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Naxals kill 15 troops in Chhattisgarh
Bijapur, November 2
At least 15 security personnel were killed today when Naxalites triggered a blast and opened fire at a patrolling party near Tongada village, bordering Andhra Pradesh, in Maoist-infested Bijapur district in Bastar region of Chhattisgarh.

Ultras kill 7 CRPF men
Tea executive kidnapped
Guwahati, November 2
Tribal militants attacked a Central Reserve Police force (CRPF) convoy killing seven CRPF personnel in a remote part of North Cachar Hill district of Assam at around 10 a.m today while a tea garden executive was kidnapped by militants from his official residence in Orang Tea Estate in north Assam on Thursday night.

Rabri held during Bihar bandh
Patna, November 2
Leader of opposition in Bihar Assembly Rabri Devi was among over 1000 people detained by the police during the 12-hour state bandh to protest the attack on journalists by ruling JD(U) MLA Anant Singh and his henchmen.

Village pradhan held; school staff suspended
Mid-day Meal Fallout
Chandpur, Sitapur, November 2
Seven-year-old Rambeti, a student of of class III, was the first victim of the lethal mid-day meal of puri and aloo subzi that was served at the Chandpur primary school in Pasrendi block of Sitapur yesterday.


113 students taken ill






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‘Red Ribbon Express’ soon
New Delhi, November 2
After the Indo-German Science Express train was flagged off to foster scientific temper among the youth, the ‘Red Ribbon Express’ will be flagged off on Dec 1 to spread awareness about HIV/AIDS in the far-flung rural areas. — TNS

Ronen apologises to RS panel
New Delhi, November 2
India’s ambassador to US Ronen Sen today tendered an unqualified apology to the Rajya Sabha Privileges Committee over his “headless chicken” remark in context of the Indo-US nuclear deal and thus concluded his appearance before the Privileges Committees of Parliament which may let him off with a reprimand.

Kumarswamy: Support to BJP not unconditional
Bangalore, November 2
The Janata Dal (Secular) today tightened the noose around its coalition partner the BJP, which is eager to have its first Chief Minister in south India at all costs, with former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy toeing his father H D Deve Gowda’s line that his party’s support to the saffron party was not “unconditional”.

Governor has to invite BJP: Naidu
Chennai, November 2
Karnataka Governor Rameshwar Thakur is left with no other choice but to invite B.S. Yeddyruppa to form the government as he has the required majority to form the government, BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu said here today.

Manu’s Bail Plea
SC agrees to early hearing
New Delhi, November 2
The Supreme Court today agreed to give early hearing on bail petition of Jessica Lal murder convict Manu Sharma after his counsel Ram Jethmalani said he wanted to go abroad after arguing his plea. After Jethmalanai made a special mention for early hearing of Manu’s bail plea, a Bench, headed by Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan, fixed the hearing on it on November 27.

No bail for Sanjay before Diwali
New Delhi, November 2
The hopes of actor Sanjay Dutt to get bail before Diwali and celebrate the festival with his family members were dashed today with the Supreme Court posting hearing on it for November 20.

High Court stays privilege motion against Jaya
Chennai, November 2
The Madras High Court today stayed proceedings regarding the privilege motion moved in the Tamil Nadu Assembly by local administration minister M.K. Stalin against AIADMK supremo Jayaram Jayalalithaa.

SC rejects Sukh Ram’s plea for transfer of case
New Delhi, November 2
The plea of former communications minister Sukh Ram regarding shifting of his case from the present special CBI judge to another court in a corruption case was today rejected by the Supreme Court. The court found no merit in his plea.

Monica allowed to shoot outside Punjab
New Delhi, November 2
Bollywood starlet Monica Bedi, whose movements were restricted by the Supreme Court in her bail order to her native village, Chabbewal in Hoshiarpur district, was today allowed by it to move out to the film world as she expressed her desire to restart her cine career afresh with some immediate offers from Telugu films.

CISF man shot dead by colleague
Guwahati, November 2
A havildar of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) was shot dead by his colleague following a quarrel at Brahmaputra Valley Fertiliser Corporation Limited (BVFCL) plant at Namrup in Dibrugarh district of Assam today.

