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12 churches torched in Orissa
Phulbani (Orissa), December 27
At least 12 churches and prayer houses in the rural areas were torched and a Congress MP’s house was attacked in violence for the fourth consecutive day in Orissa’s tribal dominated Kandhamal district today.

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Activists from different faiths along with film maker Mahesh Bhatt join a black flag demonstration in Mumbai on Thursday to condemn the attacks on churches in Orissa. — PTI photo

Top cops accused of framing builder
Mumbai, December 27
The Criminal Investigation Department of the Mumbai police is probing allegations that three senior police officials of the city police illegally slapped murder charges against a top builder in Mumbai.





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Rebel JD(S) group defers decision to join Congress
Bangalore, December 27
Karnataka politics is in a flux again with the rebel Janata Dal(Secular) group led by M.P. Prakash deferring its decision to join the Congress party despite an invitation by Union minister Oscar Fernandes yesterday.

Mumbai-Amritsar freight corridor soon
New Delhi, December 27
The Centre has agreed to link Mumbai with Amritsar through a freight corridor and a formal clearance to the proposal is expected in January.

Intellectuals bat for Tasleema's freedom
New Delhi, December 27
Prominent intellectuals today asked the government to relax curbs put on Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen, living in an undisclosed location in the national capital for the last one month, saying that she feels like being "buried alive".

Congress adopted harmful approach in
New Delhi, December 27
Faulting Congress over its election strategy in Gujarat, CPM general secretary Prakash Karat has said that the results underline the necessity for an uncompromising struggle against the “Hindutva variety of communalism.”


Amitabh Bachchan performs the last rites of his mother
Amitabh Bachchan performs the last rites of his mother, Teji Bachchan, with his brother Ajitabh at Sangam in Allahabad on Thursday. — PTI photo

Teji Bachchan’s ashes immersed
Allahabad, December 27                            
The ashes of Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan's mother Teji, who passed away in Mumbai last week, were today immersed in the holy Sangam here by the actor's family and close friends.

UP to hand over Dawood aide’s body to Pak
Lucknow, December 27
A team of the Uttar Pradesh police this morning reached the national capital with the body of Noor Baksh, alias Noora, a close aide of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, to hand it over to officials of Pakistan at the Wagah/Attari international border.

Naxals using beacon lights on vehicles to fool cops
Patna, December 27
The Jharkhand police, reportedly, now is facing a harrowing time as Naxal rebels have started moving around in vehicles fitted with beacon lights, used only by ministers and senior government officials.

Campaigning ends for Ballia byelection
Ballia, December 27
The high profile campaigning for the December 29 Ballia Lok Sabha bypoll, where the Samajwadi Party candidate -son of former Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar -was pitted against the son of mafia don-turned-politician Hari Shankar Tiwari, ended at 1700 hrs this evening.

Karunakaran all set to return to Congress
Thiruvananthapuram, December 27
Veteran Kerala politician K. Karunakaran is all set to rejoin Congress as he has been invited by the party high command for talks in Delhi.

Woman, daughter get death for doc’s murder
Pune, December 27
A court here today sentenced a mother-daughter duo to capital punishment for kidnapping and murdering a doctor for a ransom of Rs 25 lakh.

Sood new ambassador to Nepal
New Delhi, December 27
The ministry of external affairs today announced the appointment of Rakesh Sood as India’s next ambassador to Nepal. Sood, IFS of 1976 batch, succeeds Shiv Shanker Mukherjee, who is tipped to go to London as India’s High Commissioner.

Left will be briefed: Pranab
Bangalore, December 27
The UPA government at the Centre will brief the Left parties about the outcome of India’s talks with the International Agency for Atomic Energy (IAEA) on India-specific nuclear agreement, before arriving at a final decision, external affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said today.

Assam wants ban on Adivasi militants
Guwahati, December 27
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today informed that the state government was very concerned over the growing number of violent incidents committed by the Adivasi militant group, All Adivasi National Liberation Army (AANLA) militants and was keeping a close watch on it through its security apparatus.

