SPECIAL COVERAGE
CHANDIGARH

LUDHIANA

DELHI


THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
image
N A T I O N

‘Is Sanjay a god?’ fume blast convicts’ relatives
Mumbai, February 10
Relatives of those convicted for 1993 blasts today reiterated their demand that other convicts too be given bail and discharged from TADA charges, like in the case of actor Sanjay Dutt.
A relative of one of those convicted for 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts breaks down during a press conference in Mumbai on Saturday. — PTI photo

Brainstorming Cong buzzword now
New Delhi, February 10
There is a view gaining strength in the Congress that its leadership should hold a “chintan shivir” or a brainstorming session, similar to the one held in Shimla before the last Lok Sabha polls.


EARLIER STORIES




Chill is back
New Delhi, February 10
After days of unusually warm weather, the cold returned to the region and with it the woolens that the people in the northwest had been thinking of packing for the next winters.

Goa Cong MP says he will quit party
Mumbai, February 10
Congress Party MP from South Goa Churchill Alemao today said he would formally resign from the party in 30 days. Mr Alemao's announcement came shortly after a show-cause notice was issued to him for several statements made by the MP in the past few weeks.

Southern states to discuss coastal security
New Delhi, February 10
Coastal security and mega-city policing would dominate the proceedings of a meeting of the Southern Zonal Council being held in Hyderabad on Monday.

Cauvery stir affects rail, road services
Bangalore, February 10
Train services on the Mysore-Bangalore section of the South Western Railways were disrupted along with road traffic following the continued agitation against the final verdict of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT) in Karnataka, today.

UAV hard sell on
Bangalore, February 10
The ballet of the fighter jets in the skies over Bangalore may be cynosure of all eyes but an equally important battle is being fought in the Aero-India show by Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) manufacturers, all of whom want to meet the immense aero-space demands of India.

Shilpa returns to Mumbai
Mumbai, February 10
Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty returned here today from the UK after winning the controversial television reality show 'Big Brother' where she was allegedly subjected to racial abuse by her housemates, creating a furore around the world. Shilpa's spokesman and publicist Dale Bhagwagar said the actor, who was away in London for a month, missed Mumbai a lot.

Top









 

‘Is Sanjay a god?’ fume blast convicts’ relatives

Mumbai, February 10
Relatives of those convicted for 1993 blasts today reiterated their demand that other convicts too be given bail and discharged from TADA charges, like in the case of actor Sanjay Dutt.

"Is Sanjay a god that only he is being talked about? Aren't the others human beings?" asked convict Yusuf Kasim Khan's wife Rubina at a press conference organised by Jan Morcha, which organised demonstrations outside the court earlier.

Many of those who spoke expressed their anger about Sanjay, convicted for possessing illegal weapons, being granted bail pending announcment of sentence and also recounted the plight of families of the convicts, many of whom have spent around 14 years in jail.

Abdul Hamid Pawle, father of convict Farooq Pawle, said: "Our children are in jail for 14 years. In which country a trial drags for so long ? They have undergone punishment already. Now they should be released."

While demanding bail for others as in Sanjay's case, Pawle said, "We were happy when Sanjay got bail, thinking just like him other convicts too be absolved of TADA charges and given bail." — PTI

Top

 

Brainstorming Cong buzzword now
Anita Katyal
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 10
There is a view gaining strength in the Congress that its leadership should hold a “chintan shivir” or a brainstorming session, similar to the one held in Shimla before the last Lok Sabha polls.

The ‘shivir’ should be held to review the state of the party and the performance of the government with an eye on the 2009 general elections, feel party leaders

It was in Shimla that the party abandoned its “ekla chalo” policy and decided to forge alliances with like-minded secular parties to meet the challenge posed by communal forces.

Having led a coalition government for the first time for close to three years, Congress leaders feel this is the right time for a mid-term stock-taking exercise to assess whether the coalition experiment has helped or impeded the party’s growth.

