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Envelope creates anthrax scare
Postal Dept monitoring overseas mail

Jaipur, October 18
A softly-padded envelope mailed from Australia triggered panic in the government engineering college in Kota in the wake of the anthrax scare, the police said here today. Though there was no sign of anthrax powder, a college clerk probably panicked after touching the “cushioned” envelope, Mr D.C. Jain, SP, told PTI over the telephone from Kota.

Union Tourism Minister Jagmohan inaugurated the second international conference-cum-showcase on India's tourism and heritage, Challenge 21, in the Capital today.
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SC extends CNG deadline to January 31
New Delhi, October 18
Much to the relief of the city’s commuters, the Supreme Court today extended the CNG deadline for the 10,000-strong city bus fleet till January 31 next year after the Centre and the Delhi Government blamed each other over the supply of the clean fuel.



Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan smokes a cigarette during a news conference in the eastern Indian city of Calcutta on Thursday. He is in Calcutta to promote his latest film "Asoka," releasing next week. — Reuters

 

THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS

Bina’s husband identifies Manu
New Delhi, October 18
George Mailhot, husband of socialite Bina Ramani, today identified in court Manu Sharma, who allegedly shot at model Jessica Lal in a restaurant two years ago. Deposing before Additional Sessions Judge R.L. Chugh, Mr Mailhot told the court that he heard two gun shots while standing with few friends in the courtyard of the restaurant ‘Tamarind Court’.

‘Bihar Gaurav’ for Shatrughan Sinha
Patna October 18
While RJD supremo Laloo Prasad Yadav had only good words to say for the Bollywood star and BJP Member of Parliament(MP) Shatrughan Sinha, ‘Shotgun’ Sinha also spared Mr Yadav his usual satirical comments.


RJD Chief Laloo Prasad congratulating veteran cine star and BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha after the stage show of the play "Pati, Patani Aur Main" in Patna on Thursday. — PTI  Photo

RJD Chief Laloo Prasad congratulating veteran cine star and BJP MP, Shatrughan Sinha

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`Pyar Zindagi Hai' or `Love is life' has introduced to the Indian  audience another actor Vikas Kalantri, who joins the  race in Bollywood.
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PMC quits NDA, extends support to Congress
Pondicherry, October 18
In a sudden turn of events, the Puducherry Makkal Congress (PMC), earlier a constituent of the opposition National Democratic Alliance (NDA), today extended unconditional support to the Congress-led Government in the Union Territory.

VHP action: Congress says arrest guilty
New Delhi, October 18
The Congress today condemned the VHP leaders for entering the “prohibited premises” in Ayodhya yesterday defying the Supreme Court’s order and demanded immediate arrest of the guilty persons.

Tehelka charged with doctoring videotapes
New Delhi, October 18
A private film producing company today charged tehelka.com with doctoring of the videotapes shot during the portal’s expose on corruption in defence deals and sought their examination by forensic experts.

Flag-waving Indian Muslims shout slogans during an anti-U.S. protest in the eastern Indian city of Calcutta on Thursday.
Flag-waving Muslims shout slogans during an anti-US protest in Kolkata on Thursday. An Islamic group, Jamiat Ulma Hind, on Thursday urged Indian Muslims not to buy soft drinks and table water marketed by US firms till the USA stopped bombing Afghanistan. — Reuters
Indian artist Eleena Banik poses in front of her paintings
Indian artist Eleena Banik poses in front of her paintings as visitors to her exhibition pass by in Mumbai
on Thursday. The 30-year-old award-winning painter's latest exhibition includes oil paintings embellished with objects such as paper boats, gold embroidery, jute strings and even frilly baby dresses. — Reuters

Family members of awardees of the Defence investiture ceremony at a reception hosted by the Chief of the Army Staff, Gen S Padmanabhan, on the eve of the ceremony in New Delhi on Thursday. — PTI Photo

Gowda flays George’s reinduction
New Delhi, October 18
Former Prime Minister and Janata Dal (S) president H.D. Deve Gowda today criticised the reinduction of Defence Minister George Fernandes into the Union Cabinet and said it was the last nail into the democratic coffin.

