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UP for grabs 2007
"Over-Yadavisation agitating popular mind”

Moradabad, April 14
In this Yadav-Muslim dominated belt of Rohilkhand and Kannauj, the ruling Samajwadi Party is facing multi-cornered contests as it seeks to improve upon its performance of 25 seats in 2002 Assembly elections against heavy odds.

Sino-Indian boundary talks from April 21
New Delhi, April 14
India and China will hold another round of high-level talks on boundary question here from next Saturday (April 21) as part of the efforts to settle the dispute that has been nagging their relations for decades.

Cops on a wild goose chase
Pak staffer’s ‘missing’ son appears in Lahore
New Delhi, April 14
The disappearance of the son of a Pakistan High Commission staffer triggered a hunt here by security agencies but it turned out to be a wild goose chase as it came to light that he had returned to his country without informing anybody.


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Police lathi charge one of the men who attempted to damaged the factory in Chutia, Ranchi, from where the body of Prashant, abducted two months back, was recovered
Police lathi charge one of the men who attempted to damaged the factory in Chutia, Ranchi, from where the body of Prashant, abducted two months back, was recovered on Saturday. — PTI

B’desh trains guns on 2 Begums
New Delhi, April 14
Bangladesh is experiencing a new political experiment for the first time in its 36-year-long existence which has huge implications for India. The interim government of Chief Advisor Fakhruddin Ahmed is turning the long arm of law against the two Begums, Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina, whose dynasties have dominated Bangladesh politics since 1971.

Roadmap for Maoist-hit districts
Patna, April 14
Acting on the suggestions by IG(operation) S.K.Bharadwaj, in charge of overseeing the strategies to combat Maoists, the Nitish government is presently working to create a dedicated intelligence wing in the special branch to crack down on Maoists.

A school that shapes dreams
Dehra Dun, April 14
Just imagine a peon’s daughter aspiring to become the Governor of State. Shalini, a student of Class VIII of Him Jyoti School here, said this when the President of India APJ Abdul Kalam asked her what she wanted to be while interacting last year with students of this boarding school exclusively meant for the girls of deprived section of society.

PCI closes complaint against The Tribune
New Delhi, April 14
PCI) has closed a complaint against The Tribune by Baldev Singh from Goindwal in Punjab alleging that his rejoinder to an article on Akali Dal carried by the newspaper on September 8, 2004 was not published by it.

HC dismisses Jaya’s plea
Hyderabad, April 14
In a setback to the AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa, the Andhra Pradesh High Court has refused to entertain her petition, challenging the Congress government's move to resume her farm house on the city outskirts.

Select patwaris but hold results: SC
New Delhi, April 14
The Supreme Court has allowed the Haryana government to continue the appointment process for patwaris, mired in controversy but directed it not to declare the results of the selection exams till further orders.

Gram Nyayalayas Bill in current session
New Delhi, April 14
In a move to take justice at door steps, the Union Cabinet today approved a proposal to set up village courts at panchayat level, which would decided both civil and criminal cases.

‘Super thief’ arrested
New Delhi, April 14
A notorious thief involved in at least 550 cases of burglary, theft and carjacking across the country was arrested in the national capital, police said today. Sleuths of Delhi Police special staff arrested Bunty after he arrived in the city April 6 with plans to target a plush society of south Delhi.

Thar Express searched
Jodhpur, April 14
Security personnel and bomb experts searched the Thar Express train, a symbol of Indo-Pak friendship, at Munnabao station, about 200 km from here, tonight following intelligence reports about the possibility of presence of “suspicious persons” and explosives on board.

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UP for grabs 2007
"Over-Yadavisation agitating popular mind”
Satish Misra
Tribune News Service

Moradabad, April 14
In this Yadav-Muslim dominated belt of Rohilkhand and Kannauj, the ruling Samajwadi Party is facing multi-cornered contests as it seeks to improve upon its performance of 25 seats in 2002 Assembly elections against heavy odds.

With Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav himself contesting from Yadav dominated constituency of Gunnaur in Budaun district, the stakes are high as not only the Bahujan Samaj Party, the BJP but even the Congress are trying to end the Yadav's rule.

