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THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
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Winding up of SC Green Bench
Govt refrains from pressing plea
New Delhi, September 29
Apparently visualising another round of confrontation with the judiciary on its move to seek winding up of the Green Bench in the Supreme Court, monitoring all forest related matters since 1996, the UPA government has backtracked from its demand.

Sunita calls on Sonia
New Delhi, September 29
Indian-American astronaut Sunita Williams, who spent a record 195 days in space, arrived in the national capital this morning to a cheerful welcome by her fans.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi with Indian-American astronaut Sunita Williams in New Delhi on Saturday.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi with Indian-American astronaut Sunita Williams in New Delhi on Saturday. — PTI photo

Nuke Deal
Cong plays down Left opposition
New Delhi, September 29
Playing down CPM leader Jyoti Basu’s categorical opposition to the Indo-US civil nuclear agreement, the Congress today said that a final decision on this issue would be taken by the the UPA-Left panel on the nuke deal which is yet to conclude its deliberations.





EARLIER STORIES




CPI takes dig at govt’s flagship programme
New Delhi, September 29
The UPA government’s flagship scheme, National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme, came in for sharp criticism from the CPI, which props up the Congress-led coalition from outside.

Railway exam on Oct 28
Allahabad, September 29
The Assistant Station Master exam, which was postponed on September 2, following curfew in 5 areas of the city, would now be held on October 28 in two shifts at the already fixed centres.

IAF men rescue 8 trekkers
New Delhi, September 29
Indian Air Force helicopters rescued eight Russian and Indian trekkers, trapped for two days in icy Gangotri glacier in Gharwal Himalayas due to blizzards and heavy snowing, today.

Karnataka Crisis
BJP minister resigns
Bangalore, September 29
BJP leader and tourism minister B.Sriramulu today resigned from the state cabinet to pave the way for a compromise with the Janata Dal (Secular) and ensure smooth transfer of power to his party on October 3.

Govt notice to channel
Darjeeling peaceful after ‘idol’ clash
Kolkata, September 29
The situation in Darjeeling limped back to normal today after a violent group clash triggered by an allegedly derogatory remark by an RJ of a Delhi-based FM channel on “Indian Idol” winner Prashant Tamang. The RJ later apologised. Meanwhile, the central government has issued show-cause notice to Red FM for airing remarks on Tamang.

Gopal Sharma is Seema Bal chief
New Delhi, September 29
Former director-general of the Jammu and Kashmir police Gopal Sharma has been appointed director-general of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).

Eklavya’s selection for Oscars seems biased: HC
Mumbai, September 29
Amitabha Bachchan-starrer Hindi feature film ‘Eklavya’, India's official entry for the Oscar award, today got into a legal tangle with the Bombay High Court observing that prima facie the selection of the movie appeared to be biased.

Militants on abduction spree
Guwahati, September 29
After a brief lull, militants belonging to the anti-peace talk faction of Dima Halam Daogah (DHD) called Black Widow are again out to create terror in the two hill districts of North Cachar Hills and Karbi Anglong despite a heavy presence of the Army and other security forces.

Girl stripped over homework
New Delhi, September 29
A seven-year-old school girl here was stripped by her teacher for not doing homework. A police official said the parents of the girl, a student of Star Shine Public school in Uttam Nagar, a West Delhi locality, had complained that the teacher Neha (19) had stripped their daughter yesterday and made her stand on the chair for not doing homework.

Tribal girl raped at rly station
Patna, September 29
At the time when railways claim of having spent crores on passangers safety,a tribal girl was allegedly raped by unidentified youths at Patna Junction yesterday.

3-year-old girl accused in theft case
Patna, September 29
Even as the Bihar police failed to check the growing incidents of vigilance justice claiming lives, including the latest one yesterday at Gopalganj, it did not deter the men in khaki to make a complete mockery of the legal system when it framed a three-year-old girl with a theft case.

SP to back no-trust move against UPA govt
Lucknow, September 29
Samajwadi party president Mulayam Singh Yadav today declared that his party would support a no-confidence motion against the UPA government in the Lok Sabha, irrespective of it being brought by the Left Parties or the BJP.

