Monday, November 5, 2001, Chandigarh, India





National Capital Region--Delhi

THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
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N A T I O N

India to seek lifting of US ban on arms sale
New Delhi, November 4
India will be seeking an immediate lifting of ban on the sale of hi-tech armaments and systems when the US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld arrives here tonight for talks with Defence Minister George Fernandes in the backdrop of the ongoing strikes against the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Memorial service for B.K. Nehru held
New Delhi, November 4
Chanting of ‘mantras’ from the holy scriptures marked the memorial service for Braj Kumar Nehru, a distinguished civil servant, an outstanding diplomat and a former President of The Tribune Trust, held in the Capital this evening. Nehru passed away on October 31 in Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh. He was 92. His body was cremated in Delhi.

Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka consoling Shobha Nehru Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka consoling Shobha Nehru, wife of the late B.K. Nehru, at a memorial service at Amrita Shergil Marg in New Delhi on Sunday. — Tribune photo Mukesh Aggarwal

Power sharing issue resolved
Dehra Dun, November 4
Power Minister Suresh Prabhu said today the issue of power sharing between Uttaranchal and Uttar Pradesh had finally been resolved and asserted that interests of both states had been protected in resolving the lingering issue.

Malegaon peaceful, curfew relaxed
Nasik, November 4
The district authorities today relaxed curfew for 12 hours in powerloom town of Malegaon, rocked by large-scale violence and arson since October 26, following improvement in the situation even as the record office of the Malegaon Municipal Council (MMC) was gutted last night.




Centre bans circus shows involving endangered wild animals.

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EARLIER STORIES

 
Namrata Shirodhkar, Ajay Devgan and Sonali Bandre
Bollywood stars Namrata Shirodhkar, Ajay Devgan and Sonali Bandre at a Press conference on the film  "Tera Mera Saath Rahen" in New Delhi on Saturday. The movie is set to be released on November 16, 2001. — Reuters

Koshiyari allocates portfolios
Dehra Dun, November 4
Five days after he was sworn-in, Uttaranchal Chief Minister Bhagat Singh Koshiyari today allocated portfolios to the six ministers in his Cabinet keeping the important ones of Home, Power and Information Technology with him.

UP poll to have impact on Centre: VP
New Delhi, November 4
Former Prime Minister V.P. Singh says the results of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections will have an impact on the NDA government at the Centre if the BJP does not do well, which he feels is imminent.

necklace
An Indian woman tries on a necklace in a jewelry shop in New Delhi on Sunday. Gold is in high demand ahead of  Divali, when people buy the precious metal as gifts for their loved ones. — Reuters

CVC asks railmen to end graft
New Delhi, November 4
Central Vigilance Commissioner, (CVC) N. Vittal has urged railwaymen to be alert to weed out corruption.

Prisoners delight in ‘guffaw session’
Bhopal, November 4
An unusual emotion has filled inmates of the Central Jail in the capital of Madhya Pradesh — laughter.

Anthrax letter tests negative
New Delhi, November 4
No harmful substance has been found in a letter received at Rashtrapati Bhavan on October 30, which had created an anthrax scare.

Chhota Shakeel gangster killed
Hyderabad, November 4
A suspected Chhota Shakeel gangster was killed in an encounter with the police at the Toli chowki area here early today.Top









 

India to seek lifting of US ban on arms sale
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 4
India will be seeking an immediate lifting of ban on the sale of hi-tech armaments and systems when the US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld arrives here tonight for talks with Defence Minister George Fernandes in the backdrop of the ongoing strikes against the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Defence Minister George Fernandes today said that while the Afghan-related developments would figure in his talks tomorrow with visiting US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, more important for the two countries was to take the ongoing security dialogue and strategic relationship to a new high. India will also be seeking to get the ban on sale of armaments lifted with immediate effect he said.

The minister said there was desire on part of both countries to ensure that the strategic partnership should be reflected in all spheres of bilateral ties, including improvement in military-to-military relationship.

Appearing on a Doordarshan live chat show, the Defence

“Minister said there was a wrong notion that the USA had imposed a ban on the transfer of hi-tech systems to India after the 1998 Pokhran tests.

In fact the American denial of critical technology to India had come about as far back as 1950s.

Mr Fernandes said time had come now for the two countries to see that development of strategic partnership should also lead to the removal of such bans.

