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Maoist bandh
Life hit in Bihar, Jharkhand

Patna, March 20
Train and bus services were disrupted in parts of Jharkhand on Tuesday as Maoist rebels called for a 24-hour strike in Jharkhand, Bihar,West Bengal, Orissa and Chattisgarh, to protest against last week's killing of at least 14 villagers in police firing on the demonstrators in Nandigram in West Bengal.

Speaker rules out action against Subba
New Delhi, March 20
Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee today ruled out any action in the case of Congress MP M.K. Subba whose expulsion from parliament was being sought on the issue of his nationality by the BJP-led opposition.

1857 mutiny
Musical show to inspire MPs

New Delhi, March 20
Lal Sadak in Hansi town has inspired a special programme on the commemoration of 150 years of the 1857 mutiny. Singers Shubha Mudgal and Jagjit Singh, along with writer-lyricist Gulzar, will come together to take part in this offering to be held in the high-domed Central Hall of Parliament on the morning of May 10.






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End of an era
A MIG-23MF stands at Jamnagar Air Force base, about 350 km west of Ahmedabad. The fighter plane was phased out on Tuesday
A MIG-23MF stands at Jamnagar Air Force base, about 350 km west of Ahmedabad. The fighter plane was phased out on Tuesday. — Reuters
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SC ‘redefines’ rape
New Delhi, March 20
Tightening the law further against perpetrators of crimes against women, the supreme court has ruled that for the offence of rape mere connection of male’s private part with that of a woman is sufficient and there is no defence available to the offender that the sexual intercourse has not actually been completed. “The definition of rape as contained in section 375 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) refers to sexual intercourse.

CIC warns UGC of stricter measures
New Delhi, March 20
The Central Information Commission (CIC) has warned the University Grants Commission (UGC) of stricter measures if the latter does not strictly abide by the provisions of the Right to Information Act.

Ruckus makes LS go for early recess
New Delhi, March 20
A determined Opposition today forced the Lok Sabha to go for an early recess as the unrelenting furore raised by it over the killings in Nandigram first led to repeated adjournments and eventually to an announcement from Speaker Somnath Chatterjee for a break till April 26, a day ahead of the schedule.

UKD somersaults on capital issue
Dehra Dun, March 20
The opposition to Dehra Dun being the state capital got a blow today as the Uttarakhand Kranti Dal (UKD), the sole champion of the demand to set up a new capital at Garsain in the hill district of Chamoli, did a somersault on the issue.

LTTD plants to make sea water drinkable
New Delhi, March 20
India is developing indigenous high-capacity desalination plants to cater to drinking water needs of large populations of its coastal cities and is working on solutions to make them operational under deep sea conditions.

Nandigram: Police pullout starts; CBI report to HC today
Kolkata, March 20
In keeping with its promise, the West Bengal government today started pulling out the police from two areas of Nandigram, while the CBI team, probing the March 14 firing, will submit its primary report to Calcutta High Court tomorrow.

Expansion: Tightrope walk by Khanduri
Dehra Dun, March 20
The RSS may have failed to install its pracharak, BJP chief Bhagat Singh Koshiyari, as the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand but the subsequent developments clearly indicate its clout in the working of the government by getting its own men on key posts.

e-linking Bihar
Patna, March 20
To remove the stigma of the most-backward state the Nitish government now plans a big leap forward by setting up 8,4000 e-kiosks across Bihar by 2008 to introduce e-governance and check red tapism and corruption. The entire exercise is reportedly aimed at a complete image make-over by overhauling the prevailing system of governnance.

Bail for Ajit Jogi
Raipur, March 20
Former Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Ajit Jogi was granted bail in a murder case by a court here today, a day after he was arrested. Additional district and sessions judge B.P. Tidke asked the senior Congress leader to furnish two bonds of Rs 50,000 each and a personal surety of Rs 1 lakh for the bail.

Cauvery: Karnataka ready for talks with TN
Bangalore, March 20
The Hindu new year — Ugadi seems set to thaw the chilly relations between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu with Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy saying he was ready to hold talks with M. Karunanidhi to resolve the Cauvery water sharing dispute.

Food tech revolution to drive agricultural growth: Sahai
New Delhi, March 20
Indian government is focusing on doubling agriculture and horticulture production through effective implementation of public-private partnership in the agricultural sector and food technology revolution would drive the agricultural growth in the country, Minister of State for Food Processing Industry Subodh Kant Sahai said here today.

