Sunday, October 7, 2001, Chandigarh, India





THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
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N A T I O N

Move afoot to launch Muslim party in UP
New Delhi, October 6
Even as uncertainty continues over the exact timing for holding Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, efforts are on to launch an exclusive Muslim political party in the state.

UP poll: SP to lead Lok Morcha
New Delhi, October 6
The Lok Morcha comprising the Left parties, Samajwadi Party among others plans to contest the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh under the leadership of Samajwadi Party.

Hooch claims 17 lives
Chennai, October 6
Killer brew claimed 17 lives, including those of two women, and left 30 battling for life for the second time in a span of one month in Tiruvallur district of Tamil Nadu last night.


A couple walk past a dead body of an old man found in a vehicle after consuming illicit liquor on the outskirts of  Chennai on Saturday. 
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EARLIER STORIES

 

A SU-30 and four Jaguars fighter aircraft performing “low-level aerobatics” during the full-dress rehearsal of an Air Force Day Parade-2001 in New Delhi on Saturday. — PTI

Let's go to Chandini Chowk in Old Delhi, where Babu Khan Churiwala is selling dreams in all hues.(28k, 56k)

An Afghan woman is running a school in Kolkata to spread the message of peace.
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A jail with a difference Gorakhpur
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Ordinance against terrorism likely
New Delhi, October 6
The Centre is contemplating to promulgate an ordinance empowering the state police departments to deal with terrorism in affected areas.

CBI seeks nod to prosecute Laloo, Mishra
Patna, October 6
The CBI has approached Bihar Governor V.C. Pande seeking prosecution of former Chief Ministers Laloo Prasad Yadav and Jagannath Mishra in yet another case of multi-crore fodder scam.

‘Shun shahtoosh’ drive in Punjab soon
New Delhi, October 6
The Wildlife Trust of India plans to launch anti-Shahtoosh campaign in Punjab and other northern States this winter. The effort is an extension of the ‘Say No to Shahtoosh’ campaign launched by WTI, an NGO, and International Fund for Animal Welfare last year.


Director Karan Johar smiles in front of a poster of his latest film "Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham" in New Delhi on Saturday. After debuting with a blockbuster movie three years ago, the ace director is back with a new film focussing on joys and sorrows of life. 
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"Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham" is a story of a family that stays together in happy times and hard.

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Distribution of govt ads unfair: Sushma
New Delhi, October 6
The Union Information and Broadcasting Minister, Ms Sushma Swaraj, today expressed her displeasure over the inequitable distribution of advertisements issued by the government among newspapers and pointed out that small newspapers had an equally important role in dissemination of information specially in far flung areas of the country.

Tributes paid to scribes
New Delhi, October 6
Journalists today at a meeting held here in the Press Club of India paid their tributes to four colleagues, killed in a plane crash on September 30 along with Congress leader Madhavrao Scindia.

Vice-Admiral to take new charge on Monday
New Delhi, October 6
Vice-Admiral Arun Prakash will take over as the Commander-in-Chief of the first unified command at Andaman and Nicobar islands on Monday.

Hijack drama: panel seeks ATC tapes
New Delhi, October 6
To unravel the mystery behind the recent hijack drama of Alliance Air flight from Mumbai, the probe committee, led by the Director-General, Civil Aviation, has sought all tapes pertaining to the conversation between the Air Traffic Control (ATC) at Ahmedabad, Mumbai and Delhi.
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Move afoot to launch Muslim party in UP
Satish Misra
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 6
Even as uncertainty continues over the exact timing for holding Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, efforts are on to launch an exclusive Muslim political party in the state.

With the prospect of Muslim electorate of the biggest state opting for “tactical voting” being strong, some Islamic clerics like Tauqir Raza Khan of Bareilly in covert understanding with the ruling political establishment are toying with the idea of floating another political outfit which they propose to christen as Awami Dal, sources said.

Mr Raza Khan is the all India President of Itehad-e-Millat Council and he along with the Uttar Pradesh President of the Council Shaffiqur Rahman Warq is said to be working on the exact ideological contents and the thrust of the outfit, sources said adding that these leaders are also in touch with Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari. Dr Warq is the two time former Lok Sabha MP of the Samajwadi Party from Moradabad.

