Friday, December 10, 2010

AIADMK General Council meeting on December 30

Chennai, Dec 10 : The General Council meeting of the Opposition AIADMK will be held here on December 30.
AIADMK Supremo J Jayalalithaa in a statement here today said the meeting, to be held at a marriage hall at suburban Vaanagaram, would be presided over by Party Presidium Chairman E Madhusoodhanan.

She said invitations would be sent to all General Council members and appealed to them to attend the meeting without fail.

The General Council, the highest decision taking body of the party, was expected to devise the AIADMK's alliance strategy for the Assembly polls due next year.

2G inquiry: BJP threatens action, Sibal retaliates

New Delhi:  BJP has threatened to take action against Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal for announcing an inquiry into the 2G controversy at a time when Parliament is in session.

"The general practice is not to make any policy announcement outside the House when Parliament is in session," Senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi told reporters. He said the manner in which Mr Sibal made the announcement "is highly objectionable and may invite a privilege motion."

On Thursday, Mr Sibal announced that a retired Supreme Court judge would investigate procedural lapses in the Telecom Department since 2001, when the BJP-led NDA was in power.

Mr Sibal was unfazed by the BJP's attack. Stressing that the announcement of the inquiry was an administrative order and not a policy-decision, he said, "The BJP's parliamentary privilege is that they will not let parliament run and won't let my ministry run either. I wish the leader of the Opposition had been more thoughtful when he enunciated the law of parliamentary privileges. Vision gets blurred in enunciating the law when one is obsessed with politics."

The 2G controversy has been growing by leaps and bounds everyday. It forced A Raja to resign as Telecom Minister last month, after he was blamed by the government's auditor for a 1.76 lakh crore scam - the result of a spectacularly faulty policy in allocation of 2G spectrum in 2008, according to the auditor's report. Mr Raja's residences have been raided earlier this week; his closest aides have been questioned by the CBI.

Parliament has been paralysed this entire winter session over the politics of the 2G scam. The Opposition wants a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to study the scam.  The government says this is impossible.  Sources say that with key states like Tamil Nadu voting in a few months, the government worries that a JPC will be used by the Opposition to embarrass the government, and to summon the Prime Minister to explain his government's telecom policies. 

Software export from Tiruchi region will increase many fold: Stalin

Tiruchirapalli, Dec 10 : Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister M K Stalin has said that value of software exports from Tiruchirapalli region will increase several fold from the existing Rs 26.21 crore per year.
Inaugurating the IT park set up by the state-owned Electronic Corporation of Tamil Nadu (ELCOT) at suburb Navalpattu near here last night, Mr Stalin said four companies were allotted 10,000 out of the 50,000 square feet IT-cum-administrative building.

He said development works valued at Rs 15 crore out of the Rs 60 crore planned for investment had been completed by ELCOT in the IT Park, with the status of Special Economic Zone, spread over 147.61 acres. Nine companies had been sanctioned 37 acres for developing their facilities, he added.

He said in the next five years, the Tiruchirapalli IT Park would attract investments worth Rs 800 crore, besides creating 20,000 direct employment and 40,000 indirect employment opportunities.

Mr Stalin claimed that Tamil Nadu occupying second position in the country in software and hardware exports was due to the comprehensive IT policy devised by State Chief Minister M Karunanidhi in 1996.

State Ministers K N Nehru, Poongothai Aladi Aruna, S Selvaraj and Tiruverumbur MLA K N Sekaran, among others, participated in the function.

Tamil Nadu nursing admission scam comes to light

Chennai: Months after officials in Tamil Nadu unearthed engineering admissions scam where some students allegedly submitted fake documents to secure engineering seat, a similar scam in nursing admissions have surfaced following the arrest of two persons including a retired headmaster.
Retired headmaster Sampath and his accomplice Saravanan were arrested from Aarani and Vellore yesterday and some fake class XII marksheets were recovered from them, police said today.

Police formed special teams based on a complaint from officials of the Madras Medical College which had alleged that many students had produced fake marksheets during the academic years 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09 to join nursing courses and prayed for action, police said in a release here today.

The arrested persons were produced before a local court which remanded them to custody, police said.
In July, officials had discovered malpractices in engineering admissions when they detected that about 40 students had allegedly produced fake Class XII marksheets with enhanced marks to obtain engineering admission.

Probe is already underway and two persons--a retired headmaster and a records clerk with Directorate of College Education--were arrested in that issue.

Actor-Director Seeman released

Vellore, Dec 10 : Actor-Director and founder President of Naam Tamizhar Iyakkam, Seeman was today released from the central prison here, after the Madras High court quashed his detention under the National Security Act.
Volunteers of his newly launched political party gave him a rousing reception as Mr Seeman, who was in prison for five months, stepped out and indicated that he would contest against Chief Minister M Karunanidhi in the coming assembly elections.

In a brief interaction with waiting newspersons outside the prison, he accused the DMK government of foisting this case, with the sole aim of imprisoning him.

The police was well aware that it was not a fit case for detaining him under NSA, but still they went ahead and foisted the case as per the directives of the higher authorities to detain him in prison, he alleged.

The government had foisted a similar case and detained him for 90 days in Palayamkottai prison, he said and announced that he would take the government to task.

Mr Seeman said he would file a defamation case against the government for foisting the case and detaining him in prison for five months, crippling his activities and preventing from taking up party works.

Later, addressing the volunteers in front of the prison, he accused Mr Karunanidhi of failing to protect the Sri Lankan Tamils and stiffling the voice of people, who speak for the Lankan Tamils.

Asked whether he would take on Mr Karunanidhi in the coming assembly elections, he said ''there is a possibility''.