Two devotees killed in mishap
Tiruchirapalli (Tamil Nadu), March 20
Two devotees, including a woman, were crushed to death and another devotee was seriously injured when they were accidentally caught under the giant wheels of the historic Sri Jambukeshwarar-Akhilandeswari temple car at Tiruvanaikovil here this morning.

Plan to expand AIR, DD coverage
New Delhi, March 20
The government is considering a proposal to expand the coverage of the All-India Radio (AIR) and Doordarshan (DD) during the eleventh five year plan. Replying to a question in the Lok Sabha yesterday, information and broadcasting minister P.R. Dasmunsi said the extent of television coverage in terrestrial mode is 79 per cent by area and 91 per cent by the population of the country.

Welfare board set up for central forces
New Delhi, March 20
A Welfare and Rehabilitation Board (WARB) for the central police forces has been set up by the government to provide an institutionalised mechanism to look into the welfare and rehabilitation requirements of the central police force personnel, a home ministry spokesperson said here today.

11 farmers commit suicide

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Maoist bandh
Life hit in Bihar, Jharkhand
Tribune News Service

Patna, March 20
Train and bus services were disrupted in parts of Jharkhand on Tuesday as Maoist rebels called for a 24-hour strike in Jharkhand, Bihar,West Bengal, Orissa and Chattisgarh, to protest against last week's killing of at least 14 villagers in police firing on the demonstrators in Nandigram in West Bengal.

A R Sinha, DGP, Bihar, reviewed police preparedness in the wake of the bandh call. Suspecting a Maoist plan to avenge the recent death of Nathun Kahar, one of their area commanders of Konch, in police custody in Gaya, the police here has been put on a high alert.

While the strike had more impact in the rural areas of Bihar and Jharkhand, it had no impact in the cities. In Bihar, the impact of the bandh was felt in the Maoist-hit Jehanabad, Arwal and few other districts.

The impact of the bandh, however, was more in Jharkhand where the Maoists recently killed the JMM MP Sunil Mahato. Neyaz Ahmed ADGP Jharkhand informed that even though no untoward incident had been reported from any part of the state so far, most of the trains in the Gomo-Barkakana-Daltonganj section in Dhanbad division had been cancelled, while long distance rail-routes had been diverted to the grand-code section.

Loading and despatch of various minerals, including coal, iron ore, boxide and magnese had been affected as most of the trucks were off the road.

About 40 companies of paramilitary forces were deployed for patrolling in sensitive areas. While schools, colleges, shops and business establishments were open in Ranchi, normal life was affected in Naxal-infested Garhwa, Polanu, Latihar and Chetra districts.

The Left-wing ultras have threatened violent movements against the policy of setting up SEZs on farming land - part of the efforts to boost India's manufacturing sector and close the gap on China.

In a press release here, the Maoists said today’s strike was just the beginning of a strong movement against land grabbing in the country. 

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Speaker rules out action against Subba
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 20
Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee today ruled out any action in the case of Congress MP M.K. Subba whose expulsion from parliament was being sought on the issue of his nationality by the BJP-led opposition.

“I am convinced that it would not be appropriate to draw a parallel between Subba’s case and that of 10 members expelled in the wake of cash-for-query case,” Chatterjee said in a detailed ruling in the Lok Sabha.

“In the present case, the allegation against Subba has no nexus with his parliamentary duties. In my opinion, the house has no jurisdiction to examine this matter.... In view of this, I feel that no action is called for by the house or by the presiding officer in this matter,” he observed.

Subba’s citizenship issue was raised by BJP deputy leader V.K. Malhotra and the speaker had sought comments on Subba on the same issue and had asked him to furnish documents of evidence.

Citing article 102 and 103 of the constitution, the speaker said in view of unambiguous provisions of the constitution, I am of the view, as were the leaders of political parties with whom I discussed the matter, that neither the speaker nor the house was competent to take a decision in the matter.

Besides, the speaker said he had been informed that the matter of citizenship of Subba was currently sub-judice and in the supreme court.

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1857 mutiny
Musical show to inspire MPs
Anita Katyal
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 20
Lal Sadak in Hansi town has inspired a special programme on the commemoration of 150 years of the 1857 mutiny.
Singers Shubha Mudgal and Jagjit Singh, along with writer-lyricist Gulzar, will come together to take part in this offering to be held in the high-domed Central Hall of Parliament on the morning of May 10.

