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Policy on welfare of
Congress President Sonia Gandhi on her way to pay homage at Amar Jawan Jyoti after leading a peace march in memory of soldiers who made sacrifices in the recent Kargil conflict at India Gate in New Delhi on Saturday. PTI
Jakhar, Buta Singh in
BSP to contest 3 seats in Delhi
Bitta opposes Pak PoWs
Kashmiris observe black day
Manmohan files nomination
Policy on welfare of ex-servicemen
NEW DELHI, Aug 14 Listing various welfare schemes announced by the government recently for the soldiers wounded or killed in action, particularly after the Kargil conflict, Defence Minister George Fernandes said the Prime Minister had constituted a committee to bring about uniformity in the assistance given to soldiers by various state governments and form a national policy for the welfare of ex-servicemen.
He said the entire amount collected for the National Defence Fund and Welfare Funds of the three services after June 1 would be spent on the kin of soldiers killed or wounded in action. The ceiling of Rs 10 lakh assistance to the kin of the soldiers killed had been removed. Even the limit of assistance by the Central government had been raised to Rs 10 lakh.
Uptil now there was no provision of financial assistance for soldiers rendered unfit for work because of injuries suffered in action but now such soldiers would be given a maximum of Rs 6 lakh each depending upon the seriousness of the injury.
Wheelchairs, artificial limbs and motorised three-wheelers would be provided from the National Defence Fund (NDF). Also the entire expenditure would be borne by the NDF in case the soldier needed specialised treatment, either in the country or abroad. Artificial limb centres would be opened at Chandi Mandir, Lucknow, Guwahati, Delhi and Bangalore at a cost of Rs 10 crore.
A Rs 5 lakh financial assistance would be provided to the family of each martyr or those wounded for house construction and Rs 2 lakh would be put in fixed deposit for childrens education and upbringing.
The Defence Minister said some instances had come to notice in which the wives of martyrs received full assistance while the aged parents were left with nothing. Parents in need would also be given Rs 2,000 a month.
The Defence Minister warned Pakistan of any further misadventure and assured that the government would do everything possible for the modernisation of the armed forces.
In his message to the armed forces on the eve of the Independence Day, the Defence Minister said the armed forces were fully prepared to meet any challenge from across the border. He said India had given an appropriate response to Pakistani intrusions in Kargil and Pakistan would not dare to indulge in such a misadventure again.
Pointing out that India would now always have to remain cautious of Pakistans intentions, Mr Fernandes said nothing would be allowed to come in the way of capability of the armed forces.
He complimented the defence forces for their patient and successful handling of the Kargil conflict and said that entire world had appreciated Indias commitment towards world peace. "Every country knows that we dont want war but we believe in brotherhood. We want peace with our neighbours and Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayees Lahore bus journey was a step in that direction. Pakistan committed the mistake of misunderstanding it as our weakness for which it received a befitting reply."
The government had always accorded top priority to the requirements for countering external aggression or internal disturbances. It was, however, regrettable that the proposal of proxy voting for the defence forces could not come through because of lack of consensus on the issue. The government was making consistent efforts in that direction.
He said the armed forces had not only won the heights in Kargil, but also international opinion. The main reason for the international support was that the Indian forces had respected the sanctity of the Line of Control (LoC), despite grave provocations by infiltrators.
"You clearly established during 'Operation Vijay' that real bravery and strength lies not in attack but in restraint."
He also congratulated scientists and engineers of the DRDO, Ordnance Factories and other defence establishments for providing modern equipment to the defence forces.
Describing as "without parallel in world history" the performance of Indian troops in 'Operation Vijay', the Defence Minister said a new chapter of bravery and patriotism had been added to the countrys history.
He lauded the efforts of
the forces in maintaining internal peace and in times of
natural calamities like earthquakes, and floods. While
citing the examples of Chamoli, Rudraprayag, Malpa,
Gopeshwar and Okhimath tragedies, the role of the
Territorial Army, the Border Roads Organisation, the NCC
and the coast guard was also commendable.
