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Fresh evidence against Varun
Lucknow, March 27
Fresh evidence of Varun Gandhi attempting to consolidate the Hindu vote bank by spewing venom against the Sikhs and Muslims has surfaced. He calls upon the Hindus to rise so that there is no need for the votes of “Khalistanis” and “Pakistanis”.

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Soldiering on
Call to weed out criminals, corrupt
Jalandhar, March 27
With regard to the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections, three ex- Army officer brothers, who served this country during the war in 1971, have given an unusual but inspiring call to their fellow countrymen. They have asked voters, especially the youth, to use their vote to elect honest, upright, transparent, visionary and clean politicians regardless their political affiliations.

Gurcharan Singh Mann (father), Col Hardev Singh Mann (retired),Col Amarjit Singh Mann (retired) and Lt Col Mohinderjit Singh Mann (retired).

Gurcharan Singh Mann (father), Col Hardev Singh Mann (retired),Col Amarjit Singh Mann (retired) and Lt Col Mohinderjit Singh Mann (retired).

Karat sees Third Front’s success in UPA’s disintegration
‘Non-Cong secular govt becoming a reality’
New Delhi, March 27
Charging the BJP with promoting “communal terrorism”, the CPM today sought the electorate to vote against the saffron outfits in the defence of minorities and said the war against communalism and terrorism needed to be fought together.

Poonam Mahajan-MNS chief meeting stuns BJP
Mumbai, March 27
Poonam Mahajan Rao, daughter of the late Pramod Mahajan, today caused a flutter in the ranks of the Bharatiya Janata Party here when she showed up for a lunch appointment with Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray.


German-born Sister Mary Prema poses beside a statue of Mother Teresa after she was elected as the new Superior-General of the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata on Friday.
German-born Sister Mary Prema poses beside a statue of Mother Teresa after she was elected as the new Superior-General of the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata on Friday. — Reuters


EARLIER STORIES

Members of the Assam Photo Journalists’ Association stage a demonstration with their mouths bound by black cloth in Guwahati on Friday. CID to probe Majumdar’s murder
Guwahati, March 27
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Assam police has been handed over the investigation into Tuesday night murder of Anil Majumdar, executive editor of Assamese daily ‘Aji’, even as protests over the killing are raging over the failure of the police to nab the assailants.

Members of the Assam Photo Journalists’ Association stage a demonstration with their mouths bound by black cloth in Guwahati on Friday. — AFP

Azharuddin to contest from Moradabad
New Delhi, March 27
It’s official now. Former Indian cricket skipper Mohammed Azharuddin will be the Congress candidate for the Moradabad Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh.

JDU makes Swiss accounts an election issue
Sharad declines Cong advances
New Delhi, March 27
A day after the Congress made political advances at the Janata Dal (United) by heaping praises on its senior leader Nitish Kumar, the party turned around and asked the UPA to come clean on lakhs of crores of unaccounted Indian money stashed away in Swiss accounts.

SC orders common symbols for 3 new parties
New Delhi, March 27
The Supreme Court today virtually raised the status of three new political parties in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu to that of recognised parties by ordering the Election Commission to allot common symbols to their respective candidates for the ongoing elections.

One hurdle less for Sanjay Dutt
SC rejects plea against convicts contesting polls
New Delhi, March 27
The Supreme Court today rejected a PIL by three lawyers from Lucknow clearing hurdle in the way of film star Sanjay Dutt for contesting the Lok Sabha elections from Lucknow.

MRPS to contest alone in AP
Hyderabad, March 27
After failing to get positive response from the TDP-led ‘Mahakutami’, the Madiga Reservation Porata Samiti (MRPS), a dalit outfit, has decided to contest on its own strength the two-phase elections to the Lok Sabha and the state Assembly on April 16 and 23.

CPM Darjeeling candidate faces protest
Kolkata, March 27
CPM candidate for Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat Jibesh Sarker today faced demonstrations from the Gorkha Mukti Morcha during his poll campaign in the hills. He was forced to leave the hill town abandoning his entire election programme.

