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Adviser’s transfer can blow up
Lucknow, June 24
The matter of the transfer of a legal adviser to the Governor is threatening to snowball into a constitutional crisis. In an unparalleled move, the Allahabad High Court, on the basis of a PIL, has constituted a five-Judge Bench to look into the matter, described as an interference in judicial functioning and a challenge to judicial independence.

‘Drunk’ JD (U) MLA leaves Nitish red-faced
Patna, June 24
The brazen public display of muscle power by a “drunk” JD (U) MLA from Piro in Bhojpur district, Sunil Pandey, at a five-star hotel in the wee hours today, has left Chief Minister Nitish Kumar red-faced.

Manmohan warns roadhogs
Bangalore, June 24
Appalled by the chaos on roads, the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, today said wind-swept roads and fancy cars alone do not reflect progress, which had to be accompanied by good road manners and discipline.

Consider women officers for combat role, says Pranab
New Delhi, June 24
The government today said women officers in the armed forces could be considered for combat role in future depending upon their willingness to undergo hard training. It has also directed that all salary anomalies and discrimination against them should be sorted out.








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Artist Swapan Kumar Das gives final touches to the sand sculpture of Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi in Kolkata on Saturday
Artist Swapan Kumar Das gives final touches to the sand sculpture of Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi in Kolkata on Saturday. — PTI
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TV camera to monitor health of Shahabuddin
Patna, June 24
The Bihar Government today decided to instal a close-circuit television camera (CCTV) in the cell of Md Shahabuddin in the Siwan jail to nip in the bud the controversy over his health.

Prisoner kills another inmate in Sabarmati jail
Ahmedabad, June 24
A jail inmate allegedly killed his colleague in a scuffle at the Sabarmati central jail in the city this morning.

Dharavi — Mumbai’s latest tourist attraction
Mumbai, June 24
Inspired by Prince Charles and former US President Bill Clinton who added Dharavi and other slum areas of Mumbai in their travel itineraries, a travel agency here is exploiting the tourism potential of the city’s hovels.

‘Kaafila’ in illegal website traffic
Mumbai, June 24
Sunny Deol starrer “Kaafila” directed by Ammtoje Mann, which revolves around an international network of illegal immigration and human trafficking, has been caught in a web of website frauds.

4 killed, 3 hurt in Sultanpur shootout
Sultanpur , June 24
Four persons were killed and three others, including a sub-inspector, injured when rival groups fired at each other outside the District Collectorate here today, the police said.



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Adviser’s transfer can blow up
Shahira Naim
Tribune News Service

Lucknow, June 24
The matter of the transfer of a legal adviser to the Governor is threatening to snowball into a constitutional crisis.
In an unparalleled move, the Allahabad High Court, on the basis of a PIL, has constituted a five-Judge Bench to look into the matter, described as an interference in judicial functioning and a challenge to judicial independence.

The problem has been brewing for several weeks.

Governor T.V. Rajeswar and the Allahabad High Court are at daggers drawn over the transfer and subsequent suspension of Mr P.K. Dubey, the additional legal adviser to the Raj Bhavan.

The high court yesterday ordered the cancellation of all orders emanating from the Uttar Pradesh Governor’s Secretariat regarding the cancellation or suspension of the then additional legal adviser to the Governor.

The court also ordered the Principal Secretary to the Governor, Mr Luv Verma, to appear in the court on July 4, the next date of hearing, along with the entire records relating to Mr Dubey.

Notices were also issued to the Union Home Secretary, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary, the Principal Secretary (Law) and the Registrar-General of the high court.

The high court took this extreme step in view of Mr Dubey continuing in his post despite his transfer on the orders of the high court and suspension on June 6 for non-compliance with the order.

Mr Dubey had been on deputation since 1994.

The full Bench heard the PIL by Bar association secretary Rakesh Pandey, addressed to the Chief Justice.

Mr Pandey had termed the retention of Mr Dubey at the Raj Bhavan as a threat to judicial independence.

Mr Dubey had first been posted as Additional District and Sessions Judge in the Lucknow district court.

He had now been directed to join as Additional District Judge (under suspension) at Ballia.

The Governor had refused to recognise the transfer order and viewing it as an infringement of his rights, had reportedly been quoting Article 233 of the Constitution, along with a 21-year-old government order.

