India Abroad January 10, 2014 A21 THE WEEK THAT WAS
those made homeless by the communal
riots in September, could be dismantled.
Meanwhile, facing flak over the death of
children at relief camps, the state government shifted 420 riot victims from camps
in the district to vacant buildings to protect
them from the severe cold wave sweeping
Navy building damaged in
In a freak mishap, a 30 mm gun on board
a Coast Guard ship went off accidentally,
December 31, 2013, when it was being
repaired, damaging a portion of the
Western Naval Command headquarters
building in Mumbai.
Snoopgate: Web portal asked
to file affidavit
A two-member commission, set up by the
Gujarat government to inquire into the
alleged snooping on a woman by the state
police, has issued summons to Ashish
Khetan of Gulail.com and asked him to file
an affidavit by January 15 in connection
with the release of audio tapes.
The investigative portal along with
Cobrapost.com had claimed November 15
that Amit Shah, the former Gujarat home
minister, had ordered illegal surveillance of
a woman at the behest of his sahib.
The web sites had released taped conver-
sations between Shah and suspended
Indian Police Service officer G L Singhal to
support their claim, but said that its
authenticity could not be
booked for assault
Under fire for assaulting a
woman manager of an apartment complex, Bahrain’s
Consul General in Mumbai,
Mohammad Abul Aziz Al
Khaja, left the country
December 27 following pressure from the Indian government.
First woman head
for National Police
India’s National Police
Academy could soon get a
woman chief for the first time
in its 65-year-old history.
Aruna Bahuguna, a 1979-
batch IPS officer, was tipped
as the new director of the
January 2, after nearly two
years of deliberations, India’s
defence ministry scrapped
the $550 million deal with
AgustaWestland to procure
12 VVIP helicopters.
The decision was taken after reports sur-
Troubles mount for
faced that executives of Agusta Westland, a
unit of the Italian defense contractor
Finmeccanica, allegedly paid bribes
to bag the contract to supply the hel-
icopters to be deployed by the Indian
Air Force for ministers and other
January 1, the federal cabinet
approved a presidential reference to
India’s Supreme Court for a statutory
inquiry into charges of sexual misconduct leveled against former
Supreme Court judge A K Ganguly
by a law intern.
government’s flip flop
Five days after Congress party Vice-President Rahul Gandhi criticized
the Maharashtra government’s rejection of the Adarsh Commission of
Inquiry report, the state cabinet
revised its stand and accepted it
The report indicted four former
Congress party chief ministers,
including Sushilkumar Shinde, now
the federal home minister, the late
Vilasrao Deshmukh, Ashok Chavan
and Shivajirao Nilangekar Patil.
However, Chief Minister Prithviraj
Chavan said there was no need for
initiating action against the politicians named since ‘no criminality
was revealed’ in the report.
The Adarsh housing complex in
Yeddy back in BJP
Mumbai was meant for retired defense
personnel, but some politicians, bureau-
crats and military officers proceeded to
bend rules to get apartments at artificially
Former Karnataka chief minister B S
Yeddyurappa announced January 2 that
his one-year-old party, the Karnataka
Janatha Paksha would merge with the
Bharatiya Janata Party ahead of the 2014
Lok Sabha election.
Credited with forming the first BJP government in south India in 2008,
Yeddyurappa had fought bitterly with
other party leaders before his exit in
New army corps to
The 17 Strike Corps aimed at countering
Chinese border incursions, was raised
January 1 in Ranchi, Jharkhand.
The corps, with 80,000 troops, was sanctioned last July by India's cabinet committee on security, at a massive cost of $10 billion to be allotted over the next seven
No relief for former high
India’s Supreme Court dismissed former
Punjab and Haryana high court judge
Nirmal Yadav's plea for a stay on proceedings of a trial court, which was set to
frame charges against her in a bribery
scam, and pulled her up for adopting
A differently abled girl, center, along with others, during a candlelight vigil in New Delhi, December 31, 2013.
Hundreds of protestors held the vigil to express their anger over the delay in introducing the Rights of Persons with
Disabilities Bill in India’s Parliament.
North India reels under cold
Delhi recorded the lowest minimum temperature in a decade for the month of
December as mercury dipped to a chilling
2.4 degrees December 30.
Freezing cold waves swept across Punjab,
Haryana and Chandigarh.
The Srinagar-Jammu national highway
connecting Kashmir with the rest of the
country remained closed for over three days
as the Kashmir valley and Ladakh reeled
under intense cold conditions and heavy
DANISH ISMAIL /REU TERS
A snow-clearing truck
removes snow from a
road during a cold
winter morning in
Srinagar, January 1.
THE RIGHT FIGHT