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Cash row: EC slaps notice on Mulayam
Mulayam Singh Yadav Lucknow, March 12
Holi festivities have landed Samajawadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav in trouble. Taking cognisance of television footage, the state Election Commission has sent him a notice for allegedly distributing cash during a function in his ancestral Sefai village in Etawah yesterday.

Cong surrenders to Mamata’s demands
New Delhi, March 12
The Congress appears to have virtually surrendered to the wishes of Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee. Sealing the seat-sharing deal with the Trinamool, just couple of days after Mamta issued an ultimatum, the Congress announced that it would contest on 14 out of 42 LS constituencies in West Bengal in the forthcoming general elections.

BJP gives one seat to JD-U in Bihar
New Delhi, March 12
Under pressure from its NDA allies after the BJD called off the 11-year agreement, the BJP has quietly surrendered one crucial seat to its Bihar ally the JD-U to clinch the seat-sharing arrangement before its gets too late. The BJP, which contested 16 seats will contest only 15 Lok Sabha seats this general elections while the JD-U has increased its tally to 25 now, against 24 in 2004.





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A Gandhian, dressed as Mahatma Gandhi, poses in front of a statue of the Mahatma during a rally on the occasion of 79th anniversary of Dandi March in Ahmedabad
A Gandhian, dressed as Mahatma Gandhi, poses in front of a statue of the Mahatma during a rally on the occasion of 79th anniversary of Dandi March in Ahmedabad on Thursday. — PTI

Zardari behind Taliban surge?
New Delhi, March 12
Never ride a tiger as one day it will eat you - so goes an old saying. It is proving to be true now for Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari. A leaf from Zardari’s past reveals his close links with the Taliban, which is now terrorising not only Pakistan and India but also western powers.

Killing another in self-defence right: SC
New Delhi, March 12
Thirty years after they killed a man, the Supreme Court today let off two accused holding that they were entitled to acquittal as the act was committed in exercise of self-defence, which is permitted under the law.

10,000 RTI pleas pending with CIC
Shortage of info commissioners adding to backlog
New Delhi, March 12
The backlog of cases at the Central Information Commission (CIC) is on the rise with the Information Commissioners retiring and the government making little effort to make new appointments.

Munde all set to emerge on national scene
Mumbai, March 12
BJP leader and former Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra Gopinath Munde is all set to enter national politics in keeping with a promise that he would attempt to fill the void created by the murder of his brother-in-law Pramod Mahajan two years ago.

IAF gets its first DG Operations
New Delhi, March 12
Air Marshal D C Kumaria today took over as the first ever Director-General Operations at the Air Headquarters here. Air Marshal Kumaria was commissioned as a fighter pilot in the flying branch of IAF on July 2, 1973.

Sena-BJP still negotiating on alliance
Mumbai, March 12
The Shiv Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party are still negotiating their seat-sharing deal in Maharashtra for the Lok Sabha polls. Sources in the two parties say they have made headway in talks and a deal may be announced early Friday.

Election code defers film fests in Goa
Panaji, March 12
In view of the forthcoming general election, Goa has rescheduled the film festivals planned in the state. Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG), a state government body, has deferred three film festivals-Marathi, Italian and Hungarian-which were slated to be held this month.

India’s first cyber knife system for cancer treatment
Chennai, March 12
Cyber knife system, the robotic radio surgery system designed to treat cancer tumours with sub-millimetre accuracy, was introduced for the first time in the country in Apollo Hospitals here.

3 die in Holi mishaps
Jaipur, March 12
The festival of colours turned sour for many in the Pink City as three persons were killed while many others got injured during the Holi celebrations. The deceased were reportedly in an inebriated condition and were killed after they fell down from their motorcycles in separate incidents.

Political crisis deepens in Meghalaya
Guwahati, March 12
Crisis in the one-year-old Meghalaya Progressive Alliance (MPA) government led by CM Donkupar Roy further worsened today with Health Minister Advisor Pariong quitting the ministry close on the heels of yesterday’s resignation of Urban Affairs Minister Paul Lyngdoh.

Virk is DGP M’rashtra
Chandigarh, March 12
The Election Commission (EC) today cleared the appointment of former Punjab Director General of Police (DGP) SS Virk as DGP of Maharashtra.





