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National Capital Region--Delhi

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PM’s team to take up Gorshkov deal
New Delhi, October 25
Breakthrough on the purchase of the aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov is expected during the forthcoming visit of Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee to Russia.

Cruelty does not mean abetment to suicide: SC
New Delhi, October 25
Conviction for cruelty to wife does not necessarily mean conviction also for abetment to suicide by her, the Supreme Court has ruled.

Global plan to combat TB launched
New Delhi, October 25
A new global plan to stop the alarming spread of tuberculosis has been jointly launched by the World Health Organisation and World Bank, which said Afghanistan, Pakistan and India were among the countries having a high incidence of people affected by the disease.

Eight die after consuming liquor
Kolkata, October 25
Eight persons died and 52 others fell ill after consuming illicit liquor at a village in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal today, the police said.

The annual donkey fair in Rajasthan.




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Durga pooja  celebrations  in Kolkata had Durga in her "rudra roop."

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Magistrate suspended in temple entry case
Lucknow, October 25
The Uttar Pradesh Government today suspended the Magistrate and the Circle Officer posted at the disputed site in Ayodhya for “dereliction of duty and laxity.” 




The tax reforms committee in  its final report recommends  closure of pubs and wine shops  between 11 am and 4 pm.

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EARLIER STORIES

 

Buddhist monks praying for world peace on the occasion of 32nd anniversary of Pious Peace Pagoda at Ratnagiri hills in Patna on Thursday. — PTI photo

Anthrax-infected meat: 8 fall ill
Purulia (West Bengal), October 25
Eight persons have fallen ill after eating the meat of anthrax-infected cattle at Balarampur village in Purulia district of West Bengal.

Call for boycott of US, UK goods
Kanpur, October 25
A Muslim organisation here today called for the boycott of goods manufactured by the USA and the UK in protest against the US military strikes in Afghanistan.

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PM’s team to take up Gorshkov deal
Girja Shankar Kaura
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 25
Breakthrough on the purchase of the aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov is expected during the forthcoming visit of Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee to Russia.

Sources in the government here said today that while some understanding was reached over the deal, which has been hanging fire for almost two years now, during the recent visit of the Russian Deputy Prime Minister Ilya Klebanov to New Delhi, some more ground could be covered during the visit of the Prime Minister which begins early November.

Although the final agreement still not expected, but reports here said that the two countries could reach on an agreement on some vital grounds during the visit. A high level delegation from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is expected to accompany the Prime Minister.

Sources said that there was some understanding on the purchase between Klebanov and the reinstated Defence Minister George Fernandes.

A breakthrough on the issue was also expected as the Defence Minister had in his interaction with the media clearly stated that just about 25 per cent of the capital outlay for defence had been spent as yet and the rest of the 75 per cent would be spent before the end of financial year.

Defence watchers expect that a large sum from the left over budget might be allocated for the purchase of Admiral Gorshkov.

There were also reports of the MoD being in the process of constituting the price negotiation committee for the purchase of Admiral Gorshkov. The expert committee headed by a top MoD official has already cleared the purchase of the aircraft carrier in terms of technical specifications.

The official clearance would end the long wait of the Indian Navy for an aircraft carrier. Reports said that technical negotiations — about the state of the ship and what has to be done to restore it along with the additions has been completed. A high level committee of the MoD was recently in Moscow to complete the formalities.Top

 

Cruelty does not mean abetment to suicide: SC

New Delhi, October 25
Conviction for cruelty to wife does not necessarily mean conviction also for abetment to suicide by her, the Supreme Court has ruled.

In a significant judgement, the apex court has held that merely because an accused has been convicted of wife-cruelty “it does not follow that on the same evidence he must also and necessarily be held guilty of having abetted the commission of suicide by her”.

Distinguishing the two provisions of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the court said that Sections 498-A (cruelty) and 306 of IPC (abetment) were “independent and constitute different offences”.

“Though, depending on the facts and circumstances of an individual case, subjecting a woman to cruelty may amount to an offence under Section 498-A and may also, if the course of conduct amounting to cruelty leaves no other option except to commit suicide, amount to abetment to commit suicide,’’ the court observed. The ruling was given in a recent judgement by a three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice A.S. Anand, Mr Justice R.C. Lahoti, and Mr Justice K.G. Balakrishnan, while partly allowing an appeal by an accused convicted and sentenced under Sections 498-A and 306 of the IPC.