Jagjit Singh is slated to mesmerise the select gathering with a rendition of Bahadurshah Zafar’s ghazal, “Lagta nahin hai dil mera” while Shubha Mudgal will sing a musical version of Subhadara Chauhan’s poem on Jhansi ki Rani and Gulzar will present his special composition marking this historic occasion.

At night, the venue will shift to Vijay Chowk where a sound and light show on the mutiny will be performed by 250 artistes from the Bhilai steel plant.

This programme is the brainchild of Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, who was inspired to do when he visited Hansi last year to speak at a programme marking Bhagat Singh’s birth centenary celeberations.

While in Hansi, he was told about the famous Lal Sadak which was so named as it was awash with the blood of local villagers who had fought the first war of Independence. This moved an emotional Chatterjee to remark that if it was not for the sacrifice of these people, he would not have been Lok Sabha Speaker today.

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SC ‘redefines’ rape
Legal Correspondent

New Delhi, March 20
Tightening the law further against perpetrators of crimes against women, the supreme court has ruled that for the offence of rape mere connection of male’s private part with that of a woman is sufficient and there is no defence available to the offender that the sexual intercourse has not actually been completed.

“The definition of rape as contained in section 375 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) refers to sexual intercourse. Intercourse means sexual connection,” a bench of Justice Arijit Pasayat and Justice S.H. Kapadia held, laying down that only such sexual connection of a man with the woman had to be clearly established for constituting the offence of rape.

In connection with this, the court also tightened the definition of the offence of “outraging the modesty” of a woman under section 354 of the IPC. It said a mere knowledge by her that her “modesty is likely to be outraged, is sufficient to constitute the offence without any deliberate intention having such outrage alone for its object.”

The court said since the offence under section 354 could lead to the offence of rape, the trial courts while deciding such cases had to take into account the connection between intention to commit the offence and attempt made to commit it.

An attempt to commit an offence could be said to begin when the preparations were completed by a culprit and he commences to do something with the intention of committing it. “The moment he commences to do an act with the necessary intention, he commences his attempt to commit it,” the court said.

“This is exactly what the provision of section 511 (defining attempt) requires… an attempt to commit a crime is to be distinguished from an intention to commit it. Mere intention to commit an offence, not followed by any action, cannot constitute an offence,“ the court said.

Elaborating further, it said the dividing line between a preparation to commit an offence and an attempt to commit it sometimes was very thin and had to be decided on the fact of each case. “There is a greater degree of determination in attempt as compared with the preparation.”The judgement came on an appeal of rape convict Ramkripal from Satna in Madhya Pradesh, whose counsel took the defence that he could not be held guilty of rape because the act of sexual intercourse with the woman he assaulted was not complete.

His lawyer had said at the most his client could be charged for outraging the modesty of the victim as he had left her in the midway of the act as she had put up a strong resistance. The sessions court had convicted him for rape and the verdict was upheld by the Jabalpur bench of the MP high court.

Dismissing the appeal, the apex court came to the conclusion that in the instant case the “sexual connection” of the accused with her had been clearly established, and therefore, both trial court and high court were “perfectly justified in their view.”

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CIC warns UGC of stricter measures
Tripti Nath
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 20
The Central Information Commission (CIC) has warned the University Grants Commission (UGC) of stricter measures if the latter does not strictly abide by the provisions of the Right to Information Act.

Information Commissioner Dr O.P. Kejriwal issued this warning in a recent decision on an appeal made by a senior lecturer of S.D. College, Ambala.

The appellant, Dr Sushil Kansal, filed an application with the Public Information Officer (PIO), University Grants Commission last July seeking information on seven counts. He wanted to know whether the UGC has made an amendment to the revision of pay scales, minimum qualifications for appointment of teachers in universities and colleges and awarding two advance increments when the person gets a Ph.D degree.

When Dr Kansal did not get any response from the PIO within the stipulated period of 30 days, he filed an appeal with the first Appellate Authority on September 2,2006.

The Section Officer, UGC sent him information on September 7 along with copies of relevant clauses of UGC notification and circulars. The appellant was not satisfied and approached the CIC with a second appeal on October 16. The commission decided to issue a show cause notice for penalty for delaying the supply of information beyond the stipulated period of 30 days.

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Ruckus makes LS go for early recess
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 20
A determined Opposition today forced the Lok Sabha to go for an early recess as the unrelenting furore raised by it over the killings in Nandigram first led to repeated adjournments and eventually to an announcement from Speaker Somnath Chatterjee for a break till April 26, a day ahead of the schedule.

