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Labour leader for amendments to draft report on Kashmir
New Delhi, February 24
Disagreeing with substantial portions of the European Parliament draft report on Kashmir, Mr Richard Howitt, Labour Party's foreign affairs spokesman and vice-chairman of European Parliament's Human Rights Committee, today said that the report was "not fully accurate" and some of its language was "undiplomatic".

EU unlikely to make changes
New Delhi, February 24
As the European Parliament’s foreign affairs committee takes up voting over its draft Kashmir report next week, informed circles here are of the opinion that there is likely to be little or no dilution in the report despite proposals for amendments.

Jan Morcha plays quota card to woo Muslims
Lucknow, February 24
If the Jan Morcha alliance comes to power in Uttar Pradesh, the decision it will take within an hour is announce 8.4 per cent share for Muslims within the 27 per cent OBC quota.




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All options open in UP, says BJP
New Delhi, February 24
Ahead of the trust vote in the Uttar Pradesh assembly, the BJP today said all options, including the resignations of party MLAs, were open as it demanded imposition of President's rule to ensure To a question whether BJP MLAs can resign their membership, senior party leader and former UP Chief Minister Kalyan Singh told newspersons here all options were option.

Cong may go the BSP way
New Delhi, February 24
In a bid to mount further pressure on the Mulayam Singh Yadav government, the Congress is likely to take the BSP route and ask its 15 legislators in the state Assembly to resign before the slated February 26 trust vote.

BJP slams CBI for keeping mum on arrest of ‘Q’
New Delhi, February 24
The Bharatiya Janata Party today questioned the CBI's sincerity in getting the Italian businessman, Ottavio Quattrocchi, extradited from Argentina where he has been detained. The party accused the agency of keeping the information about his arrest "under wraps" to save the Congress from embarrassment.

Paswan may dump Cong
Patna, February 24
Things are seemingly not moving in the desired direction for the Congress with regard to its plan to restore lost rhythm in Bihar. On the contrary, it is the BJP which may experience an extended ambit of the NDA in this crucial Hindi heartland, in view of some interesting turn of events in the recent past.

From Japan with love
Patna, February 24
Former Japanese beauty queen and model Norika Fujiwara has travelled all the way from Tokyo to Patna to shoot parts of a docu-film she is making on IT boom in India. This adds another feather in the cap of ADGP Abhayanand, who is often referred to as a role model for his contribution to the education boom in the state.

Paddar’s family gets threat from SOG
Srinagar, February 24
Family members of Abdul Rehman Paddar, one of the four victims of the fake encounter, today alleged that the Special Operation Group of Jammu and Kashmir police was threatening and harassing them after the DNA tests confirmed positive that the body exhumed at Ganderbal on February 1 was that of a carpenter.

 

Policeman Farooq Ahmed Padroo (left), the main accused in the alleged “fake encounters” killings by security forces, is taken to a court in Srinagar on Saturday. The court sent him to seven days’ police remand to facilitate investigations into the killings that led to public protests. — AFP photo

Policeman Farooq Ahmed Padroo (left), the main accused in the alleged “fake encounters” killings by security forces, is taken to a court in Srinagar

15 security men killed in Manipur ambush
Imphal, February 24
In a major strike by insurgents, 15 security personnel on poll duty were killed and six others injured in an ambush on a security convoy in Manipur's Bishenpur district today. Official sources said 14 security personnel were killed on the spot when about 20 insurgents of an unidentified outfit.

Rlys cries for security beef-up
New Delhi, February 24
The gigantic Indian Railways network remains a soft target for terrorists. This makes it necessary for Union minister for railways Lalu Prasad to think hard for improving security and services even as he presents the Railway Budget for 2008-09 in Parliament 48 hours later on Monday.

Detained Pak national let off
Bulandshahr, February 24
The Haryana police, which picked up a Pakistani national from here doubting his involvement in the February 18 Samjhauta Express blasts, released him after an interrogation today.

Kalam calls on ailing Manekshaw
Conoor (Tamil Nadu), February 24
In a rare gesture, President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the Supreme Commander of the armed forces, today visited the local military hospital to look up ailing Field Marshal SHFJ Manekshaw.

