THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
image
N A T I O N

Judeo asked to appear before CBI
New Delhi, December 6
Former Union Minister Dilip Singh Judeo is likely to appear before the Central Bureau of Investigation for questioning in the bribery case within the next couple of days, this was stated by Mr Uma Shankar Misra today. Mr Mishra took over as the head of the CBI today.

Vasundhara Raje elected BJP Legislature Party chief
Jaipur, December 6

An emotional BJP leader and Rajasthan Chief Minister-designate Vasundhara Raje Scindia wipes her tears Newly elected legislators of the victorious BJP in Rajasthan today unanimously elected state party chief Vasundhara Raje as their legislature Party leader.

An emotional BJP leader and Rajasthan Chief Minister-designate Vasundhara Raje Scindia wipes her tears while remembering her late mother and brother after being elected Rajasthan BJP Legislative Party leader at a meeting in Jaipur on Saturday. — PTI photo

Uma’s election in House today
Bhopal, December 6
The newly elected MLAs of the Bharatiya Janata Party will meet tomorrow to formally elect Ms Uma Bharti as the Legislature Party Leader in Madhya Pradesh.

Muslims mourn Babri demolition
1,500 court arrest in Chennai

Ayodhya, December 6

The 11th anniversary of the demolition of the Babri mosque was observed here amidst tight security. 

Policemen stand guard outside a temple in Ayodhya on Saturday on the 11th anniversary of the razing of the Babri Masjid In video (28k, 56k)

Policemen stand guard outside a temple in Ayodhya on Saturday on the 11th anniversary of the razing of the Babri Masjid. — Reuters photo



Out going CBI director P.C. Sharma hugs Mr U.S. Mishra, the new CBI director, at the CBI headquarter in New Delhi on Saturday
Out going CBI director P.C. Sharma (L) hugs Mr U.S. Mishra, the new CBI director, at the CBI headquarter in New Delhi on Saturday.
— PTI

EARLIER STORIES

 

Bodo Tigers lay down arms
Kokrajhar, December 6

The Bodo Liberation Tigers militants today surrendered their arms to end the decade-old struggle, thus paving the way for the Bodoland Territorial District Area, which comes into existence from tomorrow.

SIT gives up Sharma’s custody
Telgi ready for lie-detector test

Pune, December 6
In a surprise move, the Special Investigating Team probing the multi-crore fake stamp paper probe, today gave up the custody of accused and former Police Commissioner R.S. Sharma, who has been remanded to judicial custody till December 20.

Panel to ensure maidan sanctity
Kolkata, December 6
The Kolkata High Court has set up a three-member committee to supervise and monitor the government action plan for maintaining the sanctity of the maidan, freeing it from pollution and other environmental hazards.

Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani releases the book, "General Principles Of Civil Defence In India", at a function on the occasion of Civil Defence Day in New Delhi on Saturday
Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani releases the book, "General Principles Of Civil Defence In India", at a function on the occasion of
Civil Defence Day in New Delhi on Saturday.

Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan shoots for one of his forthcoming films
Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan shoots for one of his forthcoming films, Jamad, in Chennai on Saturday. — PTI photos

Advani for more stress on civil defence
New Delhi, December 6
Expressing concern over man-made disasters, including terrorism, Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani today called for giving greater attention to civil defence. At a Civil Defence Day function here, Mr Advani said: “The 1962 Sino-Indian conflict was a wake-up call and the country started realising that if proper attention was not paid to security, it could have disastrous consequences.”

Muslims to seek quota in govt jobs
New Delhi, December 6
Muslim organisations, cutting across party lines, will converge on the Capital later this month to demand reservation in government jobs. The convention, to be organised by the Minorities Action Group of India and the All-India Muslim OBC Organisation, on December 27 is being attended by leaders of all political parties to present their views on the minorities’ issues.

Film delegation for Pak
Mumbai, December 6

Close on the move to re-establish air, road and train links with Pakistan as part of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s peace initiative, an Indian film delegation would soon visit the neighbouring country to plead for lifting a ban on the release of Hindi movies there.

Talks to restore rail links on Dec 18
Chennai, December 6

Union Minister of State for External Affairs Digvijay Singh said today that talks for the revival of rail links between India and Pakistan would be held in New Delhi on December 18.

Tributes paid to Ambedkar
Mumbai, December 6

Rich tributes were paid to Dr B.R. Ambedkar, on the occasion of his 47th “mahaparinirvan” (death anniversary) here on Saturday.

