“Some can resist these pressures. Others succumb”

Another week, another tell-all book. Now it is the turn of the infamous Coal allocation (aka coal-gate) scam and it is a veritable nightmare for PM Man Mohan Singh (again). The claims are familiar:  an honorable (but weak) man who has been forced to play host to a den of dishonorable people.

PC Parakh was the chief whistle-blower in this case and here is a brief profile from Wiki:
In 2004, coal secretary P C Parakh informed PM the potential fraud
inherent in the discretionary allocation of the captive coal fields and
objected to it in writing.
Still all the 142 coal blocks were allocated
without auction during the Prime Minister’s tenure in the coal ministry.
The Supreme Court observations on April 30 (2013) are undoubtedly harsh. No
other government in India has been criticized in such words. PC Parakh who is considered the whistleblower for the coalgate said
that he clearly pushed for auctions, but was overruled by the PM.

Our personal opinion is that this is a BJP driven ploy to get free election propaganda (going around the election commission rules). We agree that dirty tricks are considered fair play in love and war, but this relentless targeting of a man who has given all his blood, sweat, and tears to his nation seems quite distasteful and extremely petty.
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A new
book accuses Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of being weak and unable to
stamp out corruption on his watch, the second recent attack by an
insider that undermines the Congress party as it seeks re-election
despite trailing in opinion polls.


That impression
was underlined in a book, published on Monday, called “Crusader or
Conspirator? Coalgate and Other Truths” by PC Parakh, who retired as
coal secretary in 2005.

It said Singh’s inability to take on vested interests led to the so-called “Coalgate” scandal, which rocked his premiership.

It was the second book in the last week to portray 81-year-old Singh,
Prime Minister since 2004, as a well-intentioned man of high personal
integrity but one often unable to assert his authority.

The
Coalgate scandal erupted in 2012 after the public auditor questioned the
government’s awarding of mining concessions without competitive
bidding, which it said unduly benefited chosen private and state
companies and potentially cost the treasury billions of dollars in lost
revenues.

Parakh said that Singh, though keen to introduce open
bidding, could not tackle resistance from coal ministers in his
administration. Parakh said he himself came under pressure from people
interested in acquiring coal blocks.

“Pressures come in the
form of enticements such as post-retirement assignments, partnership in
business, bribery, blackmail or pure intimidation. Pressures also come
from friends and relations,” Parakh wrote in the book. “Some
can resist these pressures. Others succumb,” he said, adding that at no
time did the Prime Minister’s office make recommendations or exert
pressure in favor of any party.
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Burqa ban (the right path?)

Two Op Eds in CS Monitor consider the specific problem of a burqa ban (pro and con) in the USA and in the West. These laws will presumably be following in the foot-steps of the anti-sharia amendments that have been introduced in Oklahoma and elsewhere (ref. Wiki: More than two dozen U.S. states have considered measures intended to restrict judges from consulting sharia law). 

What was (mildly) interesting to us is that the pro-burqa (pro-choice) version is voiced by a (presumably) pale-face, liberal, male while the anti-burqa position is presented by a (presumably) cultural muslim female.
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Pro-burqa: Last semester I went through an experience I’d never gone through before
in my teaching career: I taught a student whose face I couldn’t see –
except for her eyes. The reason? She was from Saudi Arabia, and she was wearing a niqab, a veil that covered her face from the bridge of the nose down.


The class was an English as a Second Language speaking course, and
Sara (not her real name) was there under the auspices of Saudi Arabia’s
generous scholarship program for international study. The program arose
out of a 2005 meeting between Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Abdullah (now
king) and President George W. Bush to find ways to build understanding
between Saudi Arabia and the United States after 9/11.

The
number of Saudi students in the US has grown every year since the
scholarship program began, and today some 70,000 Saudis are studying
here. While initially only men took advantage of the program, now more
than 20 percent of Saudi students here are women. The several Saudi
women who came before Sara and ended up in my classroom had adapted to
their American surroundings by wearing a head scarf. Sara in her niqab was a trailblazer.