The scenes were quite the same in the Rajya Sabha also which was adjourned for the day in the afternoon over the issue after two adjournments in the morning session. The House would, however, meet tomorrow before it goes in for a recess.

Parliament will eventually reconvene on April 26, a week after it was scheduled to meet and would have the remaining session till May 22.

The Lower House also witnessed acrimonious scenes as members from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka clashed during a discussion over Cauvery water dispute. Chatterjee adjourned the House for half an hour at 4 pm as the DMK members trooped into the well of the House.

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UKD somersaults on capital issue
Raju William
Tribune News Service

Dehra Dun, March 20
The opposition to Dehra Dun being the state capital got a blow today as the Uttarakhand Kranti Dal (UKD), the sole champion of the demand to set up a new capital at Garsain in the hill district of Chamoli, did a somersault on the issue.

For the past six years since Uttarakhand came into being, the previous governments headed by the BJP and the Congress in the state had tried to skirt the issue by first appointing a commission to choose a capital within a timeframe and then by extending its time limit. The latest statement of the UKD on the issue has shown that Dehra Dun will stay as the state capital, said political observers.

Having backed the demand for the past six years, the change of stand by the UKD has exposed it, said leaders of different political parties in the state. The change came after the three-member UKD group in the Assembly supported the BJP in government formation. Its legislature party leader Diwakar Bhatt today stated that an expert committee would be set up to look into the feasibility of having state capital at Garsain.

The state president of Nationalist Congress Party Suryakant Dhasmana stated that the UKD through its stand was trying to please the BJP to get ministerial berths, he alleged.

Political observers said the UKD in its manifesto before the recent Assembly elections had promised to set up the state capital at Garsain within a month of coming to power as well as shifting the offices of the Chief Minister and Raj Bhavan within a year. The statement of Bhatt showed that UKD leaders had reached secret understanding to forgo its demand to be part of the ministry, alleged state Congress president Harish Rawat.

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LTTD plants to make sea water drinkable
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 20
India is developing indigenous high-capacity desalination plants to cater to drinking water needs of large populations of its coastal cities and is working on solutions to make them operational under deep sea conditions.

The Rajya Sabha was yesterday informed that the Chennai-based National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) was working on high-capacity Low Temperature Thermal Salination System (LTTD) plants that could specifically serve to drinking and domestic requirements of big coastal cities like Chennai and Mumbai.

Other countries to have developed technologies to make salty seawater drinkable include Israel, the US and Dubai. They are however, using a different technology-reverse osmosis.

In India, so far NIOT has indigenously designed, developed and demonstrated the desalination technology for conversion of seawater into potable water following the LTTD procedure that can produce about one-lakh litre of fresh water from sea water per day.

The LTTD is a process under which the warm surface seawater is flash evaporated at low pressure and vapour is condensed with cold deep seawater. A one-lakh litre per day capacity LTTD plant was commissioned in May 2005 at Lakshadweep island of Kavaratti, which was handed over to the Lakhadweep administration for operation and maintenance in 2006.

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Nandigram: Police pullout starts; CBI report to HC today

Kolkata, March 20
In keeping with its promise, the West Bengal government today started pulling out the police from two areas of Nandigram, while the CBI team, probing the March 14 firing, will submit its primary report to Calcutta High Court tomorrow.

Home Secretary Prasad Ranjan Ray told newspersons that police forces had been withdrawn from Sonachura and Adhikari para under the Nandigram panchayat area.

While police camping in Sonachura were sent to Bhangaberia to join the forces stationed there, those in Adhikaripara had been shifted to Tekhali on the Nandigram fringe, he said.

The remaining forces in Nandigram and other nearby villages, including Khejuri, would also be pulled out within the next 48 hours with a view to instilling faith of the local people in the state administration, the Home Secretary informed.

Mr Ray said the government also submitted relevant documents to Calcutta High Court for making an affidavit on the March 14 police firing as directed by the judiciary earlier, while the Divisional Commissioner of Bardhaman, asked to conduct an executive inquiry into the incident, had been directed submit the report in 45 days.

Admitting that the situation in Nandigram could not be normalised yet, Mr Ray said of the 18 villages under the Nandigram panchayat area, the police entered only five.

