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PM addresses Visva Bharati convocation
Santiniketan, December 15
Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee today stressed the need for imparting quality education to shun the growing trend of materialism and for restoring national pride.

Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee smiles with musician Amjad Ali Khan after awarding him an honorary degree in Santiniketan on Saturday. Mr Vajpayee is the Vice-Chancellor of Visva Bharati University.
— Reuters photo

Hawks mount pressure on PM
New Delhi, December 15
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and the hawks within the Bharatiya Janata Party have mounted pressure on Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee to punish Pakistan.

India welcomes US, Russia talks
New Delhi, December 15
India today welcomed the process of consultations underway between the USA and Russia on developments relating to the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty and stressed on the need for a “cooperative approach” between the two countries without taking recourse to unilateralism.



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Sunderlal Bahuguna’s house goes under water as the reservoir of the Tehri dam project fills up. — PTI

Uttaranchal PCS men on warpath
Dehra Dun, December 15
To get themselves promoted, PCS officers of Uttaranchal have come out openly against the BJP-led state government. They have to go on mass leave after two weeks if their demands are not met.

AI hostesses to fly up to 58 yrs: SC
New Delhi, December 15
The Supreme Court has permitted Air India air-hostesses to fly up to the age of 58 but stayed the Bombay High Court order directing the airliner to treat them equal to male flight stewards in respect of promotional benefits.

Award for Karve Samstha
New Delhi, December 15
Rehana Adib, a Saharanpur-based social activist and Maharshi Karve Shiksha Samstha, a Pune-based organisation with a century-long record of service in the area of women’s empowerment were honoured here on Thursday with this year’s Rotary India award on Women Empowerment.

Judge chains daughter-in-law
Patna, December 15
The police is on the lookout for a judge of Ara, Bihar, who allegedly kept his daughter-in-law chained with his pet dog and subjected her to physical abuse for dowry.

Dadamoni’s birthplace misses him
Patna
The room gives the look of a history textbook that has not been read since ages, its pages turning yellow. The house itself gives the impression of neglect. The icon of Indian film industry, Ashok Kumar whose descending on this mortal world, the room and house witnessed in 1911 is no more, and even before his death his birthplace here at Bhagalpur town had become a relic of the past. Now in his death, the media attention has brought back the life in it.

President greets nation on Id
New Delhi, December 15
President K.R. Narayanan and Vice-President Krishan Kant today greeted the people on the occasion of Id-ul-Fitr.

VIDEOS
The much-awaited Bollywood blockbuster, "Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham," was released amid high security at cinema halls.
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Special branch of the Tripura Police destroys "cannabis" or "ganja" plantation worth rupees 30 lakh in the border villages of the state.
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Protesting against the attacks on the Parliament, hundreds of Shiv Sena activists took to the streets in the Capital today.
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PM addresses Visva Bharati convocation

Santiniketan, December 15
Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee today stressed the need for imparting quality education to shun the growing trend of materialism and for restoring national pride.

“True education could alone bring quality of life and harmony in society which in turn help ensure peace around the world”, the Prime Minister said while addressing the annual convocation (1999-2000) of Visva Bharati here.

The Prime Minister flew in here this morning by a helicopter from Kolkata amid tight security to address the convocation for the first time as the Acharya of the university, founded by Rabinder Nath Tagore in 1901.

Mr Vajpayee said Rabindranath’s vision of education has helped the country keep its morale high and foster the spirit of harmony among the people. “Tagore had taught us to live together”, he added.

The Prime Minister said the present trend of growing materialism would not help anyone. Only comfort should not be the ideal for life.

He said the holistic system of learning should be restored for making the country’s future better. He called upon the teachers, students, parents and social workers to make education more relevant and useful.

There was commotion towards the close of the convocation when some awardees protested the deviation from the university’s tradition of the Prime Minister handling over the ‘Saptaparni’ (chatim) leaf.

They demanded that the Prime Minister should maintain the age old convention and hand over the ‘Saptaparni’ to them personally.

Mr Basu announced that the university had done away with the convention, citing security reasons and shortage of time of the deviation. UNI, PTI
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Hawks mount pressure on PM
Satish Misra
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 15
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and the hawks within the Bharatiya Janata Party have mounted pressure on Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee to punish Pakistan.

Mere words could seal the political fate of the BJP in not only in the coming Assembly elections but also affect the party’s performance in the next General election, a senior leader said.

Mr Vajpayee’s options are getting increasingly restricted. He was told by some MPs that the NDA government must takes concrete action against Islamabad, which has been aiding and abetting terrorist actions against the country.