M. L. Sondhi Prize for Tellis
New Delhi, February 24
Noted strategic expert and senior adviser to the Bush administration Ashley Tellis has been awarded the inaugural M. L. Sondhi Prize for his “outstanding contribution, relevant to India, to the theory and practice of international politics”.

AMU students go on rampage
Aligarh, February 24
Aligarh Muslim University students today went on a rampage setting ablaze vehicles and shops and hurling stones at houses following a road accident involving a student.

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Labour leader for amendments to draft report on Kashmir
Prashant Sood
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 24
Disagreeing with substantial portions of the European Parliament (EP) draft report on Kashmir, Mr Richard Howitt, Labour Party's foreign affairs spokesman and vice-chairman of European Parliament's Human Rights Committee, today said that the report was "not fully accurate" and some of its language was "undiplomatic".

Mr Howitt, who is among the Members of European Parliament whose support has been sought by Pakistan to move amendments to the draft report, said he was in favour of amending the language of the report to make it more persuasive and constructive. "Some of the language in the report is provocative and inflammatory in a conflict situation."

The MEP said that paragragh in the report, which terms continuing calls for a plebiscite on the final status of Jammu and Kashmir as wholly out of step with the needs of local people, should be deleted. "The issue of plebiscite is the prerogative of the United Nations. The European Union has no role in it," he said.

Baroness Emma Nicholson is the rapportuer of the draft report which is at present being debated in the European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs.

The report has led to a diplomatic overdrive by Pakistan to contain damage with its missions in Europe actively seeking support of Members of European Parliament to move amendments to the report. Nearly 450 amendments have been suggested to the report, of which Mr Howitt said they had moved 54.

Answering queries, Mr Howitt, who went to both sides of the LoC in the last eight days, said the draft report does not lay enough emphasis on the current peace process which is being supported by senior politicians in both countries.

While appreciating "heroic efforts" by India to provide relief to people affected by the 2005 earthquake in Jammu and Kashmir, he said the government here still faced the challenge of building 500 schools, 50 hospitals and providing houses to 10,000 people still living in temporary accommodation. The draft report, however, contains unreserved praise for India's efforts to meet the challenge posed by the earthquake and points to the slow response to the tragedy by the administration on the other side of the LoC.

Mr Howitt said he was satisfied to see that political parties were now increasingly raising issue of human rights violations. Calling for increased trade and people-to-people contacts, he said the government should encourage international visits as a means to boost tourism.

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EU unlikely to make changes
Rajeev Sharma
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 24
As the European Parliament’s foreign affairs committee takes up voting over its draft Kashmir report next week, informed circles here are of the opinion that there is likely to be little or no dilution in the report despite proposals for amendments.

Voting over the draft report, “Kashmir: Present situation and future prospects”, has been postponed till February 27.

Pakistan has been at vocal unease ever since the draft report by rapporteur baroness Emma Nicholson was released in November last. The EU draft, which was widely circulated, points out the misery of the people in Jammu and Kashmir, in particular what Pakistan calls “Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK)”. Nicholson, who belongs to the Liberals Party, has already indicated that she is not in favour of any amendments in the Kashmir report.

Pakistan and Kashmiri groups backed by that country has sought more than 450 amendments in the mere 10-page EU report.

The report is in sharp contrast with the European Parliament’s ad hoc delegation report adopted by the committee on foreign Affairs in November 2004. Through intense lobbying Islamabad had managed to get Indian part of J&K labeled as “the most beautiful prison in the world” in the 2004 report.

The draft report criticised people’s suffering due to “extreme poverty and neglect, with enormous deficiencies in basic literacy and numeracy, access to healthcare, lack of democratic structures and major deficiencies in the rule of law and justice; and whereas the whole of Jammu and Kashmir suffers from exceptional economic decline”.

The EU report came against the backdrop of two recent human rights watch reports on PoK and J&K, criticising the human rights violations by Pakistan-backed militants and highlighted Pakistan’s role in providing training and other infrastructure support to these militants. Pakistan feared that if these reports were not contained, others of similar nature might follow.

