Wednesday, December 5, 2001, Chandigarh, India





National Capital Region--Delhi

THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
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N A T I O N

Atrocities against Hindus ‘on rise’ in Bangladesh
New Delhi, December 4
Union Home Minister, Mr L.K. Advani today confirmed reports that incidents of persecution of minority Hindus in Bangladesh had increased after the Khaleda Zia Government came to power and stated that New Delhi might consider taking up the matter at the highest level.

4 new faces in Delhi Cabinet
New Delhi, December 4
In a major shake-up in her three-year-old government, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today dropped four of the six ministers, bringing to an end the week-long wrangling over the composition of the new Cabinet.

LS to discuss re-entry of George
New Delhi, December 4
The government has conceded to the Opposition demand to debate under Rule 184, entailing voting, in the Lok Sabha the issue of re-induction of Mr George Fernandes in the Union Council of Ministers.

BJP leaders differ on UP poll pact
Lucknow, December 4
Sharp differences emerged today at the ongoing BJP executive meeting here on whether the party should contest the forthcoming UP Assembly poll under the NDA banner or go it alone.

Minister ‘admits’ BJYM vandalised Taj
New Delhi, December 4
All claims of decency and sobriety of the BJP went crashing when its own Minister for Tourism and Culture Jagmohan today admitted in the Rajya Sabha that a large number of people who had gathered at Agra in connection with a political rally “forcibly entered the Taj Mahal complex on October 14 without entry tickets.”

NORTH INDIA IN PARLIAMENT
109 rights violation complaints in J & K
New Delhi, December 4
As many as 109 human rights violation complaints have been received against the armed and para-military forces during 2000-2001 in Jammu and Kashmir, Minister of State for Home Affairs Vidyasagar Rao informed the Lok Sabha today.

Actress Rekha emerges out of a local court after a magistrate allowed her to visit the USA for a month to attend the 25th wedding anniversary of her sister. The actress is facing charges of concealment of income in a case filed by the Income Tax Department. — PTI



Irish traveler Thomas Neville
Irish traveler Thomas Neville gets his head shaved in memory of Beatle guitarist George Harrison on the banks of the Ganges river  in Varanasi on Tuesday. Mystery surrounded the last rites for Harrison on Tuesday as Hare Krishna officials gave mixed signals on the immersion of the former Beatle's ashes in the sacred Ganges. — Reuters

In video: The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKON) in the national capital pays tribute to George Harrison, one of the singers from the pop-quartet "Beatle".
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EARLIER STORIES

 

Oppn alleges bias in paddy procurement
New Delhi, December 4
There was uproar and finally adjournment of the Lok Sabha for an hour when NDA allies, the Janata Dal (U) and the Samata Party charged the government with discriminating against Bihar, Orissa and West Bengal while procuring paddy for the central pool.

Laloo falls ill, advised bed rest
Patna, December 4
RJD President Laloo Prasad Yadav, lodged in Beur jail here, who is to be produced before the CBI court on December 6, has taken ill and advised complete bed rest.

Govt mulls proxy vote for defence staff
New Delhi, December 4
The government today decided to bring a legislation in Parliament to grant the right of proxy voting for the armed forces personnel serving in far-flung areas of the country.

Electricity supply to SP office restored
Hanumangarh, December 4
Jodhpur Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited has restored the electricity supply to the office of the Superintendent of Police and the junction police station here after the assurance given by the Police Department for the early payment of pending electricity bills.

One dead, six hurt in two road accidents
Hanumangarh, December 4
One person was killed and six were injured in two accidents here today. In a scooter-motor cycle collision at the town junction road, Amilal was killed.

VIDEOS
Maroon Town, the new kids on the block, perform in Kolkata.
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A four-day conference of the International Silk Congress is currently under way in Bangalore.
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The National Akali Dal demands representation for Kabuli-Sikhs in the new Afghan government.
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Atrocities against Hindus ‘on rise’ in Bangladesh
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 4
Union Home Minister, Mr L.K. Advani today confirmed reports that incidents of persecution of minority Hindus in Bangladesh had increased after the Khaleda Zia Government came to power and stated that New Delhi might consider taking up the matter at the highest level.

Expressing serious concern over the growing incidents of persecution of minorities in Bangladesh, especially by members of the Bangladesh National Party (BNP) and Jamat-el-Islami (JeI), Mr Advani told the Lok Sabha that India would deal with the people from across the border with utmost compassion.

He said the government would consider Opposition suggestions of holding of talks at the highest level between Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and his Bangladeshi counterpart Begum Khaleda Zia and sending a goodwill delegation there to curb atrocities against minorities.

Congress member, P.R. Dashmunsi and Mr Adhir Chowdhary, along with leaders of the BJP, CPI-M and Trinamool Congress, while raising the matter through a Call Attention Motion demanded to know the action taken by the Centre to check the persecution of minorities in Bangladesh.