People’s patience is running out as the party was voted to power in the belief that a BJP government would be firm and decisive, but “we have only been using tough language which is not backed by any action”, a leader pointed out, adding that the Prime Minister would have to ensure the survival of the party.

While BJP Parliamentary Party spokesman Vijay Kumar Malhotra said yesterday that some party MPs had asked the Prime Minister to undertake a similar action as was taken by Washington in Afghanistan, the RSS said the government must take stringent action against terrorism.

“The USA took action against the Taliban regime when its commercial centre was attacked, now are we supposed to remain silent spectators while our vital institutions are being challenged,” a senior leader observed.

When Parliament meets on Tuesday, Home Minister L.K. Advani, who is credited to be the author of the “hot pursuit line”, is expected to make a tough statement and before that pressure would be mounted by party MPs at the Parliamentary Party meeting.

The Home Minister’s statement and the Parliamentary Party meeting is also expected to be fiery which is expected to create an environment for enabling the Vajpayee government to take some action.
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India welcomes US, Russia talks
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 15
India today welcomed the process of consultations underway between the USA and Russia on developments relating to the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty and stressed on the need for a “cooperative approach” between the two countries without taking recourse to unilateralism.

Observing that India had been in regular dialogue with both Russia and the USA on ballistic missile defence and the new strategic framework, an External Affairs Ministry spokesperson said “We have consistently advocated a cooperative approach and not taking recourse to unilateralism”.

A formal notice of withdrawal from the 1972 bilateral ABM treaty was tendered yesterday to the Russian federation by the USA.

US President George W. Bush and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin have held wide-ranging consultations between their governments. They have also reiterated their commitment to working closely.

“We welcome this process. We particularly welcome the reaffirmation by Russia and the USA to substantially reduce their strategic offensive nuclear weapons,” she said.

She felt that the cuts would contribute very significantly towards nuclear disarmament.

New Delhi supports the consultation process between Washington and Moscow towards building common ground.

The USA has stated that its relationship with Russia would not be fractured by a decision to abandon the ABM treaty.

In Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s statement, not supportive of the US decision to abandon the treaty it believes ensures global strategic stability, made it clear the Russians wish to continue to develop the relationship between the two countries.
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Uttaranchal PCS men on warpath
Kulwinder Sandhu
Tribune News Service

Dehra Dun, December 15
To get themselves promoted, PCS officers of Uttaranchal have come out openly against the BJP-led state government. They have to go on mass leave after two weeks if their demands are not met. They have also threatened to opt to go back to their parent state of Uttar Pradesh as their cadres have not yet been finalised.

The Government of Uttaranchal is in a fix as the two-week ultimatum given by the PCS officers’ association is likely to draw a sharp line between the IAS and PCS officers, thereby affecting the normal functioning of the administration at a time when elections to the Assembly are round the corner.

Mr Anil Kumar Sharma, president of the Uttaranchal PCS Officers Association, said that a deputation representing the association met Mr Bhagat Singh Koshiyari, CM, and handed him an ultimatum of 15 days to fulfil their demands. 
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AI hostesses to fly up to 58 yrs: SC

New Delhi, December 15
The Supreme Court has permitted Air India air-hostesses to fly up to the age of 58 but stayed the Bombay High Court order directing the airliner to treat them equal to male flight stewards in respect of promotional benefits.

Upholding the Bombay High Court order to the extent of allowing the air-hostesses to fly up to the age of 58 years, the apex court, however, granted an interim stay yesterday on the order making them equal to the male stewards in respect of promotional benefits till the pendency of the case.

The Bombay High Court judgement, allowing air-hostesses to continue in flying service till the age of 58 and making them eligible for equal promotional benefits, was challenged in the apex court by the Cabin Crew Association (CCA), represented wholly by male members.

The Bombay High Court, in its ruling last year, had said that such a discrimination against air hostesses merely on gender basis was violative of the Constitution treating all citizens equal without any discrimination on the basis of sex, religion, caste and race. PTI
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Award for Karve Samstha
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 15
Rehana Adib, a Saharanpur-based social activist and Maharshi Karve Shiksha Samstha, a Pune-based organisation with a century-long record of service in the area of women’s empowerment were honoured here on Thursday with this year’s Rotary India award on Women Empowerment.

The awards were given away by Rotary International president, Richard D. King in the absence of the Information and Broadcasting Minister and special invitee, Sushma Swaraj. This year, the award of Rs 2 lakh has been shared by two. The award also carries a citation and a shawl.

The Chairperson of the Samstha, Sarita Bhat who received the award acknowledged the recognition as “a pat on the back. It confirms that we are on the right track.”
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Judge chains daughter-in-law

Patna, December 15
The police is on the lookout for a judge of Ara, Bihar, who allegedly kept his daughter-in-law chained with his pet dog and subjected her to physical abuse for dowry.