AIADMK moves SC for ban on DMK bandh
New Delhi, September 29
Jayalalithaa-headed AIADMK today moved the Supreme Court to seek ban on the ‘bundh’ in the state called by the ruling DMK on Monday on the issue of Sethusamundram project.

Reliance
Retrenched youths protest

Kanpur, September 29
Rendered jobless after the closure of the reliance fresh stores, hundreds of youths today protested the government’s action.

Banker arrested for terrorising borrower
Mumbai, September 29
Anti-Extortion Cell of the Mumbai police has arrested a branch manager of HDFC Bank for allegedly threatening a borrower and his family.

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Winding up of SC Green Bench
Govt refrains from pressing plea
S. S. Negi
Legal Correspondent

New Delhi, September 29
Apparently visualising another round of confrontation with the judiciary on its move to seek winding up of the Green Bench in the Supreme Court, monitoring all forest related matters since 1996, the UPA government has backtracked from its demand.

When an application of ministry of environment and forest (MoEF) filed in July, seeking winding up of the three-judge special Forest Bench, came up for hearing before it, recently, Solicitor General (SG) G. E. Vahanvati made a submission, which virtually meant that the government was not interested in pressing for it further.

“I don’t want to say anything on it,” Vahanvati had told the bench, comprising Chief Justice K. G. Balakrishnan and Justices Arijit Pasayat and S. H. Kapadia, when the application was listed for hearing by the court.

In view of the SG’s statement, the court without disposing of the petition kept it pending and proceeded ahead with other forest related matters, which normally are listed in dozens on every Monday and Friday when it assembles.

The cases mainly relate to clearance of various projects falling in forest areas as the court had made it mandatory for prior approval of any project, where any other damage to forest or trees was involved, by the Central Empowerment Committee on forests and a forest advisory panel.

Former Solicitor General Harish Salve, who is not acting as amicus curiae in all forest related cases to assist the court in their fair adjudication, expressed surprise over the government coming up with such an application, which he termed as “bashing” of court in an “indignified” language.

He also accused the government of making a “selective leak” of the contents of the application to the media soon after its filing and even before its listing for hearing. The application was filed on July 20 when Additional Solicitor General Vikas Singh was pursuing the government’s cases before the forest bench.

After the contents of the strongly worded application, casting doubts over the court’s power to intervene in the forest related matters, were published in the media, Vikas Singh was removed from the case.

The MoEF while seeking disposal of the has moved an application before it for closure of the monitoring of the case relating to the protection of forests by the apex court and urged it to dispose of over a decade old Public Interest Litigation on the issue of protection of green cover in the country, moved in 1995 by a citizen from Tamil Nadu who is no more.

The MoEF under forest minister T. R. Balu, was emboldened after it has had its way in the Constitution of the CEC, and rejected the names suggested by amicus curiae, which the court also had an inclination to approve.

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Sunita calls on Sonia
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 29
Indian-American astronaut Sunita Williams, who spent a record 195 days in space, arrived in the national capital this morning to a cheerful welcome by her fans.

Warm smiles and camera flashes greeted her at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport from where she headed for the US embassy. Later, she called on Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

She is expected to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who had telephoned her last week and invited her to meet him. The 42-year-old astronaut is scheduled to interact with schoolchildren and participate in several programmes over the next six days.

Sunita had arrived in Ahmedbad in Gujarat, home state of her father, on September 20. There after she went to Hyderabad on September 24 to attend the International Astronautical Congress.

The Prime Minister congratulated her on September 20 for her unique achievement and contribution to the human quest for a better understanding of universe. He has termed her as a role model for Indian children and a source of inspiration for Indian women.

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Nuke Deal
Cong plays down Left opposition
Anita Katyal
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 29
Playing down CPM leader Jyoti Basu’s categorical opposition to the Indo-US civil nuclear agreement, the Congress today said that a final decision on this issue would be taken by the the UPA-Left panel on the nuke deal which is yet to conclude its deliberations.

“The ball is in the court of the joint mechanism and it is for this group to come out with its verdict,” Veerappa Moily, the newly appointed chairman of the Congress media department, said here today.

Although the Congress put up a brave face, the veteran communist leader’s public assertion did create more than a few ripples in the party, especially since Basu is viewed as a moderate and has been called upon to mediate between his own party and the Congress on several difficult occasions in the past three years.

