Monday, October 8, 2001,
Chandigarh, India






THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
image
N A T I O N



Narendra Modi being sworn in
(28k, 56k)

Modi sworn in along with 9 ministers
Gandhinagar, October 7

Mr Narendra Modi was today sworn in Chief Minister of Gujarat at a glittering but controversial ceremony marked by a boycott by the Congress alleging that it was a show of unwanted extravagance.

PM security to be revamped
New Delhi, October 7
The security of Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and of some of his colleagues is to be revamped shortly. As part of this exercise directed at the PM’s Race Course Road house, Mr Vajpayee’s neighbourhood and backyard are to undergo a massive change.

National Akali Dal activists burning the NCERT book
National Akali Dal activists burning the NCERT book ''Madhya Kaleen Bharat" at the Parliament street in New Delhi on Sunday. 
— Photo Mukesh Aggarwal 

Video
National Akali Dal activists today held a protest demonstration in New Delhi.
(28k, 56k)

Govt prepares for biological war
New Delhi, October 7
Taking the threat of the Osama bin Laden led terrorist organisations in Afghanistan launching a biological war seriously, the government is working on various measures to be taken as a safeguard.

Narayanan, Vajpayee extend greetings to IAF
New Delhi, October 7
President K.R. Narayanan, Vice-President Krishan Kant, Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and Defence Minister Jaswant Singh today greeted the Indian Air Force on the eve of its 69th anniversary.

Lessons from IAF for Laden hunters
New Delhi, October 7

As the international coalition gets ready to smoke out terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden holed in Afghanistan, it could perhaps take a lesson or two from the IAF which for the first time used its firing prowess in mountainous and hostile terrain at forbidding altitudes in Kargil two years ago.




Colour mehndi is fast gaining popularity and replacing the traditional green mehndi.
(28k, 56k)


EARLIER STORIES

 
For the first time in cyber city Hyderabad, an All-India chess tournament for visually impaired children under 18 has been organised.
(28k, 56k)

Guarding Indian skies since 1932
Mumbai, October 7

The Indian Air Force, the guardian of our skies, has zoomed to greater heights in the seven decades since its inception and today it can claim to be one of the best in the world. 

50 pc foreign tourists cancel bookings
Jodhpur, October 7
The shining red carpets unrolled by hotels for a grand welcome to foreign tourists anxiously await the guests and are a mute testimonial to the state of affairs of tourism in Rajasthan in the wake of the terrorist attacks in the USA.

Steps to stop funding of ultras
New Delhi, October 7
In its fight against terrorism, the Indian Government is going all out not only to stop the flow of funds to terrorist organisations from abroad but also planning to promulgate a comprehensive ordinance for the purpose.

J&K women traumatised: Lt-Gen
New Delhi, October 7
Women in the troubled state of Jammu and Kashmir are going through traumatic experiences not because of sexual harassment or family problems but due to the ongoing conflict there.

300 families flee West Tripura
Agartala, October 7

At least 1000 members of 300 families from West Tripura district have taken shelter on the premises of Rabindrabhavan in the heart of the state capital feeling insecure due to insurgency, according to official sources here.

RSS favours attack on PoK
Hyderabad, October 7
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh is of the view that India should not hesitate to attack Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and cut off the supply lines across its borders in view of continued terrorism in the Valley.Top








 

Modi sworn in along with 9 ministers

Gandhinagar, October 7
Mr Narendra Modi was today sworn in Chief Minister of Gujarat at a glittering but controversial ceremony marked by a boycott by the Congress alleging that it was a show of unwanted extravagance.

Mr Modi (51), who started as an RSS pracharak, was administered the oath of office and secrecy by the Governor, Mr S.S. Bhandari, at a public ground before thousands of BJP workers in a ceremony that was telecast live by websites.

This was probably the first time that the swearing-in ceremony of a Chief Minister has been shown live on websites.

Along with Mr Modi, nine cabinet ministers were sworn in, seven of whom were ministers in the outgoing Keshubhai Patel ministry.

The function was attended among others by Mr Patel, the party president Mr Jana Krishnamurthy, the state party affairs in-charge and vice-president Mr M.L. Khurana, Union Ministers, Mr L.K. Advani, Mr Kashiram Rana, Mr M.M. Joshi, Mr Arun Jaitley and Mr Shanta Kumar besides Chief Ministers of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Goa.