NEW DELHI, Aug 14 (PTI) The following is the list of Gallantry Award winners, announced on the eve of Independence day today:
Param Vir Chakra: Lt Manoj Kumar Pandey, Capt Vikram Batra, Rfn Sanjay Kumar, Gdr Yogender Singh Yadav, Maha Vir Chakra: Maj Sonan Wangchuk, Maj Vivek Gupta, Maj Rajesh Singh Adhikari, Maj Padmapani Acharya, Capt Neikezhakuo Kenguruse, Lt Keishing Clifford Nongrum, Lt Balwan Singh, Nk Digendra Kumar,
Vir Chakra: Col Umesh Singh Bawa, Col Lalit Rai, Col MB Ravindranath, (posthumous), Lt-Col Yogesh Kumar Joshi, Maj S Vijay Bhaskar, Maj Deepak Rampal, Maj Vikas Vohra, Maj Amrinder Singh Kasana, Maj Rajesh Sah, Maj Mohit Saxena, Maj M Saravanan, 1 Bihar (posthumous), Capt Shyamal Sinha, Capt Amol Kalia, 12 Jak Li (posthumous), Capt Sachin Annarao Nimbalkar, Capt Sanjeev Singh, Capt Haneef Uddin, 11 Raj Rif (posthumous), Capt Sumeet Roy, 18 Garhwal Rifles (posthumous), Capt Vijyant Thapar,
Capt Maridhyodan Veetil Sooraj, Capt Jintu Gogoi, 17 Garh Rif, (posthumous), Capt R Jery Prem Raj, 158 Med Regt (posthumous), Sub Chhering Stobdan, Sub Bahadur Singh, 12 Jak Li (posthumous), Sub Lobzang Chhotak Ladakh Scouts (IW) (posthumous), Sub Randhir Singh, (posthumous), Sub Bhawar Lal, (posthumous), Sub Raghunath Singh, Nb Sub Mangej Singh, (posthumous), Nb Sub Karnail Singh, (posthumous), Chm Yashvir Singh, (posthumous), Hav Udham Singh, (posthumous), Hav Madan Lal, (posthumous), Hav Sultan Singh Narwaria (posthumous), Hav Kumar Singh, (posthumous), Hav Sis Ram Gill, (posthumous), Hav Joginder Singh, Hav Tsewang Rigzin (posthumous),
L/Hav Ram Kumar, (posthumous), Nk Kashmir Singh, (posthumous), Nk Ganesh Prasad Yadav, (posthumous), Nk Dev Parkash, L/Nk Gh Mohd Khan, (posthumous), L/Nk Khushiman Gurung, Sep Satpal Singh, Sep Tsering Dorjay, Dep K. Ashuli, (posthumous), Rfn Jai Ram Singh, Rfn Anusuya Prasad, (posthumous), Rfn Kuldeep Singh, (posthumous), Rfn Shyam Singh, (posthumous), Rfn Mehar Singh, Gnr Sajeev Gopala Pillai (posthumous), Wq Cdr Anil Kumar Sinhna, Sqn Ldr Ajay Ahuja (posthumous).
Sarvottam Yuddh Seva Medal: Air Mshl Vinod Patney, (posthumous),
Uttam Yuddh Seva Medal: Lt Gen Krishan Pal, Maj Gen Mohinder Puri, Brig Prakash Chand Katoch, Brig Amar Nath Aul, Satinder Singh Dhillon, AVM Jagnandan Kumar Pathania, AVM Narayan Menon.
Yudh Seva Medal: Brig Lakhwinder Singh, Brig Ramesh Kumar Kakar, Gp Capt Mathews Kurrhikombil Joseph, Gp Capt Arvind Ramachandra Oak, Wg Cdr Sunderraman Neelakantan, Wg Cdr Birender Singh Dhanoa, Wg Cdr Sandip Sud, Wg Cdr Sandeep Chhabrra
Bar to Sena Medal (Gallantry): Col Samir Kumar Chakravorty.
