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Punjab MC Poll
Cong coordination committee to finalise candidates

New Delhi, July 22
The coordination committee of Punjab Congress, which met at the AICC office here today, has decided that candidates for the municipal elections in the state will be finalised on the basis of recommendations made by the panels constituted for the four cities going to the polls.

Body parts of newborns recovered from garbage pit
Nayagarh (Orissa), July 22
The police has recovered a large number of polythene bags containing what appeared to be body parts of nearly 25 newborns from a garbage pit close to a private nursing home at Nabaghanpur village, barely 3 km from here, today.

A Tribune Exclusive
The Presidential verses
Puducherry, July 22
Though President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam would be demitting the country’s highest office on Wednesday, he will remain dear to many in the country.


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Art and devotion

A worker prepares clay to make idols at a workshop in Kumartoli, a village of idol artists in Kolkata, on Sunday ahead of the Durga festival.
A worker prepares clay to make idols at a workshop in Kumartoli, a village of idol artists in Kolkata, on Sunday ahead of the Durga festival. — AFP

Party chief in line of fire
Dissent brews in AGP
Guwahati, July 22
There is growing clamour for the change of leadership in Assam’s main opposition party, the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) that is headed by Brindabon Goswami as its president.

CIA mole in RAW
RAW refuses to answer Interpol queries
New Delhi, July 22

India’s request for an Interpol red corner notice to be issued against absconding Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) official Rabindra Singh is set to hit a roadblock after the intelligence agency refused to entertain clarifications sought by the world police organisation.

A Tribune Exclusive
Rajasthan may hurt Dr Joshi’s prudish pride
SSC students get lessons in sex education as part of ‘Jeewan Kaushal Shiksha’
New Delhi, July 22
Senior secondary students in 4,827 government and private schools affiliated to the Ajmer-based Secondary Education Board in BJP-ruled Rajasthan are getting lessons in sex education as part of a discipline called ‘Life Skills Education’.

Winding up ‘Green Bench’
Centre gives social unrest among tribals as reason
New Delhi, July 22
The Centre has cited numerous reasons for its efforts to wind up ‘Green Bench’ of the Supreme Court that monitoring protection of forests since 1995. The reasons include social unrest due to continuous advice to the court by non-experts.

New national toll policy soon: Baalu
New Delhi, July 22
The country will soon have a new toll policy. According to union minister for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways T.R. Baalu, the government has finalised the new toll policy and its rules are now under formulation.

A Tribune Exclusive
This cop is an old-timer with antiques
Puducherry, July 22
This cop has a penchant for artifacts, for things that have survived the ebbs and tides of time. A collector of priceless antiques, V. Kessavane - an ASI with the Puducherry Police - has a unique collection of antiques including ancient coins and currencies, palm leaf manuscripts, police badges of various countries and postage stamps.

Indian killed, 6 hurt in Saudi oil terminal fire
New Delhi, July 22
An Indian worker was killed and six others were injured yesterday in a fire at Saudi Arabia’s Ras Tanura oil terminal owned by state-owned Saudi Aramco.

Free ambulance for expectant mothers
Madurai, July 22
Poor expectant mothers in rural Tamil Nadu will soon be able to access free ambulance service offered by the health department to rush to hospitals when they are in labour pain.

Kit to detect food adulteration
Chennai, July 22
Housewives can now keep their families away from a host of ailments, including cancer, by using a simple kit that detects adulterants in foods used daily in their kitchens.

Quota for Dalits in police postings
Lucknow, July 22
The UP government has decided to implement reservations in the postings of station house officers of police stations in the state.

Case against Postal Dept staff for insulting Sikh
Muzaffarnagar, July 22
A court has directed the police to register a case against three postal department employees for allegedly insulting a Sikh lawyer at Khatouli town.

Wage board meeting
Kochi, July 22
The two national wage boards for journalists and non-journalists in newspapers and news agencies, set up by the union labour and employment ministry, will hold a meeting here on August 2.


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Punjab MC Poll
Cong coordination committee to finalise candidates
Prashant Sood
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 22
The coordination committee of Punjab Congress, which met at the AICC office here today, has decided that candidates for the municipal elections in the state will be finalised on the basis of recommendations made by the panels constituted for the four cities going to the polls.

The meeting, which lasted nearly two hours, also discussed ways to check "vendetta politics" of the Akali Dal-BJP government in the state.

