Tuesday, October 16, 2001, Chandigarh, India





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N A T I O N

Change of guard in Uttaranchal on cards
Dehra Dun, October 15
The Chief Minister of Uttranchal, Mr Nityanand Swami, has been summoned to New Delhi by the BJP high command and the Union Minister, Mr L.K. Advani in the wake of possibilities of change of guard in the state. Mr Swami left for New Delhi this afternoon after cancelling all his pre-scheduled programmes.

Cong favours quota for forward caste poor
Lucknow, October 15
The Congress today said that it was in favour of extending the benefits of reservation policy to the minorities and economically weaker sections among the forward castes.

Reinduction of George, Hiren shameful: Sonia
New Delhi, October 15
Terming the reinduction of Mr George Fernandes and Mr Hiren Pathak to the Vajpayee cabinet as “shameful,’’ Congress President Sonia Gandhi today said that she was “totally shocked’’ at the decision of the government.

Barmer district of Rajasthan has witnessed the mushrooming of hundreds of madarsas, or Islamic schools, in the recent past.
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Mass marriages are becoming popular among backward Muslims.
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High alert against chemical arms
New Delhi, October 15
The government said today it was on a high state of alert against possible biological and chemical warfare threat from terrorists and was preparing rapid response teams of experts to press them into action in the event of any such attacks.




Meet Jeevanlal Soni from Chattisgarh, who has carved a niche for himself by making the world's smallest lantern.

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EARLIER STORIES

 

India, Russia discuss Afghan situation
New Delhi, October 15
Triangular consultations among India, Iran and Russia on the post-Taliban arrangement in Afghanistan have already begun here signalling a massive spurt in international efforts for installing a broadbased liberal government in Kabul that does not promote terrorism and fundamentalism.
Indian Defence Minister George Fernandes (L) shakes hands with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Ilya Klebanov in New Delhi on Monday. Indian Defence Minister George Fernandes (L) shakes hands with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Ilya Klebanov in New Delhi on Monday. Klebanov is on a two-day visit to India for bilateral talks on security and other issues.  —  Reuters photo




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Russian Deputy Prime Minister Ilya Klebenov called on National Security Adviser Brajesh Mishra.

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The Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister met Indian Foreign Secretary Chokila Iyer today.

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Pak envoy meets Chokila Iyer
New Delhi, October 15
Pakistan High Commissioner Ashraf Jehangir Qazi called on Foreign Secretary Chokila Iyer here this evening and is understood to have discussed the latest situation in the region following the US military strikes on Afghanistan.

SC: punish those delaying trial
New Delhi, October 15
Holding cases relating to corruption are to be dealt with swiftly, the Supreme Court has ruled that those responsible for delay in investigation and trial has to be “dealt with” by the authorities.

Child killed, 21 hurt in train mishap
New Delhi, October 15
A child was killed and 21 others, including the engine driver, were injured when 11 coaches and the engine of the Jodhpur-bound Mandore Express derailed on the Phulera-Merta road section of Jodhpur division in Rajasthan this morning.

3 J&K ultras,  2 cops die in UP encounter
Lucknow, October 15
Three suspected Kashmiri militants and two policemen, including a sub-inspector, were killed in an encounter in the Kotwali police circle of Bijnour district today.
According to state police headquarters here, the encounter took place when the police intercepted a Maruti van near the Tirathpur crossing and questioned those inside the vehicle, who instead opened fire killing a sub-inspector and a constable on the spot.

SC vacates stay on case against Tehelka
New Delhi, October 15
The Supreme Court today vacated the stay on the proceedings in a defamation case filed by Union Minister V. Srinivasa Prasad in a Bangalore court against news portal tehelka.com following its arms deal expose.

Jessica case: Bina’s plea rejected
New Delhi, October 15
A trial court today denied permission to socialite Bina Ramani to make a statement in the Jessica Lal murder case after her testimony was over.
However, the court asked her to file a separate application if she wanted to make any further submission to the court.

Chandigarh boys win contest
New Delhi, October 15
Yadvendra Public School boys from Chandigarh have won the National Software Talent Contest organised by the Computer Society of India and Aptech Computer Education.

Buildings lying unused
Hanumangarh, October 15
Buildings constructed at a cost of lakhs of rupees are lying unused in this district.
People have put to use iron rods and bricks from partially constructed hostel for working women. The construction was stopped after irregularities were alleged in the construction and the case reached court.





