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Slew of sops for ‘aam aadmi’
PM skips comment on N-deal
New Delhi, August 15
Prime Minister Manmo- han Singh today delivered an “aam aadmi”-centric address to the nation from the ramparts of the 17th century Red Fort, focusing on a slew of developmental schemes in as diverse sectors as education, infrastru- cture, agriculture, employment, rural development and industrialisation. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh addresses the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the 60th Independence Day in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh addresses the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the 60th Independence Day in New Delhi on Wednesday. Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal

Govt to universalise secondary education: Manmohan
New Delhi, August 15
Laying stress on education in his Independence Day speech, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said the government was finalising an extensive programme for universalising secondary education and was ready to launch a vocational education mission.





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Nation celebrates I-Day with fervour
President Pratibha Patil salutes martyrs at the Amar Jawan Jyoti, India Gate, on the 60th Independence Day in New Delhi on Wednesday. Three service chiefs COAS General J J Singh, Admiral Suresh Mehta and Air Chief Marshal F H Major are also present. New Delhi, August 15
The nation, wrapped in a multi-layered security cover, today celebrated the 60th anniversary of its Independence with leaders unveiling welfare schemes for masses and vowing to build a new India.

President Pratibha Patil salutes martyrs at the Amar Jawan Jyoti, India Gate, on the 60th Independence Day in New Delhi on Wednesday. Three service chiefs COAS General J J Singh, Admiral Suresh Mehta and Air Chief Marshal F H Major are also present. — PTI photo

List of police medal winners
New Delhi, August 15 Continuing with yesterday’s list of awardees of police medal for meritorious service.

CJI rues inadequate judicial infrastructure
New Delhi, August 15
As country enters in the 60th year of independence, the judiciary, burdened with nearly three crore cases, needed drastic steps to improve its infrastructure to support it. Otherwise, people’s faith in the justice delivery system would be eroded. This was the message of the Chief Justice of India in his speech at a function in the Supreme Court.

Ruling DPA in TN heading for split
Chennai, August 15
The ruling Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK)-led Democratic Progressive Alliance (DPA) in Tamil Nadu seems to be heading for a split with Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi hinting that he might dump one of its allies the Pattali Makkal Kathci (PMK) which has been constantly criticising the state government.

Bofors: CBI to review pursuance of case
New Delhi, August 15
Having failed again to get Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi extradited to India to face trial for alleged involvement in the Bofors kickbacks scam, the CBI plans to review the case and examine whether it could still be pursued.

Shun divisive agendas, says Manmohan
New Delhi, August 15
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said that the new sense of confidence and energy of Indians should be channelised in the right direction to enable India regain its position in the comity of nations.

CRPF jawan killed in Tripura
Agartala, August 15
The outlawed National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) struck on I-Day today, killing a CRPF jawan in an ambush in Dhalai district, in spite of tight security across the state in view of a boycott called by several militant groups.

Kalam launches medicare for poor
Hyderabad, August 15
Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam today launched Rajiv Arogya Sri programme to provide medicare to those below the poverty line free of cost in the state.


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Slew of sops for ‘aam aadmi’
PM skips comment on N-deal
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 15
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today delivered an “aam aadmi”-centric address to the nation from the ramparts of the 17th century Red Fort, focusing on a slew of developmental schemes in as diverse sectors as education, infrastructure, agriculture, employment, rural development and industrialisation.

The most important scheme unveiled by the Prime Minister on the 60th anniversary of the country’s Independence was that his government would soon launch a special programme to invest Rs 25,000 crore in agriculture to enhance the livelihood of the farmers and increase food production.

Against the backdrop of farmers’ suicides in the recent past in several states of the country, the Prime Minister declared his resolve to focus on the needs of farmers in dry and drought-prone regions. He made it a point to say that he would be touring a few states to personally review the agricultural situation across the country.

Conspicuously absent from the Prime Minister’s address from the Red Fort - his fourth - were any reference to Pakistan or the Indo-US nuclear deal, the latter seen by his government as its most important achievement in 39 months. For that matter, foreign policy itself got just a paragraph-long mention in Manmohan Singh’s 35-minute-long speech.

“I assure all our neighbours that we in India want peace and the best of relations with all of them,” the relevant sentence says. He also said India enjoyed good relations with all major powers as well as developing countries and had emerged as a bridge between many extremes of the world.

By eschewing any reference to the nuclear deal, the Prime Minister has signalled a malleable approach to Left party allies which see the 123 agreement as a red rag. Also, lack of any direct reference to Pakistan in the address to the nation conveys his government’s desire not to rock the boat of the beseiged Pakistan Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf.

The Prime Minister made several announcements aimed at assuaging the concerns of the Left parties. To address the issue of unrest arising out of the setting up of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) and industrial projects, Manmohan Singh said a national policy for rehabilitation and resettlement was on the anvil.

“I agree that it’s the responsibility of the government to ensure that displacement does not lead to impoverishment, that those who lose land do not lose livelihoods, and that those who have lost employment get better opportunities. We are, therefore, giving final shape to a National Policy for Rehabilitation and Resettlement for all those displaced by major projects.”

To promote social security in unorganised sector, he unveiled an old-age pension scheme for senior citizens above 65 years and below the poverty line. Besides life and disability cover, there would be a new health insurance scheme for the poor also, he said.