The main opposition party, the Congress, boycotted the function alleging that extravagance for the swearing-in function was unwanted and a sheer waste of money in a state ravaged by a massive earthquake just nine months ago.

The nine ministers are Suresh Mehta, Anandiben Patel, Nitin Patel, Narottam Patel, Kanjibhai Patel, Kaushik Patel, Fakirbhai Vaghela, all Cabinet Ministers in the Patel ministry and Purshottam Rupala and I.K. Jadeja, both new entrants.

Modi replaced Mr Patel after the party decided to remove him in the wake of defeat in the recent Lok Sabha and assembly bye-elections and a series of losses in the local bodies poll. PTITop

 

PM security to be revamped
Rajeev Sharma
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 7
The security of Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and of some of his colleagues is to be revamped shortly. As part of this exercise directed at the PM’s Race Course Road house, Mr Vajpayee’s neighbourhood and backyard are to undergo a massive change.

Top security managers of the country are also busy giving final shape to a wideranging, long-term set of proposals which include changing the skyscape of the Prime Minister’s residence, well-placed sources said here today.

The following are some of the major highlights of the proposed changes in PM’s neighbourhood watch and security:

* The top floor of the nearby government-owned five-star Hotel Samrat to be occupied completely by the Special Protection Group (SPG). This move would ensure that the high-rise hotel is not misused by terrorists.

* Union Home Minister L.K. Advani to move into Mr Vajpayee’s immediate neighbourhood, 1 Race Course Road. This would take care of the ever-increasing threat perception of Mr Advani who has been living in a Pandara Park flat since 1977. Mr Advani’s flat has been identified as a “sitting duck” target of militants’ feared rocket attack.

* Jhuggis behind the PM’s house to be removed so that the threat of their being used as potential sanctuaries of terrorists is ruled out.

* The open drain behind the PM’s house near Teen Murti Lane to be thoroughly examined by security agencies.

* The petrol station near PM’s house to be closed for public. Top

 

Delhi cops beef up security
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 7
The Delhi police has beefed up security in the Capital, specially around vital installations, in the wake of last Monday’s car bomb strike by Pakistan-backed terrorists at the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly.

Security arrangements, which have been already tight since the September 11 terrorist attacks in the USA, were reviewed in all high security zones and particularly around vital installations.

“All the personnel have been briefed on how to face a suicide attack,” police officials said.
Top

 

Govt prepares for biological war
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 7
Taking the threat of the Osama bin Laden led terrorist organisations in Afghanistan launching a biological war seriously, the government is working on various measures to be taken as a safeguard.

According to reports, Union Health Minister C.P. Thakur has held a high-level meeting with the Health Secretary, senior members of his ministry, leading doctors and senior faculty members of leading hospitals and research institutes to discuss and draw a plan of action to deal with any exigency.

The minister discussed with the officials of his ministry and the leading doctors what immediate steps could be taken in the event of terrorists unleashing deadly anthrax, hunta-virus or smallpox in some town which could kill a large number of people from the resulting diseases.Top

 

Narayanan, Vajpayee extend greetings to IAF
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 7
President K.R. Narayanan, Vice-President Krishan Kant, Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and Defence Minister Jaswant Singh today greeted the Indian Air Force (IAF) on the eve of its 69th anniversary.

The President, who is also the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, in his message said the IAF played a vital role in national security, keeping vigil “over our air space and maintaining lifelines to remote and difficult border areas.”

They have also come to the aid of the civil authorities by bringing succour to the needy during natural calamities and its operational preparedness ensures the safety and security of the nation, he stated.

He expressed the confidence that the IAF would continue to maintain the highest standards of commitment and competence.

Vice-President Krishan Kant while greeting all ranks of the IAF and their families said that it was a vital arm of our integrated defence system and played an important role in the services of the nation, both in war and peace.

The personnel of the force in all these years of the service to the country have made their countrymen proud by their valour, prowess, professionalism and daring. Their untiring vigilance ensures the nation’s safety and deters the enemy, he observed.

Prime Minister Vajpayee said that the IAF could look back with pride at its total transformation from a modest outfit 69 years ago, into a potent force equipped with frontline systems and manned by highly skilled and professional personnel. The country acknowledged with gratitude the services rendered by them in peace and war.

