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Moily panel for repeal of AFSPA
New Delhi, June 25
In a recommendation that could face stiff resistance from the states, the Administrative Reforms Commission today favoured sweeping powers to the Centre to deploy armed forces in case any state faced “major public order problems” and the repeal of the controversial Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA).

Surgery by Boy
Doctor parents arrested
Chennai, June 25
The doctor parents of a minor who reportedly performed a surgery on a woman at the family-owned nursing home in Tiruchirapalli district of Tamil Nadu were taken into custody for interrogation by the police and then arrested.
Dhileepan (15) is seen with his parents Dr Murugesan and Dr Gandhimathi in this file photo.
Dhileepan (15) is seen with his parents Dr Murugesan and Dr Gandhimathi in this file photo. — PTI

Five killed in Sultanpur jail clash
Sultanpur, June 25
Five persons — three prisoners and two jail guards — were killed and over 50 people injured, six of them seriously, when inmates of the district jail here clashed with security personnel, police sources said.






EARLIER STORIES




CM announces Rs 1-lakh aid
Karnataka rain death toll 43
Bangalore, June 25
The monsoon fury abated in Northern Karnataka and the coastal areas today even as the toll in rain-related incidents went up to 43.

Sonia poster issue
Cong expels former MLA, 2 others
Jabalpur, June 25
Taking a serious note of portrayal of Sonia Gandhi as Rani Laxmi Bai in a poster released by them, Congress today expelled three party leaders, including a former MLA, on the charge of anti-party activities.

India promises help for Nepal poll
New Delhi, June 25
India today promised all help to Nepal for its upcoming elections to the Constituent Assembly. In response to a question regarding date of elections in Nepal, the official spokesperson said: “The announcement of the date for elections to the Constituent Assembly is an important step forward in the institutionalisation of democracy, peace and development in Nepal.

Kuwait to stop Indian flights
Unfair, says India
New Delhi, June 25
India has taken exception to Kuwait’s decision to stop Air India and Indian flights from July 1, saying such moves would be harmful to the interests of travellers between the two countries.

Nimitz to dock in Chennai: Antony
New Delhi, June 25
Union defence minister A. K. Antony set at rest any misgivings about the American nuclear powered submarine USS Nimitz docking in Chennai next month, emphasising that "it is part of the defence cooperation between the two countries".

Rajnath warns against indiscipline
New Delhi, June 25
BJP President Rajnath Singh today sought to divert attention from the recent defeats of the party in Uttar Pradesh and Goa elections by exhorting the cadres and the leaders to prepare the party to benefit from the “anti-incumbency” feelings prevalent against the UPA government in the next Lok Sabha elections.


Maya’s maya worth Rs 52 crore
Lucknow, June 25
Diamonds are a woman’s best friend and Uttar Pradesh CM Mayawati is no exception. In an affidavit filed for the Legislative Council by-election, Mayawati disclosed that she has diamonds and jewellery worth Rs 50,87,529. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president owns around Rs 52 crore as movable and immovable assets. She today filed the affidavit along with her nomination papers for the by-election to the state Legislative Council seat.
Ms Mayawati

Goa CM expands Cabinet
Mumbai, June 25
Goa's Chief Minister Digamber Kamat today carried out the much-delayed Cabinet expansion by inducting eight more ministers into his Cabinet.

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Moily panel for repeal of AFSPA
R. Suryamurthy
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 25
In a recommendation that could face stiff resistance from the states, the Administrative Reforms Commission today favoured sweeping powers to the Centre to deploy armed forces in case any state faced “major public order problems” and the repeal of the controversial Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA).

The commission also recommended bringing investigation of certain crimes with inter-state and national ramifications directly under the jurisdiction of central investigating agency like CBI. These offences include terrorism, organised crimes, acts threatening national security, sedition, arms and human trafficking, assassination of major public figures and serious economic offences.

“We want the government, both Centre and states, to implement the report ARC on Public Order in its fully as it tries to address the vacuum created over they years,” Veerappa Moily, the commission Chairman told newsperson after submitting the report to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here today.

Making a reference to the Babri Masjid episode, Moily said the commission was of the view that a law should be enacted to empower the Centre to deploy its forces in the state in case of major public order problems which may lead to the breakdown of the constitutional machinery.