Video
Kandla port in Gujarat has broken the record for handling the heaviest cargo in the country.
(28k, 56k)

Top


 







 

Judeo asked to appear before CBI
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 6
Former Union Minister Dilip Singh Judeo is likely to appear before the Central Bureau of Investigation for questioning in the bribery case within the next couple of days, this was stated by Mr Uma Shankar Misra today. Mr Mishra took over as the head of the CBI today.

Talking to reporters after taking over as the CBI Director from Mr P.C Sharma who retired today, Mr Misra said the notices were issued yesterday to Mr Judeo, his then personal secretary Natwar Singh Rateria and several others for appearance before the agency for questioning. The new CBI chief did not rule out the possibility of the outgoing Chhattisgarh Chief Minister, Mr Ajit Jogi, being summoned for questioning.

‘‘A lot of things required to be done in the case like the collection of facts, corroboration of facts, forensic examination of the videotape and the voice test to prove if the tape had been tampered with,’’ he added.

Denying that any agency official had been transferred due to pressure in the case, Mr Sharma, the outgoing CBI chief, said ‘‘this is absolutely preposterous. Transfers do take place, but no one has been transferred in connection with this case.’’

Sending a clear signal that he meant business from the day one, Mr Misra, a 1968 batch IPS officer, said his priority would be to take stern action against those indulging in corruption. He also indicated that the government was planning to provide the CBI with powers to take suo moto investigation of cases that have national ramification.

In this context, the Orissa cadre officer pointed out the multi-crore fake stamp paper scam, where the agency is dealing with the case only in some states where the courts have intervened or the state governments have transferred the cases.

Asked whether single directive introduced in the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) Act would hamper the independent functioning of the CBI, he said “the CVC Act, having been enacted by the Parliament which is the representative body of the people, has to be followed in letter and spirit.”

The new amendments to the CVC Act make it mandatory for the agency to seek prior permission from the government for prosecuting officials of the rank of Joint Secretary and above.

Earlier, the outgoing Director, P.C Sharma said he had an eventful stay as the head of the country’s premier investigating agency. “I leave my office contended,” he added.

Besides achieving large number of extraditions, the CBI had managed to secure deportation of several criminals from Dubai which included Aftab Ansari, wanted for shooting outside the American Centre in Kolkata and Iqbal Kaskar, brother of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.

Mr Sharma said as Vice-President of the Interpol he would urge the member countries to help one another in the extradition of criminals taking refuge in another country.
Top

 

Vasundhara Raje elected BJP Legislature Party chief

Jaipur, December 6
Newly elected legislators of the victorious BJP in Rajasthan today unanimously elected state party chief Vasundhara Raje as their legislature Party leader.

The election was held at the party office in the presence of senior BJP leader and Finance Minister Jaswant Singh, the state in charge and general secretary Pramod Mahajan and Information and Broadcasting Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who were here as central observers.

Leader of the Opposition in the dissolved House Gulab Chand Kataria proposed Ms Raje’s name for the post while party unit vice-president Sanwarlal Jat seconded it.

State BJP general secretary Narpat Singh Rajvi and 14 other legislators then supported the resolution, before Mr Jaswant Singh asked the assembled members if they had any other alternative for the post.

The 120 legislators unanimously raised their hands in support of Ms Raje’s name.

With tears rolling down her cheeks, Ms Raje remembered her late mother and brother who taught her to “serve people by entering politics”.

“My mother Vijaya Raje Scindia and brother Madhavrao Scindia gave me great strength and taught me to serve the people by entering politics,” an emotionally charged Raje said while addressing newly elected BJP legislators here.

Showing copies of her mother’s letter, as the party’s central observer, of announcing the election of Mr Bhairon Singh Shekhawat as the leader of the BJP legislature party to head the government in Rajasthan in 1990 and her brother’s letter announcing the election of Mr Ashok Gehlot as the leader of the Congress Legislature Party in 1998, Ms Raje said she would try to follow the path of serving people shown by them.

Mr Jaswant Singh consoled Ms Raje when she returned to her seat.

The Finance Minister assured Ms Raje of all necessary central assistance to tide over the financial crisis created by the “mismanagement of finances” by the outgoing Ashok Gehlot government.

“Rajasthan had been lacking investment, both in public and private sectors, during the past five years and I assure Ms Raje that whatever assistance is needed from the Centre, she will get it,” he told a meeting of newly elected BJP legislators.

