Thursday, November 1, 2001, Chandigarh, India





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N A T I O N

Mamata’s reinduction likely
Kolkata, October 31
Ms Mamata Banerjee may get back Railways in another Cabinet reshuffle, which the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, has planned before the beginning of the winter session of Parliament on November 19.

Sushma: India not for war against Islam
New Delhi, October 31
Minister for Information and Broadcasting Sushma Swaraj has said India will make the best possible efforts to ensure that the war against international terrorism is not allowed to be perceived or turned as a war against Islam.

Koshiyari may expand ministry next week
Dehra Dun, October 31
The new Chief Minister of Uttaranchal will expand his ministry next week. Talking to media persons here today, Mr Bhagat Singh Koshiyari, the Chief Minister said he was likely to expand his Council of Ministers after discussions with the senior leaders of the BJP who were meeting at Amritsar on November 2 and 3.



Model
An Indian model displays a collection of designer Mandira Wirk’s fall-winder 2001 collection during a fashion show in New Delhi on Wednesday. 
— Reuters

National Capital Region--Delhi

THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS

 

Indira remembered
New Delhi, October 31
President K. R. Narayanan today paid tributes to late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her 17th death anniversary at her samadhi Shakti Sthal and memorial at Safdarjung Road. (28k, 56k)

Congress President Sonia Gandhi arrives to pay tributes at “Shakti Sthal” on the occasion of the death anniversary of Indira Gandhi in New Delhi on Wednesday. 
— PTI photo

Shourie allays fear on POTO misuse
New Delhi, October 31
Mr Arun Shourie, Union Minister of Disinvestment and the Department of Development of the North-East Region has said the terrorist strike of September 11 will live on as a terrorist mythology for over a 100 years as an example of successes and such successes will breed 100,000 new terrorists.

EARLIER STORIES

 
The traditional city of Kolkata now goes modern in entertainment.
(28k,56k)

Defence exercise from Nov 2
New Delhi, October 31
A major tri-service amphibious exercise “Amphex” will be conducted in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands by the newly set up Tri-service Command from November 2 to 10. It will also involve the Coast Guard.

Temple issue not politicised: VHP
New Delhi, October 31

Denying that the Ram temple issue was politicised, VHP leader Acharya Giriraj Kishore today asserted that the organisation was committed to building Ram Temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya.

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder admiring the costume of Kathakali
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder admiring the costume of Kathakali, a dance form of Kerala, as he is welcomed at a Indo-German Chamber of Commerce function in Bangalore on Tuesday night, after a two-day IT-focused visit to Bangalore. 
— PTI 

Indian Minister for Culture and Animal Care Maneka Gandhi and Bollywood star Dimple Kapadia
Indian Minister for Culture and Animal Care Maneka Gandhi (L) and Bollywood star Dimple Kapadia hold a designer-candle during a news conference called to announce a fund-raiser for an animal hospital in kolkata on Wednesday. 
— Reuters

Hippo baby
A new-born hippo baby with her mother in an Amedabad zoo on Wednesday. This is for the first time a hippo gave birth in captivity on last Saturday. 
— PTI

VHP leader, 100 others detained
Jalgaon, October 31
International General Secretary of the VHP Pravin Togadia along with 100 activists of the Bajrang Dal were today detained by the police at Bhusawal railway station in the district while they were on their way to attend Hindu Mahasamellan here.

SP to fight BJP on Ayodhya issue
New Delhi, October 31
With the legislative assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh drawing closer the Samajwadi Party today sharpened its attack on the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party coalition in the state alleging that the Ayodhya issue had been revived with a specific purpose and with the poll in mind.

French minister arrives today
New Delhi, October 31
As part of stepped up diplomatic interactions in the region since September 11 attacks on the USA, Foreign Ministers of France and Greece pay lightning visits here later this week.