Defence Ministry sources said discussions on long-term military cooperation between the two countries, cooperation in special operations for counter-terrorism and in nuclear chemical and biological warfare were also likely to figure during the meeting.

Mr Rumsfeld, who arrives here from Pakistan, is the second high ranking American official after Secretary of State Colin Powell to visit India in the past three weeks after attacks began in Afghanistan.

The US official is on a five-nation whistle stop tour of Russia, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan and India to hold discussions on the protracted U.S.-led war against terrorism.

Mr Rumsfeld will be coming to Delhi after exchanging views with the military government in Pakistan on the defence strategy to be implemented in targeting the Taliban as well as Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaeda network. He would possibly also be carrying a message for India to exercise restraint and not get involved in a war of words with Pakistan.Top

 

Memorial service for B.K. Nehru held
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 4
Chanting of ‘mantras’ from the holy scriptures marked the memorial service for Braj Kumar Nehru, a distinguished civil servant, an outstanding diplomat and a former President of The Tribune Trust, held in the Capital this evening.

Nehru passed away on October 31 in Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh. He was 92. His body was cremated in Delhi.

People from different walks of life paid their homage to the distinguished civil servant who joined the Indian Civil Service in 1934.

Among those present at the memorial service included the Congress President, Ms Sonia Gandhi, her daughter, Ms Priyanka Vadra and son, Mr Rahul Gandhi, former Union Minister and a relative, Mr Arun Nehru, former Union Minister, Mr Natwar Singh, several former bureaucrats, members of the diplomatic community and other distinguished persons.

Ms Shobha Nehru, wife of the Padma Vibhushan Nehru, sat through the service with composure. At the end of the function, people personally expressed their sorrow for the loss of Nehru, who was a source of inspiration to many.

The eldest son of the distinguished diplomat, Mr Ashok Nehru, thanked the people for joining the family in their moment of grief and sorrow.Top

 

Power sharing issue resolved
Tribune News Service & PTI

Dehra Dun, November 4
Power Minister Suresh Prabhu said today the issue of power sharing between Uttaranchal and Uttar Pradesh had finally been resolved and asserted that interests of both states had been protected in resolving the lingering issue.

“I have signed a final other order on resolving power assets dispute between Uttaranchal and UP yesterday before coming to Dehradun. A notification has already been issued in this regard,” Prabhu told newsmen after a function of the Bajaj Institute of Learning (BIL) here.

When asked whether interests of both states had been kept in mind while resolving the issue, the Minister said “We have consulted the leadership of both states before arriving at the final solution.

“We cannot afford to neglect the interests of any of the two states,” he said.

The Power Minister has also launched Accelerated Power Development Programme (APDP) in Uttranchal to bring about reforms in the power sector and increase the capacity of power generation by properly maintaining the existing power plants and speed up the process of commissioning the under construction projects.

The major power projects already producing electricity that would be handed over to Uttaranchal include Maneri Bhali Stage-1 (90 MW), Chilla in Garhwal-Rishikesh (144 MW), Pathri (20.3 MW), Khodri (120 MW), Dhalipur (51 MW), Dhakrani (33.75 MW), Kulhal (30 MW), Khatima (41.40 MW) and all the existing micro-hydel power projects situated within Uttaranchal.

Inaugurating the APDP, Mr Prabhu said Uttaranchal has the potential of developing 7280 MW of power and it could play a great role in strengthening the finances of the state, particularly the GDP. The APDP has been initiated in Uttaranchal to complete the construction work of power projects.

Mr Prabhu announced that under this scheme Rs 39.25 crore had been provided for repair of Chibro, Khodri and Chilla Hydro Power Projects.

The Uttaranchal Government is taking up the refurbishment work of these projects during the current financial year.

In addition to this, a detailed project report in respect to renovation and modernisation of Dhalipur and Dhakrani Hydro Power Projects for Rs 20.31 crore has been submitted to the Centre for approval.Top

 

Malegaon peaceful, curfew relaxed

Nasik, November 4
The district authorities today relaxed curfew for 12 hours in powerloom town of Malegaon, rocked by large-scale violence and arson since October 26, following improvement in the situation even as the record office of the Malegaon Municipal Council (MMC) was gutted last night.

Curfew was relaxed for 12 hours from 6 a m, official sources said here.