“In today’s rapidly changing global security scenarios and technology revolutions which shape doctrines of war and strategies for peace, IAF has to constantly update its technologies and capabilities to meet the country’s needs,” he said.

Defence Minister Jaswant Singh said that the IAF had flown into the 21st century with a confidence of meeting its traditional as well as new strategic responsibilities.

Minister of State for Defence Krishnamraju in his congratulatory message said that the IAF had demonstrated its capacity to accomplish any assigned task with swift efficiency both during war and peace.

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Anil Yashwant Tipnis, while extending greetings to the IAF personnel and their family members said that the IAF Day was also a day of remembrance and on behalf of all ranks, paid tribute to the retired fraternity and courageous widows of fellow air warriors and saluted them for their contribution and sacrifices.

This time, the saviour was also the victim. The Air Force Station, Bhuj, was almost completely razed to the ground, in which the IAF lost 95 men, women and children. While they tended their own deceased and injured, IAF personnel had to go on with the job of supporting relief work being conducted through the Air Force Station, Bhuj, he pointed out.

Air Chief Marshal Tipnis commended Air Force officers, airmen, NCs (E) and civilians for their outstanding performance and devotion of duty on the eve of Indian Air Force Day.
Top

 

Lessons from IAF for Laden hunters

New Delhi, October 7
As the international coalition gets ready to smoke out terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden holed in Afghanistan, it could perhaps take a lesson or two from the IAF which for the first time used its firing prowess in mountainous and hostile terrain at forbidding altitudes in Kargil two years ago.

“The immense experience gained from air strikes in Tiger Hills can be beneficial to all air forces of the world, for it is the first time in the history of military aviation that such an air operation took place in such an environment,” says Air Vice Marshal Satish K. Jain.

“While conventional, long accepted air power theories still largely hold good, a new set of operating paradigms had to be evolved overnight to cope with the situation,” says Air Vice Marshal Jain.

“Small, though Operation Safed Sagar or Kargil operation was, significant lessons are there to be drawn,” writes Air Vice Marshal Jain in an article in Indian Defence Review on the occasion of Indian Air Force Day tomorrow.

“The incessant and successful attacks on the enemy’s logistics chain resulted in serious degradation of the enemy’s ability to sustain operations. The series of attacks against Pt 4388 in the Drass sector were an excellent example of how lethal air strikes can be,” he said.

The second lesson is the impact of air power on casualties. Normally an enemy attacking a well fortified position may suffer between three to six times the casualties of the defender. However, this operation saw the reverse with the enemy in defensive fortified positions suffering casualties far in excess of those suffered by the Indian side. PTI
Top

 

Guarding Indian skies since 1932

Mumbai, October 7
The Indian Air Force (IAF), the guardian of our skies, has zoomed to greater heights in the seven decades since its inception and today it can claim to be one of the best in the world.

The IAF was officially established on October 8, 1932 and since then has served the country in several conflicts and wars and even in peacetime relief operations. Headquartered at New Delhi, the wings of the IAF, the fourth largest air force in the world, are spread across the length and breadth of the country, ever ready to carry out offensive and defensive operations.

With a fleet of over 2,000 flying machines at its disposal since 1932, the IAF has come a long way. It rendered sterling services in the India-Pakistan wars in 1965 and 1971 and the recent Kargil conflict, among others. The massive rescue and relief operations following the Orissa super cyclone and the Gujarat earthquake stand out as fine examples of its peacetime operations.

The IAF has seven commands covering the entire country. The Western Air Command at Delhi, the Eastern Air Command at Shillong, the Central Air Command at Hyderabad, the South-Western Air Command at Gandhinagar, the Southern Air Command at Trivandrum, the Training Command at Bangalore and the Maintenance Command at Nagpur.

The IAF has a unique mix of aircraft. The latest to join is the two-seat multi-role Fighter Sukhoi-30. Some of the other aircraft are the Russian multi-role fighter MiG 21 (BIS, FL, M, MF, U), variable geometry ground support aircraft MiG 23 (BN, MF, U), light altitude strategic reconnaissance MiG 25 (R, RU), variable geometry ground attack aircraft MiG 27, air superiority fighter MiG 29 (B, UB), deep penetration strike aircraft Jaguar (IS, IM, IB), air defence and multi-role fighter Dassault Mirage 2000 (H, TH), fighter ground attack aircraft BA-Hawker Hunter F-56A and tactical bomber and interdictor BAe Canberra.