They also favour an introspection on the direction of the UPA government’s policies, again to study the impact of these policies on the party’s prospects in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections. There is a serious churning in the Congress on both these fronts.

On one hand, there is a grudging acknowledgement that coalitions are a compulsion and this was proved in the recent Maharashtra civic elections where the Congress’s failure to seal a deal with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) resulted in the resurgence of the Shiv Sena-BJP combine. On the other hand, there is a section in the Congress which believes that if it does not strike out on its own, the party will become increasingly dependent on regional players. It is the party which has negligible presence in states like West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, which account for 221 Lok Sabha seats.

Congress leaders believe this is also an opportune time to review the government’s performance and controversial issues like the agrarian crisis, growing inflation and policies on SEZs and FDI in retail for which the party may have to pay a heavy political price.

Having positioned itself as a “pro-poor” party, the Congress is under increasing strain for going the “India Shining” way as rising growth rates are being hailed by the UPA government as its great achievement even as prices of essential commodities are spiralling.

Voicing concern on this front, senior Congress leaders have suggested that party president Sonia Gandhi should organise a “chintan shivir” after the Uttar Pradesh elections in May as it will give them time to undertake any course correction and evolve necessary strategies before the next big electoral challenge.

Top

 

Chill is back
Vibha Sharma
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 10
After days of unusually warm weather, the cold returned to the region and with it the woolens that the people in the northwest had been thinking of packing for the next winters.

People today woke up to a cold and wet day in the Capital and elsewhere in the plains of the northwest, including Punjab, Haryana and Jammu, with light to moderate showers intensifying the chill in the region and bringing the much-needed relief to farmers of the wheat belt.

The upper reaches of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir have also been receiving snowfall since Friday night.
The Met office says it rained the maximum in Rajasthan as far as the plains are concerned, largely because of low-pressure area over Pakistan and adjoining Rajasthan and Gujarat.

Rainfall in all divisions of Rajasthan resulted in dip in temperatures, bringing back a mild cold wave and giving respite to the people from intense heat of the past few days.

The rains have also been a welcome change for the farmers of the wheat belt for whom the dry weather and rising night temperatures in the plains of Haryana, Punjab and Delhi had been the cause of much concern.

At present, a western disturbance is there over the northwest and together with the induced cyclonic circulation over south Pakistan and the adjoining Rajasthan region, fairly widespread rainfall/snow is likely to occur over the entire western Himalayan region during the next two to three days.

Model predictions suggest that both systems are moving in the eastward directions. Under its influence, as far as the plains are concerned, rains and thundershowers are likely at many places over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and west Utter Pradesh, where it could rain for next one to two days or till Sunday at least.

Top

 

Goa Cong MP says he will quit party
Tribune News Service

Mumbai, February 10
Congress Party MP from South Goa Churchill Alemao today said he would formally resign from the party in 30 days. Mr Alemao's announcement came shortly after a show-cause notice was issued to him for several statements made by the MP in the past few weeks.

Mr Alemao, who is keen on returning to state politics, has often hit out at Chief Minister Pratapsinh Rane for proposing an international airport in North Goa. Mr Alemao has a strong hold among hoteliers and taxi drivers in South Goa which is connected to the existing Dabolim airport.

Top

 

Southern states to discuss coastal security
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 10
Coastal security and mega-city policing would dominate the proceedings of a meeting of the Southern Zonal Council being held in Hyderabad on Monday.

Home Minister Shivraj Patil will chair the meeting, which would also review internal security situation in the southern states and communal harmony.

Coastal security has, of late, started receiving focussed attention from the Home Ministry amid intelligence inputs suggesting possibility of militant groups using the coastal areas to intrude into the country and making uninhabited tiny islands as their base.

There were also indications to suggest that militant groups were now trying to gain entry through the coastal areas, which are not yet properly guarded, in the light of strengthening of the security along the borders with India.

Top

 

Cauvery stir affects rail, road services

Bangalore, February 10
Train services on the Mysore-Bangalore section of the South Western Railways were disrupted along with road traffic following the continued agitation against the final verdict of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT) in Karnataka, today.