Sources said that some members wanted active involvement of the coordination committee in the process of finalising candidates for the municipal elections. They said that the party's central leadership had accepted the resignation of PCC chief Shamsher Singh Dullo who has been asked to continue till a new appointment was made.

Sources said the meeting decided that members of the coordination committee will take a final decision on candidates for the municipal election. The committee, which will have further meetings towards the end of this week, will look into the choice of candidates, particularly on seats where the panels face difficulty in finalising a candidate.

Several members complained about "Akalisation of police stations" and "false cases" being made against Congress workers. The meeting decided on a three-pronged approach to get justice to the affected families and stop "vendatta politics" of Akali Dal-led government.

While the Punjab Congress will approach the NHRC afresh with details of cases of police excesses, the party has also decided to move the Supreme Court against "custodial torture" and violation of its guidelines concerning persons in custody.

The party is also planning to launch a public agitation, including dharnas and rallies, to highlight the "atrocities" against its workers. Party leaders said that they would seek Central intervention if the state government continues its "repressive actions".

The party has already compiled a list of 111 cases in which party workers have been booked on "false charges." The leaders said a former MLA of the party had 17 injury marks on his body and his gunmen had also been "tortured."

Besides AICC general secretary Janardan Dwivedi, who is in charge of Punjab, the meeting was attended by most of coordination committee members including former Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, CLP leader Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, PCC chief Shamsher Singh Dullo, union ministers Ambika Soni and Ashwani Kumar, former MP Jagmeet Brar and AICC secretary Manish Tiwari.

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Body parts of newborns recovered from garbage pit

Nayagarh (Orissa), July 22
The police has recovered a large number of polythene bags containing what appeared to be body parts of nearly 25 newborns from a garbage pit close to a private nursing home at Nabaghanpur village, barely 3 km from here, today.

Official sources said the bodies were dumped in the pit by unidentified persons after putting them in separate polythene bags.

Police recovered as many as 132 such polythene bags from the pit while human remains were found in around 30 bags. Others contained materials like placenta, bandage and other hospital waste, sources said.

“We have found some body parts, including skulls and bones, appearing to be of new-born babies or foetuses," the Inspector General of Police, Crime Branch, B.K.Sharma told PTI.

He said the remains recovered from the pit would be sent for further forensic examination. He, however, could not say whether the body parts were of female babies or not. “This is subject to confirmation by the forensic tests.” The find came close on the heels of recovery of seven bodies of newborns from near a hill on the outskirts of this district headquarter town on July 14.

The Orissa government had yesterday ordered for a crime branch inquiry in the face of demand from different women and child right groups for stringent action. They alleged rampant female foeticide was continuing in the state.

Official sources said the police had been guarding the pit since last night after suspicion arose that a large number of foetuses of new-born female babies had been dumped into it.

Meanwhile, the police picked up the manager of the nursing home at Nabaghanpur village today.

The police has been interrogating Shyama Sahu, the manager of the nursing home. He was not arrested, said Nayagarh police station inspector Tariq Ahmed.

Sources said Sahu had admitted that the private clinic used to dump bodies of babies in the pit. He, however, denied that this was the outcome of female foeticide. — PTI

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A Tribune Exclusive
The Presidential verses
Arup Chanda
Tribune News Service

A.P.J. Abdul KalamPuducherry, July 22
Though President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam would be demitting the country’s highest office on Wednesday, he will remain dear to many in the country.

A musician has composed six Tamil verses that were penned by Kalam and the album is all set to release next month. Kalam hails from Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu and his verses have been published in ‘The Wings of Fire’ and in his other works with strong patriotic messages.

A lecturer in vocal music in this former French colony, P.V. Bose, selected the President’s verses for the 45-minute music album. “During the President’s visit to Puducherry, he attended a function where one of my students sang a song whose music was composed by me based on one of his verses. The President’s comment was ‘Excellent’, which inspired me to compose this album.”

Kalam’s appreciation enthused Bose so much that he laboured hard for three long years despite his academic pressure and other commitments.

“While composing the album, I approached the President’s office to seek his permission. Fortunately, I received a favourable reply from his secretary P.M. Nair to proceed with my work and was told that the President was pleased to learn about it.

“Though he will not remain the President next month, he has agreed to release the musical album at a function here,” he added.

The 43-year-old musician had been singing since the age of eight and obtained an M.Phil in music from the University of Delhi and has many albums to his credit.