Apart from other campaign arguments, the proposed political party would highlight that number of Muslim ministers in Uttar Pradesh as well as at the Centre has gone down in recent years. The Muslim clout would only grow and could only be restored when the Muslim electorate abandoned parties like the SP, the Congress and other so called secular parties.

Though it appears that the idea behind the launch of Awami Dal is to ensure that the Muslim do not resort to “tactical voting” but it is difficult to say as how the move would translate into reality, sources said.

While the terrorist attack of September 11 in New York and Washington have helped to arrest the political downslide of the Bharatiya Janata Party, it has also contributed to sharpening of communal divide with the Samajwadi Party trying to exploit the situation to its political advantage.

The terrorist attacks on the USA and subsequent developments are a “god’s gift” to us as our vote would come back to us, a BJP leader said. But on the other hand, the Muslim vote would also get consolidated, he said.

A ban on the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) last week provided an excellent opportunity for the state unit of the BJP as well as the SP to refocus their respective strategy.

While the SP leadership jumped in the fray as soon as news about rounding up of some of the Muslims leaders spread in Lucknow and three prominent SP leaders reached the old city areas, which has considerable concentration of Muslim population, to extract political mileage of the developments, the BJP camp welcomed the ban of the SIMI.
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UP poll: SP to lead Lok Morcha
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 6
The Lok Morcha comprising the Left parties, Samajwadi Party among others plans to contest the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh under the leadership of Samajwadi Party.

The decision was taken after a two-hour meeting of Lok Morcha (Peoples Front) here yesterday. The party also passed a resolution condemning the police raids at the Samajwadi Party office in Lucknow, the barbaric terrorist strikes in the USA and the attack on the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly building. The seven-point resolution has also expressed concern over the worsening economic situation of the country, the deteriorating law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh and the rise of communal forces under the flag of the BJP.

The resolution has also criticised the Vajpayee government for writing a letter to US President George W. Bush. “Seeking American intervention will be detrimental to the Indian interest and will complicate matters even more,” the resolution reads.

Former West Bengal Chief Minister and senior CPM leader Jyoti Basu reiterated that the Peoples’ Front will contest elections in Uttar Pradesh under the leadership of Samajwadi Party. Describing the ban on Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) as “politically motivated,” Mr Basu said the government should come out with all allegations on the basis of which SIMI has been banned. Prominent among those who attended the meeting were CPM General Secretary, Harkishan Singh Surjeet, politburo member, Sitaram Yechuri, CPI General Secretary A.B. Bardhan, Secretary, D. Raja, Samajwadi Party leaders Mulayam Singh Yadav and Amar Singh, former Prime Ministers V.P. Singh and Deve Gowda, AIFB general secretary Debabrata Biswas and RSP MP Abani Roy.
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Hooch claims 17 lives

Chennai, October 6
Killer brew claimed 17 lives, including those of two women, and left 30 battling for life for the second time in a span of one month in Tiruvallur district of Tamil Nadu last night.

The spurious liquor was served to the victims at Kottur village after finalisation of a marriage, the police said adding that the villagers had mixed rectified spirit with the liquor to make it more intoxicating.

While 10 died in their sleep, the others died in hospital, police said. The victims, eye witnesses said, started vomitting and complained of stomach pain and headache after consuming the liquor.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Pannerselvam announced a solatium of Rs 25,000 each to the families of the deceased and Rs 10,000 each to those in hospital. PTITop

 

Ordinance against terrorism likely
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 6
The Centre is contemplating to promulgate an ordinance empowering the state police departments to deal with terrorism in affected areas.

Sources said the government’s consideration for the promulgation of the ordinance was primarily necessitated because of the recent terrorist strikes.

Several state governments had opposed the Law Commission’s draft terrorism prevention Bill, 2000.
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CBI seeks nod to prosecute Laloo, Mishra

Patna, October 6
The CBI has approached Bihar Governor V.C. Pande seeking prosecution of former Chief Ministers Laloo Prasad Yadav and Jagannath Mishra in yet another case of multi-crore fodder scam.

The CBI sources said the agency had recently approached Raj Bhavan for gubernatorial nod on its request to file charge sheet against Mr Yadav and Mr Mishra.

The investigating agency had also sought permission from the state government for prosecution of employees and officers of Animal Husbandry Department involved in the case.

The case relates to fraudulent withdrawals of over Rs 45.51 lakh from Bhagalpur treasuries by state Animal Husbandry Department officials through forged and fake bills between 1994 and 1996.

