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Centre for talks with states on quota, SC told
Open to seats for SCs, STs in all-India medical quota
New Delhi, April 28

The Centre today told the Supreme Court that it was open to extending reservation to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in the 50 per cent all-India quota seats in medical colleges for post-graduate (PG) courses but a framework for this could only be laid after extensive discussions with the states because it involved a policy decision.

Sibal’s anti-quota remarks irk Arjun
New Delhi, April 28
Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh has taken umbrage to Science and Technology Minister Kapil Sibal’s public opposition to the plan to increase quotas in Centrally funded institutions.

11 Naxalites killed
Hyderabad, April 28
In a major setback to the Maoists, 11 Naxalites, including six women squad members, have been killed in an encounter with Grey Hounds, the anti-Naxalite wing of the state police.

India to boost co-habitation of Maoists
New Delhi, April 28
As the Nepal conundrum continues to stare in the face of policy-makers here, there is one thing which New Delhi is going to encourage: co-habitation of Maoists in the Nepalese political set-up.

EC reserves order in HP MLAs’ case
New Delhi, April 28
The Election Commission (EC) today reserved its order on a petition seeking disqualification of 12 Congress MLAs of Himachal Pradesh, who have been appointment as Chief Parliamentary Secretaries and Parliamentary Secretaries in violation of the provisions of the constitution.

Escorts airlifts Ludhiana heart patient
New Delhi, April 28
A 58-year-old Ludhiana-based businessman suffering from recurrent ventricular tachycardia (irregular and fast heartbeat) has been snatched from the jaws of a death by the emergency medical air evacuation team of Escorts Heart Institute.





School children swim in a pool to beat the heat in front of India Gate on their way home after school in New Delhi, on Friday.
School children swim in a pool to beat the heat in front of India Gate on their way home after school in New Delhi, on Friday. — AFP

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No change in Mahajan’s condition
Mumbai, April 28
With the condition of senior BJP leader Pramod Mahajan showing little signs of improvement, doctors attending on him decided to increase the dosage of medicines being administered to him.
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PM discusses gas with Iran, politics with Koirala
New Delhi, April 28
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh handled two important telephonic conversations late this evening - one with Iranian President Ahmedinejad and another with Nepal’s new Prime Minister -designate Girija Prasad Koirala.

Navin Nischol, brother held
Mumbai, April 28
Bollywood actor Navin Nischol and his brother Pravin were arrested late tonight here after a marathon grilling in connection with the suicide by Geetanjali Nischol on April 22. The duo were called for interrogation this morning.

‘No major climate change in India’
New Delhi, April 28
A section of international scientific community has attributed the record number of devastating hurricanes like Katrina and Rita that tore the east coasts off the US last year to climate change.

PIL rejected against RS nominations
New Delhi, April 28
The Supreme Court today rejected a petition challenging the nominations of The Hindustan Times Vice-Chairperson Shobhana Bhartia and The Pioneer's Editor Chandan Mitra to the Rajya Sabha.

Medicos call for nationwide peaceful stir on May 2
New Delhi, April 28
Barely 24 hours after they decided to suspend their strike, medical students in the Capital, in a volte-face, announced their decision to “intensify” their struggle against the quota raj, insisting that it will be “without any violence”.

ICHR denies funding members’ projects
New Delhi, April 28
Reacting to two news-items "ICHR needs fresh blood" and "ICHR members fund own projects" carried in these columns on April 17 and 19 respectively, the Indian Council of Historical Research has clarified that grants have not been released to the historians for their individual research projects.

Summer jobs for students by Congress
Pondicherry, April 28
A Congress candidate here has come out with a novel method of employing young students for electioneering.

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Centre for talks with states on quota, SC told
Open to seats for SCs, STs in all-India medical quota
Legal Correspondent

New Delhi, April 28
The Centre today told the Supreme Court that it was open to extending reservation to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in the 50 per cent all-India quota seats in medical colleges for post-graduate (PG) courses but a framework for this could only be laid after extensive discussions with the states because it involved a policy decision.

However, Additional Solicitor-General (ASG) Gopal Subramaniam told a Bench of Mr Justice K. G. Balakrishnan, Mr Justice A. R. Lakshmanan and Mr Justice D. K. Jain that as an “alternative measure” for this year 10 per cent reservation could be provided to SC, ST candidates in PG courses, if it was just in terms of the counselling schedule.

