Wednesday, October 24, 2001, Chandigarh, India





National Capital Region--Delhi

THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
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Housing scheme for urban poor okayed
New Delhi, October 23
The government today gave its approval to the Rs 2000 crore housing and sanitation scheme for the urban poor and slum-dwellers across the country which was announced earlier in the year by Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee.

Stop attacks on Hindus, VHP tells Khaleda
New Delhi, October 23
Hundreds of activists of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), Bajrang Dal and the Hindu Mahasabha today staged a demonstration outside the Bangladesh High Commission in the Capital to protest against the increasing attacks on Hindus living in Bangladesh after the Khaleda Zia regime took over in Dhaka.

Vishwa Hindu Parishad activists trying to break the police cordon near the Bangladesh High Commission during a demonstration against alleged torture on Hindus in Bangladesh after the Khalida Zia ministry took charge. — PTI photo

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Charges framed against 167 blast accused
Coimbatore, October 23
The special court, appointed to try the 1998 serial blasts in the city, today framed charges against 167 accused for their alleged involvement in the cases.




EARLIER STORIES

 

Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit arrives at an exhibition organised by the women's wing of the Indian Merchant's Chamber in Bombay on Tuesday. The exhibition, where Madhuri was invited as the chief guest, showcases products made by women entrepreneurs in the field of handicrafts and ethnic fashion.
— Reuters


Artisans busy on preparing Ravana effigies for the Dasehra festival at Gandhi Maidan in Patna on Tuesday. — PTI


Congress President Sonia Gandhi posing with a bow and arrow with the members of Ramlila Lavkush committee in New Delhi on Tuesday. — PTI


Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee receives a replica of the Golden Temple of Amritsar from a Sikh delegation at the Prime Minister's residence in New Delhi on Tuesday. — PTI

Jogi got tribal status certificate ‘fraudulently’
Bhopal, October 23
The finding of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes that Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Ajit Jogi is not a tribal portends political instability in the state which completes one year of its existence on October 31.

SAHMAT flays Imam’s remarks against Shabana
New Delhi, October 23
The Safdar Hashmi Memorial Trust (SAHMAT) today condemned the remarks of Jama Masjid Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari, describing film-actress and MP Shabana Azmi as a “nautch girl and prostitute” and demanded an apology from him.

Badal chairs meeting on celebrations
New Delhi, October 23
Cultural extravaganza portraying the marshal tradition of Maharaja Ranjit Singh will mark the bicentenary celebrations of the Sher-e-Punjab next month.


Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal presides over the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Celebrations Concept Committee meeting in the Capital on Tuesday. Union Minister Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, former Delhi Chief Minister Madan Lal Khurana were among those who attended the meeting. On the extreme right is Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal.
— Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal

Subsidy for Haj pilgrims retained
New Delhi, October 23
The Centre has retained the existing subsidy given to Haj pilgrims with the Central Haj Committee today announcing that it had fixed Rs 12,000 as airfare for those willing to undertake next year’s Haj pilgrimage.

Advani’s office gets ‘suspicious’ letter
New Delhi, October 23
The anthrax scare today reached the doorsteps of Home Minister L.K. Advani when a letter containing suspicious powder and addressed to him was received at his office the Home Ministry sources said. The letter did not contain the sender’s name or the place of origin.

Anthrax: BSNL setting up detection cells
Kolkata, October 23
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is setting up special detection-cum-protection cells in major post offices to tackle the anthrax scare.

BJP team leaves for China today
New Delhi, October 23
On the invitation of the Communist Party of China (CPC), a six-member delegation of the BJP is leaving on a study trip to Beijing tomorrow.

SC: failure to keep promise not cheating
New Delhi, October 23
Removing a misconception about the offence of cheating punishable under Section 420 of the Indian Penal Code, the Supreme Court has ruled that mere failure on the part of a person to honour a promise does not make him liable for the offence of cheating.

Uttaranchal to ban smoking
Dehra Dun, October 23
The Uttaranchal Government has decided to ban smoking at public places. A draft proposal regarding this was approved by the state Cabinet today to be placed before the State Legislative Assembly in the coming session commencing from October 29.