He clarified that such deployment should take place after the concerned state has failed to act on “directions” issued by the Centre and such deployment should not exceed three months.

In the backdrop of stiff resistance the AFSPA of 1958, from some North Eastern states, particularly Manipur, the commission while recommending its repeal suggested to bring an enabling legislation in its place for deployment of Central forces in the North Eastern states.

“The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, should be amended by inserting by a new chapter VI A as recommended by the Committee to Review the AFSPA. The Chapter VI A would only apply to North Eastern states.”

Referring to police reforms, regarding which several states had even objection to implement the Supreme Court’s last year directive, the commission said the crime investigation should be separated from other police functions and a board of investigation should be constituted to oversee investigation and prosecution.

Even as states objected to the apexcourt order on fixed tenure to senior police officers, the commission favoured that the tenure of chief of law and order police and the chief of crime investigation agency should be at least three years. Women should constitute 33% of the police force.

It said obstruction of justice should also be defined as an offence under the law and no government functionary should issue any instruction to any police functionary, which are illegal or mala fide.

The report said no sanction of the Centre or State should be necessary for prosecution under Section 153(A) and Section 196 CrPC should be amended accordingly.

Moily said statements before police should be admissible and it could be used for both corroboration and contradiction in a court of law.

The report called for amended to CrPC to impose a duty on every court to suo motu cause production of evidence for the purpose of discovering the truth.

In grave offences like terrorism and organised crimes, the report said in case of refusal by the accused to answer any question, the court may draw an inference from such behaviour.

The report called for statutory programme for guaranteeing anonymity of witnesses and for witness protection in specified cases and also called for penalties for those found guilty of perjury after a summary trial should be enhanced to a minimum of one year.

Administrative Reforms Panel Suggestions

  • Sweeping powers to the Centre to deploy armed forces in case any state faced “major public order problems”
  • Repeal of the controversial Armed Forces Special Power Act
  • Bring probe of crimes with inter-state and national ramifications under CBI
  • A law be enacted to empower the Centre to deploy its forces in the state in case of major public order problems
  • Women should constitute 33% of the police force

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Surgery by Boy
Doctor parents arrested
Tribune News Service

Chennai, June 25
The doctor parents of a minor who reportedly performed a surgery on a woman at the family-owned nursing home in Tiruchirapalli district of Tamil Nadu were taken into custody for interrogation by the police and then arrested.

K. Murugesan and his wife Gandhimathi were taken to a police station at Mannaparari today and grilled for several hours. Their 15-year-old son Dhileepan Raj, a student of Class X, had allegedly performed a Caesarean section.

The boy is now absconding as he is likely to be booked for inflicting injury on an unsuspecting patient without proper qualification.

The state government ordered a probe into the incident which after being reported in the media led to shock and dismay within the medical fraternity all over the state.

Murugesan had reportedly displayed a CD at the Mannaparai branch meeting of the Indian Medical Association showing his son performing the surgery. Other than the state government probe, the IMA has too conducted an independent inquiry.

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Five killed in Sultanpur jail clash

Sultanpur, June 25
Five persons — three prisoners and two jail guards — were killed and over 50 people injured, six of them seriously, when inmates of the district jail here clashed with security personnel, police sources said.

The trouble started after the jail superintendent began interrogation of an inmate who was found possessing a mobile phone, sources said.

The prisoners attacked the guards accompanying the jail superintendent, indulged in heavy stone pelting and also set furniture and official records on fire, sources said.

According to jail sources, the prisoners broke the locks of all the barracks barring one and almost laid siege on the jail for some time.

They attacked the jail staff inside, forcing them to flee leaving their rifles behind, sources said, adding that an attempt was also made to break open the wall by blasting an LPG cylinder.

On getting information of violence in the jail, district police chief Ajay Misra reached there with heavy force to control the situation but the inmates continued their attack.

This prompted the police team to resort to lathi charge and open fire killing an inmate and injuring about 48 prisoners.

The prisoners also fired at the police party killing one policeman and injuring three others.

While one prisoner and jail guard were killed in the clash, two other prisoners and another jail guard succumbed to their injuries in a hospital in Lucknow, sources said.