The ASG said differences had emerged among the states on the issue at a meeting convened by the Director-General of Health Services (DGHS) here yesterday. “Some states had reservation over applying this to the all-India quota and some are for providing it on pro-rata basis,” he told the court.

If the reservation to SC and ST candidates is applied on a pro-rata basis, then the total of 22.5 per cent reservation for them in a medical college has to be equally divided between the state and the all-India quota.

The issue of extending the reservation to SC and ST candidates to the all-India quota has arisen from two applications contending that after increasing it to 50 per cent from 25 per cent, many meritorious students from the general category were deprived of admission from the remaining 50 per cent state quota in the medical colleges as many states were providing reservation to different categories, close to 50 per cent, leaving no seats for them.

As per the present position, the reservation to SC and ST candidates was provided only from the state quota and it was not applicable to candidates appearing in the all-India quota. The result was that in states like Tamil Nadu and Union Territory of Pondicherry, students who had even attained the highest grade in the merit list in state quota admission tests, were deprived of admission as no seat was left for them after filling the reserved ones.

The ASG said the issue was not so simple as to be worked out without having extensive discussions with the state governments. He cited the example of Tamil Nadu, which had fixed reservation at 68 per cent, whereas the Supreme Court had ruled that it should not exceed 50 per cent.

“We (Centre) have been dealing with the states almost on a daily basis to work out a solution and it will require at least a month’s time to take a decision,” he said. In view of this, the court adjourned the hearing for May 1 when the government is expected to come up with some additional solution.

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Sibal’s anti-quota remarks irk Arjun
Anita Katyal
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 28
Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh has taken umbrage to Science and Technology Minister Kapil Sibal’s public opposition to the plan to increase quotas in Centrally funded institutions. He is stated to have conveyed his unhappiness to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The HRD Minister, who has literally put the cat among the pigeons with his proposal on providing quotas for OBCs, drew attention to Mr Sibal’s remarks on this issue at yesterday’s Cabinet meeting.

While asking Dr Manmohan Singh to intervene in the matter, Mr Arjun Singh objected to the manner in which his Cabinet colleague had gone public with his opposition.

Speaking to presspersons in Hanover, Mr Sibal had said that no policy should be taken, which would dilute the levels of excellence in our research and development and educational institutions at a time when the western countries were looking at us for excellence. “Nothing should be done that dampens India’s efforts to compete in the world markets,” he was quoted as saying.

Mr Sibal’s remarks created a storm here as they brought out the differences in the government on this highly sensitive and emotive issue. While Mr Sibal, who is still abroad, maintained that he had not made any remarks on reservations and

Quotas, but merely said standards in centres of excellence should not be diluted.

This latest controversy has only added to the Prime Minister’s woes.

While his ministerial colleagues are publicly differing on key policy issues, he has also to contend with the increasing street protests to the proposal to increase quotas in institutions like IITs and IIMs.

At the same time, the OBC Parliamentary Forum has also raised objections to those who are opposing this move and are mounting pressure on the government to go ahead with this plan. Key UPA ally Ram Vilas Paswan has come out in favour of the quota plan while Janata Dal (U) president Sharad Yadav has demanded that Mr Sibal be sacked for opposing reservations for OBCs, clearing indicating that this issue is all set to snowball into a major controversy for the UPA government.

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11 Naxalites killed
Tribune News Service

Hyderabad, April 28
In a major setback to the Maoists, 11 Naxalites, including six women squad members, have been killed in an encounter with Grey Hounds, the anti-Naxalite wing of the state police.

The fierce encounter, in which fire was exchanged for more than two hours, took place near Pulugugunta village of Kadapa district, bordering the Sheshachalam forests in Chittoor district today morning.

"The (Naxalite) camp may have had 30 persons. We believe the rest have escaped. I gave orders to both SPs (of Kadapa and Chittoor districts) to ensure that forces should be deployed to check every escape route, every bus station, every vehicle and every possible shelter," DGP, Mr Swaranjit Sen, told reporters.

This is the first time after talks broke down between the state government and the Maoists in January last year that the police has inflicted such a large number of casualties on Naxalites.