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Jan Morcha plays quota card to woo Muslims
Tribune News Service

Lucknow, February 24
If the Jan Morcha alliance comes to power in Uttar Pradesh, the decision it will take within an hour is announce 8.4 per cent share for Muslims within the 27 per cent OBC quota.

This was stated by former prime minister V.P. Singh while addressing a rally, organised by Lok Janshakti resident Ram Vilas Paswan, at Ambedkar Maidan here today.

An ailing Mr Singh received thunderous applause when he assured the crowd that the new government would include many backward castes like Pal, Kushwaha and Lohar who have been left out of the OBC list.

Setting the agenda for the coming Assembly elections, the former prime minister said he wanted to ensure that the land of the farmers was not made available to the capitalists at throwaway prices.

Pointing out an “unspoken understanding” between the ruling Samajwadi party and the BJP, he said the BJP went to the Speaker asking for the disqualification of its 10 MLAs only after the governor asked them to do so.

Speaking in a similar vein, LJN president Ram Vilas Paswan reminded the Muslim voters that neither the SP nor the BSP had given them their share in the political pie.

Asking them to extend their valuable support to the Jan Morcha, he said with their support it could merge as a viable alternative that would provide them the political space they deserve.

On the occasion a website dedicated to the Pasi community (www.pasi.in) was also launched by Mr Paswan. The website, prepared by local software engineer A.K. Pankaj, traces the history of the community, provides a directory, information about job openings, matrimony, courses, relevant news and an online library.

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All options open in UP, says BJP
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 24
Ahead of the trust vote in the Uttar Pradesh assembly, the BJP today said all options, including the resignations of party MLAs, were open as it demanded imposition of President's rule to ensure To a question whether BJP MLAs can resign their membership, senior party leader and former UP Chief Minister Kalyan Singh told newspersons here all options were option.

A decision would be taken by the BJP MLAs at its meeting in Lucknow. On the record, the BJP has 83 MLAs of whom 11 are said to have voted for the Mulayam Singh Yadav government in the trust vote last month while five MLAs sided with Mayawati today.

Singh's comments came as BJP's top leaders, including Atal Bihari Vajpayee, L. K Advani and Rajnath Singh, discussed the main opposition's strategy inside and outside Parliament on issues like Italian businessman Otavio Quattrochhi and the seven-phased month-long UP elections which starts on April 7.

He dismissed the trust vote called by UP Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav on Monday as a routine drama enacted every month.

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Cong may go the BSP way
Anita Katyal
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 24
In a bid to mount further pressure on the Mulayam Singh Yadav government, the Congress is likely to take the BSP route and ask its 15 legislators in the state Assembly to resign before the slated February 26 trust vote.

There is no official word from the Congress camp and a final view will be taken at a meeting of the legislature party in Lucknow tomorrow but AICC insiders indicated that its MLAs would not participate in that exercise since it considered that government to be “unconstitutional and illegal.”

This issue is learnt to have figured in Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s discussions with Ashok Gehlot, AICC general secretary and in charge of Uttar Pradesh, this evening

The Congress has persistently maintained that after the Supreme Court judgement disqualifying the 13 breakaway defected BSP MLAs, the Mulayam government has no ”moral, constitutional and legal” right to continue in office.

“How can we participate in a trust vote sought by Mulayam Singh Yadav after we have publicly questioned the constitutional validity of his government,” reasoned a senior Congress leader, adding that this would be tantamount to giving legitimacy to the SP-led dispensation.

With 78 MLAs, including the BSP legislators, already resigning their seats, the Congress is hoping that the BJP, RLD and others opposed to the Samajwadi Party will also follow suit as that would take the sting out from the proposed trust vote and render the whole exercise infructuous. It will isolate the SP leader and deny him a psychological victory on the floor of the House.

Besides questioning the constitutional validity of his government, the Congress has also maintained that Mulayam Singh Yadav does not have the requisite numbers and charged him with using unfair means for proving his majority. Under siege from all sides, the UP Chief Minister is determined to go ahead with the floor test to send out a clear message that there is a conspiracy to topple his legitimate government.

The Congress, however, is desperate to prove Mulayam Singh Yadav wrong after it failed in its persistent attempts to dislodge his government.