Bose said he was lucky that a leading South Indian audio company had come forward to release the album and that some voluntary organisations had also contributed towards its production.

Though Kalam’s stint at the Rashtrapati Bhavan - where he had hosted many musical evenings - is coming to an end, he would remain the ‘People’s President’ among the genre of artistes and intellectuals in the country.

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Party chief in line of fire
Dissent brews in AGP
Bijay Sankar Bora
Tribune News Service

Guwahati, July 22
There is growing clamour for the change of leadership in Assam’s main opposition party, the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) that is headed by Brindabon Goswami as its president.

The growing dissension in the AGP came to the fore during the July 18 presidential election much to the embarrassment of the Goswami camp in the party. Though the regional party had earlier decided to abstain from voting by its 24 legislatures and three MPs in the presidential election, 15 of the party MLAs and one Rajya Sabha member chose to cast their votes in a show of virtual revolt against the party president and legislature party leader Goswami.

AGP spokesman Apurba Kumar Bhattacharrya tried to make light of the development saying that there was no whip from the party leadership asking its legislatures to abstain from voting in the presidential election. He, however, admitted that the party indeed took a decision not to vote in the presidential election.

He also said some of the parties MLAs got confused after they heard the news about Third Front ally AIADMK deciding to participate in the presidential poll, notwithstanding the front partners’ decision not to participate in the same.

Sensing the trouble brewing within the party, Goswami and its close associates within the party has been avoiding general election in the party for a long time. Sparks are all set to fly in the party’s general house meeting tonight here given that Goswami had called for the meeting in order to seek an extension of his term till the completion of the forthcoming panchayat elections in the state.

Party sources informed that besides the issue of change of leadership, there is a growing demand within the party for reunification with the Asom Gana Parishad (Progressive) led by former Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta for the sake of strengthening of regional forces in the state to fight the ruling Congress.

Mahanta, who was the founder president of the AGP that was formed in 1985 and headed two AGP governments in the state, was expelled from the AGP by the Goswami lobby after the party was made to bite the dust in the 2001 elections by the Congress. Mahanta then floated the AGP (P) with his followers.

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CIA mole in RAW
RAW refuses to answer Interpol queries
Sumir Kaul

New Delhi, July 22
India’s request for an Interpol red corner notice to be issued against absconding Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) official Rabindra Singh is set to hit a roadblock after the intelligence agency refused to entertain clarifications sought by the world police organisation.

After obtaining a non-bailable arrest warrant in February against Rabindra Singh, a RAW joint secretary who defected to the USA in 2004, the agency approached the CBI to make a case against the official with Interpol and to secure a red corner notice.

The CBI sent the non-bailable warrant issued against Rabinder Singh to Interpol’s headquarters in Lyons, France, in March.

Interpol then sent several questionnaires to the CBI. These questionnaires raised several issues, including why a non-bailable warrant was issued nearly two-and-half years after Rabinder Singh fled the country despite facing serious charges like spying. They also sought information on the sensitive department handled by Rabinder Singh and the national secrets allegedly leaked by him, official sources said.

The CBI approached the RAW headquarters for clarifications. But it was surprised to find that RAW did not want to disclose anything and was pressing the CBI to try and secure a red corner notice only on the basis of documents available with the court of the chief metropolitan magistrate, the sources said.

Since such replies could not be forwarded to Interpol, the CBI now believes there was little or no chance of a red corner notice being issued against Rabinder Singh, who is believed to be living at Jackson Heights in New York in the USA, the sources said.

Surprisingly, the sources said RAW was unwilling to hand over the probe to the CBI and special permission was taken from the Cabinet secretariat under which an officer of the rank of director in RAW was given special prosecution powers.

The complaint said a case had been registered under the Officials Secrets Act against Rabinder Singh, who fled the country on May 14, 2004. It is suspected that Rabinder Singh compromised national security by spying for a western intelligence agency.

Though officially RAW had not mentioned the name of this agency, sources said he was working as a mole for the CIA and fled through Nepal on a passport in a fake name.

Rabinder Singh was placed under surveillance when he was allegedly found photocopying documents unrelated to his work. A secret report said Rabinder, whose wife and other family members lived in the USA, had bank accounts in Singapore, Brunei and the USA.

