Friday, August 5, 2011

Lokpal Bill

Anna Hazare burns lokpal
Oppositon continue protests
Lokpal Bill introduced in parliament;
Civil society activists burn copies of Lokpal

New Delhi(August 4, 2011 ): The Lokpal Bill which seeks to reduce corruption introduced in parliament. Strong protests continue from the opposition.Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj BJP) opposed the introduction of the bill, demanding that the prime minister should be brought within its reach. It also excludes  judiciary and any action of an MPs in parliament or any parliamentary committee.The proposed lokpal does not bring under it the prime minister during his or her term in office. But once the prime minister demits office, he or she can be investigated for any corruption during the term, according to the bill's provisions.

"I cannot understand how anyone, sitting in any position, be a holy cow? In this Lokpal why is the prime minister out of it?" Swaraj asked in the house."I am happy that the prime minister himself had said that it is okay if he is brought within the ambit of the Lokpal Bill. Then, why is the cabinet not paying heed to it?" she added.

Narayansamy defended  the bill, saying it has become the property of the house and it will immediately go to the parliamentary standing committee. "Parliament is supreme so the opposition by Swaraj cannot be sustained."Replying to Swaraj's statement that former PM A.B. Vajpayee had accepted to be within the ambit of anti-corruption law, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said: "I was chairing the parliamentary standing committee on anti-corruption bill in 2001."

To mark their protest, the civil society representatives of Anna Hazare Group burnt copies of the government's version of lokpal bill at several places in the country.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Sadananda Gowda will be new CM of Karnataka
sadananda gowda

Bangalore (3 Aug 11): Sadananda Gowda, 58, is an MP from Udupi Chikmagalur will be Karnataka's new Chief Minister.Gowda has also been an MLA and deputy leader of the Opposition in the Karnataka Assembly.

The BJP's 121 MLAs voted for Gowda through secret ballot at a legislature party meeting held at Bangalore's Capitol Hotel on Wednesday afternoon. BJP leaders Arun Jaitley and Rajnath Singh supervised the voting.

Earlier, MLAs were seen arriving in buses, cheering for Yeddyurappa. Another lot showed up brandishing the Victory sign - they were part of a camp of about 50 MLAs led by Ananth Kumar. The meeting was delayed as each leader sought to convince the central leaders that his man be the next CM. So divided is the BJP at the moment that there were differences even in the way the two camps wanted the voting done - the Yeddyurappa camp wanted open voting while the Ananth kumar camp favoured the secret ballot.

Mr Yeddyurappa quit on Sunday, days after the Santosh Hegde`s report on illegal mining severely indicted him and his family. In all that, Mr Yeddyurappa also made clear that while he was acceding to party wishes that he quit, only a person of his choice should be his successor.

santhosh hegde
The two rival BJP groups had been huddled in two different luxury hotels of Bangalore and each insisted that their man would be the next CM. Mr Yeddyurappa's group was quite sanguine that Sadananda Gowda would be picked.

Mr Yeddyurappa belongs to the powerful and dominant Lingayat community. The Ananth Kumar camp wanted Jagadish Shettar, also a Lingayat, to be CM to neutralise Mr Yeddyurappa's indubitable influence. On the other side, the Yeddyurappa camp was pushing for Sadananda Gowda, who is a Vokkaliga, another dominant community. Gowda in the saddle would also mean that Mr Yeddyurappa would remain the Lingayat strongman.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Bhagavatha Hamsam Malliyoor Sankaran
Nampoothiri passes away

