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Burning of secret files led to Pak fire?
New Delhi, October 11
In a startling information received here through the diplomatic channels today, the mysterious fire at the Pakistan Army’s General Headquarters in Rawalpindi was caused when the Inter-Services Intelligence was burning a large number of secret files.

USA recognises problem of terrorism in J & K: Blackwill
Robert D. BlackwillNew Delhi, October 11

The USA clearly recognises that the problem of terrorism in Kashmir is a part of the global war against the menace and that it must be rooted out but feels a “calendar” cannot be set for it.

Sikhs flee Kabul, Kandahar
New Delhi, October 11
The bombing raids by the US and British forces in Afghanistan have forced many Sikhs to flee from Kabul, Kandahar and other regions of the war ravaged country. Many Sikhs, wanting to enter India, are stranded in Pakistan as travel documents have been issued to only a few of them.

Jaswant for US ban on JeM
Jaswant SinghNew Delhi, October 11
External Affairs and Defence Minister Jaswant Singh today indicated that the much-awaited US decision to ban the Jaish-e-Mohammad would be taken during the coming visit of Secretary of State Colin Powell to India. “Wait till Mr Powell comes here,” was the cryptic response of the minister at a crowded press conference here.


Fashion designer Rohit Bal displays his new collection designed for the Paris 2001 fashion Week.

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An exclusive workshop was organised in Goa for women deejay's.

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A college in Varanasi is imparting Vedic knowledge to women to enable them to chose it as a career
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Security tightened along the Uttaranchal borders following US air strikes in Afghanistan.
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EARLIER STORIES

 

BJP flays those backing Taliban

Over 100 feared trapped as mine caves in
Kolkata/New Delhi, October 11

More than 100 persons who were allegedly trying to extract coal illegally, are feared trapped in a West Bengal mine that crashed on to them yesterday. However, according to a PTI report they were saved from a possible disaster when the security forces chased them away shortly before the abandoned mine was beginning to cave in.

Fresh summons against Jaya
J. JayalalithaaChennai, October 11
Madras High Court officials today served summons on former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa, issued by the Principal Sessions Court, in connection with a wealth case pertaining to the purchase of two hotels in London at a cost of Rs 43.98 crore in 1994, court sources said.

Petition on CBI chief’s appointment dismissed
Bangalore, October 11
The Karnataka High Court today dismissed the Union Government’s writ petition challenging the quashing of the appointment of Mr R.K. Raghavan as the CBI Director in December 1998, overlooking the seniority of others. 

HP gets 97 lakh for wasteland development
New Delhi, October 11
The Centre today released Rs 147.18 lakh to Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir for the implementation of the Integrated Wastelands Development Projects in Chamba and Udhampur districts, respectively.







 

Burning of secret files led to Pak fire?
Rajeev Sharma
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 11
In a startling information received here through the diplomatic channels today, the mysterious fire at the Pakistan Army’s General Headquarters in Rawalpindi was caused when the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) was burning a large number of secret files.

Though no one knows what exactly was contained in these files, well-placed sources said the files pertained to the ISI’s covert operations in Afghanistan and Jammu and Kashmir.

“These files must be virtual dynamites or else the Pakistani authorities would not have ordered their mass destruction”, sources said.

It is also not known how many files were being burnt when the some burning papers were swept away by wind to the nearby GHQ building, setting the building ablaze in the process. Sources said there were truckloads of files. “These files could well be damning evidence of Pakistan’s involvement in export of terrorism across the world, including Jammu and Kashmir and Afghanistan,” sources said.

The GHQ fire started after junior ISI officials started burning files pertaining to ISI links with the various militant organisations, sources said. More than 70 fire engines were requisitioned from Islamabad, Rawalpindi and army units to put out the fire which continued for more than four hours.

Meanwhile, sources quoting reports received here through diplomatic channels said the fall of Lieut-Gen Mahmud Ahmed, who was booted out from the crucial post of ISI chief, was because of his over ambition.

He tried to out manoeuvre his seniors to grab the post of Vice-Chief of Army Staff of the Pakistan Army. It was he who did not allow Gen Pervez Musharraf to visit Kandahar in early March. He also misbehaved with a number of senior officers at a meeting attended by senior military civil and military officials in Islamabad after the September 11 terror attacks on the US.

Sources said General Ahmed also refused to accept the post of Chairman of Joint Chief of Staff which was eventually given to Lieut-Gen Mohammad Aziz, formerly Corps Commander at Lahore.Top

 

USA recognises problem of terrorism in J & K: Blackwill

New Delhi, October 11
The USA clearly recognises that the problem of terrorism in Kashmir is a part of the global war against the menace and that it must be rooted out but feels a “calendar” cannot be set for it.