HC to hear Rao’s plea on Nov 19
New Delhi, October 18
The Delhi High Court today fixed November 19 for hearing a petition by former Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao challenging his conviction in the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) bribery case by a special court last year.

Swami asked to stay put in Capital
Dehra Dun, October 18
Keeping in view the current political situation in Uttaranchal, Mr Nityanand Swami, Chief Minister, has been asked by the BJP high command to stay put in New Delhi for another couple of days in order to prevent groupism within the state unit of the BJP.

30,000 marooned in cyclone-hit AP
Hyderabad, October 18
Army helicopters dropped food and water packets in the marooned villages of the cyclone-hit coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh where 45 persons have so far died and 30,000 rendered homeless, officials said today.

Army to get 2 ALHs by month-end
Nasik, October 18
Two advanced light helicopters (ALH), developed and designed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), would be delivered to the Indian Army by month-end, according to HAL Chairman N.R. Mohanty.

Indo-Russian JWG on Afghanistan meets
New Delhi, October 18
The Indo-Russian Joint Working Group (JWG) on Afghanistan held a crucial meeting here today in which the two countries are understood to have discussed threadbare the post-Taliban arrangement in that beleaguered country.

2 criminals shot in encounter
Ghaziabad, October 18
The police shot dead two criminals, including one who had looted a bank, in an encounter at Garh Mukteshwar last night. The police has recovered three guns from the criminals.



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Envelope creates anthrax scare
Postal Dept monitoring overseas mail

Jaipur, October 18
A softly-padded envelope mailed from Australia triggered panic in the government engineering college in Kota in the wake of the anthrax scare, the police said here today.

Though there was no sign of anthrax powder, a college clerk probably panicked after touching the “cushioned” envelope, Mr D.C. Jain, SP, told PTI over the telephone from Kota. The college staff and students left their rooms and called the police, he said.

As a precautionary measure, the suspected envelope was sealed in a bigger cover and sent to the district medical and health officer for investigation, he said.

Meanwhile, a close watch on all international mail is being maintained in the wake of anthrax scare abroad.

“We are keeping our fingers crossed and maintaining a close watch on international mail in particular,” Member Secretary (Operations) of the Postal Department Gautam Gupta, said in New Delhi.

Mr Gupta said the mail sorters had been asked to follow all norms including those prescribed by the Universal Postal Union of the United Nations.

“The main watch is being maintained at the post offices located at various international airports,” Mr Gupta said, adding that “the sorters have been asked to take precautions like wearing gloves and masks while opening a suspicious looking mail.”

He said the department had no equipment to detect any letter containing anthrax powder but in case of suspicion, the Postal Department would seek help from other agencies in this regard.

Meanwhile, the Delhi-based National Institute of Communicable Diseases is examining two envelopes received from Apollo Hospital and a police station for the presence of any anthrax spores. These contained a powdery substance and though preliminary investigation did not show presence of anthrax, the institute was carrying out detailed investigations, according to its Director Dr K.K. Dutta.

CHENNAI: A mysterious cover containing a white powder, received at the Indian Air Force (IAF) base in Tambaram, near here, created scare among the staff of the deadly anthrax bacteria.

The cover, received on Tuesday, was addressed to Air Officer Commander, Air Force, Tambaram, police sources said today.

Squadron Leader Prajapathi, on finding a white powder after opening the postal cover, promptly alerted the police.

The letter, which was handed over to the police, was later sent for forensic examination after completing legal formalities.

Police sources said initial test reports discounted the possibility of the powder containing any anthrax bacteria. PTI, UNI

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SC extends CNG deadline to January 31

New Delhi, October 18
Much to the relief of the city’s commuters, the Supreme Court today extended the CNG deadline for the 10,000-strong city bus fleet till January 31 next year after the Centre and the Delhi Government blamed each other over the supply of the clean fuel.

“In the interests of the commuters and the transporters who are plying their vehicles on permit basis and waiting to collect their CNG buses, we extend the deadline for conversion of all city buses into single-fuel CNG mode to January 31, 2002,” a Bench comprising Chief Justice A.S. Anand, Mr Justice B.N. Kirpal and Mr Justice V.N. Khare said.

