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Monsoon session of Parliament
NDA to grill govt on N-deal, Goa

New Delhi, August 8
The National Democratic Alliance is going to confront the UPA government on developments in Goa, floods and the 123 agreement with the US during the Monsoon session of Parliament beginning August 10.

Left leaders attend dinner hosted by Sonia
New Delhi, August 8
A dinner meeting of the UPA constituents and their outside supporters on Wednesday became a significant affair as it saw interaction between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Left leaders a day after they rejected the Indo-US nuclear deal.

Ultras kill 8 migrants in Assam
Guwahati, August 8
Eight Hindi-speaking persons, including three women and two children, were gunned down and two others wounded in a joint operation by militants, belonging to the ULFA and Karbi Longri North Cachar Hills Liberation Front, at Ampathar village under the Howraghat police station in Karbi Anglong district of Assam tonight.



EARLIER STORIES


Poaching case against Salman
Papers go missing, inquiry initiated
Ahmedabad, August 8
There has been no headway in a case of poaching registered in Kutch against actor Salman Khan, already convicted in two similar cases in Rajasthan, due to the mysterious disappearance of some important papers.

Dawood moved to safe house
New Delhi, August 8
“Global terrorist” Dawood Ibrahim has been moved from his palatial Karachi residence to another secret safe house in the same city, authoritative sources told this correspondent yesterday.

Verify Dawood report, India asks Pakistan
New Delhi, August 8
In a swift move, India today asked Pakistan to verify reports that underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, prime accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, has been detained by authorities in Karachi.

‘93 riots cases to be reopened
Mumbai, August 8
The Maharashtra government has decided to reopen 1992-93 post-Babri Masjid Mumbai riot cases after Congress party president Sonia Gandhi asked the political leadership for progress regarding recommendations made by the Srikrishna Commission which probed into the riots.

HC rejects Shahabuddin’s bail plea
Patna, August 8
The Patna High Court today rejected the bail application of RJD MP Mohammed Shahabuddin, sentenced to life by a trial court in connection with the kidnapping and murder of a CPI-ML worker.

Torrential rain claims 9 lives
Rajkot, August 8
Torrential rains has claimed nine lives in Saurashtra region in the past 24 hours and has forced the Junagadh district administration to seek Army’s assistance at Veraval in the rescue and relief operation.

Consumer Protection Act
Lawyers can face action
New Delhi, August 8
Action can be taken against lawyers under the Consumer Protection Act if there is any deficiency in services provided by them, the National Consumer Commission has said.

Higher Education
UP moots unified fee structure
Allahabad, August 8
The Uttar Pradesh government is planning to bring in a unified fees structure for institutions of higher learning across the state besides putting a check on the amount charged from students by self-financed colleges.

Enemy property wing shifted to Home Ministry
New Delhi, August 8
The administrative control of the 'custodian of enemy property' for India has been transferred from the Commerce Ministry to the Home Ministry, which has a closer interface with state governments.

Unorganised sector workers strike work
New Delhi, August 8
A large section of workers in the unorganised sector today struck work demanding a comprehensive job and social security cover for them and vowed to oppose the proposed legislation in its present form.

Members of the Centre of Indian Trade Union protest in Bhopal on Wednesday during the nationwide strike in the unorganised sector.
— PTI photo
Members of the Centre of Indian Trade Union protest in Bhopal on Wednesday during the nationwide strike in the unorganised sector

Fertiliser subsidy to continue: PM
New Delhi, August 8
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said the present system of fertilizer subsidy would continue for this year and the government will ensure adequate funds are made available to meet the disbursal requirements.

Dam on Tapti river breached
Betul, August 8
A high alert has been sounded in 100 villages and six villages vacated, as emergency steps were initiated to empty the Chandora reservoir on the Tapti river in Betul district of Madhya Pradesh after a 100-metre portion of the earthen dam caved in today.

Minister, MLAs escape militant attacks
Imphal, August 8
Manipur education minister L. Jayenta Kumar and two MLAs, Kh Ratan and Lokeshore Singh, escaped unhurt when suspected Kuki militants opened fire at them and attacked them with grenades in Chandel district, official sources said today.

V-C jailed for two months
Lucknow, August 8
Taking serious view of non-compliance of its orders, the Allahabad High Court has sentenced the vice- chancellor of Gorakhpur University, Arun Kumar, to two months of simple imprisonment.

