YSR Congress Party declares CBI chargesheet as fraudulent

Describing as fraudulent, the charge sheet filed by CBI in the 26 GOs case, YSR Congress Party on Saturday said it was done in a hurry to prevent bail for Vijay Sai Reddy and the Party is explore legal options to challenge the decision.

“How can the CBI file a charge sheet when the investigation process is not complete? The Supreme Court has recently issued notices to the ministers, senior bureaucrats and CBI seeking explanation and even before giving a reply to the notice the charge sheet is filed,” YSRC Party Political Advisor, DA Somayajulu told reporters here.

Palwai confident of favourable decision on Telangana

Rajya Sabha member Palwai Goverdhan on Saturday expressed confidence that the Congress party would announce a favourable decision on the formation of Telangana State. He said that the party was seriously considering ways and means to find a solution to the Telangana issue.

Speaking on the occasion of his felicitation at Vasavi Kendra, Khairatabad, by Telangana Congress Monitoring Group on his elevation as Rajya Sabha member, Palwai Goverdhan said that the Congress party tied up with Telangana Rashtra Samithi in 2004 elections with the promise of the formation of Telangana state.

Shankar Rao asks Acharya to name real conspirators in Emaar case

Former minister Dr P Shankar Rao on Saturday defended the statements of arrested IAS officer B P Acharya that the real conspirators in Emaar land scam have escaped and he was falsely implicated in the case.

Talking to media persons at the Congress Legislature Party office, Shankar Rao said that he had sent a legal notice to Acharya advising him to disclose the conspirators’ names in the Emaar case. With probe continuing in the Emaar scam, he appealed to the CBI to submit a supplementary chargesheet in the court by including the names of real conspirators as accused.

Entire cabinet would be responsible for decisions: Botsa

Pradesh Congress Committee president Botsa Satyanarayana on Saturday said that the entire Cabinet would be held responsible for the decisions taken since 2004.

Talking to media persons here, Botsa Satyanarayana said that the ministers concerned would be held responsible for decisions and they would face consequences. However, he said that the ministers could not be held responsible for behind the scene developments on issuing of GOs. He said that the government was ready to face any kind of investigation related to any issue.

YSR Cong slams Govt for hike in power tariff

Coming down heavily on the State Government for hike in power charges, YSR Congress party on Saturday said such anti-people policies will reflect in the ensuing by-elections and the new tariff coming close on the heels of the adjournment of Assembly shows the attitude of Congress towards common man.

Ponguleti expresses concern over internal rifts in Congress party

AICC Secretary and MLC Ponguleti Sudhakar on Saturday stated that the party image was beaten badly as the leaders not effectively rebutting the charges of Opposition against the government and party high command.

Talking to media persons at the Congress Legislature Party Office, Ponguleti Sudhakar said that the ministers and senior leaders have totally failed to counter the allegations of opposition parties which consequently affected the party’s image among the people. Apart from this, the internal conflicts among leaders over the policy decisions adding woes to party, he said.

Police repeated their dubious role during riots in Sangareddy

Sangareddy town of Andhra Pradesh on Thursday evening witnessed what other parts of the country have been witnessing during communal riots since Independence: The Police didn’t stop the riots who remained on rampaging spree for several hours. Friday morning saw properties worth several crores of rupees of a particular community looted and destroyed.

Srilakshmi’s judicial remand extended till April 13

The CBI Special Court on Saturday extended the judicial remand of suspended IAS officer Y Srilakshimi, the sixth accused in the illegal mining case of Obulapuram Mining Company, to April 13.

The court gave this direction when the officials produced her in the CBI Special Court following expiry of her remand on Saturday. Later, on court’s directions she was shifted to Chanchalguda Women’s Jail.

Big B Dons Lalu’s Hairstyle In RGV’s Department

Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan has reportedly donned the Lalu Prasad Yadav hairstyle look in Ram Gopal Varma’s forthcoming film Department.

Some, however, say, his overall look is similar to that of the character Subhash Nagre which he enacted in the film Sarkar.

Big B will be doing the role of a venal politician in Uttar Pradesh. Bachchan took care in studying the looks and mannerisms of UP-based politicians as far as their diction, language, dress and hairstyle are concerned.

Former Pak Beauty Queen Flees US After Duping Californians

A former Pakistani beauty queen, Saman Hasnain, has been accused of duping scores of Californians in an elaborate loan scam before fleeing the US, says a media report.

Saman Hasnain, who won the 2008 Mrs Pakistan World beauty pageant, and her husband Jawad, have been accused of duping South Bay, California, homeowners into giving them money for a loan-modification scam which they operated from 2008 until October 2010.

Chidambaram blames political parties for delay on ‘T’ decision

Home Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday blamed four political parties for the delay in taking a decision on the Telangana issue.

Addressing a press conference here, Chidambaram said that four out of eight political parties were yet to give their opinion on the statehood issue. “There is a demand for a decision and from my side, from the Government of India side, we are requesting the four political parties which still have not expressed their opinion to quickly make up their mind and tell us their view,” he said while hoping that the parties would give their views on the issue.

Obama urges Congress to pass ‘Buffett Rule’ for higher tax on rich

US President Barack Obama urged Congress Saturday to pass the “Buffett Rule” tax plan, which is designed to increase the tax rate on the wealthiest Americans.

The US tax system had to require the richest to pay their fair share, while protecting 98 percent of Americans from seeing their taxes go up, Obama said in his weekly radio and online address, reported Xinhua.

The “Buffett Rule” plan, scheduled for a Senate vote on April 16, was proposed by Obama last September to reform the nation’s tax system.

Turkish PM warns of ‘disastrous’ consequence if Israel strikes Iran

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned that the outcomes of an Israeli air strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities would be “disastrous”, reports said Saturday.

Erdogan made the warning when he talked to journalists onboard an airplane on his way from a meeting with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, according to Turkish newspaper Hurriyet Daily News, reported Xinhua.

“The entire region would be devastated if Israel strikes Iran,” Erdogan said, and added that he shared his views with US President Barack Obama, who is against a potential Israeli strike on Iran.

New round of Iranian nuclear talks set in Turkey

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Saturday that Iran and six world powers have agreed to meet in the Turkish city of Istanbul on April 13 for a new round of talks on Iran’s nuclear program.

Clinton made the announcement at a news conference Saturday following a security conference in Saudi Arabia.

An official from the Turkish foreign ministry told Xinhua on phone that they would listen to the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton.

Bangalore blinks for hour to save earth

India’s tech hub late Saturday partly plunged into darkness for an hour, as public and private organisations, companies, malls and shops joined thousands of greens to turn off lights for saving the earth from climate change.

From 8.30 p.m. onwards, several localities across the city witnessed an hour-long blackout and frenzy, as hundreds of denizens took to streets to observe the ‘Earth Hour’ and spread awareness on the need to protect the planet’s fragile ecology.

IM ‘operative’ fights polls to bring honour to family

For young Zia-ur-Rehman, fighting the upcoming Delhi municipal polls from a jail in Ahmedabad is not just a battle to win a coveted post but a war to regain the honour of his family, which has been practically ostracised by their peers in fear. Twenty-six-year-old Zia is accused of being an Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative and is lodged in Sabarmati Jail since September 2008 after he was arrested for his alleged involvement in the Delhi serial blasts.