In
France, the ban was instituted almost solely on the basis that such
clothing was oppressive to women. Opponents argued that denying women a
right to wear an article of clothing was itself oppressive.

The US
can reject France’s rationale for the law almost out of hand, simply
because it must be acknowledged that at least some women wear these
garments out of personal choice, not family pressure. And America is
about nothing if not personal choice.

Generally lost in France’s
heated national debate was the issue of public security. I believe that
is the only issue that the US can rationally concern itself with. And it
seems to me that city, state, and federal government can adequately
handle security without taking aim exclusively at Muslim dress like the niqab and burqa.

Eleven
states and the District of Columbia already ban face coverings, either
outright or under certain conditions. But these laws are a motley bunch,
long on words but short on sense, and ill-equipped to provide actual
security impartially in the modern world.

Three specifically
exempt Mardi Gras revelers, one of them also including “minstrel
troupes.” One state tosses into its ban any “unnatural attire.” Only two
give exemptions for religious beliefs. Sara was technically breaking
North Carolina law every time she walked out of her apartment.

These laws need to be revisited.

Anti-burqa: I first saw a veiled woman when I was six, possibly seven.
Fascinated, and – never having seen anything like this – frightened, I
looked up at my father, who explained she was from Arabia. Like us, he
told me, she too was a Muslim.

Thirty-five years later, veiled women no longer catch the eye of pluralistic Muslim families like mine.
Instead, in an extraordinary distortion of social mores, I find they
now symbolize all of us, even assimilated, heterodox Muslim women like
me.

Today, the veil is undeniably the international symbol of Islam. Such
a symbol ironically obscures the faith’s complexity and pluralism into a
single faceless monolith. Every day, Muslim women are veiled,
unveiled, de-veiled, or re-veiled, and their positions in relation to
fabric are often overtly political and frequently shifting. As the veil
has become a political statement in the migrant Muslim Diaspora, it is
frequently mistaken for a symbol of devotion, most often by ritualistic
Muslims themselves.

Because of the niqab, Muslim women generate
attention, rather than deflect it – the exact opposite of the principle
of veiling. They obscure the long-forgotten ideal of Islamic veiling (a
dedication to chaste modesty and dignified purity) that extends well
beyond either clothing or gender, foolishly relegating a rich philosophy
into mere cloth. Islam mandates modesty of the male Muslim as much as
of the Muslim woman, through conduct, not necessarily specific garment –
a principle smothered in today’s revival of rote ritualism.

These Islamist Muslims push the limits of societal tolerance beyond the pale, provoking latent intolerance. The Netherlands
is perhaps the most inflamed example of this today. Their actions, and
not the state’s, ultimately limit the progress and acceptance of all
Muslims, whatever the extent of our external symbols of Islam.

Worse, through their own innate ignorance of Islam, these Islamists contribute to profound fragmentation
of their adopted society, espousing insurrection that threatens the
state from within. This destruction of the host society is anathema to
the believing Muslim and deeply against Islamic ideals, which demand
cohesion and collaboration at the broadest societal level, irrespective
of the nature of that society’s leadership.

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Abdullah Abdullah leads in Afghan (early) vote

After 500,000 (10%) votes have been tallied, Abdullah Abdullah (42%) is in the lead, closely followed by Dr Ashraf Ghani (38%). A run-off will take place if no candidate crosses 50% (likely).

Incidentally (and interestingly) AA is Pashtun (father) and Tajik (mother). Is this a hopeful sign (of national integration) or will the Pashtuns still find reasons to reject him (more Pashtuns favor Ghani)?

“Today we announce the partial results of
26 provinces with 10 per cent of votes counted, these include
(provinces) in the north, south, east, west and Kabul,” said Ahmad
Yousuf Nuristani, the IEC chief. “With 500,000 votes from 26
provinces Dr Abdullah is leading with 41.9 per cent; Dr Ashraf Ghani has
37.6 per cent and is in second; and Zalmai Rassoul has 9.8 per cent in
third position.”



