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15 held for rioting in Jalna, Poorna
Mumbai, August 29
As many as 15 persons were arrested in Jalna and Poorna towns in central Maharashtra in connection with a riot following two blasts at places of worship on Friday.

Maharashtra poll: Dalits hold the key
Mumbai, August 29
A major turf war between various factions of the Republican Party of India (RPI) and the Bahujan Samaj Party(BSP)will impact the forthcoming Assembly elections in Maharashtra scheduled for October.

SP nominees for 2 LS, 8 Assembly seats
Lucknow, August 29
The Samajwadi Party has released a list of two Lok Sabha and eight Assembly seats for the October 13 by- elections. A close relative of Mr Mulayam Singh Yadav, Mr Dharmendra Yadav, has been given the Samajwadi ticket from Mainpuri. Mr Shankhlal Manjhi has been named the Samajwadi choice for the Akbarpur reserved constituency.

A woman looks at rakhis in a market on the eve of Raksha Bandhan in Bhopal on Saturday.

A woman looks at rakhis in a market on the eve of Raksha Bandhan in Bhopal on Saturday. — Reuters






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Andhra to see another sonrise
Hyderabad, August 29
With the resignation of Y.S. Vivekananda Reddy, brother of Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasehara Reddy, as MP from Kadapa, the rise of another son appears to be imminent on the Andhra political firmament.

6 BJP posers to Cong on Savarkar issue
Chennai, August 29
BJP President Venkaiah Naidu has posed six questions to the Congress about its stand on the Veer Savarkar issue. Addressing newsmen at the BJP state headquarters here on Friday evening he said he decided to raise these questions following the Congress’ “half-hearted” attempt to distance itself from Union Petroleum Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar’s order to remove a plaque containing a quote from Savarkar in a memorial at the Port Blair Cellular Jail in the Andamans.

Gangster held at Haldwani
Dehradun, August 29
The police nabbed inter-state gangster Gulzar Khan and five of his accomplices from the Tanda forest area on Rampur road in Haldwani, Nainital district yesterday. Khan was not only wanted in at least 20 cases but also carried a cash award of Rs 10,000 on his head after he ran off during parole two years back, the police said.

Aiyar unfazed by Shiv Sena’s agitation
New Delhi, August 29
Petroleum Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar, who was in the centre of the Veer Savarkar controversy, today seemed unfazed by Shiv Sena’s “jode maro” agitation, launched by Sena supremo Bal Thackeray in Mumbai even as the Congress distanced itself from the issue.

Bahamas wants more information from CBI about Quattrocchi
New Delhi, August 29
Bahamas, which had been requested by the CBI to probe the bank accounts of Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi in the Bofors pay off case, has requested the agency to supply it with more information in this regard, CBI sources said here today.

Chaos at Chhatra Parisad meeting
Kolkata, August 29
The Congress (l) and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) observed the 51st foundation day celebrations of the Chhatra Parisad, the party’s youth wing, at two meetings in the city yesterday.

5 of family stabbed to death
Lucknow, August 29
Five members of a family were stabbed to death by some miscreants in the Sarojini Nagar colony of the state capital late last night. Senior police officials rushed to the site early this morning after getting to know about the incident. Sulkhan Singh, IG, Lucknow zone, after returning from the site said Sarojini Nagar resident Durgadutt, his wife, two sons Ram Kumar and Bhuwan and daughter Sanjana were stabbed in the neck last night. 

PM recuperating from viral fever
New Delhi, August 29
Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, who got indisposed yesterday due to viral fever, continued to take rest today as had been advised by his doctors, official sources said. The Prime Minister had a mild fever today also and had been advised rest by doctors attending on him, they said. After Dr Singh got indisposed on Saturday, the doctors had advised him complete rest for at least two days. All of his official engagements and public appointments were subsequently cancelled for Saturday and Sunday. “The doctors will examine him again tomorrow and would give their opinion about his health,” the sources said. — TNS


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15 held for rioting in Jalna, Poorna

Mumbai, August 29
As many as 15 persons were arrested in Jalna and Poorna towns in central Maharashtra in connection with a riot following two blasts at places of worship on Friday.

