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N A T I O N

Correspondence on SYL not to be on record: SC
New Delhi, July 14
The Supreme Court today rejected the Centre’s request to place on record the correspondence between it and the Punjab Government regarding the construction of the controversial Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) canal saying it could be considered on the next date of hearing.

Cabinet expansion before July 21 not likely
New Delhi, July 14
Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is unlikely to undertake a Cabinet expansion before the monsoon session of Parliament commencing on July 21. “Cabinet expansion is not on the cards and such a prospect appears bleak in the immediate or near future,” according to authoritative sources.

Resolution on Ayodhya unlikely at BJP meet
New Delhi, July 14
Despite the Sangh Parivar outfits mounting pressure on the BJP to initiate steps for a Parliament legislation to resolve the Ayodhya tangle, the party is unlikely to send out any “positive” signal on the demand during its three-day national executive meeting beginning July 18 in Raipur, Chhattisgarh.



Indian fashion designer Malini Ramani
Indian fashion designer Malini Ramani relaxes after models rehearsed with her collection for the upcoming India Fashion Week in Mumbai on Monday. Ramani is one of the 57 Indian designers, whose ready-to-wear collection will be showcased by nearly 50 models during India Fashion Week beginning on July 18.
 — Reuters

THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS

Babri: Kalyan blames Sudarshan, Advani
New Delhi, July 14
Disgruntled with the “use and throw” policy of the BJP, former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh has named the then Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) chief Rajinder Singh “Rajju Bhaiya”, present RSS chief K.S. Sudharshan, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishan Advani, Dr Murli Manohar Joshi, and VHP leaders Mr Ashok Singhal and Giriraj Kishore as the “conspirators” of the demolition of the Babri structure on December 6, 1992, in Ayodhya.

Defence Minister George Fernandes and Railway Minister Nitish Kumar Defence Minister George Fernandes and Railway Minister Nitish Kumar at the National Executive Meeting of the Samata Party in New Delhi on Monday.
— PTI

Prasad takes over as Defence Secy
New Delhi, July 14
Mr Ajay Prasad today took over as Defence Secretary at South Block after some delay due to seniority problem in the Ministry of Defence.

 
EARLIER STORIES
 
Classical dancer Aparna Pillai at a media gathering in Mumbai on Monday
Classical dancer Aparna Pillai at a media gathering in Mumbai on Monday. The 19-year-old college student will represent India at the Miss Petite International Pageant to
be held in Houston, Texas, USA, from July 29. — Reuters

Menon calls on Kalam, Mufti on Advani
New Delhi, July 14
India’s High Commissioner- designate to Pakistan Shiv Shanker Menon, who leaves for Islamabad tomorrow, called on President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam this evening.

Tribune special
US may enter Pak tribal areas for Laden
New Delhi, July 14
The search for the most-wanted terrorist in the world, Osama bin Laden, has now entered a new phase in the “no-go areas” of Pakistan, the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), which may now also lead the US forces into the region in hunt for Al-Qaida operatives.

Security beefed up for PM’s visit
Kolkata, July 14
A red alert was sounded today on the eve of Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s visit to Kolkata tomorrow. The alert was part of security arrangements for the Prime Minister in the wake of increasing terrorists activities in the state and other parts of the north-eastern region.

Noor to be operated upon tomorrow
Bangalore, July 14
Noor Fatima, the two-and-a-half-year old patient from Pakistan, will be operated upon for the multiple holes in her heart on Wednesday.

SC indicates CBI probe into Taj corridor
New Delhi, July 14
Expressing serious concern over the construction of the controversial Taj Heritage Corridor by the UP Government at Agra despite its prohibitory orders, the Supreme Court today indicated that it might order even CBI probe into the matter after examining it.

A villager helps his children board a boat
A villager helps his children board a boat outside his flooded hut at Dodora village in Assam on Monday. Water-borne diseases are attacking thousands of people forced to live in the open after heavy monsoon rains caused flooding in eastern India, officials said on Sunday. — Reuters

Govt doctor’s hands chopped off
Jaipur, July 14
In a gruesome incident, a government doctor had his hands chopped off before being thrown near railway tracks as a consequence of a financial matter.

