Today : Saturday - Aug 02, 2014, 05:54am (GMT+5.5)
All News  
Top News
National News
International News
Business News
Sports News
   » Cricket
   » Football
Entertainment News
Sci - Tech
Politics News
Health & Fitness
Education
Travel
Lifestyle
Gulf News
Featured
 
::| Latest News
News in Pictures

Seemingly unfazed at being ousted from the Asian Athletics Association, scam-tainted Suresh Kalmadi on Monday said losing the presidential re-election bid to Qatar’s Dahlan Jumaan Al-Hamad has actually given him a chance to work at the “grassroots” level.
“I have no issues today and I congratulate Mr Al-Hamad for being elected as President. I am rather relieved that I will be able to work at the grassroots level in athletics,” Mr. Kalmadi said after losing the vote during the ongoing AAA Congress in Pune.

National News
 

Hostage crisis: Orissa on right track in talking to Maoists, says Chidambaram

Saturday - Mar 31, 2012, 07:06pm (GMT+5.5)
[+] Text [-]

New Delhi - Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday said the Orissa government is on the right track in talking to the Maoists to secure the safe release of an abducted Italian tourist and Biju Janata Dal MLA Jhina Hikaka.

Addressing media after presenting his ministry's monthly report for March 2012, Chidambaram said: "There are two people in captivity, so the state government is right in appointing interlocutors to talk to the CPI (Maoists) or any other group that may have abducted the persons."

Chidambaram further informed that he and Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik have spoken to each other several times and Home Ministry officials are in regular touch with the Orissa government officials to ease the situation.

On being asked whether it was not contrary to the government's stand that it would talk to the extremists once they abjure violence by engaging with the Maoists now, Chidambaram said: "It is not that we don't speak until they abjure violence."

"The only condition is that while we talk, they should not indulge in violence. They have rejected that offer. I think, the onus is upon them to say that while we welcome the talks, while we are talking, there should not be any violence. Is that an unreasonable stipulation? While the Government of India or state government engages the CPI (Maoists) in talks, surely there should be no violence," he said.

BJD MLA Hikaka was kidnapped near Toyaput after a large group of armed men stopped him as he was being driven through a hilly area some 500 kilometres away from Bhubaneswar on March 24.

Hikaka's kidnappers have warned that the life of the tribal MLA could be in danger if the government attempts to search or secure his release through a security operation.
 
The statement in Telugu listed demands, including a halt to combing operations and release of several rebels and tribals lodged in jails in Koraput, Malkangiri and Berhampur. Refusing to hold talks through mediators on their demands for release of Hikaka, it asked the state government to make known its stand through media.
 
The communication bearing the name of the abducted legislator and demands of the ultras was received late on Monday night.  
 





|

Rating (Votes: )   

blog comments powered by Disqus

Other Articles:
Security forces in Assam seize arms and ammunition (31st Mar, 2012)
Executives accused in 2G spectrum scam appear in Delhi court (31st Mar, 2012)
Chief Ministers meet may be extended to discuss NCTC: Chidambaram (31st Mar, 2012)
CBI asks army chief to give more details on letter to PM, bribery allegations (31st Mar, 2012)
Govt. has asked political parties to decide on Telangana issue: Chidambaram (31st Mar, 2012)
Cooking gas supplies resume as transporters end stir (31st Mar, 2012)
CBI charge sheets Jagan, 12 others (31st Mar, 2012)
Chidambaram to decide on US historian's visa Monday (31st Mar, 2012)
Army chief row: DRDO chief calls for 'cautious approach' (31st Mar, 2012)
Army to order mountain-strike BrahMos regiment soon (31st Mar, 2012)
Convicted Jagir Kaur remains a VIP in prison (31st Mar, 2012)
Himachal rail line reopens after seven months (31st Mar, 2012)
Behind the scenes: India shaped BRICS position on West Asia, Afghanistan (31st Mar, 2012)
Chidambaram hints CMs meet may discuss NCTC (31st Mar, 2012)
High court permits usage of water cess levied on NHPC (31st Mar, 2012)
Trinamool leader killed in southern Bengal district (31st Mar, 2012)
Agni-V test in a fortnight: DRDO chief (31st Mar, 2012)
Kerala to participate in world’s biggest biodiversity event (31st Mar, 2012)
Five killed in train accident (31st Mar, 2012)
Cult religion, parenting & art on book shelf (31st Mar, 2012)
Rs.33 lakh looted from bank van (31st Mar, 2012)
With RS horse trading reports, Jharkhand in news for wrong reasons (31st Mar, 2012)
All support to UP on central-aided projects: Jairam Ramesh (31st Mar, 2012)
NCW members to visit Kolkata April 2 (31st Mar, 2012)
Hira new Himachal chief secretary (31st Mar, 2012)




Contact Us | Advertise with Us | Privacy Policy | Disclaimer | Terms of Use