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50 feared dead in Kerala landslide
Amboori (Kerala), November 10
The death toll in last night’s devastating landslide at Amboori, 20 km from Thiruvananthapuram, has risen to 40 this morning, even as search is continuing for at least 20 more bodies believed to be trapped under the mounds of debris and slush.


The police and rescue workers help clear the debris and find victims of a landslide at Amboori, near Thiruvananthapuram.
— PTI photo

The police and rescue workers help clear the debris

Kalam demits as scientific adviser
New Delhi, November 10
Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the high-profile Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government and the father of country’s indigenous missile development programme has decided to demit office in an apparent bid to pursue further academic interests.

Indigenous assembly of T-90 tanks next year
New Delhi, November 10
Announcing that India will spend Rs 3,027 crore for the technological transformation of the country’s ordnance factories, Defence Minister George Fernandes today said India would receive the first batch of 80 front line Russian T-90 main battle tanks next month and that their indigenous assembly would commence next year.

Indian ice-cream makers surround a huge ice-cream sundae in Ahmedabad on Saturday. Indian ice-cream makers surround a huge ice-cream sundae in Ahmedabad on Saturday. It was a scoop meant to tickle the palates of 50,000 people and made in a record time of just over an hour. — Reuters


Boats
Boats ply the waters at sunset at the confluence of the rivers Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati at Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday. 
— Reuters

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Film actress Puja Batra
Film actress Puja Batra at a soft drink launch tries her hand at bowling in Kolkata on Saturday. 
— PTI photo

India to deploy SSB along Nepal border
Dehra Dun, November 10
The Union Home Ministry has planned to deploy paramilitary forces on the Indo-Nepal border in a bid to control, what its officials say, “cross-border crime and other illegal activities.”

Conquer terrorism with love: Venkataraman
New Delhi, November 10
Former President R. Venkataraman today said though organised terrorism had become a global menace, state terrorism was no answer to it.

CPI (ML) holds anti-WTO rally
New Delhi, November 10
A large number of farmers and workers from various states, including Punjab, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, assembled at Parliament Street here yesterday to participate in the CPI (ML) ‘anti-war, anti-WTO’ rally.


The tourist arrivals in Tamil Nadu register a drastic fall following the September 11 attacks on the USA.
(28k, 56k)

Transport employees in Tamil Nadu go on an indefinite strike on the issue of bonus.

(28k, 56k)

Flower lovers in cyber city Hyderabad throng the ongoing fourth annual flower show.
(28k, 56k)

Myriad colourful mini electric bulbs from China take over traditional diyas in West Bengal.
(28k, 56k)

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50 feared dead in Kerala landslide

Amboori (Kerala), November 10
The death toll in last night’s devastating landslide at Amboori, 20 km from Thiruvananthapuram, has risen to 40 this morning, even as search is continuing for at least 20 more bodies believed to be trapped under the mounds of debris and slush. “We don’t have hopes of any survivor being found,” a top rescue official said.

A pall of gloom descended on the hilly Amboori and Neyyattinkara areas, which were never identified as landslide-prone despite the presence of the Neyyar dam nearby.

Chief Minister A.K. Antony and his Cabinet colleagues visited the mishap site and a local private hospital where the bodies were kept this morning.

Mr Antony later told newsmen that 40 bodies had been recovered so far and that there was no idea about how many more buried under the debris and slush.

He hoped that the rescue operations, being carried out jointly by the military, para-military, Fire Department and police forces, would be completed by this evening.

He said the Council of Ministers would meet this evening to assess the situation and decide on the quantum of relief to the next of kin of the victims.

A post-mortem examination of the bodies would be conducted at the local private hospital. Arrangements had been made to bring doctors from Thiruvananthapuram Medical College Hospital for the purpose.

He said there were only two survivors of the mishap and they were being treated at Medical College Hospital, Thiruvananthapuram.

The Kerala Electricity Board today began operations to restore power supply to Amboori area, the scene of the devastating landslide.

Power supply to the Amboori area was totally disrupted since last night following continuous torrential rains, accompanied by thunder and lightning, hampering rescue operations.

Electricity Minister Kadavur Sivadasan today directed the officials concerned to supervise the restoration work.

NEW DELHI: President K.R. Narayanan today expressed shock and grief over the loss of lives and damage to property in the landslide in Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala.

Extending his condolences to the families of those killed in the tragedy, Mr Narayanan hoped those engaged in relief and rescue operations would be able to bring early succour to the victims.

The President, in his message, wished the injured a speedy recovery. UNITop

 

Kalam demits as scientific adviser
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 10
Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the high-profile Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government and the father of country’s indigenous missile development programme has decided to demit office in an apparent bid to pursue further academic interests.

Reports here said, “Dr R. Chidambaram, former Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, has been appointed in his place.”

Sources close to Dr Kalam said he had been for quite some time keen on pursuing academic interests and helping scientists across the country in developing their research capabilities.

Dr Kalam is expected to join the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore as a professor emeritus. He was presently out of town.

For Dr Kalam, who has spent almost his entire lifetime developing missiles for the country, the break would mean getting away from the limelight. Although that happened almost two years ago when he was shifted as the Scientific Adviser to the Government from being a Scientific Adviser to the Defence Minister, this decision would take him away from the public life.

The decision also reflects apparently his disappointment at being kept away from key programmes and projects which he nurtured very carefully. Even when he was shifted from the Defence Ministry to the Prime Minister’s Office a number of eyebrows had been raised as India’s missile programme at the moment was in a critical stage.

It had been dubbed as a deliberate movement, apparently to keep him away from the limelight.