LCP merges with Samajwadi Party
Lucknow, October 23
The Loktantrik Congress Party (LCP), led by former Uttar Pradesh Energy Minister Naresh Agarwal, today merged with the Samajwadi Party.

Cong leader chargesheeted
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Housing scheme for urban poor okayed
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 23
The government today gave its approval to the Rs 2000 crore housing and sanitation scheme for the urban poor and slum-dwellers across the country which was announced earlier in the year by Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee.

The Union Cabinet, at its meeting today, gave the approval for the scheme to be implemented forthwith. The scheme — Valmiki Ambedkar Awaas Yojna — was announced on the Independence Day by the Prime Minister from the ramparts of the Red Fort.

Urban Development Minister Ananth Kumar told reporters after the Cabinet meeting that while Rs 1000 crore would be given as grant, a similar amount would be provided to slum-dwellers and the urban poor as loan.

The minister said through the scheme, four lakh houses per year would be provided to the slum-dwellers and the urban poor across the country in over 5,160 towns and cities.

Under the scheme, Rs 60,000 per house had been earmarked for houses in the megapolises of Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata. For towns and cities with a population between one million and 10 million, a sum of Rs 50,000 had been earmarked while Rs 40,000 had been earmarked for other towns and cities.

The houses would be constructed in a plinth area of 150 sq feet having sanitary facilities, a kitchen and a balcony.

The minister said as per the scheme, 50 per cent of the amount would be provided as grant. The other 50 per cent would be given as loan, repayable over 15 years.

The scheme was aimed at fulfilling the promise made by the Prime Minister, the minister said. It was the first ever housing programme for the urban poor and slum-dwellers approved after the Independence Day, he said.

The scheme envisaged providing shelter for all by 2010. There were 1.76 crore shelterless people in urban areas.

“This scheme will go a long way in providing a roof to the shelterless by 2010”, Mr Ananth Kumar said. The minister clarified that the construction pattern would depend on the geographical needs of the region. The scheme would have a quota of 50 per cent for the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, 30 per cent for the OBCs, 15 per cent for economically weaker sections and five per cent for physically and mentally challenged.

The Cabinet gave its approval for the Rs 400 crore National City Sanitation Project titled Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan which would be a sub-project of the Valmiki Ambedkar Awaas Yojna. Under the scheme, the government would provide toilet facilities to the slum-dwellers in urban areas.

The government would provide money for the construction of toilets in slums and also provide a shelter for caretakers of the toilets near the facilities.

The toilets would be maintained on a community basis by the slum-dwellers themselves at a token charge and the scheme would target 7.5 crore slum population in the country.
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Stop attacks on Hindus, VHP tells Khaleda

New Delhi, October 23
Hundreds of activists of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), Bajrang Dal and the Hindu Mahasabha today staged a demonstration outside the Bangladesh High Commission in the Capital to protest against the increasing attacks on Hindus living in Bangladesh after the Khaleda Zia regime took over in Dhaka.

In a hard-hitting memorandum addressed to the Bangladesh Prime Minister, leaders of these organisations observed that Bangladesh was seemingly going the Afghanistan way.

“Under your leadership, Bangladesh seems to have adopted the path of jehad and Laden”, said the memorandum signed by VHP’s Delhi unit chief Om Prakash Singhal, Bajrang Dal convener Surendra Jain and Hindu Mahasabha president Dinesh Chandra Tyagi.

It was a matter of shame for the Khaleda Zia government that the Hindus living in Bangladesh were forced to leave the land of their ancestors in view of the increasing atrocities , the memorandum said. It demanded that the government in Dhaka stop the attack on Hindus in Bangladesh forthwith failing which it should be ready to give them a separate homeland within that country.

The Khaleda Zia government should also take steps to rehabilitate Hindus who had been forced to flee, it said. UNI
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Charges framed against 167 blast accused

Coimbatore, October 23
The special court, appointed to try the 1998 serial blasts in the city, today framed charges against 167 accused for their alleged involvement in the cases.

