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Karnataka MLAs to visit China despite outcry
Bangalore, June 20
Karnataka legislators are set to follow the tradition set by their Andhra Pradesh and Punjab counterparts with 225 of them and 75 members of the Legislative Council scheduled to visit China in batches from this month, despite a public outcry against the perceived junket.

Fresh CPMT results today
‘Technical mistake led to wrong results’
Lucknow, June 20
Prima facie, irregularities in the results of the Uttar Pradesh Combined Pre-Medical Test (CPMT) declared on June 14 did not amount to a scam as the mistake was “apparently” due to an “unintentional” faulty computer programming, said cabinet secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh here this evening.

Caste-based quota for Muslims
Fatwa issued against AP Govt’s move
Hyderabad, June 20
The Andhra Pradesh government’s efforts to implement reservation for Muslims on the basis of the caste system received a setback today with Islamic seminaries in the state issuing a ‘fatwa’ against such categorisation.


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Refugee children from Myanmar residing in India perform during a cultural event organised by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in New Delhi on Wednesday to celebrate World Refugee Day.
Refugee children from Myanmar residing in India perform during a cultural event organised by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in New Delhi on Wednesday to celebrate World Refugee Day. According to the UNHCR, the number of refugees under UNHCR mandate in India is 11,500. — AFP photo

Presidential Poll Preparations
AICC meeting today
New Delhi, June 20
Having rejected the UNPA’s call seeking support for a second term for President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the Congress is all set for a meeting at AICC tomorrow where UPA presidential candidate Pratibha Devisingh Patil would be formally introduced to the party’s senior leaders.

UNPA lobbies for Kalam
New Delhi, June 20
Striving for “certainty” of victory in presidential poll to convince President A.P.J Abdul Kalam to contest, the constituents of the newly-floated United National Progressive Alliance today started the process of meeting political parties for their support to a second term for the incumbent President.

UPA ally MIM threatens to abstain
Hyderabad, June 20
Accusing UPA-Left Presidential nominee Pratibha Patil of hurting the sentiments of Muslims, the Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM), an ally of the UPA, today threatened to abstain from voting in the Presidential poll, if she failed to withdraw her remarks on the veil system.

BJP to discuss Kalam with Shekhawat
New Delhi, June 20
The partisan state of the country’s politics came into full play when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today gave support to the United National Progressive Alliance’s proposal of a second term for incumbent President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam saying it would talk to Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat on the issue tomorrow.

Jaya skips meeting with Kalam
Chennai, June 20
After springing a surprise on Monday by announcing President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam’s name as a possible candidate for the Presidential election, All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) supremo Jayaram Jayalalithaa today skipped her meeting with Kalam in New Delhi.

Battle royal over a vanquished crown
Guwahati, June 20
The “kingdom” vanquished long ago, but the fight for the “royal crown” is raging once again among royal clans of the Ahom community in Assam.

7 Wonders
 Vote for Taj: Soni

New Delhi, June 20
Minister for culture Ambika Soni today appealed to the Indian public to vote for including Taj Mahal in the seven wonders of the world.

RSS pitches in for Angkor Wat temple
New Delhi, June 20
As the campaign to include Taj Mahal in the seven new wonders of the world gains momentum among Indians all over the world, the RSS has begun lobbying for the inclusion of the 12th Century Angkor Wat temple complex of Cambodia in the seven wonders.

Suicide by Punjabi couple
Kolkata, June 20
A Punjabi couple, Radha Kaur and Santosh Singh, in their twenties were found dead today on the NRS hospital premises near Sealdah station in a mysterious circumstances.

Quadruple Murder
SC says no to death sentence
New Delhi, June 20
The Supreme Court has upheld the acquittal of a man in a quadruple murder, including two minor children, rejecting the Madhya Pradesh police plea for restoration of capital punishment to him.

Girl passes class X by writing with feet
Agartala, June 20
A physically challenged girl in Tripura has passed her Class X board exams by writing with her feet. Although the gritty teenager wants to study further, poverty is proving a hindrance.

ICSE students move SC
New Delhi, June 20
Students passing the Indian Certificate for School Examination (ICSE) examination this year today moved the Supreme Court complaining that the marks secured by them in the subject of environment studies were not being taken into account by universities in the country for admission.