The police has recovered a huge cache of arms and other material, including an AK-47 rifle, two SLRs, one 303 rifle, 38 rockets, two single-barrel guns and bundles of wires from the site of the incident. Cops suspect that the camp was being organised by the Maoists for military training to its cadre.

The Grey Hounds are conducting extensive combing operations in the area and have put up a number of police pickets in the area to nab the armed guerrilla squad members who had escaped.

The police, who is yet to identify the dead, believe that several key leaders of the CPI (ML) extremists operating in the region may be among those killed.

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India to boost co-habitation of Maoists
Rajeev Sharma
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 28
As the Nepal conundrum continues to stare in the face of policy-makers here, there is one thing which New Delhi is going to encourage: co-habitation of Maoists in the Nepalese political set-up.

The Maoist separatists, who have been indulging in violent clashes with the Royal Nepal Army (RNA), are a threat and a headache for not just Kathmandu but New Delhi as well in view of the 1751-km-long open border between India and Nepal. More than 14,000 people have died in Nepal since the Maoists started their bloody struggle nearly a decade ago.

The developments in Nepal came up for a deep focus and review at the highest level when the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh discussed the issue yesterday.

It is understood that co-habitation of Maoists, who have volunteered for a three-month ceasefire, will be both a priority and a challenge for New Delhi. King Gyanendra has not still addressed the key issues of Constituent Assembly and the control over the army - considered to be the only way to bring the Maoists into the mainstream politics.

If the parties agree to decide on these matters at the reinstated House of Representatives, there is a grotesque risk of getting caught into the ‘royal mousetrap’ again. Even if they decide on Constituent Assembly poll, what if the King refused?

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EC reserves order in HP MLAs’ case
S Satyanarayanan
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 28
The Election Commission (EC) today reserved its order on a petition seeking disqualification of 12 Congress MLAs of Himachal Pradesh, who have been appointment as Chief Parliamentary Secretaries and Parliamentary Secretaries in violation of the provisions of the constitution.

The state Governor had referred the matter to the poll panel following a petition by Mr Ravi Inder Singh, Chief Whip of the BJP in Himachal Vidhan Sabha, to him in the wake of an adverse judgement against the 12 MLAs by the Himachal Pradesh High Court.

The three-member Commission, headed by Chief Election Commissioner B B Tandon and comprising Election Commissioners N Gopalaswami and Navin Chawla, however, allowed the petitioner as well as the defendants a week’s time to make written submission, if any, in the case.

Appearing on behalf of the petitioner, Senior Advocate Satyapal Jain argued that there was no provision either in the Constitution of India or any other Act providing for Parliamentary Secretaries and in view of the High Court judgement, their appointment will be deemed to be unconstitutional and illegal from the very beginning.

Mr Jain told the Commission that since they drew lakhs and lakhs of rupees from state fund by way of salary and other allowances, besides free house and vehicle, etc to which they were not entitled, their office, which they held during this period would be an office of profit and, hence, they have invited disqualification under section 191 of Constitution of India.

Moreover, he pointed out that against the judgement of the High Court, only state of Himachal Pradesh and just one MLA have filed SLP in Supreme Court and the apex court has not granted any stay to them.

Therefore, the High Court judgement is in operation and the MLAs are liable to be disqualified from the membership of the House. While arguing, Mr Jain also relied heavily on Jaya Bachchan case which was allowed by Election Commission about two months back.

Appearing on behalf of the 12 Congress MLAs, Senior Advocate Rajiv Atmaram pointed out that an appeal has been filed before the Supreme Court against the High Court judgement and the matter is still under the consideration.

Mr Atmaram further submitted that under Section 3 (d) of the Himachal Pradesh (Prevention) of Disqualification Act, the Chief Parliamentary Secretaries and Parliamentary Secretaries are saved from disqualification being the office of profit.

He also argued that since the High Court has quashed their appointment prospectively and therefore, they do not incur disqualification under the Act.

Intervening during the argument, Mr Jain submitted that Section 3(d) of Himachal Pradesh (Prevention of Disqualification) Act is “ultra virus” as 93rd Constitutional amendment which provides that total number of ministers in any state shall not exceed 15 per cent of the total strength of Vidhan Sabha. The Himachal Assembly has a strength of 68.