The PM also said the entire country would be covered by the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, which is presently in operation only in 330 selected districts.

Manmohan Singh, himself an “Ox-Bridge” (Oxford and Cambridge) scholar, unveiled his vision of how to catapult India to become a knowledge-based economy. His announcement that five new Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research, eight IITs, seven IIMs and 20 Indian Institutes of Information Technology were being set up was meant to be a step in this direction.

“From this historic Red Fort, I would like this message to go to every corner of India - we will make India a nation of educated people, of skilled people, of creative people,” he said. He stressed that the states “must” now give priority to education.

Towards this end, his government has decided to invest in setting up good quality schools across the country. The Centre will support 6,000 new high quality schools - one in every block of the country. Each such school will set standards of excellence for other schools in the area.

The Prime Minister’s key messages in his speech can be summed up as follows: India is on the move and poverty eradication is now a feasible goal. It’s time for a revolution in modern education. Widening access to education is a key goal. Farmers’ welfare remains core of all concerns. There is need to bridge rural-urban divide. Industrialisation is the most effective means to create new employment opportunities. India’s composite culture and pluralism make India a “bridge between global divides”.

After talking about the country’s problems and initiatives stretching from poverty and unemployment to malnutrition, the PM chose to dwell a little extra on malnutrition.

Manmohan Singh said the “greatest achievement” over the past 60 years was that the nation had built the firm foundations of an open society and an open economy. “I assure you that for each one of you, and for our country, the best is yet to come,” he said, but hastily cautioned that “we must not be overconfident”.

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Govt to universalise secondary education: Manmohan
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 15
Laying stress on education in his Independence Day speech, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said the government was finalising an extensive programme for universalising secondary education and was ready to launch a vocational education mission.

He said the government would ensure that adequate number of colleges were set up across the country, especially in districts where enrolment level was low.

“We will help states set up colleges in 370 such districts,” he said.

Pointing out that the university system has been neglected in recent years, he said 30 new central universities would be set up.

“Every state that does not have a central university will now have one,” he said.

“We will soon open 1,600 new industrial training institutes (ITIs) and polytechnics, 10,000 vocational schools and 50,000 skill development centres. We will ensure that annually over 100 lakh students get vocational training - which is a four-fold increase from today’s level,” he said, adding that the government would seek active help of the private sector in this initiative so that they not only assist in the training but also lend a hand in providing employment opportunities.

Assuring of more scholarships for the needy, the Prime Minister said he wished to see a major revolution in the field of modern education in the next few years.

Urging the states also to give priority to education, he said the UPA government had tripled public spending on education in the past three years.

With concerns over lack of quality education in rural areas, Manmohan Singh the government had decided to invest in setting up good quality schools across the country. The government, he said, would support 6,000 new high quality schools, one in every block of the country. Each such school would set standards of excellence for other schools in the area.

He said to promote science and professional education, the government would set up five new Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research, eight Indian Institutes of Technology, seven Indian Institutes of Management and 20 Indian Institutes of Information Technology.

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Nation celebrates I-Day with fervour

New Delhi, August 15
The nation, wrapped in a multi-layered security cover, today celebrated the 60th anniversary of its Independence with leaders unveiling welfare schemes for masses and vowing to build a new India.

In the national capital, which was turned into an impregnable fortress, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh addressed the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort as choppers patrolled the skies.

Amidst heightened security, chief ministers of several states unfurled the national flag at separate functions and underlined their resolve to ensure rapid development of their states.

The celebrations passed off peacefully in Jammu and Kashmir for the second consecutive year. The main function was held at Bakshi Stadium where Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad hoisted the national flag.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati called upon the centre to amend the Constitution so that benefits of reservation reached the poor of upper castes and OBCs.

In her Independence Day speech on the Vidhan Bhavan premises here, she said only such an amendment would establish a truly egalitarian society where people of all castes and sections were able to reap the benefits of freedom.

She also announced the setting up of a special investigation team (SIT) to probe into the corruption and lodging of cases. She said instead of unemployment dole her government was striving to create employment and improve the lot of the daily wager by increasing the minimum wage from Rs 58 to Rs 100 per day.

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh asked Maoist rebels to lay down arms and join the national mainstream.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje announced an additional 6 per cent dearness allowance for government employees in the state from January this year at a function at Jodhpur.

The day was celebrated with patriotic fervour and gaiety all over Maharashtra amid tight security, as Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh unfurled the tricolour at Mantralaya in Mumbai. Deshmukh pledged to instill confidence among the minorities and backward classes and deliver justice to all.

Describing the recent floods as “catastrophic”, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar appealed to the international community to come out with a permanent solution to the natural disaster and construct a big dam in Nepal.

Unfurling the Tricolour at Patna, he said the state had faced the worst-ever natural disaster this year and asked the international organisations to cooperate in the on-going relief work.

Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda emphasised the need for promoting industries and said strategies to attract industrialists had started paying dividends in the state.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan unfurled the Tricolour at Motilal Nehru Stadium in Bhopal and took the salute at a parade.

West Bengal Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi by placing floral wreaths at the Gandhi Memorial column at Gandhi Ghat in Barrackpore.

Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced a new package for the farmers. Unfurling the Tricolour on the Mahamta Gandhi Marg in Bhubaneshwar, Patnaik said the state government had introduced contract farming in many areas keeping in mind the interest of the farmers in the state.