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Karnataka MLAs to visit China despite outcry
Jangveer Singh
Tribune News Service

Bangalore, June 20
Karnataka legislators are set to follow the tradition set by their Andhra Pradesh and Punjab counterparts with 225 of them and 75 members of the Legislative Council scheduled to visit China in batches from this month, despite a public outcry against the perceived junket.

Assembly speaker Krishna today made it clear that there was no question of cancelling the proposed trip after Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy withdrew from the trip citing pressing problems being faced by the people of the state.

Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa, who was scheduled to visit Europe for 10 days, has also cancelled the trip due to the severe drought in the state. He has also advised party legislators against going abroad in such a scenario but it has apparently not had any effect.

Meanwhile, the architect behind the scheme, Krishna, said the trip would help in bringing about a change in mindset of the legislators and boost development in the State. Krishna said he had himself visited China two years back and learnt a lot. “I want the legislators to benefit from a similar experience”, he said. “We will freeze visits for three years to ensure the China visit can take place”, he added.

Critics however question, how the coalition government can plan so far ahead in the wake of uncertainty whether it would last for even another few months. The plan has already been challenged in the State High Court.

A petitioner, B. Krishna Bhat has claimed that the legislators and members of the Legislative Council were going on a trip on the exchequers expense at a time when the State was facing a severe drought.

The court has ordered issuance of notices to the Union Ministry of External Affairs, Karnataka legislature and the state chief secretary.

Citizens and even members from the business community feel the legislators are adopting double standards. Moreover, most feel the problems facing the city are known to everyone and that it only requires political will to tackle them effectively.

While most of the legislators will be going to China, some of them will also be visiting Europe in batches to study the developmental models of the countries. Krishna says a real time hands on two weeks experience could help the legislators and Legislative Council members to replicate the same models in Karnataka.

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Fresh CPMT results today
‘Technical mistake led to wrong results’
Shahira Naim
Tribune News Service

Lucknow, June 20
Prima facie, irregularities in the results of the Uttar Pradesh Combined Pre-Medical Test (CPMT) declared on June 14 did not amount to a scam as the mistake was “apparently” due to an “unintentional” faulty computer programming, said cabinet secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh here this evening.

CPMT has a set of questions which are sequentially jumbled up to make four sets. By mistake, the key of only the first set was programmed for checking all sets. Obviously, it caused massive errors.

The fresh results, prepared by a probe team after making the required corrections, would be declared on Thursday.

The secretary categorically refused to give a “clean chit” to anyone at this point, including vice-chancellor of Veer Bahadur Singh Purvanchal University, which had conducted the examination this year.

According to him, all that was possible to assure at the moment was that in future a system would be put in place that would rule out the possibility of such grave mistakes in all entrance examinations.

He reiterated Chief Minister Mayawati’s personal unease over the students’ unrest following the declaration of the result last week which led her to promptly keep the result on the hold, order a re-evaluation and high-level probe, which submitted its report today.

Sharing the contours of the future system, the secretary said an independent body would be set up which would conduct the examinations in a transparent manner. The correct answers would be available on the Internet for students for self-verification. The students, who have any complaints, would be allowed to scrutinise their answer sheets if they applied for the same within eight days.

A former pro-vice chancellor of UP Technical University and member of the nine-member high-powered committee, Prof A.K. Khare, said a “technical mistake” had caused widespread irregularities in the CPMT results this year.

Like in other examinations, CPMT also has a set of questions which are sequentially jumbled up to make four sets. However, by mistake the key (solved answer sheet) of only the first set was programmed in the computer for checking all sets. Obviously it caused massive errors. Maintaining that manual crosschecking of the answer sheets did take place, Prof Khare said even that was done with the wrong key and therefore did not detect the massive blunder.

Fresh results on the basis of corrected keys have been prepared and would be officially released on Thursday.

Massive students violence shook the state after these results based on faulty computer programming were declared on 14 June. One student from Lucknow even committed suicide. Out of the total 80,572 examinees, only 15,086 candidates were declared qualified in the UP CPMT examinations this year.

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Caste-based quota for Muslims
Fatwa issued against AP Govt’s move
Tribune News Service

Hyderabad, June 20
The Andhra Pradesh government’s efforts to implement reservation for Muslims on the basis of the caste system received a setback today with Islamic seminaries in the state issuing a ‘fatwa’ against such categorisation.