Since there are 12 ministers in Himachal Pradesh and these 12 MLAs were appointed as Chief Parliamentary Secretaries and Parliamentary Secretaries over and above the sanctioned strength, they are liable for disqualification.

The Election Commission is now expected to arrive at a considered opinion based on the arguments put forth by the two sides and forward its comments to the Himachal Governor V S Kokje for further necessary action.

The EC in its recent order had issued notices to the 12 Congress MLAs, directing them to submit their replies by March 16 on the reference of an application to it by the State Governor, who has sought the comments of the poll panel on the issue as required under the Law.

Of these, eight MLAs - Mukesh Agnihotri, Thakur Singh Bharmouri, Anita Verma, Prem Singh, Tek Chand, Harsh Wardhan Chauhan, Lajja Ram and Harbhajan Singh- were appointed Chief Parliamentary Secretaries (CPS) and four - Jagat Singh Negi, Surinder Kumar, Sudhir Sharma and Raghbir Singh - as Parliamentary Secretaries (PS) by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh.

The High Court by its judgement of August 18, 2005, had set aside these appointments on the ground that the Chief Minister has no power to appoint CPS and PS under the Constitution and no financial approval was taken for these posts by the state government.

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Escorts airlifts Ludhiana heart patient
Tripti Nath
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 28
A 58-year-old Ludhiana-based businessman suffering from recurrent ventricular tachycardia (irregular and fast heartbeat) has been snatched from the jaws of a death by the emergency medical air evacuation team of Escorts Heart Institute.

A diabetic with a history of a massive heart attack, R.C. Goyal was under medication at Hero Heart Centre of the Dayanand Medical College Ludhiana for four days before he was airlifted in a medical ambulance to Delhi on Thursday for fitting an implantable cardio defibrilator (ICD).

Doctors treating him at Escorts say that his condition has improved and he is stable.

The ICD is an imported match-box sized metallic device that is fitted on the anterior chest wall and delivers a shock whenever it senses an irregular rhythm. The shock restores the heart rhythm to normal.

Dr Nishith Chandra, Senior Consultant Cardiologist , in charge of critical care and air ambulance unit of Escorts Heart Institute, told TNS that he received a call from the patient’s family on Wednesday evening.

Dr Chandra led a team comprising cardiologist Harish Sanadhaya, anaesthetist Ramandeep, a technician and a nurse in a eight-seater air ambulance to Ludhiana at 7 am on Thursday. The team could not leave the same day because Ludhiana airport does not have the facility of night landing or takeoff. They reached Ludhiana at 9 am and drove the patient back to the Ludhiana airport in an ambulance provided by Hero Heart Centre.

By noon, the doctors had flown back to Delhi with the patient and his son in the Escorts air ambulance fitted with life-saving equipment. They transported him on an intra-aortic balloon pump that artificially raises blood pressure.

Dr Chandra said when they reached Ludhiana, they found that Mr Goyal’s blood pressure was 90/80. He added, “The patient was on ventilator, on temporary pace-maker and was having recurrent ventricular arrhythmia. His heart function was so poor that it was beating at 30 per cent of its normal efficiency. His kidneys were not functioning properly. He was managed well by doctors at the Centre in Ludhiana and that is how we could airlift him. His blood pressure has picked up and he is out of danger now. We will fit the ICD in the next two days. He is stable.”

Dr Chandra said Mr Goyal would be discharged in a week and be able to resume his routine a fortnight later. 

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No change in Mahajan’s condition
Tribune News Service

Mumbai, April 28
With the condition of senior BJP leader Pramod Mahajan showing little signs of improvement, doctors attending on him decided to increase the dosage of medicines being administered to him.

Director (Administration), Hinduja Hospital, Anupam Verma said Mahajan needed to be administered higher dosage of blood pressure medication and ventilator support Thursday night. Mahajan also underwent a CT scan to assess the injuries on him, Dr Verma said. “The CT scan showed that the injuries are same as were assessed during surgery and managed.” The scan revealed that one bullet was located in the muscle of the back (left paraspinal muscle L2), one in the subtutaneous tissue of the back and the third is in the T12 vertrebra.

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PM discusses gas with Iran, politics with Koirala
Rajeev Sharma
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 28
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh handled two important telephonic conversations late this evening - one with Iranian President Ahmedinejad and another with Nepal’s new Prime Minister -designate Girija Prasad Koirala.