Accusing the Gehlot government of failure in getting investment and financial mismanagement, Mr Jaswant Singh said he had always been “troubled” by the state government’s functioning. — UNI, PTI
Top

 

Uma’s election in House today

Bhopal, December 6
The newly elected MLAs of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will meet tomorrow to formally elect Ms Uma Bharti as the Legislature Party Leader in Madhya Pradesh.

BJP sources said today two central observers — party vice-president Pyarelal Khandelwal and Union Petroleum Minister Ram Naik — besides Madhya Pradesh in charge and Union Law Minister Arun Jaitley will also be present at the meeting to be held at the party office here.

Ms Bharti will take oath as the state’s first woman Chief Minister on December 8. The swearing-in ceremony will be held at the historic Lal Parade Ground and not at Raj Bhavan.

Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani and BJP President M. Venkaiah Naidu are expected to attend the oath-taking ceremony. — UNI
Top

 

Muslims mourn Babri demolition
1,500 court arrest in Chennai

Ayodhya, December 6
The 11th anniversary of the demolition of the Babri mosque was observed here amidst tight security.

Different Muslim and Hindu organisations held their separate programmes to observe the day in different ways even as the administration deployed additional security forces, including the RAF and PAC, at all important places to monitor the law and order situation.

Obeisance was paid at the makeshift temple of Ram Lalla on the acquired land as usual.

Muslims observed the day as Kheraz-e-Akidat (day of mourning) while Hindus organised a “shanti yagna” at a local temple.

Babri Masjid Action Committee convener Zafaryab Jilani, who took part in the “mourning day” programme here, said its aim was to remind the community about the demolition of the Babri mosque on December 6, 1992.

Mr Jilani said as there was no hope of the dispute being resolved through dialogue, both the communities should prepare for accepting the court verdict in the matter.

Referring to the recent assembly elections in which the BJP performed impressively using development as its main plank, Mr Jilani said this indicated that the Hindu community was not interested in the temple issue and urged the saffron party not to misuse it for political gains.

CHENNAI: About 1,500 activists of the Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam (TMMK) today courted arrest, defying police orders, as the observation of the 11th anniversary of the disputed structure demolition, marked by tight security, passed off peacefuly in the state.

TMMK activists were arrested in Coimbatore, Dharmapuri and Nagercoil when they staged a protest demonstration, defying police orders denying them permission.

Elsewhere in the state, TMMK workers took out protest rallies, demanding action against Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani and others who were allegedly responsible for the demolition.

But for a single incident of miscreants hurling a petrol bomb at the office of BJP legislator Jega Veerapandian in Mayiladuthurai, no untoward incident was reported in the state. — PTI, UNI
Top

 

Bodo Tigers lay down arms

Kokrajhar, December 6
The Bodo Liberation Tigers (BLT) militants today surrendered their arms to end the decade-old struggle, thus paving the way for the Bodoland Territorial District Area (BTDA), which comes into existence from tomorrow.

Wearing an olive green fatigue, along with 2,641 BLT cadres, at the district sports ground here, BLT supremo Hagrama Basumatary handed over an AK 47 rifle to Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi to begin the surrender proceedings.

Minutes later, he handed over the BLT flag to Union Minister of State for Home Swami Chinmayananda after lowering down yellow and red flag to bring an end to their militancy. Hagrama also hoisted a white flag to mark the beginning of new era of peace.

Around 500 sophisticated arms, including LMGs, AK 47 rifles, rocket launchers, explosive devices and a large amount of ammunition, were surrendered by the BLT to the authorities.

Addressing the gathering after the surrender, Hagrama said the BLT laid down the arms for the betterment and to safeguard the interest of Bodo people. He said the BLT wanted the problems to be solved within the framwork of the Constitution. — UNITop

 

SIT gives up Sharma’s custody
Telgi ready for lie-detector test

Pune, December 6
In a surprise move, the Special Investigating Team probing the multi-crore fake stamp paper probe, today gave up the custody of accused and former Police Commissioner R.S. Sharma, who has been remanded to judicial custody till December 20.

Mr Sharma, arrested on the charge of allegedly shielding prime accused Abdul Karim Telgi, was produced before Judicial Magistrate (First Class) K.M. Jaiswal, who remanded him to judicial custody for 15 days on a SIT plea.

Prosecutors Raja Thakre and A Chimalkar told the court that the SIT was busy with the ongoing probe and did not wish to interrogate Mr Sharma at this stage. Therefore, SIT was seeking judicial custody of the accused and would request the court for police remand of Mr Sharma as and when the need arose to question him in the case, they pleaded.