True to its motto — ‘Nabha Sparsham Deepatam’ (Touch the Sky with Glory) — the Indian Air Force has emerged as a professional force.

The origin of the IAF can be traced to the recommendation of the 1925 committee chaired by Sir Andrew Skeen (the then Chief of General Staff). As a follow-up of the report, the IAF came into being in 1932 and the first unit of the IAF — the number one squadron was formed on April 1, 1933 at Drigh road airfield in Karachi. UNI
Top

 

50 pc foreign tourists cancel bookings
Amarjit Thind
Tribune News Service

Jodhpur, October 7
The shining red carpets unrolled by hotels for a grand welcome to foreign tourists anxiously await the guests and are a mute testimonial to the state of affairs of tourism in Rajasthan in the wake of the terrorist attacks in the USA. Large scale cancellations of bookings and warnings by several countries to their nationals travelling in this region of the world have added to the prevalent gloom.

Although there are no indications that the anticipated strikes against the Taliban regime in Afghanistan will have any effect in this border state yet tourists are taking no chances and their fears have been reflected in the cancellations of bookings made well in advance. The cancellation rate in the Bikaner -Jodhpur and Jaisalmer axis alone is said to be in the vicinity of 45-50 per cent.

Sources said the season normally starts by mid September and most of the hotels and guest houses make arrangements for the tourists. Till the September 11 strikes, it was very hard for the tourists without reservations to get a decent room in any of the classier places. The season continues till mid March .

Others connected with the trade like guides and villagers who made a handsome amount during the season by arranging camel safaries will also be affected since hardly a few foreigners can be seen making the rounds of the tourist attractions at these places.

Old-timers connected with the trade claim that this will be the worst season in the recent memory. Such slump was last seen during the plague outbreak in Gujarat. Many hoteliers had suffered losses, but those were nothing compared to the “venomous Osama bite”.

“The bulk bookings have been cancelled till December and we are hoping that the situation could change by then. Even then, the fear of travelling by air in wake of the attacks will definitely continue to cast its shadow on the industry for a long time,” they opined.

As compared to Jodhpur, the problem is more aggravated in the case of Bikaner and Jaisalmer which share a large international boundary with Pakistan. Afraid that the border might become “hot”, many of the tourists are avoiding it.

The sources claimed that most of the cancellations had come from tourists from the USA followed by the UK and other European counties. In some cases, the cancellations had touched the 65-70 per cent mark.

According to a conservative estimate, more than 5,000-7,000 tourists have cancelled their visit to places on this axis alone.

Those in the camal safari trade too reveal that the bookings had been cancelled till December and they were making do with whatever they had earned between mid September to November 11. In case the situation does not improve by January we will have suffered an irrepairable losses,” they said.
Top

 

Steps to stop funding of ultras
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 7
In its fight against terrorism, the Indian Government is going all out not only to stop the flow of funds to terrorist organisations from abroad but also planning to promulgate a comprehensive ordinance for the purpose.

While on one hand India has sought the help of the UK to curb the flow of funds from some sympathisers there to terrorist organisations here, on the other it is seeking to regulate the inflow of funds to missionaries, non-government organisations or other similar organisations.

There were reports of the Centre planning to promulgate an ordinance intended to regulate and control foreign funding to various organisations, missionaries, non-governmental organisations, social action groups, academics and cultural promotion bodies in the country.

The proposed ordinance would give the Centre and the state governments “draconian powers” to prohibit foreign funding of subversive, terrorist and militant organisations.

At present, the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) mandates registration of any organisation which receives funds from foreign countries.

There are lakhs of such organisations which are under the watch of the Home Ministry and the contribution from abroad reaches at times an unbelievable amount. What is forcing the government for a re-think is its inability to stop the foreign funding of subversive organisations which receive funds through some of their frontal organisations.

There is also a view that the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, 1976, has outlived its utility and relevance in the present scenario.

That is why the Centre has decided to repeal the FCRA and substitute it with a more deterrent law once Parliament meets again during the winter session, the reports said.

As against the existing provisions of the FCRA, the ordinance proposes to make the state government a joint enforcing authority along with the Centre regarding the administration of the new law.
Top

 

J&K women traumatised: Lt-Gen
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 7
Women in the troubled state of Jammu and Kashmir are going through traumatic experiences not because of sexual harassment or family problems but due to the ongoing conflict there.