NCM summons Gujarat chief secy
New Delhi, August 8
The National Commission for Minorities (NCM) has summoned Gujarat chief secretary Sudhir Mankad over the issue of delay in the proper rehabilitation of 2002 riot victims.

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Monsoon session of Parliament
NDA to grill govt on N-deal, Goa
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 8
The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is going to confront the UPA government on developments in Goa, floods and the 123 agreement with the US during the Monsoon session of Parliament beginning August 10.

Addressing mediapersons after an NDA parliamentary party meeting held here under the chairmanship of leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha L.K. Advani, BJP deputy leader in the Rajya Sabha Sushma Swaraj said, “We might demand a discussion on the flood situation on the very first day in addition to Goa.”

The meeting, she said, adopted a resolution denouncing the highly unethical and patently partisan way in which attempts were made to save the minority Congress government in Goa headed by Chief Minister Digamber Kamath on July 30.

The resolution maintained that Goa Democratic Alliance headed by former Chief Minister Manohar Parikkar had a clear majority in the House and must be invited to form the government after dismissing the minority Kamat government.

It also criticised the manner in which the two MGP MLAs were restrained from voting in the confidence vote on July 30 just to save the Kamat government. It also said the issue had already been raised before the President and the Governor of the state and would be taken up strongly in Parliament.

The resolution said the NDA is constrained to observe that this blatant partisan and highly unconstitutional conspiracy to force a minority government in Goa would not have been possible but for the active patronage support and shelter of the top leadership of the Congress party including its president and the Prime Minister of the UPA government.

Observing that the UPA government had not learnt any lessons from the reprimand by the Supreme Court in the case of Jharkhand and Bihar, it said the NDA was sure that in the Goa case also the government would suffer similar kind of rebuke.

The meeting, Swaraj said, expressed serious concern over the alarming flood situation in many parts of the country and said it had been decided that it should be given priority over other issues for discussion in Parliament.

The Indo-US nuclear agreement was another issue on which the NDA had reservations and would raise it in the house for discussion, particularly under rule 184, which entails voting on the matter, she added.

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Left leaders attend dinner hosted by Sonia

New Delhi, August 8
A dinner meeting of the UPA constituents and their outside supporters on Wednesday became a significant affair as it saw interaction between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Left leaders a day after they rejected the Indo-US nuclear deal.

The dinner hosted by UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi to MPs of the ruling alliance and supporting parties, including the Left and the BSP, was also a show of strength ahead of the Vice Presidential election on Friday. UPA-Left candidate Hamid Ansari who was also present at the dinner interacted with the members. He is also slated to meet Left MPs separately on Thursday.

While the Prime Minister had held telephonic talks with Left leaders soon after their public rejection of the deal on Tuesday, both sides have been mum on the specifics of the discussions.

The Left was represented by CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat, senior leader Sitaram Yechury, CPI’s A B Bardhan and D Raja and RSP’s Abani Roy. Lalu Prasad of the RJD, NCP’s Sharad Pawar, Tariq Anwar and Praful Patel, DMK’s T R Baalu and LJP’s Ramvilas Paswan were also present at the dinner which was aimed at sending a strong signal that it is a cakewalk for Ansari.

A host of Union Ministers including Shivraj Patil, A K Antony, Pranab Mukherjee, Arjun Singh, P Chidambaram, Kapil Sibal, Sushilkumar Shinde, H R Bhardwaj, Anand Sharma, P R Dasmunsi, Renuka Choudhary and Congress MP Govinda were also at hand at the dinner. — PTI

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Ultras kill 8 migrants in Assam
Tribune News Service & Agencies

Guwahati, August 8
Eight Hindi-speaking persons, including three women and two children, were gunned down and two others wounded in a joint operation by militants, belonging to the ULFA and Karbi Longri North Cachar Hills Liberation Front (KLNLF), at Ampathar village under the Howraghat police station in Karbi Anglong district of Assam tonight. The village is about 65 km from district headquarter Diphu.

Deputy inspector general of police L R Bishnoi informed that a group of about 20 militants swooped down on Ampathar village, inhabited by Bihari farmers, and opened indiscriminate firing killing eight persons.

The incident occurred in the midst of a 100-hour Karbi Anglong and North Cachhar Hills bandh, which began on August 6, called by the KLNLF.