Mr Advani said according to reports received from West Bengal, Assam and Tripura around 1,000 persons had crossed over the border after the Government changed in Dhaka in October. So far no large-scale migration had been noticed, he added. The matter was raised with the Bangladeshi Prime Minister by the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Mr Brajesh Mishra and the Indian High Commission in Dhaka.

The Home Minister said such incidents had been particularly noticed during the “Durga Puja” festival “when cases of physical assault on members of the minority community, damage to temples and puja pandals, disruption of festivities and vandalising of idols were reported”.

He said Dhaka had reiterated its commitment to safety and security of all minorities and “categorically stated that firm action would be taken to protect them and punish the perpetrators of violence against them”.Top

 

4 new faces in Delhi Cabinet

New Delhi, December 4
In a major shake-up in her three-year-old government, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today dropped four of the six ministers, bringing to an end the week-long wrangling over the composition of the new Cabinet.

The new inductees are former Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee President Deep Chand Bandhu, Ajay Maken, Haroon Yusuf and Raj Kumar Chauhan.

Those who have been dropped are Narendra Nath (Power, Education and Tourism), Parvez Hashmi (Transport), Yoganand Shastri (Food and Civil Supplies) and Krishna Tirath (Social Welfare). Finance Minister M.S. Saathi and Health Minister A.K. Walia have been retained in the revamped Cabinet.

Ms Dikshit sent the names of the four ministers to be included in the Delhi Cabinet for approval by the President.

The date and time of the swearing-in of the Cabinet is yet to be announced.

Political observers described the reshuffle - the first in the Dikshit-led government - as a “climbdown” for the Chief Minister who had to yield ground to dissidence in the party’s fractious Delhi unit. UNI
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LS to discuss re-entry of George

New Delhi, December 4
The government has conceded to the Opposition demand to debate under Rule 184, entailing voting, in the Lok Sabha the issue of re-induction of Mr George Fernandes in the Union Council of Ministers.

The decision to this effect was arrived today at a meeting convened by Speaker G.M.C. Balayogi with Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pramod Mahajan, Deputy Leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha Shivraj V. Patil and party chief spokesman S. Jaipal Reddy here.

The government had earlier favoured the debate under rule 193, which does not require voting, The Congress cited the precedent when the appointment of three Central Ministers chargesheeted in the Ayodhya case was discussed in the House last December under Rule 184. UNITop

 

BJP leaders differ on UP poll pact

Lucknow, December 4
Sharp differences emerged today at the ongoing BJP executive meeting here on whether the party should contest the forthcoming UP Assembly poll under the NDA banner or go it alone.

BJP National Vice-President Sanghpriya Gautam warned that contesting elections under the NDA banner would be “suicidal” for the party. The BJP would have a bitter experience if it contested the poll in alliance with the NDA partners, he said.

It was up to senior party leaders to take a final decision. “The BJP would get a better election result if it went alone in the Assembly poll,” he asserted.

According to party sources, Mr Gautam said most of the MLAs of the coalition partners in the state government could not win the elections even if supported by the BJP, barring some exceptions. Mr Gautam called upon the BJP leaders to reconsider the electoral alliance with the NDA partners in the Assembly poll, sources claimed. UNITop

 

Minister ‘admits’ BJYM vandalised Taj
S. Satyanarayanan
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 4
All claims of decency and sobriety of the BJP went crashing when its own Minister for Tourism and Culture Jagmohan today admitted in the Rajya Sabha that a large number of people who had gathered at Agra in connection with a political rally “forcibly entered the Taj Mahal complex on October 14 without entry tickets.”

Possibly, Mr Jagmohan himself did not know that his reply was referring to the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) members who had created havoc in the monument of love on October 14.

The minister, in a written reply to a question, went on to say that “they scribbled graffiti on the monument. In a suo motu proceedings in this matter, the Supreme Court had directed the Archaeological Survey of India and the Government of Uttar Pradesh to file a report in the matter.Top

 

NORTH INDIA IN PARLIAMENT
109 rights violation complaints in J & K
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 4
As many as 109 human rights violation complaints have been received against the armed and para-military forces during 2000-2001 in Jammu and Kashmir, Minister of State for Home Affairs Vidyasagar Rao informed the Lok Sabha today.

In a written reply, the minister said whenever cases of human rights violations by the security forces were reported to the National Human Rights Commission, the commission proceeded under Section 19 of the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993, and after getting a report from the Central Government on the alleged violation, made suitable recommendations.

The number of such Human Rights violation cases against securitymen this year stood at 11 in Haryana, seven in Himachal and 35 in Punjab.

Tourist lodges in Himachal: Minister for Tourism and Culture Jagmohan informed the Rajya Sabha that 32 tourism-related projects of Himachal with an estimated central component of Rs 575 lakh had been prioritized/reprioritized during the current financial year.

Expansion of airports in Himachal: Minister of Civil Aviation Syed Shahnawaz Hussain informed the Upper House that the Centre planned to expand Bhuntar, Kangra and Shimla airports in Himachal.