Sena Medal (Gallantry): Col Devendra Singh Yadav, Col Prabhat Ranjan, Lt Col Girish Kumar Mediratta, Maj Suresh Kumar Joshi, Maj Ambrose Xavier Amalaraj, Maj Ravindra Singh, Maj Gurjeet Singh, Maj Gurpreet Singh, Maj Amitabh Roy, Maj Navdeep Singh Cheema, Maj Ajay Singh Jasrotia, Maj Joy Dasgupta, Capt Harbir Singh, Capt Ganesh Bhat, Capt Kamath Prashant Narayan, Capt Mridul Kumar Singh, Capt P.V. Vikram, Arty, Capt Naveen Anaberu Nagappa, Capt Saju Cherian, Capt Amit Sharma, Capt Somnath Basu, Lt Sanjay Barshilia, Lt Praveen Tomar, Lt Rakesh Kumar Sehrawat,
Lt Kanad Bhattacharya, Sub A. Heni Mao, Sub Sumer Singh Rathore, Sub Joginder Singh, Sub Surender Singh, Sub Romesh Chand, Nb Sub Chanda Jat, Nb Sub Sunayak Singh, Nb Sub Tundup Dorje, Hav Shri Bhagwan, Hav Ranbir Singh, Hav Sarman Singh Senga, Hav Hari Om, Hav Ghulam Qadir, Hav Tam Bahadur Chhetri, L/Hav Ramesh Chandra, Nk Nirmal Singh Yadav, Nk Samunder Singh, Nk Ravi Karan Singh, Nk Karanbir, Nk Balwan Singh, Nk Bahadur Singh, Nk Ranjit Singh.
Nk Jagat Singh, Nk Tashi Nurboo, Nk Mohan Lal, Nk Swara Singh, L/Nk Shakti Singh, L/Nk Narayan Singh, L/Nk Bhagwan Singh, L/Nk Kishan Singh, L/Nk Surman Singh, L/Nk Sarwan Singh, L/Nk Koshal Kumar Sharma, L/Nk Harish Pal, Sep Bhanwar Singh, Sep Surender, Sep Puna Ram, Sep Major Singh, Rfn Narpal Singh, Rfn Dabal Singh, Rfn Natinder Singh, Rfn Ajay Pathania, Rfn Sunil Kumar, Rfn Kewal Kumar, Gdr Munish Kumar, Gdr Kalyan Singh, Gdr Pravin Kumar, Gdr Raj Kumar, Gdr Udhyman Singh, Gdr Dalip Singh, Gnr Jagadish Prasad Gupta, Spr M. Jayavelu, Sigmn Vinod Kumar, Col Ldr Chhombe, Asst Ldr Tashi Phontsok.
Vayu Sena Medal: Gp
Capt Satish Pal Singh, Wg Cdr Raghunath Nambiar, Sqn Ldr
Rajiv Pundir, Sqn Ldr Mohan Rao, Sqn Ldr Vishwas Gaur,
Sqn Ldr Vanjay Bhatnagar, Sqn Ldr Gurcharan Singh Bedi,
Sqn Ldr Dilip Kumar Patnaik, Sqn Ldr Ajai Prakash
Srivastava, Sqn Ldr Alok Choudhry, Sqn Ldr Narender Singh
Verma, Sqn Ldr Amanjit Singh Heer, Sqn Ldr Nitish Kumar,
Sqn Ldr Harendra Pal Singh, Flt Lt Shreepad Tokekar, Flt
Lt Rajesh Walia, Flt Lt Ashish Gupta, Flt Lt Subramaniam
Muhilan, Flt Lt Gaurav Chibber, Flt Lt Kambampatti
Nachiketa, Fg Offr Rajpal Singh Dhaliwal, 668396 Wo
Krishan Singh Dhillon, 695490 Sqt Pasad Pilla Venkata
Narayan Ravi, (posthumous) and 729917 Sqt Sahu Raj
35 BSF personnel awarded
NEW DELHI, Aug 14 Thirtyfive Border Security Force personnel have been awarded Presidents Police Medal for distinguished service and 31 Police Medal for meritorious service.
