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Modi allots portfolios, balances old & new
Gandhinagar, October 9
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi continued his walk on the political tightrope, displaying the art of perfect balancing while allotting portfolios to his Cabinet colleagues. To keep the number two man in his government on his right side he gave Mr Suresh Mehta portfolios of Comprehensive Industries, including Salt Industry, and Information Technology in addition to the earlier ministries he held.

Defence Minister Jaswant Singh inspecting the guard of honour at the Prime Minister's Territorial Army Day parade in New Delhi on Tuesday. — PTI photo

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India must fight terrorism alone: Sonia
New Delhi, October 9
Pulling up the Vajpayee government for taking a myopic view of the fight against terrorism, Congress President Sonia Gandhi today said concentrating all of nation’s energies on securing US support toward forging a global coalition against terrorism at the expense of addressing the problem at home might not be in the best interests of the nation.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi having a discussion with Rajya Sabha member Karan Singh at a conference on "International cooperation against terrorism: implications and choices for India" in New Delhi on Tuesday.
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Seventeen-year-old Lakshmi in Kotputli district of Rajasthan becomes yet another victim of superstition.
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EARLIER STORIES

 

Indian hospital for Afghan refugees
New Delhi, October 9
Defence Minister Jaswant Singh today said that a hospital built with Indian aid for Afghan refugees had already become operational near Parakhor town on the Tajikistan-Afghan border.


Film actor Shah Rukh Khan (R) and Indian President K. R. Narayanan release a publicity book on the actor's forthcoming film "Asoka," in New Delhi on Tuesday. The film, about an emperor who converted to Buddhism after a brutal war, is set to be released later this month. 


An unusually small number of tourists are seen visiting India's popular Taj Mahal in Agra. The Indian tourism industry has all but collapsed due to fear of air travel in the aftermath of the attacks in the USA. The Indian hotel industry has reported over a 30 per cent cancellation rate. Picture taken on Monday.— Reuters photos

BJP hails Basu’s statement on SIMI
New Delhi, October 9
The BJP today welcomed the reported statement of senior CPM leader Jyoti Basu on the activities of the Students Islamic Movement of India saying his comments were in the “true nationalist spirit”.

CP shooting case: 5 cops reinstated
New Delhi, October 9
Five police personnel who were suspended following the infamous Connaught Place shooting case in 1997, were reinstated a week ago after a report of the Central Forensic Science Laboratory was submitted to the Delhi police.

Sanjay Dutt was keen to receive arms: CBI
Mumbai, October 9
The CBI today contended that Bollywood actor and bomb blast accused Sanjay Dutt had a “guilty” mind as he had shown keenness to receive terrorist weapons, which formed part of the consignment smuggled from Pakistan to blow up prime targets here in 1993.

Guilty of contempt can’t practice: SC
New Delhi, October 9
In a major judgement, the Supreme Court today held that an advocate found guilty of contempt of court could not practise till he was cleared by the court itself and mere serving of the sentence would not entitle him to resume practice. 

Scindia’s ashes immersed
Allahabad, October 9
The ashes of late Congress leader Madhavrao Scindia, who died on September 30 in an air crash, were today immersed in the holy waters of the Sangam, the confluence of the Ganga, the Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati, here.


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Modi allots portfolios, balances old & new

Gandhinagar, October 9
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi continued his walk on the political tightrope, displaying the art of perfect balancing while allotting portfolios to his Cabinet colleagues.

To keep the number two man in his government on his right side he gave Mr Suresh Mehta portfolios of Comprehensive Industries, including Salt Industry, and Information Technology in addition to the earlier ministries he held.

The Chief Minister has, however, kept the levers of power with himself by keeping under his charge portfolios of all important Home, Information and Broadcasting, General Administration and Narmada Ministry, which oversees the affairs of various Narmada projects.

To pacify the Patel community, after he replaced Mr Keshubhai Patel as Chief Minister, Mr Modi allotted the all important Finance portfolio to Nitin Patel, who was earlier Irrigation Minister in the Keshubhai government. He replaces Mr Vajubhai Vala.

Other Patels in the ministry have also been either given more important portfolios or retained on their earlier ones.

Mr Kanjibhai Patel, who was holding the Forest Department has been given Labour and Employment, while Mr Kaushik Patel has been retained as the Minister of State for Energy, Petrochemicals and Planning. Mr Narottam Patel, however, continues as the Minister for Departments of Water Supplies, Capital Planning and Urban Housing.