Stating that there is no caste system in Islam and all are equal among Muslims, six seminaries issued a ‘fatwa’ against the government’s proposal, saying it was unacceptable under ‘shariat’.

“Muslims all over the world are equal. There is no distinction of caste, colour or race among them. Therefore, creating distinction among them for reservations is improper under ‘shariat’," stated the fatwa issued from Jamia Nizamia, the 125-year-old Islamic university based in Hyderabad.

The leaders of Muslim United Action Committee (MUAC), a conglomeration of six Muslim religious, political and social organisations, released copies of fatwa at a press conference here.

Terming the Congress government’s move as an attempt to “create divisions among Muslims”, they said reservations should be provided to Muslims who are socially, economically and educationally backward without dividing them on the basis of caste.

“We are not demanding reservations for all those who profess Islam. We want reservations on the basis of backwardness by excluding the creamy layer,” said Abdur Rahim Qureshi, secretary of All-India Muslim Personal Law Board.

The Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) MP from Hyderabad Asaduddin Owaisi said backwardness should be the sole criteria for providing reservations to Muslims.

“AP should follow the Karnataka model where reservations are provided to Muslims without creating any such divisions,” he said.

The MUAC leaders are planning to meet Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy and warn him that the government’s move will have serious repercussions for the ruling party.

“The Congress came to power with the support of the Muslim community and by taking this step, it will create lose their support," Qureshi said.

The Muslim leaders’ warning comes in the backdrop of the government’s move to issue a modified ordinance to implement the quota in jobs and admissions in educational institutions.

The High Court had, on November 7, 2005, quashed an earlier ordinance providing five per cent reservation to Muslims, terming it as “unconstitutional and arbitrary.”

Since then, the government has been facing flak from Opposition parties and Muslim organisations over its failure to keep up this key pre-poll promise.

Compounding its woes, the Supreme Court had refused to grant stay on the High Court order in January last year.

The government is now mulling over a new ordinance that will categorise certain sections of Muslims as socially and economically backward and seek reservations for them. This is being done to counter the argument that religion-based reservation is unconstitutional.

The quantum of reservation is also likely to be pegged at four per cent to ensure that the total reservations do not exceed the 50 per cent ceiling prescribed by the apex court.

Muslims constitute about nine per cent of the total 7.6 crore population of AP.

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Presidential Poll Preparations
AICC meeting today
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 20
Having rejected the UNPA’s call seeking support for a second term for President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the Congress is all set for a meeting at AICC tomorrow where UPA presidential candidate Pratibha Devisingh Patil would be formally introduced to the party’s senior leaders.

Sources said the meeting, which would be attended by Chief Ministers, CLP leaders and PCC chiefs, might discuss the presidential election scenario in the wake of UNPA’s efforts to persuade Dr Kalam to contest the election.

Unfazed by the developments of the past two days, the Congress had gone ahead to get signatures on the nomination forms of Patil from senior leaders of the party and alliance partners. The Chief Ministers and CLP leaders are expected to put their signatures on different sets of her nomination papers.

The Congress, which today did not agree to a meeting with UNPA leaders, said the newly-floated alliance was dragging the President into a controversy and the BJP was inclined to support it.

Congress general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said the BJP-led NDA had rejected suggestion for a second term for former President K.R. Narayanan, saying there was no convention of giving a second term to the incumbent President.

Recalling the last presidential election, he said, the Congress had supported the candidate proposed by the NDA. “We supported a consensus on their candidate but the NDA is not willing for consensus on our candidate,” he said. Dwivedi, however, refused to comment on the remarks of Kalam.

Leaders of the Left parties, whom UNPA leaders would meet tomorrow, also accused the BJP of taking a “u-turn” on its earlier stance about conventions not favouring a second term for the incumbent President. CPI (M) leader Prakash Karat and CPI leader D. Raja said they would not reconsider their decision of supporting Patil.

Though the Congress had some concerns over a scenario in which the opposition gets united behind a candidate, it was taking comfort in the substantial advantage the UPA enjoys in value of votes. Privately, Congress leaders said they would not mind a contest, even if Kalam was a candidate, and they would leave no stone unturned to ensure victory of the UPA candidate.
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UNPA lobbies for Kalam
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 20
Striving for “certainty” of victory in presidential poll to convince President A.P.J Abdul Kalam to contest, the constituents of the newly-floated United National Progressive Alliance today started the process of meeting political parties for their support to a second term for the incumbent President.