The official, who apparently knew he was under surveillance, suddenly disappeared in May 2004. His disappearance became a major embarrassment for the government and RAW, which failed to explain how he managed to get out of the country and why there was a delay in taking action against him. — PTI

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A Tribune Exclusive
Rajasthan may hurt Dr Joshi’s prudish pride
SSC students get lessons in sex education as part of ‘Jeewan Kaushal Shiksha’
Tripti Nath
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 22
Senior secondary students in 4,827 government and private schools affiliated to the Ajmer-based Secondary Education Board in BJP-ruled Rajasthan are getting lessons in sex education as part of a discipline called ‘Life Skills Education’.

Last year, the Rajasthan Board introduced ‘Life Skills Education’ (Jeewan Kaushal Shiksha) as a separate subject in the revised Class XI syllabus. Experts in the field of education say UNFPA’s sustained efforts over the last five years to equip adolescents with necessary life skills may have prompted the board to include the subject in the curriculum. It is noteworthy that the desert state has introduced the subject to ensure that it does not produce sex idiots.

Its initiative is in sharp contrast to the directions of the HRD Ministry to all the 8,632 CBSE-affiliated schools to introduce Adolescence Education Programme (AEP) as a co-curricular subject to be taught for 16 hours per academic years in Classes IX and XI.

The Class XI Life Skills textbook of the Rajasthan Board may be an embarrassing discovery for senior BJP leader and former HRD minister Dr Murli Manohar Joshi, who has minced no words while opposing sex education. Dr Joshi warned that sex education would lead to a collapse of the education system and create an immoral society.

Yoga guru Baba Ramdev has seized the consultation opportunity afforded by the Rajasthan Education Board to push an entire chapter on yoga in the textbook on life skills.

Much against Dr Joshi’s recent prudish statement that sex education should be restricted to biology alone, the syllabus covers subjects as puberty-related changes, menstruation and misconceptions, sexually-transmitted infections, reproductive tract infection, HIV/AIDS, pregnancy and contraception, including the use of condoms.

Experts in favour of sex education advance the ‘forbidden grapes are always sweet’ aphorism to prove their point.

UNFPA assistant representative Venkatesh Srinivisan says the entire debate has been unfortunately centred on sex and sexuality.

“Sex and sexuality is only a part of the programme and the others pertain to drugs, alcoholism, stressful phases and other vulnerable situations. It has been made out by a section of the media that sex education as part of the AEP is being taught to students studying in Classes VI and above. This is far from the truth. It is being introduced in Classes IX and above,” Srinivasan said.

The UNFPA has been working with NCERT for introducing life skills education as part of the AEP for Classes IX to XII, prescribed by the National Curriculum Framework 2005 of the HRD Ministry.

The UNFPA assistant representative said, “At present, our Facilitators’ Handbook for training resource persons and nodal teachers is in the testing phase. We are trying to have an advocacy programme for 5,000 CBSE schools, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan schools, Navodaya Vidyalayas and Open Schools. So far, we have introduced it in 1,800 CBSE schools. In each school, two teachers have been trained to use the handbook.”

The UNFPA runs an adolescent programme in most of the SAARC countries. Support to the AEP features in the agency’s 2003-’07 Country Programme for India. It would also feature in the 2008-’12 country programme for India, which is currently being drafted.

Meanwhile, the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) has announced that it would set up a multi-disciplinary task force to review its module on sex education without compromising on the message. The assurance came from NACO director general Sujatha Rao following protests in some states over what they called explicit nature of education being imparted by schools based on the module prepared by the organisation and UNICEF.

“There us no harm about taking a second opinion about our module. But we want the message to be loud and clear for the senior secondary students to understand. There should be no shadow boxing about HIV/AIDS,” Rao said.

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Winding up ‘Green Bench’
Centre gives social unrest among tribals as reason
S S Negi

New Delhi, July 22
The Centre has cited numerous reasons for its efforts to wind up ‘Green Bench’ of the Supreme Court that monitoring protection of forests since 1995. The reasons include social unrest due to continuous advice to the court by non-experts.

Citing the Naxalite menace already inflicting large tracts of 800 forest divisions of the country, the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MOEF) in its fresh affidavit for disbanding the Bench stated: “Lawyers who have little knowledge of forestry are trying to influence hearing without espousing any social cause.”

The Green Bench presently comprises Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan, Justice Arijit Pasayat and Justice S H Kapadia.