Vadra Security
Police knocks door of home ministry
New Delhi, November 2
The Delhi police has sought fresh directions from the union home ministry to handle the situation arising out of Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, refusing police escort.

PMK to form own front
Chennai, November 2
The Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK), a constituent of the DMK-led Democratic Progressive Alliance, today announced that it would form a front on its own without the ruling DMK or the AIADMK for the next Tamil Nadu Assembly elections due in 2011.

Shoe baron killed
Kolkata, November 2
Ashish Dey, one of the three brothers owning Sreeeathar, a famous footwear company, was killed by suspected Maoists at Jamshedpur today.

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Naxals kill 15 troops in Chhattisgarh

Bijapur, November 2
At least 15 security personnel were killed today when Naxalites triggered a blast and opened fire at a patrolling party near Tongada village, bordering Andhra Pradesh, in Maoist-infested Bijapur district in Bastar region of Chhattisgarh.

According to police sources, the slain security personnel belonged to the Chhattisgarh Armed Force and district police.

They have been identified as Bojraj Markam, Narayan Ram Lakada, Sumod, Radheshyam, Sandeep, Sunil Yadav, Harish Markam, Mankuram, Ramdhar, Anil Borla, Anand Borla, Shiv Kumar, V Markam, Shankar and Satya Naraian. The victims Police sources said the Maoists looted arms and ammunitions from the security personnel after attacking them.

Among the 21 security personnel, five escaped with minor injuries, the police said, adding that the fate of one person was not yet known.

The Home Ministry is in touch with the Chhattisgarh Government to get details of the reported killing of 15 security personnel in a blast and firing by naxalites at a patrolling party near Tongada village in Maoist- infested Bijapur district in Bastar region of the state. — UNI

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Ultras kill 7 CRPF men
Tea executive kidnapped
Bijay Sankar Bora
Tribune News Service

Guwahati, November 2
Tribal militants attacked a Central Reserve Police force (CRPF) convoy killing seven CRPF personnel in a remote part of North Cachar Hill district of Assam at around 10 a.m today while a tea garden executive was kidnapped by militants from his official residence in Orang Tea Estate in north Assam on Thursday night.

The police informed that Dimasa tribe militants from Black Widow group, the anti-talk faction of the Dima Halam Daogah (DHD) led by Jewel Garlosa, ambushed a convoy of the central paramilitary force killing seven CRPF personnel on the spot near Langting under Umrangshu police station of the insurgency-affected hill district.

The three-vehicle convoy of the CRPF escorting the commanding officer, T.K Tripathy of the 50th Battalion of the CRPF came under surprise attack by a group of heavily armed tribal insurgents at a place called Block Bazar near Langting.

The militants first hurled grenades and opened indiscriminate fire from assault rifles at the convoy. Two vehicles of the convoy, including the one in which the CO was travelling, escaped the attack while the third vehicle came under heavy firing from militants resulting in the death of all seven CRPF personnel travelling in that vehicle. The ultras also took away weapons of the slain personnel.

The police informed that the convoy was moving from the Haflong base of the 50th battalion of the CRPF to a camp located in a remote area under Umrangshu police station of the district. Senior police officials, including the district police chief Dipak Kedia, and Army officials rushed to the spot immediately after the incident. The CRPF is deployed in North Cachar Hill district to help the police in fighting militants.

Meanwhile, in another incident militants belonging to the All-Adivasi National Liberation Army (AANLA) kidnapped an assistant manager, Birinchi Bharali, of Orang Tea Estate in Udalguri district of North Assam at around 8.30 pm yesterday.

The Tea Association of India (TAI), Assam branch secretary, Dipanjal Deka informed that a group of four car-borne AANLA militants kidnapped the tea garden executive at gun point from his bungalow in the tea estate and took him to an undisclosed place.

The tea estate is owned by Dhunseri Tea Company. The police later recovered the abandoned Maruti Zen used by the ultras near another tea estate in the area at the foothills of Bhutan Himalayas. A massive combing operation has been launched in the area by the police and Army to trace the 50-year-old abducted tea executive.

A senior police official here informed that AANLA is a militant group formed by a group of desperate tea tribe youth with the help of bigger rebels groups, including the NSCN-IM and the banned ULFA. The AANLA has been targeting tea executives in different parts of the state especially in eastern and northern Assam.

