|Wednesday, July 26, 2000,
witnesses Oppn walkout
to women’s Bill
lions die in Gir forest
to visit USA in September
moves HC to prosecute Bukhari
meet’ on autonomy
Board’s final report submitted
seat only if court clears it’
active in Haryana
register all citizens
rescued from kidnappers
arrested for trespassing
Rs 7.5 lakh to Roop Lal : HC
Rs 6 lakh
robbed from DVB office
witnesses Oppn walkout
NEW DELHI, July 25 — Almost the entire Opposition in the Rajya Sabha today staged a walkout over the issue of the president of a political party levelling accusations against two ministers of the NDA Cabinet and also obstructing the income tax officials in carrying out raid on her residence with regard to the issue of match fixing.
Tempers ran high as members from the Treasury Benches and the Opposition clashed over the issue, which was raised through a special mention by Congress member Suresh Pachauri. After almost 20 minutes of heated exchanges initially the Congress members staged a walkout when the Chairman, Mr Krishan Kant said the issue could be taken up tomorrow.
Later most of the Opposition members also staged a walkout while pointing out that they were not protesting against the ruling of the Chairman but the fact that the president of a political party had attempted to interfere with the working of the government officials. Some of the Opposition members also pointed out that the official residence of the Defence Minister of the government had been used to level allegations against other ministers and government officials.
Trouble started as soon as Mr Suresh Pachauri while making his submission said Mrs Jaya Jaitley had obstructed income tax officials to carry out raids at her South Delhi residence in connection with investigations on cricketer Ajay Jadeja. BJP member S.S. Ahluwalia objected to it and pointed out that the name of a person should be mentioned when he is not present in the House.
This was contested by Mr Pachauri, who said the Chairman had permitted him to raise the issue through a special mention and that he could not make his submission without mentioning the name of the person.
As Mr Alhuwalia and other BJP members insisted that it was the convention of the House not to mention names of non-members, the Congress members were on their feet demanding that Mr Pachauri be allowed to continue. The Congress members were also supported by the Left parties and other opposition members.
Amid the din, Mr Pachauri was again on his feet and sought to make his submission without mentioning the name of the person.
However, then the Chairman observed that the issue be taken up tomorrow after he went through the rules. Mr Krishan Kant also said he was deferring the matter so that such procedural issues do not recur in the future.
Thereupon, senior Congress
member Pranab Mukherjee said going by the ruling of the Chair he would
request his party colleague to defer the issue but it was strange that
after a written permission had been given, the member was not being
allowed to make his submission by vociferous ruling party members.
‘committed’ to women’s Bill
NEW DELHI, July 25 — The Leader of the House in the Rajya Sabha and the External Affairs Minister, Mr Jaswant Singh, today assured agitated members that the government’s stand on the Women’s Reservation Bill was unambiguous and that it was in support of the legislation.
Seeking to allay fears of the members specially women members, Mr Jaswant Singh said the government’s commitment to the legislation remained " undiluted and explicit".
"The NDA government is committed to the Bill and as soon as the Lok Sabha deals with it the legislation would be brought forward in the Rajya Sabha", the Leader of the House said. He pointed out that the position of various parties on the issue was very clear but the government supported it and it was simply not vocal.
The Congress, the Left and TMC members had made vociferous protest on the issue, saying that the Bill was not mentioned in the upcoming parliamentary business schedule. They were concerned over its fate.
The issue was raised after question hour by Mrs Jayanthi Natrajan of the TMC and Mrs Sarla Maheswari of the CPM who wanted to know why the legislation was not mentioned in the business schedule. They were later joined in by Ms Ambika Soni of the Congress, who repeatedly sought to draw out the Leader of the House to disclose the government’s stand on the passage of the legislation.
Mr Jaswant Singh while replying to the members recalled the attempts made by the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, in bringing about a consensus on the Bill. "We don’t want to score political points on the issue. We support the legislation and as soon as the Lok Sabha deals with it we propose to bring it before the Rajya Sabha," he said.
However, Mr Jaswant Singh strongly protested against the use of expression "misleading" by the Opposition members and said, "I am here to do a job and if they think that I am misleading I am prepared to step down."
The Leader of the Opposition, Mr Manmohan Singh, said the Congress attached the "highest priority" to the passage of the Bill, adding that his party assured the government of it’s total cooperation on its passage.
His senior party colleague Pranab Mukherjee said, "We are committed to support the Bill."