Describing Kalam as “the best candidate”, the UNPA leaders said majority of people want him as the President again.

The UNPA leaders, who met Kalam this afternoon, said he told them about thousands of e-mails and letters from people supporting him.

“On his behalf, we are meeting all political parties,” TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu told mediapersons in the evening at the residence of Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh.

He said if there was a direct election to the post of President, people will overwhelmingly vote for Kalam.

“Since votes are with parties, we want to build consensus as far as possible,” Naidu said, adding, “certainty is different from consensus.”

Maintaining they were not playing politics, Naidu, who was flanked by former Chief Ministers Mulayam Singh Yadav and Om Prakash Chautala besides other leaders from the eight-party alliance, said they were working in national interest.

The UNPA leaders, who have appointments with NCP chief Sharad Pawar, CPI (M) leader Prakash Karat and CPI leader A.B. Bardhan tomorrow, said they would meet “everybody”.
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UPA ally MIM threatens to abstain
Ramesh Kandula
Tribune News Service

Hyderabad, June 20
Accusing UPA-Left Presidential nominee Pratibha Patil of hurting the sentiments of Muslims, the Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM), an ally of the UPA, today threatened to abstain from voting in the Presidential poll, if she failed to withdraw her remarks on the veil system.

Taking umbrage over Patil’s call for ending the “purdah” system, the MIM demanded that she should immediately withdraw her statement.

“We are surprised and astonished by her statement. She should immediately clarify and withdraw her statement. If she fails to do that, it will not be possible for us to support her,” MIM MP from Hyderabad Asaduddin Owaisi told reporters here.

While participating in a function at Udaipur on June 17, Patil had remarked that the “purdah” system began after Moghul invasion to protect women from the aggressors.

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BJP to discuss Kalam with Shekhawat
Satish Misra
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 20
The partisan state of the country’s politics came into full play when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today gave support to the United National Progressive Alliance’s proposal of a second term for incumbent President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam saying it would talk to Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat on the issue tomorrow.

The offer of support came after the UNPA leaders Mulayam Singh Yadav, Chandrababu Naidu and Vaiko met former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and other senior BJP leader seeking the NDA’s support to their demand for re-election of Kalam.

Leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Jaswant Singh, said though the NDA was backing Shekhawat, it would be open to Kalam’s re-election if there is a consensus, as it believes that high offices of President and Vice-President should never be issues of contention.

The development took place after UNPA leaders met Kalam this afternoon. The President told the UNPA that he is ready for a second term in office if there is “certainty” about this.

The NDA, which was either supported by some of the constituents of the UNPA or the newly constituted Third Front, gave a further push to the ongoing political game of cornering the ruling UPA and marginalising the Left when senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj asked the UPA’s allies specially from the South, to clear their stand on incumbent Kalam.

Swarj told mediapersons that parties like the DMK and the PMK and also the BSP and union minister ram Vilas Paswan’s LJP should clear their position.

What Kalam has said would certainly create disturbance in the UPA, Swaraj asserted.

Swaraj, who claimed BSP chief Mayawati had neither welcomed nor endorsed Pratibha Patil’s candidature, was required to give her reaction to the President’s views.

She, however, downplayed split within the NDA over Kalam in the light of the Shiv Sena’s opposition to his continuation on the post for another tenure.

It’s now about overwhelming consensus. Some disagreement here and there does not matter, she sought to defend the opposition alliance.

But the BJP leader said a meeting with Kalam, as part of moves to evolve a consensus on his candidacy, could take place only after a discussion among NDA partners.

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Jaya skips meeting with Kalam
Tribune News Service

Chennai, June 20
After springing a surprise on Monday by announcing President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam’s name as a possible candidate for the Presidential election, All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) supremo Jayaram Jayalalithaa today skipped her meeting with Kalam in New Delhi.

The reason cited by sources close to her was that she was “indisposed”. However, she is slated to campaign in Madurai tomorrow for the byelection to be held on June 26.

In the morning, the sources said she was not going to New Delhi as she felt Kalam was not keen on contesting against the UPA candidate Pratibha Patil as she stood to win by a comfortable margin.

