CPM activist shot dead in Birbhum
DUBRAJPUR, 15 JUNE: A CPI-M activist was shot dead, allegedly by Trinamul Congress workers in an attack at Mete village of Loba gram panchayat over withdrawal of nomination papers for the panchayat polls this evening. CPI-M sources claimed one party worker has been abducted and a candidate was injured in the attack. sns                (details on page 4)
CBI probe into chopper deal
NEW DELHI, 15 JUNE: The Central Bureau of Investigation has registered one more preliminary enquiry (PE) against the AgustaWestland company in connection with the supply of light utility helicopters to the Indian Army.  The company is already accused in the Rs 3600 crore VVIP helicopter scam. The PE has been registered on the request of the defence ministry which suspects that a senior Army officer had demanded money to crack the deal for 197 helicopters. The defence ministry has reportedly received documents from the Italian investigating agency that indicated that an Army officer of the brigadier rank had allegedly demanded a bribe of US $5 million from the firm to settle the deal. The Army wanted to purchase 197 light utility helicopters to strengthen its Cheetah fleet but after the allegations of corruption surfaced, the deal has been hanging in limbo. sns
Kanimozhi in fray for RS polls
CHENNAI, 15 JUNE: Sitting MP from DMK Ms Kanimozhi, daughter of party president Mr M Karunanidhi, submitted her nomination papers on Saturday for the 27 June biennial election to the six Rajya Sabha seats from Tamil Nadu. The term of six Rajya Sabha MPs from Tamil Nadu, including Ms Kanimozhi, ends next month. The DMK, which has 23 MLAs in 235-member Tamil Nadu Assembly, does not have adequate numbers to win the seat on its own, but the party leadership is believed to have got an assurance of support from its former ally, the Congress. sns
Moily&’s clarification on import lobbies
BANGALORE, 15 JUNE: A day after he courted controversy by saying petroleum ministers were “threatened” by oil import lobbies, Oil Minister M Veerappa Moily today said the threats were aimed at “thwarting decision-making, not otherwise”.
“What I had said was there was fear or anxiety over undertaking large-scale oil exploration as there was obstruction to it,” he told reporters here. Mr Moily said the economy would be hit severely if India continues to spend between Rs 7 lakh crore and Rs 8 lakh crore annually to import oil. pti
India crush Pakistan
BIRMINGHAM, 15 JUNE: Title favourites India produced yet another clinical performance as they outplayed arch-rivals Pakistan by eight wickets in a high-voltage group league encounter of the ICC Champions Trophy here today. pti (details on page 12)
23 dead in Pakistani attacks
ISLAMABAD/QUETTA, 15 JUNE: At least 23 people, including 14 female students and the deputy commissioner of Quetta were killed in multiple attacks by militants in the capital of Balochistan province. A hospital complex in Quetta was also stormed by the militants, who are believed to have taken several people hostage. Militants also blew up a historic building in the town of Ziarat, where Pakistan&’s founder, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, spent his last days. pti
details on page 10
Rowhani elected Iran president
TEHERAN, 15 JUNE: Moderate cleric Hassan Rowhani was declared Iran’s new president today, the Interior Minister said, in an outright election victory that ends eight years of conservative grip on the top office. Rowhani, 64, a former top nuclear negotiator who has championed more constructive engagement with world powers, won outright with 18.6 million votes, or 50.68 per cent of those cast. Announcing Rowhani’s win, Interior Minister Mohammad Mostafa Najjar said 36.7 million people, or 72.7 per cent of the electorate, had voted yesterday. The withdrawal of the sole reformist from the race had left the field open for Rowhani to win the votes of both moderates and reformists. afp            (details on page 10)