There was, however, some embarrassment for the ruling coalition when Mrs Sushma Swaraj rose to say, "Enough is enough," urging the government that if there was no consensus emerging then it should go ahead and seek the passage of the Constitution Amendment Bill with the support of the Congress, the Communist parties and allies.
She said before going for the showdown on the Bill in Parliament the Prime Minister should make another attempt to evolve a consensus.
Viduthalai Virumbi, whose
party, the DMK, is an ally in the NDA government, supported the
contention of Mrs Swaraj saying that if there was no consensus then
the government should immediately bring forward the Bill in
states Bill introduced in LS
NEW DELHI, July 25 — The Lok Sabha today approved by voice vote, amidst a walkout by Left parties, the introduction of Bills for creating new states of Uttaranchal from Uttar Pradesh, Chhatisgarh from Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand from Bihar.
The Bill for the creation of Uttaranchal included Udham Singh Nagar despite it being opposed tooth and nail by the entire polity of Punjab. It also included apart from other hill districts, the religious town of Hardwar.
Objecting to the introduction of the Bills by the Union Home Minister, Mr L.K. Advani, the members pointed out that the controversy over the inclusion of Udham Singh Nagar and Hardwar in Uttaranchal, and Saraikala and Kharaswan in Jharkhand had not been sorted out.
Mr Advani said the Centre had generally been guided by unanimous resolutions passed by the state Assemblies where the reorganisation was to be done. Economic viability and other factors of the new states was also considered.
However, Samata Party member, Mr Prabhunath Singh, Mr Devendra Yadav (JD-U), and BJD members Prasanna Acharya and Trilochan Kanungo said the Bills had not been discussed even amongst the parties constituting the NDA while some other members, including those from the Left parties, said their demands for a financial package for the rest of Bihar had been ignored.
Mr Advani said a special cell had been set up in the Planning Commission to consider the demands of the rest of Bihar after the creation of Jharkhand.
Opposing the setting up of a new States Reorganisation Commission, Mr Advani said there would be a full discussion with members of the concerned states before the Bills are passed.
Earlier, in reply to Mr Prabhunath Singh’s claim that his party, the Samata, which was a part of the NDA had not been consulted on the Bills, the Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Mr Pramod Mahajan said the commitment for carving out these separate states was explicitly made in the NDA’s national agenda for governance which was endorsed by the Samata Party.
UNI adds: Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee today called upon his MPs to be present in full strength in Parliament to ensure the smooth passage of the States Reorganisation Bills for the formation of Jharkhand, Uttaranchal and Chattisgarh.
Presiding over the parliamentary party meeting of the BJP here, Mr Vajpayee told the meeting that some members were trying to give the impression that the government was not keen on creation of the three new states. Even though two-thirds majority is not needed for their passage, I call upon all of you to be present in full strength while introducing these Bills and their passage, Mr Vajpayee told the members.
Briefing newspersons, party spokesman M Venkaiah Naidu said the meeting welcomed the unilateral ceasefire declared by Hizbul Mujahideen in Jammu and Kashmir. Mr Naidu said the government was willing to talk to anybody within the constitutional framework of India.
Asiatic lions die in Gir forest
AHMEDABAD, July 25 — Five Asiatic lions have died in less than three months in the Gir forest in the Junagadh district of Gujarat, raising concern among nature lovers even though officials have said three of the animals died of natural causes.
Ironically, the death of the lions hit the headlines as Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel, in a televised address, announced the launch of ‘Van Mahotsav’ (Forest Festival) on Monday evening to increase the people’s awareness of environment and wildlife.
Quoting post-mortem reports, Additional Chief Secretary for Forest and Environment P. Basu said that three lions died of natural causes and there was no fear of any disease spreading among the endangered big cats as their bodies were found as far apart as 40 km.
However, it is the suspected death of the fourth lion due to rabies that is causing concern. According to zoo officials in Ahmedabad, if the death is indeed due to rabies it could mean big trouble as it would next to impossible to control the spread of the disease in the wild.
"If it happens in a zoo it (rabies) can be controlled, but if it happens in the forest it will take a toll of a large number of animals. The animals are spread over hundreds of square kilometres and it is very difficult to herd all of them and vaccinate them," said a zoo official, who did not wish to be named.
"It is possible that the lion which died of rabies came into contact with other lions. If this has happened, it could lead to a massive problem," he added.