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Rabri held during Bihar bandh
Ambarish Dutta
Tribune News Service

Patna, November 2
Leader of opposition in Bihar Assembly Rabri Devi was among over 1000 people detained by the police during the 12-hour state bandh to protest the attack on journalists by ruling JD(U) MLA Anant Singh and his henchmen.

Besides Rabri Devi , LJP MP Surajbhan Singh, Congress legislature party chief Ashok Kumar, CPI-ML leader K.D. Yadav were among others who were detained while trying to enforce the bandh in the streets of Patna.

Talking to the mediapersons before her preventing detention at Dak Bungalow Road crossing, Rabri Devi demanded immediate resignation of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for failing to protect the working journalists, besides capital punishment to Anant Singh.

The dawn-to dusk bandh call by RJD was supported by the BSP, CPI and the CPM, besides the LJP, Congress and the CPI-ML.

The response to the bandh call was comparatively better in the districts. In Patna, even though some shops on major thoroughfares remained shut, but almost all such establishments were open in residential areas.

As bandh supporters resorted to vandalism on the Patna University campus to enforce the strike, most private schools declared holiday today to avoid trouble in view of the shutdown.

By and large, the bandh evoked mixed response with vehicular traffic affected in certain parts of the state.

Attendance in offices in the state capital, however, remained largely unaffected.

Talking to the media here today, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi congratulated the people of the state for rejecting the bandh call. No major untoward incident was reported till the filing of this report.

A delegation of opposition parties led by Rabri Devi also submitted a memorandum to Bihar Governor R.S. Gavai demanding his intervention for improvement in law and order situation in the state.

On his part, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar already asked the state health minister Chandramohan Rai to ensure all medical support to the three injured journalists representing NDTV and ANI and if need be to send them anywhere in the country for treatment.

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Village pradhan held; school staff suspended
Mid-day Meal Fallout
Shahira Naim
Tribune News Service

Chandpur, Sitapur, November 2
Seven-year-old Rambeti, a student of of class III, was the first victim of the lethal mid-day meal of puri and aloo subzi that was served at the Chandpur primary school in Pasrendi block of Sitapur yesterday.

“As soon as I finished a puri my head started reeling and I threw up”, she says. Within no time other children too started falling sick until 160 of them from two primary schools of the same gram sabha lay writhing in pain at Primary Health Centre of Pasrendi block in Sitapur approximately 25 kilometres away from the district headquarters.

Later, 80 of the students, whose condition was serious, the cook and her husband, were rushed to the Sitapur district hospital and discharged after being kept there overnight. Medical Superintendent Dr A.B Patni calls it a case of “suspected food poisoning”.

Seemingly, there has been prompt action. Timely medical attention both at the PHC and district level hospital ensured that there were no casualties. A departmental inquiry has been ordered. Samples of the cooked food as well as the raw ingredients have been sent to the Food Analysis Wing of the Health Department in Lucknow.

Following an FIR in the Talgoan police station three persons, gram pradhan Kiran Devi, her husband and de facto pradhan Chetram and the shopkeeper from whose shop the provisions had been bought, have been arrested.

Teachers Rekha Verma, Manohar Lal, Chotelal and Laxmikant have been suspended and the services of shiksha mitras Manjulata, Sangita Mishra and Nita Tripathi have been terminated.

As the entire staff of Chandpur primary school where the first incident had occurred has been suspended, a lock welcomed this reporter.

A few children, who came running there, told that all of them had eaten the puri-subzi and had returned that very morning after an overnight stay at the Sitapur district hospital. Incidentally, all of them belong to Dalit families. The ‘poisonous’ food was their first meal of the day.

Rambeti, daughter of Mohan Lal Pasi, has three brothers and two sisters. While her parents and three siblings work on the fields sowing paddy these days, she and her younger sibling come to school and eat their first and at times the only full meal of the day here.

“The puri smelt of mobil oil. It was being fried in a dark coloured oil,” informs Ratnesh Raidas , a student of class V, who had hardly eaten a puri and a half before he fell sick.

He informs that as soon as they started vomiting, Chetram the ‘pradhanpati’ took a few students to the PHC on his motor cycle and then as more and more children fell sick they were rushed on two ‘theliyas’ (cycle rickshaws).