 

Change of guard in Uttaranchal on cards
Tribune News Service

Dehra Dun, October 15
The Chief Minister of Uttranchal, Mr Nityanand Swami, has been summoned to New Delhi by the BJP high command and the Union Minister, Mr L.K. Advani in the wake of possibilities of change of guard in the state. Mr Swami left for New Delhi this afternoon after cancelling all his pre-scheduled programmes.

Confirming the reports regarding the possibility of a change of guard in the state, sources close to Mr Swami said the Chief Minister received a phone call from a senior BJP leader in New Delhi this morning that he should immediately reach the Capital.

The Finance Minister of Uttaranchal, Mr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, the Speaker of the state Legislative Assembly, Mr Prakash Pant, Member of the Lok Sabha, Mr Bachi Singh Rawat, and the Union Minister of State for Surface Transport, Major-General B.C. Khanduri (retd) are already in the national Capital to hold a meeting with senior party leaders on the current political situation in the state.

There are reports that the issue of change of guard in the state is also likely to be raised at the meeting of the National Council of the BJP scheduled for October 21 and the National Working Committee meetings on November 3 and 4 at Amritsar. An urgent meeting of the state-unit of the BJP has also been convened on Tuesday to discuss the issue. Mr Swami is unlikely to attend the meeting on the state unit of the party.

The talk of the day in the political circles of the state capital was that the party high command had almost made up its mind to replace Mr Swami by Major-General Khanduri (retd). Earlier, Mr Advani discussed the current political situation in the state with Major-General Khanduri (retd) and Mr Swami, separately, last week. But a decision was kept pending due to change of guard in Gujarat and the Agra convention of the youth wing of the BJP.

The BJP high command has received a number of complaints from party workers and senior RSS workers that Mr Swami is losing popularity among the masses. The BJP is in a do-or-die situation in the current political situation as the panchayat elections are likely to be held in mid-November. Moreover, the Election Commissions has almost completed the process of delimitation of Assembly constituencies and a notification is likely to be issued by the end of November. The commission has already heard complaints on the proposed draft of the delimitation of constituencies.
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Cong favours quota for forward caste poor
Prashant Sood
Tribune News Service

Lucknow, October 15
The Congress today said that it was in favour of extending the benefits of reservation policy to the minorities and economically weaker sections among the forward castes.

Addressing ‘Maharally’ of the Congress at Lucknow today, Congress President Sonia Gandhi made an effort to revive the traditional support base of the party in Uttar Pradesh which is facing elections in the next few months. “The Congress will never tolerate atrocities on weaker sections. It was the Congress which had made a provision of reservations in the Constitution,” Mrs Gandhi said in an apparent rebuff to the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh which is trying to extend benefits of quota to the “Most Backward Classes” in the state.

Hitting out at the BJP-led governments at the Centre and in Uttar Pradesh, Mrs Gandhi, however, did not target the Samajwadi Party or the Bahujan Samaj Party in her address laced with Hindi couplets.

Addressing the big gathering which had assembled at Lucknow at the culmination of six ‘Parivartan Yatras’ of the party, Mrs Gandhi accused the state government of colossal failure on all fronts.

Reminding people of the contributions of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, Mrs Gandhi alleged that the BJP-led government was facing one scandal after the other.

Asserting that the party was against politics of caste and religion, Mrs Gandhi said only the Congress had people with experience and knowledge who could work for the people’s welfare.

Coming to the issue of terrorism, Mrs Gandhi said the Congress had lost its leaders including Mahatma Gandhi, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, to the menace. “Without directly referring to the US attacks on Afghanistan, Mrs Gandhi said while the party wanted terrorism to end, it should be ensured that innocents were not targetted.

The rally was addressed by senior Congress leaders including Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad and UP Congress chief S P Jaiswal. Congress supporters from all over the state had come for the rally which, they said, would go a long way in boosting the party’s chances in the coming Assembly elections.
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Reinduction of George, Hiren shameful: Sonia
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 15
Terming the reinduction of Mr George Fernandes and Mr Hiren Pathak to the Vajpayee cabinet as “shameful,’’ Congress President Sonia Gandhi today said that she was “totally shocked’’ at the decision of the government.