This was stated by Lieut-Gen Arjun Ray, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Army’s Leh-based 14 Corps , during a presentation at the National Commission for Women (NCW) here. He said at least one lakh women in the state were going through traumatic experiences due to the conflict.

“They are not victims of sexual harassment or divorce problems but affected by the ongoing conflict in the state,” he said.

The Army officer, who has been at the helm of affairs for the successful running of the government’s Operation Sadbhavana, said the number of such women was growing every passing day and “something needs to be done urgently” in this regard.

The trauma is caused due to the killing of husbands, brothers or sons or long separation from them due to detentions, he said.

General Ray was at the NCW making a presentation on Operation Sadbhavana, specially on the efforts being made by the Army to empower women in the Ladakh and other remote areas of Jammu and Kashmir.

Declaring the operation a success, the Corps Commander said women needed to take part in peace building process.

Operation Sadbhavana has worked in five thrust areas imparting primary education, health care upto tertiary level, Information Technology, country development and women empowerment.

He said as a result of the operation, 10 empowerment centres, 60 adult-education centres and poultry cooperatives run by women had come up in Ladakh.
Top

 

300 families flee West Tripura 

Agartala, October 7
At least 1000 members of 300 families from West Tripura district have taken shelter on the premises of Rabindrabhavan in the heart of the state capital feeling insecure due to insurgency, according to official sources here.

The families, from Brajendra Colony, Kanchanmala, Takarjala, Jampuijala, Telarbon and Pravapur villages of the district, came to the city fearing insurgent attack in their villages, the sources said.

The district administration has made arrangements for food for the people, who have come since last afternoon.

Alfoo Miah, a villager of Brajendra Colony, alleged that about one year ago his village was set ablaze by underground insurgents and a few villagers kidnapped by the activists.

Another villager Arati Sarkar, a resident of Kanchanmala village, said last year their houses were burnt by a group of tribal miscreants and before that at least 10 persons were gunned down by the insurgents in different strikes.

Birajit Sinha, President of Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee, the main opposition of the state Assembly said his party supported the demands of rehabilitation and education for children made by the displaced people. PTI
Top

 

RSS favours attack on PoK

Hyderabad, October 7
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is of the view that India should not hesitate to attack Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and cut off the supply lines across its borders in view of continued terrorism in the Valley.

The RSS national spokesman, Mr M.G. Vidya, told mediapersons here today that the country should tackle terrorism on its own without depending on others. “Other nations are concerned only about Taliban and Osama bin Laden,” he said.

Mr Vidya said the RSS was satisfied with the stand taken by India in the post-US terrorist attacks scenario. Referring to the construction of Ram Temple at Ayodhya, he said the RSS would extend its full support to the VHP on the issue. He also said the government was free to ban the RSS if any evidence was found against it. UNI 
Top

 
NATIONAL BRIEFS

DOCTOR, 2 OTHERS SHOT DEAD
DEHRA DUN:
A homoeopathic doctor and two others were shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Kashipur town of Udhamsingh Nagar district, the police said on Sunday. Three motor cycle-borne gunmen barged into a clinic of Dr Umesh Chauhan on Saturday night and fired indiscriminately at him. The doctor died instantly. A man and his son, inside the clinic also died of bullet injuries. The SP, Udhamsingh Nagar district, Ramsingh Meena said the killing of doctor could have been fall out of group rivalry with a gang of Bijnaur district in UP. PTI

TAIL PORTION OF SCINDIA PLANE FOUND
MAINPURI:
The central teams of aviation officials probing into last Sunday’s plane crash which killed senior Congress leader Madhavrao Scindia and seven others, has recovered 70 per cent of the tail portion of the aircraft found scattered within the 4-km radius of the site of the crash. Official sources said on Sunday that the three central teams, including the one led by P. Shaw, had carried out detailed investigation during the past few days and recovered the wreckage of the tail portion besides other parts on Sunday. PTI
Top

Home | Punjab | Haryana | Jammu & Kashmir | Himachal Pradesh | Regional Briefs | Nation | Editorial |
|
Business | Sport | World | Mailbag | In Spotlight | Chandigarh Tribune | Ludhiana Tribune
50 years of Independence | Tercentenary Celebrations |
|
121 Years of Trust | Calendar | Weather | Archive | Subscribe | Suggestion | E-mail |