As the transporters and their representatives breathed a sigh of relief, the Bench ordered the Delhi Government to file status report every four weeks before the court during this period on the phasing out of the diesel buses.

The Delhi Government promised before the court that it would be able to phase out 1,100 buses every month.

Amicus Curiae Harish Salve, after pointing out the lack of zeal on the part of both the Centre and the Delhi Government to implement the court orders on CNG, said as enforcement of the October 18 deadline would cause a lot of hardship to the commuters the same could be extended.

While the Central Government said it was supplying CNG more than what was required by the vehicles of Delhi, the Delhi Government said its buses were lying idle due to non-availability of adequate quantity of CNG.

On a query from the court, the Centre said it was supplying natural gas to the industries at a rate of Rs 2.30 per kg while the Indraprastha Gas Limited was selling compressed natural gas (CNG) at Rs 12.21 kg.

Recalling that the deadline had to be extended from time to time, the Bench said in its order: “We had hoped that the buses permitted to operate on permit basis will be phased out by replacing them with those running on CNG.”

Lambasting the Delhi and Union Governments, the court said: “No figures are available on either affidavits as to how many such vehicles have been phased out in the July-October period.”

“Be that as it may, we direct that phasing out must commence and it is the obligation of the Government of the National Capital Territory to do the same as it had issued the permits,” the Bench said.

Both governments agreed about their responsibility and the court said that “efforts should be to see that court orders made in public interest were implemented and not derailed by raising the bogey of supply and demand of CNG.”

The court put the matter for further hearing on February 8. PTI
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Bina’s husband identifies Manu

New Delhi, October 18
George Mailhot, husband of socialite Bina Ramani, today identified in court Manu Sharma, who allegedly shot at model Jessica Lal in a restaurant two years ago.

Deposing before Additional Sessions Judge R.L. Chugh, Mr Mailhot told the court that he heard two gun shots while standing with few friends in the courtyard of the restaurant ‘Tamarind Court’.

He later saw his wife Bina following a man and pointing at him saying that he was the one who shot at Jessica.

Mr Mailhot, a Canadian national, said, “A person was moving around the restaurant and Bina was following him saying that you are the one who shot Jessica. Give me the gun.’’

Narrating facts before the judge, he said Jessica was lying on the floor, she was not moving and there was no sign of blood oozing from her body at that time.

He said he noticed with the person, whom Bina was following, a Sikh gentleman. He declined to identify the bearded man saying that he just had a glimpse of him.

The 60 year-old artist stated that, he ran towards the gate in search of policemen and saw a man followed by few others rushing out. The first man was being followed by Bina.

“The first person was the one who I had seen in the restaurant and whom Bina had accosted and asked for the gun,” he said.

He further stated, “the first person who was followed by Mrs Ramani rushed towards Mehrauli side. Bina then asked me to follow him and note his registration number.’’

Mr Mailhot said he and Bina followed them on foot till Adam Khan’s tomb and then lost track of them.

He told the court that he immediately rushed to the Mehrauli police station and told the policemen on duty that a girl had been shot dead at the restaurant. UNI

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PMC quits NDA, extends support to Congress

Pondicherry, October 18
In a sudden turn of events, the Puducherry Makkal Congress (PMC), earlier a constituent of the opposition National Democratic Alliance (NDA), today extended unconditional support to the Congress-led Government in the Union Territory.

Addressing a press conference here, PMC founder leader P.Kannan said he called on AICC general secretary Gulam Nabi Azad and secretary Ramesh Chennithala today and conveyed the decision to them.

Stating that the tie-up with the NDA was only an electoral alliance, he said the PMC had decided to support the Congress in the wake of the changed political scenario in Pondicherry.

Clarifying that he had no difference of opinion with DMK president M. Karunanidhi, who is also the NDA leader in Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry, the PMC chief said his party cadres and office-bearers had all the liberty to take certain political decisions in the changed political scenario.

Evading a direct reply on whether the PMC would support the government led by Mr P. Shanmugam, Mr Kannan said he was not concerned about any individual or about the Chief Ministerial candidate.

A decision regarding this was purely an internal matter of the Congress and the PMC would support whomsoever the party (Congress) nominates for the Chief Minister’s post, he added.