To a question whether fresh violence could break out in the area, Mr Ray said, “Such possibilities are always there. But the administration is alert against it.” — UNI

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Expansion: Tightrope walk by Khanduri
Raju William
Tribune News Service

Dehra Dun, March 20
The RSS may have failed to install its pracharak, BJP chief Bhagat Singh Koshiyari, as the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand but the subsequent developments clearly indicate its clout in the working of the government by getting its own men on key posts.

The recent appointments made by Chief Minister B.C. Khanduri, who has a non-RSS background, showed that he was trying to placate the Sangh Parivar. Immediately after becoming the CM, Khanduri appointed Deepak Dimri, who was working as mahanagar pracharak of Dehra Dun, as his officer on special duty (OSD). Similarly, Rajinder Pant, another senior RSS functionary, has also been attached with the office of the Chief Minister. Besides this, according to the BJP sources, the RSS has also prepared a list of their own men to be appointed with various ministers as PROs.

It is interesting to note that Khanduri has yet to expand his ministry which is being delayed for as he has to do a tightrope walk in view of the mounting pressure by the Sangh Parivar to have its share in the power pie in the wake of intense power struggle between Khanduri and Koshiyari for the top post. Political observers said Khanduri's selection for the CM's post by the central BJP leadership has put pressure on him to show respect and admiration for the Sangh Parivar. Inviting Hindu religious leaders and touching their feet publicly at his swearing-in ceremony also showed Khanduri's attempt to appease the saffron elements. As such, he cannot do without the RSS which has strong presence in Uttarakhand. It also played a pivotal role in the Assembly elections with a committed network of cadres.

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e-linking Bihar
Ambarish Dutta
Tribune News Service

Patna, March 20
To remove the stigma of the most-backward state the Nitish government now plans a big leap forward by setting up 8,4000 e-kiosks across Bihar by 2008 to introduce e-governance and check red tapism and corruption. The entire exercise is reportedly aimed at a complete image make-over by overhauling the prevailing system of governnance.

Be it payment of bills, attending classes or getting driving licences issued, all mundane activities could be carried out at such e-kiosks.

Christended as Vasudha Kendra, sources say that the government expects to set up at least one e-kiosk in each panchayat area through private-public partnership. Besides, Bihar ministers too are set to change their style of functioning in the days to come in tune with the e-governance.

Days are not far when each minister will carry laptops in their hands. One Dell laptop will be provided to each minister by the Science and Technology Department to assist them in their day-to-day work.

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Bail for Ajit Jogi

Raipur, March 20
Former Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Ajit Jogi was granted bail in a murder case by a court here today, a day after he was arrested.
Additional district and sessions judge B.P. Tidke asked the senior Congress leader to furnish two bonds of Rs 50,000 each and a personal surety of Rs 1 lakh for the bail.

The judge also asked Jogi not to influence witnesses and to be present in the court for hearing.

Jogi, a bureaucrat-turned-politician, was arrested yesterday on charges of conspiracy and alleged involvement in the murder of state NCP treasurer Ram Avatar Jaggi in June, 2003. He was later admitted to Escorts Hospital here after he complained of chest pain.

Currently in the hospital's ICU, Jogi is a paralytic patient and there is no chance of him absconding, the court observed while ruling on his bail plea. — PTI

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Cauvery: Karnataka ready for talks with TN
Jangveer Singh
Tribune News Service

Bangalore, March 20
The Hindu new year — Ugadi seems set to thaw the chilly relations between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu with Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy saying he was ready to hold talks with M. Karunanidhi to resolve the Cauvery water sharing dispute.

Kumaraswamy apparently made use of a courtesy call made to Mr Karunanidhi to wish him on Ugadi yesterday to make an offer to hold discussions to resolve the issue. Disclosing this here, the Chief Minister said his Tamil Nadu counterpart agreed to the suggestion and that talks on resolving the issue would be initiated between the two states soon.

The Chief Minister said the talks would, however, be held independent of any appeal made by the state before the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal or any other body.

Kumaraswamy said the talks would be held within a period of eight to 10 days.

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Food tech revolution to drive agricultural growth: Sahai
S Satyanarayanan
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 20
Indian government is focusing on doubling agriculture and horticulture production through effective implementation of public-private partnership in the agricultural sector and food technology revolution would drive the agricultural growth in the country, Minister of State for Food Processing Industry Subodh Kant Sahai said here today.

Speaking at the Cold Chain Summit 2007, organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Mr Sahai announced that the government wants to focus on 2007 and 2008 as the years of Food Technology Revolution.