However, on Monday she had said the newly formed United National People’s Alliance (UNPA) leaders, during their meeting with Kalam, would persuade him to contest even if there was no consensus among all political parties.

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Battle royal over a vanquished crown
Bijay Sankar Bora
Tribune News Service

Guwahati, June 20
The “kingdom” vanquished long ago, but the fight for the “royal crown” is raging once again among royal clans of the Ahom community in Assam.

The “battle royal” in the vanquished Ahom kingdom which was captured by the British in 1826 putting an end to over 600 years of the Ahom rule in the Brahmaputra valley in Assam, came to the fore after a one member of the community appeared in public draped in traditional royal attire to claim himself the King of the Ahom dynasty.

Before claiming himself the living King of Ahoms, Pratap Singha had summoned a royal assembly on Sunday last at the rampart of Kareng Ghar, a historic monument and archaeological site from the Ahom era located at Sivasagar in Upper Assam. He was conferred the title “Swargadeo” that referred to the king in the erstwhile Ahom kingdom.

The development took historians and different indigenous communities especially the Ahoms by surprised besides opening up the Pandora’s Box.

However, the officially recognised family of descendent of the last Ahom King hasn’t been amused. It has registered a strong protest.

Rajkumar Ajit Narayan Singha, a Jorhat-based descendant of the Tungkhugia Ahom lineage, reacted sharply to the development, saying the claimant has desecrated a pious title which is symbolic of a sovereign authority, Ahom dyanasty. “It is uncalled for. The self-procliamed Ahom Swargadeo has sprouted from nowhere,” he said.

He also criticised the use of historic and revered monument called Kareng Ghar (the palace) for such a joke on the community that used to rule the state till two centuries ago.

Now a “mauzadar”(government designate collector of land revenue) and a columnist, Rajkumar Ajit Narayan Singha is the great grandson of the last Ahom king Purandhar Singha, according to documented history in Assam.

Rajkumar Singh further claimed that the claimant to the crown did not appear to represent any of the four royal Ahom clans -- Dihigia, Somuguria, Parbotia and Tungkhungia. All 38 Ahom kings of Ahom Dynasty belonged to any one of these clans, while most were from the Tungkhungia clan. Singha claims himself to be descendent of Tungkhungia clan.

“Only a descendent of any of the four Ahom clans is entitled to become the king,” Singha said quoting history books.

Saying that he was not sure about the real motive --- social or political - that might drive one to cliam himself the king of Ahom dyanasty that no longer existed.

“In the present context of things, the act is unfounded and it augurs unwell for the democratic order of things in the state,” Rajkumar Singha said.

Meanwhile, over dozen organisations of the Ahom community have also reacted sharply to the development.

However, when contacted the self-styled “swargadeu” Pratap Singha claimed to be a descendent of the Dihingia Ahom clan and the present Ahom King. “The controversy which erupted after Sunday’s assembly is uncalled for,” nsaid the “King’.

“We had a well established relation with the society. The Ahom Raj Chora, an NGO headed by me, has also instituted the Jaymati Kuwari Award, conferred annually. I don’t understand why the controversy has erupted all of a sudden,” he added.

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7 Wonders 
Vote for Taj: Soni
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 20
Minister for culture Ambika Soni today appealed to the Indian public to vote for including Taj Mahal in the seven wonders of the world.

She said she was rooting for the white-marble monument of love as an Indian although there was no official support for putting the Taj on the list of seven wonders. The poll is being held by a Swiss non-profit group.

India is not officially supporting the campaign as it is not UNESCO-supported. But as a citizen I would like people to be part of the campaign, she told reporters here.

The final announcement will be made on July 7 in Lisbon, Portugal.

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RSS pitches in for Angkor Wat temple

New Delhi, June 20
As the campaign to include Taj Mahal in the seven new wonders of the world gains momentum among Indians all over the world, the RSS has begun lobbying for the inclusion of the 12th Century Angkor Wat temple complex of Cambodia in the seven wonders.

An article in the party mouthpiece the Organiser’s latest edition has urged Indians to undoubtedly join the campaign for the Taj to enable “this enduring symbol of our country to make it to the top seven. But, equally significant, both for all Indians and Hindus across the globe, is the presence of the world’s largest Hindu temple, Angkor, among the 21 finalist monuments from which the new seven wonders of the world will be selected”. — TNS

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Suicide by Punjabi couple
Tribune News Service

Kolkata, June 20
A Punjabi couple, Radha Kaur and Santosh Singh, in their twenties were found dead today on the NRS hospital premises near Sealdah station in a mysterious circumstances.

