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Thursday , November 29 , 2012
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PMO on Vadra

New Delhi, Nov. 28: The Prime Minister’s Office has said a PIL alleging irregular land dealings between Robert Vadra and realty developer DLF “contains baseless and unverified information”.

Government sources said tonight that the PMO filed an affidavit in the matter because it had been so instructed by Allahabad High Court.

“The PMO is not defending anyone or giving a clean chit to anyone,” a source said. He added: “But we have said that the PIL had been filed on the basis of newspaper reports and contains baseless and unverified information. This concerns a personal business matter and the PMO or the government has no role in it, we have been unnecessarily dragged into the issue for reasons of publicity rather than public interest.”

Jagan blow

Hyderabad (PTI): A CBI court on Wednesday dismissed a bail plea of YSR Congress leader Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy in an alleged disproportionate assets case. The judge dismissed one of his bail petitions and adjourned hearing on another to November 30.

Alimony snub

New Delhi (PTI): A woman’s plea for maintenance from her husband, a retired government employee, has been dismissed by a Delhi court. The judge said the husband had “sufficient means” but the woman cannot be granted maintenance unless she proves that he had refused to maintain her.

Gujral critical

Gurgaon (PTI): The condition of former Prime Minister I.K. Gujral, who is in hospital with a lung infection, is critical. Gujral, 92, is on ventilator but other support systems have been removed, family sources said. “He is stable but critical,” said his son and MP, Naresh Gujral. He has been on dialysis for over a year.

Card arrests

New Delhi (PTI): Four persons have been arrested for allegedly cloning credit cards and conducting transactions. The four were arrested following a complaint filed by an HDFC official who found transactions of huge amounts through credit card machines installed in some shops.

China map

Beijing, Nov. 28 (Reuters): China said today people should not read too much into the placement of a new map in its passports that depicts claims to disputed territory, after the US said it would raise concerns with Beijing over the issue.

dia has voiced its protest against Arunachal Pradesh and Aksai Chin being shown as Chinese territory on the map, and is responding by issuing visas stamped with its own version of the borders. The Philippines and Vietnam have condemned the new microchip-equipped passports, saying the map they incorporate violates their national sovereignty by marking disputed waters as Chinese territory.

“The aim of China’s new electronic passports is to strengthen its technological abilities and make it convenient for Chinese citizens to enter or leave the country,” foreign ministry spokesperson Hong Lei said.

Super Sukhoi

New Delhi (PTI): Plans are afoot to equip the Sukhoi 30Mki, the frontline fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force, with missiles having a strike range of around 300km, IAF sources said. The sources said the plan is to upgrade the first 80 Su-30MKIs to “Super Sukhois” which will have highly advanced radars and weapon systems.

Savita case

London (PTI): Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny has promised swift action on the country’s tough abortion laws and sought a “calm, rational and sensitive discussion” on it, amid a controversy over the death of Indian dentist Savita Halappanavar. She died last month in Ireland after being refused termination of an unviable pregnancy.


New Delhi (PTI): A demand notice has been sent by the directorate-general of central excise intelligence to trusts run by yoga televangelist Ramdev for alleged service tax evasion on about Rs 1 crore received from a private TV channel airing his programme.