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THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
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N A T I O N

Journalists having tough time on Friday with Delhi Police, who tried to prevent Roop Lal, who came back after spending 26 years in Pakistani jails on charges of spying, from meeting them
Journalists having tough time on Friday with Delhi Police, who
tried to prevent Roop Lal, who came back after spending 26
years in Pakistani jails on charges of spying, from meeting
them. — PTI photo

Back with family after 26 yrs
NEW DELHI, April 14 — After languishing in captivity for 26 years in Pakistan on spying charges, Roop Lal Saharia, returned home this evening to a tearful reception from his family members and friends.

President presents Ambedkar awards
NEW DELHI, April 14 — President K.R. Narayanan today gave away the Dr Ambedkar National Award for social understanding and upliftment of weaker sections for the year 1996 and 1998 to the Ramakrishna Mission Ashram in Narainpur (Madhya Pradesh) and the Kasturba Gandhi Kanya Gurukulam, Vedaraniam (Tamil Nadu).

Democracy must for growth: Joshi
HAVANA, April 14 — Human Resource Development Minister Murli Manohar Joshi said today that democracy, rule of law and personal freedom were values which were not pious declarations alone but essential conditions for growth and development.

Coetzee, Moore bag awards
NEW DELHI, April 14 — South African writer J M Coetzee and Canadian author Jeffrey Moore tonight bagged the Commonwealth Writer’s Award for the best book and the first best book for the year 2000, respectively.

Rashmi restrained on Ilyasi’s daughter
NEW DELHI, April 14 — The producer of TV serial, Suhaib Ilyasi’s Canada-based sister-in-law, Ms Rashmi Singh, undertook before the Delhi High Court today that she would not take his (Ilyasi’s) two-and-a-half-year old daughter, Aaliya, abroad without the permission of the court.



Congress President Sonia Gandhi at a function on the occasion of Dr B. R. Ambedkar's 109 birth anniversary in New Delhi on Friday
Congress President Sonia Gandhi at a function on the occasion of Dr B. R. Ambedkar's 109 birth anniversary in New Delhi on Friday. — PTI photo

EARLIER STORIES
 
Defence Minister George Fernandes and chief of Naval Staff Sushil Kumar at the commissioning of Indian Naval ship ‘Brahmaputra’ at Netaji Subhas Dock in Calcutta on Friday
Defence Minister George Fernandes and chief of Naval Staff Sushil Kumar at the commissioning of Indian Naval ship ‘Brahmaputra’ at Netaji Subhas Dock in Calcutta on Friday. — PTI photo

Navy to commission 8 more ships
CALCUTTA, April 14 — Eight more ships of the Indian Navy would be commissioned during this year, Defence Minister George Fernandes said today.

Congress ‘arousing’ Dalits’ sentiments
BHOPAL April 14 — Former union minister Sushma Swaraj today charged the Congress with arousing the sentiments of the Dalits on the issue of constitutional review.

Sonia attacks review move
NAGPUR, April 14 — Congress President Sonia Gandhi today launched a battle against the Centre’s plan to review the Constitution branding it as a "dangerous conspiracy" and declared that her party would not extend any cooperation to the review commission.

No tension along LoC: Fernandes
CALCUTTA, April 14 — Defence Minister George Fernandes today allayed apprehensions about the movement of Pak troops along the Sir Creek area of Kutch in Gujarat and said it was "more of a defensive nature on the part of Islamabad".

Cong ambiguous on ‘mahajot’
NEW DELHI, April 14 — In a sharp attack, CPM General Secretary Harkishan Singh Surjeet today asked the Congress to clarify its stand on the ‘mahajot’ alliance proposed by the Trinamool Congress in West Bengal and warned that the Congress’s failure to take a firm stand will "irretrievably damage" it at the all-India level.

Urdu Adab award for Joginder Paul
NEW DELHI, April 14 — Well-known Urdu novelist and short story writer Joginder Paul has been awarded the prestigious Majlis Farogh-e-Urdu Adab Award for promotion and development of the language.

X-ray machine handlers prone to genetic disorders
NEW DELHI, April 14 — A recent study which found genetic abnormalities in cells of personnel handling diagnostic X-ray machines has recommended a fresh look at the maximum permissible limits of radiation for such workers.



 

Back with family after 26 yrs
From R. Suryamurthy
Tribune News Service

NEW DELHI, April 14 — After languishing in captivity for 26 years in Pakistan on spying charges, Roop Lal Saharia, returned home this evening to a tearful reception from his family members and friends.