Mr Kannan said he would again meet Mr Azad and Mr Chennithala to chalk out the next course of action.

Asked whether the PMC would be part of the ministry if the Congress favoured such a proposition, he said: “Let them do so”.

Meanwhile, the chances of Chief Minister P.Shanmugham contesting the byelection to become a member of the Territorial Assembly appeared bleak as no party legislator was prepared to resign to facilitate the byelection, even after Mr Azad and Mr Chennithala held separate discussions with them.

The AICC functionaries are presently holding talks with Mr Shanmugam at his residence to sort out the imbroglio. UNI

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‘Bihar Gaurav’ for Shatrughan Sinha
Our Correspondent

Patna October 18
While RJD supremo Laloo Prasad Yadav had only good words to say for the Bollywood star and BJP Member of Parliament(MP) Shatrughan Sinha, ‘Shotgun’ Sinha also spared Mr Yadav his usual satirical comments.

It did not end with an exchange of pleasantries, the RJD chief also welcomed the BJP MP to ‘‘come home and join the RJD , whenever he felt like’’. But ‘ Shotgun ’ Sinha let it pass saying, he was a hometown guy anyway.

The RJD President, his wife Chief Minister Rabri Devi, their family and several RJD ministers were there to attend the premier of the Sharughan Sinha 's play, ‘Pati Patni aur Main’ on Wednesday at the local Sri Krishna Memorial Hall. The play is being staged n various cities of the country.

The VIPs from the RJD, sat through the entire three-hour play and enjoyed it too. But Mr Yadav's open arm welcome to the BJP MP made the local BJP leaders nervous.

Mr Yadav, praising the Bollywood star, called him a ‘true son of Bihar’ and also announced that the government would honour him with the title of ‘Bihar Gaurav’. He also praised Shatrughan Sinha's ability for calling a spade a spade while his other party members ‘‘ were busy in covering up their mistakes’’.

Taking full advantage of the captive audience, Mr Yadav used the occasion to flay his political rivals, the BJP, and said that they had adopted the‘use and throw away’ policy towards the cine star politician.‘‘He was not even offered a ministerial berth in the government despite his active contribution in helping the BJP win at the Centre,’’ said the RJD President.

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VHP action: Congress says arrest guilty
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 18
The Congress today condemned the VHP leaders for entering the “prohibited premises” in Ayodhya yesterday defying the Supreme Court’s order and demanded immediate arrest of the guilty persons.

The main opposition party strongly believed that this act of the VHP was in fact an integral part of the build up of the sangh parivar to build Ram Temple at the disputed site in total violation of the Supreme Court’s directives.

“We condemn the manner in which VHP leaders defied the order of the Supreme Court and entered the prohibited premises in Ayodhya. The VHP leaders were guilty of deliberate and defiant violation of law. They should be arrested for criminal trespass,” party spokesman Jaipal Reddy told newspersons here.

Stating that the BJP and VHP are different will be an example of “black humour”, Mr Reddy charged that “they (BJP and VHP) together perpetrated demolition of Babri Masjid.”

Mr Reddy said it was the arrogance of power that the BJP formally enjoys both in Delhi and Lucknow that has gone into the head of the VHP leaders. “Otherwise, how they (VHP) could have done it,” he asked.

The Congress spokesman also condemned the explanation of the Uttar Pradesh police that it was security lapse “does not hold water”. “It is a case of security sabotage,” he asserted.

To buttress the party’s observation that the Sangh Parivar is calculatedly moving towards the construction of Ram Temple at the disputed site, Mr Redday said, “From our sources, we are fully alive to the fact that pre-fabricated structures of the temple are being built at various parts of the country... . Apart from this we need to know the VHP’s calculated move to divide the people of Uttar Pradesh on sectarian lines in the run-up to the assembly poll in the state”

“Under no circumstances we should allow this to happen in this country,” he said, and wanted to know whether the activists of the sangh parivar are above the law of the land.

The Congress, which had yesterday merely questioned the promulgation of the ordinance on the Prevention of Terrorism Ordinance, 2001, said today that it would oppose it “tooth and nail”.