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12 churches torched in Orissa

Phulbani (Orissa), December 27
At least 12 churches and prayer houses in the rural areas were torched and a Congress MP’s house was attacked in violence for the fourth consecutive day in Orissa’s tribal dominated Kandhamal district today.

Miscreants ransacked and torched over a dozen churches and prayer halls at G. Udaygiri, Nuagaon, Brahmanigaon and Phulbani Sadar, while the residence of Rajya Sabha Congress MP Radhakant Nayak was ransacked in Dasingbadi, the police said.

Saffron activists and Kui tribals, opposing tribal status to Christians belonging to SC “Pana” group joined hands, with clashes breaking out at Brahmanigaon in the Daringbadi area.

“Fresh incidents of arson and clashes were reported from Brahmanigaon and extra forces were sent to control the situation,” district collector Bhabagarhi Mohapatra said.

Curfew was in force in Phulbani and Baliguda towns besides Daringbadi and Brahmanigaon areas, he said.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who visited Phulbani during the day told reporters that one person had been killed so far. State Congress chief Jayadev Jena, however, claimed that five persons were killed.

Alleging that four of the victims were killed during the day at Barakhama in Baliguda police station area, Jena demanded Patnaik’s resignation accusing the BJD-BJP government of failing to contain the violence.

Bhubaneswar: Claiming that the situation was improving in violence-hit Kandhamal district, Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today said over 24 persons had been arrested for rioting and arson.

“Action is being taken against the culprits,” Patnaik, who visited the Kandhamal district headquarters town of Phulbani early in the day, told reporters on his return here.

“I was informed that the situation is improving,” he said.

Asked whether there was fresh violence at Brahamnigaon and other areas as claimed by the opposition parties, Patnaik said: “I returned from the district just now. Everything was normal.”

Three senior IAS officers, some IPS officers and other officers were stationed in the district to monitor the situation, he said.

Patnaik said one person had died in the clashes.

He, however, did not divulge how many churches or prayer houses were burnt in the last four days.

Patnaik denied that the government was taking a “soft” stand towards VHP activists allegedly involved in the violence.

Replying to a query on the demands of the Christian community for a judicial probe, Patnaik said the government was considering the matter.

On resentment among the Kui tribes, who had allegedly joined hands with VHP activists in the violence, Patnaik said “government will consider the demands made by a section of people in Kandhamal district”. — PTI

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Top cops accused of framing builder
Shiv Kumar
Tribune News Service

Mumbai, December 27
The Criminal Investigation Department of the Mumbai police is probing allegations that three senior police officials of the city police illegally slapped murder charges against a top builder in Mumbai.

The case involves Rajendra Chaturvedi, promoter of Shreepati Builders, against whom a First Information Report (FIR) was filed earlier this year by the Juhu police. Chaturvedi was arrested for allegedly hiring four hit men to eliminate a business rival Rashmikant Shah.

The police had then claimed that Chaturvedi had hired the Chotta Rajan gang to kill Shah. The four alleged shooters were nabbed and following their interrogation Chaturvedi too was arrested.

However, some disgruntled junior police officials have, reportedly, come out with information which indicated that Chaturvedi was falsely being implicated by senior police officials. Under the scanner are three police officials of the IPS grade - Arup Patnaik, Bipin Bihari and Vinay Chaubey. All of them have held senior positions in the Mumbai police.

The CID, which is probing the case, has established that the FIR filed against Chaturvedi was false. "Prima facie evidence shows that the FIR registered on February 25 at the Juhu police station was false," SPS Yadav, additional director general of CID, told reporters today.

While then additional commissioner of police Bipin Bihari issued orders for the arrest of Chaturvedi, his superior joint commissioner of police Arup Patnaik backed him. Patnaik had even held a press conference and said the builder was guilty of conspiracy.

Sources say, the case came to light after junior police officials came out with incriminating documents against the top police officials which has allowed the builder to legally pursue the case.

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Rebel JD(S) group defers decision to join Congress
Tribune News Service

Bangalore, December 27
Karnataka politics is in a flux again with the rebel Janata Dal(Secular) group led by M.P. Prakash deferring its decision to join the Congress party despite an invitation by Union minister Oscar Fernandes yesterday.