The accused, numbering 164 and lodged in the local central prison, were brought under tight security. Three others admitted to the government hospital, were also produced before Special Judge, A Selvam.

An accused, Riaz-ur Rehman, who allegedly supplied explosives for manufacturing bombs and devices, had turned approver in the case.

As many as 58 persons were killed and over 250 injured, when a series of explosions rocked the city and suburbs during the visit of BJP leader L.K. Advani, on February 14, 1998.

The leaders of banned outfit Al-Umma, S.A. Batcha, and his son, Siddiq Ali, Mohammed Ansari, and Kerala-based People’s Democratic Party founder leader Abdul Nasser Mahdhani, were among the accused.

Mr Selvam posted the case to November 27 — the sources added. PTI 
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Jogi got tribal status certificate ‘fraudulently’
N.D. Sharma

Bhopal, October 23
The finding of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes that Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Ajit Jogi is not a tribal portends political instability in the state which completes one year of its existence on October 31.

The immediate disaster has been averted by the interim injunction granted by the Chhattisgarh High Court against the order of the Commission on Mr Jogi’s petition. Mr Jogi had just started settling down and asserting his authority. He will now be seen struggling for his political survival instead of paying attention to the state administration.

If the Commission’s order is upheld by the High Court, Mr Jogi will have to go immediately. He was not a member of the Assembly when he was sworn in Chief Minister of the newly created state on November 1 last year. Later on he was elected from a constituency (Marwahi) reserved for the Scheduled Tribes. (Incidentally, it was a BJP member, Mr Ram Dayal Uike, who had vacated this “safe” constituency for Mr Jogi).

Mr Jogi appeared to be shaky on his tribal status from the moment the Commission had taken up the inquiry late last year on a complaint from a tribal in Chhattisgarh. The Commission’s communications to the state government on the subject remained unanswered. Eventually, the Commission had sent its own official from Delhi to complete the investigation.

According to the Commission Chairman, Mr Dileep Singh Bhuria, one gets the tribal status by birth and there is the Presidential notification listing the castes and sub-castes in each district as Scheduled Tribes. The Commission’s finding is that Mr Jogi was not born in the Kanwar tribe as he claims, but in the Satnami caste, which is included in the list of the Scheduled Castes in the state.

The Commission has sent its finding to the Chhattisgarh government with the direction to file a criminal case against Mr Jogi for “fraudulently” obtaining the certificate of tribal status. As the Commission is a constitutional body, its findings and directions are binding on the state government, according to Mr Bhuria.
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SAHMAT flays Imam’s remarks against Shabana

New Delhi, October 23
The Safdar Hashmi Memorial Trust (SAHMAT) today condemned the remarks of Jama Masjid Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari, describing film-actress and MP Shabana Azmi as a “nautch girl and prostitute” and demanded an apology from him.

In a statement here, SAHMAT secretary Shabnam Hashmi said the Imam’s description of Ms Azmi as a “nachne, gaanewali tawaif” during a programme “We the People” on Star News, from which the word ‘tawaif’ was edited before it was beamed, “only reflected the vulgarity of the Imam’s mind.”

“This is not surprising given his well-known medieval mindset and retrogressive views. The Imam seems to have been rattled by the fact that Ms Shabana Azmi and others were effectively and successfully able to counter the perception that the Imam represented the views of the Muslim community as a whole,” she said.

SAHMAT demanded an apology from the Imam and appealed to democratic sections in all communities to unequivocally condemn his comment. UNI
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Badal chairs meeting on celebrations
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 23
Cultural extravaganza portraying the marshal tradition of Maharaja Ranjit Singh will mark the bicentenary celebrations of the Sher-e-Punjab next month.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, who presided over the concept committee meeting of the bicentenary celebrations of the coronation of Maharaja Ranjit Singh in the Capital today, finalised the programmes to be held during November 11 to 13 in Amritsar.

Mr Badal informed the meeting that the President, Mr K.R. Narayanan, would release a Maharaja Ranjit Singh commemorative postage stamp. It would be released at a function at Rashtrapati Bhavan on November 9.

