Tuesday, October 2, 2001, Chandigarh, India





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Keshubhai gets 24-hr lease
New Delhi, October 1
Gujarat Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel got another 24-hour lease with the BJP Central leadership putting on hold the decision on his replacement by a day after a day-long consultations with party leadership from the state here today.

10 more SIMI activists held
New Delhi, October 1
In the continuing nation-wide crackdown on the outlawed Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), 10 more activists of the radical Muslim outfit were arrested today, nine from Madhya Pradesh and one from Delhi, while the police sealed its offices across Maharashtra.


Delhi Assembly award for Anju
New Delhi, October 1
Anju Sharma, correspondent of Hindustan Times, was given a silent and tearful adieu by media and political leadership in the capital this afternoon.

Heart-rending scenes at Sinha’s house
Dehra Dun, October 1
Heart-rending scenes were witnessed at the house of Indian Express Correspondent Sanjiv Sinha’s after his parents came to know on the plane which crashed yesterday.


 

EARLIER STORIES

 

Ranjan’s father-in-law suffers third loss
Patna, October 1
Vinayak Jha, father-in-law of Ranjan Jha, the Aaj Tak special correspondent who was killed in yesterday’s plane crash along with Madhavrao Scindia, cannot believe his ill-luck. With the death of Ranjan, he has lost his third son-in-law. All three died young.

Special train
New Delhi, October 1
The Railways will run a special train from here to Gwalior on Wednesday for persons wishing to attend the funeral of senior Congress leader Madhavrao Scindia.

Private planes to be scrutinised
New Delhi, October 1
Private planes being maintained by various companies will now come under scrutiny with the government having decided to set up a committee to review the ownership of private planes and their maintenance.


Aircraft makes emergency landing
New Delhi, October 1
A Kirgiz TU 154 aircraft with 40 passengers on board today made an emergency landing at Indira Gandhi Airport after its engine developed some problem.

Death sentence reduced to life term
New Delhi, October 1
The Delhi High Court today converted into life imprisonment the death sentence awarded to an accused for burning alive two minor children of his paramour 11 years ago.

Hearing in Tansi case begins
Chennai, October 1
The much-awaited hearing commenced afresh today in Madras High Court on the appeals filed by former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalitha against her conviction in the Tansi Land Deal cases.

Delhi cops to take tips from Singapore police
New Delhi, October 1
With a view to make the police of the country’s Capital a model police force, the Delhi Police has sent a 38 member team to Singapore to take lessons from the police force which is considered to be one of the best in the world.

Bills on marriage, divorce are Acts
New Delhi, October 1
President K.R. Narayanan has given his assent to three legislations amending marriage laws, the Code of Criminal Procedure and the Indian Divorce Act.


Sam Pitroda receives Shastri award
New Delhi, October 1
President K.R. Narayanan today presented the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award for Excellence in Public Administration and Management Sciences to Chaiman of World Tel, UK, Sam Pitroda. The award was presented to Sam Pitroda at a function organised at Rashtrapati Bhavan here this evening.

Late Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri whose birth anniversary falls today.

Late Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri whose birth anniversary falls today.

Gandhi National Fellowship
New Delhi, October 1
Mr R.P. Mishra, noted Gandhian and former Vice-Chancellor of Allahabad University, has been awarded the first Gandhi National Fellowship.
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Keshubhai gets 24-hr lease
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 1
Gujarat Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel got another 24-hour lease with the BJP Central leadership putting on hold the decision on his replacement by a day after a day-long consultations with party leadership from the state here today.

Although the Central leadership had held a day-long one-to-one consultations with 18 state leaders, including BJP’s Gujarat unit president Rajendra Singh Rana, a decision on the replacement was delayed by a day, apparently due to a fax message from 25 MLAs loyal to the Chief Minister, demanding consultation with them before any final decision.

However, party sources said the BJP Central leadership was firm on replacing Mr Patel and only going slow on the final decision to ensure that there was consensus among ranks and files of the party’s state unit on the proposal of the person, who would replace Mr Patel.

They also don’t want to discount the possibility of a rebellion in the Gujarat unit in the event of the Central leadership forcing its way on the replacement of Mr Patel.

Interestingly, the consultations so far had been with leaders who are not identified with Mr Patel’s camp.

Meanwhile, since morning, BJP National President K. Jana Krishnamurthy and former party president Kushabhau Thakre held consultations with nine Gujarat ministers and nine state unit leaders.

Among those who were consulted were Mr Rajendra Singh Rana, Home Minister Hiren Pathak, Finance Minister Vajubhaiwala and former minister Ashok Bhatt.

After the meeting, Mr Rana told newspersons that the consultations focussed on regaining the people’s confidence in the light of the adverse electoral results in Sabarmati Assembly segment of Gujarat falling in Union Home Minister L.K. Advani’s Lok Sabha constituency.