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Cash row: EC slaps notice on Mulayam
Shahira Naim
Tribune News Service

Lucknow, March 12
Holi festivities have landed Samajawadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav in trouble. Taking cognisance of television footage, the state Election Commission has sent him a notice for allegedly distributing cash during a function in his ancestral Sefai village in Etawah yesterday.

The notice sent under Section 171(B) of the IPC and 123 (1) of the Representation of the Peoples’ Act - both pertaining to bribery or corrupt practices during election - can invite fine and even imprisonment which may extend to one year.

Speaking to mediapersons, Chief Electoral Officer AK Bishnoi said the notice sent to the Samajwadi president, who was personally present at the function, mentioned his supporters openly distributing money in clear violation of the model code of conduct.

Mulayam has been asked to put his position before the commission by Friday. “His response would be forwarded to the CEC. They are the final authority to decide on the issue,” Bishnoi said.

Several news channels have been airing the function that took place yesterday at the SP president’s village in which his supporters are shown giving away Rs 100 currency notes to people gathered there.

The Chief Electoral Officer has also asked district magistrate Etawah Dinesh Chand Shukla to send his report on the episode.

However, Mulayam explained that the money was being distributed to the drummers who had come to play at the Holi function at his ancestral residence in his village on the occasion of Holi.

Speaking to news channels at the Lucknow railway station soon after returning from Etawah, the SP chief said: “It is an old tradition to give ‘shagun’ to the musicians who play on Holi. It was no great amount... only 5 or perhaps 10 rupees and maybe in some cases a hundred rupee.”

While he claimed to have officially not received any notice from the Election Commission, Mulayam said: “We would address it when the time comes.”

According to sources, the report sent by SDM Sefai JB Singh to the DM mentions that no official video recording of the function was done as the incident had taken place at a private function inside the residence of the SP president in Sefai.

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Cong surrenders to Mamata’s demands
Vibha Sharma
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 12
The Congress appears to have virtually surrendered to the wishes of Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee.

Sealing the seat-sharing deal with the Trinamool, just couple of days after Mamta issued an ultimatum, the Congress announced that it would contest on 14 out of 42 LS constituencies in West Bengal in the forthcoming general elections.

Trinamool will contest the remaining 28 constituencies - the majority of which includes “good, winnable seats”, a share of which the Congress had been demanding from its seat-sharing partner in West Bengal. Interestingly, most of the 14 seats that the Congress will contest are those that Mamata originally intended parting with in the beginning of the alliance. However, as he named the 14 seats, party's West Bengal in-charge Keshava Rao said understanding with the Trinamool had been reached.

However, political observers say resentment is already brewing amongst grassroot Congress workers primarily because of Mamata’s past track record and also the fact that the Congress-Trinamool pact will not do much to increase the Congress seat share and will only benefit Mamata. They also add that the Congress giving in to Mamata shows how ineffective the Congress has been in bargaining with its allies, whether it is with the Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh or Sharad Pawar’s NCP.

In West Bengal, the Congress seats include those represented by six sitting MPs, including External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Information and Broadcasting Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, who has been in hospital in a state of coma for months.

In the Congress’ share includes Darjeeling, Raiganj, Malda, North Malda, Jangipur, Behrampur, Murshidabad, Jalpaiguri, Burdwan-Durgapur, Bolepur, Purulia, Arambagh, Jhargram and Bankura seats. The other two seats in the north include North Malda, which is a new seat, and Jalpaiguri.

The remaining constituencies include strong Left bastions of Burdwar-Durgapur, Arambagh, Jhargram, Bolepur, Bankura and Purulia. While Bolpur, earlier a general constituency, was represented by Speaker of the 14th LS Somnath Chaterjee, Bankura is represented by Basudeb Acharia, eight-time MP and leader of the CPM parliamentary party.

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BJP gives one seat to JD-U in Bihar
Faraz Ahmad
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 12
Under pressure from its NDA allies after the BJD called off the 11-year agreement, the BJP has quietly surrendered one crucial seat to its Bihar ally the JD-U to clinch the seat-sharing arrangement before its gets too late.

The BJP, which contested 16 seats will contest only 15 Lok Sabha seats this general elections while the JD-U has increased its tally to 25 now, against 24 in 2004.