The situation was now stated to be normal. — PTI

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CM announces Rs 1-lakh aid
Karnataka rain death toll 43
Jangveer Singh
Tribune News Service

Bangalore, June 25
The monsoon fury abated in Northern Karnataka and the coastal areas today even as the toll in rain-related incidents went up to 43.

Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy today held a meeting to review the loss caused by torrential rainfall in the state. Besides ordering immediate assessment of damage caused to houses and crops, he also announced a compensation of Rs 1 lakh to families of those killed in rain-related incidents. This is double that of the earlier Rs 50,000 given under this head.

The districts of Bagalkot, Gulbarga, Bijapur and Raichur in North Karnataka and Madikeri in the Coorg area were worst affected by the recent rains. The Chief Minister said he had spoken to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who had promised all-possible financial help to the state. He said the state would be sending a proposal to the Centre for immediate release of special assistance so as to help the people of the state at this crucial juncture.

With the Meteorological department predicting another heavy spell of rain next week, the Chief Minister directed the district officials in North Karnataka to take necessary steps to ensure that necessary services were not disrupted.

Meanwhile, the rain has broken the draught spell in the Cauvery basin, which did not receive early monsoon rains and dams in the region are filling up quickly. The Krishnaraja Sagar (KRS) dam, which is crucial for supply of water to Mysore as well as Bangalore, saw a steep rise in its level following the last three days of heavy rain. The water level at the KRS dam has risen to 80 feet against 67 feet recorded yesterday. It is still to reach the full mark of 125 feet.

Officials said the KRS dam is likely to be filled up with water still flowing into it from the catchment area and another one or two spells of monsoon rain still expected in the state. Similarly due to heavy rains in the Wyanad area of Kerala and the catchment areas of the Kabini reservoir in this district, the inflow has increase substantially. Strong inflows have also been reported in the Hirangi reservoir in Kodagu district.

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Sonia poster issue
Cong expels former MLA, 2 others

Jabalpur, June 25
Taking a serious note of portrayal of Sonia Gandhi as Rani Laxmi Bai in a poster released by them, Congress today expelled three party leaders, including a former MLA, on the charge of anti-party activities.

Former MLA Kailash Sonkar, former corporator Ramsingh Jaat and Laxmi Ben were expelled from primary membership of the party on the charge, Congress general secretary and state incharge V. Narayan Samy told PTI over phone from New Delhi.

Sonkar claimed the posters were released on May 22, 2004.

Titled ‘khoob ladi mardani woh to dus janpath dilli wali rani (she is the queen of 10 Janpath, Delhi, who fought bravely)’, the poster showed Sonia, armed for battle, riding a horse with her son, Rahul Gandhi, strapped on her back.

It also carried images of Mahatma Gandhi, Indira Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Rajiv Gandhi and Priyanka Vadhera.

The BJP demanded an apology for allegedly insulting Jhansi ki Rani and charged Congress leaders had "crossed all limits of flattery". — PTI

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India promises help for Nepal poll
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 25
India today promised all help to Nepal for its upcoming elections to the Constituent Assembly. In response to a question regarding date of elections in Nepal, the official spokesperson said: “The announcement of the date for elections to the Constituent Assembly is an important step forward in the institutionalisation of democracy, peace and development in Nepal. We wish the government of Nepal all success in holding the elections in a manner that the people of Nepal can freely and fairly determine the future of their country. As a close friend and neighbour of Nepal, India stands ready to render whatever support is required to achieve these key objectives”.

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Kuwait to stop Indian flights
Unfair, says India
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 25
India has taken exception to Kuwait’s decision to stop Air India and Indian flights from July 1, saying such moves would be harmful to the interests of travellers between the two countries.

“Such a decision is unfair and unwarranted. It is all the more so when a bilateral agreement exists and negotiations are going on. Such unilateral action will be harmful to the interests of travellers,” a spokesperson of the Civil Aviation ministry said here today.

Both sides are engaged in the second round of talks. Under the bilateral air services agreement signed in 2006, Kuwaiti airlines have been allowed to raise the number of seats per week from 5200 to 8000.

At the same time when the Kuwait government sought more seats, it was amicably decided that another round of discussions will be held.

The spokesperson made it clear that “India is always ready for talks with the Kuwaiti authorities and open for any discussion on the issue.”

Even as the Indian Ambassador in Kuwait is having discussions with the authorities in that country, the Civil Aviation ministry officials briefed the External Affairs ministry on the issue.

