Congress-BSP alliance on the cards for Uttar Pradesh - Subhash Mishra, NewIndianExpress
In public, they are bitter enemies. But in the clandestine rendevouz of political dialogue, they are more than just pals. For the past few weeks, leaders of the Congress party led by Sonia Gandhi and Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party are holding several direct and indirect confabulations to strike an electoral pact for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. According to sources, Rahul Gandhi’s point person for Uttar Pradesh Madhusudan Mistry and Mayawati’s Brahmin face Satish Mishra have met frequently to discuss the sealing of the political marriage of convenience.
Muslims burn down Hindu homes after maulvi’s murder in Bengal - Sandhya Jain, NitiCentral
Amidst a near-complete media blackout and distressing silence from statutory bodies like the National Human Rights Commission, a serious communal flare up has taken place in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal, with more than 200 Hindu homes torched and looted in four villages — Naliakhali, Herobhanga, Gopalpur and Goladogra, in the Canning police station area, from the wee hours of February 19. Almost two dozen Hindu shops were fully damaged and looted in Joynagar police station area; many shopkeepers have fled and members of the besieged community have begun to send their womenfolk away.
At Harvard, CAG slams government, netas - Times of India
Harvard's prestigious Kennedy School on Thursday provided the setting for Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) Vinod Rai to hit out at the Manmohan Singh government for attempting to reduce the federal auditor to a mere accountant with no real role in auditing policy. 
3 cops to protect each VIP, just 1 policeman for 761 citizens - Vishwa Mohan, ToI
India's police personnel to population ratio is 1: 761, but there are as many as 47,557 cops protecting 14,842 VIPs across the country or three police personnel to one protectee even as rising crime poses a serious threat to the security of the common citizen.
PM says can’t be business as usual with Pakistan after ‘barbaric act’ - Indian Express
Taking a tough position on the tension that has flared on the Line of Control after an Indian soldier was beheaded, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Tuesday warned Pakistan that it cannot be “business as usual” between the neighbours following the incident and those responsible must be brought to book. In simultaneous steps that underlined the chill creeping into India’s relations with Pakistan, New Delhi suspended a decision to give visas on arrival to senior Pakistani citizens and India’s hockey and cricket authorities moved to prevent Pakistani players from playing in India.
Congress and the mess in Andhra - Lalita Panicker, Hindustan Times
Gone but very certainly not forgotten — a rare occurrence in politics, but such was the personality of the late YS Rajasekhara Reddy. Sakshi TV, his son’s homegrown channel showed YSR raining down blessings in the form of red dots on Jaganmohan Reddy for months after the leader’s death. The enforcement directorate may be hot on his heels and has moved to attach a part of his considerable properties but Jaganmohan Reddy and his YSR Congress party is a force to reckon with even in adversity.
BJP ridicules PM’s delayed reaction - Times of India
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's warning on Tuesday that India would be forced to pause the peace process if Pakistan persisted with its brazen disregard for the killing of Indian soldiers and brutalization of their bodies failed to bring him respite from criticism from the BJP. The principal opposition, which had attacked the government, particularly the PM, for not being tough, reacted to Singh's remarks by asking why it took him so long...
Millions behold Makara Jyoti in Kerala - Pioneer
Lakhs of pilgrims jostling among themselves at various vantage points among the mountains and millions of devotees sitting in their drawing rooms with eyes riveted on TV screens on Monday evening experienced the bliss of beholding the holy Makara Jyoti, the most important event of the 66-day annual pilgrimage of the Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala in Kerala.
Pathetic end to Left’s service strike in Kerala - VR Jayaraj, Pioneer
The indefinite strike by Government employees and teachers in Kerala, sponsored by Leftist unions, against the decision to introduce contributory pension scheme ended in a fiasco early on Monday morning when the unions called it off without making any gains. The strike’s failure has also cast doubts over the victory possibility of such agitations in the future.
NCP councillor’s son held in Pune blasts case - Indian Express
A special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court on Monday remanded Aslam alias Bunty Shabbir Shaikh Jahagirdar to police custody till January 24. The 39-year-old son of the NCP councillor from Shrirampur, Ahmednagar, was nabbed by the Anti Terrorism Squad on Sunday on charges of allegedly supplying two firearms to some of the accused in the blasts that rocked Pune on August 1, 2012.
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