Here is a roundup of news from Indian newspapers, news wires and Web sites on Thursday, April 8, 2010. The Wall Street Journal has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.
Government Sets up Probe in Worst-ever Maoist Strike: Acknowledging that “something went wrong” in the worst-ever Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh, Government on Thursday decided to set up an inquiry into the incident that claimed lives of 76 security personnel. “We have taken a decision to institute an inquiry into what went wrong,” Home Minister P Chidambaram told reporters on a volley of questions on Tuesday’s attack in the jungles of Dantewada district in Chattisgarh.(Source: Hindustan Times)
Sonia Moves From Party Insider to Policy Maker: After years of running India from the shadows, ruling party chief Sonia Gandhi has grabbed a more public role with a cabinet-ranked post that may herald more social welfare spending and less talk of economic “miracles”. Her appointment to head the reconstituted National Advisory Council (NAC) signals a move from party insider to government policymaker. (Source: Reuters)
Key Conspirator of Pune Blast Identified, Says ATS: Yasin Bhatkal, believed to be a relative of Indian Mujahideen founder Riyaz Bhatkal, has been identified by Maharashtra ATS as one of the main conspirators of the Pune bomb blast in which 17 people were killed.(Source: Times of India)
1996 Lajpat Nagar Blast: Six Convicted: Fourteen years after a blast rocked Lajpat Nagar market in New Delhi killing 13 people, the trial court on Thursday convicted six people in the case. Ten people, including a woman, all from Jammu and Kashmir, had faced trial in the case. The accused were arrested soon after the incident after police allegedly tracked the calls made by them to various media houses, claiming responsibility for the terror attack. (Source: Times of India)
Government Bans FDI in Cigarette Manufacturing: Taking its anti-smoking drive forward, the government today banned foreign direct investment (FDI) in cigarette manufacturing in the country. Home Minister P Chidambaram said that FDI will be prohibited in cigarette manufacturing, whether it is for domestic consumption or for exports. (Source: Press Trust of India)
Punjab Play for Pride Against Mumbai tomorrow: With only pride to play for from here on, the bruised and battered Kings XI Punjab would be banking on home advantage when they take on table-toppers Mumbai Indians in an Indian Premier League match in Mohali on Friday. (Source: Hindustan Times)
Source: WSJ.com: India Real Time