Air India operates four weekly flights to Mumbai and Indian three to cities in the south. Recently Kuwait threatened to stop all flights to Indian from July 1 alleging that New Delhi was going back on its commitments contained in the bilateral agreement between the two countries.

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Nimitz to dock in Chennai: Antony
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 25
Union defence minister A. K. Antony set at rest any misgivings about the American nuclear powered submarine USS Nimitz docking in Chennai next month, emphasising that "it is part of the defence cooperation between the two countries".

Dismissing suggestions that the docking of Nimitz, one of the largest aircraft carriers in the world, will be mired in red tape, Antony explained that ships of various countries visit Indian ports and the USS Nimitz docking in an Indian port is nothing new.

The US is believed to have sought permanent docking facilities for its vessels at Indian ports. However, at present the US and other foreign naval vessels are granted berthing facilities on a case-by-case basis.

The visit of Nimitz formed part of India's close defence cooperation with all countries. In this context he said, "Very soon the Indian and Chinese armies will be staging joint exercises."

The USS Nimitz is at present on a six-month deployment in the Arabian Sea and expected to dock in Chennai in the first week of July for some time. During the visit, a number of interactions between the Nimitz crew and local people are planned.

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Rajnath warns against indiscipline
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 25
BJP President Rajnath Singh today sought to divert attention from the recent defeats of the party in Uttar Pradesh and Goa elections by exhorting the cadres and the leaders to prepare the party to benefit from the “anti-incumbency” feelings prevalent against the UPA government in the next Lok Sabha elections.

In his presidential address at the two-day meeting of the national executive, he not only tried to counter the UPA campaign for its woman presidential candidate by proposing a gender-based reservation in the organisation, but also made an attempt to boost the cadres morale by asserting: “We are the only political party in India that has achieved the maximum growth.”

He told the party delegates that the organisation could have 33 per cent reservation for women in the party set up.

Party sources said Rajnath Singh laid emphasis on discipline apparently in the light of dissidence the party was facing in almost all states under its rule.

The Rajasthan Chief Minister, the Gujarat Chief Minister and the Chhattisgarh Chief Minister were under fire from their party colleagues for their style of functioning.

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Maya’s maya worth Rs 52 crore

Lucknow, June 25
Diamonds are a woman’s best friend and Uttar Pradesh CM Mayawati is no exception. In an affidavit filed for the Legislative Council by-election, Mayawati disclosed that she has diamonds and jewellery worth Rs 50,87,529.

The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president owns around Rs 52 crore as movable and immovable assets. She today filed the affidavit along with her nomination papers for the by-election to the state Legislative Council seat.

In her affidavit, the CM claimed that no cognisance has been taken against her in any criminal case nor she owned any vehicle in her name or has any share and bonds of any company.

According to the details of her movable and immovable assets, she has Rs 50.27 lakh in cash while Rs 12.88 crore are deposited in banks, financial institutions and non-banking financial companies.

Giving details about her jewellery, Mayawati said she has Rs 50,87,529 in the form of gold, diamonds and silver. She also have murals worth Rs 15 lakh.

Under the immovable assets, she has three commercial and two residential buildings worth Rs 37.82 crore. She has commercial building of 3628.02 sq ft worth Rs 2.05 crore, another of 4535.02 sq ft of Rs 1.27 crore and 34,112.26 sq ft of Rs 15.50 crore, all in New Delhi.

Her two residential buildings, one of 1.08 acres worth Rs 97.42 lakh and another of 2194.4 sq yards worth Rs 18.02 crore is in Lucknow and New Delhi, respectively. — UNI

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Goa CM expands Cabinet
Tribune News Service

Mumbai, June 25
Goa's Chief Minister Digamber Kamat today carried out the much-delayed Cabinet expansion by inducting eight more ministers into his Cabinet.

Among those inducted today were six ministers from the Congress, one from the NCP and an Independent MLA. The Congress MLAs Dayanand Narvekar, Filip Neri Rodrigues, Joaquim Alemao, Manohar Azgaonkar, Pandurang Madkaikar and Aleixo Sequira were sworn in along with NCP legislator Fransisco (Micky) Pacheco and Vishwajeet Rane, an Independent.

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