In the process, the JD-U has persuaded the BJP to part with Kishanganj arguing that since the JD-U enjoys greater popularity with the Muslims it has better chances of wining Kishanganj, as against the BJP, which is anyway an anathema to the Muslims, explained a senior JD-U leader.

JD-U sources said the announcement is likely to be made tomorrow at a joint press conference to be addressed by NDA Prime Ministerial candidate LK Advani, BJP president Rajnath Singh, JD-U president and NDA co-convener Sharad Yadav and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

According to the JD-U sources Kumar who arrived late this evening has come only after BJP general secretary in charge of Bihar Arun Jaitley conveyed to Kumar the readiness of his party to part with Kishanganj seat.

JD-U Bihar president Rajiv Ranjan Singh Lallan had recently asked for 26 seats for the JD-U leaving only 14 for the BJP and the Bihar BJP leaders were furious with him over this insisting that there was no way the BJP would part with any of its quota.

Under pressure from their state leaders in the last discussion between Jaitley and Nitish Kumar, Jaitley had insisted on retaining the full BJP quota. Also since the BJP claims to have a Muslim leader Shahnawaz Husain, who won the Lok Sabha byeelections from Bihar, it has now staked greater claim to contesting from the Muslim majority seats, indicated Shahnawaz.

Jaitley was discussing seat-sharing arrangement with Kumar when the news broke out last Saturday of BJD leader Naveen Patnaik breaking off the alliance with the BJP over seat-sharing disagreement. As soon as Kumar got to know this he broke off the discussions and took the flight back to Patna. According to sources the JD-U had asked for two seats Kishanganj and Madhubani and eventually relented to let Madhubani go back to the BJP quota.

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Zardari behind Taliban surge?
Man Mohan
Our Roving Editor

New Delhi, March 12
Never ride a tiger as one day it will eat you - so goes an old saying. It is proving to be true now for Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari. A leaf from Zardari’s past reveals his close links with the Taliban, which is now terrorising not only Pakistan and India but also western powers. Zardari liaisoning once patronised the Taliban but is now struggling for his own survival.

While the sword of a possible military coup is hanging over Zardari’s head, Pakistan's top opposition leader Nawaz Sharif on Thursday accused the government of plotting to kill him. Pakistan is on the brink of a political chaos.

An Indian intelligence agency’s ‘dossier’ on Zardari reveals that he had developed close relations with the Taliban soon after its birth in Afghanistan in 1994 to fight Russian forces.

These relations bordered on ‘liasioning’ as Zardari, then as a businessman, was backing an Argentinean oil company, Bridas Corporation, to lay an oil and gas pipeline from Turkmenistan to Pakistan via Afghanistan with the Taliban’s support, highly-placed intelligence agencies’ sources told The Tribune quoting the Zardari dossier.

It is a common practice world over among intelligence agencies to maintain dossiers on family members, relations and friends close to influential politicians, policy makers, industrialists and many others in ‘target nations’.

The Indian spying agencies have been updating the Zardari file ever since he married Benazir Bhutto, sources said. During the regime of Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, they pointed out, Zardari’s activities were specially watched as he had emerged as a go-between many multinational companies, like the Bridas Corporation, and Islamabad.

The Argentinean oil company had then invested some $400 million in exploring oil and gas in Turkmenistan. During Benazir Bhutto’s second regime as Prime Minister, Pakistan and Turkmenistan signed a memorandum on March 16, 1995, allowing Bridas to prepare a pre-feasibility study of a proposed pipeline reaching Pakistan via Afghanistan.

“This pipeline will be Pakistan’s gateway to Central Asia, it will open up huge possibilities,” Zardari used to tell visitors, commenting that the Taliban’s control of the pipeline route would make the pipeline viable,” intelligence sources said.

Those days, behind businessman Zardari’s office desk, hung a huge map of the route of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan pipeline, which he used to proudly show to everyone, sources informed.

Sources revealed that “some old Taliban friends” had renewed contacts with Zardari after he became the President. “We can’t ignore Zardari’s old ties with the Taliban, especially in the light of the recent Pakistan-Taliban deal for the Sharia law in parts of restive North-West Frontier Province (NWFP),” a senior Intelligence Bureau officer said.