Hari Jaisingh re-elected Editors Guild President
New Delhi, July 14
Former Editor of The Tribune, Mr Hari Jaisingh, was today unanimously re-elected President of the Editors Guild of India at the annual general meeting of the guild here.

Regular bail for Laloo
New Delhi, July 14
The Supreme Court today granted regular bail to former Bihar Chief Ministers Laloo Prasad Yadav and Jagannath Mishra in the Rs 1,000-crore fodder scam cases along with over 500 other accused.

ENTERTAINMENT
Amitabh Bachchan Bachchan in ‘dream’ Bhansali film
Mumbai, July 14
It is a dream come true for Amitabh Bachchan though it may make him unlearn many a thing about acting. At last, he will get to work with Sanjay Leela Bhansali in a Hindi-English bilingual titled ‘Black’.

May be back on KBC
New Delhi, July 14
Amitabh Bachchan may be back on the small screen soon anchoring the mega game show ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ (KBC) on Star Plus, with his initial contract with the channel yet to expire.


Videos
Thousands congregate in Mathura and Varanasi on the occasion of Guru Purnima.
(28k, 56k)
Musicians from different parts of the country participate in a non-stop music concert for world peace in Kaiwara, near Bangalore.
(28k, 56k)

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Correspondence on SYL not to be on record: SC
S.S. Negi
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 14
The Supreme Court today rejected the Centre’s request to place on record the correspondence between it and the Punjab Government regarding the construction of the controversial Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) canal saying it could be considered on the next date of hearing.

The permission was declined by a Bench comprising Ms Justice Ruma Pal and Mr Justice P. Venkatarama Reddi when a request to this effect was made by the Centre’s counsel Wasim Ahmed Qadri during a brief hearing on the Haryana government’s suit seeking the construction of the canal by Punjab in its territory, as had been directed by the apex court in its January 15, 2001, order.

The court adjourned the hearing for two weeks for arguments in the case.

The Union government counsel wanted to place on record the entire correspondence with the Punjab Government and Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh after January 15, 2002, the deadline set by the apex court for the completion of the canal by the Punjab Government.

The Punjab government had filed a counter suit seeking to discharge it from the obligation of constructing the canal on the ground that the arrangement for it as provided in the Rajiv-Longowal accord of July 1985 was not “enforceable” under the changed circumstances.

The Haryana Government, in its fresh application, had said if the Punjab government was not able to fulfil its liability, the onus would lie on the Centre to complete the job.

The Union Government, in its affidavit submitted earlier, had said that the direction of the apex court was not capable of being implemented in a short period. Rather it was a lengthy affair, which involves due planning and execution in a phased manner and different stages.

The Centre had contended that it was trying to get the cooperation of the Punjab Government, which was a “time-consuming process”.

A contingency plan has to be worked out with a clearly spelt out time frame as well as responsibilities of various agencies in executing the project, the Centre had said assuring the court that it would “necessarily” involve the Punjab Government in the project.

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Cabinet expansion before July 21 not likely
T.R. Ramachandran

New Delhi, July 14
Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is unlikely to undertake a Cabinet expansion before the monsoon session of Parliament commencing on July 21.

“Cabinet expansion is not on the cards and such a prospect appears bleak in the immediate or near future,” according to authoritative sources.

They rubbished speculation of changes being effected in the portfolios of certain senior ministers.

The ministers concerned have been advised not to pay heed to any talk of changes being effected in respect of certain key portfolios.

The sources said Mr Vajpayee had a busy schedule ahead and was going to be out of the Capital from tomorrow. He would return for a day later in the week and then leave for Raipur for the three-day National Executive of the BJP from July 18 to 20.

There was a distinct possibility of some more BJP leaders being inducted for party work in the run-up to the Assembly elections in Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh later this year.

Mr Vajpayee had expanded his jumbo Council of Ministers for the eleventh time barely two months back on May 24. While former UP Chief Minister Rajnath Singh, Maj-Gen (retd) B.C. Khanduri and Mr Subodh Mohite were the new Cabinet-rank ministers, five new Ministers of State were inducted. Last-minute hitches had compelled the Prime Minister to leave out Ms Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress.