Meanwhile, Dr Chidambaram confirming his appointment in Dr Kalam’s place said in Mumbai, “I am happy to take over the post from my illustrious colleague and close friend.”Top

 

Indigenous assembly of T-90 tanks next year
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 10
Announcing that India will spend Rs 3,027 crore for the technological transformation of the country’s ordnance factories, Defence Minister George Fernandes today said India would receive the first batch of 80 front line Russian T-90 main battle tanks next month and that their indigenous assembly would commence next year.

A new ordnance factory, with state-of-the-art technology, was also being set up at Nalanda, Bihar, for the manufacture of futuristic bimodular propellant charges required for heavy calibre ammunition.

Mr Fernandes said huge investment was being ploughed into the ordnance factories for having state-of-art plant and machinery to build futuristic weapons systems in the tenth plan period 2002-2007.

Addressing the parliamentary consultative committee attached to his Ministry, Mr Fernandes said the ordnance factories had registered a growth of 82.5 per cent and the present turnover of Rs 5,606 crore was expected to go up by 10 per cent to Rs 6,245 crore during 2001-2002.

On the acquisition of the 300 T-90 tanks from Russia, he said the first batch of 80 tanks would be inducted next month. Along with the tanks, the transfer of technology documents would also be made available which would pave the way for indigenous assembly of semi-knocked down or completely knocked down parts of the tank by late next year.

The minister said the complete indigenous production of the tanks, capable of engaging a target beyond visual sighting, would begin in 2006.

“The Ordnance Factory Board has prepared a perspective plan for the modernisation and full automation in close interaction with major indentors”, Mr Fernandes told MPs. Improved productivity and capacity utilisation had enabled the board to pass on benefits to the armed forces in the shape of reduction in prices of weapons, he said.

On export potential of the factories, he said a “plan of action” had been initiated to give impetus for exports which would lay stress on ordnance factories working on economy of scale, optimum capacity and less costs to make Indian weapons systems more competitive abroad.

Minister of State for Defence Production Harin Pathak, Minister of State for Defence U. V. Krishnamraju and senior officials of the defence, defence production and Ordnance Factory Board were present at the meeting.Top

 

India to deploy SSB along Nepal border
Kulwinder Sandhu
Tribune News Service

Dehra Dun, November 10
The Union Home Ministry has planned to deploy paramilitary forces on the Indo-Nepal border in a bid to control, what its officials say, “cross-border crime and other illegal activities.” Only a few selected customs points will be opened for the movement of people from both countries.

The new measure is being initiated after the ministry decided to replace the existing border police, ITBPF, with a central paramilitary force along the Uttaranchal-Nepal border area.

According to Mr Madhukar Gupta, Chief Secretary of Uttaranchal, the Indian Government plans of deploy around 560 men from the elite Secret Service Bureau (SSB) at 14 different points along the 285-km border shared by Nepal and Uttaranchal.

Talking to the TNS, earlier, Mr Bhagat Singh Koshiari, Chief Minister, had said that the Indo-Nepal along the Mahakali River was being tightened to control the “growing anti-India activities across the border.”

The Chief District Officer of Kanchanpur district of Nepal, Mr Durga Prasad Pokharel, however, denied that such activities had occurred along the border.

Mr Hari Acharya, Member of the Nepal Parliament has alleged that India’s unilateral decision to deploy the paramilitary force along the border was certain to cause great inconvenience to the people.Top

 

Conquer terrorism with love: Venkataraman
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 10
Former President R. Venkataraman today said though organised terrorism had become a global menace, state terrorism was no answer to it.

“Problems of ethnic conflict, terrorism and disharmony among people and nations of the world can’t be solved through disarmament conferences, conventions and treaties but only through a change of heart,” Mr Venkataraman said, inaugurating a dharam sammelan organised by Prajapita Brahmakumaris Ishwariya Vishwavidyalaya here.

Expressing concern over religious and ethnic conflicts taking place in the world, the former President said: “Instead of preaching peace and harmony, some religious fundamentalists fan the fire of hatred and bitterness and lead their followers to the path of senseless violence.”

Every religion preaches morality, righteousness, kindness, love, selflessness and these are the requisites of a peaceful, orderly and harmonious society, he said, adding that if all of us practise them, there would be no disharmony in life. “However, no one follows religion honestly but uses it for creating discord,” he observed.

He called upon the religious leaders gathered for the conference to give equal respect to all religions.Top

 

CPI (ML) holds anti-WTO rally
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 10
A large number of farmers and workers from various states, including Punjab, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, assembled at Parliament Street here yesterday to participate in the CPI (ML) ‘anti-war, anti-WTO’ rally.

The rallyists criticised the government for supporting the US war. Addressing the rally, the CPI (ML) General Secretary, Mr Dipankar Bhattacharya, said: “The USA is waging an all out war on the weak nations of the world. While in Afghanistan, it is using bombs to kill and terrorise the people of that beleaguered nation, and at the Doha ministerial summit of the WTO, it is trying to use trade as a weapon of war and terror.”Top

 

CPM protests hike in petrol price
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 10
The Politburo of the CPM has protested against the hike in prices of petrol, diesel and LPG following a revision in the dealers’ commission.

A statement issued by the Politburo here today said the third revision of the commission in the last one year was both unfair and unwarranted and passed the burden on the consumer.
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Five CIOs honoured
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 10
Mr Sharad Saxena of the Konkan Railway Corporation and Mr Sanjay Handu of Jayco Electronics are among the top five Chief Information Officers honoured by the Technology Media Group, publishers of the CIO magazine.

Mr Adesh Goyal of Hughes Software Systems, Mr Subbarao Hegde of the Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation and Mr Ashok Sinha were the other winners. Top

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