But Mr Mahesh Singh, Deputy Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) at Gir, told IANS that it was not yet confirmed that the fourth lion had died of rabies. A veterinary doctor only suspected rabies, he pointed out. "We have sent the body to the veterinary college at Anand and are awaiting the post-mortem report," he said.
The 10-year-old lion died on June 26 at the Tulsishyam range in the Karmadiaya area within the 1,412-square km sanctuary for the rare Asiatic lions.
According to Mr Mahesh Singh, another lion died two days later in Bhalchhel village which falls within the sanctuary. It came into contact with live electric wires that a farmer had put around his fields as a preventive measure against wild animals.
The farmer was arrested and is currently out on bail.
The first of the five deaths in the past three months was reported on May 28 when the body of a 17-year-old lioness was found in the Tulsishyam range. The autopsy report confirmed it was a natural death. The average life-span of an Asiatic lion is 15 years.
On June 20, the body of a 15-day-old cub was found in the Jasadhar range. The autopsy report again said it died due to natural causes. On July 22 a two-and-a-half-year-old lion was found dead in Visavadar. A post-mortem report is awaited.
Gir is the world’s only abode of the Asiatic lion. Officials estimate the lion population in the sanctuary to be about 330. A census was initiated about three months ago but had to be abandoned mid-way following torrential rain. The lion count stood at 305 in the last census carried out in 1995.
Wage Board’s final report submitted
NEW DELHI, July 25 (PTI) — Almost six years after being set up, the R.K. Manisana Singh Wage Boards for Journalists and Non-Journalists today submitted its final report to the government, with Labour Minister Satyanarayan Jatiya stating that his ministry would take "maximum of seven weeks" to send it to the Union Cabinet for notification.
The Labour Ministry "will take a maximum of seven weeks to send it to the Cabinet," Mr Jatiya said while receiving the two-volume report from Wage Boards Chairman Justice Manisana Singh here.
The minister said all aspects of the report would be studied, the ministries concerned consulted and a note for the Union Cabinet prepared. After this process, the Labour Ministry would submit the proposals to the Cabinet along with its own proposals and recommendations, he said.
Mr Jatiya thanked Justice Manisana Singh for his "painstaking efforts for the task he has accomplished in a challenging situation."
Answering questions, Justice Manisana Singh said he had recommended upward revision in the scales of pay and certain existing allowances, including house rent allowance, city compensatory allowance and night shift allowance.
to visit USA in September
NEW DELHI, July 25 — Indo-US ties will get a further boost when the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee arrives in Washington on September 15 on a three-day official visit.
Briefing newspersons about the visit, a spokesman of the Ministry of External Affairs said, Mr Vajpayee will pay an official visit at the invitation of the US President, Mr Bill Clinton.
The discussions between Mr Vajpayee and Mr Clinton will "contribute to a closer and qualitatively new relationship between India and the US visualised" during the visit of Mr Clinton to India in March this year, the spokesman said.
The two leaders look forward to broadening cooperation between the two countries across a wide range of common interests, the spokesman said.
The Prime Minister will also be visiting New York and San Francisco, the spokesman said.
Mr Vajpayee will go to New York to attend the UN millennium General Assembly session and is going to San Francisco to pay a visit to Silicon Valley.
The Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Mr Brajesh Mishra is already in Washington to work out the details of Mr Vajpayee’s visit.
The road map of bilateral ties
chalked out during Mr Clinton’s visit and enshrined in the Vision
document, is being followed by the two countries, a spokesman said
adding that the Joint Consultative Group on Energy and Environment is
meeting in Washington on July 27-28.
NGO moves HC to prosecute Bukhari
NEW DELHI, July 25 (PTI) — A petition seeking registration of a case against Jama Masjid Shahi Imam Abdullah Bukhari for allegedly declaring himself as an ISI agent at a public meeting, promoting disharmony and waging a war against the country was today moved before the Delhi High Court.
The petition by the Society for Securing Justice (SSJ), an NGO sought the registration of a case under Sections 121 (waging or attempting to wage war against the country), 124 (sedition), 153 (provocation for causing riots) and 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion) against Imam Bukhari for allegedly making a provocative speech at a rally here on April 21.