According to Jalna district police sources, 14 persons were arrested for the post-blast rioting and arson in the town, while Parbhani district police, under whose jurisdiction the Poorna town comes, has arrested one person for rioting.

However, no one has been arrested so far in both towns in connection with the blasts that occurred when people had gathered at the mosques for Friday prayers.

Prohibitory orders restricting movement of people were imposed by the police in Jalna and Poorna towns last night as a precautionary measure although situaton has returned to normal, control room sources from both districts told PTI on phone.

Parbhani town, which also witnessed violent incidents as a fall out of the blast that occurred in neighbouring Poorna town, also remained peaceful and prohibitory orders were relaxed last night, the sources said.

Aurangabad Special Inspector General of Police (IGP), B.D. More is camping in Jalna, supervising situation along with Jalna Superintendent of Police, Dilp Srirao, while his counter part from Nanded, IGP B.N. Raut is in Parbhani town. Parbhani SP, Rajesh Mor is camping in Poorna, state police control sources said.

Sangli: The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) President and Union Minister Sharad Pawar has said the bomb blasts in Jalna and Poorna towns in Marathwada and subsequent violence were the handiwork of communal forces, aimed at creating trouble before elections.

Addressing a press conference at Atapadi town in the district yesterday, Mr Pawar asserted that these forces would not be allowed to succeed in disturbing peace and communal amity in the state.

He hinted at ‘’minor’’ changes in the allotment of Assembly seats between the NCP and its ally Congress for the October 13 elections. The two parties had fought the 1999 elections separately. — PTI, UNI

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Maharashtra poll: Dalits hold the key
Shiv Kumar
Tribune News Service

Mumbai, August 29
A major turf war between various factions of the Republican Party of India (RPI) and the Bahujan Samaj Party(BSP)will impact the forthcoming Assembly elections in Maharashtra scheduled for October.

The different factions of the RPI and the BSP are locked in a pitched battle for the legacy of Babasaheb Ambedkar and threaten to play the spoiler for the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party alliance.

Leaders of the RPI scored a major victory this week when NCP President Sharad Pawar refused to tie up with the BSP without consulting the former. Three factions of the RPI are part of the Democratic Front government in Maharashtra headed by the Congress and the NCP.

However, the BSP threatens to spoil the party for the secular outfits with its ability to cut into their votes in at least 70 of the 288 seats in Maharashtra.

“We will look at the forthcoming election to enhance our party’s strength without bothering about who is going to be benefited by our contesting the election,” says BSP President Vilas Garud ominiously.

The BSP, which has made major inroads in the Vidarbha and Marathwada regions of Maharashtra, bagged 3 per cent of the votes in the Lok Sabha polls spoiling the chances of Congress-NCP candidates in as many as 11 of the 48 seats.

Understandably, Sharad Pawar, who is stitching up the secular alliance in Maharashtra, is working hard to prevent the non-Hindutva votes from splitting. “We don’t want to lose traditional partners for new ones,” states NCP chief and Pawar acolyte R.R. Patil.

Meanwhile, efforts are on to bring the factions of the RPI and the BSP on board the secular alliance. Acording to sources, Pawar’s emissaries are in touch with Mayawati and RPI leaders like Ramdas Athvale and Prakash Ambedkar to come together on one platform.

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SP nominees for 2 LS, 8 Assembly seats
Tribune News Service

Lucknow, August 29
The Samajwadi Party has released a list of two Lok Sabha and eight Assembly seats for the October 13 by- elections. A close relative of Mr Mulayam Singh Yadav, Mr Dharmendra Yadav, has been given the Samajwadi ticket from Mainpuri. Mr Shankhlal Manjhi has been named the Samajwadi choice for the Akbarpur reserved constituency .