The Chief Minister said the state government had decided to declare November 13 a public holiday as a mark of respect and tribute to this great son of India.

Mr Badal said a political rally would be organised in the city of the Golden Temple on November 13, where the Prime Minister and senior leaders of the Centre would be present.

The celebrations will start on November 11 with prayers at Sri Harmandir Sahib, followed by “kirtan” and “ardas” at Takht Akal Takht Sahib. Thereafter, a colourful ceremonial procession with decorated elephants, horses, camels, traditional bands followed by sangat in thousands will be taken out from Sri Harmandir Sahib to Ram Bagh where the statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh will be garlanded.
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Subsidy for Haj pilgrims retained
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 23
The Centre has retained the existing subsidy given to Haj pilgrims with the Central Haj Committee today announcing that it had fixed Rs 12,000 as airfare for those willing to undertake next year’s Haj pilgrimage.

The government provides a subsidy of Rs 18,000 per pilgrim for air travel and the Finance Ministry had favoured that it be slashed by 50 per cent as part of the process to gradually eliminate the subsidy.

The Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, shot down the proposal and the government decided to pay around Rs 110 crore as subsidy for the Haj travel.

In a statement today, Haj Committee (India) executive officer Abdul Rashid Mir said the amount had to be paid through a bank draft drawn in favour of “Haj Committee (India), Mumbai” and sent to the executive officer, Haj Committee (India) Haj House, 7-A, MRA Marg, (Palton) Road, Mumbai-400001.

The bank draft should be accompanied with a covering letter indicating the name, address and the cover number of the prospective pilgrim. The cover number should be mentioned on the reverse of the bank draft.

The last date for the receipt of the draft is November 30.
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Advani’s office gets ‘suspicious’ letter
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 23
The anthrax scare today reached the doorsteps of Home Minister L.K. Advani when a letter containing suspicious powder and addressed to him was received at his office the Home Ministry sources said. The letter did not contain the sender’s name or the place of origin.

A similar suspicious letter addressed to the Home Ministry was received at the North Block office.

A letter containing suspicious powder was also spotted in the mail addressed to the private secretary to the Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare here on Tuesday.

Sources said preliminary investigations had shown negative results on the presence of anthrax spores. Experts suspected that the white powder being mailed to different persons across the country could just be talcum or chalk powder.

Mr A.R. Nanda, Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare told the TNS that the letter bearing the address of the UNFPA was addressed to his private secretary, Samadar. He said the sample had been handed over to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases.

Meanwhile, the issue of bio-terrorism was also discussed at a meeting focussing on the VIP security. Officers of the PMO, Intelligence Bureau, Health Ministry, the NICD and the Defence Research and Development Organisation attended the meeting. 
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Anthrax: BSNL setting up detection cells
Subhrangshu Gupta

Kolkata, October 23
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is setting up special detection-cum-protection cells in major post offices to tackle the anthrax scare.

The Union Minister of State for Communications, Mr Tapan Sikhdar, has met local Postmaster Generals and senior officials of BSNL and discussed the problems relating to suspected anthrax envelopes.

The postal authorities have been asked to take extreme precautions before handling envelopes suspected to be carrying anthrax spores.

Now all such envelopes would be handled by special detection-cum-protection cells in post offices, which will be empowered to directly send such envelopes to the police. The cells will be compose of staff competent to handle these envelopes. Special detection machines will also be installed in all post offices.

The Union Health Minister, Mr C.P. Thakur, has written to all Chief Ministers to set up testing machinery in government hospitals and laboratories to handle all letters and envelopes which might carrying anthrax germs.

He accused the press of causing panic by giving a false report of the receipt of an anthrax envelope in his office yesterday.

MARGAO: The Goa police has handed over a parcel, received by a city resident from the USA, to the Health Department after the recipient suspected that it could possibly contain anthrax spores.
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BJP team leaves for China today
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 23
On the invitation of the Communist Party of China (CPC), a six-member delegation of the BJP is leaving on a study trip to Beijing tomorrow.