Basu has opposed mid-term polls several times in the recent past and is not averse to nuclear power. However, his firm decleration today that there could be “no compromise on the nuclear deal” suggests a further worsening of relations between the Congress and the Leftists.

On its part, the Congress decided to play the wait and watch game. It refused to comment on the statements emanating from the CPM camp and how these would impact the longevity of the UPA government. “ After all, their politburo and central committee is meeting ... they have to say something,” remarked a senior Congress leader.

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CPI takes dig at govt’s flagship programme
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 29
The UPA government’s flagship scheme, National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme, came in for sharp criticism from the CPI, which props up the Congress-led coalition from outside.

While welcoming the extension of the programme to cover all the rural districts of the country, the CPI said, “the high drama in its announcement looks like maneuvering politics.”

In a move to deter the ruling coalition from taking all the kudos for the scheme, the party said the Left parities fought for the employment guarantee Act relentlessly.

The Left party said the scheme has several limitations like agricultural workers orgnisations have no role yet in supervising it while nominated bodies of the ruling parties sleep on the problems raised.

The CPI demanded that the minimum wages needs to be raised to Rs 100 per day instead of Rs 60 per day and more categories of works should be included in it to make the NREGP more effective. 

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Railway exam on Oct 28

Allahabad, September 29
The Assistant Station Master exam, which was postponed on September 2, following curfew in 5 areas of the city, would now be held on October 28 in two shifts at the already fixed centres.

Railway Recruitment Board, Allahabad, Chairman P K Sanghi today said the admit cards which were issued for the September 2 examination would be valid for the new exam.

He added the candidates falling under scheduled caste/schedule tribes would avail free train journey. — PTI

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IAF men rescue 8 trekkers

New Delhi, September 29
Indian Air Force helicopters rescued eight Russian and Indian trekkers, trapped for two days in icy Gangotri glacier in Gharwal Himalayas due to blizzards and heavy snowing, today.

Two Cheetah helicopters of the Bareilly-based 111 unit, flying four sorties to snow-bound Gangotri glacier, rescued the trekkers.

“All the trekkers including woman climber Svetlana Kazikova, who was reported in serious condition, have been brought down to safety,” Wing Commander N S Sandhu, the leader of the IAF rescue team, told PTI.

The trekkers were first flown to Joshimath for first aid and then to Bareilly, he said.

Four Russians and four Indians had left for the trek from Abi Gamin, Mana, to Badrinath on September 17. Nine days later, they were caught in blizzards and heavy snowing on the Gangotri glacier.

A number of mountaineering expeditions and adventure groups were trapped in various parts of Uttaranchal in the past one week due to inclement weather.

Five army climbers, part of an expedition attempting 24,500-ft Nanda Devi East Summit in Garhwal, are missing since Wednesday. — PTI

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Karnataka Crisis
BJP minister resigns
Jangveer Singh
Tribune News Service

Bangalore, September 29
BJP leader and tourism minister B.Sriramulu today resigned from the state cabinet to pave the way for a compromise with the Janata Dal (Secular) and ensure smooth transfer of power to his party on October 3.

Though the resignation of the BJP minister was effected by the central leadership of the party and its senior leader Yashwant Sinha who is camping in the city, the minister went down with guns blazing against the JD(S). Sriramulu had earlier accused state Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy of conspiring to murder him, but later retracted the complaint made to the Bellary police.

Even though the BJP leadership has all along maintained that the power transfer issue has nothing to do with the Bellary episode, Sriramulu linked the two issues with each other as has been done by former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda while suspending power transfer talks with the BJP two days ago.

Speaking to newsmen after submitting his resignation to party leader and deputy chief minister B.S.Yediyurappa, the BJP leader said he was resigning so that the JD(S) did not get an excuse to deny the Chief Minister’s post to the BJP. “It is a lame excuse if they say the transfer of power can only happen if I resign,” he said, adding that if this was true, the JD(S) was now bound to transfer power to the BJP as promised.

In an apparent bid to pressurise the Gowda family and Chief Minister Kumaraswamy, the BJP leader even went on to say “if they turn from their word god will not forgive them”. The BJP, on its part, had “summoned” Sriramulu and according to the laid-down script, the minister was to resign without any heroics.