Senior IAS officials Mahesh Prasad, Beck Julius, retired IAS officer Phool Chand Singh and income tax officer A.C. Choudhury are among the 63 accused in the case. PTI
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Laloo will be killed in Jharkhand: RJD

Patna, October 6
After an initial show of nonchalance over transfer of fodder scam cases by the Supreme Court to Jharkhand, former Bihar Chief Minister Laloo Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) today alleged that a “well knit conspiracy” was afoot to eliminate him by lodging him in a jail in the BJP-ruled neighbouring state.

The Supreme Court’s directive transferring the fodder scam cases to Jharkhand had brought jubilation in the NDA camp, RJD National Spokesman and Bihar Excise Minister Shivanand Tiwari told reporters here.

“BJP and its allies during the past 11 years had faced serious drubbings in successive elections in fighting the Laloo-Rabri regime ... After failing to defeat Mr Laloo on the political front, NDA leaders now want to settle personal scores in the event of him being lodged in a Jharkhand jail”, Mr Tiwari said.

His party, he said, was concerned over the reported remarks by NDA leaders, particularly Jharkhand Chief Minister Babulal Marandi to treat Mr Laloo as an ordinary prisoner in jail. PTI
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Shun shahtoosh’ drive in Punjab soon
Tripti Nath
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 6
The Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) plans to launch anti-Shahtoosh campaign in Punjab and other northern States this winter.

The effort is an extension of the ‘Say No to Shahtoosh’ campaign launched by WTI, an NGO, and International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) last year.

Director, Programmes, WTI, Aniruddha Mookerjee told The Tribune that the organisation planned to target those who can afford Shahtoosh. He said that Shahtoosh was sold by word of mouth in October-November. “Vendors start coming down from Srinagar around this time. Some vendor-family links date back even to three generations.”

Mr Mookerjee said that the WTI planned to extend the campaign to Punjab, Himachal and parts of Rajasthan. “We hope to reach the target segment with the help of Lions Clubs, Rotary Clubs and Women Clubs. We will organise lectures to educate people about Shahtoosh. We are fairly certain that every political family of Punjab would have a shawl but they might not be aware that its possession is illegal.”

He said that the campaign has the support of fashion designers, Ritu Kumar, Gitanjali Kashyap and Kiran Uttam.

WTI Trustee and honorary Wildlife Warden of Delhi Government, Ashok Kumar said that they had decided to target Punjab and Delhi traditional markets for Shahtoosh shawls. He said that Shahtoosh is part of the bride’s trousseau in Punjab and mothers saved for many years to buy a piece which cost anything between Rs 25,000 to four lakh. “They do not know that these shawls are made from the wool of an endangered Tibetan antelope called Chiru which is killed for obtaining wool. The WTI will take its anti-Shahtoosh campaign to major cities of Punjab in the near future.”

Mr Kumar said that buying, selling and possessing Shatoosh has been banned under the provisions of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, which applied to all of India except J&K.Top

 

 

Distribution of govt ads unfair: Sushma
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 6
The Union Information and Broadcasting Minister, Ms Sushma Swaraj, today expressed her displeasure over the inequitable distribution of advertisements issued by the government among newspapers and pointed out that small newspapers had an equally important role in dissemination of information specially in far flung areas of the country.

Addressing the 39th annual session of All-India Small and Medium Newspapers Federation (AISMNF) here, Ms Swaraj said, advertising of various government programmes, particularly those relating to issues like family planning and literacy, only through big newspapers does not serve the intended purpose. Big newspapers serve those who already have awareness on these issues.

Giving advertisements to the local and regional papers would serve the purpose to a greater extent as their reach extends to far-off places, she added.

The minister said she had directed the Directorate of Audio Visual Publicity (DAVP), which was concerned with distribution of government advertisements, to raise from three to six the number of advertisements to be given to local papers compulsorily.

“The vision needs to be changed,” she said adding that the “message of advertisements should reach those people who need it more and it can be done effectively by regional papers.”

Citing the example of advertisements relating to issues like family planning and literacy, she said “the major newspapers are confined to certain sections of the society in big cities and towns and most people there are already aware of the importance of family planning and literacy.”Top

 

Tributes paid to scribes
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 6
Journalists today at a meeting held here in the Press Club of India paid their tributes to four colleagues, killed in a plane crash on September 30 along with Congress leader Madhavrao Scindia.

