Jayalalithaa acquitted in assets case, set to return as Tamil Nadu CM
All India Anna Dravida Munnetra
Kazhagam supreme leader J Jayalalithaa
is set to return as Tamil Nadu chief minister after being acquitted by the Karnataka
high court in a 19-year-old disproportionate assets case.
Jayalalithaa was convicted and sentenced to a four-year prison term by a
trial court last September for amassing
unaccounted for wealth of more than $10
million. Following the verdict, she
resigned as chief minister, served 21 days
in a Bengaluru prison before being
released on bail.
In her absence, she appointed O
Panneerselvam as chief minister.
The May 11 verdict also acquitted
Jayalalithaa’s close aide Sasikala
Natarajan and two others.
There is widespread speculation that
Jayalalithaa, a strong believer in astrology, is looking at an auspicious day to take
the oath of chief minister, almost a year
ahead of the assembly elections in Tamil
Bharatiya Janata Party leader Dr Subramanian Swamy,
the original complainant in the case, says he will move the
Supreme Court next month against the acquittal. Taliban attacks Kabul guesthouse, four Indians among 14 killed
Four Indians and an American were among 14 people
killed in a Taliban attack on a guesthouse in Kabul,
Afghanistan, with a top Afghan official saying the Indian
ambassador could have been the target of the terrorists
who stormed the complex popular among expats.
The four Indians killed included two auditors and an
The terrorists attacked the guesthouse in the belief that
Indian Ambassador Amar Sinha was present in the compound.
‘I was invited for an event at the guesthouse which is full
of expats,’ Sinha said later, ‘but I had not confirmed my
attendance.’ The guesthouse was to host a musical concert.
All the terrorists were killed in the siege that lasted
about seven hours.
In May last year, the Indian consulate in Herat in western Afghanistan was attacked by gunmen, who were subsequently killed in an encounter.
In August 2013, a failed bombing against the Indian
consulate in Jalalabad killed nine people, including six
children. No Indians were hurt.
The Indian embassy in Kabul was attacked twice in
2008 and 2009 that left 75 people dead. Dawood in Pakistan; will do everything to bring him home: Rajnath in Parliament
Under attack over its statement in parliament that it was
not aware about Dawood Ibrahim’s whereabouts, the
Indian government asserted that the fugitive gangster —
who is accused of masterminding the March 12, 1993,
Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron appointed
prominent Indian-origin MP Priti Patel as his employ-
ment minister, as he unveiled the first all-Conservative
cabinet in nearly 20 years.
Patel, who was re-elected from Witham in Essex with a
big majority in the May 7 general election, replaces Esther
McVey who lost the election.
‘A real privilege to be appointed as minister of state for
employment at the department for work and pensions,’
the 43-year-old tweeted.
While the London-born mother of one will not be in
charge of the department for work and pensions, she has
been given Cabinet rank, a promotion from her previous
role as exchequer secretary to the treasury. Budget session of parliament ends without land bill being passed
The Budget session of India’s parliament concluded May
13 setting a record of official business in recent years.
However, the Modi government failed to ensure passage
of the controversial Land Acquisition Bill while the key
economic reform measure of the Goods and Sales Tax Act
Bill was held up amid stiff resistance from the opposition.
This Budget session has proved to be the most produc-
tive during the last decade with the Lok Sabha working
117 per cent of the scheduled working hours and the Rajya
Sabha reporting a productivity of 101 per cent, the govern-
Despite the government proroguing the Rajya Sabha —
India’s upper house of parliament — to facilitate repromu-lagation of the Land Ordinance, it was forced to refer the
contentious bill to a joint committee of parliament in the
face of stiff resistance by the opposition led by Congress
lawmaker Rahul Gandhi.
This was the second time the government had attempted to bring the bill. In the first phase of the Budget session
that ended March 20, the land bill was passed in the Lok
Sabha, but was stuck in the Rajya Sabha where the
Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies in the ruling National
Democratic Alliance does not have numbers.
The government had hoped for an early passage of the
Constitution Amendment Bill for the roll-out of the goods
and sales tax to send out the message that it was traveling
swiftly on the reform route, but had to bow to the opposition’s wishes of sending the proposed legislation to a parliamentary committee. Rahul Gandhi’s 15-km Telangana padyatra
Congress Party Vice President Rahul Gandhi embarked
on a 15-kilometre padyatra in Telangana’s Adilabad district, highlighting the issues of farmers over which he has
aggressively taken on the Narendra Modi government.
Gandhi, who attacked the Modi government on the land
bill in Parliament, has reached out to farmers in Punjab
and in Maharashtra’s Vidarbha region in recent weeks. He
is visiting Telangana for the first time since it was carved
Seventy-five Indian soldiers from Grenadier regiments marched across Moscow’s Red Square as part of the Victory Day parade, May 9. President Pranab Mukherjee was among a group of world leaders who graced the event, which was boycotted by the US and its European allies over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. PRESS INFORMATION BUREAU
May 22, 2015