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi unfurled the Tricolour at the police parade grounds in Mehsana, promising to secure land rights for the tribals in the state. He alleged that the Centre had adopted a step-motherly attitude towards Gujarat.

Chief Minister Zoramthanga unfurled the Tricolour at the Assam Rifles ground here. In his address, Zoramthanga said Mizoram continued to remain peaceful due to the concerted efforts of the law enforcement agencies, NGOs and members of the public.

He exhorted people to strengthen the unity and integrity of the country and work for the mission to make Mizoram one of the most developed states.

Top opposition party leaders, including some legislators, did not attend the official function.

The day was celebrated in Manipur amid tight security in view of the boycott call given by militants. Manipur Chief Minister O. Ibobi Singh unfurled the Tricolour at the First Manipur Rifles ground here.

In his address, the Chief Minister said both the Centre and the state government had taken up various development programmes for people.

As part of the development projects, the National Highway 39, from Maram to Imphal covering about 78 km, would be four-laned, he said.

The Centre would also repair bridges on the National Highway 53, the chief minister added.

He appealed to the people to work for peace and development and expressed gratitude for the support given to the government.

Security personnel were deployed in large numbers at strategic places. The streets were, however, deserted as few people ventured on the roads. No untoward incident was reported, police said. — Agencies

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List of police medal winners

New Delhi, August 15
Continuing with yesterday’s list of awardees of police medal for meritorious service.

Gujarat

Suganchand Raghunathji Kalal, ASI, SRP Gr-IX Bhailalbhai Vitthalbhai Jadav, ASI, Office of Supdt of Police, Vadodara Shamjibhai Kalabhai Chauhan, ASI, Police Headquarter Bajrangdas Surajdas Gondalia, ASI, Srpf Gr.11, Vav (Surat) Chanduji Gulabji Solanki, Head Constable, Eco Call Mehsana Liyakatalikhan Kamukhan Pathan, Head Constable, Vasad Police Station, Anand Dist Rameshchandra Manilal Patel, Head Constable, Vadodara Mukhtiyarhusain Ismail Shaikh, Constable, SRPF Gr.11, Vav (Surat) Rajendrakumar Keshrisinh Rathod, Constable, SRPF Gr. XI, Vav (Surat) Kanjibhai Ratnabhai Parmar, Constable, SRPF Gr.X, Valia (Bharuch).

Haryana

Anil Kumar, DSP, Telecom Panchkula Jaivir Singh, Sub-Inspector, HPA Mbn Lekh Ram, Sub-Inspector, HPA Mbn Sajjan Pal Singh, ASI, O/O IG, Rohtak Rajinder Kumar, ASI, Svb Ambala Sohan Lal, ASI, Hissar Raghubir Singh, ASI, Hissar Satbir Singh, Head Constable, Office of IG/ Gurgaon.

Bihar

Md. Farghuddin, Sub-divisional police officer Ram Pukar Singh, Sub Inspector Surendra Kumar Singh, Sub Inspector Nasir Hussain Khan, constable (posthumous).

Chhattisgarh

Pradeep Gupta, Superintendent of Police

Jharkhand

Binod Kumar Raut, Sub Inspector Jammu & Kashmir Mohd. Aslam, sub inspector Talib Hussain, Inspector Chanchal Singh, Sub Inspector Tek Chand, Constable Mohd Farid, Deputy Superintendent of Police Mohammad Rashid, Deputy Superintendent of Police Swarn Singh, Constable Shabir Ahmad, Constable Paramjeet Singh, Sub Inspector Kulwant Singh Jasrotia, Deputy Superintendent of Police Tej Ram Katoch, Deputy Superintendent of Police Mohd. Sharief, Head Constable Punjab Singh, Selection Grade Constable Udhey Kumar Aima, Additional Superintendent of Police Mohd Hafiz Malik, Sub-Divisional police officer S. Hardip Singh, inspector Kamal Mehra, selection grade constable Soba Chand, Selection Grade Constable Raj Kumar, Constable (posthumous) Bal Kumar, Constable.

Karnataka

N. Guruprasad, Reserve Sub Inspector M.C. Jose, Armed Police Constable.

Maharashtra

Rajendra Shankar Kale, Constable Pradip Sitaram Nimbalkar, Constable, (posthumous).

Manipur

P. Achouba Meetei, Sub Inspector H. Premananda, Havildar T. Sadananda, Constable H. Premjit Singh, Constable Md. Habibur Rahaman, rifleman Md. Yahiya Khan, Rifleman.

Meghalaya

Issac S. Marak, sub inspector .

NCT of Delhi

Alok Kumar, Deputy Commissioner of Police Sanjeev Kumar Yadav, Asst Comm of Police (1st Bar to PMG) Mohan Chand Sharma, Inspector, (4th Bar to PMG) Sanjay Dutt, Inspector, (1st Bar to PMG) Satender, Head Constable Hansraj, Constable Subhash Chand Vats, Sub-Inspector Harender Singh, Sub-Inspector Sanjeev Lochan, Assistant Sub-Inspector Lalit Mohan Negi, Inspector Hridya Bhushan,Inspector Girish Kumar, Sub-Inspector S K Giri, Inspector Sajjan Singh, Sub-Inspector .