Additional Director-General of Police (Law and Order) Shankar Bidri said here that no untoward incident was reported in any of the Cauvery basin districts.

He said vehicular movement between Bangalore and Mysore was disrupted for the fifth successive day, with people putting up road blockades at several places and cooking food on the road. State Minister GT Deve Gowda, proceeding to Mysore in a car, was stopped at Halebidanur in Mandya district and served food on the road.

The Railways authorities have cancelled a few train services, including the Bangalore-Mysore passenger, while many trains, including the Chennai-Mysore Cauvery Express and Tuticorn-Mysore Express, were detained at different places.

Karuna ups ante

Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi today said his government may convene an all-party meeting to discuss ways and means to bridge the deficit arising out of the final verdict of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal.

He felt that the verdict was a mixed bag which contained features favourable to Tamil Nadu and had some negative aspects too. He added that the state government would leave no stone unturned to get the demands fulfilled.
"The government is all prepared to file a review petition against the Tribunal's verdict after listing out the negative features," he said in a statement.

He said a fruitful solution would be found out for getting the state's grievances redressed after holding consultations with water resource experts, legal advisers, agricultural association representatives.

If need be, an all-party leaders meeting would be convened to discuss the modalities for taking steps to move the courts against the verdict, he added.

The Chief Minister said the state government would not hesitate to take appropriate action to get legal remedy for the things in the Tribunal's verdict that are against the interests of Tamil Nadu.

He pointed out, "It is my intention to find an amicable solution to the vexatious Cauvery issue which has been creating a rift between the two states (Tamil Nadu and Karnataka). — TNS, UNI

Top

 

UAV hard sell on
Jangveer Singh
Tribune News Service

Bangalore, February 10
The ballet of the fighter jets in the skies over Bangalore may be cynosure of all eyes but an equally important battle is being fought in the Aero-India show by Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) manufacturers, all of whom want to meet the immense aero-space demands of India.

Global players in the UAV market have descended at the aero-show in strength bolstered by the statements of the Indian Air Force (IAF) chief who has made forceful appeals for augmenting their numbers and making them a key element in the proposed Aerospace Command.

BAe Systems’ UAV,Herti, is one of the most exciting UAVs mainly because it is for the first time that it is being displayed outside the United Kingdom.The unique selling point of the Herti is the simplicity of the package.

The ground station in this case consists of three boxes which take as much space as a large refrigerator. Three plasma televisions complete the picture.

Giving details of the Herti package, BAe Systems Director, Sales and Marketing Andy Wilson told the TNS that the UAV was fully autonomous task-driver vehicle which did not need any manual control from the ground.

The birds, as they are called, are costly. He said a ground station with three aircraft would cost between 10 to 15 million pounds.

The Israelis have history on their side as well as the ongoing use of their UAV's including the Heron and Searcher -2 vehicles. The Heron flies at high altitudes for long hours and is used for strategic purposes while the Searcher -2 is a medium-altitude vehicle used for tactical purposes.

Top

 

Shilpa returns to Mumbai

Mumbai, February 10
Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty returned here today from the UK after winning the controversial television reality show 'Big Brother' where she was allegedly subjected to racial abuse by her housemates, creating a furore around the world. Shilpa's spokesman and publicist Dale Bhagwagar said the actor, who was away in London for a month, missed Mumbai a lot.

The spokesperson added, ''Shilpa will now be doing a balancing act between Bollywood and the West. 'Big Brother' hasn't changed her. Instead, it taught her to be dignified in any situation.''

Soon after her arrival, Shilpa headed to the Siddhivinayak temple. — UNI

Top

 

HOME PAGE | Punjab | Haryana | Jammu & Kashmir | Himachal Pradesh | Regional Briefs | Nation | Opinions |
| Business | Sports | World | Mailbag | Chandigarh | Ludhiana | Delhi |
| Calendar | Weather | Archive | Subscribe | Suggestion | E-mail |