SSJ’s counsel Arun K. Srivastava
told a Division Bench, comprising Mr Justice Usha Mehra
and Mr Justice S.N.Kapoor, that the Imam in his speech had asserted
that he would go to Ayodhya to lay the foundation of Babri Masjid and
had allegedly attacked the policy of secularism enshrined in the
India in Parliament
NEW DELHI, July 25 —The Minister of State for Home Affairs, Mr Vidyasagar Rao, told the Lok Sabha today that no proposal was presently being considered to convene an all-party meeting or conference of chief ministers on the issue of autonomy to states. Replying to a question regarding the time by which a final decision would be taken on the autonomy resolution passed by the J & K state Assembly, Mr Rao said given the sensitivity and complexity of the issue, it was not feasible to give a definite timeframe.
Shortage of post offices and telephones in Haryana: The Minister of State for Communications, Mr Tapan Sikdar, told the Lok Sabha today that there was no shortage of post offices in the Ambala postal division which comprises Ambala, Panchkula and Yamunanagar districts. He said all block headquarters in the Ambala region had telephone facility. To a question whether there was any proposal to set up new post offices and provide telephone facility in the said region, the minister said 15 proposals had been received from the public for opening new post offices in the Ambala division from April’99 to June, 2000. He said while three post offices had been opened, nine proposals were not found justified as per existing departmental norms. The remaining three proposals are yet to be examined.
Regarding another question on the opening of new post offices in Haryana, Mr Sikdar said the government had received representations for opening 23 sub-post offices and 46 branch post offices in 1999-2000. He said the government’s proposal was to open two sub-post offices and 15 branch post offices in Haryana in the current financial year, subject to sanctions of posts by the Ministry of Finance. He said the district-wise distribution was yet to be finalised.
He futher added that the government proposes to upgrade the Yamunanagar sub-post office into a head post office.
Telecom facility in Haryana: On a question regarding telecom facility in Haryana, the Minister of State for Communications, Mr Tapan Sikdar said a special scheme had been formulated for the expansion and the development of telephone services and telephone exchanges in Haryana. He said the total capacity addition was 2,15,700 and the total DEL addition is 1,50,000. He added that all exchanges would be connected to on optical-fibre cable (OFC) media by March, 2002. Jalandhar-Amritsar section: Replying to a question raised in the Lok Sabha on the progress in making four lanes on the Jalandhar-Amritsar section of the national highway No.1, the Minister of State for Surface Transport, Mr Hukumdeo Narayan Yadav, said the feasibility study and project preparation for strengthening the section had been initiated. He said the investment decision would be taken on the completion of the study and project preparation.
Dal Lake: The Minister of State for Environment and Forests, Mr Babu Lal Marandi told the Lok Sabha that the government released Rs 25 crore in ’97-’98 to Jammu and Kashmir for advance preparatory measures, including the acquisition of land for the conservation of the Dal Lake in Kashmir. He said the work for preparing a detailed project report on the Dal Lake conservation plan had been assigned to Roorkee university. The report would be completed by next month.
Pavement dwellers in Chandigarh:
Replying to a question by Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, Congress MP from
Chandigarh, on whether certain persons in the city live on pavements
in green areas, the Minister for Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation, Mr Jagmohan, said the information was being collected and
would be laid on the table of the House.
Notices to parties on accommodation
NEW DELHI, July 25 (PTI, UNI) — Political parties have been issued notices to surrender accommodation which is in excess of that permissible under the revised policy, the Lok Sabha was informed today.
Replying to supplementaries during question hour, Minister for Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation, Jagmohan said no party had been evicted from any office which was duly allotted to it.
The requests of parliamentary parties for the allotment or retention of government accommodation were being considered separately, he said.
To repeated demands of RJD members for accommodation for the party, the minister said the government had sought the views of the Election Commission and having got the reply that it was a state-level party, the issue would be taken up by the Cabinet Committee on Accommodation.
Request for the allotment of accommodation from 21 parties was received and of these nine were unrecognised and, therefore, not entitled to any allotment of government accommodation, Mr Jagmohan said.
Meanwhile, Samajwadi Janata Party (SJP) leader Chandra Shekhar today came out strongly in support of Mr Jagmohan in his drive to clean the Capital of unauthorised constructions.
Speaker G.M.C. Balayogi repeatedly pulled up the RJD member for his interruptions. At one stage, the Chair went to the extent of observing "aren’t there any rules that govern you?"