Assam Rifles

Mojibullah Khan, Havildar B S Lushai, Subedar Shyam Lal, Havildar. Maheswar Daimary, Rifleman Kaizalam, Havildar.

Border Security Force

Athango Lotha, Constable Yogesh Khawas, Constable Jarnail Singh, Constable Peter T Constable Raghu G Constable Maharaj Singh, Head Constable Naresh Binjhare, Constable Narayan Datt Sati, Inspector Sudhir Kumar Chauhan, Sub Inspector.

Central Reserve Police Force

S.R. Ojha, Deputy Inspector General of Police Arvinder Singh, Second-In-Command Pauja Lal, Sub Inspector D.M. Dutta, Lance Naik J. Shivshankaran, Constable Mohinder Singh, Head Constable (Posthumous) Sayed Shamuddin, Constable (Posthumous) Trupati Kant Hati, Deputy Commandant Rajender Singh, Head Constable Ranjan Kumar Roy, Constable Quereshi Vafadar Ahmed, Constable Munish Kumar, Constable Dhoom Ravindra Bhai, Constable Girraj Gurjar, Constable Dilip Kumar Meena, Constable Jeet Bahadur, Constable Subesh Kumar Singh, Inspector General Narendra Bhardwaja, Deputy Inspector General Subash, Constable Rakesh Kumar, Assistant Commandant T.R. Senapati, Head Constable.

Indo Tibetan Border Police Ajmer Singh, Constable/Driver.

President’s Police Medal For Distinguished Service

K.R. Nandan, Addl DG, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh A.K. Khan, Director General, Fire Service, Hyderabad, AP Jasti Venkata Ramudu, Addl DG, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh A Ram Kishan Rao, Dy SP, Anti-Corruption Bureau, AP Rajkumar Rajendra Singh, Dysp Headquarters, Arunachal Pradesh Amrik Singh Nimbran, IG of Police, Railways, Patna, Bihar Suresh Kumar Bhardwaj, IG of Police, Patna, Bihar Giridhari Nayak, IG of Police, Caf, Chhattisgarh Pradeep Narayan Tiwari, DIG, Headquarter, Chhattisgarh V. Renganathan, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Delhi Brijinder Singh Brar, DG of Police, Panaji, Goa P.P. Pande, Inspector General of Police, Vadodara, Gujarat Gopal Bhimrao Hosur, JT Commissioner of Police, Bangalore City Sampath Thattai Ramesh, Addl DGP & IG of Prisons, Bangalaore Jeevan Kumar Venkatrao Gaonkar, IG of Police, Karnataka K.S. Balasubramanian, Adgp, Vigilance & Acb, Kerala Rishi Kumar Shukla, IG of Police Sbieo, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh Anil Purushottam Dhere, Commissioner & Adgp, Sid, M.S. Mumbai Satish Khemchand Mathur, JCP Traffic Br, Mumbai, Maharashtra Sudhir Ganpat Dabhade, Addl SP, Khamgaon, Maharashtra Y. Joykumar Singh, Director General of Police, Imphal, Manipur Sadasiba Rath, Addl SP, I/C SP, Vigilance Cell, Orissa Nagendra Prasad Nayak, Inspector, Town PS, Bolangir, Orissa Shashi Kant, Addl DG of Police, Chandigarh, Punjab Jagdish Singh Kahlon, SP, Ferozpur, Punjab Kanhaiya Lal Bairwa, Addl DG of Police, Jaipur, Rajasthan Jaswant Sampatram, Adgp, Acb, Jaipur, Rajasthan. Umesh Joshi, DIG Anti Corruption Bureau, Rajasthan Mahboob Alam, Inspector General of Police, Tamil Nadu Himmat Singh, Inspector General of Police, Lucknow, UP Raghvendra Singh, Dy Supt of Police, Kanpur City, UP Karunakar Rao, Dysp, Siddharth Nagar, Uttar Pradesh Surendra Singh Negi, Commandant, 40 BN PAC Haridwar Vemmelil Varkey Thambi, ADG, WB PCB, Kolkata, West Bengal Paramjit Singh Dhillon, DIG, FHQ Delhi, Border Security Force Ravindra Singh Panwar, DIG, HQ DG BSF, New Delhi Y.Y. Handral, DIG, SHQ Border Security Force Srinagar, (J&K) Syed Sirajuddin Ali Khan, Addl DIG Hyderabad (AP), CRPF Subhas Goswami, IG, E/S Salt Lake Kolkata (WB) CRPF Chander Mohan Bakshi, DIG, Talegaon, Pune, CRPF Sukhdev Singh Cheema, Subedar Major 20BN, Jammu CRPF Dharamveer Singh Yadav, Addl DIG, DTE General, Itbp Nand Lal, Addl DIG DTE General, Itbp Anurag Sharma, IG & Director, Nisa Hyderabad, Cisf Sudhir Pratap Singh, IG, North Sector, New Delhi, Cisf Thomas John, Addl SP Bs&Fc Bangalore, Cbi Rajani Ranjan Sahay, SP, Scr-Ii/New Delhi, Cbi JSR E. Narayanan, Superintendent of Police, BS&FC Mumbai, CBI Chattar Singh Paarcha, Joint Dir, Ministry of Home Affairs Nand Kishore Das, Assistant Dir, Ministry of Home Affairs Srinivasan Ramadoss, Assistant Dir, Ministry of Home Affairs Daljit Singh Bindra, Assistant Dir, Ministry of Home Affairs Ashok Kumar Braroo, Dy CIO, Ministry of Home Affairs Avtar Singh, Dy CIO, Ministry of Home Affairs Satya Narain Sharma, Dy CIO, Ministry of Home Affairs Partap Singh Thakur, Asst Commdt, 24th BN Gangtok, SSB Prabhu Sharan Singh, Sub-Inspector, 6BN/Rpsf, Ministry of Railways.