However, he claimed that “change of leadership” did not figure during the meeting.
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10 more SIMI activists held

New Delhi, October 1
In the continuing nation-wide crackdown on the outlawed Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), 10 more activists of the radical Muslim outfit were arrested today, nine from Madhya Pradesh and one from Delhi, while the police sealed its offices across Maharashtra.

Nine SIMI activists were arrested in Madhya Pradesh today taking the total number of those arrested in the state to 38, the police said. The outfit’s state chief Kamaruddin Nagori is still absconding. The outfit has 60 active members in the state.

A report from Jabalpur said nearly 25 workers of the organisation had so far been identified in the city and more arrests were likely.

One more SIMI activist was nabbed from South Delhi, raising the total number of arrests in the national capital to five. PTI
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Delhi Assembly award for Anju

New Delhi, October 1
Anju Sharma, correspondent of Hindustan Times, was given a silent and tearful adieu by media and political leadership in the capital this afternoon.

Delhi Assembly Speaker Prem Singh said the Bureau of Legislative Studies would confer the Best Journalist award on the correspondent posthumously for her “creative” reportage of the Assembly proceedings. UNI
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Rs 1 lakh for kin of scribes

New Delhi, October 1
The Centre tonight decided to give Rs one lakh as ex-gratia payment to the next of the kin of four journalists killed yesterday in a plane crash along with senior Congress leader Madhavrao Scindia. PTI
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Heart-rending scenes at Sinha’s house
Tribune News Service

Dehra Dun, October 1
Heart-rending scenes were witnessed at the house of Indian Express Correspondent Sanjiv Sinha’s after his parents came to know on the plane which crashed yesterday.

Sinha’s father, Leiut Col R.P. Sinha (retd), have been living here at Indra Nagar Colony since 1994. He was so shocked that he could not speak to his second son over telephone to inform him about Sanjiv’s death. His second son is working in the Indian Embassy in Ukraine. The family left for New Delhi early today to attend the funeral of their son.

Meanwhile, reports from Pauri stated that the information of Gopal, A.J. Tak camerman, death reached there late last night. Some members of his family rushed to Delhi today.
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Ranjan’s father-in-law suffers third loss
Our Correspondent

Patna, October 1
Vinayak Jha, father-in-law of Ranjan Jha, the Aaj Tak special correspondent who was killed in yesterday’s plane crash along with Madhavrao Scindia, cannot believe his ill-luck. With the death of Ranjan, he has lost his third son-in-law. All three died young.

Vinayak Jha is himself a renowned journalist who has served in The Tribune and is currently working for a local English daily. This correspondent visited his place to find him and other family members consoling each other.

Shyamanand Jha, former Chief Editor of The Indian Nation, told this correspondent over telephone that Ranjan was very kind-hearted and civilised. He had recently met him at Vinayak Jha’s place.

Kamal, who worked with Ranjan at Noida for the Hindi daily, Dainik Jagran, was almost in tears. He remembered him as a dear friend and a great human being.

PTI adds: The body of Ranjan Jha was brought here today. RJD President Laloo Prasad Yadav, leader of Opposition in Bihar Assembly Sushil Kumar Modi, Samata Party MP Raghunath Jha, a host of ministers, political leaders and journalists were present at the airport.

Jha’s two daughters, who accompanied the coffin along with their distraught mother, appeared to have no idea of the tragedy that had befallen them. His body was later taken to Patna railway station on way to his ancestral home in Bhagalpur for cremation.
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Special train
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 1
The Railways will run a special train from here to Gwalior on Wednesday for persons wishing to attend the funeral of senior Congress leader Madhavrao Scindia.

Announcing this at a condolence meeting at Rail Bhawan here on Monday, Railway Minister Nitish Kumar said that all functions and celebrations of the railways had been cancelled for a week as a mark of respect to the leader.
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Private planes to be scrutinised
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 1
Private planes being maintained by various companies will now come under scrutiny with the government having decided to set up a committee to review the ownership of private planes and their maintenance.

Civil Aviation Minister Syed Shahnawaz Hussain today held a meeting with officials of the Directorate-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in the wake of the crash of a privately-owned King Air C-90 aircraft yesterday, in which eight persons, including the former Union Minister Madhavrao Scindia and four journalists, died, to decide what steps to be taken to check on private planes. He later said the government would shortly be setting up a committee to review the functioning of companies chartering private planes.
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Aircraft makes emergency landing

New Delhi, October 1
A Kirgiz TU 154 aircraft with 40 passengers on board today made an emergency landing at Indira Gandhi Airport after its engine developed some problem.

Airport sources said that the engine of the single-engine aircraft developed a problem, but it landed safely.

Earlier, the aircraft was hovering over the Capital’s sky and dumped its oil before landing. UNI
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Death sentence reduced to life term

New Delhi, October 1
The Delhi High Court today converted into life imprisonment the death sentence awarded to an accused for burning alive two minor children of his paramour 11 years ago.