The police rushed additional force to the area from district headquarters, but given the remoteness of the incident site, it would take few more hours for them to reach there.

Earlier in the day, ULFA militants exploded a bomb at Hengrabari area of Guwahati, adjacent to the high security capital complex, injuring two persons.

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Poaching case against Salman
Papers go missing, inquiry initiated

Ahmedabad, August 8
There has been no headway in a case of poaching registered in Kutch against actor Salman Khan, already convicted in two similar cases in Rajasthan, due to the mysterious disappearance of some important papers.

Gujarat's forest department initially probed the case and then sought its closure for want of evidence. The state government then asked the CID to re-investigate the case involving Salman, who was accused of having killed two chinkaras during the shooting of "Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam" in Kutch in 1998, official sources said.

The CID has repeatedly asked the forest department to provide it with documents related to the case but the latter's reply that the papers were missing has confounded sleuths and virtually grounded the probe, the sources said.

"The statements of witnesses and other documents related to the inquiry conducted by forest officials are missing from our records. We have not been able to find them," R.L. Meena, conservator of forests (Kutch Circle), said.

"The state government and the CID have been told about the disappearance of the papers related to the chinkara hunting case involving Salman and the initiation of a departmental inquiry against those concerned," he said.

Salman has appealed against his conviction in two poaching cases in Rajasthan and a court in Jodhpur will give its decision on one of these appeals on August 24.

Principal secretary P.N. Roychaudhary of the forest and environment department said the disappearance of the papers was the reason behind asking the CID to conduct a fresh probe into the case.

CID officials said they are considering initiating action against forest department officials for their failure to provide papers related to the nine-year-old poaching incident at Samsare in Kutch district.

According to forest department sources, Salman allegedly hunted the chinkaras with some local friends while shooting for the film.

Killing chinkaras, which are a protected species under the Wildlife Protection Act, is a serious offence punishable with a maximum prison sentence of six years, the sources said. — PTI

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Dawood moved to safe house
Rajeev Sharma
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 8
“Global terrorist” Dawood Ibrahim has been moved from his palatial Karachi residence to another secret safe house in the same city, authoritative sources told this correspondent yesterday.

Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), which has been the unofficial “controller” of the underworld don ever since he fled from India to Pakistan 14 years ago, moved him elsewhere in Karachi.

The ISI has given Dawood a fresh, long list of do’s and don’ts. Perhaps the most important instruction to Dawood is to lie low and copy the modus operandi of Al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden to avoid public gaze.

Dawood has been told to keep off all technological contraptions like cell phones, landlines, satellite phones and internet, a lifestyle which Osama bin Laden has adopted for years. This is how bin Laden has managed to evade his capture - dead or alive - despite being the most wanted man on earth, carrying a $50 million reward on his head.

Moreover, like bin Laden, Dawood has been advised to shun all human contact which means that for all practical purposes he would not be directing his vast “business” empire till the ISI relaxes the restrictions.

The implications and the nuances of the development are a bit complicated. Does it mean Dawood is under arrest, or is it preventive custody, or house arrest?

Sources insist that it is actually none of the above. After the US increased its pressure on Pakistan to hand over Dawood, the Pervez Musharraf regime was left with no other option. Islamabad could not have handed over Dawood to Washington for two reasons. One, it would have gone contrary to the stand consistently taken by Pakistan’s top leadership for over a decade that Dawood is not on Pakistani soil. Two, Dawood continues to be a strategic weapon for the ISI.

Asked to react to reports in a section of the media that Dawood, along with his henchmen Chhota Shakeel and Tiger Memon, had been taken in “custody” and shifted from Karachi to Quetta, the sources dismissed these as “cock and bull stories”. It is believed that such stories were “leaked” by Dawood’s aides in Mumbai on specific instructions. The idea was to take Washington off the scent.

The American interest in Dawood flows primarily from specific intelligence reports, gleaned by American agencies themselves, which say that the don has been working hand in glove with the Al- Qaida. These reports say how the D company has been carrying out smuggling missions on behalf of the Al-Qaida entailing transportation of contraband from Asia to African and European destinations.

Dawood is not merely following Al-Qaida’s smuggling routes, but his D company is verily carrying out smuggling operations on behalf of the Al-Qaida. The US is aware, since 2003, of D company’s ships’ frequent calls on ports in Mogadishu (Somalia) and Mombasa (Kenya).