The Congress party’s revised view of giving tickets only to “winning horses”, instead of accommodating all eleven former legislators of the rebel JD(S) group, has led the group to announce that it would again open negotiations with other political parties, including the BJP.

Speaking to newsmen after a meeting of the group here today, Prakash said the group felt there was enough time to take a final decision and that more time was needed to be given to negotiations with both the Congress and the BJP, besides other parties, including the BSP.

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Mumbai-Amritsar freight corridor soon
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 27
The Centre has agreed to link Mumbai with Amritsar through a freight corridor and a formal clearance to the proposal is expected in January.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal yesterday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seeking strengthening of the trade route in the wake of prospects of increased international trade through the Attari border.

A Punjab government spokesman said the centre had earlier proposed a freight corridor till Ludhiana but the state had been pleading to extend it till the Indo-Pak border.

The Prime Minister also assured Badal that Punjab’s case for setting up of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Indian Institute of Management (IIM) and Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) would also be considered on a priority basis. The Prime Minister said he had already directed the ministry of human resource development to expedite the process of setting up an IIT, IIM and IIIT in Punjab. The centre has also agreed to set up a Manufacturing Investment Region (MIR) in Punjab to brighten the prospects of trade and commerce in the state.

The state government has already submitted a comprehensive proposal for MIR at Ludhiana for textile/auto industry, at Jalandhar for leather/sports goods, at Batala for foundry, at Mandi Gobindgarh for iron works and at Goraya for agricultural implements.

The Prime Minister also agreed to the state government’s proposal to upgrade Amritsar Medical College to provide better health facilities. The college would be linked with the PGI, Chandigarh, through tele-medicine facility. Dr Singh said in view of the historical importance of the Guruta Gaddi Diwas tercentenary celebrations, the centre would accord the highest priority to complete the Guru Gobind Singh Marg.

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Intellectuals bat for Tasleema's freedom

New Delhi, December 27
Prominent intellectuals today asked the government to relax curbs put on Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen, living in an undisclosed location in the national capital for the last one month, saying that she feels like being "buried alive".

The intellectuals, including veteran journalist Khushwant Singh and writer Arundhati Roy, in separate letters to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi said Nasreen should be allowed to exercise "reasonable degree of freedom" while she gets adequate security.

Their intervention came in the wake of the Centre asking the author to restrain from coming out in public or freely meeting people, restrictions described as "house arrest" by Nasreen.

"While we can understand the need for adequate security, we think this is carrying things too far. Please ensure that while she still gets adequate security, she is allowed to exercise a reasonable degree of freedom," the letter said.

The letter was also signed by sociologist Ashish Nandi, filmmakers Shyam Benegal and Girish Karnad, Kerala education minister M.A. Baby and Outlook editor Vinod Mehta.

They claimed that they came to know from Nasreen that the conditions under which she is "now living under the care of central government was close to prison conditions". — PTI

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Congress adopted harmful approach in
Gujarat: Karat
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 27
Faulting Congress over its election strategy in Gujarat, CPM general secretary Prakash Karat has said that the results underline the necessity for an uncompromising struggle against the “Hindutva variety of communalism.”

In an article in the forthcoming issue of party’s mouthpiece People’s Democracy, Karat said such a political platform has to be built up in the state and forces rallied around it.

“The Congress party, as the main opposition in Gujarat, has shirked doing so. On the contrary, the predominant attitude has been to avoid raising anti-communal issues on the plea that it will help the BJP to polarise the people. This is a short-sighted and harmful approach,” Karat said, adding the unwillingness to take up this struggle was reflected in the hesitancy and refusal of the UPA government to boldly pursue the legal and constitutional avenues to bring those responsible for the 2002 carnage to justice.

He said even in the cases filed by the affected parties pending before the Supreme Court, the centre has failed to take a firm stand.

While admitting that the success in the assembly elections in Gujarat will boost the morale of the BJP, the CPI(M) leader said Gujarat was unique in that the RSS-BJP combine have always considered it to be a “laboratory for the Hindutva experiment.”

