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Tourist haven Goa caught in its bikini politics

By Mayabhushan Nagvenkar,

A master of witty anecdotes, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar once liberally used a popular bikini adage to make a point about governance and number crunching. "Statistics are like a woman wearing a bikini. What they reveal is vital. What they hide is even more vital," Parrikar would often say to peals of laughter from his acolytes.

Cancel coal block allocations: AAP

New Delhi : The AAP Tuesday demanded the cancellation of coal block allocations made between 1993 and 2010 which the Supreme Court described as illegal.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) also called for "strictest possible action" against the corporate houses which were allotted the blocks during this period.

"AAP demands that a few coal blocks in which mining has started should be immediately transferred to the government-owned Coal India Limited from the private player," a statement from the party said.


BJP demands CBI probe into Odisha land scam

Bhubaneswar : The BJP Tuesday staged a demonstration here demanding a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the alleged multi-crore land scam in Odisha.

Accusing Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik of encouraging such "illegal acts" and not taking action against those involved, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) also demanded an inquiry into the land allotments made here and areas situated close by since 2000.

The party also submitted a memorandum to Governor S.C Jamir seeking his intervention in the matter.


No place for Vajpayee, Advani, Joshi in BJP's top decision-making body

New Delhi : In a move marking the end of the era of stalwarts like Atal Bihari Vajpayee, L.K. Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, the BJP Tuesday came up with a list of its highest decision-making body, the parliamentary board, which excluded the seniors.

The move marked the culmination of the generational shift that began in the Bharatiya Janata Party when Narendra Modi was made the prime ministerial candidate.

The BJP instead included the seniors in a separate group, the 'Margdarshak Mandal' (guiding committee), which it said will guide the party.


Former Bengal finance minister slams Jaitley

Kolkata : Former West Bengal finance minister and Asim Dasgupta Tuesday slammed union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for singling the state's loan repayment performance.

Quoting RBI and government reports, Communist Party of India-Marxist veteran Dasgupta blamed the central government's policies for the debts that Bengal had to incur.

"Jaitley should have done an overall assessment of the debt scenario in the country before commenting on West Bengal. If the state governments have incurred debts, it is because of the centre's policies," Dasgupta told media persons here.


Tamil Nadu fishermen issue must be remedied politically: SC

New Delhi : The Supreme Court Tuesday said the issues affecting the Tamil Nadu fishermen including the release of those languishing in Sri Lankan jails could be resolved only through political and diplomatic channels as it has no jurisdiction to issue direction to a foreign government.


30.4 lakh new voters for Haryana assembly polls

Chandigarh : Nearly 30.4 lakh new voters will be eligible to exercise their franchise in elections to the 90-member Haryana assembly, to be held in October this year, a senior election officer said here.

Nearly 1.62 crore voters are eligible to vote in the elections. This is much higher than the over 1.31 crore voters who cast their franchise in the 2009 assembly polls, Haryana's chief electoral officer (CEO) Shrikant Walgad said here Tuesday.

Among the newly enrolled voters, 15.59 lakh are males and 14.82 lakh females.


High prices possible cause of BJP bypoll defeats

By Biswajit Choudhury,

New Delhi:With explanations like the missing Modi factor or local conditions unable to fully explain BJP's by-election losses in light of its recent overwhelming win nationally, the phenomenon of inflation, especially of food prices hurting people everywhere, has emerged as a possible answer to this poll puzzle.

In this season of deficient rainfall, consumer price (CPI) inflation accelerated to a two-month high of 7.96 percent in July against 7.46 percent in June, pushed up by rising prices of vegetables, fruit and milk, government data shows.

Congress leader meets Sonia over desertions in Bengal

Kolkata: Expressing deep concern over steady desertions in the Congress in West Bengal, senior leader Manas Bhunia Tuesday met party president Sonia Gandhi in Delhi seeking her intervention.

Bhunia's move has attracted criticism from party's state unit chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury who has been maintaining that the Congress is unperturbed by a host of leaders and activists switching allegiance, mostly to the ruling Trinamool Congress.


BJP nominees for Rajasthan assembly by-polls named

Jaipur : The ruling BJP Tuesday named candidates for three of the four assembly seats in Rajasthan where byelections are scheduled to be held Sep 13.

"The party has fielded Sarita Gaina from Nasirabad in Ajmer district, Gangaram Koli from Weir constituency in Bharatpur district and Sandeep Sharma from Kota South constituency in Kota," said Vimal Katiyar, state convenor media cell of the BJP.

The party is expected to declare its candidate on Surajgarh seat in Jhunjhunu district soon.

The Congress party has already named its candidates for the four constituencies.