And as for reports of Dawood being moved to Quetta, the sources said nothing could be farther from the truth.

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Verify Dawood report, India asks Pakistan
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 8
In a swift move, India today asked Pakistan to verify reports that underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, prime accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, has been detained by authorities in Karachi.

According to official sources, the CBI, the Interpol’s representative in India, has written a letter to Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), seeking its confirmation on media reports on the detention of Dawood Ibrahim in Karachi.

Dawood, designated a global terrorist by the USA, fled India after the 1993 serial blasts in Mumbai that killed 257 persons and damaged property worth several crores of rupees.

He is also wanted in India for several other cases, including extortion, murder and circulation of fake currency.

Reports in Pakistani media said Dawood was wounded in a shootout in Karachi and he along with his aides Tiger Memon and Chhota Shakeel had been detained. There were also reports that the USA had asked Islamabad to hand over Dawood to American authorities for questioning on his suspected links with the Al-Qaeda.

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‘93 riots cases to be reopened
Shiv Kumar
Tribune News Service

Mumbai, August 8
The Maharashtra government has decided to reopen 1992-93 post-Babri Masjid Mumbai riot cases after Congress party president Sonia Gandhi asked the political leadership for progress regarding recommendations made by the Srikrishna Commission which probed into the riots.

The Supreme Court is already hearing several petitions in the matter and pressure from the Congress High Command has put Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh on the backfoot.

Deshmukh's opponents within the Congress party like the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee Chief Prabha Rau are already issuing public statements asking the CM to expeditiously implement the recommendations made by the Commission.

''We are already bound by the promises made in the election manifesto," Rau said recently.

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HC rejects Shahabuddin’s bail plea

Patna, August 8
The Patna High Court today rejected the bail application of RJD MP Mohammed Shahabuddin, sentenced to life by a trial court in connection with the kidnapping and murder of a CPI-ML worker.

Rejecting the plea, a Division Bench comprising Justices Shivkirti Singh and S M Mahfooz Alam said “at this stage bail cannot be granted”.

Shahabuddin had moved the High Court on May 24 against his conviction and sentencing in the kidnapping and murder of a CPI-ML worker eight years ago and his appeal was admitted for hearing.

While handing down life term to Shahabuddin on May 8, Additional District and Sessions Judge of Siwan Gyaneshwar Prasad Srivastava had also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on him. The Judge had found him guilty under section 364, in the case relating to the kidnapping of CPI-ML worker Chotelal Gupta on February 7, 1999. — PTI

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Torrential rain claims 9 lives

Rajkot, August 8
Torrential rains has claimed nine lives in Saurashtra region in the past 24 hours and has forced the Junagadh district administration to seek Army’s assistance at Veraval in the rescue and relief operation.

Army jawans from the Jamnagar Air Force, who were called in for the rescue operation, airlifted eight persons stranded on the rooftops of Pipli village in Jamnagar. Nearly 735 persons had been evacuated from low-lying areas of Jamnagar, a report here stated.

The situation was no less different in Saurashtra region. Rajkot Municipal Corporation commissioner B.H. Ghodsara told UNI that as many as 4,000 persons from Veraval and 7,000 from other low-lying areas had been shifted to safer places in Rajkot city.

Telecommunication and power supply in almost half of the town has been disrupted. Rail services has also been badly affected as the railway lines between Junagadh-Veraval and Visawadar-Una have been washed away in torrential rains.

Resident deputy collector (RDC) Mahul Dave said nearly 5,000 food packets would be distributed among the affected people. Rescue and relief teams had been sent to Upleta town of Rajkot district along with boats to assist the local administration.

Nine persons were killed in rain-related incidents in Saurashtra region. Four lost their lives in Jamnagar district, four in Junagadh and one in Rajkot. Moreover, four persns drowned in Jamnagar district -- one in Sasoi dam and three others in Aliabada check dam yesterday, according to a report from Jamnagar.

Three kutcha houses collapsed in the city. However, no deaths were reported. Eight cattle heads were, however, killed in the rains. — UNI

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Consumer Protection Act
Lawyers can face action

New Delhi, August 8
Action can be taken against lawyers under the Consumer Protection Act if there is any deficiency in services provided by them, the National Consumer Commission has said.

The Commission said complaints against lawyers under the Consumer Protection Act are maintainable on the principle that professionals should possess a certain minimum degree of competence and exercise reasonable care in discharging their duties.