He said from the eighties, the network of the VHP-RSS was developed throughout the state. “Spread of communal propaganda, targeting of minorities, first Muslims and later Christians, winning over the middle classes to the communal platform and when in government enlisting big business support by disciplining labour were all resorted to on a systematic scale. It is these long years of work on the political, ideological and organisational plane that has resulted in a communal atmosphere developing in Gujarat which is now seen as a normal state of affairs,” he said.

Karat said “pogroms” unleashed in 2002 were orchestrated to administer a brutal lesson to the Muslims not to question this “normal” order. “Modi is a product of this communal movement and to view his politics and persona separately from that of the RSS-Hindutva brigade is a serious error,” he said.

Referring to the BJP national council meeting in November 2006, he said the BJP would adopt a full-scale Hindutva. “With the decision to project L K Advani as its prime ministerial candidate, there is a complete convergence in what Modi says and does in Gujarat and the BJP at the national level,” he said.

The CPI(M) leader said the BJP order in Gujarat was sustained and backed by the big bourgeoisie. “Under BJP rule, not only are the minorities converted to second class citizens, the full might of the State is pitted against the working class movement to the delight of the big capitalists,” he said.

Admitting that the Left had a limited strength in the state, Karat said the fight against the BJP’s Hindutva platform can be waged effectively only if the reactionary class policies were fought and people’s interests defended. “Avoiding a forthright stance against the communal platform, depicting a contradiction between Modi and the BJP-RSS combine, and hoping for normal issues of bourgeois politics to assert themselves are all symptoms of how flawed was the strategy to fight the BJP in these elections,” he said.

Calling upon the Congress leadership to introspect specially after results of Punjab, Uttarakhand and now Gujarat, he said the pursuit of pro-rich, anti-people economic policies is adversely impacting the people’s livelihood, resulting in erosion of popular support. “The decline of the Congress in the past two decades can be attributed mainly to its identification as a party that pursues policies that promotes the interests of the super-rich and international finance capital and which has lost its orientation towards the rural and urban poor,” he said.

Karat said if some of the secular opponents of the BJP were mistaken in underestimating the deep “communal impact in Gujarat, the hopes of L K Advani that Gujarat marks a turning pointin national politics is also misplaced,” he said.

The CPI(M) leader said the BJP should be apprehensive of what it will have to face in states like Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh that go to the polls later in 2008. 

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Teji Bachchan’s ashes immersed

Allahabad, December 27
The ashes of Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan's mother Teji, who passed away in Mumbai last week, were today immersed in the holy Sangam here by the actor's family and close friends.

Amitabh, his wife Jaya, son Abhishek, daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai, younger brother Ajitabh and family friend and Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh arrived at the Bamrauli airport here by a special aircraft at around 11.30 am.

They were received at the airport by local businessman and Samajwadi Party MP from Banda, Shyama Charan Gupta, and local SP M.P. Kunwar Reoti Raman Singh among others.

The Bachchans were taken to the holy confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati in a chartered bus, where a huge crowd was waiting to catch a glimpse of the superstar.

Heavy deployment of policemen was made at the Sangam as a sombre-looking Bachchan, donning a white kurta-pyjama and carrying his deceased mother's ashes in a pot, proceeded towards a motorboat booked specially for the occasion.

The Bachchans and their friends were carried to the mid-stream by the motorboat where the hour-long rituals were conducted by renowned priests' group "Prayagwal mahasabha".— PTI

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UP to hand over Dawood aide’s body to Pak

Lucknow, December 27
A team of the Uttar Pradesh police this morning reached the national capital with the body of Noor Baksh, alias Noora, a close aide of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, to hand it over to officials of Pakistan at the Wagah/Attari international border.

Noora was shot dead by the special task force of the Uttar Pradesh police here on October 24 while trying to escape from the police custody when he was being taken for a court appearance.

Noora’s remains would be handed over to Pakistani officials at either the Wagah or the Attari international border in Amritsar tomorrow.

The October 24 escape bid proved to be unlucky for Noora. Lodged in the Lucknow jail for the past two years, Noor Baksh, a sharp shooter of the Dawood Ibrahim gang, was shot down when he tried to escape on way to the local court.

Four accomplices who had come on two motor cycles to rescue him, however, escaped without a trace.