The RJD members were agitated
over evicting them from their "office" housed in a
government bungalow. Mr Jagmohan maintained that they had been
illegally occupying the bungalow and had twice prevented the staff
from getting it vacated.
leads US Nagar rally
NEW DELHI, July 25 — Hundreds of natives of Udham Singh Nagar today held a noisy demonstration on Parliament Street to demand exclusion of their district from the proposed hill state of Uttaranchal Pradesh.
Led by Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Capt Amarinder Singh, the protesters carried placards reading "Don’t include Udham Singh Nagar in Uttaranchal" and shouted anti-government and anti-Vajpayee slogans. Addressing the protesters, Capt Amarinder Singh said though the Congress was in favour of formation of a new Uttaranchal state, it was totally opposed to inclusion of Udham Singh Nagar in it as the district was "socially, culturally, linguistically and administratively very little in common with the hill people."
Stating that the Punjab Congress would fully support the cause of the people of Udham Singh Nagar, the Punjab PCC chief said he would personally meet party President Sonia Gandhi, who was also the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, to take up the issue inside the House.
He also came down heavily on the Vajpayee government for not respecting the sentiments of Sikhs residing in Udham Singh Nagar.
"Not even once the three-member committee set up under the chairmanship of Defence Minister George Fernandes visited the district to know of the will of the people residing there," he said.
Of 327 gram panchayats of Udham Singh Nagar, 305 were in favour of remaining with Uttar Pradesh and against Uttaranchal, he said.
"In the past, one village of Kandukhera was asked to give its opinion in favour of Haryana or Punjab during ’70s, and here, a whole belt comprising of lakhs of people was being bulldozed against their wishes," he said.
He also condemned the killing of 38 families of Sikh settlers in the district in the past few months and denounced the failure of the Uttar Pradesh in nabbing the culprits.
UNI adds: The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), a constituent of the ruling NDA, also said it would oppose the Uttar Pradesh Reorganisation Bill 2000 slated for introduction in the Lok Sabha today.
Former SGPC President and MP Gurcharan Singh Tohra and former Union Minister Balwant Singh Ramoowalia also joined leaders of both parties in a protest march to Parliament taken out by inhabitants of Udham Singh Nagar against the inclusion of their area in the proposed hill state. Speaking at the rally, SAD General Secretary Balwinder Singh Bhundar said his party MPs would ‘boycott’ the introduction of the Bill.
The Akali and the Congress leaders agreed with the protesters that the criteria for the formation of the hill state (a specified height of 540 metres above the sea level) did not apply to Udham Singh Nagar district which stands only 220 metres above sea level.
Mr Badal drew flak for not preventing the Bill from being listed for introduction in Parliament.
seat only if court clears it’
NEW DELHI, July 25 — A two-Judge Bench of the Supreme Court has ruled that an additional High Court in any state could be constituted only upon the recommendation of the High Court, it being the best suited machinery to decide whether it was necessary and feasible to have a Bench outside the principal seat of the High Court.
"If the High Court does not favour such establishment, it is pernicious to dissect a High Court into different regions on the ground of political or other considerations", the court said.
The Bench comprising Justice K.T. Thomas and Justice M.B. Shah held in their II-page judgement, "It is out of question to decide on establishment of a Bench outside the principal seat of a High Court, contrary to the opinion of the Chief Justice of that High Court which has been formed after considering views of colleague judges."
The judges gave the ruling while dismissing a writ petition seeking directions to the Centre for establishing a permanent Bench of the Karnataka High Court at any suitable place in northern Karnataka.
Noting that a committee of judges of the Karnataka High Court had opined that establishment of another Bench of the High Court away from Bangalore was inadvisable, the Supreme Court judges stated, "distance factor (to the seat of the High Court) may be a relevant consideration but not the sole consideration nor even a decisive consideration" on the issue.
"The question of
establishment of a Bench of High Court away from the principal seat of
the High Court is not to be decided on emotional or sentimental or
parochial consideration", Justice Thomas further observed.
active in Haryana
NEW DELHI, July 25 — Monsoon has been active in Haryana.
Rainfall: Rain or thundershowers have occurred at many places in Haryana and Jammu and Kashmir, at a few places in Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh and at isolated places in Rajasthan.
