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Houses of ex-Deputy CM, 46 others raided
Bhubaneswar, October 13
The CBI today raided the houses of former Orissa Deputy Chief Minister Basant Kumar Biswal and 46 others, including engineers, contractors and bureaucrats, who are accused of large-scale misuse of funds received from international institutions for irrigation, officials said.

4 Abu Salem gangsters killed
Planned to kill Aamir Khan

Mumbai, October 13
Four gangsters, owing allegiance to the Abu Salem faction of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, killed in an encounter with the city police last night, were planning to kill Bollywood star Aamir Khan and director of recent Hindi blockbuster film “Lagaan” Ashutosh Gowarikar, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal revealed today.



The police  in  Mumbai killed four gangsters who owed allegiance to Abu Salem.
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Policemen stand guard near a burnt vehicle after a clash in Patna, Bihar, on Saturday. Tension in patna




Policemen stand guard near a burnt vehicle after a clash in Patna, Bihar, on Saturday.
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Signs of survivors in collapsed mine
Lalbandh (West Bengal), October 13
Signs of survivors have been detected in an abandoned mine that had collapsed on Wednesday even as rescue efforts are under way to bring out people still believed to be trapped in it.




Hyderabad's Navneeta Krishnan creates magic with his bamboo-etchings.
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EARLIER STORIES

   
Kaniyanapura corridor in the rich Bandipur reserve forest in Karnataka becomes Asia's first elephant corridor linking the Western and Eastern Ghats.
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World renowned musician Zubin Mehta would conduct his Israel Philharmonic orchestra at an evening of western classical music in Mumbai.
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Secretariat security in private hands
New Delhi, October 13
The reluctance of the Delhi police to “depute” personnel from among its constabulary and the delay by the Ministry of Home Affairs in approving the deployment of the CISF has rendered the Delhi Secretariat vulnerable to terrorist attacks.

Mr M.S. Bitta, President of the All-India Anti-Terrorist Front, holds a placard condemning the Pakistan-based militant group, Jaish-e-Mohammed, in New Delhi on Saturday.
Mr M.S. Bitta, President of the All-India Anti-Terrorist Front, holds a placard condemning the Pakistan-based militant group, Jaish-e-Mohammed, in New Delhi on Saturday. — Reuters photo

Delete objectionable parts, NCERT told
New Delhi, October 13
The National Commission for Minorities yesterday decided to remove objectionable reference to Sikh Gurus in the NCERT class VII and XI history textbooks with effect from the new academic session. To avoid any misrepresentation of facts in future, the commission has directed the NCERT to send draft portion on any religion for vetting before publication.

Tehelka tapes fabricated, says Samata
Ranchi, October 13
A day after the Venkataswami Commission held that the Tehelka tapes were genuine, the Samata Party today rubbished them saying that they were “fabricated” and that the ruling would only help in “hiding the truth”.

‘Most wanted’ Memon nabbed
Mumbai, October 13
India’s “Most Wanted Criminal”, Farooque Ismail Memon, who escaped from police custody last month, was nabbed at Mumbra in adjoining Thane district yesterday.
Memon, who featured in the popular TV serial ‘India’s Most Wanted for embezzling crores of rupees by forging demand drafts, cheques and other bank documents, was nabbed last month in Mumbai after a viewer identified him and tipped off the police about his presence.

Magistrate, others hurt in mob attack
Kanpur, October 13
Several people, including the Assistant City Magistrate and some police personnel, were injured today when irate students protesting the killing of State Contract Labour Board Chairman Santosh Shukla turned violent at Bhiwan village in Kanpur Dehat district.

SHO transferred for links with peddlers
New Delhi, October 13
The SHO of Sadar Bazar police station in north Delhi has been transferred to Police Lines for his alleged nexus with drug peddlers.
Ramesh Malik, SHO, had allegedly been helping drug peddlers in the Sadar Bazar area since he joined duty there, sources said.

Admn holds 19 camps for public
Hanumangarh, October 13
As many as 19 camps have been organised in the first week of the campaign launched by the administration to settle public complaints, according to a press note issued here.

IT searches yield unaccounted wealth
New Delhi, October 13
Unaccounted wealth worth crores of rupees was unearthed in massive search operations on the premises of two renowned diamond merchants in the Capital today, Income Tax Department sources said.

36 dengue cases in Delhi
New Delhi, October 13
With increasing number of dengue cases being reported in the Capital, the Delhi Government has activated its various departments to prevent the disease from assuming an epidemic form as was witnessed in 1996.

Infighting in Delhi IYC comes to fore
New Delhi, October 13
Factional among activists of the Delhi unit of the Indian Youth Congress came to the fore today as supporters of a block president staged a demonstration outside the office of the All India Congress Committee to protest the ‘undemocratic’ elevation of Rajesh Lilotia as president of the state unit.