The main case against him in Uttar Pradesh was of fake passports and escaping from the police custody.

Originally said to be a resident of Balochistan in Pakistan, Noora or Noor Baksh had reportedly served in the National Guard of UAE and had also been part of the Dubai police.

On October 18, 2005, he escaped from a running train near the Itarsi station when he was being taken to Bangalore to be tried in a case of fake passport. Earlier, he had done the vanishing act on May 15, 2001 when he was being taken to the Naini jail after a hearing in the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate in Lucknow.

His arrest by the STF from a Chinese restaurant in the heart of Lucknow on November 24, 2005 was claimed to be a major achievement as he was reported to be an international criminal and close associate of Dawood Ibrahim and Chota Shakeel. — UNI

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Naxals using beacon lights on vehicles to fool cops
Ambarish Dutta
Tribune News Service

Patna, December 27
The Jharkhand police, reportedly, now is facing a harrowing time as Naxal rebels have started moving around in vehicles fitted with beacon lights, used only by ministers and senior government officials.

The development comes at a time when the decision was said to have already been taken in principle by the Centre to recruit over 35,000 personnel under the India Reserve (IR) battalion scheme for deployment in states affected by Naxalite activity with a special focus on Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh - the two worst affected states of a total 13 in the recent past by the Red menace.

These 35,000 security personnel will, reportedly, be in addition to the 26 such battalions (over 26,000 men) being currently raised by the Naxalite-affected states.

In the backdrop of the said tough stance by the Centre in coordination with the Naxal-affected states to crush the Left-wing extremism, the ploy by the Naxals in Jharkhand to use beacon light cars to hoodwink the security forces recently prompted the higher-ups of the police there to send a letter to police superintendents (SP) in 24 districts advising them to keep a close watch on beacon fitted vehicles.

"Check such vehicles without any hesitation. We have received reports that Naxal rebels use beacon-fitted vehicles to avoid police check," the letter was said to have advised the SPs.

The police usually do not check beacon-fitted vehicles as red and yellow light fitted vehicles are mainly used by senior government officials and ministers.

18 of a total of 24 districts of Jharkhand were now said to be under Naxal influence and the state had already seen the extremists targeting and killing political leaders like Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) MP Sunil Mahato in March and former Chief Minister Babulal Marandi’s son, Anup Marandi, in October this year.

What has compounded the problem for the Jharkhand police is the use of new vehicles such as Tata Indigo, Tata Safari and Scorpio by VIPs in place of the traditional Ambassador cars. "Even senior police officials use these vehicles making it difficult for the police to spot criminals," sources added.

The police suspect that rebels are now trying to use these beacon fitted vehicles to transport explosives and other materials. In the recent past, three Naxal leaders were arrested when they were moving around in red beacon-fitted vehicles.

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Campaigning ends for Ballia byelection

Ballia, December 27
The high profile campaigning for the December 29 Ballia Lok Sabha bypoll, where the Samajwadi Party candidate -son of former Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar -was pitted against the son of mafia don-turned-politician Hari Shankar Tiwari, ended at 1700 hrs this evening.

Ballia parliamentary constituency in Uttar Pradesh, which had long stood witness to ‘personality versus development’ showdown over the past decades, is witnessing election following the death of former Prime Minister and sitting MP Chandra Shekhar.

The so-called ‘social engineering’ of the ruling BSP is also on test at the hustings.

While the entire Opposition, except for the Congress, the BJP and the BSP, is supporting SP candidate Neeraj Shekhar, the youngest son of the former PM in the byelection, BSP’s Vinay Shanker Tiwari along with the BJP and the Congress candidates had turned this bypoll as a run up to the Lok Sabha election in the state.

A total of over 1.5 million electorate would exercise their franchise at 716 polling stations and seal the fate of 16 candidates in the electronic voting machines (EVMs).

The polling would start at 0700 hrs and end at 1700 hrs on Saturday. The counting of votes would take place on January 2.

About 249 and 221 polling centres have been declared as hyper sensitive and sensitive respectively, in the constituency.

The Election Commission had banned the entry of outsiders, including ministers, in the constituency from today till the voting process is over on Saturday.