The SP candidates for the eight Assembly constituencies are: Mr Shyam Prakash (Ahirouri Hardoi), the Ram Chandra Yadav (Milkipur-Faizabad), Ms Nandita Shukla (Mujehna-Gonda), Ms Sharaddha Devi (Mariyahun-Jaunpur), Mr Ujjwal Singh (Karchhana-Allahabad), Mohd Ashraf (Allahabad (West) and Mr Rajnath Yadav (Saidpur-Ghazipur).

Mr Ujjwal Singh, the candidate from Karchhana is the son of Mr Rewati Raman Singh, a former state Transport Minister. The candidate from Madiyahun, Ms Shraddha Devi, has been selected to replace her husband, Mr Paras Nath Yadav, who has also joined the Lok Sabha. Likewise, Mr Mohd Ashraf (Allahabad West) is the younger brother of Mr Ateeq Ahmad. 

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Andhra to see another sonrise
Ramesh Kandula
Tribune News Service

Hyderabad, August 29
With the resignation of Y.S. Vivekananda Reddy, brother of Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasehara Reddy, as MP from Kadapa, the rise of another son appears to be imminent on the Andhra political firmament.

Vivekananda submitted his resignation to Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee on Friday, apparently to fulfil the wishes of the family to accommodate his brother’s son. With the latest development, Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, son of Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy (YSR), is all set to make a grand entry into electoral politics by contesting from the Kadapa Lok Sabha constituency, the traditional stronghold of the family.

Vivekananda Reddy had earlier announced his intention to vacate the seat for personal reasons. The Chief Minister, who himself had won the Kadapa Lok Sabha seat first in 1989, then in 1991, 1996 and 1998, almost supported the view when he told reporters that there was a possibility of his son stepping into the shoes of his brother.

Confirming that Vivekananda Reddy was planning to quit politics, YSR had said, “It is true that he has been contemplating such a move. It’s because he wants to settle down in the US where his daughter resides.” But it is now clear that Vivekananda was not leaving the country, but had vacated the seat only to promote Jagan.

Vivekananda Reddy was apparently against contesting in the recent polls, but was prevailed upon to stay put as it was felt by the family that a greenhorn like Jagan might not be able to stand up to Dr V. Mysoora Reddy, YSR’s bete noir and a long-standing Congressman who had switched sides to the TDP just before the elections.

A businessman by profession, Jagan Mohan Reddy, who owns mini-hydel projects in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, has been in the thick of political action during the recent Assembly and Parliament polls, helping the family romp home.

Though the son was raring to jump headlong into the electoral fray YSR was said to have opposed the move, asking him to concentrate instead on the business ventures of the family. Especially after he became the CM, YSR was particular that his son should not dabble in politics, as it might provide grist to his enemies both within and outside the party. However, with Jagan’s insistence on his interest in politics and the family supporting his decision, the Chief Minister is said to have succumbed to the pressure of formally allowing his entry through the Kadapa Lok Sabha constituency.

Jagan’s power projects and his alleged involvement in Rayalaseema faction feuds had rocked the Assembly several times during the TDP’s regime. The latest move is likely to create more controversies involving the son in the coming days, what with the Opposition TDP desperately looking for chinks in YSR’s armour.

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6 BJP posers to Cong on Savarkar issue
Tribune News Service

Chennai, August 29
BJP President Venkaiah Naidu has posed six questions to the Congress about its stand on the Veer Savarkar issue. Addressing newsmen at the BJP state headquarters here on Friday evening he said he decided to raise these questions following the Congress’ “half-hearted” attempt to distance itself from Union Petroleum Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar’s order to remove a plaque containing a quote from Savarkar in a memorial at the Port Blair Cellular Jail in the Andamans.

He said senior Congress leader and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad had reportedly said the party did not agree with Mr Aiyar’s views or action, which indicated that the party’s views on Savarkar were different.

Through his six questions Mr Naidu wanted to know why Congress President Ms Sonia Gandhi had opposed the unveiling of Savarkar’s portrait in the Central Hall of Parliament last year and written to President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam not to participate in the unveiling function and to the then Speaker, Mr Manohar Joshi, not to have the portrait in Parliament.