Ratnesh and his classmate Dipendra Raidas who were administered two bottles each of glucose at the hospital proudly show needle marks. Naresh, a daily wager whose nephew was among the children who had fallen sick, informed that whenever anyone from the village complained about the quality of food being served, the ‘pradhanpati’ shooed him away.

“You people get free food and on top of that you ungrateful ones keep complaining” is what the pradhanpati had told him when he had told him about the poor quality of flour some time ago.

Vivek, another young person from the village, said there is no school- level committee to monitor the quality of mid-day meal being served to the children and no one from the school had ever bothered to taste it before giving it to the students.

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113 students taken ill

Sasaram (Bihar), November 2
As many as 113 students of a primary school were taken ill after having mid-day meal in Bihar's Rohtas district today, official sources said.

District education superintendent Anil Kumar said students complained of giddiness, vomiting and loose motion after taking the meal. They were rushed to the Sadar hospital.

Principal of the school Amarjit Kumar said the meal was prepared and distributed by an NGO “Mahila Samakhya Society”.

On inspection, a dead lizard was found in the food, which was distributed among the students, the principal said. — PTI

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Ronen apologises to RS panel
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 2
India’s ambassador to US Ronen Sen today tendered an unqualified apology to the Rajya Sabha Privileges Committee over his “headless chicken” remark in context of the Indo-US nuclear deal and thus concluded his appearance before the Privileges Committees of Parliament which may let him off with a reprimand.

Sen had appeared before the Lok Sabha panel last week and apologised for his remark that had caused furore during the monsson session of Parliament. Today, the envoy, in response to a spate of questions from the Rajya Sabha Privileges Committee, admitted that his remark was “an act of indiscretion and it should not have been done”. The committee is headed by Rajya Sabha deputy chairman K. Rahman Khan.

In response to specific queries from the committee members whether the “headless chicken” remark from such an experienced envoy like him was simply an indiscretion or whether there was “more to it”, Sen maintained that there was nothing “more to it”. He said ‘headless chickens’ was a colloquial phrase which should not have been used.

The envoy also said that what he spoke to the journalist was a private conversation not meant even for a third person. To a query why he did not file a case against the journalist, the ambassador said it would not have been befitting his status.

The committee is scheduled to meet again on November 16. However, it is likely that the meeting may be postponed till November 19.

The remark that led to Sen’s summoning by the Privileges Committee was: “Why do you have all this running around like headless chicken, looking for a comment here or comment there, and these little storms in a tea cup?” He later said that he was misquoted and his remarks referred not to politicians, but some journalists. 

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Kumarswamy: Support to BJP not unconditional
Jangveer Singh
Tribune News Service

Bangalore, November 2
The Janata Dal (Secular) today tightened the noose around its coalition partner the BJP, which is eager to have its first Chief Minister in south India at all costs, with former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy toeing his father H D Deve Gowda’s line that his party’s support to the saffron party was not “unconditional”.

Kumaraswamy’s assertion means that the BJP will have to deal with his father and the conditions imposed by the latter if they want their man to become Chief Minister in Karnataka. Chief Minister-in-waiting B S Yediyurappa will also have to virtually take the go ahead from the father-son duo before he can take any decision.

Kumaraswamy’s move is likely to put the BJP into a quandary as the saffron party had dealt with him directly while forming a coalition government about two years ago and had their recent “remarriage” been conducted without bringing Gowda into the picture directly. However, recent developments show that Gowda has orchestrated the entire show and that the son is under the father’s thumb.

While reacting to Gowda’s 11-point charter of demands, Kumaraswamy clarified that his party had only declared support to the BJP and never extended unconditional support. This is very different from his statements the day his party handed over a letter to the BJP extending support for formation of a coalition government.

Kumaraswamy tried to downplay the development, saying the charter were “suggestions” and not demands or conditions. He also stated that the BJP should not nurture any apprehensions over the proposals mooted by his father.

However, JD (S) spokesman and Gowda’s pointman Y S V Datta, in his reaction on the issue, clearly indicated that the JD (S) wanted to thrash out all the issues listed by Gowda in his letter to the BJP central leadership. He, however, said the party would go by consensus and the proposals could be debated by both parties and suitably amended.