 

Houses of ex-Deputy CM, 46 others raided

Bhubaneswar, October 13
The CBI today raided the houses of former Orissa Deputy Chief Minister Basant Kumar Biswal and 46 others, including engineers, contractors and bureaucrats, who are accused of large-scale misuse of funds received from international institutions for irrigation, officials said.

On July 20, the CBI had filed 10 cases relating to irregularities in the Water Resources Department between 1995 and 2000 after it found prima facie evidence against them.

The BJD-BJP government had handed over the multi-crore scam during the previous Congress regime to the CBI soon after coming to power in March 2000.

Officials said the houses of all those who figured in the 10 cases were being raided. The raids were continuing and no further details were available, they said.

Mr Biswal is the only politician who figured in the FIR filed by the CBI under the Prevention of Corruption Act. The names of 10 contractors, senior bureaucrats and engineers of the rank of chief engineers of various irrigation departments also figure in the FIR.

The state government had referred 57 cases of irregularities in the Water Resource Department to the CBI.

According to the government, work orders in various irrigation projects were given at exorbitant rates by ignoring the lowest tenders. The total amount involved in the 10 projects was Rs 15.64 crore. UNI
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4 Abu Salem gangsters killed
Planned to kill Aamir Khan

Mumbai, October 13
Four gangsters, owing allegiance to the Abu Salem faction of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, killed in an encounter with the city police last night, were planning to kill Bollywood star Aamir Khan and director of recent Hindi blockbuster film “Lagaan” Ashutosh Gowarikar, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal revealed today.

The sharpshooters of Salem gang had hatched a conspiracy to gun down Aamir, Ashutosh, film financier Jhamu Sughand and a city-based land developer”, Mr Bhujbal, who also holds the Home portfolio”, told reporters here.

The police had received a tip-off that the gangsters were to kill prominent Bollywood personalities and had laid a trap in north-western suburb of Khar, the Home Minister said.

Last night, the police team spotted the gangsters near St Teresa’s school in the area and ordered them to surrender. But they opened fire at the police party, which immediately retaliated by opening fire.

Three of the four gangsters were identified as Tanvir Sheikh (22), Sanjay Kumar (22), Abdul Javed (24), the police said.

The police has already beefed up security for Aamir and others, Mr Bhujbal replied to a query.

The police has also recovered, a revolver, two imported pistols and a live cartridge from the gangsters. PTI
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Tension in patna

Patna, October 13
A pitched battle between “supporters” of international terrorist Osama bin Laden and the USA left several persons injured and kiosks charred in the Phulwarisharif police station area here today.

Official sources said the police lobbed tear gas shells to quell a group of people burning Bin Laden in effigy, in retort against another group which burnt the US national flag yesterday and raised pro-Osama slogans. UNI
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Signs of survivors in collapsed mine

Lalbandh (West Bengal), October 13
Signs of survivors have been detected in an abandoned mine that had collapsed on Wednesday even as rescue efforts are under way to bring out people still believed to be trapped in it.

Sounds of knocking have been heard from the abandoned mine that had caved in trapping several unauthorised miners.

Initial reports had said about 100 persons were trapped, but officials did not want to speculate on the number. According to some reports, there could be about 50 persons trapped inside the mine.

“Some sounds of knocking were heard inside the mine last afternoon,” the Deputy Director-General, Directorate-General of Mines Safety, Mr Y.K. Sharma told mediapersons here. PTI
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Secretariat security in private hands
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 13
The reluctance of the Delhi police to “depute” personnel from among its constabulary and the delay by the Ministry of Home Affairs in approving the deployment of the CISF has rendered the Delhi Secretariat vulnerable to terrorist attacks. But for a posse of unarmed security personnel contracted from a private agency the building that houses the offices of the Chief Minister and her Cabinet colleagues is virtually unguarded.

The private agency, a Delhi-based Indian Industrial Security Services Private Limited was contracted for the task of securing the properties at the time of the construction of the Secretariat building. They had been hired by the PWD for watch and ward duties. In September last year, soon after the offices of the Chief Minister and her Cabinet colleagues along with those of secretaries moved in at the new address, it was deemed fit that the arrangement be continued “pending alternative arrangements.”

This “arrangement” suited them best as, officials concede, the Delhi Government did not have to shoulder the financial liabilities like providing accommodation for the security personnel and their families, salary, etc. Officials nevertheless claim there is as yet no official communique from the Delhi Police indicative of a “credible” threat to the Delhi Secretariat.