The Taliban’s fast rise in Pakistan has alarmed the western as well as Indian intelligence community, and also nations which are facing Islamic terrorism. The 26/11 Mumbai and the Lahore attack (on Sri Lankan cricket team) are now being read as ‘a shift in the terror strategy’.

Irrespective of US President Barack Obama’s view that it may be the time to talk to less extreme elements of the Taliban, India’s assessment is that it would be like playing with fire. Interestingly, more than the Mumbai attacks, the Lahore incident has made top Indian espionage experts worried as, they feel, a ‘Talibanized Pakistan’ will make the situation far more explosive for India.

Recently, US Army General David Petraeus told world leaders and top diplomats attending the Munich Conference on Security Policy that terror’s ‘safe havens’ were still operating from Pakistan.

Indian security agencies are of the view that the Mumbai and Lahore attacks are now looking like part of a much larger regional terror game plan, with the possibility of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) ‘shadows’ creating circumstances for a military coup in Islamabad.

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Killing another in self-defence right: SC

New Delhi, March 12
Thirty years after they killed a man, the Supreme Court today let off two accused holding that they were entitled to acquittal as the act was committed in exercise of self-defence, which is permitted under the law.

A person can kill another when there exists a reasonable apprehension that his adversary is going to cause him/her grievous injury even though he might not have actually inflicted any, the Supreme Court ruled.

"In that event, he can go to the extent of causing the latter's death in the exercise of the right of private (self) defence even though the latter may not have inflicted any blow or injury on him," a Bench of Justices Dalveer Bhandari and HS Bedi observed.

The Bench passed the ruling while dismissing an appeal filed by the UP government challenging the acquittal of Gajey Singh and Rajpal Singh in a murder case that occurred on January 27, 1979, in Meerut town following an old enmity.

In this case, Lakhi Ram along with a few others had gone to the place of Gajey and Rajpal where a scuffle took place and the duo was assaulted with sharp weapons. In retaliation, Rajpal and Gajey fired a shot resulting in the death of Ram.

The trial court convicted the duo for murder and sentenced them to life imprisonment, but the accused were acquitted by the Allahabad High Court, which held that they committed the act in self-defence.

Aggrieved by the High Court's verdict, the state government appealed in the apex court. Interpreting Section 100 of the IPC, the apex court said the law justifies the killing of an assailant under the "right of private defence".

The apex court said that there was sufficient evidence to indicate that Ram and his accomplices had come to the house of the accused and assaulted them with sharp weapons, resulting in grievous injuries to both of them.

"In such a situation, accused persons could have a reasonable apprehension of death or at least of grievous hurt. It was a case of single gunshot, which was not repeated. Therefore, it cannot be said that the accused persons had exceeded their right of private defence in any manner," the bench observed.

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10,000 RTI pleas pending with CIC
Shortage of info commissioners adding to backlog

Girja Shankar Kaura
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 12
The backlog of cases at the Central Information Commission (CIC) is on the rise with the Information Commissioners retiring and the government making little effort to make new appointments.

With around 1,500 applications regarding Right to Information (RTI) being received at the CIC every month, the shortfall in the number of commissioners has led to around 10,000 cases being in the backlog for disposal.

There is a growing fear that with more and people realising the power of RTI, and in the absence of adequate number of Information Commissioners, the CIC may also go on the same path as the Indian courts, where cases remain pending for years with no end in sight for justice.

The CIC has a mandate from the President to have one Chief Information Commissioner besides having 10 Information Commissioners to handle applications on various issues.

However, over the past few months the strength of the CIC has been depleted to a great extent with the retirement of four Information Commissioners, the latest being Dr OP Kejriwal, who retired last month. Now, the CIC has just six Information Commissioners, besides Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah.

Officials point out that it is not that the CIC is not disposing off applications but with the retirement of the Information Commissioners, the workload on the remaining six has increased tremendously. Now the work of seven Information Commissioners is being handled by six with the departments of those retired being distributed among the others.

Figures available with the CIC point out that while in December last it started with a backlog of 9,521 cases, it received 1,670 new applications and disposed off as many as 1,598 cases to leave a backlog of 9,593 cases. Till December, CIC has disposed off a total of 20,196 applications in connection with the RTI.