Clarifying his party’s position on the new terrorism ordinance, Mr Reddy said, “There was no need for such a draconian act. What we need in the 21st century is a combination of liberal laws and effective state. We certainly do not want a combination of draconian laws and weak withering state.”

“We are of the view that draconian laws do not take us long and are not substitute to effective investigation and proper prosecution,” he said, adding that there is no need for such a national law as already states facing certain extreme situation have their own special laws to deal with such a situation.

Meanwhile, as part of its nationwide protest against the reinduction of Mr George Fernandes as the Defence Minister in the Cabinet, the Congress held a massive demonstration in Parliament Street here.

Several Congress workers led by senior leaders Moti Lal Vora, Natwar Singh and Ambika Soni courted arrest.

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Tehelka charged with doctoring videotapes

New Delhi, October 18
A private film producing company today charged tehelka.com with doctoring of the videotapes shot during the portal’s expose on corruption in defence deals and sought their examination by forensic experts.

At a press conference Milind Kapoor, film producer, showed portions of the tapes which he said “seems to have been tampered with while editing’’. Kapoor was one of the three experts examined by the Venkataswami Commission, which last week had brushed aside doubts on the veracity of the tapes and refused to refer these to a panel of experts.

In papers circulated at the briefing, purported to be its findings of the analysis of the tapes, Dr Arun Mehta of Indata.com Pvt Ltd and Kapoor said there were 48 video cuts and dissolves not marked on the transcripts and 30 audio discrepancies.

Kapoor showed his analysis of the video sequences showing former BJP President Bangaru Laxman, former Samata Party chief Jaya Jaitly Brig Iqbal Singh and others as instances of “words added in coversation, changing the sequence by editing, spoken word not matching sub-title in tehelka tapes or use of fast dissolves to edit’’.

Both Mehta and Kapoor maintained that audio manipulation was possible on Hi8 tapes with audio frequency modulation (Afm) sound track, used by Tehelka during its sting operation. UNI

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Gowda flays George’s reinduction
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 18
Former Prime Minister and Janata Dal (S) president H.D. Deve Gowda today criticised the reinduction of Defence Minister George Fernandes into the Union Cabinet and said it was the last nail into the democratic coffin.

Addressing a news conference here, the former Prime Minister urged the secular and democratic parties to launch a “mass campaign” to save the nation. He asserted that unity among the democratic and secular parties was a “must” as things would go from bad to worse, if nothing was done.

He was of the opinion that BJP’s mother organisation, RSS, had exercised its remote extra-constitutional authority to reinstal Mr Fernandes. He said there was discontent within the NDA on the reinduction which according to him was the “most unethical” act committed by any post-Independence government.

Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, by giving a ‘clean chit’ to Mr Fernandes, had only showed his utter disregard to the public opinion, he added. Unity of the democratic and secular parties was a ‘compulsion’ and he offered to hasten it.

Answering a question, he said if there was any effort to unite Janata Party constituents like in the pre-1977 days, he would extended his support. “I have no political ambition but the country should be freed from this misery”, he remarked.

Mr Gowda dared the NDA coalition to come out with the full report of the Subramanian Committee on Kargil and the Central Vigilance Commission reports on defence dealings if the government was serious about its proclamations of providing a ‘clean and transparent’ government. “If these reports were to become fully public, then the nation will come to know of the failures of the Defence Ministry as well as the Defence Minister, he said.

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HC to hear Rao’s plea on Nov 19

New Delhi, October 18
The Delhi High Court today fixed November 19 for hearing a petition by former Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao challenging his conviction in the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) bribery case by a special court last year.

Mr Rao’s counsel R.K. Anand informed the court of Mr Justice R.S. Sodhi that his client was available and ready to contest the case.

Mr Rao was sentenced to three years of imprisonment in September, 2000 for bribing four JMM MPs in order to save his government during the 1993 no-confidence motion.

Mr Rao had moved the high court against the order. The court admitted his petition in the regard in October last year while giving him bail and granting a stay on the sentence.