He also asked why she had mentioned in her letters that it would “give credibility” to the activities and “divisive policies” of Savarkar if the President graced the function and it would be a “great tragedy” if the portrait was installed in the Central Hall of Parliament..

He asked whether Ms. Gandhi’s stand was different from that of Mr. Aiyar and wanted to know if her opposition to the unveiling of Savarkar’s portrait was “in her personal capacity”.

Mr Naidu asked: “If the Congress party today says ‘we do not agree with him’, is it ready to declare that we do not agree with Ms. Gandhi too”?

Mr Naidu had earlier posed six questions on the controversial issue related to former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, Uma Bharti, who has been remanded in judicial custody in Karnataka.

He criticised what he described as the “confrontationist” attitude of the Congress-led government at the Centre, which has completed 100 days in office.

Mr Naidu said: “They have not consulted the Opposition on any major issue, be it Manipur, or Kashmir or the Punjab government’s unilateral decision to abrogate the water sharing agreements or inflation.”

Referring to Dr. Manmohan Singh not accepting the opposition’s memorandum containing suggestions on the Finance Bill, he said. “It was the height of confrontation”. He demanded to know how the government could hold consultations with the Left parties but ignore the BJP while Parliament was in session.

The BJP would organise a week-long “satyagraha” in Bangalore from September 1 during which batches of party leaders and workers would court arrest on each day in support of three demands.The demands were removal of the “tainted” Union Ministers, withdrawal of the cases against Ms Uma Bharti at Hubli and restoration of the plaque containing Savarkar’s words at the Port Blair memorial.

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Gangster held at Haldwani
Swati Vashishtha
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, August 29
The police nabbed inter-state gangster Gulzar Khan and five of his accomplices from the Tanda forest area on Rampur road in Haldwani, Nainital district yesterday. Khan was not only wanted in at least 20 cases but also carried a cash award of Rs 10,000 on his head after he ran off during parole two years back, the police said.

The police nabbed him when he, along with two others was on his way to kidnap a businessman from the Bareilly Road area.

The police had seized a Maruti car and some drugs from the gangsters. The police had arrested two of Khan’s accomplices — Akbar Ali and Dilshad — when they came to collect ransom from a businessman, Shakil Ahmed, alias KK, on Thursday night. The gang had been threatening the businessman for the past few days, the police said.

According to Mr Vijay Shankhare, SSP Nainital, the arrest of his accomplices led Khan to believe that the businessman had informed the police and cheated him. Khan along with his brother, Niyaz Khan, and two others, Sher Ali and Lal Singh, decided to kidnap the businessman.

The four were at a hideout waiting for sunset to execute the crime when the police, on a tipoff, reached the site. After an exchange of fire in the forest, the police arrested them.

Gulzar Khan and his brother, Niyaz Khan, had created terror in Haldwani and there were 16 cases, including kidnapping, murder and extortion, pending against Gulzar Khan in Haldwani alone, Mr Shankhare said.

Besides Uttaranchal, Khan operated in UP and Delhi, the SSP said, adding that he had been awarded life imprisonment before he was released on parole. Khan had received Rs 12 lakh as ransom in cases of kidnapping, the police said.

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Aiyar unfazed by Shiv Sena’s agitation
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 29
Petroleum Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar, who was in the centre of the Veer Savarkar controversy, today seemed unfazed by Shiv Sena’s “jode maro” agitation, launched by Sena supremo Bal Thackeray in Mumbai even as the Congress distanced itself from the issue.

Brushing aside the agitation against him, Mr Aiyar told a private TV channel here that everyone had a right to protest in a democracy.

Hoping to reap electoral dividend out of the Savarkar issue in the coming assembly elections in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray on Friday had launched “jode maro” agitation against Mr Ayiar for his allegedly ordering the removal of a plaque from the Cellular Jail in Andaman, which contained the freedom fighter’s quotes on it.