Appellant-accused Ramesh Kumar had been charged with not only treating his wife Seema Devi with cruelty but also instigating her to commit suicide on June 17, 1986 within one year of their marriage.

The trial court held the accused guilty of both the offences and awarded respective sentences of seven years’ Rigorous Imprisonment (RI) under Section 306 and two years’ RI under Section 498-A of the IPC, both the sentences to run concurrently.

The Madhya Pradesh High Court later maintained the conviction along with the sentences.

The SC in its judgement noted that the findings of guilt on both counts as recorded by the trial court and the high court rested on the testimony of five witnesses, a letter written by the deceased to her father, and her dying declaration.

On the principle underlining admissibility of a dying declaration in evidence, the court said that truth sits on the lips of a dying person and it can convict an accused on the basis of such declaration where it inspires full confidence.

“There is no reason why the same principle should not be applied when such a declaration speaking of the cause of death exonerates the accused unless there is material available to form an opinion that the deceased while making such statement was trying to conceal the truth, either having been persuaded to do so or because of sentiments for her husband.”

The court said on the date of the incident, the husband probably told the deceased that she was free to go wherever she wished and this may have revived the earlier impulse of the deceased to commit suicide.

The dying declaration, the court said, corroborates the inference flowing from the writings contained in the diary. The conduct of the husband trying to put off the fire and taking his wife to hospital also improbablises the theory of having abetted suicide. “In our opinion there is no evidence and material available on record wherefrom an inference of the accused having abetted the commission of suicide by the wife may necessarily be drawn’’, the judges observed. UNITop

 

Global plan to combat TB launched

New Delhi, October 25
A new global plan to stop the alarming spread of tuberculosis (TB) has been jointly launched by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and World Bank (WB), which said Afghanistan, Pakistan and India were among the countries having a high incidence of people affected by the disease.

The broad coalition “Stop TB Partnership” — said vulnerable and poor populations across the globe were specially at the risk of contracting the killer disease.

Stating that Afghanistan and Pakistan were among the world’s worst-affected countries, the two world bodies said hundreds and thousands of refugees were living in cramped conditions along their common border. “In these circumstances, there is a real risk that even more people will fall victim to the disease,” a World Bank release said here.

Twentytwo countries, including India, comprise almost 80 per cent of the global TB burden.

The initiative, launched in Washington, appealed to the governments in both developed and developing countries to substantially increase their financial backing for it.

With a death toll of nearly two million people last year alone, TB’s deadly association with the HIV and AIDS pandemic, coupled with its growing drug resistance, has made it an imminent public health emergency, the partnership said.

The plan proposes national access to DOTS, the internationally accepted strategy through which healthcare workers and community volunteers treat people suffering from TB with a powerful combination of medicines, in ways that ensure success of their lengthy treatment.

The complete course of medicines costs less than Rs 500.

The global plan also includes prevention of multi-drug resistant TB, research and development of new drugs with a shortened treatment period and strategies to better treat HIV positive people who have TB. UNITop

 

Eight die after consuming liquor

Kolkata, October 25
Eight persons died and 52 others fell ill after consuming illicit liquor at a village in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal today, the police said.

Some people of the village under Joynagar police station consumed the liquor last night after returning from a “darshan” of Durga Puja pandals in Joynagar and were taken ill immediately, they said.

While eight of them died this morning, others were admitted to the local Padmarhat Hospital, nearby nursing homes and in Kolkata hospitals, the police said.

The Subdivisional Police Officer (SDPO), Baruipur Kalol Gorai, was on the spot with a large contingent of policemen. PTITop

 

Magistrate suspended in temple entry case

Lucknow, October 25
The Uttar Pradesh Government today suspended the Magistrate and the Circle Officer posted at the disputed site in Ayodhya for “dereliction of duty and laxity” in connection with the forcible entry of VHP leaders into the sanctum sanctorum of the makeshift temple in the disputed Ram Janambhumi-Babri Masjid complex on October 17.

Magistrate Alok Verma and Circle Officer Shailendr Kumar Rai have been suspended with immediate effect following the report submitted by ADG (Intelligence) Himanshu Kumar to the state government on the incident, Principal Secretary (Home) Naresh Dayal said here.