Washington also rules out becoming a mediator between India and Pakistan on the Kashmir issue which will be discussed with Indian leadership by the Secretary of State, Mr Colin Powell, during his visit here shortly.

“Terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir is exactly kind of terrorism that must be condemned and must be rooted out. War against terrorism must include terrorism against India,” the US Ambassador, Mr Robert D. Blackwill, said in an interview.

In the wide-ranging interaction, the envoy spoke about the “quantum advance” in the Indo-US relations, especially after the September 11 terrorist strikes in the USA, the evolving scenario in Afghanistan and the US-Pak relations.

Citing the speeches made by the President, Mr George W. Bush, and Mr Powell, Mr Blackwill said “There are no exceptions with respect to countries that harbour terrorism. There are no exceptions to terrorism as it exists in camps funded, trained and so forth. We will accept no nation that harbours terrorism.

“You might want a calendar..... But we are now concentrating on Pakistan’s contribution to the war against terrorism which is substantial,” he said, when asked about US’s “reticence” about acknowledging Pakistan’s role in sponsoring terrorism in J and K.

Mr Blackwill said at this juncture the US-led coalition was concentrating on the military action in Afghanistan. “There are many elements of this policy and we are acting simultaneously,” he said, adding that “you should not expose every piece of one’s strategy.”

On Mr Powell’s upcoming visit expected early next week, he said the Secretary of State would be meeting the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, and other senior leaders in the government in an obvious boost to Indo-US relationship.

He would discuss mutual relations, international war against terrorism and the situation in Afghanistan. Since he would probably be coming from Islamabad, the US-Pakistan relationship and the Kashmir issue would come up.

On Kashmir, he said “Our position has not changed. We are not going to become a mediator. We are extremely clear. Mr Powell will not be getting off the plane with blueprints.” PTITop

 

Sikhs flee Kabul, Kandahar
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 11
The bombing raids by the US and British forces in Afghanistan have forced many Sikhs to flee from Kabul, Kandahar and other regions of the war ravaged country.

Many Sikhs, wanting to enter India, are stranded in Pakistan as travel documents have been issued to only a few of them.

Sources in External Affairs Ministry said the government had issued visas to 40 Sikhs after the Union Home Ministry cleared their names. As many as 67 Sikhs had applied for the travel permit.

The process of issuing visas is being speeded up as the number of Sikhs fleeing the war has increased.

The government should set up “Afghan Cell” to coordinate the rehabilitation of the Sikhs coming to India, said the leader of the United Parliamentary Group, Mr B.S. Ramoowalia, in a letter to Minister of State for External Affairs, Mr Omar Abdullah.

Like the “Kuwait cell” set up during the Gulf War, the “Afghan Cell” should take care of rehabilitation and provide facilities of shelter, cash incentives on the lines of other Afghan refugees, issuance of ration cards, admission of refugee children in schools.

The External Affairs Minister, Mr Jaswant Singh has asked Indian High Commission in Islamabad to make necessary arrangements for travel of Sikh and Hindu Afghan refugees, stranged at the Wagah checkpoint for want of travel documents.
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Jaswant for US ban on JeM
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 11
External Affairs and Defence Minister Jaswant Singh today indicated that the much-awaited US decision to ban the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) would be taken during the coming visit of Secretary of State Colin Powell to India.

“Wait till Mr Powell comes here,” was the cryptic response of the minister at a crowded press conference here.

Mr Jaswant Singh also virtually ruled out the Government of India banning the JeM, saying that the terrorist outfit did not own any assets in India nor did it have any facilities here.

Asked about the details of US President George W Bush’s recent telephonic conversation with Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, he said he could not do so as the conversation was “confidential”.

Significantly, New Delhi has not banned any Kashmiri terrorist outfit. The only Kashmiri outfit to have been banned by the Indian government was Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF).
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BJP flays those backing Taliban
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 11
The BJP today condemned those expressing support to Osama bin Laden. In an obvious reference to the protest march tomorrow by Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid here, Abdullah Bhukari, towards the American Embassy to vent ire against the USA for attacking Afghanistan, senior BJP leader J.P. Mathur told newspersons, “The minority has got as much responsibility to maintain peace in the country as the government and other sections of society.”

The BJP in a statement also condemned the reported news blackout for the Indian mission in Islamabad.
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Over 100 feared trapped as mine caves in

Kolkata/New Delhi, October 11
More than 100 persons who were allegedly trying to extract coal illegally, are feared trapped in a West Bengal mine that crashed on to them yesterday. However, according to a PTI report they were saved from a possible disaster when the security forces chased them away shortly before the abandoned mine was beginning to cave in.