The delegation, led by former Rajasthan Chief Minister Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, would visit Shanghai and Hongkong apart from Beijing where the BJP leaders would have wide-ranging discussions on international terrorism and current developments in Afghanistan and the region.

The visit, part of a memorendum of understanding (MoU) between the BJP and the ruling CPC signed in mid-nineties, is aimed at strengthening Sino-Indian ties and at promoting better understanding between the two parties. BJP general secretary and spokesman Sunil Shastri said the visit would provide a first-hand understanding of the developments in China.

Besides Mr Shekhawat, other members of the delegation are Lieut Gen K.P. Candeth, co-convener of the BJP economic affairs R. Ramakrishna, Mr Narpat Singh Razvi from Rajasthan, convener of the Foreign Affairs cell Surindra Arora and Mr Shastri.
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SC: failure to keep promise not cheating

New Delhi, October 23
Removing a misconception about the offence of cheating punishable under Section 420 of the Indian Penal Code, the Supreme Court has ruled that mere failure on the part of a person to honour a promise does not make him liable for the offence of cheating.

“A mere failure to keep promise subsequently cannot be presumed as an act leading to cheating,” a Bench comprising Justice D.P. Mohapatra and Justice Shivaraj V. Patil said in a judgement.

Justice Patil, delivering the judgement, said: “In order to constitute an offence of cheating, the intention to deceive should be in existence at the time when the inducement was made. It is necessary to show that a person had fraudulent or dishonest intention at the time of making the promise.”

This ruling came in a case where the apex court quashed the proceedings against company officials in a cheating case arising from a complaint filed by a person after certain disputes between them.

The Bench said if the person was aggrieved that the company had committed breach of agreement, it was open for him to seek redressal in a competent court or forum to recover damages but this would not amount to cheating.

It said many a times complaints were filed by the parties with an oblique motive or for collateral purposes to harass, to wreck vengeance, to pressurise the accused to bring them to their own terms. PTI
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Uttaranchal to ban smoking
Kulwinder Sandhu
Tribune News Service

Dehra Dun, October 23
The Uttaranchal Government has decided to ban smoking at public places. A draft proposal regarding this was approved by the state Cabinet today to be placed before the State Legislative Assembly in the coming session commencing from October 29.

Briefing mediapersons here this evening, Mr Madhukar Gupta Chief Secretary, said: “The prevention of Smoking at Public Places Bill, 2001, is to be introduced in the Assembly in the coming session. The Bill has been drafted on the pattern of the Delhi Government”.

Following approval from the Assembly, smoking would be banned in hospitals, buses, railway stations, auditoriums, restaurants, colleges, schools and other public places.

Nobody would be allowed to sell tobacco at bus stands, railway stations and other public places. Provisions of fine ranging from Rs 200 to Rs 500 for violation of this Act were likely to come into existence.

The Cabinet had also decided to raise Uttaranchal Contingency Fund and rules regarding this had been framed. A proposal from the Finance Department regarding the approval of supplementary grants was also discussed by the Cabinet. Bills were being introduced regarding these two decisions in the coming session.

Apart from this, the state Cabinet had approved a proposal to set up Labour Commission with headquarters at Haldwani, industrial tribunal and labour courts. The Department of Employment and Training had been attached with the Labour Commission.
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LCP merges with Samajwadi Party

Lucknow, October 23
The Loktantrik Congress Party (LCP), led by former Uttar Pradesh Energy Minister Naresh Agarwal, today merged with the Samajwadi Party.

An announcement to this effect was made at a meeting in Faizabad which was addressed by Samajwadi Party President, Mr Mulayam Singh Yadav, and Mr Agarwal, Samajwadi Party spokesman Mr S.R.S. Yadav told PTI here. Mr Naresh Agarwal was sacked as the Energy Minister by the Chief Minister, Mr Rajnath Singh, in August following which there was a split in the 19-member LCP legislature party with all party MLAs, Barring Mr Ram Pal Verma, pledging support to Mr Rajnath Singh.