The court had left it to Mr Rao to inform when he would like the hearings in the case to begin according to his convenience. UNI

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Swami asked to stay put in Capital
Tribune News Service

Dehra Dun, October 18
Keeping in view the current political situation in Uttaranchal, Mr Nityanand Swami, Chief Minister, has been asked by the BJP high command to stay put in New Delhi for another couple of days in order to prevent groupism within the state unit of the BJP.

Highly placed sources close to the Union Minister of State for Surface Transport, Major-Gen B.C Khanduri (retd), revealed that the Union Minister from Uttaranchal was asked by the senior BJP leaders to take over as the Chief Minister but he laid certain terms and conditions before the party high command which irked the MLAs.

Mr Khanduri clearly refused to step down from the membership of the Lok Sabha saying that he would like to return to the union ministry after the state Assembly election. He also said he would induct only six MLAs into his new ministry terminating the present Cabinet in Uttaranchal.

Such reactions from Mr Khanduri, who seems to be the only candidate to replace Mr Swami, are taken seriously by the ministers of Uttaranchal government.

They fear they will have to return to their home constituencies for panchayat and Assembly elections. Panchayat elections are due in November this year while the Election Commission has announced yesterday to conduct the Assembly election before March, 2002.

There are two factions of MLAs lobbying for power in case they are asked to make their choice. Mr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Finance Minister, and Mr Bhagat Singh Koshiyari, Power and Irrigation Minister, are both exploring the possibilities of taking the party high command into confidence for acquiring chiefministership.

Meanwhile, the BJP high command has asked the in-charge of Uttar Pradesh and Uttaranchal affairs, Mr Kushabhau Thakre, to visit Dehra Dun on October 19 and hold a meeting with the MLAs and the party state unit in order to draw a consensus on the issue. Mr Puran Chand Sharma, President of the state unit of the BJP, was also summoned to New Delhi on Tuesday to discuss the matter.

On the other hand, reactions of close associates of Mr Swami within the ministry and bureaucracy seemed to be pale. It is believed that there will be a major bureaucratic reshuffle in case Mr Khanduri is asked to take over as the Chief Minister of Uttaranchal.

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30,000 marooned in cyclone-hit AP

Hyderabad, October 18
Army helicopters dropped food and water packets in the marooned villages of the cyclone-hit coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh where 45 persons have so far died and 30,000 rendered homeless, officials said today.

Kurnool and Cuddapah districts were hit the worst in the cyclone on Tuesday with 16 deaths each followed by Nellore and Chittoor (five each) and three in Ananthpur, officials said.

Massive rescue and relief operations were under way in the affected areas, they said.

About 80 relief camps were operating in the affected districts.

As the water started receding, traffic was restored on the Chennai-Kolkata national highway and the Nandyal-Cuddapah road. UNI

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Army to get 2 ALHs by month-end

Nasik, October 18
Two advanced light helicopters (ALH), developed and designed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), would be delivered to the Indian Army by month-end, according to HAL Chairman N.R. Mohanty.

“ALH has been developed as a multi-role, multi-mission helicopter in the four-five tonne category for the military, Coast Guard as well as civil applications”, Mr Mohanty told reporters at the HAL unit at Ojhar, 21 km from here, yesterday.

The helicopter, with its low noise, low vibration characteristics, all-weather operation capability, spacious cabin and large cargo doors is also ideal for air-ambulance, he said.

According to Mr Mohanty, agreement and contracts have been signed with Russia for the licence to manufacture 140 Sukhoi-30 MKI multi-role fighter aircraft, which would be produced in four phases at HAL, Nasik division.

Considering the need for a modern intermediate jet trainer, HAL has taken up design and development of HJT-36, which would replace “Kiran” aircraft, currently used for second-stage training, he said, adding that the aircraft and its system were being designed through computer-aided engineering to minimise the time between design to end product. PTI

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Indo-Russian JWG on Afghanistan meets
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 18
The Indo-Russian Joint Working Group (JWG) on Afghanistan held a crucial meeting here today in which the two countries are understood to have discussed threadbare the post-Taliban arrangement in that beleaguered country.

According to sources in the Ministry of External Affairs, the JWG talks were led by Deputy Foreign Minister Y Trubnikov from the Russian side and Foreign Secretary Chokila Iyer from the Indian side.