A bench comprising Ms Justice Usha Mehra and Mr Justice M.A. Khan converted the death sentence of Ajit Seth into life imprisonment on the grounds that the capital punishment given to him by the trial court on February 2, 1999, was not in conformity with the guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court.

The high court, however, said the convict would not be released from jail till he completed 20 years’ term as had been laid down by the apex court in such cases where capital punishment is converted into life sentence. PTI
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Hearing in Tansi case begins

Chennai, October 1
The much-awaited hearing commenced afresh today in Madras High Court on the appeals filed by former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalitha against her conviction in the Tansi Land Deal cases.

When the appeals came up for hearing before Mr Justice N. Dinakar, a senior counsel from Delhi, Mr K. K. Venugopal, commenced his arguments on behalf of Ms Jayalalithaa.

Mr Venugopal submitted that as some of the units of Tansi were incurring loss, the state government decided to close down the units in 1985. One among the units was Tansi Foundry, purchased by Jaya Publications. UNI
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Delhi cops to take tips from Singapore police
Syed Ali Ahmed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 1
With a view to make the police of the country’s Capital a model police force, the Delhi Police has sent a 38 member team to Singapore to take lessons from the police force which is considered to be one of the best in the world.

The team led by Mr P. Kamaraj, Deputy Commissioner of Police, South District, includes an ACP, 18 SHOs (inspectors) and 18 Head Constables and Constables. The four-day visit is jointly sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD).

The Joint Commissioner of Police (Southern Range) Mr Amod Kanth, said the Singapore Police was considered the best police force in the world. Since crime scene in the national Capital was changing at a very fast rate, there was an urgent need for the police force to keep abreast with the latest developments. The idea was to send a few selected officers at a time to learn how the Singapore police handles the law and order situation there and the techniques they employ in solving criminal cases.

“We are trying to make the Delhi Police a model police force in the country. The team was sent to participate in a model programme of police management and upgradation of the system. Three police teams from Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata have been sent to Singapore. The South Delhi Police was choosen in the Capital for the tour which was a kind of training programme devised by the BPRD in collaboration with the UNDP,” Mr Kanth said. Two teams will be sent to Singapore from each metropolitan city. First team of the Delhi Police has been led by a DCP while the second will be led by Mr Kanth.

Mr Kanth will leave on October 7 for Singapore for four days. Both teams of the Delhi Police will learn the role played by officials of different ranks of the Singapore Police in investigation.

A senior police officer said the spirit behind the programme was to propagate people-friendly image of the Delhi Police. The trained officers and constables will be called trained agents.
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Bills on marriage, divorce are Acts

New Delhi, October 1
President K.R. Narayanan has given his assent to three legislations amending marriage laws, the Code of Criminal Procedure and the Indian Divorce Act.

With this, the three Bills have been notified in the Gazette of India, bringing the amendments into immediate effect, an official release said here today.

The Marriage Laws (Amendment) Act, 2001, seeks to amend the Special Marriage Act, 1954, the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 and the Parsi Marriage and Divorce Act, 1936, to provide for interim judgement in the form of relief to distressed women mandatory by courts of law within 60 days from serving of notices pending final disposal of divorce suits.

The Code of Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Act, 2001, seeks to remove the bar on ceiling of alimony of Rs 500 per month to women in distress in the event of judicial separation or divorce.

The Indian Divorce (Amendment) Act, 2001, seeks to undo injustices and anomaly with respect to Christian women in matters of judicial separation or dissolution of marriages. PTI
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Sam Pitroda receives Shastri award
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 1
President K.R. Narayanan today presented the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award for Excellence in Public Administration and Management Sciences to Chaiman of World Tel, UK, Sam Pitroda.

The award was presented to Sam Pitroda at a function organised at Rashtrapati Bhavan here this evening.

The award, given in memory of the former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, is presented to a person who is a public administrator, management practitioner, educator or institution builder.

The award carries a cash reward of Rs one lakh and a citation.

Earlier, delivering a lecture on “Vision, Value and Velocity of Development”, Sam Pitroda said the country needed a vision plan, which would inspire the people. He said the Chinese had prepared a four-point vision statement a quarter century ago, which had resulted in the economic prosperity which we witnessed today.
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Gandhi National Fellowship

New Delhi, October 1
Mr R.P. Mishra, noted Gandhian and former Vice-Chancellor of Allahabad University, has been awarded the first Gandhi National Fellowship.

The fellowship, instituted by the Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, is given to senior Gandhian scholars and activists to encourage them to pursue research, documentation or work on specific projects approved by the samiti.

The selection was made by a committee headed by former President R. Venkataraman.

The fellowship carries a monthly honorarium of Rs 15,000 and an amount of Rs 24,000 annually for contingencies, it said. PTI
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