Meanwhile, Sinha, who is camping in the city since last night, held a press conference today after a meeting with party leaders. He asserted that he was confident that the smooth transfer of the Chief Minister’s post from the JD(S) to the BJP would happen on October 3.

Meanwhile, both former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda and his son Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy absented themselves from the state capital. Gowda flew to Tiruchurapalli in Tamil Nadu in the morning to visit some temples, while Kumaraswamy went to Puducherry to attend a function in which houses built by a prominent Karnataka pontiff are to be handed over to tsunami victims.

A JD(S) spokesman, while explaining Gowda’s absence from the state capital said Yashwant Sinha had not sought an appointment with the former PM today. In view of these developments, Sinha is expected to meet Gowda late tonight or tomorrow to hold discussions on power transfer.

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Govt notice to channel
Darjeeling peaceful after ‘idol’ clash

Kolkata, September 29
The situation in Darjeeling limped back to normal today after a violent group clash triggered by an allegedly derogatory remark by an RJ of a Delhi-based FM channel on “Indian Idol” winner Prashant Tamang. The RJ later apologised. Meanwhile, the central government has issued show-cause notice to Red FM for airing remarks on Tamang.

“Things are returning to normal now. In Darjeeling the law and order situation is absolutely fine. We had a talk with the Prashant Tamang’s fan club members and they are shortly going to call off the 12-hour shutdown,” West Bengal IG (Law and Order) Raj Kanojia said.

A strike in Darjeeling by the fans of Prashant Tamang was also called off.

“Everything is also under control in Siliguri. We are carrying out police patrolling in the violence-hit area and would also stage a peace rally,” Kanojia said.

The members of Prashant Tamang’s fan club had called a 12-hour shutdown, protesting the violence in which 50 persons were injured in Siliguri, about 570 km from Kolkata in north Bengal.

The violence was triggered by rumours that a rally taken out by Prashant Tamang’s fan club had prevented patients from entering the Siliguri district hospital. The locals clashed with the rallyists, forcing police to intervene with batons and tear gas. The army and Border Security Force were called to maintain law and order and prohibitory orders clamped in the area.

Over 5,000 Nepalese living in Siliguri had taken out a rally to protest the alleged derogatory remarks on Tamang by a radio jockey of a Delhi-based FM channel. — IANS

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Gopal Sharma is Seema Bal chief
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 29
Former director-general of the Jammu and Kashmir police Gopal Sharma has been appointed director-general of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).

Sharma, a 1972 batch IPS officer of the Jammu and Kashmir cadre, will assume the new charge on October 1 at the SSB Headquarters here.

The 59-year-old officer is at present security adviser to Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad.

Sharma, who has an immense experience in handling internal security situation as well as counter-terrorism operations, will be taking over as the SSB chief at a time when Left wing extremism was posing a great threat to the nation. The SSB, being the border guarding force on the Indo-Nepal border, has the onerous duty to ensure that Nepalese Maoists do not enter the Indian territory.

Sharma replaces Tilak Kak, who retires on September 30.

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Eklavya’s selection for Oscars seems biased: HC

Mumbai, September 29
Amitabha Bachchan-starrer Hindi feature film ‘Eklavya’, India's official entry for the Oscar award, today got into a legal tangle with the Bombay High Court observing that prima facie the selection of the movie appeared to be biased.

"Prima facie, there seems to be a merit in the argument (that selection process was biased)", said a division bench of Chief Justice Swatanter Kumar and Justice Dhananjay Chandrachud while hearing a petition challenging the selection of “Eklavya-the Royal Guard”.

The bench asked the Film Federation of India, which selected the film, to file a reply within ten days and said "consequences of the film's selection would be subject to the court order". The bench posted the matter to October 10 for further hearing.

The petition was filed by director of film 'Dharm' Bhavana Talwar challenging the selection of "Eklavya" as India's official entry for the Academy Awards (Oscars).

"Dharm," which has Pankaj Kapur as the protagonist, lost out to "Eklavya", directed and produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra, for the awards in September.