Advani to open criminology conference
New Delhi, October 31
The Indian Society of Criminology in association with the National Institute of Criminology and Forensic Science will organise a three-day conference here on prevention and control strategies against crime beginning tomorrow.

14 killed as jeep, truck collide
Jaipur, October 31
Fourteen persons including eight women and two children, were killed in a head-on collision between a jeep and a truck on the Jaipur-Agra national highway, near here, this evening, the police said.

ONGC fights to control oil well fire
Vadodara, October 31
The ONGC continued to fight the major fire that broke out yesterday in well no 345 in Vagra Taulk when a gang of thieves were trying to pilfer fuel.

Boppanna NCC DG
New Delhi, October 31
Lt-Gen B. K. Boppanna, an alumnus of the Defence Services Staff College, College of Defence Management and the National Defence College, will assume charge as the Director-General, National Cadet Corps, New Delhi, on November 1.

Recall UN group chief: Panthers
New Delhi, October 31
The Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party has accused the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan of violating norms governing UN agencies.Top








 

Mamata’s reinduction likely
Subhrangshu Gupta

Kolkata, October 31
Ms Mamata Banerjee may get back Railways in another Cabinet reshuffle, which the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, has planned before the beginning of the winter session of Parliament on November 19.

This was indicated to the Trinamool Congress leadership by the NDA chairman, Mr George Fernandes, who had recently rejoined the ministry with the Defence portfolio. For Ms Banerjee the alternative choice is the Rural Development Ministry, held by a BJP general secretary, Mr Venkaiah Naidu.

If Ms Banerjee rejoins the ministry, then she will have to accept a rebel TMC leader, Mr Ajit Kumar Panja, whom the Prime Minister had already agreed to reinduct. Mr Panja could have been reinducted much earlier but the Prime Minister wanted Ms Banerjee to rejoin simultaneously.

Both Ms Banerjee and Mr Panja had stepped down from the Vajpayee cabinet voluntarily in the wake of Tehelka’s expose on corruption in the Vajpayee ministry. Mr Fernandes had also resigned as Defence Minister on Ms Banerjee’s demand.

Since then Ms Banerjee and other TC leaders had severed all ties with the BJP and fought the Assembly election in Bengal on seat adjustment with the Congress. Mr Panja, however, remained with the NDA individually and openly supported Mr Vajpayee and the BJP, despite their differences with the TMC leadership.

But things changed afterwards and Ms Banerjee returned to the NDA “to strengthen the Prime Minister’s hand”.

TC sources said they were anticipating a call from Mr Vajpayee to Ms Banerjee for rejoining the Cabinet when Mr Fernandes was sworn-in. It was, however, not possible because of strong resistance from the BJP’s state and Central leadership as well as some partners of the NDA.

However, now it has been conveyed to the TC leadership that the Prime Minister and the BJP leadership have agreed to reinduct Ms Banerjee, possibly in the Railways Ministry.

At the same time, Mr Panja’s re-entry into the Cabinet was also made certain and his name was personally recommended both by Mr Jaswant Singh, Union External Affairs Minister, under whom Mr Panja served for about two years, and the BJP President, Mr Jana Krishnamurti. The state BJP leadership also endorsed Mr Panja’s re-entry into the Cabinet.

If Ms Banerjee is happy with the Rural Development portfolio instead of Railways, then Mr Panja can join as Mr Nitish Kumar’s deputy in the Railways. But if Ms Banerjee get back the Railways portfolio on which she has been insisting as she feels it will be an “honourable return” for her, then Mr Panja may get his old ministry or a berth in the Commerce Ministry.
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Sushma: India not for war against Islam
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 31
Minister for Information and Broadcasting Sushma Swaraj has said India will make the best possible efforts to ensure that the war against international terrorism is not allowed to be perceived or turned as a war against Islam.

Presiding over a seminar on “India’s Role in the War Against Terrorism” organised by the All-India Minorities Front, Ms Swaraj said India would support the war till it was against terrorism. “But if it is against Islam, we are not with it,” she said.