The BJP, which now has to consider Gowda’s demands, including a overseeing committee headed by Kumaraswamy, consultation on all appointments and no going back on earlier cabinet decisions, is already smarting from earlier conditions imposed on it.

These include complete say on the Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprise project, which envisages making an expressway and four townships between Bangalore and Mysore. 

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Governor has to invite BJP: Naidu
Arup Chanda
Tribune News Service

Chennai, November 2
Karnataka Governor Rameshwar Thakur is left with no other choice but to invite B.S. Yeddyruppa to form the government as he has the required majority to form the government, BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu said here today.

Warning the ruling UPA at the centre against indulging in any “misadventure”, Naidu recalled that partisan actions by malleable Governors in Bihar and Jharkhand had earlier been dismissed by courts.

Blasting the Congress and its allies, Naidu alleged, “The Congress and UPA seem to have an evil agenda and that is why this delay in the Governor taking the initiative, and the centre not taking action on the Governor’s report. How could Congress leader M. Veerappa Moily say that the Governor had only sent a factual account of what happened in Karnataka and not his final report.

“Is Moily privy to the confidential report sent by the Governor? Is the Governor consulting Congress leaders?” he asked.

President’s rule should be revoked immediately by the President to enable the Governor to invite Yeddyruppa as the leader of the BJP legislature party to form a government.

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Manu’s Bail Plea
SC agrees to early hearing
Legal Correspondent

New Delhi, November 2
The Supreme Court today agreed to give early hearing on bail petition of Jessica Lal murder convict Manu Sharma after his counsel Ram Jethmalani said he wanted to go abroad after arguing his plea. After Jethmalanai made a special mention for early hearing of Manu’s bail plea, a Bench, headed by Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan, fixed the hearing on it on November 27.

Appeals of Manu and his two co-accused friends Amardeep Singh Gill and Vikas Yadav were admitted for hearing by the apex court on March 7.

While Manu was awarded life sentence by the Delhi High Court for the murder of model Jessica Lal at a restaurant in South Delhi on April 30, 1999, Gill and Vikas Yadav were given four-year jail term each for helping him destroying the evidence.

Jethmalani pointed out that though the case was listed by the apex court registry earlier but it could not be heard due to long sitting of the constitution Bench, hearing the OBC quota case, which concluded only yesterday. Since the constitution Bench had completed the hearing, Manu’s bail plea should be listed for early decision as was promised by the court earlier, he said.

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No bail for Sanjay before Diwali

New Delhi, November 2
The hopes of actor Sanjay Dutt to get bail before Diwali and celebrate the festival with his family members were dashed today with the Supreme Court posting hearing on it for November 20.

A Bench comprising Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan and Justice R.V. Raveendran expressed its inability to take up the bail plea early as the court will be closing for Diwali holidays from tomorrow and will open only on November 12 while the festival falls on November 9.

His counsel, senior advocate V.R. Manohar, made a special mention of the bail petition for its early hearing. — OC

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High Court stays privilege motion against Jaya
Arup Chanda
Tribune News Service

Chennai, November 2
The Madras High Court today stayed proceedings regarding the privilege motion moved in the Tamil Nadu Assembly by local administration minister M.K. Stalin against AIADMK supremo Jayaram Jayalalithaa.

Justice K. Suguna granted an interim stay on the writ petition moved by Jayalalithaa and issued notices to the Assembly secretary, the chairman of the Committee of Privileges and Stalin, returnable within four weeks.

Following Jayalalithaa’s allegations that Stalin was plotting to get her killed before the next Assembly polls, the minister had moved a privilege motion against her in the Assembly on October 18.

Jayalalithaa, at a press conference, had narrated a reported conversation between Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi and his son Stalin, during which the father had advised his son to preserve the DMK-led front even if he was not alive, and to which Stalin had replied that Jayalalithaa would not be around for the next Assembly elections.

The very next day Stalin drew the attention of the Speaker and told the Assembly that Jayalalithaa had breached the privilege of the House by making such false and defamatory remarks and the matter was referred to the privileges committee, which issued a notice to Jayalalithaa.

Jayalalithaa, in her petition, stated that she had not said anything about Stalin’s functioning as a legislator and her expressions were outside the purview of the House and hence could not be treated as a privilege issue.