Of
the eight provinces for which results have not been announced, two are
in the north (Badakhshan and Baghlan) and two in the east (Nuristan and
Paktika). The others are Daykundi in the centre, southern Ghazni and
Wardak and the western province of Ghor.

Abdullah, who was born to an ethnic Pashtun father and a Tajik mother, is more associated with the northern Tajiks….an ophthalmologist by
training, came second in the 2009 election to current President Hamid
Karzai, in a vote that was internationally denounced as fraudulent.

He was a resistance fighter against the Soviet occupation in the 1980s
and was a close friend and adviser to Ahmad Shah Massoud, a revered
Tajik leader who fought the Taliban during their 1996-2001 rule and was
assassinated two days before the September 11, 2011 attacks on the
United States.

Ghani is a former World Bank economist and
globally renowned intellectual, who has shed some of his wonkish image
during his current campaign and is more favoured by the country’s
majority Pashtuns.

Former physician Zalmai Rassoul, another Pashtun, was seen as Karzai’s favourite — a charge which he denied.

All three pre-election favorites have pledged to protect women’s
rights, reach out for a peace deal with the Taliban and sign a bilateral
security pact with the United States that would allow at least 10,000
troops to stay for the next ten years.

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Who killed Philip Marshall (and why) ?

Feb 09, 2013. Philip Marshall an ex-DEA agent was killed off (along with his children and dog) perhaps because of his interesting theories about 9/11 and the Osama asassination.

We really have no opinion on this matter (except that the whole thing stinks), it is for others to decide how much smoke is permissible before they shout- fire!!!
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Phillip Marshall, a former airplane pilot and author whose works included the 2003 novel “Lakefront Airport,”  – “False Flag 911: How Bush, Cheney and the Saudis Created the Post-911 World (08)” and “The Big Bamboozle: 9/11 and the War on Terror,” a 2012 publication in which Marshall theorized it wasn’t al-Qaida but rather U.S. and Saudi government officials who orchestrated 9/11,
was found dead along with his two children in their Murphrys-area home
in California. Reports indicate all 3 died of gunshot wounds.





A possible motive for the shootings has not been determined but police reports indicated evidence that it was a murder suicide.



According to his Amazon author bio: Philip Marshall, a veteran airline captain and former government
“special activities” contract pilot, has authored three books on Top
Secret America, a group presently conducting business as the United
States Intelligence Community. 

Beginning with his role in the 1980s as a
Learjet captain first as part of a Drug Enforcement Administration
(DEA) sting on Pablo Escobar, and later in the covert arming of the
Nicaraguan Contras,
Marshall has studied and written 30-years worth of
covert government special activities and the revolving door of Wall
Street tricksters, media moguls, and their well funded politicians. 

Marshall asserts that the Saudi government was the true executioners of
the 9/11 attack and framed their enemies while CIA special operations
set up an elaborate decoy named Osama bin Laden to divert attention away
from the Saudi operation.
He follows the hijackers to flight training
airports and finds that Saudi agents led the hijackers to the Arizona
desert where Boeing 757 and Boeing 767 airliners were parked at a
secluded CIA operated airport. The operators of the CIA airport were
traced to suspicious insider stock trades on two airlines, United
Airlines and American Airlines, the only two airlines used in the 9/11
attack. Marshall breaks down the tactical flight plan that was used by
the hijackers and chronicles the actions of Condoleezza Rice, Donald
Rumsfeld, Saudi Arabian Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Dick Cheney and George
W. Bsuh to learn that their account of the attack was severely flawed. 

CIA spokesman Preston Golson wrote in an email Tuesday: “We’re unaware of any information that would substantiate Mr. Marshall’s claims.”

A Facebook page for “The Big Bamboozle”
showed posts as recent as January 31 with titles like, “WHAT IS THE
INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY HIDING?,” “THE ARAB WORLD KNOWS THE RAID WAS A
HOAX,”
and posts about the Bin Laden assassination having been faked.