Mr Sharma’s lawyer moved an application seeking to admit him in Ruby hospital as he was unwell. He said his blood pressure had shot up and he was not keeping well.

The court did not consider his plea for permission to go to the hospital. However, it directed the jail doctor to examine Mr Sharma and file a report on his condition.

A report from Bangalore said stamp scam prime accused Abdul Karim Telgi had expressed his readiness to undergo a lie-detector test.

His lawyer, M.T. Nanaiah, said here today that his client was ready for the lie-detector test as well as “narco-analysis and brain finger-printing,” as sought by the Maharashtra special investigation team (SIT) probing the racket.

The offer comes after the SIT urged the special court to allow it to conduct the tests and also obtain voice samples of the accused in the scam.

Mr Nanaiah said his client wanted the investigation of the case to be handed over to the CBI. “There is good chance that the truth will come out if the case is handled by the CBI,” he said.

Stating that his client, said to be HIV positive, was in “precarious” health, Mr Nanaiah said the doctor treating him at a government hospital here had been transferred and hoped that this would not affect his care adversely. His petition seeking bail on health grounds is pending before the Karnataka High Court. — PTI, UNITop

 

Panel to ensure maidan sanctity
Subhrangshu Gupta

Kolkata, December 6
The Kolkata High Court has set up a three-member committee to supervise and monitor the government action plan for maintaining the sanctity of the maidan, freeing it from pollution and other environmental hazards.

A Division Bench of the High Court comprising Chief Justice A.K. Mathur and Mr Justice Ashim Banerjee directed the Chief Secretary, Mr A. Gupta, to immediately form the committee with three representatives from the Army, the Kolkata Police and the PWD as per the court’s guidelines and ask them to go ahead with their specific jobs.

The High Court’s order, issued yesterday, reached Mr Gupta today at Writers Buildings.

The court had already banned holding of any exhibition and any other commercial use in the vicinity of Victoria Memorial Hall located near the Brigade Parade Ground.

On a writ petition filed by the Democratic Citizen Forum, a voluntary organisation, the Division Bench ordered setting up of the maidan supervising committee.

The citizen forum in its petition sought the court’s intervention for protecting and properly maintaining the maidan against pollution and destruction of it green verges.

The Army authorities at Kolkata Fort Williams, which has been “legal owner” of the maidan, has already sought the court’s intervention in banning processions and meetings and all commercial exhibitions in the maidan.

Accordingly, the court imposed restrictions on the use of maidan in holding meetings and exhibitions.

The state government, however, in another petition had obtained the High Court’s order for allowing political parties to hold meetings at the Brigade Parade Ground and monument areas within police permission.

The court allowed for the time-being holding of cultural events and exhibitions like, book fairs in the maidan area.

The Transport Minister, Mr Subhas Chakraborty, said the government had decided to purchase 65 acres of land in the maidan area around the monument from the Army. The estimated cost of the land would be around Rs 35 crore.

He said the government was now negotiating with the Defence Department and, if needed, they would approach the Prime Minister for obtaining special permission for buying of the maidan land.
Top

 

Advani for more stress on civil defence
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 6
Expressing concern over man-made disasters, including terrorism, Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani today called for giving greater attention to civil defence.

At a Civil Defence Day function here, Mr Advani said: “The 1962 Sino-Indian conflict was a wake-up call and the country started realising that if proper attention was not paid to security, it could have disastrous consequences.”

“It was also realised that the government and the Army alone could not provide security without enlisting the support of the people”, Mr Advani said.

He said the country could not convert ‘Swaraj’ into ‘Suraj’ in the past 50 years.

Mr Advani lauded the role of non-governmental organisations and volunteers at the time of natural calamities.

The Deputy Prime Minister said the NDA government had conducted Pokhran nuclear tests in 1998 within two months of its assuming office to give India a credible deterrent since Pakistan had nuclear weapons. He said India would play a positive role in international security and development.

Union Home Secretary N Gopalaswami said 5 per cent of the police modernisation fund would be spent on Home Guards in the states in the next five years.

He said full funding to the states for civil defence had been proposed and the proposal would be placed before the Union Cabinet. Mr Gopalaswami said recommendations of the Group of Ministers on Internal Security were being followed.
Top

 

Muslims to seek quota in govt jobs
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 6
Muslim organisations, cutting across party lines, will converge on the Capital later this month to demand reservation in government jobs.