Talking to TNS while returning from the ‘maharally’ of the Congress at Lucknow, she said that the government had nullified the relevance of the judicial probe into the Tehelka expose.

“I do not normally use strong words but the way government has acted it is really shameful,’’ Mrs Gandhi said.

“How is the Venkatswami Commission going to get evidence against Mr Fernandes from the Defence Ministry which he is again heading now,’’ Mrs Gandhi asked.

Asserting that the Congress would take the issue to the people, Mrs Gandhi said that the re-induction of Mr Fernandes was aimed at putting pressure on the commission.

She said that defence of the country had been entrusted in the hands of persons who were facing serious charges of corruption. “This is a fraud on the nation and it is shameful,’’ Mrs Gandhi said.

Asked when she would appoint the Deputy Leader of the party in Lok Sabha to replace of Madhavrao Scindia, the Congress President said that she was in no hurry. “Since the session begins only in late November, I am not in a hurry,’’ she said. To a question about changes in the office-bearers of the AICC, Mrs Gandhi said that no such change was being contemplated for the time being.

“However, such changes can be made at a later date,’’ she added
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Cheer returns to Samata office
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 15
Cheer, jubiliation and a longed-for sense of relief returned to the Samata Party office at V.P House on the Rafi Marg here after its leader George Fernandes was reinducted into the Cabinet this afternoon.

Overjoyed party loyalists and activists rang up from places as far as Nagaland to convey their felicitations to the party president, Mr V.V. Krishna Rao, who replaced Jaya Jaitley in the wake of the Tehelka scam.

Sources in the party said sympathisers of the Samata Party president said Mr Fernandes resigned because he was not able to express his views before Parliament or the public.

“He resigned because of the Opposition’s attitude on the floor of the House. The party felt that Mr Fernandes should not have resigned under any circumstances. Mr Fernandes has a special place in our cadres hearts. He is a great social revolutionary and a man of history, ethics and values. The Tehelka scam was a conspiracy to oust Mr Fernandes and weaken the NDA because ideologically and practically, the Samata Party has been a cementing factor for the NDA,” Mr Rao said.

Asked whether the reinduction of Mr Fernandes will facilitate the return of Ms Jaya Jaitley as party president, he said: “This is an internal matter. Ms Jaya Jaitley is an executive member of the party.”

The Opposition parties have frowned upon the government’s decision to re induct Mr Fernandes. The Samajwadi Party has voiced opposition to the reinduction of Mr Fernandes.
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Laloo: George blackmailed PM on reinduction

Patna, October 15
RJD supremo Laloo Prasad Yadav today accused senior Samata Party leader George Fernandes of resorting to “blackmail” to ensure his reinduction in the Vajpayee ministry.

“George has virtually blackmailed Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and the government to secure a ministerial berth again”, Mr Yadav said reacting to Mr George Fernandes's reinduction in the Cabinet.

He alleged that Mr Fernandes knew several misdeeds of the BJP, the RSS and the government and had threatened to expose them. “Such a deceitful tactic compelled the Prime Minister to bring him back in the Cabinet,’’ he said.

Mr Yadav also alleged that Mr Fernandes' induction was part of a deal between him and the Prime Minister as the Venkatswami Commission probing into the matter had not absolved him yet. PTI, UNI
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High alert against chemical arms

New Delhi, October 15
The government said today it was on a high state of alert against possible biological and chemical warfare threat from terrorists and was preparing rapid response teams of experts to press them into action in the event of any such attacks.

“One can’t predict such attacks”, the country’s top defence chemical warfare scientist, Dr R.V. Swamy, told newspersons, adding that it was the government’s endeavour to be fully prepared and take concrete steps to deal with the situation in the face of cases of anthrax exposure in the USA.

In the backdrop of continuing US military strikes on terrorist camps in Afghanistan and possible reactions to it from the Saudi fugitive Osama bin Laden and his Al-Qaida terrorist group, Dr Swamy and a group of top biological warfare experts said the government had prepared a blueprint to deal with such threats.

“But now the government has told us to take concrete steps to make the plan workable at the ground level”, Dr Swamy said.

At the briefing, the top-level scientist said the terrorists’ threat could come in the shape of attacks using nerve agents, blister agents, toxic and blood agents, besides biological microbes like anthrax.