As the suspense would continue till July 4, the legal fraternity and the bureaucracy were waiting with bated breath to see who would come out victorious in this tussle.

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‘Drunk’ JD (U) MLA leaves Nitish red-faced
Tribune News Service

Patna, June 24
The brazen public display of muscle power by a “drunk” JD (U) MLA from Piro in Bhojpur district, Sunil Pandey, at a five-star hotel in the wee hours today, has left Chief Minister Nitish Kumar red-faced.

A visibly embarrassed Chief Minister, whose government completed seven months in office today based on the promise of delivering “sushasan” (good governance), asked the police to lodge an FIR against the party MLA.

It all started yesterday evening when Mr Pandey, along with his wife Geeta Pandey, allegedly occupied a suite at the hotel without paying the charges. He also refused to pay the bills for the food. Surrounded by his henchmen he reportedly threatened the hotel staff.

When the mediapersons reached the spot, the MLA threatened to open fire on them if they dared to report the issue.

After the matter was brought to the notice of Chief Minister, he asked the police to lodge an FIR against the MLA. Another JD (U) MLA Poonam Devi demanded the expulsion of Mr Pandey from the party.

Mr Pandey had a criminal background with dozens of criminal cases pending against him. He is also reportedly close to the Bhumihar Sena.

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Manmohan warns roadhogs

Bangalore, June 24
Appalled by the chaos on roads, the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, today said wind-swept roads and fancy cars alone do not reflect progress, which had to be accompanied by good road manners and discipline.

“Building modern roads and driving modern cars is not the end all and be all of progress. Good road manners and adherence to road discipline are equally important,” he said at a national highway project function here.

“I think we must ask ourselves, why can't we be more polite to each other, more caring to each other, and more respectful to each other,” he asked.

The Prime Minister said people must learn road manners, how to give way to pedestrians, how to observe normal rules while overtaking, how to park and when not to blow a horn.

“These are simple rules, but their observance makes a lot of difference to our daily lives,” he said, adding: “We Indians behave with great courtesy at home and with our family and friends.”

“But sometimes, when we go out we leave these good manners at home. On the road, we lose control of our good senses. Why should this be so?”, he asked. — PTI 

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Consider women officers for combat role, says Pranab

New Delhi, June 24
The government today said women officers in the armed forces could be considered for combat role in future depending upon their willingness to undergo hard training. It has also directed that all salary anomalies and discrimination against them should be sorted out.

In significant remarks in the wake of a controversy over allegations of gender bias in the three services, Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee has said till the time comes when they assume combat roles, women officers in the Army could be inducted into operating high-tech weapon system and platform.

“They will be doing very well in Information Technology. They are doing very well in the medical services. But we want them in other areas also. In hard areas also we want them to participate more and more depending on their willingness,” he said in an interview to the All India Radio’s ‘Spotlight’ programme.

“Right now we are not putting them (in combat roles) because it is much more hazardous, but surely I am quite confident a day will come when they will make their contribution”. Mr Mukherjee said he had directed the Army Chief “to look into this that it should be equal pay and uniform” for women officers.

The minister said as far as recruitment under Short Service Commission (SSC) was concerned, women were in a more advantageous position. However, in certain other areas they had some disadvantages with respect to salaries and other perks. — PTI

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TV camera to monitor health of Shahabuddin
Ambarish Dutta
Tribune News Service

Patna, June 24
The Bihar Government today decided to instal a close-circuit television camera (CCTV) in the cell of Md Shahabuddin in the Siwan jail to nip in the bud the controversy over his health.

The decision was taken in the wake of allegations by the Rashtriya Janata Dal of hatching a conspiracy to kill the MP and by the Congress of neglecting problems related to his health.

The Union Home Ministry had recently asked for a report from the Bihar Government on the health of Md Shahabuddin and the treatment meted out to him after the MP reportedly wrote a letter to Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, alleging harassment by jail officials.

State Home Secretary Afzal Amanullah said since there had been a lot of hue and cry over Md Shahabuddin’s health, a CCTV was expected to give a fair idea about it.

He said he was yet to go through the report submitted by the medical team sent by the state government to Siwan on Friday to examine Md Shahabuddin.

Sources in the Health Department disclosed that Md Shahabuddin’s condition was not as serious as was being alleged and he could be provided treatment at the jail.

The Siwan MP, facing over 40 criminal cases, was reportedly suffering from a serious spinal problem.