Meanwhile, all LCP MLAs, who had parted ways with Mr Agarwal, continue to hold their posts in Mr Rajnath Singh’s Council of Ministers. PTI
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Cong leader chargesheeted

Bhopal, October 23
The CID has chargesheeted former state Congress general secretary Inder Prajapat in a case relating to the murderous assault on his party colleague Manka Agarwal. According to the chargesheet presented in the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate here on Monday the accused had fired thrice at Mr Agarwal, who is also a former general secretary of the Congress’ state unit. UNI
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NATIONAL BRIEFS

STALIN RE-ELECTED CHENNAI MAYOR
CHENNAI:
Mr M.K. Stalin (DMK) was re-elected as Mayor of the Chennai Municipal Corporation when he defeated Mr N. Balaganga (AIADMK) by a slender margin of 5,013 votes. The margin of Mr Stalin, son of DMK chief and former Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, has gone down heavily this time. In 1996, he was elected by a margin of 3.2 lakh votes. PTI

VILLAGE WHERE RAVANA IS WORSHIPPED
VIDISHA (MP):
When the entire nation celebrates Dasehra a victory of good over evil by burning the effigy of the demon king Ravana, a small hamlet in this district of Madhya Pradesh worships “Ravana Baba”. For the residents of Ravana village, 6 km from the Nateran tehsil, Ravana personifies a symbol of prosperity and is regarded as a saviour. The residents feel that the latter would shield their habitations from any evil eye. Villagers from neighbouring villages also throng the “darbar” for offering puja to Ravana on Dasehra which is followed by an “aarti” of their deity. UNI

IIT DIRECTOR ESCAPES BID ON LIFE
CHENNAI:
Dr R. Natarajan, Director, Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, escaped an attempt on his life by assailants here on Monday night. Dr Natarajan received an eight-inch-long and a quarter-inch-deep cut in his neck inflicted with a sharp weapon at the Hindi Prachar Sabha compound at 9.45 pm, IIT officials said. The assailants, who came in motor cycles, escaped after attacking him. Dr Natarajan was rushed to the IIT hospital where his condition was stated to be stable. “He is out of danger,” officials said. UNI

TWO KILLED, 4 HURT IN FIRING
PATNA:
Two persons were killed and four seriously injured when miscreants opened fire in crowded Masaurhi market in Patna district, the police said on Tuesday. Two armed miscreants on a motor cycle fired indiscriminately on Mon day, killing two persons on the spot, they said adding that the injured were admitted to the hospital here in a critical condition. The police has ruled out the involvement of any extremist outfit in the incident. PTI

DMS PUBLIC UTILITY SERVICE
NEW DELHI:
The Centre on Tuesday declared the Delhi Milk Scheme (DMS) as a public utility service for another six months with effect from Wednesday. In a notification, the Labour Ministry said the decision, which had been taken under the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947, was necessitated in view of the public interest. The services in the DMS were earlier declared as public utility on April 24 last year. UNI

6 UP ENGINEERS SUSPENDED
LUCKNOW:
The UP Government has suspended six irrigation engineers, including three XENs, for financial irregularities, not executing contracts as per rule, constructing bridge without constructing canal and causing a financial loss to the tune of Rs 61.35 lakh to the state exchequer. The government has also decided to revert an assistant engineer to his original post for getting promotion on a bogus caste certificate and punished four others for misconduct. UNI

SP CORPORATOR SHOT DEAD
KANPUR:
Waseem, alias Pappu Katori, a Samajwadi Party member of the Kanpur Municipal Corporation was shot dead near Ifftakharabad Colony here on Tuesday, the police said. According to reports, Waseem was shot from close range by three pistol-weilding persons. Three persons have been into custody. PTI

RSP LEADER GUNNED DOWN
JALPAIGURI:
A leader of the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) was shot dead by suspected Kamtapur Liberation Organisation Extremists (KLO) at Madhya Haldibari village in West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district on Monday night, the police said. Masked miscreants in “police uniform” gunned down Rohini Adhikari around midnight, SP, S. Gupta said, adding that all police stations had been alerted and the area was being patrolled by the police, the CRPF and the RAF. PTI
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