The 56-year-old Roop Lal, who survived the seemingly endless agony in the hope of seeing his daughter one day, saw his dream coming true today.

There was slight hesitation as he stepped forward to embrace his daughter Sunita, whom he had left as a six-year-old, in 1974 when he was arrested on charges of spying and sentenced to death by the Pakistani authorities. However, it was later commuted to life imprisonment at the intervention of the Pakistan Human Rights Commission.

Said Roop Lal, who was limping slightly after he suffered from paralysis of the left leg in 1987. "It is close to a dream. I cannot believe it that I am back in India. It is a rebirth for me. I can only thank God for the whole thing".

As Pakistan International Airlines flight touched down at Indira Gandhi International Airport, Sunita could not control her emotions.

"I am very happy" was all that she could manage to say. "It is a dream fulfilled", she added.

On reaching home, at his Hari Nagar residence in South-West Delhi, Roop Lal was greeted by the entire locality. Women from his colony took out an "aarti" and several of them danced to the beats of dholak.

But for his unshaven face, Roop Lal looked healthy and cheerful and was still sporting the thick moustache he had when he was caught by the Pakistan Rangers.

His son-in-law Kishan Kumar, a dentist, who struggled for more than 10 years for the freedom of his father-in law was all smiles. Roop Lal also had a touching union with his three grand-daughters — Kanika (10), Bulbul (7) and Vatika (one).

"Welcome home nanaji" said a poster made by the grandchildren.

Recounting his experiences in the Pakistan jail, Mr Lal said he did not regret the duty done by him for the Indian Army. In the jail, he was allowed to mingle with other prisoners for an hour in the morning and one hour in the evening. He said he was mentally harassed and tortured in the Pakistani jails.

"I spent all my time exercising and reading the Gita", Mr Lal recalled.

He said there were around 150 Indian prisoners in Kot Lakpat jail in Lahore and he prayed for their release. Mr Lal said he had written several letters secretly to his family from the Pakistan jail. He used to get letters from India too, but after the Kargil war that had been completely stopped.

He said he did feel frustrated at times, but he became more relaxed after he learnt of his daughter’s marriage.

Roop Lal was accompanied by the First Secretary of the Indian High Commission, Mr T R Jute.

After Roop Lal was jailed in Pakistan, his wife married another man. Sunita was raised by Roop Lal’s mother.

Roop Lal was indicted on eight counts under the Official Secrets Act and sentenced to death. However, this was commuted to two years ago by the former Chief of Army Staff, General Jehangir Karamat, follwing a mercy petition filed on behalf of Roop Lal by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.

"The death sentence of my father-in-law was converted to life imprisonment due to the efforts undertaken by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and especially, its chairperson, Asthma Jahangir," his son-in-law said.

Another person whom the family remembers with gratitude is Brigadier Abid Hamid of the HRCP, who worked tirelessly and helped Roop Lal in escaping the death hook.Top

 

President presents Ambedkar awards

NEW DELHI, April 14 (UNI) — President K.R. Narayanan today gave away the Dr Ambedkar National Award for social understanding and upliftment of weaker sections for the year 1996 and 1998 to the Ramakrishna Mission Ashram in Narainpur (Madhya Pradesh) and the Kasturba Gandhi Kanya Gurukulam, Vedaraniam (Tamil Nadu).

Swami Trailokyanand on behalf of Ramakrishna Mission Ashram and Mr Vaidaratnam Pillai on behalf of Kasturba Gandhi Kanya Gurukulam received the awards from the President.

Ramakrishna Mission Ashram (recipient for the 1996 award) was started in the scheduled tribe-dominated area of Bastar in 1985 as an affiliated branch of the renowned organisation Ramakrishna Mission, Belur Math, West Bengal. The mission established a residential higher secondary school and 30-bed hospital for serving over 200 tribal villages.

The Kasturba Gandhi Kanya Gurukulam, (recipient of 1998 award) was started by Sardar Beda Rattnam Pillai, the famous freedom fighter. Its main objective was to ameliorate the conditions of the girls and women in general and those belonging to scheduled tribes and poor and illiterate urban slum dwellers suffering from drudgery and bondage in particular.Top

 

Homage paid to Dr Ambedkar

NEW DELHI, April 14 (PTI) — President K.R. Narayanan, Vice-President Krishan Kant, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Congress President Sonia Gandhi led the nation in paying homage to the architect of the Indian Constitution, Dr B.R. Ambedkar on his 109th birth anniversary today.