She said India has raised the issue of terrorism from time to time at international fora but it was now that the world had realised the exact ramifications of the menace.

Ms Swaraj decried the call for a jehad by certain elements and hailed the explanation offered by Islamic religious leaders that jehad does not mean killing of innocents.

Most participants at the seminar were of the view that terrorism has no place in Islam.

Prominent among those who participated in the seminar were the Imam of Fatehpuri Masjid Mufti Mohammed Mukarram, former MP Syed Sibtey Razi, BJP MP Sheesh Ram Ravi, National Conference MP Abdul Rashid Shahin and General Secreatry of Marqazi Jamat-e-Ulema Hind Maulana Kazmi.
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Koshiyari may expand ministry next week
Tribune News Service

Dehra Dun, October 31
The new Chief Minister of Uttaranchal will expand his ministry next week. Talking to media persons here today, Mr Bhagat Singh Koshiyari, the Chief Minister said he was likely to expand his Council of Ministers after discussions with the senior leaders of the BJP who were meeting at Amritsar on November 2 and 3. Mr Koshiyari has been invited to the working committee meeting as a special invitee.

He ruled out any differences with party organisation and loyalists of former Chief Minister Nityanand Swami.

All MLAs of the BJP and leaders of the party organisation were committed to take up the challenge of the coming panchayat and State Assembly elections, he said.

In reply to a question, he said the Union Government had promised all help to put the new state on the road to development.

The assets of the Power Department were likely to be transferred from Uttar Pradesh to Uttaranchal in a week’s time. The Union Home Ministry had already ordered the Union Ministry of Power to comply with the draft of assets transfer already prepared with mutual understanding between both states at the behest of the Home Ministry.

Mr Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister of Power, was coming here on November 4 to hand over the papers of transfer of assets to Uttaranchal, he said.

Mr Koshiyari made it very clear that he would not keep any political adviser with him. Instead, experts in various fields would be inducted on the advisory panel of the departments if required.

He said his government would introduce a number of reforms in the coming days to tone up the administrative structure of the state.

He claimed that there were a number of financiers who were willing to invest in the power generation sector. 
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Indira remembered
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 31
President K. R. Narayanan today paid tributes to late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her 17th death anniversary at her samadhi Shakti Sthal and memorial at Safdarjung Road.

Mr Narayanan, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dixit were among the dignitaries who arrived at Shakti Sthal early this morning and offered flower tributes before joining an all-religion prayer meeting.

The President and Mrs Sonia Gandhi later went to the Safdarjung Road memorial of Indira Gandhi and paid floral tributes.

In memory of the late Prime Minister, the Delhi Pradesh Youth Congress observed Anti-Terrorism Day. The Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee held a prayer meeting to pay tributes to the memory of former Prime Minister. 
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Indira Gandhi award for Sharada Prasad
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 31
Congress President Sonia Gandhi today said when the country was passing through a difficult time due to “dark clouds” hovering in the South Asian region, the country was remembering the vibrant role played by Indira Gandhi as Prime Minister. “Her (Indira’s) steady hand in navigating India through turbulent phase is being remembered by the entire country when dark clouds are hovering over the region,” she said after presenting the 16th Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration to Mr Sharada Prasad, who was the longest serving information adviser to Indira Gandhi.

Expressing concern over attempts being made by some people to create communal tension, the Congress President stressed that “we need to remind ourselves that India’s unity lies in its diversity.”

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Shourie allays fear on POTO misuse
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 31
Mr Arun Shourie, Union Minister of Disinvestment and the Department of Development of the North-East Region has said the terrorist strike of September 11 will live on as a terrorist mythology for over a 100 years as an example of successes and such successes will breed 100,000 new terrorists.

Mr Shourie said this while delivering the valedictory address on the concluding day of the three-day international seminar on “The Global Threaat of Terror: Ideological, Material and Political Linkages” organised by K.P.S. Gill’s Institute for Conflict Management. The seminar was convened at the India Habitat Centre.