Talwar's main contention is that the whole selection process was biased as some members of the selection committee, namely film director Sudhir Mishra, Jagdish Sharma and Ranjit Bahadur, were ‘very close’ to Chopra. — PTI

‘Print already sent’

Vidhu Vinod Chopra today said he had already sent the print of his film to the USA. He said the HC has not issued any restraining order/stay or injunction in the matter. “The case will be heard on October 10 and I will abide by the court’s order,” he said. According to the FFI guidelines the entry and the print of the film was sent prior to the receipt of the HC notice so as to reach the academy within the stipulated time limit of October 1, Chopra added. — UNI

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Militants on abduction spree
Bijay Sankar Bora
Tribune News Service

Guwahati, September 29
After a brief lull, militants belonging to the anti-peace talk faction of Dima Halam Daogah (DHD) called Black Widow are again out to create terror in the two hill districts of North Cachar Hills and Karbi Anglong despite a heavy presence of the Army and other security forces.

The militant group which is suspected to be backed by the Naga rebel group, the NSCN-IM, is on a kidnapping spree. It has abducted six persons in a week since September 22, besides attacking a settlement of Bengali-speaking people. The group has also created a fear psychosis in the twin hill districts through its rampant extortion operations.

The Black Widow led by renegade DHD leader Jewel Garlosa abducted three employees of a construction company yesterday from a camp in neighbouring Cachar district, according to a delayed report received here.

The police said at least 10 Black Widow ultras wearing olive green battle fatigues raided the workers’ camp of the Delhi-based construction company, Punj Llyod, at Muktacherra in Cachar district in the wee hours of yesterday and took away three workers at gunpoint.

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Girl stripped over homework

New Delhi, September 29
A seven-year-old school girl here was stripped by her teacher for not doing homework.

A police official said the parents of the girl, a student of Star Shine Public school in Uttam Nagar, a West Delhi locality, had complained that the teacher Neha (19) had stripped their daughter yesterday and made her stand on the chair for not doing homework.

The incident came to light when the victim told her mother about it this morning when she refused to go to school, the official said. The teacher was arrested under the Juvenile Justice Act. — PTI

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Tribal girl raped at rly station
Tribune News Service

Patna, September 29
At the time when railways claim of having spent crores on passangers safety,a tribal girl was allegedly raped by unidentified youths at Patna Junction yesterday.

Patna is the hometown of railway minister Lalu Prasad and for his convenieince railways operate a small office inside his wife Rabri Devi’s official residence at 10 Circular Road where from he reportedly functions whenever he is in the state capital.

Police sources said that the tribal girl(15),along with her friend from Jharkhand, fled from the hostel of Prayas Bharti here late on Thursday night to catch a train to her home state. She was staying at the hostel for about two months and reportedly was desperate to meet her parents.

It was learnt that after the girl arrived at Patna Junction to catch the train to her native place in Jharkhand, she was taken for a ride by some unidentified youths who promised to help her in the journey back to home. This, however never happened and the girl was allegedly raped.

Later, the police swung into action and a case of rape against unidentified persons was lodged with the Kotwali police station late on yesterday night. 

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3-year-old girl accused in theft case
Tribune News Service

Patna, September 29
Even as the Bihar police failed to check the growing incidents of vigilance justice claiming lives, including the latest one yesterday at Gopalganj, it did not deter the men in khaki to make a complete mockery of the legal system when it framed a three-year-old girl with a theft case.

The incident came to light in Darbhanga district of Bihar.

The Darbhanga police has named the three-year-old girl Rinku, as an accused, in a case pertaining to theft and manhandling in the Bahadurpur police circle area.

The parents and uncle of the girl have also been accused in the case.

Rinku was charged with stealing utensils and money from her neighbours`s house. She was accused in the case on the basis of a complaint filed by a neighbour.

The family has now been running from pillar to post so that the name of the minor girl could be removed from the accused’s list.

According to the provisions of the Indian Penal Code, no criminal charges can be established against children less than seven years of age. They cannot be made accused in any case.

However, police has not found anything strange in the case and said that any action in the case would be taken only after the FIR is examined.

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SP to back no-trust move against UPA govt
Shahira Naim
Tribune News Service

Lucknow, September 29
Samajwadi party president Mulayam Singh Yadav today declared that his party would support a no-confidence motion against the UPA government in the Lok Sabha, irrespective of it being brought by the Left Parties or the BJP.