Police Medal For Meritorious Service

C.V. Anand, Commissioner of Police, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh Mohd Ahsan Reza, DIG Eluru Range, Andhra Pradesh Aravelli Venkateshwar Rao, Addl SP Nalgonda, Andhra Pradesh Shaik Mahaboob Basha, Dysp, Anantapur Zone, Andhra Pradesh K. Venkata Satyanarayana, Assault Commander/Dysp Greyhounds, AP Yenamadala Tulasi Ram Prasad, Inspector, Crime Station, Hyd P. Ugender Reddy, Dy Assault Commander, Greyhounds AP J. Bhaskara Rao, Circle Inspector, Hybderabd, AP Karanam Mahendra Patrudu, Chief Law Instructor, PTC, AP Kovvuri Surya Bhaskar Reddy, Inspector, ACB Head Office, Hyd Bandla Janardhana, Assistant Sub-Inspector, Dcrb, CTR, AP Syed Ajaz Ahmed, Armed Reserve SI, Special Duty, Hyd, AP Kante Raja, Head Constable, DSB Karimnagar, Andhra Pradesh Ananda Mandal, SI, Lumla Police Station, Arunachal Pradesh Shahjahan Ali, SI, PTC Signal Trg. Center, Arunachal Pradesh Dilip Kumar Borah, IG of Police, Guwahati, Assam Prabin Chandra Saikia, Commandant, 2nd Aptf BN, Nagaon, Assam Subra Joyti Hazarika, Commandant, Makum, Tinsukia, Assam Prasanna Medhi, ASI, Vigilance & Anti-Corruption, Guwahati Sanjoy Kumar Das, Havildar, 6th AP BN, Assam Nazif Ahmed, Havildar, Khajuabeel, Darrang, Assam Lakhidhar Bordoloi, Havildar, Assam Commando BN HQ, Guwahati Balindra Kumar Nath, Constable (Operator), Apro, HQ, Guwahati Bhaben Gogoi, Constable (Operator), Apro HQ, Ulubari, Guwahati Phanidhar Barman, Constable, City Police Reserve, Guwahati Manju Jha, SP, Vigilance, Investigation Bureau, Patna, Bihar Gopal Paswan, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Patna, Bihar Bashir Ahmad Khan, Havildar, CID, Patna, Bihar Mohamad Ibrar, Constable, RO Special Branch, Patna, Bihar Ratan Prasad Karn, Constable, CID, Patna, Bihar Amarnath Upadhyay, IG, Sarguja Range, Ambikapur, Chhattisgarh Parasnath, COY Commander, 3rd Bn. CAF, Raipur, Chhattisgarh Thanu Ram Banjara, Head Constable, Kanker, Chhattisgarh Daljeet Singh, HC, 10th Bn. CAF, Surguja, Chhattisgarh Sudarshan Sahu, Armed PC, 9th Bn DWA, Chhattisgarh Harish Chandra Joshi, ACP, Lajpat Nagar, Delhi Indra Sharma, Women Inspector (Executive), CAW Cell, Delhi Jaspal Singh, Inspector (Executive), Security Unit, Delhi Surender Kumar, Inspector, SHO/Rohini, North West Distt. Delhi Himmat Ram, Sub-Inspector, Police Control Room, Delhi Ramesh Chand, Sub Inspector, 8th Bn, DAP, Delhi Chandra Narain Jha, Security Unit, Delhi Azad Singh Dahiya, Sub Inspector, Crime & Railways, Delhi Ramji Lal Sharma, Sub-Inspector, Special Cell (SB), Delhi Ram Niwas, Assistant Sub-Inspector, PCR, Delhi Ikpal Singh Assistant Sub-Inspector, South Distt, Delhi Ved Pal Singh, Assistant Sub-Inspector, Security Unit, Delhi Virsinhbhai Kalubhai Amaliyar, DYSP/ACP, "F" DN., Ahmedabad Subhashchandra Gunvantray Raval, Inspector, LCB, Junagadh Dilipkumar K. Vaishnav, Inspector, Maninagar PS, Ahmedabad City Baldevsinh C. Solanki, Inspector, Sardarnagar PS, Ahmedabad City Karamshibhai H. Desai, Inspector, Sarkhej PS, Ahmedabad Rural Deepak K. Shantilal Vyas, Inspector, ACB (Field) HQ, Ahmedabad Karsanbhai Jivanbhai Jadav, Inspector, ACB, Bhuj, Gujarat

NCT of Delhi

Kailash Chandra Yadav, Sub-Inspector Kailash Singh Bisht, Sub-Inspector Rajinder Singh Sehrawat, Sub-Inspector Devender Singh, Assistant Sub-Inspector Bijender Singh, Head Constable Sanjeev Shoukeen, Head Constable Vinod Gautam, Constable.