While commenting on the new Prevention of Terrorism Ordinance (POTO), the minister said the data on the abuse of the earlier TADA against the minority community was completely false, and added that the same logic is being used in the debate on POTO.

Mr Shourie stated if the potential for abuse could be an argument against a law, then one would have to do away with the Cr Pc and IPC also. 
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Defence exercise from Nov 2
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 31
A major tri-service amphibious exercise “Amphex” will be conducted in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands by the newly set up Tri-service Command from November 2 to 10. It will also involve the Coast Guard.

This will be the first major exercise to be conducted in the operational area of the recently-formed integrated Andaman and Nicobar Command.

Apart from a mountain brigade of the Army, elements of special and mechanised forces, artillery, air defence artillery, engineer and logistics will be involved in the exercise.

From the Air Force, the Jaguar aircraft will operate in maritime strike roles. In addition IL-76, AN-32 and helicopters will transport logistics and carry out para-drop operations in the islands. A large number of ships and aircraft, including amphibious ships and long-range maritime patrol aircraft, will take part.
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Temple issue not politicised: VHP

New Delhi, October 31
Denying that the Ram temple issue was politicised, VHP leader Acharya Giriraj Kishore today asserted that the organisation was committed to building Ram Temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya.

“The VHP will build the temple at the same place where Ram Lalla is being worshipped today and we are committed to it,” Acharya Giriraj said deposing as a witness before the Liberhan Commission, which is probing into the sequence that led to the demolition of the disputed structure at Ayodhya on December 6, 1992.

“Ram temple could be built at any place, but the Ram Janmabhoomi temple could only be built at a place where the entire Hindu community believes he was born,” he said.
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VHP leader, 100 others detained

Jalgaon, October 31
International General Secretary of the VHP Pravin Togadia along with 100 activists of the Bajrang Dal were today detained by the police at Bhusawal railway station in the district while they were on their way to attend Hindu Mahasamellan here.

They were detained under Section 144 of the CrPC as a preventive measure in view of the volatile situation at Malegaon area in Nasik district which witnessed communal clashes in the past few days, Superintendent of Police Kulwant Kumar said.

The Hindu Mahasammelan organised by the Bajrang Dal in Jalgaon today has been cancelled, Bajrang Dal sources here said. PTITop

 

SP to fight BJP on Ayodhya issue
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 31
With the legislative assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh drawing closer the Samajwadi Party (SP) today sharpened its attack on the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party coalition in the state alleging that the Ayodhya issue had been revived with a specific purpose and with the poll in mind.

Samajwadi Party General Secretary and spokesman Amar Singh said here today that his party would fight tooth and nail the BJP’s efforts to revive the Ayodhya issue. He said that the issue was again being communalised with the motive of returning to power.

He said his party was committed to fighting communalism and would welcome any other party wishing to participate in its campaign.

Mr Amar Singh said the recent Gonda violence was a calculated move of the ruling BJP to unleash terror on the minorities.

He mentioned names of a few important leaders of the BJP and the Bajrang Dal who openly took part in instigating the violence at Gonda during the immersion of Durga idols on Dasehra.

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French minister arrives today
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 31
As part of stepped up diplomatic interactions in the region since September 11 attacks on the USA, Foreign Ministers of France and Greece pay lightning visits here later this week.

The French Foreign Minister, Mr Hubert Vedrine, arrives here tomorrow by a special flight. He will have a meeting with External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh for about an hour during his seven-hour visit tomorrow.

The Greek Foreign Minister, Mr George A. Papandreou will be visiting India just for three hours on November 2. 
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Advani to open criminology conference
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 31
The Indian Society of Criminology (ISC) in association with the National Institute of Criminology and Forensic Science (NICFS) will organise a three-day conference here on prevention and control strategies against crime beginning tomorrow.