Gangster Gawli to contest polls
Mumbai, March 27
Gangster-turned-politician Arun Gawli, who is a sitting MLA in the Maharashtra Assembly, has announced his intention to contest the Lok Sabha elections.

PRP finally given common poll symbol
Hyderabad, March 27
Ending prolonged uncertainty, the actor-turned-politician Chiranjeevi’s fledgling Praja Rajyam Party (PRP) has been allotted common election symbol for the next month’s polls.





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Fresh evidence against Varun
Shahira Naim
Tribune News Service

To surrender today

Varun Gandhi’s plan to be sacrificed at the altar of his party by dramatically courting arrest in Pilibhit tomorrow may work as the district administration is in no mood to provide him a halo. SP Prakash D has claimed that the administration was geared up to face any untoward incident.

Lucknow, March 27
Fresh evidence of Varun Gandhi attempting to consolidate the Hindu vote bank by spewing venom against the Sikhs and Muslims has surfaced. He calls upon the Hindus to rise so that there is no need for the votes of “Khalistanis” and “Pakistanis”.

Congress candidate from Pilibhit VM Singh today lodged a formal compliant against BJP candidate Varun Gandhi with the National Commission for Minorities (NCM). He also met Election Commissioner SY Quraishi to furnish fresh evidence against Varun.

Among the enclosures submitted, along with his complaint, to the NCM is a copy of the transcript of the audio recording of an inflammatory speech reportedly delivered at a late night meeting at Deshnagar in Pilibhit on March 6 in which these anti-Sikh and Muslim remarks are said to have been made.

“He has again talked about Osama Bin Laden, he talks about Rampur, Moradabad and Behari (Barielly) being Pakistan. He refers to SP candidate Riaz Ahmed as Pakistani when he states, “....ek toh, Riaz Ahmed lad raha hai... Riaz Ahmed toh khula Pakistaani hai”, Singh quotes Varun in his complaint.

According to Singh, the BJP candidate had “tried to instill fear in the Muslim community by making an open threat that if he is made an MP, he would catch the Muslims individually and sterilise them.

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LS Poll
Soldiering on
Call to weed out criminals, corrupt
Sarbjit Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, March 27
With regard to the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections, three ex- Army officer brothers, who served this country during the war in 1971, have given an unusual but inspiring call to their fellow countrymen. They have asked voters, especially the youth, to use their vote to elect honest, upright, transparent, visionary and clean politicians regardless their political affiliations.

Brothers are Col Hardev Singh Mann, Col Amarjit Singh Mann alias Jiti Mann, Leiut Col Mohinderjit Singh Mann, alias Mindi Mann, who, after retirement, settled in Chandigarh, Patiala and Delhi respectively.

The three bothers have urged that the politicians having criminal, dishonest and corrupt should be comprehensively defeated and thrown out from the political process of the country forever.

“During the war we saved this country from the external enemy by shedding our blood and sweat on the borders. And the time has come now to save this country from enemies within by giving them a crushing defeat in the Lok Sabha elections”, three Mann brothers said, who as Army officers fought the 1971 War against Pakistan on different border fronts.

Speaking on behalf of all three brothers, Lieut Col Mindi Mann said the root cause of various problems being faced by the country was that many criminal elements had entered the political mainstream in the garb of politicians. Their only mission was to become rich, famous and power wielders. By winning elections they could use muscle and money power available for foul means. Such people were a blot on the very concept of the government, he said.

“Our father, late Gurcharan Singh, who had retired as an SP, died a proud man. He saw all his three sons fight the war against Pakistan in 1971”, said Mindi Mann.

“Ours is perhaps the only such example in the country. While the eldest of us- Hardev, led his regimental advance in the then East Pakistan, the second, the then Capt Jiti Mann, and myself served with Skiners Horse in the Shakargarh Sector on the Western front. We were engaged in a pitched tank battles in that sector”, he said.

