- Straight to the CBI case where Mayawati, who was accused of obtaining financial assets illegally in the Taj Heritage Corridor case. It will come as a massive relief to the BSP chief that the Supreme Court quashed the CBI probe against her saying there is no material evidence in the case.
The Court said that in 2003 when it asked the CBI to look into the Taj corridor case, it didn’t mean a probe into disproportionate assets of Mayawati and the investigating agency had proceeded without understanding the court’s order.
- And after Sharad Pawar declined to head the Empowered Group of Ministers, Home Minister P Chidambaram may lead the group on the allocation of telecom spectrum. The EGoM was reconstituted last week after Pranab Mukherjee, who was heading it, resigned as Finance Minister to contest the Presidential elections. The EGoM in its last meeting on 5 June had finalised broad modalities for the auction of spectrum, including the schedule and the quantum of airwaves to be sold, but there was no decision on reserve price, terms of payment and annual spectrum usage charges.
- Bowing to the pressure of politicians from Tamil Nadu, the defence ministry on decided to send back Sri Lankan air force personnel who were undergoing training at the Tambaram airbase. Here’s a video: olice have said that they have arrested Asif Sheikh, stepfather of missing Bollywood starlet Laila Khan, in Bangalore on charges of murdering his step daughter and her family members.
- Over to sport and lots of cricket buzz today. Sachin Tendulkar has said that he is not thinking about retirement as he still has a passion for the sport. He added that he pulled out of the Sri Lanka tour so that he could spend more time with his family. Meanwhile, Virender Sehwag said that it was not only MS Dhoni’s captaincy that won the team the World Cup, but it was the efforts of all the players which led to glory last year.
- Though Samsung is sweating over how Europe’s debt crisis is denting demand in its biggest market for televisions and home appliances, the South Korean company shouldn’t be too sad with a record quarterly profit of 5.9 billion dollars.