Mr Kamalesh Deka (IG), Mr K.C. Sharma (Addl DIG), Mr A.K. Mishra (Addl DIG) and Mr K.B. Gurung (Commandant) were awarded the medal for distinguished service.
Mr V.P. Sharma, Cmdt, Mr P.S. Jhala, Cmdt, Mr S.S. Ahlawat, Cmdt, Mr Virendra Kumar, Cmdt, Mr J.A. Khan, Cmdt, Mr S.K. Sharma, CMO, Mr R.L. Sharma, Cmdt, Mr Ashok Kumar, Astt Dir (Med), Mr G.S. Virk, DC, Mr Joginder Singh, Astt Cmdt, Mr C.L. Parihar, Astt Engr, Mr J.M. Sahgal, Astt Cmdt, Mr Prithviraj, DC, Mr K.K. Kapila (Subedar), Mr Umed Singh (Inspector), Mr R.P. Sharma (SI), Mr Hazur Singh (SI), Mr D.K. Basumatary (SI), Mr Grish Chand (SI), Mr R.L. Ram (HC), Mr Sukh Ram (HC), Mr Pratap Singh (HC), Mr Mangla Gogoi (LN), Mr Bachan Singh (constable), Mr L.B. Sarki (constable), Mr P.P. Sharma (LN), Mr G.R. Pillai (constable), Mr Gurmeet Lal (cobbler), Mr Shosha Ram (cook), Mr Shibo (washerman) and Mr Om Prakash (sweeper) have been awarded the medal for distinguished service.
Thirtyone officers and jawans of the Central Reserve Police Force have been awarded Presidents Police Medal.
Additional DIG, Mr P.J. Shetty, who is in the Directorate in New Delhi, and Additional DIG Balwant Singh at Group Centre, Gurgaon, have been awarded Police Medal for distinguished service.
Mr Ratnakar Raman, Astt Dir, Mr S.M.Z. Rizvi, Astt Dir, Mr N.G. Subramania, Cmdt, Mr B.K. Sharma, Cmdt, Mr Devinder Singh, Cmdt, Mr Jagmehar Singh, Sec-in-Command, Mr O.P. Dagar,Constable, Mr S.D. Tripathi (D.C), Mr K. Babu, D.C, Mr A. Abdul Rahim, D.C, Mr B.S. Negi, D.C, Mr R S Singh, Astt Cmdt, Inspector Banna Ram, Inspector V.R.D. Kaimal, Inspector Narayan Singh, Mr R.L. Yadav (SI), Mr N.Yogidasan (SI), Mr Shanker Kishan (SI), Mr R.P. Sharma (SI), Mr Parbat Singh (SI), Mr Ghuman Singh (SI), Head Constable Ramanand, Mr James Kandolana (HC), Mr Ramanuj Ram (HC), Mr Balan Parambath (HC), Mr R.P. Maurya (HC) and Mr Devender Singh (HC) have been awarded the medal for distinguished service.
Seventeen officers and other ranks of the Central Bureau of Investigation have been awarded Presidents Police Medal, three officers getting it for distinguished service and 14 for meritorious service.
Mr Kailash Nath Tiwari, SP, Special Investigation Unit, Mr Baidya Nath Mishra, SP Multi-Discipline Monitoring Agency and Mr Mulinja Narayanan, SP, Special Investigation Cell have been awarded for distinguished service.
Mr Harjit Singh Sandhu, SP, who is on deputation with the Interpol is among the 17 officers who have been awarded the medal for meritorious service.
Mr Sandhu led the CBI team that raided the house of former Union Minister Sukh Ram which led to the sensational recovery of over Rs 3 crore in cash.
The others include Mr D
Boobathi Babu, DIG, Mr Harbans Singh, SP, Mr Baldev Singh
Dogra, Mr Surendra Narain Saxena, Mr Ram Chandra
Choudhary, Mr Mukesh Chandra Sahni, Mr Keshav Mishra, all
DSPs, Mr K Murlidhar, Mr Ganesh Verma, Dy SP, Mr Raman
Tyagi, Inspector, Mr Geroge Paulose, ASI, Mr Guman, Singh
Head Constable, and Mr Istikhar Ahmed Khan (constable).
