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January 2013

Jayalalithaa defends ‘Vishwaroopam’ ban

Chennai, Jan 31: Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa said Thursday that Kamal Haasan's movie "Vishwaroopam" was banned in Tamil Nadu due to fears of violent protests and not because she had a grudge against the actor. The chief minister also announced that she would file cases against DMK chief M. Karunanidhi and sections of the media that she said had maligned her on the issue. Jayalalithaa said it would have been near impossible to provide security to all the 524 cinema theatres in Tamil Nadu where the multilingual…

Anna Hazare rejects new Lokpal Bill draft

Patna, Jan 31: Activist Anna Hazare Thursday rejected the new draft of the Lokpal Bill with amendments proposed by the central government and announced that he would continue his fight for the Jan Lokpal Bill. "The proposed new draft of the Lokpal Bill is useless. We will continue our fight for the Jan Lokpal Bill and force the government to pass it," Hazare told reporters here. Hazare added that the proposed bill would not help fight corruption. "Such a bill will not benefit the people," he said. He…

NCP files contempt plea

Bhubaneswar, Jan 31: The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has filed a contempt petition in the high court against Odisha speaker for not complying with its directions on four legislators who defected to the state's ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) last year. Utkala Parida, state unit president of the NCP, said Thursday that he had filed the petition Wednesday against Speaker Pradip Amat for deliberately and wilfully disobeying the order of the high court as well as the Supreme Court. "The speaker is deliberately not…

‘Mali’s heritage to be saved’

New Delhi, Jan 31: Unesco will do everything possible to safeguard and rebuild Mali's cultural heritage, the UN agency's director-general said Thursday following burning of ancient manuscripts and destruction of mausoleums by Islamist rebels in the west African nation. Describing Mali's cultural heritage as a "vital part of the country's identity and history," Irina Bokova said in a statement that the restoration and reconstruction would give people of Mali the strength and the confidence to rebuild national unity…

Unesco to help Mali’s heritage

Islamabad, Jan 31: The country deserves to know the truth on the Kargil "fiasco" that led to the deaths of hundreds of Pakistani soldiers and damaged ties with India, said a leading Pakistani daily. An editorial in the Dawn Wednesday said "...we have understood how Kargil came to be what it really was: a poorly planned and badly executed operation that put hundreds of our soldiers at risk, and not the mujahideen-led jihad initially sold to the nation". New revelations paint an even bleaker picture of…