Tamil Nadu

J. Jawaharlal, Inspector, Uttar Pradesh Braj Bhushan, Senior Superintendent of Police Rajendra Singh, Additional Superintendent of Police Iqbal Singh, Deputy Superintendent of Police Vijay Kumar Rana, Sub-Inspector Bhupendra Singh, Sub-Inspector Daljit Singh Chawdhary, Dy Inspector General,(3rd Bar to PMG) Santosh Kumar Singh, Inspector, (1st Bar to PMG) Arun Kumar Singh, Inspector Sanjay Kumar Gupta, Sub-Inspector Ravindra Babu, Head Constable M. Ashok Jain, Senior Superintendent of Police Late Arvind Singh Chauhan, Sub-Inspector

Uttar Pradesh

Sahasveer Singh, Head Constable Rajendra Singh Nagar, Head Constable, (2nd Bar to PMG) Rajesh Kumar Pandey, Addl Supdt of Police, (2nd Bar to PMG) Ram Badan Singh, Deputy Superintendent of Police Shahab Rashid Khan, Deputy Superintendent of police Akhil Kumar, Senior Superintendent of Police (1st Bar to PMG) Rajesh Dwivedi, Deputy Superintendent of Police Padam Singh, Deputy Superintendent of Police Harprasad Sagar, Sub-Inspector.

Jharkhand-

Vipul Shukla, DSP, Koelkaro Ganesh Bahadur Gurung, Havildar, JAP (1) Doranda, Ranchi Naresh Kumar Pradhan, Havildar, JAP (1) Doranda, Ranchi Gorakh Bahadur Giri, Havildar, JAP (1) Doranda, Ranchi

Himachal Pradesh-

Shyam Bhagat Negi, Dy IGP, Shimla Kesho Ram, Inspector, PS SV & ACB, Shimla Ramesh Chand Chauhan, Inspector, CID Unit, Shimla Ram Dev, ASI, Mandi Distt

Jammu and Kashmir-

M.S. Sheikh, Commandant, JKAP 11th Sec Bn, APC Humhama Abdul Hamid Sheikh, Senior SP, Commandant IR-9th APC, Batmaloo Manohar Singh, Senior SP, Distt Doda Abdul Hamid Bhat, SP, Kashmir Aijaz Rasool Ganaie, Inspector, SSG (HQ) Radha Sham Abrol, Director Prosecution, PHQ Bashir Ahmed, Inspector, SKPA Udhampur Farooq Ahmad Kathwari, Dy Director Prosecution Dinesh Kumar, Sub-Inspector, J&K CID Cell

Karnataka

Rajvir Pratap Sharma, IGP, Southern Range Ratnakar Salunke, SP, State Intelligence, Bangalore.

S. Rangaswamy Naik, SP, K.L.A. Kanagalu Nanjappa Yogappa, SP, COD Bangalore Dommasandra Muniyappa Krishnamraju, Add SP, Mandya Somanahalli Ramasingaiah Phanindrasingh, Add SP, Chikmagalur Ambanna Hanumantappa Chippar, Dy SP, DCRB M.B. Mallikarjuna Swamy, Asstt Commissioner of Police, East Traffic, Sub Division, Bangalore City Siddaramappa Veerabhadrappa Guled, Assistant Commissioner of Police, South Sub Division, Hubli Krishnadas Ravindra Prasad, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Audugodi Sub Division, Bangalore City D. Narayanaswamy, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Jayanagar Sub Division, Bangalore City Gowda Basavanna Manjunath, Circle Police Inspector, Tiptur Rural Circle, Tumkur District Ayapana Hally Beera Gowda Rajendra Kumar, Police Inspector Banasawadi Police Station, Bangalore City C. Devi Dasan, SI Narasaiah Narasimhamurthy, Head Constable, BDA Vigilance, Bangalore Kaekana Bopaiah Nanjappa, Police Constable, Ist Bn, KSRP, Bangalore