Speaking at a press conference at the party headquarters, he reaffirmed the United National Progressive Alliance (UNPA) support for any such move.

Charging the BJP of indirectly supporting the Congress government at the Centre, Yadav said its chances of bringing a no-confidence motion were remote.

Drawing a parallel between the UNPA and the Left Parties, he said both of them were guided by a concern for the well-being of common people, and for that reason, they were opposing the Indo-US nuclear deal and the anti-farmer policy.

Declaring that his party was ready to face the challenge of a mid-term poll whenever it came, he said the nuclear deal had created such a rift in the UPA government that a showdown could not be ruled out.

Meanwhile, the former chief minister is planning to write a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh urging him to intervene to break the deadlock among the political parties in Nepal.

“We need to ensure that monarchy is replaced by democracy and our closest neighbour does not drift into another direction”, Yadav said.

Declaring that disturbances in Nepal were affecting the economic and political atmosphere in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, Yadav criticised the Mayawati government for having no time to address such a critical issue.

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AIADMK moves SC for ban on DMK bandh
Legal Correspondent

New Delhi, September 29
Jayalalithaa-headed AIADMK today moved the Supreme Court to seek ban on the ‘bundh’ in the state called by the ruling DMK on Monday on the issue of Sethusamundram project.

The AIADMK moved the apex court after the Madras High Court had allowed the ruling coalition in the state to hold the strike, saying the high court had over-sighted the rulings of the Supreme Court on ‘state-sponsored’ strikes.

The opposition party, while describing the strike as illegal on the ground that the government, which was supposed to uphold the rule of law, maintain the law and order and peace, could not be allowed to go on strike.

A petition was also moved by the Janata Party president, Subramanian Swamy, seeking immediate stay on DMK and its allies-sponsored ‘bundh’.

It also expressed fear that the strike might result in violence in the state. The strike is being organised in the backdrop of Karunanidhi’s statements questioning the existence of Lord Ram and the BJP and other Sangh Parivar outfit’s attack on him.

Though the petition could not be taken up for hearing today, lawyers of AIADMK were trying to make an effort to request Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan to have an urgent hearing of the matter tomorrow at his residence.

The high court, though had refused to ban the strike yesterday, directed the state chief secretary to ensure that all public utility services functioned normally.

The petitioners had cited the apex court judgement, which had upheld the Kerala High Court order banning strikes in the state and declaring Tamil Nadu employees strike during Jayalalithaa’s regime as illegal.

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Reliance
Retrenched youths protest

Kanpur, September 29
Rendered jobless after the closure of the reliance fresh stores, hundreds of youths today protested the government’s action.

About a thousand youths had been recruited by the reliance fresh stores that were to be opened here, but the state government’s order to close the stores had left them without jobs.

They said the government policies had pushed them to streets and demanded that either the government should give them employment or reopen the stores. The demonstrators threatened to commit suicide if their demands were not met. —PTI

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Banker arrested for terrorising borrower
Tribune News Service

Mumbai, September 29
Anti-Extortion Cell of the Mumbai police has arrested a branch manager of HDFC Bank for allegedly threatening a borrower and his family.

The police said Umesh Shetty, loan manager of HDFC’s Dadar branch, and two recovery agents, Sureshkumar Munnar Yadav (20) and Pradeep Devsingh Rawat (26), of the Sai Siddhi Credit Service, employed by the bank to recover dues from borrowers, were arrested on the basis of a complaint filed by a customer.

The police have withheld the name of the customer in order to protect his privacy.

Shetty’s arrest comes days after Mumbai police commissioner D N Jadhav warned bank officials of action for the acts of the collection agents employed by them.

The police said the victim, an executive with a company, responded to a telephonic offer by the bank’s agent offering him a personal loan shortly after he was issued a credit card by the bank. He agreed to take a loan of Rs 5,000 step under the cash-on-call scheme of the bank. The bank, however, gave him a loan of Rs 15,000 instead in May 2005 and bank officials refused to take back the excess amount of Rs 10,000, the customer said in his complaint.

All three have been booked under Section 34, Section 354, Section 387 and Section 503.

The police decided to arrest the bank manager and the recovery agents on the basis of the documentary evidence submitted by the customer.

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