However, the MOEF said the advice by non-experts in forestry science might not only lead to “erroneous” judgment but also affect the lives of millions of people, mostly poor, inextricably linked to the forests and could lead to social unrest among them.

“The growing Naxalism in vast tracts of major forests often is directed against the disenfranchisement of forest-dependent people because of the overtly centralizing episodes of forest administration,” the MOEF claimed.

Apart from this, it has cited two major factors coming in the way of development of forests: (a) good scientific forestry practice was suffering in the name of compliance of the law; as a result the sustainability of forests through people’s participation was suffering; (b) non-experts’ opinion has a potential of ringing the false alarm bell.

“It is required that the forests are worked regularly by experts but not as per the opinion and views of lay persons… there is a need to keep laymen (including lawyers) out of the business,” the MOEF, in its 37-page hard-hitting affidavit, stated.

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New national toll policy soon: Baalu
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 22
The country will soon have a new toll policy. According to union minister for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways T.R. Baalu, the government has finalised the new toll policy and its rules are now under formulation.

Speaking at a conference of chief secretaries on “Public-Private Partnership (PPP) in Infrastructure” yesterday, Baalu said for toll collection, the government had decided to shift to electronic toll collection (ETC).

For checking cases of overloading, weigh-in motion bridges were being installed by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). As far as real time traffic data collection is concerned, the Department of Road Transport and Highways will install 320 automatic traffic counter-cum-classifiers (ATCC) in the first stage in certain stretches of national highways and finally, all the national highways will be covered with the ATCC.

Baalu said the technology for user fee collection needed to be upgraded in a time-bound manner and concepts like shadow tolling and congestion charging examined for adoption in urban environment. Regulatory mechanism and speedy dispute resolution mechanism needed to be formulated early, he said. He added that the non-compliance of payment fee should be controlled through an effective enforcement mechanism.

Referring to the issue of public-private partnership in infrastructure, the minister said due to lack of proper dissemination of project-related information and adequate knowledge of local and geographical issues a very few global investors were aware of the project opportunities in India. “Relatively, low size of projects and a lack of appropriate tie-ups with Indian partners also appear to be a major deterrent and these issues require to be adequately addressed to encourage global investors,” he added.

In order to address the concerns of private investors on the loss of revenue due to absence of any control on access, Baalu said more emphasis should be given on the development of expressways with control on access, which would also provide the desired level of mobility for increased economic activity.

Under the NHDP, the NHAI has awarded 78 contracts aggregating to a length of around 4,500 km at a cost of Rs 30,000 crore. So far, 16 projects aggregating a length of 902 km at a cost of Rs 5,242 crore have been completed.

During the financial year 2007-08, under the NHDP Phase-V (six-laning of National Highways), a length of 2,995 km at a cost of Rs 18,988 crores are to be awarded on the PPP basis. Similarly, under the NHDP Phase-III (four/six-laning of National Highways), 3,278 km of roads at a cost of Rs 21,373 crore are to be awarded on the PPP basis

In the Central sector, from the NHDP Phase-III onward, the implementation of road projects will be mainly through the PPP either on BOT (toll) or on BOT (annuity) and the EPC in exceptional cases, for strategic roads and roads in the Northeast especially.

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A Tribune Exclusive
This cop is an old-timer with antiques
Arup Chanda
Tribune News Service

Puducherry, July 22
This cop has a penchant for artifacts, for things that have survived the ebbs and tides of time. A collector of priceless antiques, V. Kessavane - an ASI with the Puducherry Police - has a unique collection of antiques including ancient coins and currencies, palm leaf manuscripts, police badges of various countries and postage stamps.

He also possesses ancient telephones, gramophones and records, typewriters, cameras and swords.

“I inherited a passion to collect antiques from my father V. Varadarajan, who has a rare collection of autographs of famous personalities,” he said.

Advised by his seniors, Kessavane (37) is holding a three-day exhibition of his collection from Friday, which would be inaugurated Puducherry minister for social welfare N. Kandaswamy.

“I began collecting coins when I was 15. At that time, I had only two coins of the Sangam era. Later, as my interest grew, I diversified into collecting all sorts of antiques. My passion developed and today I possess antiques of various cultures and heritage.”

His collection is an envy of any antiques collector not only in the country, but also in the world.

Kessavane, who earns less than Rs 10,000 a month and resides in a small one-bedroom house in a village on the outskirts of the city, boasts of a collection that is a subject of research for many historians.