“PICTURES PAINT A THOUSAND WORDS,” read one such Facebook post from
Marshall about photographs of the assassinated Al Qaeda leader. “Since
bin Laden died in 2001, these would be “alleged” photos of bin Laden.
Give us a break.”


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(Tata) Car Of The Year (COTY)

The Jaguar F-type V8 S is quite possibly the most beautiful (useless) car that money can buy.
Also, the $92K base price is not really chump change, but we expect that it will not unduly worry BPites.

You are riding a Tata car, and it is better than roadsters from Mercedes and BMW (see review below). Aamchi Mumbai which hosts Bombay House – the famous bridge of the Tata ship- will be proud.

Background on Bombay House [ref. Wiki]: Bombay House (Tata Sons HQ: 24, Homi Mody Street Mumbai 400 001) is a historic privately owned building in Mumbai that serves as the head office of the Tata Group. The building is a four storey colonial structure built with Malad stone, and was designed by Scottish architect George Wittet, who later became the head of Tata Engineering and
Locomotive Company (TELCO), now Tata Motors.
 


The Tata Group is perhaps the only Indian corporate to name its
headquarters after a city where it started its journey.
Bombay House,
the global corporate HQ of the $ $106.34 -billion group. At that time,
the group ran four businesses-textiles, hotels, steel and power-under
the leadership of Sir Dorabji Tata, the elder son of group founder
Jamsetji Tata. It was from this Edwardian building that Dorabji Tata
diversified the portfolio into insurance, soaps, detergents and cooking
oil. And it is in this building where the first Indian airline was
conceptualised (1932) and where the largest global acquisition (Corus,
for $13 billion in 2007) by an Indian group was made.

Since its beginnings in the pre-Independence era, the group has come a
long way. It now has over 100 operating companies in seven business
sectors and sells everything from salt to software and tea to telecom.
It has businesses in more than 100 countries across six continents, and
its companies export products and services to 150 countries. Yet, all
key management decisions continue to be made at Bombay House, the bridge
of the ship.
The heritage building houses the office of chairman Cyrus
Mistry and all top directors of Tata Sons, the holding company.
Core
companies of the group- Tata Motors, Tata Steel, Tata Chemicals, Tata
Power, Tata Industries and Trent-operate out of Bombay House.

Back to the car: It had been a long time since Jaguar built a sports car—some four
decades, in fact. This hiatus came after the company had produced the
SS100 in the 1930s, the XKs in the ’50s, and the E-Types in the ’60s and
into the ’70s. Does the F-Type—specifically the V8 S variant, a noisy
little rascal with a supercharged 495 hp V-8—represent Jaguar’s
triumphant return to the sports-car realm?


“It’s a ton of fun for the money,” said judge Scott
Kimple, “but I own an E-Type, and the design and styling [of the F-Type]
is not quite up to that.” Assessments of the F-Type vis-à-vis the
venerable E-Type are perhaps inevitable but unfair. Better to compare
the new Jaguar to its contemporaries. The F-Type will flatten the little
roadsters from Mercedes-Benz and BMW, the SLK and the Z4. But it cannot
lay a glove on the Porsche 911, except in a price war.
The Jaguar’s
suspension feels like marbles on a washboard, yet the 8-speed ZF gearbox
is as smooth and as quick as a Ferrari’s.


SPECIFICATIONS

Configuration: Rear-wheel-drive convertible

Engine: 5-liter supercharged V-8

Transmission: 8-speed automatic

Power: 495 hp at 6,500 rpm

Torque: 460 ft lbs at 2,500 rpm

Curb weight: 3,671 pounds

Zero to 60 mph: 4.2 seconds

Top speed: 186 mph

Base price: $92,000
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The “hospital of death”

Bidhan Chandra Roy (BC Roy) was a legendary doctor and politician (the first Chief Minister of Bengal after independence). It is beyond shocking that the modern state is unable to honour his memory by doing its level best to save infants, yet as the article explores, the rot in Bengal is as deep and wide as the Bay of Bengal.