She also said that Stalin could not claim to be one with complete immunity or privilege beyond the scope of Constitution nor could he claim that nothing could be stated against him.

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SC rejects Sukh Ram’s plea for transfer of case
Legal Correspondent

New Delhi, November 2
The plea of former communications minister Sukh Ram regarding shifting of his case from the present special CBI judge to another court in a corruption case was today rejected by the Supreme Court. The court found no merit in his plea.

In a brief hearing, a Bench of Justices Ashok Bhan and D.K Jain dismissed his petition after his counsel, senior advocate M.N Krishnamani and Anil Nag tried to put forth their arguments.

“There is nothing in it,” the Bench said in a one line observation while rejecting the special leave petition (SLP) against the Delhi High Court order, which earlier had also dismissed it.

Sukh Ram had pleaded to shift the trial in a disproportionate assets case from the court of special judge G.P Mittal to any other court, alleging that he feared that he would not get “fair trial” from him.

The reason given by Sukh Ram in his plea was the CBI officer H.S Sandhu’s chamber meetings with the judge. Sandhu was the SP in-charge of the case who investigated it 1996.

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Monica allowed to shoot outside Punjab

New Delhi, November 2
Bollywood starlet Monica Bedi, whose movements were restricted by the Supreme Court in her bail order to her native village, Chabbewal in Hoshiarpur district, was today allowed by it to move out to the film world as she expressed her desire to restart her cine career afresh with some immediate offers from Telugu films.

Allowing the plea made by Bedi’s counsel K.T.S. Tulsi a Bench of Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan and Justice R.V. Raveendran passed the order to this effect. But the court did not allow her blanket freedom and said she could move out of her native place after informing the local police in advance. — OC

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CISF man shot dead by colleague
Tribune News Service

Guwahati, November 2
A havildar of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) was shot dead by his colleague following a quarrel at Brahmaputra Valley Fertiliser Corporation Limited (BVFCL) plant at Namrup in Dibrugarh district of Assam today.

The police informed that CISF havildar M.Sharma died on the spot when his colleague constable Balai Kundu fired upon him from his service SLR while they were on duty in the factory of the BVFCL plant.

Sharma died on the spot as three bullets were pumped into his body from a close range. The assailant constable Kundu was seriously injured as he tried to commit suicide by shooting himself after killing his colleague. He is reportedly fighting for his life at Assam Medical College Hospital in Dibrugarh.

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Vadra Security
Police knocks door of home ministry
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 2
The Delhi police has sought fresh directions from the union home ministry to handle the situation arising out of Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, refusing police escort.

The police has written a letter after he again refused to take the ITBP escort with him despite Z security provided to him, official sources said.

Vadra was provided Z security last year after a meeting chaired by union home minister Shivraj Patil decided to provide security to the close relatives of all VIPs.

An elite Special Protection Group (SPG) cover has been provided to Priyanka Vadra because of high threat perception from the LTTE. Vadra has also been provided the SPG cover only if he accompanies his wife. 

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PMK to form own front
Tribune News Service

Chennai, November 2
The Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK), a constituent of the DMK-led Democratic Progressive Alliance, today announced that it would form a front on its own without the ruling DMK or the AIADMK for the next Tamil Nadu Assembly elections due in 2011.

PMK founder member S. Ramadoss said here: “There is nothing wrong with political parties aiming to capture power. The next government would be a coalition led by his party.”

The PMK had earlier been in alliance with the AIADMK and now with the DMK enjoying power only at the Centre with two union ministers but lately it had been critical of the state government.

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Shoe baron killed
Tribune News Service

Kolkata, November 2
Ashish Dey, one of the three brothers owning Sreeeathar, a famous footwear company, was killed by suspected Maoists at Jamshedpur today.

Dey was killed following his refusal to pay the huge ransom the assailants were demanding. No one has been arrested in this connection so far. A few years ago, another footwear merchant Partha RoyBurman was kidnapped near Tiljala, adjoining Salt Lake. He was later released after paying a large amount of money as ransom.

Patna: Business establishments, shops and markets in the bustling steel city of Jamshedpur in Jharkhand were reportedly closed today after the gruesome killing of the noted industrialist.

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