Among his collection are 7,400 coins and paper currencies of 123 countries and over 20,000 stamps belonging to 170 countries. Some of the coins date back to the Roman era discovered from the ruins of Arikamedu and to the Sangam era - considered to be extremely rare.

Being a policeman, he is also interested in collecting police badges. “Other than the 37 badges of various states in USA, I also have 13 of different US police organisations and a few of Indian states. My desire is to collect police badges of all countries in the world,” he said.

Kessavane also has books written by experts on coins and antiques and every evening, after returning home, he diligently studies them to keep himself abreast the recent developments in this field.

His dream is not only to write a book in which he would narrate the history of this former French colony through coins, but also set up a small museum that would draw international tourists who frequent this charming little city every year.

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Indian killed, 6 hurt in Saudi oil terminal fire
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 22
An Indian worker was killed and six others were injured yesterday in a fire at Saudi Arabia’s Ras Tanura oil terminal owned by state-owned Saudi Aramco.

According to a Saudi Aramco statement, the Indian national was killed along with two Filipinos and a Sri Lankan.

Apart from injuries to six Indians, four Sri Lankans, a Bangladeshi and a Saudi official also got injured in the fire that started yesterday morning.

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Free ambulance for expectant mothers

Madurai, July 22
Poor expectant mothers in rural Tamil Nadu will soon be able to access free ambulance service offered by the health department to rush to hospitals when they are in labour pain.

The scheme, to be launched in Dharmpuri district on August 1, would soon be extended to other parts of the state, a top official of the Health Department said on condition of anonymity.

As many as 900 ambulances have been procured for the purpose, he said.The block-level health employees have been asked to keep the data regarding the expected date of delivery of women in rural areas, so that they could help them rush to hospitals in time for the delivery.

In a bid to bring down infant mortality rate, the state government had been recently concentrating on increasing institutional deliveries, he said. — PTI

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Kit to detect food adulteration

Chennai, July 22
Housewives can now keep their families away from a host of ailments, including cancer, by using a simple kit that detects adulterants in foods used daily in their kitchens.

The Annam kit can detect adulterants in tea dust, chilli powder, milk, Bengal gram and mustard seeds, among other items, said R Desikan, trustee of the Centre for Consumer Education, Research, Teaching, Training and Testing (CONCERT) here that developed it.

A total of 31 food articles can be tested and 33 adulterants identified with the kit, he said.

Food adulteration often results in serious disorders and diseases.

“Many consumers have a wrong notion that food adulteration leads only to vomiting, diarrhoea and stomach ache within hours of consuming adulterated food. Actually it affects the body slowly over a period of time,” Desikan said.

Consumption of ‘kesari dal’, used to adulterate Bengal gram, may result in permanent paralysis. Sudan dye, which is mixed with chilli powder, causes cancer and lead chromate added to turmeric powder results in brain damage and miscarriages in pregnant women.

Cashew husk powder and synthetic dye used in tea dust results in stomach irritation, he pointed out. Urea used to make milk thick can cause dropsy, while mineral oil and petroleum fraction mixed in edible oil can lead to cancer. — PTI

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Quota for Dalits in police postings

Lucknow, July 22
The UP government has decided to implement reservations in the postings of station house officers of police stations in the state.

Principal secretary, home, J.N. Chamber said directives had been issued for strict implementation of the government order, which was in accordance with the announcement made by Chief Minister Mayawati.

The SC/ST category people would get 27 per cent reservation in the postings of SHOs while 27 per cent quota would be provided to the OBC candidates.

The backward communities from the Muslims would also be given adequate representation, he said.

Officers from general category would be appointed at 50 per cent posts. — PTI

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Case against Postal Dept staff for insulting Sikh

Muzaffarnagar, July 22
A court has directed the police to register a case against three postal department employees for allegedly insulting a Sikh lawyer at Khatouli town.

The lawyer Harvinder Singh had approached the court yesterday alleging that the three officials at the post office in Khatouli had used the derogatory words with the intention of insulting him.

On the direction of Chief Judicial Magistrate Ramu Rao, a case was today registered against the three employees including the postmaster. — PTI

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Wage board meeting

Kochi, July 22
The two national wage boards for journalists and non-journalists in newspapers and news agencies, set up by the union labour and employment ministry, will hold a meeting here on August 2.

The boards will meet representatives of newspaper establishments. — PTI

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