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The route to B.C. Roy
Memorial Hospital for Children in Kolkata is a pilgrimage nobody wants
to make.
 

The overburdened government hospital is West Bengal’s largest
pediatric care center, and after a series of high-profile deaths in
recent years, it has become a public symbol of India’s ongoing struggle
with infant mortality. But the story of B.C. Roy often portrayed in the
national media paints an incomplete picture. In fact, the hospital’s
case points to a larger system that is failing India’s newborns. 


The story of B.C. Roy, according to newspaper accounts, begins in
June 2011, when 18 babies died at the hospital over the course of two
days. The news was first reported locally, but the outrage spread beyond
Kolkata’s city limits. On national television, newscasters labeled B.C.
Roy a “hospital of death.”


Hoping to blunt a politically poisonous scandal before it spun out of
control, Mamata Banerjee, the state’s chief minister, or head of
government, who doubles as minister of home, health and family welfare,
established an inquiry into the infant deaths. Heading the inquiry was
Dr. Tridib Banerjee, a private practice pediatrician (who is of no
relation to Mamata Banerjee), and is known as the pediatrician to the
state’s wealthy and elite.


Dr. Banerjee created the High Level Task Force, comprised of a group
of health care professionals, to recommend things like the allocation of
new equipment, the hiring of new doctors, and anything else that might
prevent future incidents of infant mortality at the state’s many
government hospitals. As a result, the intensive care unit at B.C. Roy
was expanded, and carefully vetted hires were made.

But the worst was yet to come. In September, two years after adding
modern equipment that Banerjee assured me was “as good anyone would find
in the best American hospitals,” an astounding 41 babies died in the
span of six days. 

But the chances of another headline-grabbing story coming from B.C.
Roy are high. According to Dr. Banerjee, the shocking rate of infant
deaths experienced in September only represents an increase of about 20
percent over the regular rate at the hospital. In fact, it’s not
uncommon for B.C. Roy to lose four or five babies on consecutive days.


I visited B.C. Roy in February and spoke to parents of ailing babies.
One father, Sujiauddin Saji, a 23-year-old house painter, first took
his 4-month-old son Suraj to the local hospital in a district 30 miles
north of Kolkata to treat illnesses related to malnourishment.
The boy
developed severe hypothermia while at the local hospital, and the family
traveled to Kolkata looking for help. Members of the Saji family,
including Sujiauddin, camped out on the B.C. Roy lawn for five days,
waiting for the boy to be nursed back to health.


According to Dr. Banerjee, the hospital conditions in Saji’s
district, where his son caught hypothermia, are not even the worst in
the state. Banerjee toured the state’s peripheral hospitals in 2011, as a
response to the original media firestorm. The worst conditions he found
were at Burdwan University Medical Center, a place he called “worse
than a roadside toilet.”
He and other government officials have tried to
rescue Burdwan by recommending new equipment and more hospital beds.


Dr. B. Biswas, 34, an assistant professor at the medical college who
works in the hospital’s newborn intensive care unit, explained that
sometimes he has no choice but to advise parents to make the trip to
Kolkata and visit B.C. Roy. “Our patient loads are impossibly high,” he
explained. “We don’t have the space or the manpower to treat everyone
here who needs our help.”

“It’s better than nothing of course, but we have doctors working
24-hour shifts,” Biswas said. “A few machines can’t help us double or
triple our manpower.” Biswas explained that the bulk of his patient load
comes from primary health centers that are supposed to function as a
first response in villages here but are often unequipped to meet that
challenge.


One such place is Block Primary Health Center in Barsul, a 15-minute
drive from Burdwan, where there are only two doctors serving a
population of roughly 150,000 people. Electricity at the Block Primary
Health Center goes out every few hours. That would theoretically be a
problem for performing complex surgeries, but the center’s lone
operating room has been boarded up for several months, sitting empty and
abandoned, collecting dust. But electricity issues are a problem for
delivering babies, and according to the doctor on duty that day, 350
babies are born per year at Block.