"Over-Yadavisation of the state's machinery is one such issue which is agitating the popular mind", a local tailor Nazim Ahmad said and pointed out that "the Chief Minister has gone out of his way to benefit people form his caste".

There are 863 candidates for the 57 seats which would decide about their representatives on Wednesday. There are about 1.51 crore voters.

In 2002 Assembly elections, the SP had won 25 seats and had remained runners up at 17 places. The BJP had got 11 seats and had stood second in 16 constituencies. The BSP had managed to win 9 seats and had ended up as runners up in 13 constituencies.

The Congress had won 4 seats and had remained second in 5 places. The CPM, the RLD, the JD (U), the Rashtriya Parivartan Dal (RPD) had wone one seat each with 4 independents had managed to go to Lucknow.

Three independents namely Vijay Singh from Farukhabad, Mithlesh Kumar from Powayan in Shahjehanpur and Kazim Ali

from Suartanda had joined the SP and are now contesting the present election on the Cycle symbol of the SP.

The fourth independent Shahzil Islam from Bareilly Cant has joined the BSP. The JD (U) MLA Ajit Raju from Gunnaur had vacated his seat for Mulayam Singh Yadav and is still with the ruling party.

RPD MLA Mahboob Ali, who had won Amroha seat, has also declared his loyalty to the SP.

So theoratically, the SP's tally is much higher now and the ruling party should be able to increase its winning seats much beyond 25 that it won last time but anti-incumbency and deteriorating law and order situation may prove to be its downfall, a trader Shyam Prakash Agarwal said.

But what has been a setback for the SP is the fact that one of its Lok Sabha MP from here Shafiqerrehman Warq is openly campaigning for the RLD. His son Mamluqurrehman Warq is contesting on the RLD ticket from Sambhal.

While the BJP is hoping that sharp communal polarisation would benefit it, the BSP and the Congres are confident that "Yadav-monoply" would be broken this time and they would be able to wrest couple of seats from the SP.

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Sino-Indian boundary talks from April 21

New Delhi, April 14
India and China will hold another round of high-level talks on boundary question here from next Saturday (April 21) as part of the efforts to settle the dispute that has been nagging their relations for decades.

Special representatives of the two countries, national security adviser M. K. Narayanan and the Chinese vice foreign minister Dai Bingguo, will hold two-day talks in Delhi and Ooty in Tamil Nadu, officials said today.

Nine rounds of talks have made progress and the two sides are now discussing issues related to the demarcation of the border, officials said.

The tenth round of negotiations will take place three months after the last meeting of the Special Representatives here, indicating speeding up of efforts to resolve the boundary dispute.

The leadership of both the countries has been keen to settle the issue as early as possible. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, during their meeting in Philippines in January on the sidelines of India-ASEAN Summit, had said the discussions should take place with “greater vigour and greater innovativeness”.

Earlier, during the visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao here in November last year, the two sides had decided to pursue efforts to resolve the boundary dispute as a “strategic objective” as it would advance the basic interests of the two countries.

“The special representatives shall complete the task of finalising an appropriate framework for a final package settlement of the India-China boundary at an early date,” the joint declaration had said after Hus talks with Singh.

The two countries reached an agreement in April 2005 on “political parameters” and “guiding principles” and the resolution to the dispute is being sought on that basis.

As per practice talks were to be held alternatively in respective countries and the tenth round was scheduled to be held in China but the Indian side requested that this time it be held here.

While one part of the discussions will be held in Delhi, parleys will continue in the holiday resort of Ooty where the two special representatives will go on a retreat. — PTI

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Cops on a wild goose chase
Pak staffer’s ‘missing’ son appears in Lahore
Nalini Ranjan

New Delhi, April 14
The disappearance of the son of a Pakistan High Commission staffer triggered a hunt here by security agencies but it turned out to be a wild goose chase as it came to light that he had returned to his country without informing anybody.

The police got a frantic complaint from high commission officials two days ago saying that Roshan Ali, 20-year-old son of its staffer Asgar Ali, had disappeared, police sources said.

His parents suspected that he may have been kidnapped.

The police filed an FIR at Chanakyapuri in Diplomatic Enclave and began a hunt for him, the sources said, adding that police stations across the national capital and neighbouring states were alerted.