Mr Fakirbhai Vaghela also continues with the earlier portfolio of Social Justice, Prohibition and Excise and so does Ms Anandiben Patel, the only woman in the Cabinet. She is Minister for School Education and Women and Children Welfare.

The new entrants — Mr Purushottam Rupala — is in charge of agriculture while Mr I.K. Jadeja will look after the Health and Family Welfare Ministry.

After yesterday’s transfer of 13 IAS officials, the government gave some additional portfolios to the secretaries today. Accordingly, Mr P.K. Mishra, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, will hold the additional charge of Chief Executive Officer of the Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority. He has also been given the charge of the Information Department. UNITop

 

India must fight terrorism alone: Sonia
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 9
Pulling up the Vajpayee government for taking a myopic view of the fight against terrorism, Congress President Sonia Gandhi today said concentrating all of nation’s energies on securing US support toward forging a global coalition against terrorism at the expense of addressing the problem at home might not be in the best interests of the nation.

“The primary responsibility for combating terrorism remains with us,” she told a distinguished gathering that had assembled for a day-long brainstorming session on international cooperation against terrorism and its implications for India. Chairing the plenary hosted by the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, Ms Gandhi said even as the armed forces remained vigilant, the government should explore creative avenues of reconciliation in Jammu and Kashmir.

She said the question must be asked whether our institutional structures like the National Security Council (NSC) as presently conceived could deal adequately with the menace of terrorism. “Is the NSC capable of bringing focussed and undivided attention on the issue, based on a recognition that terrorism is more than just a law and order problem ?” she asked.Top

 

Indian hospital for Afghan refugees
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 9
Defence Minister Jaswant Singh today said that a hospital built with Indian aid for Afghan refugees had already become operational near Parakhor town on the Tajikistan-Afghan border.

The Defence Minister said that the hospital had been built as part of the Indian humanitarian assistance for the Afghan people. He said it was catering to both in patients as well as out patients.

The minister’s statement came amid reports that the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) had cleared a proposal to send humanitarian assistance to Kabul. However, Mr Jaswant Singh declined to elaborate on when and how the assistance would be routed.

The minister told newsmen on the sidelines of the Territorial Army Day parade here that the government would take the public into confidence on all measures taken vis-a-vis the situation in Afghanistan following the USA-led military strikes.

Earlier, addressing the Territorial Army personnel after taking the salute at an impressive parade, he said government was considering a proposal to expand what he described as the citizens army as well as service conditions in the Territorial Army.Top

 

Planes to be refuelled in Delhi
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 9
Six Pakistan-bound Japanese aircraft carrying relief material for the war-hit Afghans, which stopped over at Kolkata and Delhi airports yesterday for refuelling, will again do so tomorrow at the same venues on their return journey from Pakistan to Thailand.

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Nirupama Rao today told reporters that the planes belonging to Japanese Self-Defence Air Force which got refuelled in India were carrying relief material like tents, blankets, plastic sheets and sleeping mats for distribution to Afghan refugees in Pakistan. The Japanese government had taken prior permission for the refuelling from the Indian government, the spokesperson said.
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Security up at N-installations

Mumbai, October 9
Security has been beefed up at nuclear installations across the country in the wake of the US attacks on Afghanistan.

“Tight security has always been existing at nuclear installations in the country and it has been further augmented,” Department of Atomic Energy sources said.

Official sources said tight security at all nuclear research and development establishments was being maintained.

Security was also tightened at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), the premier nuclear research and development establishment of the country at Trombay in north-east Mumbai, and at Nuclear Power Corporation of India’s power plants at Tarapur. UNI
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BJP hails Basu’s statement on SIMI
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 9
The BJP today welcomed the reported statement of senior CPM leader Jyoti Basu on the activities of the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) saying his comments were in the “true nationalist spirit”.

“Basu’s supporters in the Left parties had earlier opposed the government’s action merely for the sake of opposition to government policies and on account of a mistaken belief that secularism means blindly supporting the cause of all Muslim organisations,” a statement from the BJP said.

Alleging that the Left parties and so-called progressive intellectuals had encouraged certain Muslim outfits to indulge in anti-national activities by turning a blind eye to their misdeeds, it said “the activities of SIMI have been monitored by the Central Government over an extended period and it was only after obtaining adequate proof of its anti-national activities that the government decided to ban the organisation.”