Kerala

Anil Kant, IGP, SCRB, Triruvananthapuram Nitin Agrawal, DIG, Thiruvananthapuram Range S. Anantha Krishnan, DIG, Kannur Range K. Padmakumar, DIG, Thiruvananthapuram City M. Padmanabhan, SP, Ernakulam Rural. V Sunil Kumar, Deputy Commandant, Kerala Armed Police 2nd Battalion A.K. Venugopal, DSP, DCRB Railways Thiruvanathapuram P.N. Unnirajan, DSP, Special Branch, Thrissur M.V. Sukumaran, Circle Inspector, Payyanur, Kannur Madhya Pradesh- Purushottam Sharma, IGP, Bhopal Milind Kanaskar, DIG K.T. Vaiphei, DIG, Indore Dilip Kumar Singh, SP, SPE, Lokayukt Rewa Vijay Kumar Mishra, IO, Special Branch, Bhopal Sanjeev Deshpandey, Company Commander, 32nd Bn SAF, Ujjain Vijay Singh Pawar, Reserve Inspector, Bhopal Abdul Hamid, Head Constable, Bhopal Alois Ekka, Head Constable, SPE, Hqrs, Lokayukta, Bhopal Hira Lal Vaishya, Head Constable, Sbieo, Bhopal Raj Dev Dwivedi, Head Constable, 8th Bn, SAF Chhindwara Bhagwati Prasad Sharma, Head Constable, Gwalior Lalji Mishra, Constable, PS Gohalpur, Jabalpur Safuddin Farrukhi, Constable, Shivpuri Rajveer Singh Yadav, Constable, PS Madhoganj, Gwalior Maharashtra- Shobha Ohatkar, SP, E.O.W, CID, Pune. Balasaheb Genbhau Shekhar, SP, ACB, Nashik Sadashiv Laxman Patil, ACP, ATS, Mumbai Gambaji Patilbuwa Dabhade, Inspector, Shahupuri PS, Kolhapur Bharat Ramrao Patil, Inspector, Deccan PS, Pune City Shashikant Dattatray Surve, Inspector, Goregaon PS, Mumbai City Bhimdeo Bhalchandra Rathod, Inspector, Charkop PS, Mumbai City Dashrath Dattatray Khule, Armed Police Sub-Inspector, SRPF GR XI, Navi Mumbai Pratap Muralidhar Pawar, SI, Hinjwadi PS, Pune City Ayub Usman Sayyad, Asstt SI, Police Hq, Solapur City Balkrishna Dharma Sonawane, Armed Asst SI, SRPF GR VI Dhule Pralhad Kaduba Chaudhari, Armed Asst SI, SRPF GR VI Dhule Bhagwat Trimbak Ingle, Armed Asst SI, SRPF XI Navi Mumbai Bapu Appa Kardage, Police Head Constable, LCB Kolhapur Popat Vitthal Kalamkar, Police Head Constable, Yerawada Police Station, Pune City Sambhaji Ananda Jadhav, Police Head Constable, CR Kalyan Thane City Suryakant Balu Tatkare, Police Head Constable, Spl Branch, CID Mumbai City Anil Yakoba Makasare, Police Head Constable, Spl Branch, Nashik City Shivram Shankar Kadam, Police Head Constable, Kothrud Police Station, Pune City. Kishor Bhivaji Vele, Head Constable, Kolshrwadi PS, Thane City Jagdish Ganpatrao Dharme, Head Constable, Ashta PS, Sangli Uday Sitaram More, Head Constable, Ghatkopar PS, Mumbai City Anna Gangaram Gore, Head Constable, Vashi Railway PS, Mumbai Prakash Eknath Jadhav, Head Constable, SRPF GR II Pune Chandrakant Nivruttirao Kadam, Head Constable, Police Hq, Nanded Kailash Ramchandra Khadse, Head Constable, MT Akola Dattatray Janardan Pawar, Head Constable, SRPF Gr V Daund Subhash Baburao Patil, Head Constable, Ramdaspeth PS, Akola Pradip Dhanajirao Jadhav, Head Constable, Ambernath PS, Thane City Anandrao Giridhar Patil, Head Constable, Crime Branch, Thane City Vishnu Shankar Ekwade, Police Naik LCB Sindhudurg Dilawar Gulab Shaikh, Police Naik, Panhala PS, Kolhapur

Manipur

P Dhanakumar Singh, SP, CID(SB)

Imphal

Thokchom Krishnatombi Singh, Inspector, O/C CDO Imphal East Distt

Meghalaya

Ningambam Singh Subhash, Armed Branch Inspector, Ist MLP Bn, Training Centre, Hq Mawiong Someswar Basumatary Havildar, PTS, Shillong

Mizoram

Joseph Lal Chhuana, Principal, PTC, Lungverh.

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CJI rues inadequate judicial infrastructure
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 15
As country enters in the 60th year of independence, the judiciary, burdened with nearly three crore cases, needed drastic steps to improve its infrastructure to support it. Otherwise, people’s faith in the justice delivery system would be eroded. This was the message of the Chief Justice of India in his speech at a function in the Supreme Court.

CJI K.G. Balakrishnan’s main concern was about the inadequate financial backup by the states to subordinate judiciary, the backbone of justice delivery system but loaded with 2.50 crore cases as per the latest data.

“The subordinate judiciary is facing the problem of inadequate infrastructure as well as poor working conditions… this is a pressing concern as it is the backbone of the justice delivery system,” the CJI said after unfurling the National Flag at the Supreme Court complex.

The CJI felt an urgent need for upgrading the skills of judges, especially in the lowest rung of the judiciary with special training not only on academics but also on the technology front.

“It is thus imperative to modernise the lowest rungs of the judicial system and introduce high quality and modernised training academies for the judges and lawyers. This will make for a better workforce,” the CJI said.

Despite the judiciary making best efforts to reduce the pendency, it continued to increase with the institution of new cases, which was not matched with infrastructure backup, as a result there was delay in delivery of justice. Apart from a burden of 2.50 crore cases with the lower judiciary the high courts have the pendency of 36.70 lakh.

“People’s faith in the judicial system begins to wane if there is delay in deciding the cases,” Justice Balakrishnan said and welcomed the concept of evening courts to make better use of the existing infrastructure and the mobile courts, which he recently inaugurated in Haryana.

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Ruling DPA in TN heading for split
Arup Chanda
Tribune News Service

Chennai, August 15
The ruling Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK)-led Democratic Progressive Alliance (DPA) in Tamil Nadu seems to be heading for a split with Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi hinting that he might dump one of its allies the Pattali Makkal Kathci (PMK) which has been constantly criticising the state government.