To be inaugurated by Union Home Minister L.K. Advani, the silver jubilee conference of the ISC, will be participated by nearly 500 delegates, including top Indian criminologists, senior police personnel and officers from the judiciary, prosecution and prison services.
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14 killed as jeep, truck collide

Jaipur, October 31
Fourteen persons including eight women and two children, were killed in a head-on collision between a jeep and a truck on the Jaipur-Agra national highway, near here, this evening, the police said.

All victims, reported to be residents of Dadri town in Mahendragarh district of Haryana, were yet to be identified, it said.

They were returning to Jaipur after visiting Balaji in Mahendipur. UNITop

 

ONGC fights to control oil well fire

Vadodara, October 31
The ONGC continued to fight the major fire that broke out yesterday in well no 345 in Vagra Taulk when a gang of thieves were trying to pilfer fuel. Two gang members were burnt alive, while three of them have been hospitalised in Bharuch. The condition of two injured was stated to be critical.

Bharuch District Superintendent of Police M.D. Antani said over phone that ONGC experts and crisis management teams were still on the job to put out the blaze.

All senior company officials, including ONGC Director (onshore) R. C. Gourh, Executive Director (safety, health and environment) K.K. Jagati and Asset Manager A.H. Mehra were camping at the accident site. UNITop

 

Boppanna NCC DG
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 31
Lt-Gen B. K. Boppanna, an alumnus of the Defence Services Staff College, College of Defence Management and the National Defence College, will assume charge as the Director-General, National Cadet Corps, New Delhi, on November 1.

Commissioned into the 11th Gorkha Rifles in 1965, Lt-Gen Boppanna has held several prestigious Command and Staff appointments. 
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Recall UN group chief: Panthers
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 31
The Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party has accused the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) of violating norms governing UN agencies.

The party president, Prof Bhim Singh, said by his statements Major-Gen Hermenn Loidolt, head of the UNMOGIP, has proved that he was working “at the behest of Washington and not for the UN.”

Urging the UN Secretary-General to recall General Loidolt, Mr Bhim Singh also called upon the Centre to withdraw India’s protest petition in the UN against Pakistan’s aggression in Jammu and Kashmir. 
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NATIONAL BRIEFS

WOMAN'S NOSE, EARS CUT
MOHABA:
A woman chopped off the ears and nose of her sister-in-law in Sapa village following a domestic quarrel, the police said on Wednesday. Maya Devi, wife of Vishwanath Singh, had an altercation on Tuesday with Ramdevi, wife of her husband’s younger brother. In the heat of the quarrel, she cut off the latter’s ears and nose with a sharp vegetable knife. The injured woman has been admitted to the hospital. UNI

KERALA ASSEMBLY ADJOURNED
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:
Kerala Assembly was adjourned till November 12 as the stalemate over suspension of three opposition LDF MLAs disrupted the proceedings for the eighth functional day on Wednesday. The MLAs, who started an indefinite fast in front of the assembly hall since Tuesday demanding withdrawal of their suspension, ended their fast following the adjournment. Before the House was adjourned rest of the demands for grants and the appropriation bill for 2001-02 were passed without discussion. PTI

CHARGES FRAMED AGAINST OPPN LEADER
KOCHI:
The Kerala High Court on Wednesday framed charges against Oppostion Leader in the state Assembly V.S Achuthanandan and RSP general secreatary K. Pankajakshan in a contempt of court case. However, both the leaders denied the charges. Following this, a Division Bench comprising Mr Justice P.K Balasubramanian and Mr Justice C.N Ramachandran Nair adjourned the trial to December 3. UNI

SAXENA APPOINTED DIRECTOR OF NCRB
NEW DELHI:
Mr S.C. Saxena was on Wednesday appointed by the Centre as Director of the National Crime Rescords Bureau (NCRB),, an official spokesman said. A 1976 Karnataka batch IPS officer, Mr Saxena will be on deputation for five years from the date of assumption of charge. UNI
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