Police Superintendent L.B.0 Antony Kumar said about 55 companies of the Central Reserve Police (CRP), Border Security Force (BSF), Shashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) would be deployed for security. Besides, about 3,000 state police personnel would be deployed in the constituency on election duty.

While, para military would be deployed at hyper sensitive and sensitive polling centres, PAC would be deployed at other centres, Kumar said.

Motorboats manned by policemen would be pressed into service in Ghagra and Ganga rivers to keep a vigil along the UP-Bihar border in the district.

A look into the past three decades of election politics would indicate that the successive polls were fought amidst the twin axis of development and personality of the Young Turk. However, the picture is somewhat different this time round.

While Neeraj Shekhar is banking on his illustrious father’s personality and the sympathy wave to romp home, the Opposition parties had made the development of Ballia an agenda for the byelection. — UNI

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Karunakaran all set to return to Congress

Thiruvananthapuram, December 27
Veteran Kerala politician K. Karunakaran is all set to rejoin Congress as he has been invited by the party high command for talks in Delhi.

AICC general secretary in charge of Kerala affairs Mohsina Kidwai called Karunakaran and asked him to come to Delhi, sources close to the Kerala leader said.

Karunakaran would leave for Delhi on December 29 and is likely to meet AICC chief Sonia Gandhi the next day, the sources said.

Following differences with the party leadership, Karunakaran along with his son K. Muraleedharan parted ways with the Congress three years ago and floated the Democratic Indira Congress, which later merged with the NCP.

Karunakaran had expressed his wish to return to the Congress two months back following which he had been invited for talks in Delhi.

Karunakaran’s return to the Congress fold, however, is opposed by his son who said today that he would remain as the NCP state president and would not associate with his father’s political line.

“We have given him farewell. Let him enjoy the consequences,” Muraleedharan said. The Congress continued to be regarded as the “main enemy” of the NCP as it was trying to weaken and destroy the NCP, he said. — PTITop

 

Woman, daughter get death for doc’s murder

Pune, December 27
A court here today sentenced a mother-daughter duo to capital punishment for kidnapping and murdering a doctor for a ransom of Rs 25 lakh.

The ad hoc additional sessions judge Vilas Patil, pronounced the death sentence and described the murder as a "barbaric and pre-planned crime with clinical precision", which has also maligned womanhood.

The judge awarded death penalty to the convicts under Sections 302 (punishment for murder) and 364(A) (kidnapping for ransom) of IPC.

Mahajan, a city-based orthopedic surgeon was murdered by Leena Devasthali(52), a practicing lawyer at Nasik bar, and her 28-year-old daughter Dipti, a medical student, in a lodge here on July 3, 2006 after he failed to pay them Rs 25 lakh demanded by the women with a promise of making him head of the department in a fake hospital. — PTI Top

 

Sood new ambassador to Nepal
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 27
The ministry of external affairs today announced the appointment of Rakesh Sood as India’s next ambassador to Nepal. Sood, IFS of 1976 batch, succeeds Shiv Shanker Mukherjee, who is tipped to go to London as India’s High Commissioner.

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IAEA Talks
Left will be briefed: Pranab

Bangalore, December 27
The UPA government at the Centre will brief the Left parties about the outcome of India’s talks with the International Agency for Atomic Energy (IAEA) on India-specific nuclear agreement, before arriving at a final decision, external affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said today.

“As decided earlier, we will meet the Left again and come out with the agreed text once we finalise the India-specific nuclear arrangements with the IAEA,” he added. — UNI

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Assam wants ban on Adivasi militants
Tribune News Service

Guwahati, December 27
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today informed that the state government was very concerned over the growing number of violent incidents committed by the Adivasi militant group, All Adivasi National Liberation Army (AANLA) militants and was keeping a close watch on it through its security apparatus.

He said a detailed dossier of the activities of the AANLA and its links, cadre strength etc., was being prepared for presentation before the Central government tribunal empowered to impose a ban on any armed militant group.

Gogoi said insurgency had been hampering the development of the state and the emergence of more insurgent groups and growing activities of jehadi elements was not auguring well for the economic growth of the state.

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