In a written reply to a question from Kripal Parmar, Mr Hussain said the Airports Authority of India (AAI) had taken up work relating to extension/resurfacing of runway, construction of an apron/taxiway, terminal building, car park, sub-station, drainage, two conveyor belts and other miscellaneous work at Kangra airport at an estimated cost of Rs 10.34 crore.Top

 

Oppn alleges bias in paddy procurement
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 4
There was uproar and finally adjournment of the Lok Sabha for an hour when NDA allies, the Janata Dal (U) and the Samata Party charged the government with discriminating against Bihar, Orissa and West Bengal while procuring paddy for the central pool.

Members of the Congress, the Left parties, the Samajwadi Party and the RJD promptly supported Mr Devendra Prasad Yadav of the Janata Dal (U) when he raised the matter during zero hour. He further embarrassed the government by insisting that the Chair admit his notice of adjournment motion.

With agitated members refusing to resume their seats, Speaker G.M.C. Balayogi adjourned the House ahead of the lunch recess. Mr Yadav, a former Food Minister, backed by Samata Party members, Mr Prabhunath Singh and Mr Raghunath Jha, described as “explosive” the situation in Bihar where not a grain of paddy had been procured. Similar conditions prevailed in Left Front-ruled West Bengal, he said.
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Laloo falls ill, advised bed rest

Patna, December 4
RJD President Laloo Prasad Yadav, lodged in Beur jail here, who is to be produced before the CBI court on December 6, has taken ill and advised complete bed rest.

Patna Civil Surgeon A.K. Mishra, who examined Mr Yadav along with some other senior doctors late last evening within the jail premises, said he had complained of cold and cough.

On being examined he was found to have fever and his blood pressure had also shot up, Mr Mishra said today. PTI
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Govt mulls proxy vote for defence staff

New Delhi, December 4
The government today decided to bring a legislation in Parliament to grant the right of proxy voting for the armed forces personnel serving in far-flung areas of the country.

The Union Cabinet, which met this evening, considered an amendment to this effect in the Representation of the People Act and decided to press for the legislation which is already before Parliament, Law Minister Arun Jaitley told reporters after the meeting. PTI
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Electricity supply to SP office restored
Our Correspondent

Hanumangarh, December 4
Jodhpur Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited has restored the electricity supply to the office of the Superintendent of Police and the junction police station here after the assurance given by the Police Department for the early payment of pending electricity bills.

The supply was suspended by the nigam as an amount of Rs 50,000 was pending against the SP office. The supply to Police Lines and the junction police was also disconnected due to not non-payment of bills for a long time. There is an outstanding bill of more than Rs 4 lakh against the Police Lines.

The nigam has, meanwhile, decided to take similar action against other offices against which the payment are outstanding. The first on the list seems to be the Municipal Corporation. A bill of Rs 5.78 lakh of street lights is due to be paid by the corporation.

Sources said the Jodhpur Vidyut Vitran Nigam had served many notices to the corporation for payment of bills, but in vain.Top

 

One dead, six hurt in two road accidents
Our Correspondent

Hanumangarh, December 4
One person was killed and six were injured in two accidents here today. In a scooter-motor cycle collision at the town junction road, Amilal was killed.

According to the police, the deceased was going on a scooter with his brother when the motor cycle coming from the opposite direction collided with the scooter. The motor cycle driver was injured and taken to hospital.

On the same road, four persons were injured when a fire brigade vehicle collided with a jeep.Top

 
NATIONAL BRIEFS

WAR MEMORIAL INAUGURATED
MUMBAI:
Vice-Admiral Vinod Pasricha, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command, inaugurated a memorial to honour and pay homage to the naval personnel of the Royal Indian Naval Uprising of 1946 here on Tuesday. According to a defence release, the memorial depicts a sailor of the Royal Indian Navy steering away from the course charted by the colonial masters in protest against the discriminatory treatment meted out to the Indians. UNI

NAVY DAY CELEBRATED
NEW DELHI: President K.R. Narayanan, Vice-President Krishan Kant, Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and Leader of the Opposition Sonia Gandhi were among a large number of dignitaries who attended a Navy Day reception at the house of the Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sushil Kumar here on Tuesday. Several Cabinet Ministers, including Home Minister L.K. Advani and Defence Minister George Fernandes, Army chief Gen S. Padmanabhan the Chief of Air Staff, top military brass, senior bureaucrats, were present. UNI

ADDITIONAL CHARGE FOR ARVIND DAVE
NEW DELHI: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Arvind Dave has been given additional charge of Meghalaya in the absence of Mr M.M. Jacob, who is convalescing in the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here. A Rashtrapati Bhavan communique said today that Mr Dave would discharge the functions of the Meghalaya Governor. PTI

6 RANVEER SENA MEN HELD IN BIHAR
PATNA: Six extremists of the banned Ranveer Sena were arrested late on Monday night at Usri Dih village under Mehandia police station area in Arwal district, a senior police official said here on Tuesday. Director-General R.R. Prasad said that the extremists had assembled in the village to settle scores with a rival group over a land dispute. Following a tip-off, a police team raided the village and carried out the arrests. UNI
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