Mindi Mann said his eldest brother Hardev, who was in Hudson Horse, a reputed regiment, was seriously hurt in the 1965 war in Sialkot Sector. “ “Our father at that point of time was the DSP at Moga and a police party led by him had shot dead five Pakistani paratroopers in an encounter on a canal side near Halwara. These paratroopers were part of a Pakistan taskforce and dropped to cause damage to Halwara airport,” he said. Manns are originally from Chak Number 97 village in Layalpur (now in Pakistan) but family shifted to Phumassi village, near Amargarh in Sangrur district during the partition.

Saving the country from internal enemies was equally important, Mindi Mann said.

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Karat sees Third Front’s success in UPA’s disintegration
‘Non-Cong secular govt becoming a reality’
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 27
Charging the BJP with promoting “communal terrorism”, the CPM today sought the electorate to vote against the saffron outfits in the defence of minorities and said the war against communalism and terrorism needed to be fought together.

Reacting with a certain measure of pride to the disintegration of the UPA and the new collaboration between the RJD, SP and the LJP in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, CPM general secretary Prakash Karat said the events hinted at a stronger possibility of a non-Congress secular alternative at the Centre.

“It only shows that the case we made out for a non-Congress secular alternative is becoming a reality,” he said, inviting Lalu Yadav, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Ramvilas Paswan to the Third Front, and saying: “We have been invoking the secular forces to join us for the formation of a non-Congress, non-BJP secular government in India.”

Scathing in his criticism of the BJP, the CPM leader linked the rising terrorist violence in India to an atmosphere of communal polarization being created by the BJP and said, “the BJP is creating terror emanates from communal atmosphere.” He went on to draw comparisons between Varun Gandhi’s latest hate speech in Pilibhit and BJP MP Yogi Adityanath’s “invariably virulent” election campaigns across Uttar Pradesh, adding, “Varun merely represents what the BJP stands for.”

The CPM today also cited instances from the 2007 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections to prove its “communal terrorism” allegations against the BJP and said the latter had used hateful CDs for propaganda in the 2007 elections as well.

“In Varun’s case, the BJP is repeating history by dissociating itself and backing him as their candidate,” Karat said, releasing the party’s fifth election campaign booklet titled, “In Defence of Minorities”.

The booklet criticises the BJP for preventing the implementation of the Sachar Committee Report by beating the minority appeasement drum.

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Poonam Mahajan-MNS chief meeting stuns BJP
Shiv Kumar
Tribune News Service

Mumbai, March 27
Poonam Mahajan Rao, daughter of the late Pramod Mahajan, today caused a flutter in the ranks of the Bharatiya Janata Party here when she showed up for a lunch appointment with Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray.

After emerging from Thackeray's residence more than an hour later, Poonam told reporters that it was just a courtesy call. "Our appointment was fixed a long while ago and I had promised to meet Raj's family to wish him for Gudi Padwa,” Poonam said.

On his part, Raj Thackeray said the meet was purely personal. "I have old family relations with the Mahajan family and she came to wish me for New Year," Thackeray said.

Only two days ago, the BJP had denied Poonam a ticket to contest the Lok Sabha elections from Mumbai North-East and nominated party leader Kirit Somaiya instead. Her uncle and senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde, who had been lobbying with the party leadership on her behalf, has expressed his disappointment after Somaiya was chosen.

"I agree Kirit Somaiya enjoys tremendous support here, but the original groundwork for the BJP was done here by Pramod Mahajan," Munde told reporters shortly after coming from Delhi.

According to sources here, the BJP had offered Poonam a ticket to contest from Mumbai North-West against Priya Dutt of the Congress. She had reportedly turned down the offer ostensibly because the chances of winning against Dutt were slim.

Supporters of Munde allege that the chances of Poonam getting the BJP ticket were scuttled by president of the Maharashtra unit of the BJP, Nitin Gadkari.

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CID to probe Majumdar’s murder
Bijay Sankar Bora
Tribune News Service

Guwahati, March 27
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Assam police has been handed over the investigation into Tuesday night murder of Anil Majumdar, executive editor of Assamese daily ‘Aji’, even as protests over the killing are raging over the failure of the police to nab the assailants.