Jawans of the Central Industrial Security Force warned them before they could descend into the mine, just before a surface area measuring an acre over it caved in at Lalbandh in Burdwan district, it said.

The Ministry of Coal said the mine did not belong to the state-run Eastern Coalfields Limited as reports indicated. UNITop

 

Fresh summons against Jaya

Chennai, October 11
Madras High Court officials today served summons on former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa, issued by the Principal Sessions Court, in connection with a wealth case pertaining to the purchase of two hotels in London at a cost of Rs 43.98 crore in 1994, court sources said.

On October 4, Principal Sessions Judge Ashok Kumar, before whom the matter came up, took a serious view of the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) not serving summons to her on two earlier occasions. PTI
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Petition on CBI chief’s appointment dismissed

Bangalore, October 11
The Karnataka High Court today dismissed the Union Government’s writ petition challenging the quashing of the appointment of Mr R.K. Raghavan as the CBI Director in December 1998, overlooking the seniority of others. 

In his 32-page order, Mr Justice G.C. Bharuka said he concurred with the view of Mr Justice Chidanand Ullal, who had on August 14 upheld the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) order quashing the appointment, and dismissed the writ petition filed by the Centre as devoid of any merit and with costs of Rs 5,000 to be paid to former Karnataka Director-General of Police C. Dinakar. PTITop

 

HP gets 97 lakh for wasteland development

New Delhi, October 11
The Centre today released Rs 147.18 lakh to Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir for the implementation of the Integrated Wastelands Development Projects in Chamba and Udhampur districts, respectively.

A press note said that the Rural Development Ministry released Rs 97.66 lakh to the Chamba District Rural Development Agency and Rs 49.52 lakh to the Udhampur District Rural Development Agency which would be incurred on the implementation of the wasteland development project during 2001-02.

The objective of the programme was to promote the generation of employment in the rural areas, besides enhancing peoples’ participation. UNI
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Malaria kills 8

Ahmedabad, October 11
At least eight persons have died because of falciparum malaria, the most severe form of malaria, in a village of Gujarat’s Surendranagar district, state health authorities said today. But unofficial reports have put the death toll at thirty. UNI
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NATIONAL BRIEFS

THREE FISHERMEN SHOT DEAD
ALLAHABAD:
Three fishermen belonging to a family were shot dead by some persons and their bodies thrown into the Yamuna near Baswar village on Wednesday, the police said. The three were fishing in the river in a boat when they were intercepted and shot at from close range by some persons who later threw their bodies into the river. Personal enmity was stated to be the motive. PTI

3 HURT AS CRUDE BOMB GOES OFF
AGRA:
Three persons were injured when a crude bomb went off in the Nala Mantola area of the city on Wednesday, the police said. The condition of one of the injured was stated to be serious, the police said, adding that three persons, including a woman and a boy, had been arrested in this connection. The owner of the house where the explosion took place was absconding, the police added. PTI

CONGRESS WORKERS COURT ARREST
DEHRA DUN:
Hundreds of Congress workers began a ‘jail bharo’ agitation at Rishikesh on Wednesday to oppose the policies of the Uttaranchal Government. The agitation was led by Congress President (Rishikesh) Vinay Saraswathi. Later, a meeting was held after which they courted arrest. After a few hours, they were released. UNI

CURFEW CLAMPED ON NAGALAND TOWN
KOHIMA:
A 48-hour curfew was clamped in Meluri under Phek district of Nagaland on Wednesday after a havildar of the Assam Rifles was shot dead by some unidentified miscreants on Tuesday night. Official sources said Shambhu Yadav, havildar of the Intelligence Wing of 14 Assam Rifles and a recipient of the President’s Medal, was reportedly patrolling the area when he was gunned down. UNI

MCC ULTRA ARRESTED
DALTONGANJ:
A Maoist Communist Centre (MCC) ‘sub-zonal commander’ was arrested at Palamu district on Wednesday night, the police said. The extremist was arrested after the police had raided the area acting on a tip-off. several important informations about the MCC’s activities were got from him, they said. UNI

S. COURT LAWYER AGGARWALA DEAD
NEW DELHI:
Supreme Court lawyer Harish Chand Aggarwala, a native of Rohtak, died of a heart attack at his residence here on Wednesday. He was 80 and is survived by wife, three sons and two daughters. Aggarwala had practised in the Rohtak sessions court for decades before moving to the apex court. The cremation took place on Thursday morning. TNSTop

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