The conversation with Mr Ahmedinejad was politically far more sensitive and came against the backdrop of an Associated Press news report from Vienna saying it was in possession of an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) eight-page report on Iran’s nuclear weapons programme.

The wire service said Iran had defied a UN Security Council call for a freeze on enriching uranium and its lack of cooperation with nuclear inspectors was a “matter of concern”.

Prime Minister’s Media Adviser Sanjaya Baru told The Tribune that the conversation lasted less than 10 minutes and focused on gas pipeline and LNG deal with Iran. He said nothing else was discussed. Asked what did Mr Ahmedinejad seek from this conversation, as the Ministry of External Affairs had gone on record saying the brief telephonic conversation was at the Iranian request, Dr Baru said he was not aware of what Mr Ahmedinejad wanted.

The Prime Minister called up Mr Koirala to extend his good wishes to him for his good health and on the forthcoming responsibilities as Prime Minister. Dr Manmohan Singh said India was ready to provide all assistance for the economic recovery of Nepal. 

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Navin Nischol, brother held

Mumbai, April 28
Bollywood actor Navin Nischol and his brother Pravin were arrested late tonight here after a marathon grilling in connection with the suicide by Geetanjali Nischol on April 22. The duo were called for interrogation this morning. However, since they were not able to give satisfactory answers to the questions posed, they were arrested at 10 p.m. tonight.

They were arrested under section 306 and 498 of the IPC.

Navin Nischol’s wife Geetanjali had committed suicide on April 22 at her residence in Mahim. In her suicide note, she stated that she was fed up of Navin’s ‘’alcoholism’’ and that he would often quarrel with her. — UNI 

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No major climate change in India’
Vibha Sharma
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 28
A section of international scientific community has attributed the record number of devastating hurricanes like Katrina and Rita that tore the east coasts off the US last year to climate change. However, as far as the Indian region is concerned, we are yet to witness any significant changes in the climate or an increase in extreme events that indicate such pattern, says the India Meteorological Department.

The IMD chief, Dr B Lal told The Tribune that climate change was broadly manifested in terms of changes in precipitation and temperature patterns. “ As far as India is concerned, there has been no perceptive change in the long-term precipitation pattern. Regarding temperature, there is an increase of about 0.4 degree Celsius during the past 100 years throughout the country as a whole. The change, however, is composed in pockets of cooling over the northwest and the northeast India and warming over a few parts in peninsular and Central India.

Going through the precipitation pattern of the past few years, 2002 saw bad monsoon, 2003 good, 2004 nearing drought and 2005 good again. “ If there has been a change in precipitation, it would have registered a continuous pattern. But leaving aside a few pockets in the country, no increasing or decreasing trend in the rainfall pattern of the country as a whole has been registered,” he added.

Dr Lal attributes the occurrence of extreme events like the Mumbai rains last year to specific reasons. “There were several factors that together led to the main event. These included the presence of a depression over Madhya Pradesh and adjacent areas, strong (60 to 120 kmph) moisture-laden westerly winds extending from the surface to 5 km and their forced ascent over the western ghats, presence of off-shore trough extending from north Kerala to Mumbai and maso-scale cloud-cluster hovering over Mumbai. A combination of these conditions resulted in cloudburst like situation that was responsible for heavy rainfall over Mumbai. The unprecedented snowfall over Jammu and Kashmir last year was caused due to passage of series of western disturbances,” he explained. 

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PIL rejected against RS nominations
Legal Correspondent

New Delhi, April 28
The Supreme Court today rejected a petition challenging the nominations of The Hindustan Times Vice-Chairperson Shobhana Bhartia and The Pioneer's Editor Chandan Mitra to the Rajya Sabha.

The Court did not agree with petitioner's contention that people associated with media did not meet the criteria of "social service" for such nomination.

A Bench headed by Mr Justice Ruma Pal dismissed the public interest litigation moved by an NGO observing that the expression "social service" has a wide connotation.

The NGO, Centre For Public Interest Litigation (CPIL) contended that the nomination of Bhartia and Mitra to Rajya Sabha did not fall within the definition of literature, science, art and social service mentioned in Article 80 (3) of the Constitution making them eligible to be nominated by the President to the Upper House.