Recalling their association with Ranjan Jha, Sanjiv Sinha, Anju Sharma and Gopal Bisht who accompanied Madhavrao Scindia to cover Congress rallies in Kanpur, the scribes talked of their devotion to work.

A. K. Dhar, secretary-general of the Press Club said that a welfare fund should be set up for helping families of journalists killed performing duties. He said that Madhavrao Scindia was a life member of the club and took special interest in its sporting activities.

Rajdeep Sardesai of NDTV said that a time-frame should be set for implementing the proposal of setting up welfare fund for journalists. He said that the killed journalists were young and had a spirit of comradeship. Ranjan, he said, always had smiling disposition and never took offence to the banter of his colleagues.

Supporting the idea of a welfare fund, Vinod Sharma of The Hindustan Times said that tragedy had ended four promising careers.

Congress spokesman Anand Sharma said that the four journalists were regulars at the party’s briefings and it was difficult to believe that they were no more.
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Vice-Admiral to take new charge on Monday
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 6
Vice-Admiral Arun Prakash will take over as the Commander-in-Chief of the first unified command at Andaman and Nicobar islands on Monday.

He will function under the overall operational control of the Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee, but would have the independent charge of the tri-services command there. Prior to this appointment, he has been the Chief of Personnel at naval headquarters here.

He will exercise operational command of all Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard forces located to the Andaman and Nicobar theatre by respective service headquarters. With his headquarters at Port Blair, he will have the advantage of getting the advice from component commanders of each Service (Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard).

The headquarters staff of the Commander-in-Chief will comprise officers drawn from the three services and Coast Guard who will carry out functions of Operations, Administration and Logistics.

Vice-Admiral Arun Prakash graduated from the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, in June 1964 and was commissioned in January 1966. He specialised in aviation and qualified as a carrier pilot on the Sea Hawk jet fighter in 1968. He has more than 2500 hours flying experience on a variety of single and multi-engined aircraft from the aircraft carrier and ashore.

As a young Lieutenant, during the 1971 war, the Admiral served with an IAF fighter-bomber squadron. For his gallant action in air over West Pakistan and Jammu and Kashmir he was awarded the Vir Chakra. He is the recipient of the Vishisht Seva Medal (1985) and the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (1991) for distinguished service.
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Hijack drama: panel seeks ATC tapes
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 6
To unravel the mystery behind the recent hijack drama of Alliance Air flight from Mumbai, the probe committee, led by the Director-General, Civil Aviation, has sought all tapes pertaining to the conversation between the Air Traffic Control (ATC) at Ahmedabad, Mumbai and Delhi.

According to sources, the tapes will throw light on the sequence of events and conversations that led to the whole hijack drama involving Alliance Air flight No CD 7444 on October 4 morning and will help the committee in fixing the responsibility for the big goof-up.

In the meantime, the committee has already begun questioning the pilot and other crew members of the aircraft and also some passengers who were on board the flight during the hijack drama to tie loose ends.
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NATIONAL BRIEFS

HEMKUND SAHIB CLOSED FOR WINTER
DEHRA DUN:
Gurdwara Hemkund Sahib in Uttaranchal was closed for the winter after “ardas” was performed and thousands of pilgrims had a holy dip in the sarovar on Friday. The shrine will re-open in May next year when the “pilgrimage” will begin. The Lokpal Lakshman Temple near the gurdwara was also closed for the winter. Both shrines lie at a height of 19,000 feet. UNI

DISASTER HANDLING AGENCY ON CARDS
NEW DELHI:
Nine months after the devastating earthquake in Gujarat, which left thousands of people killed and caused heavy damage to properties, the Centre has decided to set up a National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) modelled on the lines of the one in the USA. Till four months ago the Agriculture Ministry was the nodal agency for disaster management. As a prelude the setting up of the NDMA, the Centre is preparing a national data-base on infrastructure and facilities relating to disaster management, available in the country, both in public and private sectors. TNS

SARATH KUMAR TO GET GANESAN AWARD
CHENNAI:
Noted Tamil film actor and DMK Rajya Sabha member R. Sarath Kumar has been selected for the Sivaji Ganesan award instituted by the regional film fortnightly, “Cinema Express, in memory of the late actor at a function here. PTI
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