“CPM politburo member Prakash Karat is still talking about the Central Government not having enough evidence to justify the ban though his own respected leader has clearly mentioned that SIMI has been carrying on anti-national activities, the statement said.Top

 

CP shooting case: 5 cops reinstated
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 9
Five police personnel who were suspended following the infamous Connaught Place (CP) shooting case in 1997, were reinstated a week ago after a report of the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) was submitted to the Delhi police.

The report said shots were not fired from guns of these police personnel which killed two businessmen of Kurukshetra. The report has been handed over to the CBI which is handling the case, sources said.

The reinstated personnel — Ahtesham Abbas, SI; A. Shamsuddin, ASI; Om Niwas, Head Constable, and two commandos of the Delhi Armed Police — were members of the Crime Branch team which reportedly shot the two businessmen, suspecting them of being criminals.

They were reinstated by the Additional Commissioner (Establishment), Mr Seva Dass, following an order of Commissioner of Police, Ajai Raj Sharma.

Ten other members of the Crime Branch team, including ACP Satbir Singh Rathi who led the team, were still under suspension. The case was in the final stage of prosecution. Ten witnesses were still to be examined by the special court of the CBI. All witnesses had turned hostile, the sources said.

The police had been informed that dreaded gangster of western Uttar Pradesh, Yasin, was in the car of the businessmen. The gangster had stayed in a flat in Mandawali area of East Delhi. Later, he was arrested from there.

The police team had followed the vehicle of the businessmen from Mandawali and fired at the victims when they reached Connaught Place.Top

 

Sanjay Dutt was keen to receive arms: CBI

Mumbai, October 9
The CBI today contended that Bollywood actor and bomb blast accused Sanjay Dutt had a “guilty” mind as he had shown keenness to receive terrorist weapons, which formed part of the consignment smuggled from Pakistan to blow up prime targets here in 1993.

Special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said evidence on record showed that Sanjay Dutt had a guilty mind which was amply reflected in his anxiousness to receive weapons from co-accused at his Pali Hill bungalow, prior to the serial explosions.

When film producer Samir Hingora and other accused went to Dutt’s bungalow with the weapons, the actor inquired why they had arrived late. Before accepting three AK-56 rifles, a 9 mm pistol, hand grenades and cartridges, Dutt instructed his security guards to go outside the bungalow compound. PTI
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Guilty of contempt can’t practice: SC

New Delhi, October 9
In a major judgement, the Supreme Court today held that an advocate found guilty of contempt of court could not practise till he was cleared by the court itself and mere serving of the sentence would not entitle him to resume practice. 

“When an advocate is found guilty of contempt of court, his authority to act or plead in any court stands snapped,” a Bench comprising Mr Justice K.T. Thomas and Mr Justice S.N. Variava said. PTI
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Scindia’s ashes immersed


Kakaravarao Scindia (C) pours the ashes of his nephew, Madhavrao Scindia, into a sacred river in Allahabad on Tuesday. — Reuters photo

Allahabad, October 9
The ashes of late Congress leader Madhavrao Scindia, who died on September 30 in an air crash, were today immersed in the holy waters of the Sangam, the confluence of the Ganga, the Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati, here.

The urn containing the ashes was brought by a special plane from Gwalior to Bamrauli airport from where it was taken in a flower-decked vehicle to Scindia Kothi in Bai ka Bagh area.

It was kept there for sometime to allow people to pay their last respects.

Later, it was taken to the Sangam and immersed in the holy waters amid the chanting of Vedic mantras. UNI

 


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NATIONAL BRIEFS

AMJAD ALI KHAN TURNS 56
NEW DELHI:
Sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan turned 56 on Tuesday but spent the day praying for peace in the world. “I will pray to God for peace”, the master said ruling out any celebrations on his birthday. Amjad Ali Khan is the son and disciple of the legendary Hafiz Ali Khan and hails from a family of distinguished musicians who invented the sarod. PTI

PRAMILLA MALLIK WOMEN BJD CHIEF
BHUBANESWAR:
Ms Pramilla Mallik, MLA, has been nominated as the new president of the women’s wing of the Biju Janata Dal, a party press note said on Tuesday. Ms Mallik succeeds former minister Kamala Das who had resigned from the post following her dismissal from the state Cabinet, the press note added. PTI

SOCIAL REFORMER ‘MRB’ DEAD
THRISSUR:
Social reformer and noted litterateur Mullamangalth Mannakeyil Raman Bhattathiripad, popularly known as MRB, died at his residence here on Monday night, family sources said. He was 92 and survived by three daughters. MRB had fought against various ills in the Brahmin community. PTI
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