Mr Narayanan, Mr Kant, Mr Vajpayee and Ms Gandhi visited Parliament House early this morning and offered floral tributes to the statue of late Ambedkar.

Lok Sabha Speaker G.M.C. Balayogi, Union Ministers L.K. Advani, Satyanarayan Jatiya, C.P. Thakur, Munni Lal and O. Rajagopal, Deputy Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha, Madhavrao Scindia, Haryana Governor Mahabir Prasad also paid floral tributes to Dr Ambedkar, who throughout his life fought for equality and social justice for the downtrodden.

Earlier, Mr Balayogi inaugurated the first-ever Dalit Samaj website on the activities and opportunities for Dalit Samaj in Parliament House annexe.Top

 

Democracy must for growth: Joshi

HAVANA, April 14 (UNI) — Human Resource Development Minister Murli Manohar Joshi said today that democracy, rule of law and personal freedom were values which were not pious declarations alone but essential conditions for growth and development.

Development was in ordinary word, Dr Joshi said, while addressing the G-77 South summit.

Pledging India’s commitment to participatory development, Dr Joshi, who is leading the Indian delegation at this historic Caribbean city, said that democracy and rule of law were values which were prerequisites for growth and development.

Emphasising the need for unity among the G-77 states, Dr Joshi said the fact that countries in this large group had different interests should not come in the way of holding common positions for the interests of the South.

Dr Joshi personally handed over a letter from Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee wherein he expressed his inability to attend the G-77 summit due to unavoidable reasons.

In the letter, Mr Vajpayee said India attached importance to the South summit. Keeping this in view, a senior member of the Cabinet, Dr Joshi has been designated to lead the Indian side at the summit.

Meanwhile,Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen today pledged his country’s support for India’s entry as a permanent member of the UN Security Council.Top

 

Coetzee, Moore bag awards

NEW DELHI, April 14 (PTI) — South African writer J M Coetzee and Canadian author Jeffrey Moore tonight bagged the Commonwealth Writer’s Award for the best book and the first best book for the year 2000, respectively.

Indian born author Salman Rushdie and senior journalist Raj Kamal Jha were among writers who were considered to be hot favourites for the award.

The awards, presented by External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh, carried 10,000 and 3,000, respectively.

While Coetzee won the prize for his novel "Disgrace", Moore received the award for "Prisoner in a Red Rose Chain".

The Deputy High Commissioner of South Africa received the best book award on behalf of Coetzee.

Controversial India-born author Salman Rushdie also attended the prize distribution ceremony.Top

 

Navy to commission 8 more ships

CALCUTTA, April 14 (UNI) — Eight more ships of the Indian Navy would be commissioned during this year, Defence Minister George Fernandes said today.

This apart, the first indigenously-built aircraft carrier and a state-of-the art submarine were being built at Cochin and Mazgaon Docks respectively, he said.

Speaking at the commissioning ceremony of "INS Brahmaputra," the indigenously-built latest guided missile frigate of the Indian Navy, at the Gardenreach ship builders yard here, Mr Fernandes said the Indian Navy was growing in strength and recent developments had shown that there was an urgent need for a strong and vigilant defence force.

The Defence Minister also released a commemorative stamp on the occasion.

He said the country had entered into high-sea agreements with Japan and Vietnam for joint patrolling in certain stretches between the Arabian sea and the South-China sea to contain piracy and terrorist movement.

The joint operations could begin anytime, he added. "The agreements show that the Indian Navy has a responsibility that goes beyond protecting its own region and that even formidable forces like Japan have a faith in its capability."

Later, talking to newspersons, Mr Fernandes denied reports that the Sukhoi deal had run into trouble and said the contract was very much in force. "We are getting the required contract for the aircraft, and should also be producing them in the country in due course." the agreements were struck during Defence Minister’s visit to these two counties.

Earlier, speaking on the occasion, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sushil Kumar said "INS Brahmaputra, the 82nd warship built in the country, is fitted with ‘Trishul’, India’s latest surface-to-air missile.

The 400-feet long warship has a deadly weapon package and an extensive array of long-range sensors, incorporating radars, sonars and electronic warfare equipment capable of addressing contracts in surface, underwater and air.