The hallways and toilets in Block are filthy, and most of the metal
beds in the maternity room are slanted or broken. Many of the babies
born here arrive malnourished or premature, making them immediately
susceptible to disease. When such babies are born, if one of the two
rented ambulances in the area is available to take them, they are then
dispatched to Burdwan in the hope that they can be saved. If Burdwan
can’t help, the babies are eventually sent to Kolkata for a last-ditch
effort to save a life. Too often, those efforts fail.

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Mere paas Bhagwan hai!!

Dravida (Tamil) Nadu is all set for the mother of all battles. The D-day is 24 April, 2014.

The aged Napolean, MK Karunanidhi is waging his last campaign against the axis of evil-  the foreigner/brahmin Jayalalitha (has cunningly managed to hoodwink the Dravida masses), the ex-communicated son Alagiri (has vowed to create mischief in Madurai), and the Hindu-Hindi party (has attracted a few Vibhisanas- the infamous Ravana brother who collaborated with Ram to bring about the downfall of the Lankan kingdom).

The Met Office is predicting a final day thunder strike, a direct hit from Bhagwan Rajnikanth riding high on His mighty chariot. The coup-de-grace finagled on behalf of the Hindu Great Man (HGM) seems to be unduly cruel. The common man will now be voting with the assurance that victory (Delhi) is for the man who has God on his side.


Conducted in Month(s)
Polling Organisation/Agency
Aug–Oct 2013
1
0
28
5
Dec 2013-Jan 2014
India
Today
-CVoter
0
29
5
Jan-Feb 2014
1
0
27
5
March 2014
0
0
27
10
March–April 2014
CNN-IBN-Lokniti-CSDS
0
6 – 10
(In alliance)
15 – 21
10 – 16
(In alliance)

            Narendra
Modi, who is scheduled to address a public rally in Chennai on Sunday,
is expected to meet the actor earlier in the evening on arrival from
Hubli either in the airport lounge or at Rajnikanth’s residence at Poes
Garden.

The encounter could impact the fortunes of the BJP-led
NDA alliance in Tamil Nadu. Though a senior BJP functionary described
the meeting as a “courtesy call”, the photo-op may seem an endorsement
to legions of Rajnikanth fans–the intersection between cinema and
politics in the state goes a long way back.

Before the 2004
election, Rajnikanth had issued a statement in support of AIADMK and
BJP, which was probably the only occasion when the normally reticent and
politically non-committal actor spoke up.

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Samsung (plans) to drop Android

Does Samsung have the know-how to deliver a robust operating system? How about apps- do they feel they can learn (and improve) from the Microsoft experience? If true, then Samsung really will have demonstrated the confidence it takes to become a world technology leader.

The danger is that India is one of their largest markets (44 mil smartphones sales in 2013 up from 16 mil in 2012, 38% market share for Samsung) and the customers may prefer to stay with Android (they are already registering unhappiness with Samsung).

Internal
documents revealed today show how Samsung was looking at not only
itself and Apple but at competition from other Android device makers and
even Google.
– Samsung didn’t
see HTC and other Android device manufacturers as allies.
The documents
note HTC’s success at launching on major carriers simultaneously,
providing a consistent look and feel across its range of devices, and
building “carrier friendly, good enough” phones.
– Samsung noted
that its biggest internal problems were a weak brand and low quality.
To
emphasize these points, the documents note that carriers were more than
three times as likely to refer customers to an Apple device than to a
Galaxy phone and that there were more than 30 delayed Samsung product
launches in 2011 alone.
– While Samsung’s Galaxy phones rose to
prominence thanks to the Android ecosystem, the company has been
planning for years to ditch the platform for its own operating system as
soon as it can.