"A lawyer may not be responsible if there is deficiency in rendering services promised, for which consideration in the form of fee is received by him, then the lawyer can be proceeded against under the Consumer Protection Act," it said.

Terming as "erroneous" an order by the Delhi Consumer Commission that said lawyers were outside the ambit of the Act, the commission's president, Justice M B Shah, and member Rajyalaksmi Rao said the scope of the statute was very wide and it covers all services except those rendered free of charge or "a contract of personal service".

"Undisputedly, lawyers are rendering service. They are charging fees. It is not a contract of personal service. Therefore, there is no reason to hold that they are not covered by the provisions of the Consumer Protection Act, 1986," the apex consumer commission said in a recent order.

The apex consumer body also differed from the Delhi Commission's view that the agreement between a lawyer and his client was a unilateral one executed by the client by giving authority to the advocate to appear on his behalf and represent him without any specific assurance or undertaking.

"To hold that contract is unilateral is to ignore the fact that even after discussions the client may not engage the advocate or the advocate may refuse to accept the brief. Hence, such a contract can never be said to be unilateral," it said. — PTI

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Higher Education
UP moots unified fee structure

Allahabad, August 8
The Uttar Pradesh government is planning to bring in a unified fees structure for institutions of higher learning across the state besides putting a check on the amount charged from students by self-financed colleges.

"Disparity in fees charged by various institutions has been a cause of worry. Sensing the need for a unified fees structure, we have decided to form an experts' committee which would work out the modalities for achieving this end," state's minister for higher education Rakesh Dhar Tripathi told PTI here.

Tripathi said the proposed committee, which is likely to be formed "soon", would comprise at least nine members drawn from different walks of life, including academics, media and literature and other intellectuals.

Noting with concern that fees charged by self-financed institutions was "arbitrary and excessive" in many cases, he said "we will work out ways to rein in these bodies as they can not be allowed to take undue advantage of the financial autonomy enjoyed by them".

Tripathi also stressed on the need for making education "in tune with the times" and said there were plans to introduce vocational courses which students pursuing their graduation or post-graduation will be required to take part in along with their main subjects of study.

"This would include courses in computer proficiency and agricultural science and for them students would not be required to enroll separately as they would be made part of their curricula," he said.

Tripathi said the state government had decided to raise the number of seats for postgraduate courses in institutions across the state by at least 25 per cent in order to accommodate the ever-growing number of youngsters interested in higher learning.

"We have also decided to allow post-graduate courses in at least eight colleges which were till now offering courses upto only bachelor's degree. If this is found to be insufficient to accommodate the rush, then institutions would be encouraged to hold classes in multiple shifts," he said. — PTI

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Enemy property wing shifted to Home Ministry
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 8
The administrative control of the 'custodian of enemy property' for India has been transferred from the Commerce Ministry to the Home Ministry, which has a closer interface with state governments.

A presidential notification to this effect was issued recently, an official statement said here today.

The change has been made keeping in view the advantage enjoyed by the Ministry of Home Affairs in having superior, closer and more sustained interface with state governments, the statement said.

The Internal Security Wing of the Home Ministry would now monitor the department.

The move would facilitate the functioning of the Mumbai-based office of the custodian of enemy property for India, in liaison with the state administration for effective implementation of the mandate given to him under the Enemy Property Act 1968, it said. The department also has a branch in Kolkata.

The custodian for enemy property for India is empowered to appropriate property in India owned by Pakistani nationals which was set up after the Indo-Pakistan War of 1965 and promulgation of the Enemy Property Act in 1968.

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Unorganised sector workers strike work

New Delhi, August 8
A large section of workers in the unorganised sector today struck work demanding a comprehensive job and social security cover for them and vowed to oppose the proposed legislation in its present form.

The all-India strike called by CPM backed labour union CITU was near total in Left-ruled Kerala, Tripura and West Bengal while it evoked partial response in the rest of the country.

CITU president M.K. Pandhe said around 4.5 crore workers in the unorganised sector stayed away from “support was beyond expectation” and good enough to “give a warning signal to the government”.

He said if the government introduced the legislation for unorganised workers in the present form, Left parties would oppose it in Parliament and warned that labour unions would intensify their agitation in the coming days.

“All the trade unions opposed the Bill and today’s strike was an individual action by CITU to show the anger. The sponsoring committee of the trade unions will meet here on August 19 and will chalk out an united movement,” he said.