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Prisoner kills another inmate in Sabarmati jail

Ahmedabad, June 24
A jail inmate allegedly killed his colleague in a scuffle at the Sabarmati central jail in the city this morning.
According to the police, the incident took place this morning when prisoner Arvindsinh Hakimsinh allegedly had a scuffle with Dinesh Narayan, another inmate. The police said Dinesh allegedly hit Arvindsinh with an iron rod, injuring him seriously.

On-duty guards immediately rushed to the spot and separated them. Arvindsinh was rushed to the Civil hospital in a serious condition where he succumbed to his injuries, the police said.

Arvindsinh was a convict in a murder case. However, the cause of the scuffle between them was yet to be ascertained.

This is the second such incident in the jail this month. Earlier on June 7, two prisoners, Haresh Gadhvi and Shabbir, clashed with each other near the jail’s bathroom.

IG (Prisons) H. R. Gehlot has rushed to the spot. — PTI

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Dharavi — Mumbai’s latest tourist attraction
Shiv Kumar
Tribune News Service

Mumbai, June 24
Inspired by Prince Charles and former US President Bill Clinton who added Dharavi and other slum areas of Mumbai in their travel itineraries, a travel agency here is exploiting the tourism potential of the city’s hovels.

Reality Tours and Travels, a travel agency promoted by a former British social worker and some of his local associates, is now taking foreign and Indian tourists on a guided tour of Dharavi, Kamathipura, city’s red light area, and dhobi ghat for as little as Rs 600 per head per day.

“We started with Dharavi, but after we got good response we included areas like Kamatipura and other areas,” says Mr Krishna Poojari, a partner of the company. According to Mr Poojari, the success of the novel, Shantaram, which has graphic details of Mumbai’s slum areas, has also provided a big boost to the business.

According to the agency’s website, it “specialises in guided tours of Dharavi - Asia’s biggest slum - a place of poverty and hardship but also a place of enterprise, humour and non-stop activity”. The agency claims that 80 per cent of the profits after tax from these slum tours go to local NGOs who work for the less privileged members of the society.

The idea for this tour package came from the agency’s British co-promoter Chris Way who was inspired by similar ventures in Brazil’s slums.

RTT’s tour groups are small so that the visitors to the slum areas are unobtrusive and do not intrude in the lifestyle of the people they are going to see, its promoters say.

The slum tourists can choose from long and short tours. The long full day tour has tourists travelling by an air-conditioned car from Colaba to Dharavi in Central Mumbai via the sprawling Dhobi Ghat, the red-light district, and other attractions. The short tour consists of just a tour of Dharavi. Tourists are picked up from Mahim railway station and taken on a tour of the slum colony.

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‘Kaafila’ in illegal website traffic

Mumbai, June 24
Sunny Deol starrer “Kaafila” directed by Ammtoje Mann, which revolves around an international network of illegal immigration and human trafficking, has been caught in a web of website frauds.

Various websites, of late, have been playing songs on their websites, claiming that they are from “Kaafila” whereas, Mannerism Films Pvt Ltd, makers of the movie, have not yet released the music.

Some songs are repeatedly passed on as eagerly awaited “Kaafila” songs, misleading and cheating millions of surfers around the globe, a spokesman of Mannerism Films Pvt Ltd has said.

They are in talks with legal luminaries in India and abroad and contemplating legal action against the websites, which include desiest.com, masti4u.com and okebsite.com.

Directed by Ammtoje Mann, the film has Sunny Deol as leading actor and Pakistani actress Sana Nawaz playing the female lead.

Another Pakistani actress, Mona Lisa, is playing the role of an Indian. Bulgarian supermodel Paulina plays the lead opposite Sunny Deol in the film. — UNI

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4 killed, 3 hurt in Sultanpur shootout

Sultanpur , June 24
Four persons were killed and three others, including a sub-inspector, injured when rival groups fired at each other outside the District Collectorate here today, the police said.

RJD district president Narendra Singh and block pramukh of Kurebhar Bobby Singh were among those killed,it said.

A dispute over a contract was stated to be the cause of the clash,the police said, adding that FIRs had been lodged by both sides.

Infuriated over the delay in the arrival of the police at the scene, lawyers set ablaze the car of the Sultanpur District Magistrate.

A police sub-inspector, who tried to mediate, also suffered bullet injuries and was rushed to the hospital along with two others.—PTI 

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