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BJP slams CBI for keeping mum on arrest of ‘Q’
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 24
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today questioned the CBI's sincerity in getting the Italian businessman, Ottavio Quattrocchi, extradited from Argentina where he has been detained.

The party accused the agency of keeping the information about his arrest "under wraps" to save the Congress from embarrassment.

Accusing the Congress-led government of holding back the information on Quattrocchi's arrest, BJP’s general-secretary Arun Jaitley alleged the concealment was intended to save the Congress from embarrassment during the state Assembly elections.

The secrecy was also meant to delay the process of the CBI complying with legal formalities to enable his extradition, he alleged.

The detention of the Italian businessman, prime accused in the Bofors payoff case, came to limelight only yesterday though he was arrested by the Interpol in Argentina on February 6.

Dubbing Quattrocchi as a gift of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi to India, Jaitley said: “It is the Congress government, which enabled Quattrocchi to escape...(and) de-freezing of his account in London.

The BJP also accused the Congress of helping the Italian businessman escape from the country during Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao's regime.

His escape was organised to put a lid on the question as to whether the payoffs were meant only for him or whether they were held for the benefit of his political patrons, Jaitley said in an obvious reference to Gandhi family.

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Paswan may dump Cong
Ambarish Dutta
Tribune News Service

Patna, February 24
Things are seemingly not moving in the desired direction for the Congress with regard to its plan to restore lost rhythm in Bihar.

On the contrary, it is the BJP which may experience an extended ambit of the NDA in this crucial Hindi heartland, in view of some interesting turn of events in the recent past.

Thursday’s development at Hajipur, when Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and union steel and fertiliser minister Ramvilas Paswan shared a common dais to inaugurate development projects was perhaps a pointer to the possible course of change of politics here.

Even though Nitish and Ramvilas justified their move in the name of development, it suggests something more than usually meets the eyes.

Sources close to the LJP dislcosed to The Tribune that Ramvilas has started rethinking on the issue of continuing in the UPA and may break the partnership before the 2009 Lok Sabha poll. The gainer, courtesy Nitish Kumar, is obviously the NDA.

It was learnt that Ramvilas, who had a brief honeymoon with the BJP between 1998-99, and served as a railway minister too, was on the track of necessary course correction as he was feeling sidelined in Bihar politics by the Congress for the sake of RJD supremo Lalu Prasad.

Sources said the disillusionment of Ramvilas with the Congress had started way back in 2004 when he was denied the railway portfolio. This prompted Ramvilas to part ways with the UPA in Bihar in successive Assembly elections in February and October-November, 2005.

Paswan openly had stated that the UPA did not exist in Bihar and his commitment was confined to the centre only. The "third front" of Paswan evidently had helped Nitish Kumar-led NDA to dislodge Lalu-Rabri from power.

More than winning seats, Paswan’s LJP was instrumental in causing the defeat to the RJD-Congress combine in as many as 30 seats by splitting the anti-NDA seats. The new era of honeymoon between Paswan and NDA through Nitish did not end there.

Time and again, Paswan promised all possible support to Nitish for the turnaround of Bihar. But he apparently crossed all limits when on Thursday he described Nitish as a "krantikari" (revolutionary) chief minister.

In turn, Nitish addressed Paswan as "bade bhai" (elder brother). Sources disclosed that decks were almost clear for the possible return of Ramvilas into the NDA fold before the 2009 poll.

Sources in the BJP said, "There is no point in Paswanji deserting the UPA now. Why should he resign from the post of minister? But things are heading in the right direction and we will unfold the move at the right point of time."

While Paswan was reportedly in the mood to teach the Congress a lesson for its stepmotherly attitude towards him, he was equally determined to spoil any attempt by Lalu Prasad to get back Bihar as he had spoiled his dream to become railway minister.

Barring any unexpected development, in the possible changed scenario, the Congress in all probability will be left with the RJD at its main ally in Bihar.

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From Japan with love
Tribune News Service

Patna, February 24
Former Japanese beauty queen and model Norika Fujiwara has travelled all the way from Tokyo to Patna to shoot parts of a docu-film she is making on IT boom in India.

This adds another feather in the cap of ADGP Abhayanand, who is often referred to as a role model for his contribution to the education boom in the state.