For handling submarine threats, the ship’s helicopters are particularly useful, as they are relatively immune to sub-surface attack. The ship can thus bring to bear an array of helicopter-launched torpedoes and depth-charges.

Carrying a crew of 35 officers and 320 men, the ship is capable of operating in all environments, including those contaminated by nuclear, chemical or biological fallout. Top

 

Rashmi restrained on Ilyasi’s daughter
From Our Correspondent

NEW DELHI, April 14 — The producer of TV serial, Suhaib Ilyasi’s Canada-based sister-in-law, Ms Rashmi Singh, undertook before the Delhi High Court today that she would not take his (Ilyasi’s) two-and-a-half-year old daughter, Aaliya, abroad without the permission of the court.

With this undertaking of Ms Rashmi Singh, a Division Bench comprising Mr Justice Mukul Mudgal and Mr Justice Madan Lokur deposed the petition filed yesterday by Ilyasi’s parents expressing apprehension that Ms Rashmi Singh might take away Aaliya to Canada.

The court yesterday restrained Ms Rashmi Singh from taking Aalia outside Delhi following the writ petition filed by Ilyasi’s parents. The court directed the Chief Secretary of the Delhi Government, Mr Omesh Saigal, and the Delhi Police Commissioner, Mr Ajai Raj Sharma, to prevent Ms Rashmi Singh if she tried to take the child out of the city.

Ms Rashmi Singh said in an affidavit, "I, with great respect, submit that I never have any intention to take Aaliya to Canada or anywhere else and ... we would obtain permission if we want to take her out anywhere."

Ilyasi’s counsel, Mr Vikas Pahwa, said his client had been allowed by a magistrate to see his daughter three times a week.

Yesterday’s order came on a habeas corpus writ petition filed by Ilyasi’s parents, alleging that Ms Rashmi Singh had illegally taken possession of Aaliya’s passport and was planing to take her to Canada without the child’s consent.

Issuing notices to the Delhi Government, Ms Rashmi Singh and Ilyasi’s mother-in-law, Ms Rukma Singh, the Bench directed the Chief Secretary and the Police Commissioner to report to the court if any action had been taken on the complaint filed by Ilyasi in the magistrate’s court in which he accused his mother-in-law and sister-in-law of kidnapping the child a day after his arrest.

It may be recalled that Ms Rashmi Singh had claimed at a press conference in the Capital that Ilyasi had asked her to take Aaliya to Canada "from this environment."

Ilyasi was arrested by the Delhi Police on March 28 on charges of harassment for dowry, dowry death and tampering with evidence in the suicide of his wife Anju Iliyasi at their East Delhi residence on January 10. The charges were framed against him following the statement given by his sister-in-law and mother-in-law before the Sub-Divisional Magistrate of Preet Vihar in East Delhi, Mr Ravi Dadhich, that he used to torture his wife for dowry. Anju’s suicide could be a sequel to the harassment meted out to her, Ms Rashmi Singh had said.

The petitioners had moved the court on Wednesday and acting Chief Justice Devinder Gupta put it up for hearing at the residence of Mr Justice Mudgal in the evening.

The police arrested Ilyasi following the inquest report submitted by the SDM and recommended that a case be registered against him on the basis of the statement given by his mother-in-law and sister-in-law.

However, Ilyasi’s father-in-law, Dr K.P. Singh, and brother-in-law, Mr Prashant, maintain that he is innocent.Top

 

Congress ‘arousing’ Dalits’ sentiments

BHOPAL April 14 (UNI) — Former union minister Sushma Swaraj today charged the Congress with arousing the sentiments of the Dalits on the issue of constitutional review.

Talking to newspersons she said the Congress was leading a disinformation campaign on the issue by saying that the review of the Constitution was an attempt to temper with the Constitution and a disrespect for Baba Saheb Ambedkar.

By raking up slogans like "save the Constitution’’, the party was trying to mislead the Dalits, Ms Swaraj said adding that it was "improper’’ to give a political colour to the review.

Ms Swaraj brushed aside the allegations that the exercise to review the Constitution was a secret agenda of the BJP or the National Democratic Alliance government, saying the charges were "false and baseless".

The BJP and its allies had contested the elections on a common manifesto and we had promised to review the functioning of the Constitution’’, she said adding that we were simply trying to keep our promise.

