Abu Salem convicted in fake passport case
A special Central Bureau of Investigation
court convicted gangster Abu Salem in a
2001 fake passport case November 15.
Salem, who was extradited to India from
Portugal in 2005, had obtained three fake
passports, one for himself, one for his wife,
and a third for his girlfriend starlet
Monica Bedi in 2001.
Cash-for-vote scam: Amar Singh let off
Jailed persons can contest elections
A court hearing the 2008 cash-for-vote
scam — on the alleged bribing of members
of India’s Parliament by the ruling United
Progressive Alliance government to sur-
vive a confidence vote in Parliament —
discharged all but one accused in the case.
Former Samajwadi Party leader Amar
Singh, three Bharatiya Janata Party mem-
bers of parliament and two others were let
off in the case.
India’s Supreme Court approved an
amendment, November 19, to the
Representation of the People Act wherein
people in jail or in police custody can contest elections.
The court said after ‘amendments
brought by the government of India in the
Representation of the People Act, a person
does not cease to be an elector only by
being in police custody/jail and can therefore contest elections to the state legislation and Parliament.’
Mumbai: Teen commits suicide after being stalked on Facebook
Chhattisgarh: Record turnout in second phase of elections
A 14-year-old girl allegedly committed
suicide November 19 in Mumbai after
being harassed by a minor stalker on
Facebook. The boy was arrested later.
The victim’s family claimed they had
filed a police complaint, but no action was
taken, resulting in the tragedy.
Barring a few stray incidents of violence,
BJP felicitates riots accused
polling for 72 seats in the second phase of
elections in Chhattisgarh passed off peace-
fully with a record 74.65 percent voters
exercising their franchise November 19.
Two Bharatiya Janata Party legislators —
accused in the Muzaffarnagar riots case —
were felicitated by the party in Agra
Sangeet Som and Suresh Rana spent
over a month in jail for instigating Hindu-Muslim violence in Uttar Pradesh earlier
The Congress party deplored the BJP’s
action claiming it would create a ‘hate sit-
uation’ while the ruling Samajwadi Party
in Uttar Pradesh said it reflected the saf-
fron party’s culture.
Indira Gandhi Peace Prize for Merkel
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will
be awarded the Indira Gandhi Prize for
Peace, Disarmament and Development for
2013. An international jury headed by
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh chose
her for the honor.
Professor C N R Rao becomes third scientist to get Bharat Ratna
Professor Chintamani Nagesa
Ramachandra Rao became the third scientist to be awarded the Bharat Ratna —
India’s highest civilian award — for his
contribution to structural chemistry.
Sir C V Raman and former Indian
President A P J Abdul Kalam are the only
other scientists who have received the
Rao, the founder of the Bengaluru-based
Former army general apologizes to apex court
Jawharlal Nehru Center for Advanced
He was conferred the honor along with
cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar November
Former Indian Army chief General V K
Singh tendered an ‘unconditional apology’
to the Supreme Court for making certain
remarks on its order on his age row.
He said he had no intention to bring disrepute to the institution and judges. Singh,
who was rapped by the court for attributing motives to its verdict, said he had
‘highest respect’ for the judiciary, particularly the apex court.
Unnao gold hunt ends
A month after the Archaeological
Survey of India began excavations in
Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao district, following
a seer’s claim that 1,000 tons of gold was
buried at the site, officials stopped the
hunt after hitting a dead end November
Ban English in Parliament: Mulayam
Samajwadi Party President Mulayam
Singh Yadav demanded a ban on the use
of English in India’s Parliament.
‘When members of Parliament ask for
votes, they do so in Hindi, but address
the Parliament in English. This should
stop,’ Mulayam Singh said. ‘We should
use our mother tongue. Countries which
use their mother tongue are more developed. It’s the need of the hour to promote Hindi.’
Matters of faith
Devotees light candles at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, on the 544th birth anniversary of Guru
Nanak, November 17.
Sikh pilgrims on a train traveling to Pakistan, at a railway station in Amritsar, November 15. Hundreds of
devotees traveled to Pakistan to visit Nankana Sahib shrine, the birthplace of Guru Nanak, on his birth
Ink attack on Kejriwal
A man claiming to be a Bharatiya Janata Party worker and social activist Kisan
Baburao ‘Anna’ Hazare’s supporter threw ink at Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind
He said Kejriwal had ‘betrayed (his mentor) Hazare and the people.’
Meanwhile, in response to a letter by Hazare, Kejriwal said his party would not
contest the Delhi assembly election if charges of using India Against Corruption
movement funds for political campaigning were found true.
AAP gets the sting
Less than two weeks before the Delhi assembly elections the Aam Aadmi Party
received a jolt following a sting operation November 21 that showed AAP leaders
accepting funds without proper verification of the donors.
The party said the video had been doctored and demanded raw footage of the
tapes. Kejriwal said anyone found guilty upon examination of the footage from the
sting operation would face action.
The Aam Aadmi Party
office in New Delhi.
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