Interestingly, while CISF sources told The Tribune that “pre-induction formalities” have been completed and a sanction from the Ministry of Home Affairs was “expected” within three weeks the Delhi Government, mysteriously, was keen on extending the contract given to the agency. (The contract expires later this month.) The official explanation was hiring private security guards works out cheaper than having armed CISF personnel who would be a drain on the exchequer!
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Delete objectionable parts, NCERT told
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 13
The National Commission for Minorities yesterday decided to remove objectionable reference to Sikh Gurus in the NCERT class VII and XI history textbooks with effect from the new academic session. To avoid any misrepresentation of facts in future, the commission has directed the NCERT to send draft portion on any religion for vetting before publication.

Apart from this, the NCERT will direct the CBSE not to pose any question arising out of the objectionable text in this year’s examination. The NCERT has also agreed to send to the commission the complaints from different minority communities against any objectionable portion in their textbooks.

The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by the Commission Chairman, Justice Mohammad Shamim, and attended by Vice- Chairman Tarlochan Singh, other members of the commission and the Director, NCERT, Prof J.S. Rajput.

The Chairman, Vice-Chairman and members of the commission expressed the view that the objective of the education policy should be secular.
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Tehelka tapes fabricated, says Samata

Ranchi, October 13
A day after the Venkataswami Commission held that the Tehelka tapes were genuine, the Samata Party today rubbished them saying that they were “fabricated” and that the ruling would only help in “hiding the truth”.

Party President V.V. Krishna Rao, who replaced Ms Jaya Jaitley in the wake of the arms deal expose by the news portal, told reporters here that the party has “emerged stronger” from the episode.

The lack of substantiation of the charges in the expose against party leaders George Fernandes and Jaitley had only strengthened its image rather than tarnishing it, he claimed. PTI
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‘Most wanted’ Memon nabbed

Mumbai, October 13
India’s “Most Wanted Criminal”, Farooque Ismail Memon, who escaped from police custody last month, was nabbed at Mumbra in adjoining Thane district yesterday.

Memon, who featured in the popular TV serial ‘India’s Most Wanted for embezzling crores of rupees by forging demand drafts, cheques and other bank documents, was nabbed last month in Mumbai after a viewer identified him and tipped off the police about his presence.

However, Memon, known for forging signatures, made a dramatic escape from the police custody while travelling in a train. Pretending that he was feeling unwell and wished to throw up, the master forger inched towards the doorway of the train and jumped from it once the train chugged from the station, the police said.

The elusive gangster, however, was nabbed during a nakabandi by the police.

The police, who found his movements suspicious, interrogated him. When he fumbled through most of the questions, the police detained him and started matching his photographs with the wanted criminals.

On finding his name and photograph matching the criminal, Memon was immediately nabbed. PTI
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Magistrate, others hurt in mob attack

Kanpur, October 13
Several people, including the Assistant City Magistrate (ACM) and some police personnel, were injured today when irate students protesting the killing of State Contract Labour Board Chairman Santosh Shukla turned violent at Bhiwan village in Kanpur Dehat district.

Shukla, who had the status of a Minister of State, was gunned down by the supporters of criminal Vikas Dubey on the premises of the Shivali police station yesterday afternoon. His supporter Ajai Mishra was also killed.

A police spokesperson said here the situation in Shivali town, about 40 kms from here, remained tense but peaceful.

The police said students of a school run by Shukla in Bhiwan village staged a ‘rasta roko’ on the highway outside the village today to protest against the murder. They turned violent and stoned the policemen, before torching a state roadways bus.

The police had to use mild force to disperse the mob and to clear the road.

Meanwhile, the entire staff of the Shivali police station, including the in-charge, has been placed under suspension.

Five persons have been taken into custody in this connection. UNI
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SHO transferred for links with peddlers
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 13
The SHO of Sadar Bazar police station in north Delhi has been transferred to Police Lines for his alleged nexus with drug peddlers.

Ramesh Malik, SHO, had allegedly been helping drug peddlers in the Sadar Bazar area since he joined duty there, sources said.

He allegedly used to incite drug traffickers active in Nabi Karim and J.J. Clusters in the Sadar Bazar area. Nabi Karim is an infamous locality in the Capital for drug trafficking. According to the sources, another raid was conducted a few days ago in Nabi Karim and other drug peddlers-infested area by a team of the Narcotics Branch of Delhi police. Residents of this locality reportedly gheroaed the team members and did not cooperate with them.

The sources said that narcotics team sought to get registered rioting case against a few persons of the area. The SHO detained them but he reportedly did not register the case. It was registered only after intervention of senior officers.
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Admn holds 19 camps for public
Our Correspondent

Hanumangarh, October 13
As many as 19 camps have been organised in the first week of the campaign launched by the administration to settle public complaints, according to a press note issued here.

The Revenue Department registered 498 new land holdings, right to cultivation was given to 74 persons who were without accounts and 224 passbooks carrying information about rents paid by cultivators were also issued Under Section 53 (2) of the Rajasthan Cultivators Act of 1955, 30 land division disputes were settled and land for public use was reserved in five cases. As many as 1275 domiciles and 1544 caste certificates were also issued.

