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CPI-M urges poll panel to ensure fair civic poll counting

Kolkata : The CPI-M urged the West Bengal State Election Commission to take proper steps so that there was no foul play during Tuesday's counting of votes for the just concluded civic polls.

"There is a need to ensure flawless counting of votes. We have asked the state election commission (SEC) to install CCTVs in the counting centres," Communist Party of India-Marxist state secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra told media persons here on Monday.

Mishra expressed concern over the process of selecting the counting personnel and said his party has written to the SEC about it.


Himachal Congress seeks action against Thakur for links with 'bookies'

Shimla : The Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee on Monday demanded action against BCCI secretary and BJP MP Anurag Thakur for his alleged links with a suspected bookie over which ICC had also sent a letter to BCCI chief Jagmohan Dalmiya.

State Congress chief spokesperson Naresh Chauhan said International Cricket Council (ICC) CEO Dave Richardson had written a letter to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) after Anurag Thakur was seen socialising with Karan Gilhotra, who is a suspected bookie.


BJP wants Odisha government to clarify stand on Posco project

Bhubaneswar : The opposition BJP on Monday asked the Odisha government to make its intentions clear about Posco's troubled $12 billion steel project before the company made its stand clear.

"There are contradictory statements coming from the state government over the setting up of the Posco project in the state. It seems the government is not interested to set up the project," senior BJP leader Bijay Mohapatra told reporters here.

He said the government is interested in publicity rather than setting up large investment projects in the state.


Centre on mission mode to develop northeast: BJP president

Agartala : BJP president Amit Shah on Monday said the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led central government has undertaken an all-out effort to remove backwardness of the northeast region and to give a fillip to its economic development.

"The BJP government has taken ambitious plan on a mission mode to develop connectivity in the northeastern region, setting up of a sports university in Manipur, increase business opportunities between northeast India and neighbouring countries, setting up of hostels for northeast students in different cities in India," Shah said.


High-level panel on past tax issues planned: Jaitley

London : The Indian government plans to set up a high-level committee to sort out taxation issues of the past and make the system predictable, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced on Monday.

"I am considering a high-level committee to explore what can be done to resolve the past and move beyond it in a way that would provide real predictability and certainty to investors," he wrote in an opinion piece in the Financial Times.

"Even though it is only the legacy issues that haunt us, we recognise that we must put a quick end to them," he added.


1988 anti-graft law hindering honest decision-making: Jaitley

New Delhi : Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has called for a complete overhaul of the anti-corruption legislation and said the 27-year-old law was not only preventing an honest decision-making process but also left a lot of room for undesirable interpretation.

"Does the 1988 act adequately distinguish between an act of corruption and one where honest error has been made?" the finance minister queried while delivering a lecture in the memory of D.P. Kohli, the first director of the Central Bureau of Investigation.


Kerala excise minister denies graft charges

Thiruvananthapuram : Kerala Excise Minister K. Babu on Monday denied charges that he received Rs.10 crore in bribe for reducing the annual liquor fees of bars.

Biju Ramesh, who owns a string of bars here, has testified before a magistrate that Rs.10 crore was given to Babu for reducing the annual liquor fees of bars.

"I have all the documents to prove what he has said is false. I have been in public life for the past 49 years and everyone knows me. Ramesh has a grudge against me and hence he is levelling baseless allegations," Babu told IANS.


Government warns against rumours; Rajya Sabha condoles deaths

New Delhi : People should not believe rumours about earthquake that are being spread through social media and messages, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Monday as the Rajya Sabha condoled the deaths in Nepal.

"There are messages coming on social media that at 9 p.m. earthquake would come, or at 8 p.m. earthquake would come," Prasad said in the Rajya Sabha.

"Such rumours should be ignored. There is no basis to it, and if there is some authentic information, government will act on it," he said.

SC ruling in Jayalalithaa case a big victory: Karunanidhi

Chennai : DMK president M. Karunanidhi on Monday termed the Supreme Court ruling in corruption case against AIADMK leader J. Jayalalithaa as a very big victory and justice in full.

PMK founder S. Ramadoss demanded the resignation of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam over the issue.

Speaking to reporters here, Karunanidhi said: "This is not only the first victory but also a very big victory. It is natural for us to feel happy when a long expected justice is obtained in full."


Jayalalitha case: DMK leader makes submission in Karnataka HC

Chennai/New Delhi : In line with the Supreme Court judgment on Monday in the disproportionate assets case against AIADMK general secretary J. Jayalalithaa, DMK leader K. Anbazhagan filed his written submission with the Karnataka High Court.

"We have filed the written submissions before the Bangalore (Karnataka) High Court as per the directions of the Supreme Court today (Monday). The written submission is around 80 pages," a DMK leader who is also a lawyer told IANS, preferring anonymity.