17 Delhi Police officers
NEW DELHI, Aug 14 Seventeen officers of the Delhi Police have been awarded police medals on the eve of Independence Day.
While the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mr R.K. Joshi, has been awarded Presidents Medal, the other officers, including the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mr Shankar Dash, the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mr Satyendra Nath, the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mr Ramesh Kapoor has been awarded Police Medal for meritorious services.
Following is the list of the awardees: ACP, Ravi Shankar, Inspector Data Ram, Inspector Raghubir Singh Anand, Sub-Inspector Som Dutt, Sub-Inspector Sudershan Singh, Sub Inspector Girish Chander Joshi, Assistant Sub Inspector Thankachan Jose, Head Constable N. Selva Raj, Head Constable, Ram Chander, Constable Dharam Rajan and Constable Sudam Singh.
Following is the list of
officers of the Industrial Security Force: Mr V.R.
Sampath, Mr P. Jagannathan, Mr P.K. Kaushlappa, Mr D.S.
Mahla, Mr K. Gopalakrishnan, Mr G.R. Nayar, Mr C.R.
Acharya, Mr B.K. Gain, Mr T.K. Sivadasan, Mr T.K.
Banerjee, Mr T.K. Ghosh, Mr P.D. Nautilya and Mr P.K.
Jakhar, Buta Singh in Cong list
NEW DELHI, Aug 14 Putting speculation to rest, the Congress today decided to field former Lok Sabha Speaker and Union Minister Balram Jakhar from Sikar while renominating Mr Rajesh Pilot from Dausa and clearing Mr Buta Singh from Jalore in Rajasthan for the Lok Sabha elections.
The Congress central election committee tonight released a list of 51 candidates which includes Mr Kaul Singh Thakur for the Mandi Parliamentary Constituency in Himachal Pradesh. The candidates for three of the four seats were announced earlier.
While the CEC allowed Mr Jakhar to shift from Bikaner, it renominated the Rajasthan PCC chief Girija Vyas from Udaipur and brought in the Indian Youth Congress vice chief, Mr Jagat Singh, to contest from Bharatpur, a seat held by his father Mr K. Natwar Singh.
In Gujarat the CEC decided to field former Chief Minister Shankar Sinh Vaghela from Kapadvang and in Meghalaya pitted Mr Atul C. Marak against former Lok Sabha Speaker Purno A. Sangma of the Nationalist Congress Party in the Tura Lok Sabha constituency.
BSP to contest 3 seats in
NEW DELHI, Aug 14 The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) plans to contest only three of the seven parliamentary seats in Delhi in the forthcoming elections.
Having nominated candidates for the East and Outer Delhi seats, the party leadership is likely to nominate Mr Ram Swaroop Bhairwa from the Karol Bagh reserved constituency.
Sources in the party said Mr Bhairwa is contesting elections for the first time.
Sonia, others offer tributes to martyrs
NEW DELHI, Aug 14 (PTI) Congress President Sonia Gandhi and several senior leaders of the party today offered tributes to the Kargil martyrs who sacrificed their lives in defending the territorial integrity of the country.
Mrs Gandhi, Congress Working Committee members Manmohan Singh, Ahmed Patel, R.K. Dhawan, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Oscar Fernandes and senior party leaders Shivraj Patil and G. Venkataswami offered their tributes at Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate.
Mrs Gandhi placed a wreath in the memory of Kargil martyrs at the Amar Jawan Jyoti.
Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit, DPCC president Subhash Chopra and AICC Secretaries Maj Ved Prakash and Maj Dalbir Singh were also present.
AIR, DD tribute to martyrs
NEW DELHI, Aug 14 (UNI) The Radio and television networks are to bind the nation tomorrow evening in a unique manner with a single thought: To pay a tribute to the martyrs who fought for the freedom for the country, and to those who laid down their lives protecting that freedom.