A questionnaire to Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah seeking details of the latest figures evoked no response.

What is worrying the officials at the CIC is that while the number of applications is on the rise, which reflects the growing awareness among people about their rights, an increasing number of people are also trying to take advantage through the RTI Act.

The number of false applications against various government departments and institutions in an effort to stall various actions being initiated is on the rise. This is making the work of the CIC all the more difficult.

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Munde all set to emerge on national scene
Shiv Kumar
Tribune News Service

Mumbai, March 12
BJP leader and former Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra Gopinath Munde is all set to enter national politics in keeping with a promise that he would attempt to fill the void created by the murder of his brother-in-law Pramod Mahajan two years ago.

According to sources here, the BJP has decided to field Munde from the Beed Lok Sabha constituency. Till the demise of Mahajan, Munde concentrated on state politics leaving his brother-in-law to work at the central level.

However, in the new scheme of things, Munde is said to be pushing for Mahajan’s daughter Poonam to enter politics. It is not clear whether the BJP would field her in the Lok Sabha polls or at the assembly elections due later this year. Mahajan’s son Rahul, who was inducted into the BJP, is virtually discredited after being investigated in a drug scandal.

BJP leaders say Munde has a strong base in Beed where his Vanjari or Banjara community account for around 30 per cent of the population. Munde has over the years built up a strong coalition of OBCs to take on the powerful Marathas in the areas.

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IAF gets its first DG Operations
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 12
Air Marshal D C Kumaria today took over as the first ever Director-General Operations at the Air Headquarters here.

Air Marshal Kumaria was commissioned as a fighter pilot in the flying branch of IAF on July 2, 1973. A graduate of Defence Services Staff College, he is a Qualified Weapon Instructor having undergone the QWI course in the United Kingdom and a Fighter Combat Leader, who also served as a Directing Staff at the Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment (TACDE).

He has held many important field and staff appointments in his service career. He has been Assistant Adviser (Air) at Indian High Commission in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and has served as a defence attaché at Indian Embassy in Rome (Italy) with concurrent accreditation to the Iberian countries. He was especially selected to write the Air Power Doctrine of the IAF in 1994. He has commanded a frontline Jaguar Squadron specialising in Maritime Strike Role as well as a fighter air base and has had an operational experience of flying all versions of MiG-21 and Jaguar aircraft.

He has also functioned as the Principle Director of Concept Studies at Air Headquarters, as Air I at Headquarters Western Air Command and Assistant Chief of Air Staff Operations (Space) at Air Headquarters prior to taking over as the first ever Director General Operations at Air Headquarters.

Air Marshal Kumaria was awarded Vayu Sena Medal in 1983 and Vishisht Seva Medal in 1996 and Ati Vishisht Seva Medal in 2007 for distinguished service of high order.

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Sena-BJP still negotiating on alliance
Shiv Kumar
Tribune News Service

Mumbai, March 12
The Shiv Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party are still negotiating their seat-sharing deal in Maharashtra for the Lok Sabha polls.

Sources in the two parties say they have made headway in talks and a deal may be announced early Friday. Leaders of the two parties have gone on silent mode since Tuesday after several days of levelling allegations against each other.

Both parties have decided to contest the 48 seats in Maharashtra with the BJP contesting 26 seats and leaving the rest to the Sena. Earlier this week, the two outfits were locked in bitter negotiations over the Kalyan and Bhiwandi seats.

However, the mood in the BJP is sombre following the exit of the Biju Janata Dal leaving the National Democratic Alliance. BJP leaders at the national level are said to be keen on maintaining ties with the Shiv Sena and are pushing the state leadership to compromise.

Earlier, BJP leaders like Maharashtra state unit president Nitin Gadkari had taken a tough stand against the Shiv Sena though his colleague Gopinath Munde is said to be in favour of a conciliatory approach towards the Thackerays.

An announcement when it comes is likely to be accompanied by the Thackerays endorsing BJP leader L K Advani as the prime ministerial candidate.

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Election code defers film fests in Goa

Panaji, March 12
In view of the forthcoming general election, Goa has rescheduled the film festivals planned in the state.

Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG), a state government body, has deferred three film festivals-Marathi, Italian and Hungarian-which were slated to be held this month.

“The election code of conduct is in session and hence we have decided to reschedule these festivals,” ESG chief executive officer Manoj Srivastava said.

The ESG, which co-host International Film Festival of India, had chalked out smaller festivals throughout the year in the state.

“The plan was to host a patriotic film festival and other regional festivals. We will decide the dates after elections,” a senior ESG official said. — PTI

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India’s first cyber knife system for cancer treatment
N Ravikumar
Tribune News Service

Chennai, March 12
Cyber knife system, the robotic radio surgery system designed to treat cancer tumours with sub-millimetre accuracy, was introduced for the first time in the country in Apollo Hospitals here.

John R Adler, professor of neurosurgery and ancology at Stanford Medical University who developed the first cyber knife, inaugurated the system. He said the treatment was “precise, safe and effective for inoperatble tumours and will substitute for open surgery. The treatment could be done in a matter of 30 minutes, he said.

Patients, who did not have any options or only had high-risk options, would have a safer alternative now, he said.

Many of the complications associated with other conventional cancer therapies are minimised, chairman of the hospital Pratap Reddy said.

The treatment would allow precise targeting in moving parts of the body, overcoming the drawback in traditional radio surgery, he added.

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3 die in Holi mishaps
Tribune News Service

Jaipur, March 12
The festival of colours turned sour for many in the Pink City as three persons were killed while many others got injured during the Holi celebrations. The deceased were reportedly in an inebriated condition and were killed after they fell down from their motorcycles in separate incidents. Many others, mostly youth, sustained injuries in different incidents during the celebrations and were admitted to the SMS Hospital here.

Meanwhile, scores of tourists, domestic as well as international, participated in Holi celebrations at various places in the city.

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Political crisis deepens in Meghalaya

Guwahati, March 12
Crisis in the one-year-old Meghalaya Progressive Alliance (MPA) government led by CM Donkupar Roy further worsened today with Health Minister Advisor Pariong quitting the ministry close on the heels of yesterday’s resignation of Urban Affairs Minister Paul Lyngdoh.

Pariong was one of two Hill State People’s Democratic Party legislators and ministers in the MPA and Lyngdoh was the only legislator from KHNAM in the ruling coalition. — TNS

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Virk is DGP M’rashtra
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 12
The Election Commission (EC) today cleared the appointment of former Punjab Director General of Police (DGP) SS Virk as DGP of Maharashtra.

The appointment has been made with the rider that Virk will not handle any election work. Earlier, the Mumbai High Court had ordered the replacement of Maharashtra DGP AN Roy, after it was challenged by Virk and other senior IPS officers, who claimed that they had been superseded by Roy.

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Lit fest begins
AGRA:
Renowned authors, academicians and peace activists from India and Pakistan besides other SAARC countries will share their ideas on “difficult times” facing the region, particularly in the backdrop of the Mumbai attack, during a four-day literary festival beginning in Agra on Friday. The 29th SAARC Festival of Literature will cover a wide range of themes - from role of wordsmiths in times of terror to its impact on popular culture, prevailing conditions of chaos and confusion and ways and means to overcome it. — PTI

Rang mein bhang!
NEW DELHI:
Around 3,000 people were detained for creating trouble during Holi in the National Capital on Wednesday while over 5,300 motorists were challaned for violating traffic regulations. “We have detained about 3,000 people who created problems during the festivity. Thirty others were arrested under preventive detention clause,” Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat said on Thursday. The police also carried out an intensive traffic drive on Wednesday in which a total of 5,354 challans were issued to those who violated traffic rules while celebrating the festival of colours. The drive was conducted between 9.30 am and 3.30 pm and 6 pm and 8 pm. — PTI

Age no bar
SITAPUR:
Age is no bar for education and 60-year-old Noor Mohammad, belonging to Padera village in Sitapur district, 80 km south-west of Lucknow, who is appearing for the UP Board’s High School Examination in Lucknow has proved this. It came as a surprise for the principal of Aminabad Inter College, Lucknow, who thought him to be a guardian who had come to drop his grandson and got stopped at the gate when he tried to enter the school. But when he showed his admit card, the teacher allowed him to entry. — UNI

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