Former Supreme Court judge Swatanter Kumar sends
legal notice to certain media organisations demanding an apology for false
allegations of sexual harassment.
Lanka government to start releasing Tamil
Nadu fishermen from tomorrow.
Sheikh Hasina to take over as Prime Minister of
Bangladesh today for third term.
Cold wave claims eight lives in Uttar Pradesh;
Heavy snowfall in higher reaches of Uttarakhand.
suffers second successive defeat in Hockey World League Final at New Delhi.
Former Judge of Supreme Court Justice Swatanter
Kumar has sent a legal notice to certain media organisations demanding an
apology from them within 24 hours for publicising what he called incredulous
and false allegations of sexual harassment levelled against him by a law
intern. In the legal notice sent to a leading newspaper and two TV channels
last night, Justice Kumar said if these media organisations do not apologise,
he will be compelled to initiate civil and criminal actions for defamation and
damage against them. Justice Kumar was reacting to the allegations made by a
former law intern that he had sexually harassed her in May 2011 in his office.
Justice Kumar is currently the Chairman of the National Green Tribunal.
Meanwhile Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas
and Environment M Veerappa Moily, has described the allegation as serious. He
said it was up to the Supreme Court to decide whether or not to have an inquiry
into the allegations.
Sri Lankan government will start releasing Tamil
Nadu fishermen lodged in the island nation's jails tomorrow. This was disclosed
by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalaithaa yesterday. In a statement, she said
Centre has informed the state government about it. 275 Tamil fishermen are
lodged in Sri Lankan jails. Representatives of fishermen from two countries are
scheduled to meet in Chennai on the 20th of this month to discuss the issue.
She said, as per the Centre’s directions, 179 Sri Lankan fishermen lodged in
Tamil Nadu jails will also be released soon.
"The news about release of Tamil
fishermen lodged in Lankan jails have brought cheers to fishermen in
Nagapattinam and Ramanathapuram. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalaithaa and DMK
leader Karunanidhi pursued the matter with central government to secure the
immediate release of Tamil fishermen lodged in Lankan jails and their fishing
boats. DMK Parliamentary party leader T R Baalu had met Prime Minister Dr
Manmohan Singh and External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid urging the release
of fishermen before Pongal Tamil festival which falls on 14th of this month. K
Devi Padmanabhan, AIR News, Tiruchirapalli."
External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid has
said, New Delhi will remain in conversation with
over the Devyani Khobragade issue. Khurshid said, there are certain issues of
domestic laws and India's
understanding of the Vienna Convention on consular rights will remain. Talking
to reporters in New Delhi yesterday Khurshid added
there is no stand off between India
and the United States
over the issue.
"We will remain in conversation if
we do all our friends and then there are issues still need to be worked on, we
will work on the issues but there is no reason now, to feel any immediate
concern about any outcomes that might be adverse of particularly of any
disturbing nature. So now is normal course and due course, we will take up
issues one by one and solve them out."
The State Department spokesman Jen Psaki said in Washington that this has
clearly been a challenging time in the US-India relationship. Earlier, India expelled a senior American diplomat within
hours of Devyani being asked to leave the US.
President Pranab Mukherjee is on three day visit
to Andaman and Nicobar islands. He addressed
the islanders yesterday at the civic reception hosted by the Port Blair
Municipal Council at the historic Nethaji Stadium at Port Blair. More from our
"The President Mr. Pranab Mukherjee
said the strategically located Andaman and Nicobar islands have the potential
to be a spring board for India's
engagement with South East Asia and the
Pacific region. They can be developed as a significant trading, shipping and
tourist hub. He also called upon the people working amongst the tribals to take
up the task of development with a spirit of dedication as well as a spirit of
understanding and sympathy. He categorically stated that progress must come to
these islands, but it must come with deference to the local people, their
traditions and ecology.A DHANASEKARAN, AIR News, PORT BLAIR."
The Rajasthan Government will provide healthy
meal @ 5 rupees to farmers. This meal will be given to the farmers coming to
Krishi Mandis. Farmers will also be supplied 4 lakh mini kits of fodder. The
decision was taken in a review meeting of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry
department at Jaipur yesterday. In the meeting Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje
directed the officials to prepare a database of the Soil Health Card so that
farmers could be given proper guidance to grow crop and use fertilizers
according to the nature of the soil in their region.
Sheikh Hasina will take over as Prime Minister of
Bangladesh for the second consecutive term today. President Abdul Hamid will
administer her the oath of office at 3.30 PM Bangladesh time. Sheikh Hasina's
Awami League swept Parliamentary elections held last Sunday. Our correspondent
reports that Awami League won 232 out of 300 seats in the polls that were
boycotted by BNP-led 18-party alliance.
"For the first time in the history
Awami League is set to form a government for a second consecutive term. Sheikh
Hasina will be Prime Minister for the 3rd time. Cabinet Secretary Mosharraf
Hossain Bhuiyan told reporters last night that the President has approved the
list of cabinet members as recommended by the Prime Minister. Party sources say
that Sheikh Hasina is likely to form a government of national consensus,
incorporating representatives of all parties represented in Parliament. Melinda
Dias, AIR News, Dhaka."