Warning that anthrax was an ideal terrorist tool, the scientists, however, assured the public that the exposure which could spread through skin aberrations, injections and inhalers was a treatable disease, with country possessing enough stocks of antibiotics to meet with the threat. PTI
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India, Russia discuss Afghan situation
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 15
Triangular consultations among India, Iran and Russia on the post-Taliban arrangement in Afghanistan have already begun here signalling a massive spurt in international efforts for installing a broadbased liberal government in Kabul that does not promote terrorism and fundamentalism.

This issue dominated the talks the visiting Russian Deputy Prime Minister Ilya Klebanov, who arrived here on a three-day visit last night, had today with External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh, Prime Minister’s Principal Secretary and National Security Adviser Brajesh Mishra, well-placed sources said. Mr Klebanov went on record saying that Russia was having “closest contacts with India”.

The Indo-Iranian strategic dialogue would begin tomorrow where also the Afghanistan issue was on top of the agenda, sources said. Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Mohsen Aminzadeah, who arrived here this evening, would hold talks with Foreign Secretary Chokila Iyer tomorrow, specifically to discuss the Afghanistan situation. Mr Aminzadeh and Ms Iyer today held a review meeting on the India-Iran Joint Commission.

Though there had been no direct talks between Russia and Iran on the Afghanistan issue here in New Delhi, sources said the talks were virtually triangular in nature as India was keeping both countries informed of what the either side was talking to it.

The Shia-dominated Iran and Russia, which has pockets of turbulence because of Muslim fundamentalists, have a convergence of interests in supporting the Northern Alliance which has been fighting a bloody war against the ruling Taliban for the past five years.

Because of the Northern Alliance’s ideological proximity to Russia and Iran, the USA has been wary of giving total support to it against the Taliban.

The Afghanistan issue is to come under focus on yet another front involving India tomorrow when US Secretary of State Colin Powell arrives here for a one-day visit after completing his Pakistan visit. Apart from Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, Mr Powell would also be calling on Union Ministers Jaswant Singh, L.K. Advani and National Security Adviser Brajesh Mishra and Leader of Opposition Sonia Gandhi.
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Pak envoy meets Chokila Iyer

New Delhi, October 15
Pakistan High Commissioner Ashraf Jehangir Qazi called on Foreign Secretary Chokila Iyer here this evening and is understood to have discussed the latest situation in the region following the US military strikes on Afghanistan.

Mr Qazi, who was with the Foreign Secretary for 20 minutes, described the meeting as “routine.’’

“It was a routine meeting,’’ Mr Qazi said.

Sources said the latest situation in the region in the aftermath of the US military strikes came up at the meeting. UNI
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SC: punish those delaying trial

New Delhi, October 15
Holding cases relating to corruption are to be dealt with swiftly, the Supreme Court has ruled that those responsible for delay in investigation and trial has to be “dealt with” by the authorities.

“As and when delay is found to have been caused during the investigation, inquiry or trial, the authorities concerned are under an obligation to find out and deal with the persons responsible for such delays,” a Bench comprising Mr Justice M.B. Shah and Mr Justice R.P. Sethi said in a recent judgement.

This ruling came in a case where a Ranchi Executive Engineer M.L. Das accused of possessing disproportionate wealth to the tune of Rs 50,000, was kept hanging for 13 years as the prosecution failed to get sanction from appropriate authority.

Rebuking the prosecution for the delay, Mr Justice Sethi, writing the judgement for the Bench, said in cases of corruption the amount involved was not material but speedy justice was the mandate of the Constitution being in the interests of the accused as well as that of society.

“The delay can be attributed either to the connivance of the authorities with the accused or used as a lever to pressurise and harass the accused as is alleged to have been done to the appellant in the case,” it said.

The appellant contended that due to the registration of the case, he did not get his promotion and his family members have avoided him.

Keeping in view the facts and circumstances of the case, the apex court quashed the proceedings against Das, saying that permitting further prosecution would be the traversity of justice. PTI
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Child killed, 21 hurt in train mishap

New Delhi, October 15
A child was killed and 21 others, including the engine driver, were injured when 11 coaches and the engine of the Jodhpur-bound Mandore Express derailed on the Phulera-Merta road section of Jodhpur division in Rajasthan this morning.

A Railway spokesman in Jaipur said the derailment of the Delhi-Jodhpur train, that occurred at 6.30 a.m., disrupted rail traffic on the Phulera-Merta section, leading to the cancellation of five trains and the diversion of as many.