Ms Swaraj asked as to why the re-examination of the Constitution after 50 years of its adoption was not being taken in a healthy spirit. A similar type of evaluation of achievements and shortcomings had been done when the nation celebrated its 50 years of Independence, she noted.

Brushing aside the allegations that the review would deprive the Dalits of reservations she said the reservation policy was studied after an interval of 10 years and the arrangement would be further extended for another 10 years.Top

 

No tension along LoC: Fernandes

CALCUTTA, April 14 (PTI) — Defence Minister George Fernandes today allayed apprehensions about the movement of Pak troops along the Sir Creek area of Kutch in Gujarat and said it was "more of a defensive nature on the part of Islamabad".

Clarifying his earlier statement on the movement of Pak troops in Sir Creek, Mr Fernandes said: "There has been some ‘movement’. This is the word I have used earlier also which has been misinterpreted by the media’’.

He attributed the build-up of the Pak troops to two aspects. "one is more of a defensive nature on the part of Pakistan and the other is perhaps related to the Atlantique (shooting down) case now pending before the International Court of Justice."

He said there was no tension along the LoC. "There is nothing to be worried about so far as the LoC is concerned. There has not been any perceptible change in the LoC.’’

The Defence Minister was speaking to reporters here after launching state-of-the-art warship INS Brahmaputra, built by Gardenreach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd.

The Pakistani naval aircraft, Atlantique, was shot down by the Indian Air Force when it allegedly strayed into the Indian territory last August. All 16 Pakistani Navy officers and crew aboard the aircraft were killed prompting Islamabad to file a $ 60 million compensation case at the ICJ.

Asked if there was any possibility of further tension between India and Pakistan in the Kargil sector of Jammu and Kashmir during this summer, Mr Fernandes said he had no such reports.Top

 

Cong ambiguous on ‘mahajot’
Tribune News Service

NEW DELHI, April 14 — In a sharp attack, CPM General Secretary Harkishan Singh Surjeet today asked the Congress to clarify its stand on the ‘mahajot’ alliance proposed by the Trinamool Congress in West Bengal and warned that the Congress’s failure to take a firm stand will "irretrievably damage" it at the all-India level.

Briefing mediapersons about the two-day politburo meeting of the CPM which concluded yesterday in the Capital, the party General Secretary said the West Bengal unit of the Congress had declared its intention of teaming up with the Trinamool Congress which is allied to the BJP to fight the Left Front in the state.

"The all-India Congress leadership has allowed the West Bengal unit to go ahead with the proposal for aligning with the Trinamool Congress without stating clearly that such a combination should have no truck with the BJP", Mr Surjeet said adding that this was an "opportunistic vacillation".

While the Trinamool leader, Ms Mamta Banerjee, has repeatedly declared that she will continue to be in the NDA and support the Prime Minister, the Congress leader, Mr Pranab Mukherjee’s recent remarks "display an ambiguous attitude towards an indirect alliance with the BJP through its partner — the Trinamool, the CPM leader pointed out adding that the failure to take a firm stand that the state Congress unit cannot have any truck with the BJP and its ally brings into question the credibility of the Congress in fighting the communal forces.Top

 

Sonia attacks review move

NAGPUR, April 14 (PTI) — Congress President Sonia Gandhi today launched a battle against the Centre’s plan to review the Constitution branding it as a "dangerous conspiracy" and declared that her party would not extend any cooperation to the review commission.

"Jo desh samvidhan ke saath khilwad karata hai uski buniyad hilane lagati hai, ham ise kabhi nahin hone denge" (the country which tampers with its Constitution, harms its own foundations, we will never allow it to happen), she said while addressing a largely-attended "save Constitution rally" here organised on the occasion of 109th birth anniversary of B R Ambedkar, the architect of India’s Constitution.Top

 

Urdu Adab award for Joginder Paul

NEW DELHI, April 14 (UNI) — Well-known Urdu novelist and short story writer Joginder Paul has been awarded the prestigious Majlis Farogh-e-Urdu Adab Award for promotion and development of the language.

The award has been instituted for promoting the language and encouraging understanding through literature by the prestigious Majlis Farogh-e-Urdu Adab of Doha in Qatar and is given annually to writers from India and Pakistan.