The police was probing the cause of the fire at the MMC office in which many important files and confidential documents were destroyed, they said.

The MMC had suspended five of its employees, including the chief of Water Supply Division for negligence in duty, the sources added.

Thirteen persons, including a woman, were killed in police firing and stabbing incidents in Malegaon following police-mob battle on and after October 26 and the incident had repercussions in other parts of the district. PTI
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Koshiyari allocates portfolios
Tribune News Service

Dehra Dun, November 4
Five days after he was sworn-in, Uttaranchal Chief Minister Bhagat Singh Koshiyari today allocated portfolios to the six ministers in his Cabinet keeping the important ones of Home, Power and Information Technology with him.

Finance and Medical Education have been allocated to Mr Ramesh Pokhariyal ‘Nishnak’, while Mr Kedar Singh Fonia has been given Tourism, Public Works and Industrial Development.

Mr Ajay Bhat has been given Excise, Health, Disaster Management and Women empowerment, a government notification said here.

Mr Mohan Singh Rawat “Gaonwasi” got Forests and Environment and Mr Harbans Kapoor Urban Development, Housing and Labour. Mr Narayan Ramdas had been given Panchayati Raj, Social Welfare and Technical Education, it said.

Mr Koshiyari, who has retained five of the seven ministers of the Nityanand Swami government, has kept 44 portfolios with him. Mr Nishank, Mr Bhat, Mr Fonia and Mr Ramdas have been allocated all the portfolios held by them in the previous ministry.Top

 

UP poll to have impact on Centre: VP

New Delhi, November 4
Former Prime Minister V.P. Singh says the results of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections will have an impact on the NDA government at the Centre if the BJP does not do well, which he feels is imminent.

“There may be cracks in the alliance, with regional allies beginning to think of long-term implications of continuing with the BJP which may result in realignments, he said in an interview with PTI from the hospital where he is undergoing dialysis. He also accused the BJP of raking up the Ayodhya issue as a diversionary tactic for “political gains” in the Assembly poll.

He said if the BJP was unable to form a government in Uttar Pradesh, it would have an impact on the NDA. “The Samajwadi Party is certainly in the best position and the BJP is certainly not the first,” he said.

On the current situation in Afghanistan, he accused the government of doing things in a shoddy way by offering unconditional support and then talking of providing naval bases and intelligence sharing. Even Pakistan was playing its cards well by imposing conditions for its help, he said

He said while India could be part of a global campaign against terrorism it should be done under the aegis of the United Nations.

Hitting out at Home Minister L.K. Advani’s recent statement that the destruction of the Somnath temple was the first act of terrorism, Mr V.P. Singh accused him of forgetting history.

He said with the rise of Shankaracharya, the Buddhists were “terrorised” out of the country. “How do you describe that ? Advani has a selective memory of history,” he added. PTITop

 

CVC asks railmen to end graft
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 4
Central Vigilance Commissioner, (CVC) N. Vittal has urged railwaymen to be alert to weed out corruption.

Addressing railway officers and staff at a function organised here yesterday as part of the vigilance awareness week in the Ministry of Railways, the CVC said: “In a huge network like the Railways, the administration should be more alert to sensitising its workforce on the merits of greater transparency in its dealings and functioning.”

Mr Vittal said the government departments and public should not hesitate in using the Central Vigilance Commission as an agency to identify and root out corruption from public life.

He also released a special souvenir “Chetna Aahwan” brought out by the Railways as part of the week long campaign against corruption.

In his welcome address, the Chairman, Railway Board, Mr R.N. Malhotra, said in the past few years, the Railways had initiated special measures to facilitate greater transparency in its functioning. 
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Prisoners delight in ‘guffaw session’

Bhopal, November 4
An unusual emotion has filled inmates of the Central Jail in the capital of Madhya Pradesh — laughter.

The hard and high walls of the prison are reverberating with squeals of laughter these days, thanks to a ‘guffaw session’ organised by the authorities and a local Laughter Club.

The prisoners began laughing last week on Dasehra to drive out from within them the “Ravana-like evil,” says Jail Superintendent Sompal Kunwar.

Some of the prisoners say it was the first time in several years that they burst into laughter.

Director-General (Prisons) S.P Dangwal says the ‘guffaw sessions’ bring happiness into the lives of the prisoners who are usually burdened with guilt.