However, the high commission itself informed the police yesterday that Roshan had returned to Lahore on his own through the Wagah border.

Roshan was apparently upset with his parents because of which he had left his house without informing anybody. His parents came to know about his whereabouts yesterday when their relatives in Pakistan called up to say that he has reached there.

The high commission then informed the ministry of external affairs and the police about the development.

The police said Roshan had once earlier in 2005 left the house without informing anybody.

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B’desh trains guns on 2 Begums
Rajeev Sharma
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 14
Bangladesh is experiencing a new political experiment for the first time in its 36-year-long existence which has huge implications for India.

The interim government of Chief Advisor Fakhruddin Ahmed is turning the long arm of law against the two Begums, Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina, whose dynasties have dominated Bangladesh politics since 1971.

Two days ago, former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed, was charged with murder of her four political rivals in October last. Hasina, who is currently on a private visit to the United States, has dismissed the charge.

Begum Khaleda Zia, a two-time Prime Minister whose latest tenure ended barely six months ago, is already under house arrest in Dhaka. Her son is already in jail on corruption charges.

The experiment can go full steam only if the military, with whose support Ahmed took over his present job, continues to lend support. Ahmed declared yesterday that he was committed to his pledge of holding general elections before next year end, which means that he has 20 more months more to cleanse the proverbial Augustean stables.

The sequence of events in Bangladesh may remind one of Pakistan. But the comparison ends here, as far as India is concerned. India is anxiously watching the great experiment and churning going on in Bangladesh. So far, things have gone as per Indian strategic interests.

According to available indications here, the process would continue in an incremental manner. The two Begums of Bangladesh — Hasina and Khaleda — may meet the same fate as Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif did in Pakistan and may eventually be debarred from contesting elections as and when these are held. This is despite the fact the Chief Advisor announced yesterday that both the Begums would be free to contest the general elections.

A considered opinion of New Delhi is that no tears are going to be shed here for the political marginalisation of the two Begums.

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Roadmap for Maoist-hit districts
Ambarish Dutta
Tribune News Service

Patna, April 14
Acting on the suggestions by IG(operation) S.K.Bharadwaj, in charge of overseeing the strategies to combat Maoists, the Nitish government is presently working to create a dedicated intelligence wing in the special branch to crack down on Maoists.

Talking to The Tribune, S.K. Bharadwaj said that he had already submitted a proposal to the government to create dedicated intelligence wings in all Maoist-affected districts to deal with the ultras more effectively.

While Bharadwaj would be the nodal officer to monitor all intelligence inputs collected from the districts, a pilot project was already on in five Maoist-affected districts. The districts include Patna, Gaya, Jehanabad Aurangabad and Rohtas.

Bharadwaj claimed that once the dedicated cell was in place in all districts, it was expected to help police to pre-empt most of the Maoist designs to attack a particular place.

Meanwhile, an inter-ministerial group (IMG) meeting on left wing extremism will be held in Patna on April 16 to review and suggest development measures in Maoist-affected areas.

The IMG, headed by the additional secretary, ministry of home affairs, will comprise joint secretaries rank officials of various ministries, including panchayati raj, rural development, health, tribal affairs, and others linked to the issues of development.

A roadmap envisaged a two-pronged strategy to combat the Maoists by initiating developmental activities in the Naxal-affected districts on the one hand and by stepping up security measures on the other.

The roadmap also favoured improving the intelligence network of the police and ensuring better coordination between the police and paramilitary forces deployed in the Maoist-affected districts.

Besides, Nitish has already asked officials to extend the "government at doorstep" programme to other Maoist-infested districts.

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A school that shapes dreams
Raju William
Tribune News Service

Dehra Dun, April 14
Just imagine a peon’s daughter aspiring to become the Governor of State. Shalini, a student of Class VIII of Him Jyoti School here, said this when the President of India APJ Abdul Kalam asked her what she wanted to be while interacting last year with students of this boarding school exclusively meant for the girls of deprived section of society.

She is one 50-odd village girls drawn from poor economic backgrounds from different areas of the hill state whose lives are taking a new shape as manifested in her attitude. It is a measure of their self-confidence developed in just over a yearlong stay in the school that they could put questions to the President.

