh Bhatt, who visited affected village along with Shabnam Hashmi of ANHAD, said they brought the victims to Delhi to bring truths before the country.  

Coming down heavily on the Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, Bhatt said he tried to contact him for full day but failed to get any response from the CM.

On a question, he lamented that a section of the media did not give due attention to gory firing incident as these people did not figure in the consumer class.

He warned that if police turn communal then the country would not survive. “It is a question of   human injustices and indignity, so guilty should be brought to justice’, he said.

Local Congress leader Owais Yasin said the Police and the local administration have been making pressure on the victims not to file any cases against the police officers particularly against Garima Malik who is the SP of the area.

He said they have filed cases under the section 302, 307, 148 of IPC. He said police have also registered FIR against 4,000 unknown persons but due to public pressure they did not dare to arrest any person.  

ANHAD’s Shabnam Hashmi, who led the fact finding team to the Forbesganj, has alleged that the CM is under pressure of the BJP and he has shown complete disregard to the victims. She said the fact- finding team was informed by several villagers that on May 29, 2011 Sushil Modi, Deputy CM and BJP, MLA had come to Forbesganj and had pressurized the administration to take immediate action regarding the village road and block it.

The villagers also told us that in the past few months the activities of right wing organizations had increased in and around Forbesganj.  

Ashok Aggarwal was heard saying, “inko pinjre mai band kar denge. Jail bana denge salon ke gaon ko.” she said. She also alleged that that many eye witnesses told the team that apart from the police, Ashok Agarwal himself fired at people.

The police while chasing the people entered the village and killed a women and an infant point blank. Five people including one woman and a six-month-old infant and an unborn baby were killed and 9 others injured.

The victims demanded to probe into role of Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi in the whole incident and immediate dismissal of SP, SDO and all other senior police, administrative officers present on the spot at the time firing was ordered and arrest of Ashok Agarwal for firing at people. They wanted tnquiry into his role in the whole incident, the built up and firing. They also asked compensation of 10 lakhs to the families of those killed and one lakh to the injured.

Calling the announcement of judicial inquiry by the CM as a farce, Bhiar Congress Shakil Ahmad said neither terms of reference nor the name of judge was announced till date. When asked why Rahul Gandhi did not visit the Forbesganj, he said he was not representing Congress party here.

Earlier, the victims called on Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and briefed her sufferings. They will also visit the national Commission for Minorities and NCHR on Monday.     

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