Envisioned and directed by G. Bharat, known as Bharatbala for his Vande Mataram series, the programme Desh Ka Salaam produced by maestro A. R. Rehman will be broadcast from 8 p.m. to 8.10 p.m. on Sunday by All India Radio, Doordarshan, and all cable and satellite TV networks in the country. Produced by maestro A. R. Rehman, it will consist of two different renditions of the national anthem Jana Gana Mana involving about 50 renowned musicians and artistes, following by a special rendition of the moving aie mere watan ke logo by the singing nightingale, Lata Mangeshkar.
Apart from this, Doordarshan will telecast on its national channel (DD one) tomorrow at 7.30 p.m. a unique film: A programme on the evolution of Vande Mataram from its first being written as part of the novel Anand Math by Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyaya in 1874 till its adoption by the Constituent Assembly as the national song on January 24, 1948.
Produced by Doordarshan Deputy Director General Raj Shekhar Vyas, the programme Vande Mataram: A song that became a national mantra will have recordings of song as rendered by different singers in various languages before and after Independence. These include M. S. Subbulakshmi, Dilip Kumar Ray, Pandit Onkar Nath Thakur, Pandit Jasraj, Hirabhai Barodekar, Lata Mangeshkar, Shubha Mudgal and A. R. Rehman. The research has been done by Dr Sandip Kumar Sharma. (Earlier this week, All India Radio had brought out a compact disc on the evolution of the national song. The disc with various versions to be released for public sale from October 2, birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, this year.)
The coverage of the countrys 52 Independence Day will have a different tone as the country has just come out of one other major threat to its freedom. This is bound to be reflected in the various programmes that are being broadcast by the electronic media. For Doordarshan, the day will also mark a new chapter as it will mean not only entering a round-the-clock satellite telecasting era, but also launching a full-time news channel.
As usual, both All India Radio and Doordarshan will give live coverage of the flag hoisting by Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee from the ramparts of the historic Red Fort. These will be broadcast on all primary channels of AIR and telecast on all Doordarshan channels including the primary channel (DD one), Metro Channel (DD two), DD Sports, and DD India (International).
Programmes of patriotic songs will also be telecast on DD one and DD India, which will also carry a special programme on Independence day tomorrow night. Various TV channels are also screening patriotic feature films to mark the occasion. Doordarshan will telecast the Mani Rathnam film Roja set against the backdrop of the militancy in Jammu and Kashmir, while Sony will telecast Border directed by J. P. Dutta which won major awards two years ago. The Hinduja-owned cable video opera will telecast the Chetan Anand Haqeeqat, which is still one of the best war films ever made in India.
AIR has also scheduled several other programmes on its national hook-up. Shehnai maestro Ustad Bismillah Khan will present a recital tomorrow night at 10 p.m. and there will be an interview-based feature at the same time on August 19 entitled Ek Sadi Ka Safar: Safar Azadi Ka written by Dr Kanhaiya Lal Nandan and presented by Virendra Gohil.
A unique feature about
the Desh Ka Salaam is that all satellite
television networks will get the cast from Doordarshan
which will uplink it to the Pas four and Insat
satellites. The programme from 8 p.m. will also be
available on a website, www.deshkasalaam.com being
created only for these 10 minutes. In addition, about 500
cinema houses are expected to play the national anthem at
the commencement or conclusion of a show. According to
Bala, who over the past two years has popularised
Vande Mataram as a modern Indian chant, the
programme, which was shot in Ladakh, will have three
segments: about 50 maestros and musicians playing the
Jana Gana Mana in a symphonic ensemble,
followed by Hindusthani and Carnatic rendition of the
national anthem by different artistes. It will conclude
with the voice of Lata Mangeshkar.
Bitta opposes Pak PoWs
NEW DELHI, Aug 14 The All India Anti-Terrorist Front Chairman, Mr Maninderjit Singh Bitta, today strongly opposed the governments decision to release eight Pakistani prisoners of war (PoWs).
Such a step should not be taken unless Islamabad reciprocates and releases the Indians detained in Pak jails since 1965, Mr Bitta said.