Ministers from the "Friends of
Syria" core group have convened a meeting with the leaders of Syrian
opposition coalition in Paris
today. The meeting will be attended by the Foreign Ministers of the US,
France, Germany, Saudi
Arabia and Qatar
among others, as well as the head of the Syria's opposition National
Coalition, Ahmad Jarba. Our West Asia correspondent reports that the
opposition leaders will take a final call on whether to attend the
Geneva conference at another meeting in Istanbul on the 17th of this
"The Friends of Syria core group of ministers meet in Paris is aimed at
bringing various Syrian opposition groups together and bridge the differences
among them ahead of the Geneva-II peace conference later this month. The Head
of the coalition, Ahmed Jarba has agreed in principle to attend the conference
with riders. But the Islamist groups and the Syrian National Council, one of
the major players in the coalition have decided to boycott the talks unless
President Assad gives up the power. Syrian government has said it will attend
the talks but President Assad's departure is non-negotiable. Atul K Tiwary, AIR
In Uttar Pradesh, Aam Aadmi Party's press
conference being addressed by Kumar Vishwas in Lucknow was briefly disrupted by a youth
yesterday. A youth raised slogans against the poet-turned politician. Vishwas
was addressing the press conference after presiding over a function in which
over 2,000 traders joined AAP in Lucknow.
Vishwas described the incident as an attempt by those feeling threatened by
AAP's growing popularity.
In Uttar Pradesh, cold wave conditions further
intensified following intermittent rain across the state during past 24 hours.
Eight people died in rain and cold related incidents.
"The intermittent rain has
increased the plight of those people who have no roof over their heads. The
night shelters are overflowing and the resources are scarce. The resourceless
people are forced to spend night in open or under the tin sheds of shops. Their
meagre clothing fail to protect them from bone piercing chilly wind. Even
bonfire in the open got extinguished due to rain. Salman Haider, AIR News, Gorakhpur."
In Himachal Pradesh the Met Office has predicted
rain or snow in the state during the next 24 hours. A report.
"Most of the tourist places
experienced moderate spell of fresh snowfall during past 24 hours which brings
cheer on the faces of tourists, visiting the state. Several other parts in mid
and lower hills lashed with frequent spell of rain, considered good for growing
Rabi crop. The water supply and communication network has been affected badly
in most of the tribal areas. Shishu Sharma Shantal, AIR News, Shimla."
Uttarakhand witnessed heavy
snowfall in the higher reaches while icy winds swept the plains of the state.
Road Transport and Highways Ministry is observing
the National Road Safety Week across the country to create awareness among the
people. The theme of this year’s Road Safety week is "When on road, always
say Pehle Aap". The Ministry has also planned a Road Safety Walk at India
Gate in the national capital today to raise awareness about it.
Zealand beat India
3-1 in the Hockey World League Final in New
Delhi last night. In the Pool A match, New Zealand
scored three field goals - one in the first half and two after the change of
ends, to register their first win in the eight-team event. This was India's second straight defeat after the hosts
lost their opener to England
Most papers have a picture of Arvind Kejriwal's Janta
Durbar held yesterday. 'Chaos forces Kejriwal to abandon janta durbar in 15
minutes' is the Mail Today headline. 'Thousands spoil durbar debut' says
the Sunday Express, as it shows the Chief Minister telling the public
from the roof of the Secretariat building that he has chosen to leave rather
than order a lathi-charge.
"AAP seeks more security in Amethi'' writes the
Hindu, for the public meeting which is scheduled for today. 'Posters show
up accusing Kejriwal of being anti national' adds the paper.
"Congress Rahul dilemma deepens' is the
Pioneer headline. The paper goes on to say that the 17th January AICC meet
may not name him as the Prime Minister candidate to avoid humiliation to
Embarrassment for the Congress ? The Times of
India, Mail Today, Pioneer and the SundayExpress report of
Home Minister Shinde saying that he'll be happy to see Pawar as PM. Though
within hours, he retracted his statement.
"Judiciary stares at morality crisis"
writes the Mail Today, of a law intern accusing Justice Swatanter Kumar
of sexual harassment.
"CBI to quiz Tyagis" writes the
Asian Age of the kickbacks received by the former Air Force chief.
"Its snowing beauty in the hills" is
the caption of a picture showing a white Mussoorie, in Mail Today. The Asian
Age has a picture of Kufri after fresh snowfall.
"Older wiser mums changing family portrait -
women now opt for late marriage, belated babies" is the Times of India lead
story, based on a survey.
In a Hindustan Times special, the paper
writes "this Monday, polio in India will go on a lifelong
holiday", as our country will officially be declared polio free, by the
And finally, what is truly touching is a story in
Mail Today of Raghu, whose legs are affected by polio, serving the poor
and old in Ahmedabad.