Beyond his official job of policing, Abhayanand is guided with a social mission which had prompted him to be a part of ‘the Super-30 initiative’ four years back in 2003. Under the initiative, coaching is given to 30 talented poor students cutting caste and creed every year for IIT-JEE exams.

The former Miss Japan visited Abhayanand`s Ramanujan School of Mathematics where she interacted with ADGP`s comrade-in-arms in the mission, maths-wizard Anand Kumar.

Fujiwara, who also worked as a journalist and as an ambassador of Japan-Korea friendship during Football World Cup - 2002,was all praise for "hard-working and intelligent" Bihari students.

During her first visit to the school,Fujiwara,35,shot Anand Kumar teaching his students .She plans to elaborately shoot at the Ramanujan School as this institute is helping poor and intelligent students touch the sky.

The Japanese beauty queen said she first read about ‘Super 30’ on the Internet and was impressed with its talent-hunt mission in rural Bihar. Besides, a Japanese television channel had already made a documentary on the success story of ‘Super-30’. She also plans to cover the Nalanda ruins to have a first hand glimpse of the India`s glorious educational past.

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Paddar’s family gets threat from SOG

Srinagar, February 24
Family members of Abdul Rehman Paddar, one of the four victims of the fake encounter, today alleged that the Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police was threatening and harassing them after the DNA tests confirmed positive that the body exhumed at Ganderbal on February 1 was that of a carpenter.

About 30 persons, most of them family members of Paddar, including his wife, had come here all the way from Kokernag in South Kashmir to stage dharna at the Press Enclave. “Please save our lives from the SOG and their agents,’’ they pleaded to mediapersons while raising slogans like, ‘’We want justice’’ and ‘’hang the killers’’ of innocent people.

The SOG in a the fake encounter at Ganderbal killed Paddar and buried after labelling him a militant of the Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT).

The police has arrested seven police officials, including Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Hans Raj Parihar and Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP-Operations) Ganderbal Bahadur Ram ASI Gudoo and constable (driver) Farooq Ahmed Padder Bani Lal, Zaheer Khan and Manzoor Ahmad in connection with the fake encounter.

They said a number of SOG personnel visited their home and threatened them if we would not change our statement in favour of the arrested SOG officials.

The Jammu and Kashmir government has already ordered a judicial probe into the killings. However, no Judge has so far been appointed to conduct the inquiry.

SSP Parihar and DSP Operations, Ganderbal, Bahadur Ram, were arrested on February 3 after they were named by three other police officials arrested earlier in connection with the killing of four persons.

Padder, a resident of Kokernag, had gone missing from Batamaloo here on December 8, 2006. A missing report was lodged with the Batamaloo Police Station by his family on January 23. The bodies of Padder and three other fake encounter victims were exhumed for DNA tests in the presence of experts from Chandigarh and the police. — UNI

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15 security men killed in Manipur ambush

Imphal, February 24
In a major strike by insurgents, 15 security personnel on poll duty were killed and six others injured in an ambush on a security convoy in Manipur's Bishenpur district today.

Official sources said 14 security personnel were killed on the spot when about 20 insurgents of an unidentified outfit, hiding on a hill top threw powerful grenades and fired upon a party of the 1st and 4th India Reserve Battalion (IRB) personnel at Joujangtek area of the district, about 35 km south of here, at around 10 am.

Seven other security personnel were injured by splinters in the heavy exchange of fire between the two sides that lasted for two hours. One of injured later succumbed at a hospital here.

The security personnel led by Commandant D. Dhiren were returning in six vehicles to their camps in Churachandpur district after their poll duty at Khoupum polling station in Tamenglong district, the sources said.

Two of the dead personnel were identified as havildars Jhaljit Singh and Kholi Mao, the sources said.

The polling personnel posted at Khoupum polling station had left for Tamenglong district headquarters with election materials, including EVMs by another road. The EVMs and the election materials were being taken to the office of the deputy commissioner. — PTI

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Rlys cries for security beef-up
T.R. Ramachandran
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 24
The gigantic Indian Railways network remains a soft target for terrorists. This makes it necessary for Union minister for railways Lalu Prasad to think hard for improving security and services even as he presents the Railway Budget for 2008-09 in Parliament 48 hours later on Monday.