Under the Indira Awaas Yojna and other schemes, the Rural Development Department, sanctioned 31 houses and 30 applications were sent to banks under the Swaran Jayanti Gram Swarojgar Yojna and Independent Employment scheme. Out of this banks have sanctioned nine applications.

The Panchayati Raj Department settled 218 disputes. The Social Welfare Department sanctioned 63 applications for old age pension and 16 for widow pension.
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IT searches yield unaccounted wealth

New Delhi, October 13
Unaccounted wealth worth crores of rupees was unearthed in massive search operations on the premises of two renowned diamond merchants in the Capital today, Income Tax Department sources said.

It sleuths recovered Rs 3.2 crore of unaccounted cash and unaccounted diamonds worth Rs 6.2 crore from the premises of a diamond merchant. The searches are being carried out on the premises owned by the two diamond merchants at several places in the Capital including Greater Kailash, Karol Bagh and Model Town, they said.

The searches on the premises of the second merchant were progressing slow. PTI
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36 dengue cases in Delhi

New Delhi, October 13
With increasing number of dengue cases being reported in the Capital, the Delhi Government has activated its various departments to prevent the disease from assuming an epidemic form as was witnessed in 1996.

So far 36 cases had been reported in the Capital, of which one person from Haryana had died, Delhi Health Minister A.K. Walia told PTI.

Many of these patients were from neighbouring states — Haryana, UP and Rajasthan — where the situation was worse, Mr Walia said. PTI
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Infighting in Delhi IYC comes to fore
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 13
Factional among activists of the Delhi unit of the Indian Youth Congress came to the fore today as supporters of a block president staged a demonstration outside the office of the All India Congress Committee to protest the ‘undemocratic’ elevation of Rajesh Lilotia as president of the state unit.

The demonstrators alleged that Lilotia was foisted upon them by senior Congress leader Oscar Fernandes. Lilotia was made president after Jaivir Nagar was removed some two months ago.
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LF observes bandh against firing

Siliguri, October 13
Normal life was paralysed in Mainaguri block of Jalpaiguri district in the wake of a Left Front-sponsored dawn-to-dusk bandh began this morning, the police said.

The Superintendent of Police, Jalpaiguri, Mr S.N. Gupta, said the bandh call was given to protest against suspected KLO firing at Jalpesh Hat. PTI
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NATIONAL BRIEFS

EXCISE, IT OFFICERS SENTENCED TO RI
NEW DELHI:
A designated court in Jabalpur has sentenced an official of the Central Excise and an Income Tax officer to rigorous imprisonment for abusing their official position and taking bribe. The court slapped a fine of Rs 30,000 while sentencing Superintendent of Central Excise S.K. Chaudhary to two years of rigorous imprisonment, a CBI press note said here. In another case, the Special court sentenced R.K. Garme, record keeper working in the office of Commissioner of Income Tax, to two years’ rigorous imprisonment, besides slapping a fine of Rs 2,000. He was caught red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 5,000. PTI

WOMAN BURNS HUSBAND, SON, SELF ALIVE
BANGALORE:
In a gruesome incident, a housewife burnt her husband and 11-year-old son alive before setting herself ablaze in the city. Dejected over life, Nagarathna, the second wife of Venkoba Rao, a paralytic patient and retired high court employee, on Thursday night doused her husband and son, who were asleep, with kerosene and set them on fire. Later, she also set herself ablaze. Rao died on the spot. While Nagarathna succumbed to burns at hospital, her son, Yeshwant, was battling for life with 70 per cent burns. UNI

SWISS TOURIST RAPED
HARDWAR:
A Swiss tourist was raped by two persons here, on Friday. Although the medical experts have confirmed that she was raped, the Hardwar police has not yet registered any case. Ms Man John was on her way to Mansa Devi on foot when she was abducted by the two persons and raped. TNS

TWO COMMIT SUICIDE
DEHRA DUN:
Two persons committed suicide here on Friday. According to the Doon police, Sooraj Khatri (20), a student residing in the Garhi cantonment area, committed suicide by hanging himself from a fan. In another incident, person committed suicide by hanging himself at a temple in the Mehuwala area here. The bodies have been sent for post-mortem examination and cases registered. TNS

GURUKUL KANGRI VC RESIGNS
HARDWAR:
The Vice-Chancellor of Gurukul Kangri University (deemed university), Dr Dharmpal, has resigned from his post following charges of selling land belonging to the university at a price much lower than the market value. The teachers and other staff of the university had been agitating against the Vice-Chancellor for the past two months. According to Mr Harvansh Lal Sharma, Chancellor of the University, Prof Ved Prakash has taken over as the new Vice-Chancellor of the university. TNS
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