That last point could have an incredible impact on
the smartphone market.
Samsung sells more devices and makes more profit
than anyone else in the Android space, if any one company could develop a
competitor to Android and iOS, Samsung would be the company with the
resources and sales volume to do it.
 So far, Samsung has
only brought its open-source Tizen operating system to prototypes and
smartwatches. It’ll be interesting to see whether the South Korean giant
actually tries to to take on Google in the years to come.  

.
The biggest
hurdle the company would need to overcome is app availability: so far,
users seem to be wary of moving to new platforms with more limited
selections of app than what they can get on iOS and Android today.

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Baby Musa is a free man

This news will be a major relief to his family, however the family members are alleging continuing harassment by the police (perhaps because they have been made to look foolish). The court should promptly take suo motu (sua sponte) action and provide immediate relief.  

That said the chances of the family getting justice are not good seeing that the honorable judge found it necessary to set a 50,000 bail for the baby. Seriously??

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The lawyer of nine-month-old baby Mohammad Musa charged with attempted murder
withdrew the plea for bail on Saturday after police struck off the
baby’s name from the first information report (FIR), DawnNews reported.



Following
expiry of the bail period, Musa was brought to a sessions court in
Lahore for the case’s hearing during which a police inspector informed
the family that the baby’s name was not registered with the police
anymore.

Meanwhile, the court issued a show-cause notice to a policeman over what it called dereliction of duty.

Whereas, the policeman alleged that the baby brought in the court was not Musa.

Meanwhile, Musa’s family and their lawyers said the police was troubling them using various excuses.

On Feb 1, the
case was registered against members of a family (including baby Musa)
and dozens of other inhabitants of Muslim Town after they allegedly
attacked a bailiff and a raiding team of the Sui Northern Gas Pipelines
(SNGPL) after it went there to arrest people involved in gas theft.

The baby’s grandfather, Muhammad Yasin, and his three sons still face the charges.

The
judge had earlier granted confirmed bail to Musa against bail bonds
worth Rs50,000, but he had to appear before the court today.

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Kabhi Khushi Bahut Gham

Sanjaya Baru the journalist who was also PM Man Mohan Singh’s Man Friday has published his tell-all book and it is damning in the extreme. His claims (if true) can be best illustrated by a (fictional) UPA-II theme song:


To summarize the claims: MMS was expected to just smile softly and shake a leg to the tune set by the Queen Bee while ignoring the thugs running away with the ATM in the background.

BTW this really was no surprise. The first family considers India to be a fully family owned and operated business (and so do an overwhelming number of Indian intellectuals as well as the entire foreign press and the Western diplomatic establishment). 
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Entitled
“The Accidental Prime Minister — The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan
Singh,” the book is by academic and journalist Sanjaya Baru, a former
media advisor to the current prime minister, who left his post in 2008.


Traditionally,
the president of India’s ruling party is also premier. But Gandhi, who
led Congress to power in 2004 and 2009, turned down the job, fearing her
Italian birth would become an explosive political issue as Hindu
nationalists said her foreign origin made her unfit to rule India.

She
handpicked Singh for the job but Baru said Gandhi’s much hailed
“renunciation of power” was more a “political tactic than a response to a
higher calling”.

Baru said Singh decided early on to “surrender”
to Gandhi and quotes the premier as saying he had “to accept the party
president (Gandhi) is the centre of power”.

Critics have long
charged Gandhi held the reins of power in the Singh administration but
Baru’s book is the first by a close advisor to the prime minister to
make that claim.

In a strong criticism of the soft-spoken premier,
he said Singh “averted his eyes from corruption” to ensure his
scandal-tainted government’s “longevity”.

While Singh, 81, who
retires after this election, maintained the “highest standards of
probity in public life”, he “turned a blind eye to the misdeeds of his
ministers”.

Singh thought he could choose cabinet ministers but “he was defanged” as “Sonia nipped that hope in the bud”.

Baru
said Singh had little authority over his cabinet and a senior
bureaucrat would seek Gandhi’s “instructions on the important files to
be cleared by the PM”.

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