A brainchild of Uttarakhand Governor Sudarshan Agarwal, the school is one of its kind that admits only girls passing Class V examination with at least 60 per cent marks from the government primary schools of the state. Besides, the annual income of their families should be less than Rs 5000.

Started in 2005, the school, having English as the medium of instruction, admits girl students after their selection through a free entrance test held in different parts of the state. So much so, the school bears the cost of transport for all those appearing for the test. The primary schools are informed about this test well in advance.

Being run by The Himalayan School Society with the Governor as its patron, the school, having students up to Class VIII to be raised to Plus Two level, is spending about Rs 40,000 per annum on each girl. Besides education and food, they are provided every bit of their needs, including study material, clothes and toiletries. The entire expenses are borne from the interest on corpus of around Rs 5 crore raised by contributions from individuals and charitable trusts. This amount is to be further augmented with support from caring individuals and sensitive corporate houses enabling the school to support the girls right up to Plus Two level.

The Governor’s hope about bringing about a positive change in their personal as well lives of others is concerned has started fructifying. These daughters of peons, daily wagers, ayahs etc. are indeed showing signs of becoming change makers even if the domain is their immediate family at this stage.

They have become quite well mannered but the school is being careful not to disconnect them from their villages. They are responsible for cleanliness of their dormitories and bathrooms among other things.

But what about their career building after they passed out from the school. Carrying dreams once exposed to this kind of education is natural. It has already been planned to provide scholarships by the Him Jyoti Foundation for pursuing professional education depending on their performance. At present, 100 such scholarships are being given.

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PCI closes complaint against The Tribune
Legal Correspondent

New Delhi, April 14
PCI) has closed a complaint against The Tribune by Baldev Singh from Goindwal in Punjab alleging that his rejoinder to an article on Akali Dal carried by the newspaper on September 8, 2004 was not published by it.

The PCI, the regulatory body for newspapers, in a recent order, closed the complaint of Singh accepting the stand of The Tribune that his rejoinder was in fact published on October 11, 2005 in the “letters to the editor column” under the caption “Don’t Blame the Cong.”

The PCI also recorded that Singh had failed to appear before the inquiry committee set up by it on July 14 and December 4, 2006, respectively, and did not respond to any notice sent on his address.

The PCI had called him and The Tribune representative for hearing on the two scheduled dates but on both the occasions he did not turn up, the Council said in an order passed on March 30.

Singh, in his complaint, had alleged that despite his reminder, The Tribune had not published his response to the article titled “Akali Dal Not Communal” written by Manpreet Singh Badal and carried on September 8, 2004.

The PCI accepted the stand of The Tribune that the publication of Singh’s rejoinder in “letters to editor column” was enough to clarify his position.

The Regulator said that its inquiry committee had considered the material on record and noted that “the notices of hearing on two occasions had been sent at the address provided by the complainant in his complaint, but he neither appeared before the committee, nor filed counter to the comments of the respondent editor (of the newspaper).”

The committee opined that the impugned article, regarding which Singh had filed the complaint, was an opinion piece by Manpreet Singh Badal and the Tribune had complied with the norms of “journalistic conduct” with regard to right to reply, and had published complainant’s letter expressing his views.

“Thus, the inquiry committee felt no further action was necessary in the matter. It, therefore, recommended to the Council to close the complaint,” the PCI said, clarifying that on considering the material on record and the report of the inquiry committee, it has accepted the reasons given by The Tribune.

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HC dismisses Jaya’s plea
Ramesh Kandula
Tribune News Service

Hyderabad, April 14
In a setback to the AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa, the Andhra Pradesh High Court has refused to entertain her petition, challenging the Congress government's move to resume her farm house on the city outskirts.

The former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, who owns a vineyard spread over 14 acres at Pet Basheerabad in neighbouring Ranga Reddy district, was served a notice by the revenue authorities in January last, claiming that she was in possession of assigned land, originally assigned in favour of landless poor.

Challenging the order, Jayalalithaa had filed a writ petition in the court last week.

Dismissing the petition as "misconceived and devoid of merit", judge V V S Rao said the petitioner could have approached the competent revenue authority to put across her case.