Kottayam(02 Aug 2011): Bhagavatha Hamsam Malliyoor Sankaran Nampoothiri (90) passed
away at his house in Kuruppanthara on Tuesday morning. He was ailing for some period with old age diseases. He dedicated his life to the worship of Vaishnava Ganapathy and to the rendering and exposition of the Bhagavatham. He was born on
February 2, 1921 as son of Malliyoor Parameswaran Nampoothiri and Arya
Antharjanam. His navathi was celebrated on January 31. His Bhagavatham sessions are
renowned for their blend of simplicity and erudition, attracting thousands of devotees. He was awarded the title Bhagavatha Hamsam,having successfully completed 2,500 Bhagavatha Sapthas. He also awarded 'Poothanam Puraskaram' and Dharmashreshta puraskara'.
wife: Late Subhadra Antharjanam (daughter of Mezhathoor Arappanattubhattathiri) . childrens: Parameshwaran Nampoothiri, Aryadevi, Parvathi Devi, Divakaran Nampoothiri.

HSBC to cut 25,000 jobs

London (02 Aug 2011): The HSBC bank will cut about 25,000 jobs globally by 2013 despite its good performance in the first half of this year. It may dismiss 25,000 staff by the end of 2013.HSBC said earlier this year that it would cut 5,000
jobs in Latin America, the US, Britain, France and the Middle East.
The bank reported a pre-tax profit of $11.5 billion for the first six months of 2011, up three percent year-on-year, and 45 percent higher than the
second half of 2010.The total cuts took up about 10 percent of HSBC'S overall work force around the world. The cuts form part of Gulliver's plan to slash costs and
focus on Asian operation.The bank said Sunday it will sell $195 US branches to First Niagara Financial for about $1 billion in cash, and would shut down 13 more. It also intends to sell its US credit card portfolio, which has over $30 billion in asset.(MB)

Santiago Martin surrendered

Tamil Nadu (august 1, 2011 ) : lottery king Santiago Martin surrendered before court in Tirupur on Thursday in a cheating case amid high drama. He was later released on bail.Martin, who made issues both in Kerala and Tamil Nadu over
his role in running online lotteries surrendered before the Tirupur court in response to HC order.He managed to enter the court hall by giving a
slip to mediapersons. Three photographers , who attempted to take photos of Martin while he was inside the court hall, invited wrath of judge Krishnan. The judge directed court staff to seize their cameras. The cameras were returned to the
lensmen after they tendered unconditional apology.more details can be had from TOI.

All Kerala Cricket Tournament:Muttom team wins

Muttom(Thodupuzha): Muttom Young Stars won by 10 runs and win everoling trophy in the final match of 2nd All Kerala Cricket Tournament against Thudanganad Team. The tournament held at Muttom GPT stadium. Thomas kutty (Muttom Team) selected as the Man of the Tournament (7 wicket in 2 matches). Nikhil Balakrishnan got the Man of the Match in the Final (42*).
Thudanganad team won the toss and elected to bat. The batted well and scored 65 runs in 10 overs with the loss of 9 wickets. Muttom team batted second and finished the game in a miracle performance in just five overs losing only three wickets.


Thudanganad team: 65/9 (10 overs)
Muttom Young Stars:66/3 (5.3 overs)




Monday, August 1, 2011

A major trajedy Averted in T'puram

Thiruvananthapuram(27 july 2011): A huge mango tree fell on to the road opposite the Musium Police station on tuesday afternoon crushing a car and damaging power cables and a traffic signal.
The tree came down around 1.30pm an the road leading to Nandavanam opposite the museum police station.No one was hurt in the incident.
The tree weakened with age and decay had fell on the only parked vehicle , an ambassador belonging to the police training college..(IE)

Approach road work at Sabarimala: MoU signed

Pathanamthitta (27 july 2011): The High Power Committee and KPHCC signed a memorandum of understanding for the construction of an approach road. The MoU signed by the Additional chief secretary K.Jayakumar and the Managing Director of the corporation Jangpangi. As per the MoU the corporation will complete the work of the appraoch road in atime-bound manner. Travancore Devaswom Board will offer basic facilities such as water and electricity for the construction.

Earth Quake in Kerala
Idukki (27 july 2011): A minor earthquake reported here yesterday. The epi centre is believed to be in Idukki district. No other damages repoted yet.