Official sources here said Shambu Ram, who received grievous injuries, died in Makrana Civil Hospital while two passengers from Ghaziabad — Ranjit and Suja Ram — and driver Jaidev have been admitted to the same hospital for treatment.

Ex gratia is being arranged for the family of the dead boy.

Senior railway officials from Jodhpur Railway division have reached the spot along with a medical and relief train. A relief train that was sent from Jaipur has already started operations.

The Northern Railway has set up an enquiry booth to provide information about the incident at the Old Delhi Railway Station, with phone number 3967332. A similar cell has been set up in New Delhi station with the number 3344128. UNI
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3 J&K ultras, 2 cops die in UP encounter

Lucknow, October 15
Three suspected Kashmiri militants and two policemen, including a sub-inspector, were killed in an encounter in the Kotwali police circle of Bijnour district today.

According to state police headquarters here, the encounter took place when the police intercepted a Maruti van near the Tirathpur crossing and questioned those inside the vehicle, who instead opened fire killing a sub-inspector and a constable on the spot.

In the ensuing exchange of fire between the police and the criminals, three militants were killed while the other two, identified as Muslim and Preetam, escaped.

Later, however, one of them was arrested along with the vehicle.

The police seized a Mauser revolver, a semi-automatic pistol, a country-made pistol and a diary containing addresses of some politicians from them.

The two killed were identified as Zahir and Abdul while the third was yet to be identified.

Senior police officials have rushed to the spot and further investigations were on. UNI
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SC vacates stay on case against Tehelka

New Delhi, October 15
The Supreme Court today vacated the stay on the proceedings in a defamation case filed by Union Minister V. Srinivasa Prasad in a Bangalore court against news portal tehelka.com following its arms deal expose.

However, a Bench comprising Mr Justice V.N. Kirpal and Mr Justice Ashok Bhan said “in case the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate decides to issue summons, the same shall remain suspended.”

This order was passed by the Bench after counsel for the portal, Mr Kapil Sibal, said the trial court had not taken cognisance of the case and summons were not issued.

Tehelka had filed a petition in the apex court seeking transfer of the case from Bangalore to Delhi. The Supreme Court on September 27 had stayed the proceedings in the defamation case.

Alleging that the filing of the defamation case in Bangalore was a tactic to “harass” the news portal, the news portal’s petition said the case should be transferred to Delhi as both the respondent and petitioner were based in the Capital. PTI
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Jessica case: Bina’s plea rejected

New Delhi, October 15
A trial court today denied permission to socialite Bina Ramani to make a statement in the Jessica Lal murder case after her testimony was over.

However, the court asked her to file a separate application if she wanted to make any further submission to the court.

Ms Ramani made an oral plea before the court of Additional Sessions Judge R. L. Chugh, after defence counsel completed her cross-examination, that she wanted to say something more to the court.

The Judge rejected her request saying, “The stage is over” , and ruled that if Ms Ramani wanted to make any statement, she or the prosecution could move an application for “recalling the witness.”

Ms Ramani in her testimony on Friday identified Manu Sharma, the prime accused, but told the court that she was not sure whether he had killed Jessica at her restaurant. UNI
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Chandigarh boys win contest
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 15
Yadvendra Public School boys from Chandigarh have won the National Software Talent Contest organised by the Computer Society of India (CSI) and Aptech Computer Education.

Gagandeep Singh, Atif Zia and Aman Gupta represented the school from the city beautiful.

Vidya Mandi School Mylapore, Chennai, bagged the second position in the finals.

These two teams will participate in the International SEARCC Software Contest for schools, which will be held in Auckland, New Zealand in November.

“This year over 300 schools from all over the country participated in the contest. The local rounds took nearly three months. From the 300 schools, 11 regional teams competed in the national finals,” said chairman of CSI, prof C.R. Muthukrishnan.

He said “a mock session along with an online practice session was conducted prior to the final contest. The mega event on Sunday displayed an array of confidence and enthusiasm among the students”.

In the final teams from Chennai, Karikudi, Cochin, Bangalore, Baroda and Chandigarh competed and the final was a photo-finish, he added. Mr Pramod Khera, CEO of training and education at Aptech, co-sponsors of the event, said “we are proud of the fact that Indian students have en excellent aptitude for technical skills and use these skills effectively to enter the exciting world of Information Technology.”