The convention, to be organised by the Minorities Action Group of India and the All-India Muslim OBC Organisation, on December 27 is being attended by leaders of all political parties to present their views on the minorities’ issues.

The agenda of the convention is greater representation to minorities in government departments as well as in the legislature, said Mr Qari Mohammad Mazhari, one of the organisers of the convention.

Meanwhile, Union Textile Minister Syed Shahnawaz Hussain today claimed that minorities, especially Muslims, had overwhelmingly voted in favour of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the recent Assembly elections in the four Hindi heartland states.

Addressing a gathering of Muslims at his residence here, he said the minorities voted for development, peace and prosperity and had demonstrated their faith in the leadership of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

“Muslims can no longer be treated as a votebank by any particular party,” he said.

He assured that the BJP government in these states would provide equal opportunities for progress to all minorities and there would be no discrimination against them.
Top

 

Film delegation for Pak

Mumbai, December 6
Close on the move to re-establish air, road and train links with Pakistan as part of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s peace initiative, an Indian film delegation would soon visit the neighbouring country to plead for lifting a ban on the release of Hindi movies there.

The delegation, comprising eminent film producers, will also endeavour to promote goodwill and harmony through the powerful medium of cinema, leading film maker Saawan Kumar, who is the President of Indian Motion Pictures Producers’ Association (IMPPA), said here on Saturday. — PTI
Top

 

Talks to restore rail links on Dec 18

Chennai, December 6
Union Minister of State for External Affairs Digvijay Singh said today that talks for the revival of rail links between India and Pakistan would be held in New Delhi on December 18.

“India has invited Pakistani officials to the country to finalise the modalities for re-establishing rail links between the countries. Discussions will be held in New Delhi on December 18,” he told reporters at the Chennai airport.

Expressing satisfaction over several confidence-building measures announced by both countries, Mr Digvijay Singh said he was happy over the progress in the “normalisation of the relationship between both the countries”.

The Air links between India and Pakistan will be restored from January 1, he added.

“If Pakistan is really interested in the complete normalisation of the relationship between the countries, it should demolish all militant camps in that country, which will effectively put down cross-border terrorism,” he said.

Asked what action the government had taken in protecting the rights of Indian fishermen, who were quite often taken into custody by the Sri Lankan navy, he said his ministry was looking into the matter. — PTI
Top

 

Tributes paid to Ambedkar

Mumbai, December 6
Rich tributes were paid to Dr B.R. Ambedkar, on the occasion of his 47th “mahaparinirvan” (death anniversary) here on Saturday.

The main function was held at Chaityabhoomi, samadhi of Dr Ambedkar at Shivaji Park, Dadar. Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde was among those who paid floral tributes. Functions were also held at the Congress, NCP and BJP offices here. — UNI
Top

 
BRIEFLY

BLAST AT EX-TDP LEADER'S HOUSE
HYDERABAD:
Naxalites of the outlawed People’s War Jagtial Area Committee blasted the house of a former Telugu Desam Party leader at Sirikonda village of Dharmpuri Mandal in the wee hours of Saturday. Before detonating the bomb at the house of Katari Srinivase Rao, the Naxalites allowed his mother to leave. — UNI

CBI OFFICIAL ARRESTED
VISAKHAPATNAM:
A CBI Deputy Inspector General along with a woman Assistant Public Prosecutor (APP) was arrested here on Saturday on corruption charges by a special CBI team from New Delhi. The seven-member team arrested Attili Sudhakara Rao, DIG (CBI) of Visakhapatnam range, and Nagasri of the Andhra Pradesh Family Court while accepting bribe. On a complaint from United Insurance Company, the sleuths laid a trap and caught Nagasri while accepting a bribe of Rs 5 lakh allegedly on behalf of Rao. — UNI

POWER FAILURE IN MAHARASHTRA
MUMBAI:
Maharashtra’s Marathwada and Western regions were hit by a power breakdown on Saturday due to “failure” at some of the generating stations of the Maharashtra State Electricity Board (MSEB). The city was, however, not affected by the failure. An MSEB spokesperson said generating stations at Parli, Bhusawal, Nashik, Uran and Koyana were affected due to “some reasons”, which he did not identify. —UNI
Top

HOME PAGE | Punjab | Haryana | Jammu & Kashmir | Himachal Pradesh | Regional Briefs | Nation | Opinions |
| Business | Sports | World | Mailbag | Chandigarh | Ludhiana | National Capital |
| Calendar | Weather | Archive | Subscribe | Suggestion | E-mail |