CITU wants scientific formulation of statutory minimum wages and its strict enforcement, provision for job protection and grievance redressal besides coverage of unorganised workers under all basic labour laws.

The strike came amidst indication that the much-delayed legislation might take some more time to see the light of the day as the Group of Ministers (GoM) is still examining various aspects of the proposed measures. — PTI

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Fertiliser subsidy to continue: PM
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 8
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said the present system of fertilizer subsidy would continue for this year and the government will ensure adequate funds are made available to meet the disbursal requirements.

"The Prime Minister has said that while the existing subsidy system may have to be reviewed in future, the government was committed to the present system," a statement issued by PMO said.

Manmohan Singh chaired a meeting to review issues pertaining to availability of funds for fertilizer subsidy. The meeting was attended by agriculture minister Sharad Pawar, finance minister P. Chidambaram, fertilizer minister Ram Vilas Paswan and principal secretary to the Prime Minister T.K.A.Nair.

In May, he had said rising fertiliser subsidies were a cause for concern, and had urged planning officials to devise a more cost-effective way of delivering relief.

High fertiliser subsidy bill estimated at rs 40,000 crore for this year and arrears of Rs 8,000 crore of last year has prompted a debate on whether to shift from the current system and move toward providing subsidy directly to farmers.

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Dam on Tapti river breached

Betul, August 8
A high alert has been sounded in 100 villages and six villages vacated, as emergency steps were initiated to empty the Chandora reservoir on the Tapti river in Betul district of Madhya Pradesh after a 100-metre portion of the earthen dam caved in today.

All villages on river banks had been alerted as all eight gates of the dam had been opened this morning to release water. Water was being released through the canals, officials said, adding that the water level of the river downstream was also rising alarmingly.

Irrigation officials had been ringing the emergency siren since yesterday afternoon after detecting the breach on a portion of the 1200-metre-long dam.

Water level of the reservoir was full at 684 metre and it was getting more water due to heavy rains in the area, executive engineer R C Rathore said.

District collector Arun Bhatt and other senior officials reached the dam site to supervise rescue operations. The dam in Multai tahsil was constructed at a cost of Rs 16 crore with World Bank assistance in 1982 to facilitate irrigation in 3600 hectares. — UNI

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Minister, MLAs escape militant attacks

Imphal, August 8
Manipur education minister L. Jayenta Kumar and two MLAs, Kh Ratan and Lokeshore Singh, escaped unhurt when suspected Kuki militants opened fire at them and attacked them with grenades in Chandel district, official sources said today.

The heavily-armed militants attacked the minister, legislators and security personnel escorting them at the Lokchao area, about 120 km south-east of here, yesterday.

The security personnel returned the fire and the ensuing encounter lasted more than half an hour, sources said, adding there was no injury on the side of the minister and his party.

The militants escaped through thick jungles when central paramilitary forces, joined security personnel in repulsing the attack. — PTI

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V-C jailed for two months

Lucknow, August 8
Taking serious view of non-compliance of its orders, the Allahabad High Court has sentenced the vice- chancellor of Gorakhpur University, Arun Kumar, to two months of simple imprisonment.

The Lucknow Bench of the court also sentenced the registrar and deputy registrar of the varsity, S C Sharma and A K Pal to one month of simple imprisonment.

A Single Bench headed by Justice D P Singh passed the order yesterday on a contempt petition moved by a lecturer in the botany department of the varsity, V N Pandey, who had claimed that the varsity administration had failed to clear his arrears despite orders by the court.

The court has also imposed a fine of Rs. 50,000 on the VC and Rs 25,000 each on Sharma and Pal.

The Bench directed that the fine be realised as land dues by the district administration if it was not paid by the trio within the stipulated time.

Directing them to present themselves before the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Lucknow by August 10 for undergoing the sentence, the court has ordered issuance of a non-bailable warrant in case they fail to turn up. — PTI

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NCM summons Gujarat chief secy
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 8
The National Commission for Minorities (NCM) has summoned Gujarat chief secretary Sudhir Mankad over the issue of delay in the proper rehabilitation of 2002 riot victims.

NCM member Harcharan Singh Josh told TNS here that Mankad would appear before the commission tomorrow to explain the alleged failure of the state government in providing basic civic amenities to the riot-affected people.

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