The bodies were lying near the emergency department which the hospital sweeper first noticed in the morning.

The police suspected it the case of suicide. Both might have consumed poison. The CID was inquiring into the case.

According to a preliminary report, the couple, who belonged to Sultanpur in Punjab, came to Kolkata in the middle of May for settling down in the city. They were reportedly staying in the Tiljala area in a friend's place and the police was looking for the man.

The police suspect the couple was in love but they had to flee the house after failing to get the sanction of their marriage by their families. They thought Kolkata could be the safer place for them for settling down after getting suitable jobs.

But soon they got frustrated. They were also disturbed and anxious after being suddenly separated from their families.

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Quadruple Murder
SC says no to death sentence
Legal Correspondent

New Delhi, June 20
The Supreme Court has upheld the acquittal of a man in a quadruple murder, including two minor children, rejecting the Madhya Pradesh police plea for restoration of capital punishment to him.

The trial court had awarded death sentence to Bhagwandas and life imprisonment to his associate Geethabai for the murder of a farmer, his wife and two children over a land dispute but the MP High Court had acquitted them for lack of evidence and lopsided investigation.

The apex court also came down heavily on the police for the shoddy probe in a serious murder like this and for following wrong procedure in conducting the test identification parade (TIP) of the accused before three minor children, who were the key witnesses. TIP is a crucial procedure requirement in murder cases, it said.

Though the apex court described the killing of four persons, including two minors, by the accused Bhagwandas and his paramour Geetha as a gruesome and cold-blooded murder, a Bench of Justices Arijit Pasayat and D K Jain said that there was not even a mention about the identity of the accused in the statements of the witnesses made during the investigation.

The police had shown the photographs of the accused to the eyewitnesses, most of whom were minor children before the TIP, which was against the procedure and in fact “took away the effect of the TIP, the court held.

Even the high court had found that the investigation in the case was done in a “deficient manner” that left much more to be done.

All these factors had completely weakened the prosecution case, the court said further recording that most of the vital facts about the murder were not even stated in the investigation report.

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Girl passes class X by writing with feet

Agartala, June 20
A physically challenged girl in Tripura has passed her Class X board exams by writing with her feet. Although the gritty teenager wants to study further, poverty is proving a hindrance.

Born with a deformity that prevented both her hands from functioning, Swapna Biswas (17), of Uttar Nalichara village in Dhalai district, about 100 km from here, in the northeast Indian state bordering Bangladesh, fought her way through life without letting the disability prevent her from leading a normal life.

Swapna used her feet to do all daily chores and learnt to write by holding her pen between her toes. She was jubilant when she secured a second division in the Class X examinations.

“I want to pursue my studies as I have eyes and can write with my feet,” Swapna said. — IANS

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ICSE students move SC
Legal Correspondent

New Delhi, June 20
Students passing the Indian Certificate for School Examination (ICSE) examination this year today moved the Supreme Court complaining that the marks secured by them in the subject of environment studies were not being taken into account by universities in the country for admission.

While seeking a direction to the Centre and the universities across the country, the ICSE students said they had been put in disadvantageous position vis-ŕ-vis the CBSE students. Environment study in the ICSE Board is a compulsory subject, they said.

They said the universities were treating the subject as optional for the purpose of calculating the marks of the first four subjects in preparing the merit list for admission in the graduation-level courses.

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Suicide by Punjabi couple
Tribune News Service

Kolkata, June 20
A Punjabi couple, Radha Kaur and Santosh Singh, in their twenties were found dead today on the NRS hospital premises near Sealdah station in a mysterious circumstances.

The bodies were lying near the emergency department which the hospital sweeper first noticed in the morning.

The police suspected it the case of suicide. Both might have consumed poison. The CID was inquiring into the case.

According to a preliminary report, the couple, who belonged to Sultanpur in Punjab, came to Kolkata in the middle of May for settling down in the city. They were reportedly staying in the Tiljala area in a friend's place and the police was looking for the man.

The police suspect the couple was in love but they had to flee the house after failing to get the sanction of their marriage by their families.

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