While President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, in his address to the joint-sitting of Parliament yesterday, had emphasised that the remarkable turnaround in the Railways should be maintained and taken to greater heights, the railway minister will have to put on the thinking cap for ensuring the safety on the system.

Safety and security on the Railways assumes added importance in the wake of several blasts on the trains over the past eight months, the latest being the explosions on the Delhi-Attari bound Samjhauta Express in which 68 persons were killed, including Pakistanis and scores of others injured.

The Railways cannot brush aside the threat faced by the travelling public and is expected to unveil plans aiming to provide a safe journey. The threat is not from terrorist groups alone but by naxalites as well. In the past seven years, Naxalism has spread to 13 states in the country. Officials insist that greater coordination is required between the states and the Railways to deal with the delicate situation.

Just the other day, Prasad had side-stepped questions if he would propose any increase in the passenger and freight rates. "Wait and watch" was his comment.

Nevertheless, authoritative sources in the Railways allude to strategies being evolved for energy conservation and enhanced safety measures coupled with providing on-board entertainment at least on the prestigious Shatabdis to begin with.

Proposals are also under consideration to rope in fast-food chains and install vending machines for beverages and food items.

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Detained Pak national let off

Bulandshahr, February 24
The Haryana police, which picked up a Pakistani national from here doubting his involvement in the February 18 Samjhauta Express blasts, released him after an interrogation today.

Zahid, on a visit to his stepmother, was to go back to Lahore by Samjhauta Express on the fateful day along with his younger brother Younis and mother Mukaddasnisa.

He, however, changed his programme following a quarrel with Younis at the Delhi railway station and returned to Sikandrabad the same evening.

The next morning, he went for the cancellation of his ticket where authorities detained him doubting his involvement in the blast. He was released in the afternoon today.

Zahid, told mediapersons after his release, that he was not subjected to any physical torture at Panipat by the police. — PTI

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Kalam calls on ailing Manekshaw

Conoor (Tamil Nadu), February 24
In a rare gesture, President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the Supreme Commander of the armed forces, today visited the local military hospital to look up ailing Field Marshal SHFJ Manekshaw.

“Please look after him. He is great son of India,” he told the doctors attending on the Field Marshal, the hero of liberation of Bangladesh.

Shaking hands with one of the most brilliant field commanders the Indian Army has produced, the President exchanged pleasantries with Manekshaw and was at the bedside of the ailing soldier for over 15 minutes.

Coming out of the room, Kalam wrote in the hospital visitors book “he (Manekshaw) is great son and friend of India”. He advised doctors attending the 93-year-old Field Marshal to “look after him”.

The Field Marshal, nicknamed ‘Sam Bahadur’ by the troops of the Gorkha Regiment, whose patron Colonel he remains to this day, has been ailing for some time at the Army Hospital in this picturesque hill town of Tamil Nadu. — PTI

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M. L. Sondhi Prize for Tellis
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 24
Noted strategic expert and senior adviser to the Bush administration Ashley Tellis has been awarded the inaugural M. L. Sondhi Prize for his “outstanding contribution, relevant to India, to the theory and practice of international politics”.

Tellis moved against the prevailing intellectual current in making his case for bolder US-India ties and played a significant role in the idea, structuring and implementing the July 18, 2005, Indo-US nuclear deal.

The M. L. Sondhi Memorial Trust and the M. L. Sondhi Institute for Asia-Pacific Affairs, a New Delhi-based think tank, has set up the prize, beginning 2006. The prize, comprising Rs 1 lakh, a plaque and an invitation to lecture in Delhi, will be given to Tellis at a function to be held in April.

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AMU students go on rampage

Aligarh, February 24
Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) students today went on a rampage setting ablaze vehicles and shops and hurling stones at houses following a road accident involving a student.

The police swung batons to disperse the protesters, District Magistrate Santosh Kumar Yadav said adding the situation was tense but under control.

He said a shopkeeper, who fired in the air after his house was stoned, had been arrested.

The DM said no one was killed in the road accident which involved a varsity student.

Adequate police and PAC had been deployed in trouble-torn areas to maintain law and order, he said. — PTI

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