"It is premature for the court to come to a conclusion whether the land in question is an assigned land or not," the judge said. The court held that it could not intervene in the inquiry to establish the authenticity of the land deal.

The revenue divisional officer (RDO) of Qutbullapur had slapped the notice on J Jayalalithaa grape gardens, calling for explanation as to why the land should not be reclaimed by the government.

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Select patwaris but hold results: SC
S S Negi
Legal Correspondent

New Delhi, April 14
The Supreme Court has allowed the Haryana government to continue the appointment process for patwaris, mired in controversy but directed it not to declare the results of the selection exams till further orders.

A Bench of Justice Mr Arijit Pasayat and Justice Mr MD K Jain in an interim order passed on Friday said the selection of the candidate against the new posts of patwaris would be subject to the final decision in the cases of 1248 candidates whose appointment was earlier quashed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court on August 2, 2005.

The 1248 candidates affected by the High Court’s order had filed appeals in batches of 12 special leave petitions before the apex court.

Pending adjudication by the Supreme Court on their appeals, the Haryana government on March 30 had issued fresh advertisements for appointment of equal number of patwaris.

The appellants had soon after moved applications for stay of the new selection process till their case is finally settled by the apex court.

But the Court refused to grant complete stay in an interim order on the selection process. In a partial relief, restrained the state government from declaring the results till further order while posted the case for a final hearing on July 17.

The selection of 1248 patwaris was struck down by the High Court on the grounds that the 25 per cent marks fixed for interview by the Haryana Staff Selection Commission was on the higher side.

But the affected candidates contended that the High Court had oversighted the apex court’s ruling in an identical case in Bihar, in which it was laid down that the limitation on the interview marks applied only in cases where recruitment was based on a “composite test”.

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Gram Nyayalayas Bill in current session
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 14
In a move to take justice at door steps, the Union Cabinet today approved a proposal to set up village courts at panchayat level, which would decided both civil and criminal cases.

A bill titled “The Gram Nyayalayas Bill, 2007” would be introduced in the current Budget Session of Parliament, said Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunshi after the Cabinet meeting.

First Class Magistrate would head around 2,000 Gram Nyalayas at the Panchayat level across the country and it would be mobile in nature.

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‘Super thief’ arrested

New Delhi, April 14
A notorious thief involved in at least 550 cases of burglary, theft and carjacking across the country was arrested in the national capital, police said today.

Sleuths of Delhi Police special staff arrested Bunty after he arrived in the city April 6 with plans to target a plush society of south Delhi.

According to the police, the ‘super thief’, who was released last year from jail, had committed crimes in every part of the country.

A total of 42 cases of burglary and carjacking had already been registered against him in various police stations of Delhi, Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Ludhiana, Chandigarh, Panchkula, Bombay, Kolkata, Bangalore, Vadodara and Hyderabad.

The culprit, who mostly stays in five-star hotels and travels only by air, has extended his network from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, police said. “Acting on a tip-off a trap was laid to nab the accused,” DCP (South Delhi) Anil Shukla said. — IANS

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Thar Express searched

Jodhpur, April 14
Security personnel and bomb experts searched the Thar Express train, a symbol of Indo-Pak friendship, at Munnabao station, about 200 km from here, tonight following intelligence reports about the possibility of presence of “suspicious persons” and explosives on board.

Security personnel cordoned off the Munnabao railway station and carried out a thorough search of the train, which came from Khokrapar in Pakistan’s Sindh province with 359 passengers. — PTI

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Ambedkar remembered

New Delhi, April 14
Nation today remembered Baba Saheb B.R. Ambedkar on his 116th birth anniversary.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha L.K. Advani and a host of other personalities paid floral tributes at his statue in the Parliament.

Persons belonging to backward classes queued up outside Parliament since morning to pay respects to their leader. — TNS

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Move to promote rainwater harvesting

New Delhi, April 14
With depletion of ground water becoming an increasing concern, Water Resources Ministry has urged several big ministries and departments, including Railways, Defence, Posts, Telecommunications, Central Public Works Department and National Highways Authority of India, to provide rooftop rainwater harvesting structures in buildings under their control. — TNS

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