Sunday, April 10, 2011

Anna Hazare's indefinite fast against corruption

Kisan Bapat Baburao Hazare (Marathi: किसन बापट बाबुराव हजारे) (born 15 January 1940), popularly known as Anna Hazare (Marathi: अण्णा हजारे), is an Indian social activist who is especially recognized for his contribution to the development of Ralegan Siddhi, a village in Parner taluka of Ahmednagar district, Maharashtra, India and his efforts for establishing it as a model village, for which he was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India in 1992.[1] On April 5, 2011, Hazare started a 'fast unto death' to exert pressure on the Government of India to enact a strong anti-corruption act as envisaged in the Jan Lokpal Bill, a law that will establish a Lokpal (ombudsman) that will have the power to deal with corruption in public offices. The fast led to nation wide protests in support of Hazare. The fast ended on 9 April 2011, when all of Harare's demands were agreed by the Government of India and the Government issued a gazette notification on the formation of a joint committee headed by a senior minister, Pranab Mukherjee, to draft an effective Lokpal Bill.

Born 15 January 1940 (1940-01-15) (age 71)
Bhingar, Maharashtra, India
Nationality Indian
Political movement Watershed Development Programmes; Right To Information Act; Anti-Corruption Movement
Religion Hinduism
Parents Laxmibai Hazare (Mother)
Baburao Hazare (Father)
Website -

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Saturday, March 12, 2011

India not as Corrupt as China and Russia: Fitch

India is not as corrupt as China and Russia, according to the global credit rating agency Fitch.

The country, however, suffers from excessive regulation and tax laws, which is concern for foreign investors, Fitch Group Managing Director for Corporate Rating Richard Hunter told PTI in an interview.

"We will certainly rank India well below Russia and China when it comes to concerns about corruption. Really big concern about India is regulation and tax treatment," he said.

These comments come at a time when the nation is facing a plethora of corruption cases relating to allocation of 2G spectrum, conduct of Commonwealth Games, allotment of flats in Adarsh Housing Society and Devas-Antrix deal.

Hunter further said that the recent corruption cases have not dent the confidence of investors in India, adding that "Corruption is certainly not a specialty in which India will win the gold medal."

However, he said, domestic and foreign investors are concerned about the burdensome regulatory regime in India.

"Corruption is something that does deter investors much more in China. There is respect for Indian legal system," he said.

Hunter said the rating outlook for most Indian companies is stable for the current year. 


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Friday, October 8, 2010

Commonwealth Games record: 20 Gold medals and counting as India look to set

Hosts India have now claimed 20 Gold medals in the 2010 Commonwealth Games and fans all across are egging the sportsmen and women to win more of the 'yellow metal' and do the country proud.

And with an entire batch of boxers yet to go after a perfect start in the competitions, India are certain to surpass the tally of 22 golds in the last edition of the Games in Melbourne.

In fact the countdown has now started for them to beat their Commonwealth Games record of 30 Golds, which they had set in Manchester eight years ago.

The shooters gave the country a great start today as Gagan Narang and Hasan Imran Khan won the gold in the men's pairs 50m rifle 3 positions shooting event. This was Gagan's third gold in the Games.

Another shooter Vijay Kumar did the country proud by winning Gold Men's 25m Rapid Fire Pistol event. Incidentally his score was higher than the wining score in the same event at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The women's recurve archery team comprising of the troika of Deepika Kumari, Dola Banerjee and Bombayala Devi Laishram continued India's gold rush by beating English team who were favourites to clinch the top honours.

Women's freestyle wrestling gave the hosts double delight as Alka Tomar (59 kg) and Anita (67 kg) won gold in their respective categories to boost India's chances of finishing second in the table for the fourth consecutive day.

Omkar Singh won a gold medal late in the day in 10m Air Pistol to take India's tally to 20 golds.

The hosts though need to keep excelling in all disciplines if they want to stay ahead of England and Canada who have been traditionally finishing behind the dominant Australian contingent.


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Shame of Delhi Police: Woman ASI Molested

In a shocking case, a woman Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) with Delhi Police was allegedly molested and physically assaulted by a Head Constable. And that's not all; the incident occurred in February but she has not been able to get the FIR registered.

The incident occurred within the premises of the police station in a posh south Delhi location, Lodhi Colony.

The accused allegedly tore off the victim's clothes during the attack. He also dragged her down the stairs and hit her on the head with a pot. The ASI informed her seniors several times and gave written complaints on many occasions but no FIR was lodged.

The victim is posted with Narayana police station while the accused, Head Constable Narender, is posted with Malviya Nagar police station. Both stay at the quarters in Lodhi Colony police station. A senior police officer on the condition of anonymity said that some cops are sheltering Narender.

"The incident took place on February 28. The victim was having tea with her husband Mahender Dhyani when Narender called her outside making obscene gestures. As the victim stepped out of her house she was attacked by the head constable. Narender slapped her on the chest and tore off her clothes. She tried to escape, shouting for help, but Narender dragged her down the stairs, causing her severe injuries.

"Her husband and some neighbours rushed to her rescue. A PCR call was made and a Sub-Inspector (SI) was sent to the scene to look into the matter. She was rushed to AIIMS and was discharged after treatment. She then lodged a written complaint with the Lodhi Colony police station. Station House Officer (SHO) Rajender Singh is aware of the incident but despite having known all the facts he did not loge an FIR," said a police source.

When contacted, she only said no corrective action has been taken so far by the senior police officer.

Her husband Mahender Dhyani said they had also filed an RTI plea in this regard and came to know that senior police officials were provided wrong information by the investigating officer.

"In our RTI reply we were told that an FIR had been registered naming both persons (ASI and HC). But in fact no such case was made by police officers. SHO, Rajender Singh and the ACP are well aware of the case. The RTI has proved that senior police officers have ditched their junior and want to shelter the accused," alleged Mahender.

The victim has now approached the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to get justice.


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