Friday, November 2, 2012

India pressures Italy for info on AgustaWest Land investigation


Get your hands and feet dirty - this is the message sent out by the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to his new council of ministers, reports the Mail Today under its headlines "PM red alert on flagging economy". The Tribune takes the story forward and reports that concerns over the economy and fiscal deficit and the need to tighten the government's purse strings were underscored at the first full meeting of the Union Council of Ministers.
The Indian Express on its front page has reported that Italian investigators are probing allegations that AgustaWest Land, a subsidiary of Italian Conglomerate FINMECCANICA, allegedly paid 51 million Euros in kickbacks in the 3456 crore rupees deal for 12 AW 101 Helicopters for the Indian Air Force. The story has been carried under the headline "India pressures Italy for info on AgustaWest Land investigation".
The Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde announced that the government has agreed to grant retired paramilitary and central police force the status of "ex-central police personnel'' on par with the defense forces "ex- servicemen" thus enabling them to avail of various benefits, reports the Asian Age.
Terming the allegations levelled by India Against Corruption as "baseless and frivolous", the Petroleum ministry in a six page statement said the congress led UPA 1 & 2 govts have been consistently protecting national interest and that in 2010 itself. It had rejected a RIL demand for revision in gas prices, reports the Hindustan Times.
According to a eleven City survey, reports the Times of India, India is losing the battle against the bulge with one in three citizens exceeding their ideal weight. A fatter chunk of these overweight people come from Tier II cities like Kochi, Ludhiana and Nagpur rather than metros, as believed earlier.
There is chill in the air in Delhi and along with it are a lot of pollutants. The Hindustan Times adds that the Respirable Suspended Particulate Matter that measures the pollutants in the air were way above the average levels, making people vulnerable to heart diseases, asthma and even lung cancer

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