He said that Cold chain infrastructure has been the missing link in the process of agriculture and post harvest storage and transportation in India. The focus on cold chain infrastructure is important because the demand for processed food has increased due to growth in organised retailing especially in food and groceries.

Mr. Sahai mentioned that growth opportunity in agricultural sector and the retail expansion is forcing investors to invest in processing industry and cold chain infrastructure.

He said that cold chain infrastructure in India has to be modernised to meet the growing demand and the practical approach to that is to create an immediate action plan.

Meanwhile, Secretary Department of Agriculture and Cooperation P K Mishra said modern terminal markets under National Horticulture Mission will be set up in public-private partnership mode with a maximum Government equity of 49 per cent.

Pointing that the process of setting up such markets has already been initiated in Chandigarh, Bhopal, Mumbai, Patna, Nasik, Nagpur and Kolkata, Mr Mishra said that the increasing presence of prominent corporate groups in retailing is an indication that the demand for an efficient and modern supply chain for handling fresh produce will grow and both Government and the Industry will have to work together to meet this demand.

Mr. Mark Cywilko, President, Carrier Transicold said that urbanisation is changing the face of India and has a $70 billion food market that’s doubling every year.

The cold chain system is highly capital intensive and holds immense potential for the banking and financial services sectors, said Mr. Daljit Mirchandani, Chairman, CII Initiative on Cold Chain Infrastructure Development. 

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Two devotees killed in mishap

Tiruchirapalli (Tamil Nadu), March 20
Two devotees, including a woman, were crushed to death and another devotee was seriously injured when they were accidentally caught under the giant wheels of the historic Sri Jambukeshwarar-Akhilandeswari temple car at Tiruvanaikovil here this morning.

Police sources said the mishap occurred when hundreds of devotees thronged the temple to participate in the annual Panguni Therottam (temple car festival), organised as part of the on-going Panguni festival celebrations.

The festival began at 6.30 am, in which a large number of devotees pulled the decorated car. The idol of the processional deity, Lord Jambukeshwarar, was mounted on the car.

When the car was on the move, a woman attempted to place a coconut under the rotating wheels, but fell before the car. A devotee, who noticed the incident and attempted to save her also fell down and the car ran over them. In the commotion, one Damodaran(54) too fell down and the wheels of the car ran over his leg, resulting in amputation of his leg.

Damodaran was admitted to the government hospital here. Five others suffered minor injuries in the commotion. The authorities immediately stopped the car and after conducting a Parihara Pooja, the car was again pulled around the important streets of the temple.

The deceased were identified as Indirani (55) and Vijayan (53), sources added.

Acting on the information, district collector Ashish Vachchani, city corporation mayor Sarubala Thondaiman and senior police officials rushed to the spot and held inquiries. — UNI

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Plan to expand AIR, DD coverage
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 20
The government is considering a proposal to expand the coverage of the All-India Radio (AIR) and Doordarshan (DD) during the eleventh five year plan.
Replying to a question in the Lok Sabha yesterday, information and broadcasting minister P.R. Dasmunsi said the extent of television coverage in terrestrial mode is 79 per cent by area and 91 per cent by the population of the country.

Similarly, the extent of coverage of AIR is 91.7 per cent by area and 99.1 per cent by the population of the country. Barring the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the entire country is covered through Doordarshan’s free-to-air DTH service.

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Welfare board set up for central forces
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 20
A Welfare and Rehabilitation Board (WARB) for the central police forces has been set up by the government to provide an institutionalised mechanism to look into the welfare and rehabilitation requirements of the central police force personnel, a home ministry spokesperson said here today.

The task of WARB will include looking after the immediate dependents of personnel dying in harness, extending help to resolve personal problems relating to children’s education, land and property issues and serious medical problems among others.

The WARB will consist of a chairperson, vice chairperson and six other members. The chairperson will be one of the DGs of central paramilitary forces by rotation. The vice-chairperson will be the ADG of the force to which the chairperson belongs. Inspectors generals (admin) of the forces will be the members.

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11 farmers commit suicide

Nagpur, March 20
As many as 11 debt-ridden farmers committed suicide in the last two days in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, a voluntary organisation here said.
The farmers, who took the extreme step included five from Yavatmal district, two each from Buldhana and Washim districts and one each from Wardha and Bhandara district, Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti (VJAS), a voluntary organisation working among farmers in the region said in a release. With this, the number of farmers who have ended their lives in 2007 has touched 219. — UNI

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