Aiming to project a tough image ahead of the polls, the
government today redefined the role of the Navy and put the
command and control of the entire coastal and maritime security
under its umbrella. Normally, the Navy is given such a
‘complete charge’ during wartime. At present, the Navy was
responsible for areas beyond 200 nautical miles from the coast.
LTTE’s truce offer, India tells Lanka New Delhi, February
India today appealed to the Sri Lankan government to seize the
Tamil Tigers rebels’ ceasefire offer and facilitate the
movement of Tamil population out of the war-affected areas to
secure locations, where they can get humanitarian aid. “While
this (ceasefire offer by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam -
LTTE) may fall short of a declaration of willingness to lay down
arms, it is our view that the Government of Sri Lanka should
seize the opportunity presented by the offer to bring about a
pause in the hostilities,” External Affairs minister Pranab
Mukherjee said in a statement.
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Rup is VC of Punjab central varsity Amritsar,
Internationally renowned geneticist
Dr Jai Rup Singh, Vice-Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev (GND) University, is
one of the 15 academicians who have been appointed Vice-Chancellor of
new Central universities of the country. He will be the V-C of the
Central university to be opened in Punjab.
Those who are missing since the 2002 post-Godhra communal riots in
Gujarat are soon to be declared dead by the authorities with the
expiry of seven years’ stipulated time. (Details
in Nation page)
A riot victim lights a candle inside a burnt house in Ahmedabad. Survivors marked on Saturday the anniversary of the 2002 Gujarat communal riots by praying and visiting homes that remain charred and empty after
they were attacked by mobs. — Reuters
Link judges’ salary to accountability New Delhi, February 28
A Parliamentary panel has suggested
the constitution of a National Judicial Service Commission with powers
to revise judges’ salaries according to the service conditions and
accountability on the lines of the practice in advanced countries.
“The government should immediately examine the feasibility of
introducing the pattern of allowances and salary, applicable to the
judges of some advanced countries of the world, by setting up such a
commission,” the Standing Committee on Law and Justice said in its
34th report tabled in Parliament.
Pak navy head does an about-turn Karachi, February 28
Distancing himself from the controversy over his remarks that there was no evidence of Ajmal Amir Kasab taking the sea route to India to launch terror strikes, Pakistan’s navy chief today said he had not contradicted Interior Ministry’s findings on Mumbai attacks.
“We have not been directly involved in the investigation, which is under the domain of the Interior Ministry. Therefore they are better equipped, they have better knowledge and information,” Admiral Noman Bashir said. — PTI
Badal pind chalo’ is farmers’ chant Talks with Chief Minister fail Chandigarh, February 28
A one-point agenda for members of
two major organisations of farmers is to reach Badal, native village of
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, on March 10 for “Niberra Karro”
(settle once-and-for-all) dharna in support of their demands. The Bharti
Kisan Union (Ekta) and the Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union will organise a
massive rally at Bathinda on March 5 to mobilise farmers and farm
workers for the March 10 Niberra Karro rally at Badal village. On March
8 and 9, farmers and farm workers from all over the state will start
converging at Badal village where they will stay put in a peaceful
dharna till their demands are conceded.
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