Mundrika Prasad Upadhyay, Additional District Judge, along with his family members subjected 31-year-old Anita to all kinds of torture allegedly to extract more dowry, the police said.

“They used to chain me along with their pet dog and gave me the same food they used to give the animal ... for them there was no distinction between me and the dog,” Anita told reporters at a hospital here after her family rescued her.

Anita, who married the judge’s son Bhanu in June, 1990, said, “My marriage was never consummated and I was made to sleep on cement bags and starved for days on end.”

She alleged that her in-laws wanted to kill her so that their son could marry again.

A case has been registered with the Kadamkuan police station. PTI
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Dadamoni’s birthplace misses him
Santosh Jha

Patna
The room gives the look of a history textbook that has not been read since ages, its pages turning yellow. The house itself gives the impression of neglect. The icon of Indian film industry, Ashok Kumar whose descending on this mortal world, the room and house witnessed in 1911 is no more, and even before his death his birthplace here at Bhagalpur town had become a relic of the past. Now in his death, the media attention has brought back the life in it.

Ashok Kumar, Dadamoni of the Bollywood fraternity, was born in Bhagalpur town’s Adampur locality. It was his maternal uncle’s place and his mother had come here from Khandwa for delivery. His father could not come at the time his birth as he was a busy lawyer practising there. The 65-year-old bed-ridden niece of Ashok Kumar, Ira Didi, says with tears in her eyes: “Mama wished to come here to see for the last time his birthplace, but his wish remained unfulfilled”.

A local doctor, Dr Smir Kumar Ghosh, remembers fondly, “He was married to a local girl, Shobha Devi. Once when he had come here to meet his wife’s uncle, he had rendered the dialogue of his film ‘Bandini’ to the thousands gathered there”. ‘Bandini’ was shot here extensively.
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President greets nation on Id

New Delhi, December 15
President K.R. Narayanan and Vice-President Krishan Kant today greeted the people on the occasion of Id-ul-Fitr.

In his message on the eve of Id, Mr Narayanan said, "I have great pleasure in offering Id Mubarak to all fellow citizens and Muslim brothers and sisters, in particular".

Mr Kant in his message said, "The sharing and the charity associated with Id-ul-Fitr helps promote the sublime values of compassion, love and kindness in the society". UNI
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NATIONAL BRIEFS

Legend actors Dilip Kumar and Dev Anand STAMP ON RAJ KAPOOR RELEASED
MUMBAI:
The great showman Raj Kapoor has been honoured with a commemorative postage stamp on his 77th birth anniversary. Union Communication Minister Pramod Mahajan released the stamp at a function here on Friday. The stamp, in Rs 4 denomination, depicts him in three memorable roles in the films “Mera Naam Joker”, “Shree 420” and “Awara”. UNI


Legend actors Dilip Kumar (2nd from right) and Dev Anand (R) seen together first time after long years at the release of a postage stamp function in Mumbai on Friday.
Shammi Kapoor (L) and Randhir Kapoor are also seen in the photo.— PTI photo

6 KILLED, 9 HURT AS BUS RUNS OVER THEM
DEHRA DUN:
Six persons were killed, four of them on the spot, and nine were injured when a bus ran over them at Nandprayag in Chamoli district of Uttaranchal on Friday, the police said. A private bus coming from Karnaprayag towards Chamoli, ran over bystanders after its brakes failed. It also hit against a jeep and ran into a shop. UNI


An Indian model displays a Ritu Kumar bridal garment in Calcutta on Saturday. 
— Reuters

GOLDEN CRADLE FOR TEMPLE IN USA
CHENNAI:
A golden cradle worth Rs 45 lakh will be sent to a Siva and Vishnu temple at Levermoore in California in the USA as an offering. Created by G.R. Thanga Maligai, city-based jewellers the cradle would be sent later this month. The cradle, weighing 7,202 kg, was made by 10 goldsmiths over a period of six months. UNI

ONE KILLED IN EXPLOSION
GORAKHPUR:
A person was killed and three were injured in a bomb blast on the city Municipal Corporation premises on Saturday, the police here said. The bomb was reportedly kept in a scooter parked in front of the office of the District Urban Development Project Officer and went off at noon. PTI

AJMER DARGAH GETS FACELIFT
AJMER:
The main mausoleum of Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti of the world-famous dargah here has got a new look on the eve of Id after gold engraving work on its walls and roof was completed. A team of master craftsmen, headed by national award winner Mohamad Haneef Usta of Bikaner, completed the work in six months. PTI
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