The chief amounts of rainfall in cm. are: HARYANA: Ambala 5, Sonepat 4, Delhi Ridge, Jagadhari, New Delhi (Safdarjung) and Rohtak 3 each, Jind and Julana 2 each, Chhachhrauli, Faridabad, Nilokheri and Uchana 1 each; HIMACHAL PRADESH: Kathua 7, Nadaun 4 and Bhuntar, Ghamroor, Guler, Pandoh and Sujanpur Tira 1 each; JAMMU & KASHMIR: Pahalgam and Quazigund 2 each, Batote, Jammu, Kathua and Srinagar 1 each; PUNJAB: Patiala 8, Dasuya and Patti 2 each; and UTTAR PRADESH: Shardanagar 5, Birdghat, Katerniaghat and Neemsar 4 each, Elgabridge, Ghazipur, Haripur and Mukhlispur 2 each and Balrampur, Dehra Dun, Kakrahi, Norara, Regoli and Varanasi AP 1 each.
Forecast valid until the morning of 27th: Rain or thundershowers will occur at many places in Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, East Uttar Pradesh and the hills of West Uttar Pradesh, at a few places in Haryana and the plains of West Uttar Pradesh and at isolated places in the rest of the region.
Heavy rainfall warning: Heavy rain is likely at isolated places in Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, East Uttar Pradesh and the hills of West Uttar Pradesh during the next 48 hours.
Forecast for Delhi & Neighbourhood valid until the morning of 27th: Generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain/thundershowers.
Farmers Weather Bulletin for Delhi — Forecast valid until the morning of 27th: Light to moderate rain will occur at a few places.
to register all citizens
NEW DELHI, July 25 — A proposal for compulsory registration of all citizens in the country and issuing them multi-purpose national identity cards (MNICs) is under consideration, the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Mr Vidyasagar Rao, informed the Lok Sabha today.
In a written reply to a question, Mr Rao said a private consultancy firm has been entrusted to work out the feasibility aspect of this MNICs scheme.
To a question whether such cards would also be issued to other residents in border areas in other states where infiltration across the border has been reported, Mr Rao said as part of Jammu and Kashmir action plan 1998, the Government of Jammu and Kashmir has been advised to issue photo identity cards to all male habitants in the age group of 16 to 60 years living within 25 km of the Line of Control.
Besides, the Government has recently taken a decision for adopting a multi-modal approach for erecting an obstacle system on the international border in the Jammu sector to check infiltration and smuggling of weapons and explosives, the Minister informed.
To another question, the
Minister of State of Home Affairs informed that approximately 3,574
families from Kargil, 540 families from Leh and 20,000 families from
Jammu got displaced due to cross-border firing and shelling during the
recent Kargil conflict.
rescued from kidnappers
NEW DELHI, July 25 — The Delhi police rescued a boy, Rakesh Ranjan, who was kidnapped last evening by four persons from Sector 10, in Gurgaon.
The police received a message that four persons in a Matiz car No. MP-3-754 had kidnapped a boy and had gone towards Delhi.
The South-West Delhi police started checking all vehicles coming from Gurgaon. When a Matiz car bearing the same number was signalled to stop, driver of the car did not stop.
arrested for trespassing
NEW DELHI, July 25 — The Delhi police arrested Administrative and Discharge in charge Shan-e-Haider and a class IV employee, Brij Lal, of Rajan Babu Tuberculosis Hospital at Kingsway Camp in the north-west district on charge of trespassing on burial places.
They were arrested for declaring the body of Bishan Singh, a Sikh youth, as an unidentified one and got it cremated at the Vijay Ghat electric crematorium yesterday.
He was admitted to the hospital on July 18 and died yesterday when his family was not in the hospital, the police said.
His body was kept in the mortuary and was declared as unidentified. A slip was pasted on the body on which No. 16 was written.
Officers concerned of the hospital ordered the cremation of bodies numbered 13 and 16.
Rs 7.5 lakh to Roop Lal : HC
NEW DELHI, July 25 — The Delhi High Court has directed the Centre to grant Rs 7.5 lakh as compensation to Roop Lal Shaharia, who returned to India after spending 27 years in Pakistani prison.
The high court directed the Union Urban Development Ministry to provide Roop Lal with a 100-yard plot of land. The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gases is to provide him with either a gas agency or a petrol pump. The Home Ministry is to provide the compensation amount in acknowledgement of his sacrifice.
6 lakh robbed from DVB office
NEW DELHI, July 25 — Three unidentified persons armed with country-made revolvers robbed Rs 6 lakh from the Delhi Vidyut Board Office at Geeta Colony in East Delhi today.
dharna in front of Parliament
hacked to death
ISI agents held
observed in Bodoland areas
in group clash
to visit India
on Kargil heroes
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