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Resolution on Ayodhya unlikely at BJP meet
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 14
Despite the Sangh Parivar outfits mounting pressure on the BJP to initiate steps for a Parliament legislation to resolve the Ayodhya tangle, the party is unlikely to send out any “positive” signal on the demand during its three-day national executive meeting beginning July 18 in Raipur, Chhattisgarh.

The party is likely to devote a paragraph or two in its political resolution itself to reiterate its stand that unless and until the party has adequate number in Parliament it can’t go for a legislation on the issue even if it favoured the suggestion, a top BJP functionary told The Tribune here today.

The party would, however, in line with the demand of the RSS would debate on the Ayodhya issue during its Raipur meeting to elicit the views of a cross-section of party leaders on the Sangh Parivar outfits demand for legislation, he said.

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Babri: Kalyan blames Sudarshan, Advani

New Delhi, July 14
Disgruntled with the “use and throw” policy of the BJP, former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh has named the then Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) chief Rajinder Singh “Rajju Bhaiya”, present RSS chief K.S. Sudharshan, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishan Advani, Dr Murli Manohar Joshi, and VHP leaders Mr Ashok Singhal and Giriraj Kishore as the “conspirators” of the demolition of the Babri structure on December 6, 1992, in Ayodhya.

“There was a collective conspiracy of all these and I was kept in the dark about the demolition,” the then Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh revealed on “Aap Ki Baat, BBC Ke Saath” programme on the BBC Radio Hindi service.

He sounded extremely pained at being “used” and then “dumped” by the party which he claimed he had served with his blood and sweat for 40 long years. He contributed a lot in getting this party 176 seats in the Lok Sabha from a tally of as low as two seats, he said.

In an exclusive interactive session, Mr Kalyan Singh admitted on being “used” by the then BJP leadership and Sangh Parivar and reiterated that it was a breach of trust on the part of the entire Sangh Parivar be it the RSS, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), Bajrang Dal or the BJP. “I was not informed of their plans and the Babri Mosque was brought down,” he said.

He also defended his action of giving an affidavit that the structure would be protected, saying it was decided in the central office of the RSS that late Vijaye Raje Scindia and Swami Chinmayananda, Union Minister of State for Home, will give a written submission. — UNI 

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VHP not ready to buy Advani’s contention

Vadodara, July 14
The VHP today refused to buy Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani’s contention that the Centre cannot get a legislation on temple construction in Ayodhya passed because of lack of majority in the Rajya Sabha.

“We are not ready to buy Mr Advani’s argument that it was not possible for the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre to construct the temple”, VHP international general secretary Pravin Togadia told reporters. — PTI

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Prasad takes over as Defence Secy
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 14
Mr Ajay Prasad today took over as Defence Secretary at South Block after some delay due to seniority problem in the Ministry of Defence.

Mr Prasad’s appointment was specially sought by Defence Minister George Fernandes. The Defence Secretary could not take charge last week due to the absence of the minister.

He finally took charge following the return of the Defence Minister from almost a weeklong visit to Brazil. The minister was in Brazil to work out the final details for the purchase of at least five aircraft for the VIP squadron under the Indian Air Force.

Mr Prasad was holding the post of Officer on Special Duty to Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani before being appointed as Defence Secretary.

He replaces Mr Subir Dutta, who has taken over as Member, Union Public Services Commission.

A 1969 batch IAS officer of the Himachal Pradesh cadre, Mr Prasad had earlier held the post of Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Defence.

Although Ms Uma Pillai has now taken over as Secretary, Defence Production, the post of Special Secretary and another of Additional Secretary remain vacant in the MoD.

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Menon calls on Kalam, Mufti on Advani

New Delhi, July 14
India’s High Commissioner- designate to Pakistan Shiv Shanker Menon, who leaves for Islamabad tomorrow, called on President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam this evening.

The 15-minute meeting was described by Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesman as a courtesy call by Mr Menon who was till recently India’s Ambassador to China.

He will cross over at Wagah tomorrow.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed met Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani here. The two were together for about 45 minutes. The Mufti refused to speak to the media after the meeting. — PTI

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Tribune special
US may enter Pak tribal areas for Laden
Girja Shankar Kaura
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 14
The search for the most-wanted terrorist in the world, Osama bin Laden, has now entered a new phase in the “no-go areas” of Pakistan, the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), which may now also lead the US forces into the region in hunt for Al-Qaida operatives.

