Friday, June 17, 2011

Is Grisanti key gay marriage vote?

'Gaddafi in talks with rebels' - Hindustan Times

'Gaddafi in talks with rebels' - Hindustan Times

Expert: Al-Zawahri Lacks Bin Laden's Charisma

Brown Vows to Seek Tax Extensions After California Budget Veto

June 17 (Bloomberg) -- California Governor Jerry Brown, who failed to win Republican support of tax extensions in six months of negotiations, said he'd "move heaven and earth" in another attempt after vetoing a budget without the provision.

Brown, a Democrat who pledged to solve California's fiscal malfunctions without gimmicks, didn't say how he'd get the Republican backing needed to pass his plan. His budget veto was the first in state history.

"I'm going to do everything I can, I'll move heaven and earth, to get those votes," Brown said in a news conference yesterday in Los Angeles.

Casey Anthony trial: Defense launches case with attack on forensic evidence

Casey Anthony trial: Defense launches case with attack on forensic evidence

Weiner’s Departure Removes Distraction for U.S. House Democrats

June 17 (Bloomberg) -- Anthony Weiner’s decision to resign from the U.S. House of Representatives following revelations that he had sent lewd photos of himself to women over the Internet lifts a distraction that has muddled the political message of House Democrats.
His departure will help Democrats focus on the Republican proposal to privatize Medicare, the government health-care program for older Americans, and the talks over increasing the government’s borrowing authority, according to one of the party’s House leaders.
“Our ability to communicate on motivational issues” such as the Republican plan for “the end of Medicare has been impaired by Mr. Weiner’s behavior,” Representative Steve Israel, who heads the House Democrats’ campaign effort, told reporters yesterday as word began to circulate of Weiner’s decision.

Swamy demands ordinance to bring back black money

Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy interacting with the audience after delivering a lecture on
Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy on Thursday demanded an ordinance nationalising all the accounts of Indians in banks abroad to bring back black money.
“Whoever is prepared to prove that it is legitimate money can get it back. This is the most foolproof and surest way,” he averred.
Delivering a lecture on ‘How to bring back the black money from abroad,' organised by the Catalyst Trust at the Ethiraj College for Women here, he pointed out how income tax rates in India, which were exorbitantly high at times, had proved a disincentive for even honest tax payers. “We should have a law to provide an incentive to pay taxes.”
Lamenting that money was being taken out of India since Independence, he said the 2G spectrum allocation scam was symbolic of that.
While banking secrecy laws were in existence in 77 countries, Indians had become so paranoiac that they failed to even mention the beneficiary's names in their accounts. “But for Indians' accounts Switzerland economy would have become bankrupt.”
Dr. Swamy said he was totally opposed to declaring amnesty (for bringing back black money), terming it “pure racket.” Even cracking down on hawala operators would be effective only “partially.”
Tracing black money alone would not do; the culprits should be prosecuted and that alone could help dispel the contempt that people had for Indian laws.
Above all, Dr. Swamy called for “new outlook in life, where money is not the highest value in society.” While corruption is the main disease, sanathana dharma is the main cure, he asserted.
He released his book, ‘2G scam,' and the first copy was received by R. Desikan, chairman of the Trust. S. Krishnaswamy, managing trustee, and S.P. Ambrose, trustee, spoke.

Jayalalithaa's victory saved Tamil Nadu: Rajinikanth

Actor Rajnikanth. File Photo
Actor Rajinikanth has congratulated Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on her resounding election victory, “which has saved Tamil Nadu.”
According to an official release, Mr. Rajinikanth, who has been undergoing treatment in a Singapore hospital, spoke to Ms. Jayalalithaa over telephone on Wednesday.
Coming home in one and half months
He told her that she was the first person he was conversing with immediately after discharge from the hospital. He said he would return to India in about one and a half months.
The Chief Minister, who was immensely glad to hear his voice, told him about her happiness over his early recovery and expressed the wish that he should return to India at the earliest.
Latha Rajinikanth, wife of the actor, thanked the Chief Minister for her kind enquiries about the health of her husband when he was hospitalised.
No details
P.S. Suryanarayana reports from Singapore:
Mr. Rajinikanth has been discharged from the hospital here and he is “doing fine,” sources said on Wednesday.
No details about the actor's discharge could, however, be obtained from the hospital, given its meticulous policy of maintaining patients' privacy, and efforts to contact his family were also in vain.
Mr. Rajinikanth had arrived here on May 28 from Chennai, and was taken to the hospital from the airport. First admitted to an intensive care unit, he was later shifted to a room, with his privacy assured, in the hospital.
But no medical bulletins were issued, despite interest here, especially among Singapore Indians, in his well-being. For quite some time some fans had persisted in wanting to see Mr. Rajinikanth or at least know about his health, notwithstanding the meticulous observance of the patient's privacy.

Jayalalithaa to discuss Sri Lanka with PM

New Delhi: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa arrived here Monday, and is expected to discuss the situation in Sri Lanka with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The chief minister is also likely to take up the worsening power crisis in Tamil Nadu, AIADMK sources told reporters.

The meeting with the prime minister is expected Tuesday. This is her first visit to New Delhi after assuming office May 16 following a landslide electoral victory for the AIADMK. 
"She is expected to discuss the issue of Sri Lankan Tamils and power crisis with Manmohan Singh," a senior member of the AIADMK said.

Jayalalithaa is very critical of the way the Sri Lankan military crushed the Tamil Tigers. She has pressed New Delhi to take steps which could put Sri Lankan leaders on trial for "war crimes".

It is not known if Jayalalithaa will meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who is reportedly in Switzerland, a Congress source said.
Gandhi invited the AIADMK chief for tea last month, triggering speculation that the Congress may be preparing to dump the DMK and embrace the AIADMK in Tamil Nadu. 

The last time Gandhi and Jayalalithaa met for tea, the government of prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee collapsed. 

"Although the Congress has not openly given a pro-Jayalalithaa shift, the party definitely seems to be rebuilding the relations with the AIADMK," the source added. 

Rajinikanth discharged from Singapore hospital; calls Jayalalithaa first

Chennai, Jun 15 : Tamil cinema's Superstar Rajinikanth, discharged from the Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore where he underwent treatment for respiratory problems and kidney ailments, made his first call to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today.

An official press release said here the Superstar, soon after being discharged from the hospital, called Ms Jayalalithaa over telephone and congratulated her for the party's massive victory.

He congratulated Ms Jayalalithaa saying Tamil Nadu has been saved "thanks to AIADMK's massive victory" in the Assembly elections, the release said.

Rajinikanth told Ms Jayalalithaa that he would return to India after one-and-a-half months. The Chief Minister had expressed the desire that the Superstar should return home at the earliest.

Mr Rajinikanth told Ms Jayalalithaa that he was discharged from the hospital after completing treatment and was making the first call to her after returning to his place of stay. 

He wanted to talk to Ms Jayalalithaa first after being discharged, the release said.

Ms Jayalalithaa told the Superstar that she was extremely happy that he had recovered from his illness. She was also happy to hear his voice over phone, the release said.