The eight Pakistani PoWs held captive during the Kargil conflict were being released by India as a goodwill gesture. The PoWs were Naik Inayat Ali of 5 Northern Light Infantry, Sepoy Fazal Aman of 24 Sind, Sepoy, Hunar Shah of 5 NLI, Sepoy, Mohammad Ayaz of 4 NLI (attached with 5 NLI), Sepoy. Sher Baz Khan of 5 NLI (att.) Sepoy, Ahmed Khan of 33 FF and Sepoy Salikh Khan of 19 PoK Battalion.
Mr Bitta stated that India had always acted with a sense of goodwill but without any positive response from Pakistan. Despite repeated efforts by the Indian Government, Indian PoWs of the 1965 and 1971 wars were still languishing in Pakistan jails.
India, he added, had released more than 90,000 Pakistani PoWs in the wake of the Bangladesh war when Mrs Indira Gandhi was the Prime Minister. But what we got in return from Pakistan was betrayal, he said.
Mr Bitta, a former Indian Youth Congress President, asked the Pakistan Government to admit before the international community that they had pushed army regulars into the Indian territory along with infiltrators during the recent Kargil conflict.
He expressed concern
over the recent stepped up ISI activities in India and
revamping of terrorist training camps by Pakistan along
the Indian border. All such criminal activities of
Pakistan should be brought to the notice of the
international community, he said and demanded
immediate extradition of militants in asylum in Pakistan.
Kashmiris observe black day
NEW DELHI, Aug 14 Members of the Kashmiri Samiti observed August 14, Pakistans Independence Day, as black day, and urged the world community to declare Pakistan a terrorist state.
In a memorandum to the UN Secretary-General, Mr Kofi Annan, Mr C.L. Gadoo, samiti president, said the displacement of Hindus was as a result of the proxy war indulged by Pakistan and urged him to declare Pakistan a terrorist state.
The samiti also submitted similar memorandum to five permanent members of the Security Council.
A memorandum highlighting the demands of the Kashmiri people has also been submitted to the major political parties.
demands include setting up of a commission under an
eminent jurist to investigate and inquire into the
reasons that the terrorist incursion in Kashmir in 1989;
determined and definite plans to rehabilitate the
minority community; all Kashmiri Pandits living anywhere
in the country and abroad be declared as displaced
persons under various UN conventions and the government
should start registration of Kashmiri Pandits residing
outside Kashmir as displaced persons.
Manmohan files nomination
NEW DELHI, Aug 14 A former Finance Minister and senior Congress leader, Dr Manmohan Singh, today filed his nominations for the prestigious South Delhi parliamentary constituency.
Dr Manmohan Singh, who filed four sets of nomination papers, would be contesting the Lok Sabha elections for the first time.
The last date for the filing of nominations is August 18.
Other prominent persons who filed the nominations were the two BJP candidates, Dr Vijay Kumar Malhotra from South Delhi and the sitting MP Mr Lal Bihari Tiwari, from East Delhi.
Dr Manmohan Singh is the first Congress leader to file the nomination papers.
Delhi has seven Parliamentary constituencies. While the BJP has announced the names of the candidates for all seats, the Congress has so far announced three candidates -Mr R.K. Dhawan from New Delhi, Ms Meira Kumar from Karol Bagh and Dr Manmohan Singh.
The seven BJP candidates
are Dr Vijay Kumar Malhotra from South Delhi, Mr Lal
Bihari Tiwari from East Delhi, Mr Sahib Singh Verma from
Outer Delhi, Mr Madan Lal Khurana from Sadar, Mr Vijay
Goel from Chandni Chowk, Ms Anita Arya from Karol Bagh
and Mr Jagmohan from New Delhi parliamentary
|Notification for poll on
BHOPAL: The notification for the first phase of next months mid-term poll to the Lok Sabha in Madhya Pradesh would be issued on Tuesday, according to state election office here. The election office in a press note issued here on Friday said the notifications for the second and third phases would be issued on August 21 and August 30, respectively. PTI
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