Selected by separate juries in India and Pakistan, the award comprises a cash component of Rs 1.25 lakh, a gold medal and a citation each. Headed by renowned author Prof Gopi Chand Narang, the Indian jury also included Dr Shahryar, Mr Balraj Komal, Mr Hamid Ullah Bhat who is chairman of the Urdu Board, and Ms Sheema Rizvi who is chairperson of the Urdu Academy of Uttar Pradesh. Renowned Urdu Editor and journalist Idrees Dehlvi is the coordinator of the award.Top

 

X-ray machine handlers prone to genetic disorders

NEW DELHI, April 14 (PTI) — A recent study which found genetic abnormalities in cells of personnel handling diagnostic X-ray machines has recommended a fresh look at the maximum permissible limits of radiation for such workers.

The study by Kurukshetra University in Haryana examined the effect of radiation exposure in 40 personnel handling X-ray machines for 5-20 years in medical colleges and establishments, and compared it with a group of 38 persons of similar age, weight and sex, who were not exposed to x-rays.

The exposed group showed "highly significant increased levels" of aberrations in chromosomes — the coiled structures present inside a cell’s nucleus which carry the genetic code.Top

 

Delhi scribes to go on strike

NEW DELHI, April 14 (PTI) — The Delhi Union of Journalists (DUJ) and the Delhi State Newspaper Employees Federation today decided to go on a day’s strike within a fortnight to protest the "inordinate" delay in the announcement of Manisana Wage Board award. Representatives of the two bodies will meet again on April 18 to finalise the date for the strike, according to a DUJ press note.Top

 
NATIONAL BRIEFS

USA for opening of Nathu La pass
GANGTOK: The USA was "interested" in the prospect of opening up of the Nathu La pass as it would create lot of business potential, US Consul General of Eastern India Christopher Sandrolini said on Friday. "We are very interested about the prospect of opening of the Nathu La and if the trade with China is resumed that could be a very remarkable thing creating lot of potential for whole of eastern India," Mr Sandrolini said here after winding up his tour to the Himalayan State. — PTI

Ravi Shankar unveils ‘hansa veena’
CALCUTTA: Lending a new vent to his creativity, Pandit Ravi Shankar unveiled a new musical instrument called "Hansa Veena" and formally handed over the instrument to his senior disciple Barun Kamar Pal on his 80th birthday in New Delhi on April 7. The instrument, Ravi Shankar said, was an evolution from the Indian classical guitar, pioneered by Pal who has been playing it for the past 35 years. — UNI

Concern for snake costs a life
COIMBATORE: A bus driver’s concern for a snake, cost the life of a conductor. The driver applied the brakes to avoid the vehicle running over a snake on the road at Marudhur, about 30 km from here, on Thursday. As the vehicle suddenly lost speed, conductor Rajendran (31), fell and sustained injuries. He was rushed to a private hospital nearby, where he died. The driver has been arrested. — UNI

Kedarnath shrine to reopen on May 16
SHRINAGAR (Garhwal): The holy Himalayan shrine of Lord Kedarnath situated in Garhwal will reopen for darshan on May 16. Dharmacharya Umadutt Samwal announced this on Thursday after performing traditional puja at Onkareshwar Mahadev Temple in Okhimath, Rudraprayag district on the occasion of Baisakhi. — UNI

"INS Ranvir" best ship
MUMBAI: "INS Ranvir", a front line destroyer of the Indian Navy, has been awarded the trophy of the best ship of the western fleet for 1999-2000. The award was presented on Thursday at a ceremonial function marking the culmination of the year-long fleet activities, onboard "INS Virat" here. "INS Ranvir", commanded by Captain D.K. Joshi, had an outstanding performance with eight trophies, a Navy release said here on Friday. — PTI

US resident adopts Bastar school
BHOPAL: A California based resident has become the first global citizen to adopt an education guarantee scheme school in Madhya Pradesh. Ms Terry Juarceys did this even as the www.fundaschool.org site was being prepared for the launch. In her letter enclosing a cheque drawn on the California, Ms Juarceys wrote that she came to know of the education guarantee scheme from an article in the Los Angeles times. Ms Juarceys represents a book club of 10 ladies in San Jose and has indicated her preference for a school in Bastar. — UNI

Held for biting driver’s lip
CHENNAI: Hey Mike, we got a guy here who seems to have drawn some inspiration from you. A 30-year-old man who tried to do a "Mike Tyson" by biting off the lower lip of a taxi driver during an argument, has ended up behind bars at Pallivasal in Paramakudi town of Ramanathapuram district. According to the police, Mohan, in a fit of anger, bit off the driver’s lip when the latter refused to accept him as a passenger. — UNITop

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