Politics & the Nation
  • Some off-tangent thoughts on the 2G scam
    • This is one op-ed that none of you should miss reading.  TK Arun presents a totally different viewpoint on the scam.  A must read.
  • CBI court reserves verdict on Swamy’s plea to try Raja
    • Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy on Wednesday moved a designated CBI court seeking prosecution of former telecom minister A Raja in the 2G scam case. Filing a private complaint in the court of Special Judge Pradeep Chaddah, Swamy made a three-fold prayer which included that his complaint be taken cognisance of, Raja be summoned and he himself be made public prosecutor.
    • The court has reserved order till January 7.
    • The complaint, which has been filed under section 190 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), seeks prosecution of Raja and direction to the investigative agencies to ascertain the co-conspirators and other accused in the massive scam.
    • Swamy approached the CBI court following up on the Union government’s submission late last month in the Supreme Court that there was no question of granting sanction to prosecute Raja when there was no complaint filed against him in any competent court.
Finance & Economy
  • Offer farm loans at 4%: Hooda panel
    • Keeping in mind the agricultural crisis over the last decade, a key government panel on farm production has recommended cheaper farm loans at 4% and a minimum support price, or MSP, at 50% over the actual cost of cultivation. The panel, headed by Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, submitted its report with 150 suggestions to the prime minister on Wednesday. Comprising central ministers and chief ministers of Bihar, Punjab and West Bengal, the core group would meet again on December 28.
    • The report assumes significance as India is struggling with food inflation that many economists say has become structural and can be addressed only by boosting farm productivity.
Language Lessons
  • higgledy-piggledy: Adjective
    • In utter disorder
    • eg: The local police has finally admitted that the higgledy-piggledy way that traffic lights have been put up has something to do with it.