A departmental inquiry had been ordered against them, Mr Dayal said in a press note, adding that Urban Development Secretary Jai Shankar Mishra would conduct the probe. PTI
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Anthrax-infected meat: 8 fall ill

Purulia (West Bengal), October 25
Eight persons have fallen ill after eating the meat of anthrax-infected cattle at Balarampur village in Purulia district of West Bengal.

Initially three were taken ill on October 23 and the number of the affected mounted to eight today, Purulia District Magistrate D.P. Jana said. However, the affected were not required to be hospitalised and were receiving medication at home as prescribed by a government doctor, he said. PTI
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Call for boycott of US, UK goods

Kanpur, October 25
A Muslim organisation here today called for the boycott of goods manufactured by the USA and the UK in protest against the US military strikes in Afghanistan. 

The general secretary of the city Jamiat Ulama, a Sunni organisation, Maulana Matinul Haq Ossama Kasmi, told mediapersons here that the decision was taken following a fatwa issued by the Darul Ulum Devband and directions given by the president of the Amiat Ulama Hind, Maulana Saiyad Asad Madni. PTI
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NATIONAL BRIEFS



Popular Indian model Rahul Dev poses as a cheetah during a photo-shoot for a new anti-captivity ad campaign by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals in Mumbai on Thursday. Dev who volunteered to appear for the ads for free urged people to boycott zoos and instead support conservation and animal protection groups.


Indian girls pose with food given to them after ritual offerings to celebrate the auspicious day of Ramnavami, a Hindu festival marking the god-king Ram's birth, in New Delhi on Thursday. 
— Reuters photos

WIN CHADHA CREMATED
NEW DELHI:
Win Chadha (77), one of the main accused in the Rs 64-crore Bofors payoff case who died of cardiac arrest on Wednesday, was cremated according to Hindu rites here on Thursday morning. A large number of relatives and friends were present at the funeral held at the Lodhi Road crematorium in South Delhi. He is the second accused to have died during the protracted trial of the politically sensitive case. Earlier, another key accused, former Defence Secretary S.K. Bhatnagar, died of cancer. PTI

LOKAYUKTA TO PROBE ORDER
MUMBAI:
The Bombay High Court has ordered a probe by the Lokayukta, Maharashtra, into a suspicious revocation order passed under the Conservation of Foreign Exchange and Prevention of Smuggling Activities Act (COFEPOSA) pertaining to the two alleged smugglers. Disposing of a public interest litigation filed by former Chief Minister Narayan Rane the court directed the central and state governments to formulate guidelines for revocation of the COFEPOSA order. The petitioners — Narayan Rane and city-based advocate K. Reddy — had urged the court for a CBI inquiry against Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal and top officials of the state government. UNI

RAILWAYS TO RUN SPECIAL TRAINS
NEW DELHI:
In order to clear extra rush of passengers during Diwali puja festival, the Railways will run two Holiday Special trains between Mumbai and Gorakhpur. The unreserved Mumbai-Gorakhpur train (No. 153) will depart from Mumbai VT at 1.30 p.m. on November 11 and 16 and reach Gorakhpur at 2.50 a.m. on November 13 and 18, respectively. The return train (No. 154) will start from Gorakhpur at 3.30 p.m. on November 13 and 18 and reach Mumbai VT at 3.50 a.m. on November 15 and 20. UNI

KARNATAKA PANEL CHIEF MURTHY DEAD
MYSORE:
All-India Congress Committee (AICC) member and Karnataka State Finance Commission Chairman T.N. Narasimha Murthy died here on Thursday following a massive heart attack. He was 66 and leaves behind two sons and two daughters. A staunch leader of the Scheduled Class population, Mr Murthy had been a member of the Karnataka Legislative Council for over three decades. He had served the Upper House in various capacities, including chairman, Leader of the House, and Leader of the Opposition between 1983 and 1989. UNI

NAYUDAMMA AWARD FOR DRDO CHIEF
VIJAYAWADA:
Dr Vasudev Kalukunte Aatre, Scientific Adviser to Defence Minister and Director-General, Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO), has been selected for the prestigious “Dr Y. Nayudamma Memorial Award for the year 2000’’ for his outstanding contribution to India’s defence research and development. It was under Dr Aatre’s leadership that India’s first indigenous ship to ship missile Dhanush, was tested in September, 2001. UNI
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