The Congress leaders at the Centre and in Maharashtra, however, said Mr Ayiar did not take the decision as a minister but in the capacity of the chairman of a trust, which had decided to place the plaque in the Cellular jail during the tenure of his predecessor Ram Naik.

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Bahamas wants more information from
CBI about Quattrocchi

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 29
Bahamas, which had been requested by the CBI to probe the bank accounts of Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi in the Bofors pay off case, has requested the agency to supply it with more information in this regard, CBI sources said here today.

The CBI has received a communication from Bahamas authorities in response to a letters rogatory issued by a special court here earlier for probing the alleged money transactions by Quattrocchi in the island nation, the sources said.

The letters rogatory was issued by the court on February 24 this year through Indian mission in Bahamas. CBI, which has so far been unsussessful in getting Quattrocchi extradited to India to face trial in the Rs 64 crore pay off case, was a key accused along with three Europe-based Hiduja brothers who are presently facing trial in the two-decade-old scam.

CBI had sought details from Bahamas about the accounts in AES bank, from where the money was allegedly transferred to a London bank account of Quattrocchi, which the agency had managed to freez on the basis of a separate letters rogatory to Britain.

The CBI sources said the information to be supplied to Bahamas authorities would be processed soon and would be communicated to them accordingly.

The agency, which had still been probing the route of the illegal pay off to middlemen in the Bofors deal, signed in 1986 with Swedish company AB Bofors, had been pursuing the extradition of Quattrocchi at various levels even as the Interpol has issued red corner alert about him.Top

 

Chaos at Chhatra Parisad meeting
Our Correspondent

Kolkata, August 29
The Congress (l) and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) observed the 51st foundation day celebrations of the Chhatra Parisad, the party’s youth wing, at two meetings in the city yesterday.

At both meetings there was utter chaos and pandemonium over their legal rights in the holding of the celebrations. At the meeting at Mohammed Ali Park, which was the venue of the TMC function, the two groups threw chairs, stones and brickbats, at each other injuring several people.

Ms Mamata Banerjee, who was to inaugurate the function there, did not turn up. At the meeting at Mahataji Sadan, Union Minister Pranab Mukherjee, WBPCC (I) chief Priya Dasmunshi and former Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot were among those who addressed the gathering. 

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5 of family stabbed to death

Lucknow, August 29
Five members of a family were stabbed to death by some miscreants in the Sarojini Nagar colony of the state capital late last night. Senior police officials rushed to the site early this morning after getting to know about the incident. Sulkhan Singh, IG, Lucknow zone, after returning from the site said Sarojini Nagar resident Durgadutt, his wife, two sons Ram Kumar and Bhuwan and daughter Sanjana were stabbed in the neck last night. 

He said Durgadutt was a native of Nepal and used to work as a peon in the RTO office here.

The IG said the murders reportedly took place after midnight and possibly someone known to the family was involved in the crime since the house was open with an open and a lock along with the key was found hanging on the front door. The IG said a blood-stained knife was found in a water bucket in the house.

The exact cause of the killings was yet to be ascertained. Investigations were on even as dog squads had been roped in to collect the vital clues about the killers.

The bodies have been sent for a post-mortem, Mr Sulkhan Singh said. — UNI

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Sept 1 declared state holiday
LUCKNOW:
The Lucknow Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee managed to persuade UP Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav to declare September 1 as a state holiday on the occasion of the 400-year celebrations of the installation of Guru Granth Sahib. At a public function at the Sarojini Nagar gurdwara, the Chief Minister made an announcement to this effect. — TNS

Jawan killed in ULFA attack
Guwahati:
The United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) attacked an Army patrol party on Sunday, killing one jawan and injuring another critically, while security forces killed a Bodo ultra in another incident in Lower Assam. Official sources said ULFA militants had planted a bomb below a culvert in a remote place near Boko in Kamrup district near Assam-Meghalaya border. The bomb exploded as soon as the Army vehicle came on top of it. — UNI
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