Petitioner's counsel Prashant Bhushan accused successive governments of nominating senior journalists and editors to Rajya Sabha by "misusing" their position.

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Medicos call for nationwide peaceful stir on May 2
Smriti Kak Ramachandran
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 28
Barely 24 hours after they decided to suspend their strike, medical students in the Capital, in a volte-face, announced their decision to “intensify” their struggle against the quota raj, insisting that it will be “without any violence”.

Piqued by the Union HRD Minister’s “poor response” to their demand of scrapping the proposed reservation for OBCs, students from five medical colleges in the city, who claim to have the support from “at least 20 medical colleges countrywide” have decided to step up their agitation.

Urging their counterparts in various other cities to join in the anti-reservation movement, student representatives today announced that a nationwide strike would be organised on May 2.

“We have urged students from across all cross-sections to organise protests in colleges and universities in their own cities on May 2, which will have a nationwide impact,” said Ms Sasmit Sarangi, representative of students at the AIIMS.

While students from the five colleges in the Capital will protest from a common platform on May 2, students in other states, including Punjab, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, have been instructed to carry out “peaceful and non-violent agitation in their own cities”.

“We are very dissatisfied with Mr Arjun Singh’s response, it was a mere eyewash and he refused to discuss anything with us…he went to the extent of referring to reservation as ‘that issue’,” said a students’ representative of the Youth for Equality.

Students who took out a protest march at AIIMS today were joined by some of the faculty members, who came in their individual capacity.

“We feel strongly about the issue and are with the students on this count. There should be no reservation at the college and university level, we are not against reservation and support of any kind at the school level, but the higher level students can take care of themselves,” said a faculty member.

While undergraduate medicos stayed away from their classes, interns and resident doctors resumed work after a day’s token strike. “We have maintained that the patients will not suffer, we will cut classes, but medical services will remain unaffected,” said Ms Sarangi.

Lady Hardinge Medical College Students' Union president Amitasha Sinha said the representatives of all five colleges have decided to continue the agitation and students from Amritsar, Shimla and Kolkata too have joined in the protest.

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Bangalore medicos stage dharna
Tribune News Service

Bangalore, April 28
The medico movement against the move to increase OBC quotas in educational institutions has been supported by under-graduate medical students of the Government Medical College here who boycotted classes today besides staging a day-long dharna in the college premises.

The students have decided to march to the Raj Bhavan tomorrow to hand over a memorandum on the issue to Governor T.N. Chaturvedi. The students will also be joined by students and interns of other medical colleges in the state, Mr Venugopal, coordinator of the committee formed to lead the agitation, disclosed.

Mr Venugopal said the students had also appealed to interns to join the boycott launched by them. He said interns as well as post-graduate students had expressed solidarity with them today by wearing black badges to work.

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ICHR denies funding members’ projects
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 28
Reacting to two news-items "ICHR needs fresh blood" and "ICHR members fund own projects" carried in these columns on April 17 and 19 respectively, the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) has clarified that grants have not been released to the historians for their individual research projects.

In a communication to The Tribune, ICHR Member-Secretary P.K. Shukla has asserted that grant was not issued to Professor Irfan Habib for organising a seminar on "State and History". In any case, he is not an ICHR member.

He added that grant was approved for a conference on the 400th death anniversary of Akbar as it was an ICHR seminar, and not an individual initiative.

Similarly, "Professor Iravati Karve Birth Centenary Seminar: Anthropology for Archaeology" was not an individual project of Professor K. Paddayya, Director, Deccan College, Post Graduate and Research Institute, Pune.

Describing as false, the allegation of "members retaining a lion's share of the pie", Dr Shukla concluded that reliance was placed on "false information provided by dubious sources".

The Tribune Correspondent adds: Grants have been allocated to fund proposals of members, who are on the panel of historians attached to the ICHR. Efforts were made to contact Dr Shukla, but he refused to talk.

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Summer jobs for students by Congress
Arup Chanda
Tribune News Service

Pondicherry, April 28
A Congress candidate here has come out with a novel method of employing young students for electioneering.

Mr G. Ravichandran, a Congress nominee from Cassicade constituency, has evolved a different kind of summer jobs for students here. It is not only saving election costs but earning him votes because the parents are also happy.

The Congress candidate has roped in these students, all aged below 18, for gathering basic statistics for his electioneering.

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