|AFTER more than five months of
continuous protests, I stand today
in Change Square with thousands
of young people united by a lofty
dream. I have spent days and
nights camped out in tents with fellow
protesters; I have led demonstrations in
the streets facing the threat of mortars,
missiles and gunfire; I have struggled to
build a movement for democratic change
- all while caring for my three young children.
We have reached this historic moment
because we chose to march in the streets
demanding the resignation of President
Ali Abdullah Saleh, an end to his corrupt
and failed regime and the establishment
of a modern democratic state. On June 4,
our wish for Saleh´s departure was granted,
but our demand.
|PERHAPS no Arab ruler
responded as wisely to this
protests as the king of
Morocco - although that is
an exceptionally low bar.
When other dictators in the Arab
world answered protesters with gunfire,
King Mohammed VI grudgingly
accepted demonstrations, at least
when he was in a good mood. His
regime claimed that antigovernment
activism underscored the country´s
openness, and on Friday the king
announced constitutional reforms
that seem likely to reduce his own
role in governing the country.
These days, as much of the Arab
Spring has faded into an Arab winter
of repression, Morocco still feels fairly
spring-like. You can tell that from
the denunciations of the regime...
No relief for Kanimozhi as SC rejects bail plea
NEW DELHI DMK MP KANIMOZHI and Kalaignar TV managing director Sharad Kumar will continue to remain behind bars as the Supreme Court on Monday rejected their bail pleas in the 2G spectrum scam.
However, Kanimozhi can move for bail after the trial court hearing the case frames the charges.
An apex court bench of Justice GS Singhvi and Justice BS Chauhan said that Kanimozhi can invoke Section 437 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), which provides for a consideration in grant of bail to a woman accused under the age of 60.
The court said that the trial court will consider her petition without being influenced by the rejection of her earlier bail plea.
The trial court of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Judge OP Saini is in recess till July 4, after which it will resume hearing on the chargesheet filed by the CBI in the 2G case.
Kanimozhi and Sharad Kumar each have a 20 percent stake in Kalaignar TV, which allegedly received Rs200 crore through a “circuitous” route from Shahid Usman Balwa, the promotor of Swan Telecom, which is one of the companies that received 2G spectrum when the DMK’s A Raja was the telecom minister in 2008.
Raja, who quit after the government auditor Comptroller and Auditor General of India said his decision to allocate the licences on a first-come-first-served basis rather than through an auction caused a notional loss of Rs1.76 lakh crore, as also Balwa are among the 14 people jailed in the case.