For months there has been suspicion that the Bin Laden was hiding in FATA after crossing over from Afghanistan following US action. The recent breach in resistance of tribals of the region by the Pakistani forces would now give American troops a chance to have another go at the man who has embarrassed Washington.

Pakistan watchers in the intelligence set-up here point to a possibility of major operations being carried out in FATA by the Pakistani and the US forces.

FATA has remained a sour spot for successive Pakistan governments. However, following an operation in June, it was for the first time in over a century that outside forces managed to gain entry into the region that borders Afghanistan.

Although the Pakistani forces did face opposition from the tribal people and it was only after a week-long exchange of heavy firing that the troops could manage an entry into the Mohmand Tribal Agency, which is one of the seven semi-autonomous FATA.

Reports say that incursion by the Pakistani forces had now allowed government agencies to establish eight border posts on the so-called Durand Line which forms the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan. The area is now under the control of heavily-armed troops, the reports say.

The Pakistan government, however, has claimed that the troops had entered the area in response to the demands of the people of the tribal area. The region remains the most backward in Pakistan and also the most dangerous due to the presence of large quantity of sophisticated arms and ammunition.

Analysts here say that the latest development would give the US forces an added advantage in the region as they will be able to gain entry into FATA from Pakistan as well as Afghanistan. The launching of the operations will be simpler than it could ever have been, they point out.

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf had in the past admitted to the possibility of Bin Laden and the Al-Qaida operatives hiding along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

While the Pakistani forces were battling in Mohmand Agency, the US troops based in Afghanistan were holding positions close to the border in the provinces of Nangarhar and Kunar. This, the analysts say is another indication of the co-ordinated operation.

They say that the Pakistani forces undertook this risky operation only due to the carrot and stick policy of the USA. In offering sops and development loans, the USA is ensuring that its fight against Bin Laden now entered the region.

This is not the first time that the Pakistani forces had secured the earlier inaccessible areas on the specific demand from the US. Earlier, the Pakistani forces had entered the inaccessible tribal areas of Khyber, Kurram and North Waziristan following US request.

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Security beefed up for PM’s visit
Subhrangshu Gupta

Kolkata, July 14
A red alert was sounded today on the eve of Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s visit to Kolkata tomorrow.

The alert was part of security arrangements for the Prime Minister in the wake of increasing terrorists activities in the state and other parts of the north-eastern region.

The ISI activities and terrorist problem were raised and discussed during Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani’s recent visit to Kolkata by the state Chief Minister, Mr Buddhadev Bhattacharjee.

Today, senior officials of the PMO and the Special Protection Group(SPG) arrived in the city from New Delhi and supervised the Prime Minister’s security arrangements. They held meetings with the Home Department officials and the police chiefs of West Bengal and Kolkata.

The Prime Minister would open the annual conference of the Bengal Chamber of Commerce at a five-star hotel on the EM Bypass, near Salt Lake, on Wednesday morning.

According to his tentative programme, Mr Vajpayee would arrive in the city tomorrow evening from Pune after attending the cremation of former RSS chief, Rajendra Singh, who died today after a protracted illness. Initially, the Prime Minister was to fly down to Kolkata from New Delhi.

After landing at the Netaji Subhas International Airport, Mr Vajpayee would drive straight to the Raj Bhavan, where he would spend the night. On Wednesday morning, after attending the annual conference of Bengal Chamber of Commerce, the Prime Minister would fly back to New Delhi.

At the Raj Bhavan, the Governor, Mr Viren J. Shah, and the Chief Minister, Mr Buddhadev Bhattacharjee, would meet the Prime Minister to discuss various problems the state was now facing for want of adequate funds and seek his personal intervention.

State BJP leaders and the Trinamool Congress chief, Ms Mamata Banerjee, may also meet him there to lodge their complaints against the state government’s failure in various fields and the CPM’s misuse of the official power and the police.

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Noor to be operated upon tomorrow

Bangalore, July 14
Noor Fatima, the two-and-a-half-year old patient from Pakistan, will be operated upon for the multiple holes in her heart on Wednesday.

“Dr Rajesh Sharma and Dr Devi Shetty checked her out this morning and decided to operate on her day after tomorrow,” a spokesman for Narayana Hrudalaya told the IANS.