The sessions will continue for a month and the impact of the experiment will be assessed, says Mr Kunwar, who hit upon the idea after hearing about the Laughter Club.

According to Shahpura Laughter Club president Prafulla N. Desai, the sessions are exciting and interesting. “Laughter is contagious and if people laugh collectively, streaks of happiness run into them,” says Mr Desai who once made 40 murder convicts burst into laughter.

Mr Desai, a banker, says the club has about 800 branches in the country and 200 abroad.

A yoga session on laughter is to begin in the jail from November 16 to bring changes into the inner psyche of the inmates and to lead them to constructive work, says Mr Dangwal.

The jail has 60 acres of land on which horticultural activities are proposed to be started by the prisoners, he adds. UNITop

 

Anthrax letter tests negative

New Delhi, November 4
No harmful substance has been found in a letter received at Rashtrapati Bhavan on October 30, which had created an anthrax scare.

“The chemical examination conducted on the suspicious envelope by the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) yielded negative result for anthrax,” New Delhi area Deputy Commissioner of Police Mukesh Meena said. PTI
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Chhota Shakeel gangster killed

Hyderabad, November 4
A suspected Chhota Shakeel gangster was killed in an encounter with the police at the Toli chowki area here early today.

City Police Commissioner P. Ramulu told reporters that the task force of the city police, who was frisking people at the Toli chowki area, apprehended two persons riding on a scooter without a number plate. 

The pillion rider escaped while the rider ran towards nearby bushes. When the police chased him, he fired at it prompting the police to open fire in retaliation seriously injuring him. 

He was rushed to the hospital where he succumbed to injuries, Mr Ramulu said. PTITop

 
NATIONAL BRIEFS

4 OF KARNATAKA CM’s KIN DIE IN MISHAP
BANGALORE:
Four relatives of Karnataka Chief Minister S.M. Krishna were killed and another was injured in a road accident at Chennarayapatna in Hassan district on Saturday. The Chennarayapatna police told UNI on phone on Sunday that the victims were proceeding to Dattatreya village in Hassan district to attend a burial when a Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation bus rammed into their car. The deceased were identified as Prakash (35), Padma (32), Madhura (40) and Pushpa (33). UNI

“LAGAAN” NOMINATED
MUMBAI:
This year’s biggest blockbuster “Lagaan” which has won accolades at home and abroad for its humane theme, has been nominated as India’s official entry for the Oscar Awards in the category of Best Foreign Language film. The decision to nominate “Lagaan” for Oscar was announced on Saturday by the Film Federation of India (FFI), the official nominating body that sends one film every year to the Academy of Motion Pictures and Screens to compete in the category of “Best Foreign Language film”. PTI

BROWN SUGAR WORTH RS 3 CRORE SEIZED
UDAIPUR:
A person has been arrested with brown sugar worth Rs 3 crore in the international market at Kailashpuri Marg here. Brown sugar, weighing 2.9 kg, was seized when acting on a tip-off, a police team led by Additional Superintendent of Police Suresh Chandra Pandya put a blockade at Kailashpuri Marg, district Superintendent of Police N.M. Atre said here on Saturday night. UNI

WOMEN EMPOWERMENT AWARD ANNOUNCED
BANGALORE:
Dr Haseen Taj, Senior Lecturer, Department of Education, Bangalore University, has been selected for the Women Empowerment Year 2001 national award by the Commonwealth Association for Education and Training of Adults (CAETA). Gujarat Governor Sundarsingh Bhandari will honour the awardee at a national seminar in Ahmedabad on Monday, according to a press note. UNI

KALAHANDI DISTRICT ROCKED
BHAWANIPATNA:
Several areas of Kalahandi district in western Orissa were rocked by an earthquake of mild intensity on Saturday night, official sources said on Sunday. The tremor, measuring 3.8 on the Richter scale, was felt in Dharamgarh, Mandel, Mukhiguda, Junagarh, Thuamul-Rampur and its surrounding areas at about 8.40 p.m., the sources said. PTI

FORMER MP DEAD
NEW DELHI:
Prominent religious scholar Maulana Syed Ahmed Hashmi, former MP, died here on Sunday following heart attack. Maulana Hashmi (67) had also served as general secretary of the Jamait-Ulema Hind. He served as a member of the Rajya Sabha for two terms. UNI
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