However, even if Karunanidhi gets rid of the PMK from the alliance, the DMK government will not fall as the PMK has only 18 MLAs in the 234 strong state Assembly. The DMK, on its own, does not enjoy simple majority as it has only 95 legislators but it has the backing of 34 Congress MLAs, which makes its strength to 129. The CPM and the CPI which support the DMK government from outside have eight and six MLAs respectively.

The flash point was reached when PMK founder leader S. Ramadoss demanded that people take law into their own hands and take over the land which they had sold to the government 16 years ago.

Irritated by frequent attacks on the DMK government and indicating that his patience was running out, Karunanidhi said, "We value non-violence, peace, friendship and camaraderie, but should we let an impression gain ground that we are in league with those advocating uncivilised forms of protest? The time to ponder over this question is closing in on us." Though he did not take any name, Karunanidhi referred to Ramadoss asking the people at Sholinganallur, on the outskirts of the state capital, to break into government offices to enforce their "right to repossess" land though they had been adequately compensated by the Tamil Nadu Housing Board 16 years ago. "Now, they want the land back and a leader of a political party is encouraging them," he said.

An angry Karunanidhi said, "Silence should not be misconstrued as a licence for uncivilised ways. Should we take the blame for supporting the people who are bent upon pursuing uncivilised ways which will make the nation a jungle? The time to take a decision on this is nearing."

Over the last several months, the PMK has been taking on the DMK government on various issues. First, Ramadoss demanded that Tamil Nadu emulate Gujarat and impose compete prohibition in the state.

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Bofors: CBI to review pursuance of case

New Delhi, August 15
Having failed again to get Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi extradited to India to face trial for alleged involvement in the Bofors kickbacks scam, the CBI plans to review the case and examine whether it could still be pursued.

CBI director Vijay Shanker put up a brave face today after Quattrocchi left Argentina for his native Italy following India's failure to appeal against a court's decision not to extradite him, and claimed the matter was under investigation and that the businessman was still an accused.

Sources in the agency, however, said the issue would be reviewed completely and the government apprised after this exercise.

The government would also be asked whether it wanted the CBI to still pursue the 17-year-old case, they said.

The sources said since this was the second time that India had been unable to bring Quattrocchi to the country to face trial, there was an urgent need to review the matter and to ascertain whether Interpol's Red Corner Notice against him was still valid.

India had earlier failed to get Quattrocchi extradited from Malaysia. — PTI

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Shun divisive agendas, says Manmohan
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 15
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said that the new sense of confidence and energy of Indians should be channelised in the right direction to enable India regain its position in the comity of nations.

Addressing a gathering at the special Parliament session in the Central Hall of Parliament, Dr Manmohan Singh said the building of a free democratic India had been one of the greatest adventures of humankind in the past century.

He assured the nation that the world community wished India well. He urged all MPs, legislators and members of every panchayat and municipality to convert India’s hard won freedom into true freedom.

“Let us pledge not to pursue divisive agendas,” he said.

Expressing concern over the state of agriculture, he said, “Our agriculture is in need of a second green revolution.

“For all benefits of development to reach the poor, it is necssary to make the delivery system more efficient. The cancer of corruption must be extinguished.”

Vice-President Hamid Ansari said, “The reasons for rejoicing are evident as India's progress is evident. Doubts about our capabilities have given way to certitude. We are a nation of consequence in the comity of nations.

“A more distressing trend is the balkanisation of the mind. The challenge is to promote Indianness.”

President Pratibha Patil said India must not forget the sacrifices of the great men and women who earned her freedom.

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CRPF jawan killed in Tripura
TNS & Agencies

Agartala, August 15
The outlawed National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) struck on I-Day today, killing a CRPF jawan in an ambush in Dhalai district, in spite of tight security across the state in view of a boycott called by several militant groups.

The police said a group of NLFT insurgents hiding in a roadside bush showered bullets at a CRPF patrol at Prasannamanipara at 8 am and seriously wounded constable Chamenjit Yadav (37). He was taken to a hospital but succumbed to his injuries on the way.

Meanwhile, Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, hoisted the national flag at the Assam Rifles ground here. He said insurgency was being tackled firmly as rebel groups operating in the state were coming in the way of development.

Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today called upon insurgent groups, especially the banned ULFA, to come over for direct negotiations with the Central Government. ULFA, which had called for a general strike for the Independence Day, triggered four explosions, two at Gauripur in Dhubri district and two at Bongaigaon district, around 8.30 am today.

Police superintendent P.S. Mahanta said no one was injured in the blasts and the I-Day celebrations were not disrupted. A huge cache of arms and explosives was recovered from an ULFA camp inside a forest in Sibsagar district hours before the celebrations began in the state.

Meanwhile, members of the Guwahati Press Club today defied the diktat of the banned ULFA by celebrating the day on the club’s premises, besides taking out a procession to denounce violence.

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Kalam launches medicare for poor

Hyderabad, August 15
Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam today launched Rajiv Arogya Sri programme to provide medicare to those below the poverty line free of cost in the state.

Kalam, who is chairman emeritus of the Emergency Management Research Institute, said the integration of health services by three institutes would help people to get treatment instantly.

Emergency services launched under public-private partnership have been saving many people since 2005.

Lauding the Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy’s government for taking up measures to provide free medical and health facilities to the poor, Kalam said there was need to create a national emergency management service on the lines of the EMRI, with the assistance of the Centre and state governments, participation of the corporate sector and decentralisation of EMRI services. — UNI

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