This is the third meeting of the JWG after the previous round held in Moscow in July. The JWG was formed in January this year following Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit here.

Russia and India have a convergence of interests on the Afghan situation as both countries support the government-in-exile of President Burhanuddin Rabbani and the Northern Alliance which has been fighting the Taliban.

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2 criminals shot in encounter
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, October 18
The police shot dead two criminals, including one who had looted a bank, in an encounter at Garh Mukteshwar last night. The police has recovered three guns from the criminals.

According to SSP Prashant Kumar, Pradeep Kumar was returning from Kastala village by car when a van over took his car at Bagar village under Garh Mukteshwar police station. The occupants of the van snatched licenced gun and cash from Pradeep.

Pradeep Kumar filed a report in the police station immediately.

The police soon surrounded the criminals and killed two of them in an encounter. The SSP said one of the killed criminal had been identified as Yashpal who was wanted in the looting of Syndicate Bank, Braj Ghat branch.

Yashpal was a resident of Muradabad. He was identified by bank employees.

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Two injured in attack
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 18
Two persons were shot at near a telephone booth in Malviya Nagar area of South Delhi this afternoon, the police said. One of the injured was identified as Ravi.

The assailant, identified as Satish, reportedly had an enmity with Ravi.

The police said Satish was the prime suspect in the murder of Ravi’s brother Uniadas, who was killed on June 6.

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NATIONAL BRIEFS

8 STENTS IMPLANTED IN WOMAN’S HEART
PUNE: A team of cardiologists here have implanted three stents in the heart of a 60-year-old woman, taking the number of stents in her heart to a record eight. Laxmi is the first woman in the country to carry in her heart as many stents, which are used to open blocked arteries, hospital sources said. The record worldwide - 11 stents - is held by a man in the USA, according to Dr P.K. Grant and Dr C.N. Makhale, who performed the surgery last week. UNI

CPM MEN RANSACK NEWSPAPER OFFICE
MADURAI: The office of Dinaboomi, a Tamil daily, was ransacked and journalists were allegedly attacked by CPM workers here on Wednesday night. Police sources said the CPM workers, apparently irked by a news item published in the daily, barged into its editorial department and attacked the journalists, including Chief Reporter Panneerselvam, Reporter Sundarapandian and Sub-Editor Ponnalagu, besides damaging property worth Rs 5 lakh. The unruly mob left the scene after warning the staff with dire consequences if they did not behave in a “proper’’ manner. UNI

FOUR OF FAMILY COMMIT SUICIDE
ELURU: An Andhra couple and their two children, on a visit to Varanasi, committed suicide there on Wednesday, the police said on Thursday. R. Satrughnudu (35), R.S.V. Lakshmi (30), their 10-year-old son and six-year-old daughter were found dead at the lodge run by the Ramataraka Andhra Ashram, west Godavari district Superintendent of Police Kripananda Triphati Ujhela said. The family had arrived there on October 4. None of the family members came out of the room after having dinner on October 14. The ashram organisers broke open the room and found them lying dead after other residents of the lodge had complained of stench. They also found a suicide note stating that no one was responsible for their death. UNI

SC: WIDOW OWNER OF HUSBAND’S PROPERTY
NEW DELHI:
The ownership of a deceased husband’s property vests in his widow as she succeeds him as heir, the Supreme Court has ruled, setting aside a judgement of the Karnataka High Court. “She fully represents the estate, the interests of reversioners therein being only spes successionis (expectation of successin),” observed a Bench comprising Mr Justice S.S.M. Quadri and Mr Justice S.N. Phookan. By the impugned judgement, the high court had allowed an appeal against the sale of land by a widow. UNI

WITNESS IDENTIFIES GULSHAN'S KILLER
MUMBAI:
A key prosecution witness on Thursday identified in a sessions court the prime accused Rauf Raja as one of the assailants of audio king Gulshan Kumar even as two more witnesses were summoned to appear on Friday for tendering evidence. Deposing before Sessions Judge M.L. Tahilyani, the witness, Mr Sanjay Desai, said few other witnesses had on February 2 this year identified before him Rauf Raja as one of the killers of Gulshan Kumar. PTI

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