“CSI-Aptech are jointly sponsoring the teams participating in the international competition which will be held in New Zealand next month,” he added.
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Buildings lying unused
Our Correspondent

Hanumangarh, October 15
Buildings constructed at a cost of lakhs of rupees are lying unused in this district.

People have put to use iron rods and bricks from partially constructed hostel for working women. The construction was stopped after irregularities were alleged in the construction and the case reached court. A girl’s hostel has being lying unused for the past several years for want of a warden and watchman.

Doors and windows of the Mother and Chief Welfare Centre situated near the Government Hospital are no longer there. As many as 20 years old this building has been a dumping ground for waste material of the hospital.

About 25 years ago, a rest house comprising six rooms was constructed at the grain market for farmers. The farmers come from outside to sell their produce, however, have to spend nights in the open. The rooms are reportedly opened at election time or to oblige some influential persons. A blood bank and 16 room were constructed in the hospital with public contribution, however, these also reportedly remain locked. A hospital for the blind constructed about six months ago, is awaiting inauguration.
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45 pc of population still illiterate
Our Correspondent

Hanumangarh, October 15
The census has revealed that about 45 per cent of population is illiterate in the district. The literacy rate has increased at a nominal pace in the last decade despite various schemes.

Data available has showed that there are 8,32,914 literates out of a total population of 15,17,390. The literacy rate in rural areas has risen to 63.65 per cent from 33.94 per cent in 1991.

Increase in literacy rate has also been registered in the urban areas. The present literacy rate in urban areas has increased to 73.82 per cent from 60.09 per cent.
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NATIONAL BRIEFS

WILD DOG SPOTTED IN BENGAL FORESTS
JALPAIGURI:
Forest Department officials have spotted the ‘wilddog’, an extinct species, in two forest areas of the Sub-Himalayan North Bengal, the Additional Conservator of Forests said. As many as 14 wild dogs were recently spotted near the Mahananda Sanctuary area in Darjeeling district, Additional Conservator Vinode Kumar Yadav said on Sunday at the Garumara National Park area here. PTI

FACELIFT OF LOK NAYAK’S BIRTHPLACE
CHAPRA (BIHAR):
Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan’s birth place, Hala Tola, in Sitabdiara under Saran district can hopefully expect a facelift. Former Prime Minister Chandrashekhar, who has been a staunch supporter of JP, assured of all possible help while addressing a gathering at the centenary celebrations function in Ballia district of Uttar Pradesh recently. The villagers donated three acres of land for installation of statues of JP and his wife Prabhavati Devi. UNI

MONEY CREATES TERROR
ITARSI (MP):
Residents of Itarsi are in the grip of terror created by a monkey which has attacked nearly six persons till Monday. According to sources, the monkey sports earrings and has a belt around its neck which shows that it was a domesticated one. Zonal Forest Ranger, however, denied having received any such information. UNI

3 BSF JAWANS ON PATROL KILLED
IMPHAL:
In a fresh spurt of violence, three Border Security Force (BSF) personnel were killed and four others seriously injured when underground Manipur People’s Army (MPA) ambushed a BSF patrol party at Kwakta in Bishenpur district Sunday night, official sources said on Monday. They said about 30 well-armed MPA members opened fire at a 10-member BSF foot patrol party at Kwakta, about 50 km south-east of here. Sources said the insurgents also took away some arms, including a self-loading rifle. PTI

INTER-GANG RIVALRY CLAIMS 5 LIVES
PATNA:
At least five persons were killed in an inter-gang rivalry at Chanda and Karnauti villages under Barh subdivision here on Monday. Additional Director General of Police (Patna) Ashish Ranjan Sinha said Ram Swarath Rai of Chanda village was shot dead by some criminals of Karnauti village early in the morning when he was on his way to catch a train. To protest against the killing, an irate mob of Chanda village abducted four persons of Karnaut village and later shot them dead. UNI

4 PWG ULTRAS SURRENDER
WARANGAL:
Four militants, including two women of the banned People’s War Group (PWG), surrendered before the Superintendent of Police here on Monday. G. Ramesh and Radhakka who surrendered were commanders of Bhupalapalli involved in 18 and 10 cases, respectively, carried a reward of Rs 10,000 each. The other who surrendered were Sunita, member of Military Platoon section and C. Krishna, a recent entrant into the PWG. UNI
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