Noor, the star of the first resumed bus service between Lahore and New Delhi, arrived at the hospital late Saturday. However, doctors were able to examine her only this morning.

Dr Sharma, the paediatric cardiac surgeon, has been monitoring her condition through e-mail for sometime now.

“Various tests are still being conducted. She is with her mother right now,” the spokesman added.

Both Dr Sharma, who will be conducting the operation, and Dr Shetty, the founder of the cardiac hospital, were busy in the operation theatre and were not available for comment.

Dr Sharma shifted from the New Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) two years ago and has since operated upon more than 55 new-born children from Pakistan. — IANS.

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SC indicates CBI probe into Taj corridor
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 14
Expressing serious concern over the construction of the controversial Taj Heritage Corridor by the UP Government at Agra despite its prohibitory orders, the Supreme Court today indicated that it might order even CBI probe into the matter after examining it.

Posting further hearing in the matter to July 16, a Bench comprising Mr Justice M B Shah and Mr Justice A.R. Lakshman said despite its order prohibiting construction activities there, the work had continued.

“It needed to be enquired into and an ordinary inquiry would not do. Let the CBI hold an inquiry into it,” the Bench observed, adding that there was a clear order from the court to maintain status quo and there appeared to be “something wrong” as Rs 17 crore were spent on the project by the state government.

Stating that the Centre and the state government had given clear undertaking to the court that nothing would be done there, the Bench added “action is required to be taken in the matter but we do not know against whom.”

Meanwhile, the court ordered the UP DGP to provide protection to state’s sacked standing counsel Ajay Agrawal and his family after he moved an application alleging that he was being threatened by “interested” parties because they were holding him responsible for the stoppage of the work by giving a commitment to the court.

The court was informed that the state had released Rs 17 crore for the project, while bills worth Rs 45 crore were pending.

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Govt doctor’s hands chopped off

Jaipur, July 14
In a gruesome incident, a government doctor had his hands chopped off before being thrown near railway tracks as a consequence of a financial matter.

Mukand Singh, a government doctor, was allegedly abducted and his hands were chopped off by unknown assailants, before he was thrown near the rail track at Bhanbhuwali Dhani in Hanumangarh district, the police said.

A money matter with an acquaintance was stated to be the reason behind the crime.

Mukand, who was spotted by a passerby, was admitted to a hospital in Sriganganagar district yesterday.

The Railway Police is investigating the case. — PTI

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Hari Jaisingh re-elected Editors Guild President
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 14
Former Editor of The Tribune, Mr Hari Jaisingh, was today unanimously re-elected President of the Editors Guild of India at the annual general meeting of the guild here.

Mr Alok Mehta, Editor of Hindu Outlook, was re-elected Secretary General and former Resident Editor, Financial Express, Mr Y.C. Halan, was re-elected Treasurer, according to a press note.

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Regular bail for Laloo
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 14
The Supreme Court today granted regular bail to former Bihar Chief Ministers Laloo Prasad Yadav and Jagannath Mishra in the Rs 1,000-crore fodder scam cases along with over 500 other accused.

The relief was granted to them by a three-judge Bench comprising Mr Justice S.N. Variava, Mr Justice P.V. Reddi and Mr Justice Ashok Bhan, imposing the same conditions on them as had been spelt out in the interim bail order.

The accused, have been charged with misappropriating money from the department.

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ENTERTAINMENT
Bachchan in ‘dream’ Bhansali film
Subhash K. Jha

Mumbai, July 14
It is a dream come true for Amitabh Bachchan though it may make him unlearn many a thing about acting.

At last, he will get to work with Sanjay Leela Bhansali in a Hindi-English bilingual titled ‘Black’.

It will also star Rani Mukherjee and will go on the floors before Bhansali’s historical “Bajirao Mastani”. It’s being said that Bachchan’s role in the film has been written specially for him.

“I am deeply honoured. I did not expect any filmmaker to do this for me, let alone someone as phenomenally gifted as Sanjay. The role that you say he has written for me is one of the best I have come across as an actor. It requires a whole lot of preparation,” Bachchan told IANS in an exclusive interview.

The superstar is currently shooting for two war films — Farhan Akhtar’s ‘Laqshya’ and Anil Sharma’s ‘Ab Tumhare Hawaale Watan Saathiyon’.

