Friday, July 31, 1998
NEW DELHI, July 30 (PTI) The Supreme Court today stayed the arrest of former Bihar Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra, who is an accused in a conspiracy case related to Rs 950 crore fodder scam, till August 10. The relief was granted to Mishra by a three-judge Bench comprising Chief Justice M.M. Punchhi, Mr Justice K.T. Thomas and Mr Justice S.S.M. Quadri on his petition challenging a Patna High Court order which dismissed his appeal against a non-bailable arrest warrant issued against him.
Calcutta Imams' case
NEW DELHI, July 30 (PTI) The Supreme Court today stayed contempt proceedings against eight imams on whom the Calcutta High Court had served notices for disobeying a court order banning the use of microphones for giving azaan. A three-judge bench comprsing Chief Justice M.M. Punchhi, Mr Justice K.T. Thomas and Mr Justice S.S.M. Quadri stayed the proceedings till August 10 when the special leave petition filed by four imams, challenging the issuance of contempt notices, would come for hearing.
GUWAHATI, July 30 (PTI) A Division Bench of the Guwahati High Court delivered a split verdict in connection with a corruption case against Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Gegong Apang, his wife Yadap Apang and their son, Union Minister of State for Tourism, Omak Apang. Mr Justice V.D. Gyani and Mr Justice D.N. Chowdhury expressed opposite views in their separate judgements delivered yesterday with the former dismissing the petition seeking a cbi probe into large-scale allegations in setting up hydel projects in Arunachal Pradesh and the latter directing the cbi to inquire into the allegations.
14 Tigers killed
COLOMBO, July 30 (AP) The troops ambushed and killed 14 Tamil Tiger guerrillas in the northern jungles while the military remained on high alert during a summit of South Asian leaders in Sri Lankas Capital, officials said today. Thirteen rebels were killed yesterday near the guerrilla-held town of Mankulam in Kilinochchi district, which has been besieged by military troops for nearly a year, the military said in a statement.
4 die in air crash
KARACHI, July 30 (AFP) At least four persons were killed and 11 injured when a Pakistan Air Force (PAF) plane crashed into a residential area on the outskirts of Karachi today, police and hospital sources said. Residents said the trainer aircraft caught fire as it fell into the citys western Orangi Town, causing damage to 10 houses. PAF officials said the planes two pilots baled out.
LUANDA, July 30 (AFP) A mass grave containing at least 100 bodies was found in the small village of Bula in northeastern Angola, nine days after the massacre of 215 persons in the same province, Angolan television reported. In its report late yesterday, the official television channel did not say whether the bodies were from the Mussuku massacre or from a similar round of killing. The Angolan Government declared Tuesday a day of mourning for the Mussuku massacre which took place on July 21.
20 hurt in clashes
DHAKA, July 30 (PTI) At least 20 persons were injured as opposition activists clashed with the police during a dawn-to-dusk strike in the Capital over the death of a student in police custody. The protesters hurled crude members and pelted stones at the police at Purano Paltan and nearby Vijaynagar area forcing the security personnel to use batons and tear gas to bring the situation under control, witnesses said.
TV smashing begins
KABUL, July 30 (AFP) Heavily-armed Taliban militia fighters today launched a series of raids on electronics shops in the Afghan Capital, smashing and taking away dozens of television sets and video players, an AFP reporter witnessed. Mobile teams from the ministry for fostering virtue and suppressing vice sealed off a bustling city center street as part of a huge operation set to hit the entire war-weary city. Armed with automatic rifles, the fighters were seen hurling television sets out of shops onto the street.
Akali Dal (A) for exclusion of US Nagar
NEW DELHI, July 30 (UNI) A delegation of the Akali Dal (Amritsar) today appeared before the National Minorities Commission demanding exclusion of Udham Singh Nagar district from the proposed hill state of Uttaranchal since the area was inhabited by a population having a culture distinct from that of the hill people.
The delegation, headed by party president Simranjit Singh Mann submitted a memorandum to commission Chairperson Tahir Mehmood demanding setting up of a commission to determine the boundaries of the proposed state.
Mr Mann, who along with his party leaders has just returned after tour of the area, alleged that it was politically fraudulent to suddenly clamp land ceiling laws and ruin the livelihood of thousands of people, who have through three generations converted jungles into flourishing fields.
The commission Chairperson, who was accompanied by commission vice chairman Prof Bawa Singh and member James Messy, assured the delegation to take up their case with the Central government and the Uttar Pradesh Government.
Mr Mann while presenting his case before the commission alleged that the Kalyan Singh government had started destabilising the Sikhs living in Lakhimpur and other areas of Terai.
They demanded that the Tharu and Buksa tribes of the region who were settlers for more than a century should not be displaced under any circumstances.
Seeking immediate intervention of the commission, Mr Mann accused the BJP led coalition government of giving a political turn to the Udham Singh Nagar issue as it was "bent upon keeping the unwilling majority population from the plains in the proposed hill state".
Cong to take stand on Aug 3
NEW DELHI, July 30 (PTI) The Trinamool Congress today escalated suspense on Deputy Speakers election when it called a meeting of its party MPs on August 3 to finalise its stand on the issue.
The Trinamool Congress, which is said to be unhappy with BJP over the way the ruling party takes vital decisions, will be meeting a day ahead of the election in the backdrop of a section of the party strongly favouring the joint opposition nominee P.M. Sayeed.
Party sources said a meeting of its parliamentary party, scheduled for the day, was postponed due to preoccupation of some of its seven MPs.
Shabir Shah held
SRINAGAR, July 30 (UNI) Senior separatist leader and president of the Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP) Shabir Ahmad Shah was taken into custody along with 20 of his party activists at Pattan in Baramula district of north Kashmir today. The police detained Shah and his associates while they were on way to Bandipora to address a public meeting, official sources said. The police assisted by paramilitary troops, had laid a trap for them. As the vehicles carrying JKDFP activists passed the road, the police stopped the vehicles and took the activists into custody.
SHILLONG, July 30 (PTI) Meghalaya Governor M.M. Jacob today asked the nascent Meghalaya Parliamentary Party government led by Mr B.B. Lyngdoh, to prove its majority on August 3, Raj Bhavan sources said. A four-member ministry, led by Mr Lyngdoh, was sworn in on July 27 together with Deputy Chief Minister D.D. Lapang (Congress), Mr C.B. Marak (Congress) and Mr H.B. Dan (UDP).
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