“It is a dream for every actor to work with Sanjay Bhansali. He is such a phenomenal director. I have watched his three films ‘Khamoshi: The Musical’, ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ and ‘Devdas’ over and over again,” he said.

“I always wondered what it would be like to work with him one day. I have been totally fascinated by the way he depicts human emotions with such a grand vision,” he said.

“I have always wondered what sort of a thought process Sanjay undergoes to design films as grand as ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ and ‘Devdas’. He has given me an amazing subject. I am very excited about the film. It is a kind of film that I have never done before. I do not know whether I will be able to do justice to the role he has given me. It will require a lot of homework and hard work,” he added.

“I think Sanjay’s film requires special training and talent. I have to learn a particular means of communication that is not part of normal life. Here I have to unlearn and relearn about acting. I’ll be zero if I do not prepare for the role. Come, to think of it, have never before done a role that has required special training. I am really excited,” said the actor.

‘Black’ goes on the floors in January next year and will be completed by April.

“I could not give Sanjay the exact dates he wanted because four films being made by friends would have been affected. If Sanjay had asked me, I would have gladly sacrificed the other films, but Sanjay was very accommodating,” he said.

Jumping to the defence of ‘Devdas’, which had got as much criticism as accolades, Bachchan said, “People were used to imagining ‘Devdas’ in a particular way. Sanjay was able to digress from the tried-and-tested path to open up an incredible vista of light, colour, sound and emotion. “I think ‘Devdas’ was sheer genius. Sanjay had the mad passion to visualise ‘Devdas’ as a spectacle and we should stand and applaud him.”

Bachchan said the challenge of working with Hindi commercial cinema’s finest practitioner was daunting. “I just want to quietly do my role and leave everything to Sanjay. He has got a magnificent idea and a fabulous script. I will surrender completely to him,” he said. — IANS

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May be back on KBC

New Delhi, July 14
Amitabh Bachchan may be back on the small screen soon anchoring the mega game show ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ (KBC) on Star Plus, with his initial contract with the channel yet to expire.

KBC, which heralded Star Plus turning into an all-Hindi channel in July 2000, went on to create television history in terms of viewership and catapulted it as the most-watched channel.

Sources said here today the Big B had signed a contract with Star for a certain number of total episodes, of which 280 had already been aired between July 2000 and January 2002. — PTI

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BRIEFLY

EVE-TEASING LEADS TO POLICE FIRING
BANGALORE:
The police fired in the air and resorted to lathi charge to quell an enraged group of persons who laid siege to Kunigal police station in Tumkur district triggered by an eve-teasing incident, police sources said here. Sources said the group, numbering around 300, resorted to stone-throwing and gheraoed the police station late Sunday night after the police picked up a person accused of eve teasing a girl from the same community. The group charged the police with “excesses” in the case. — PTI

GOOD TRAIN DERAILED
MUMBAI:
Three wagons of a tanker goods train going from Trombay to Vajwa oil refinery derailed here on Monday at a crossing near Kurla station in Central Mumbai, temporarily disrupting the Harbour line services. There was a fire in the goods wagon as it was carrying some chemicals. Fire brigade sources said the fire had been extinguished. — PTI

51 FALL SICK AFTER EATING PRASAD
KALYANI:
In a suspected case of food poisoning, 51 persons have been hospitalised in Nadia district after they complained of vomiting, loose motions and high fever after eating ‘prasad’, Health Department sources said on Monday. — PTI

AND NOW PRE-PAID CAMELS!
JAISALMER:
After pre-paid taxis and autorickshaws, now you have pre-paid camels. Responding to recurring complaints against camel owners, the district administration has decided to start the pre-paid service at the tourist hot spots of Sam and Khuhdi. According to District Collector Hemant Gera, tourists can now buy pre-paid tokens of Rs 75 each for a ride on the sand dunes. Of this amount, Rs 70 will be pocketed by the camel owner while Rs 5 will go to state coffers. — UNI

NEELKANTH YATRA BEGINS
DEHRA DUN:
The Neelkanth Mahadev yatra to the Lord Shiv shrine of Neelkanth in Pauri district, began after midnight on Sunday as the month of Shravan was ushered in. — UNI
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