All photo-journalists based in Guwahati today staged a protest demonstration in the Guwahati Press Club, demanding immediate arrest of the killers of Majumdar and security to lives of journalists working in the conflict-ridden state.

A spokesman of photo-journalists Chinmoy Roy said, “We hope this (murder of Anil Majumdar) should be the last killing of a working journalist in the state where 22 scribes have been killed since 1987. The government must bring the culprits to the book and hand out exemplary punishment.”

Meanwhile, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi directed GM Srivastava, state’s Director General of Police (DGP), to handover the investigation to the CID. The CM’s directive came immediately after the Assam police released a sketch of the suspected assassin.

Senior Superintendent of Police PC Saloi said the sketch was made on the basis of description provided by Ramen Nath, driver of the slain journalist. The driver was the only witness to the crime.

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Azharuddin to contest from Moradabad
Ashok Tuteja
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 27
It’s official now. Former Indian cricket skipper Mohammed Azharuddin will be the Congress candidate for the Moradabad Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh.

According to senior Congress leaders, the party feels that Azharuddin, one of the most successful Indian skippers, is its best bet for Moradabad, which has a sizeable Muslim population. Azharuddin himself had been gunning for the Moradabad seat when his name was also doing rounds for the Meerut seat in Uttar Pradesh and Tonk in Rajasthan.

He is the second top cricketer to be fielded by the party after Madan Lal, who is the Congress candidate from Hamirpur in Himachal Pradesh.

The name of Azharuddin, who was allegedly involved in a match-fixing scandal that cut short his cricketing career, figures in the third list of 14 Congress candidates announced by the AICC for Uttar Pradesh. With this, the party has already named its candidates for 53 of the 80 seats in the country’s largest state.

Former Union Minister Sanjay Singh is the party candidate from the Sultanpur constituency.

The Congress is expected to shortly name its nominees for more seats in the state in view of its failure to sew a seat-sharing arrangement with the Samajwadi Party. However, the party will not field candidates against Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son Akhilesh Yadav.

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JDU makes Swiss accounts an election issue
Sharad declines Cong advances
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Party will decide action against George

Sharad Yadav today said the party would decide if any disciplinary action is to be taken against leaders who had gone ahead and announced their independent candidatures, including George Fernandes.

New Delhi, March 27
A day after the Congress made political advances at the Janata Dal (United) by heaping praises on its senior leader Nitish Kumar, the party turned around and asked the UPA to come clean on lakhs of crores of unaccounted Indian money stashed away in Swiss accounts.

The JD-U threatened to make this an election issue unless the government acted swiftly to bring secret Swiss account holders to book. By doing so, the party joined issues with the Left, which had raised the matter a few days ago, with CPM general secretary Prakash Karat asking the government to act in the direction. The CPM is, interestingly, also in talks with the JD-U.

Party president Sharad Yadav, however, dismissed having had political engagements with the CPM or the Third Front. Also terming Congress’ praises of Nitish as “empty”, Yadav said the JD-U was an ally of the NDA and would work to strengthen it. He downplayed the Varun Gandhi episode as “no matter of conflict with the BJP”, and said Varun’s remarks, though condemnable, would not affect anyone’s poll prospects.

Targetting the UPA, Yadav cited Swiss Bank revelations that India was at the top among five countries whose money was deposited in Swiss accounts. Claiming that a whopping $1,456 billion (Rs 72,80,000 crore) of Indian money was hidden in Swiss Banks (he did not disclose the source of information), Yadav dared the UPA to issue a white paper on the account holders.

The JD-U referred to the hidden money being 13 times India’s foreign debt, saying, “If we were to reclaim this money, we could clear our foreign debt and still have enough foreign reserves. This money can remove poverty; improve education and healthcare in our country.” Yadav also recalled how corruption led to VP Singh’s parting from the Congress.

Pertinent, however, is that though the Swiss authorities, under pressure from the US, UK and Europe, have relaxed the regulations guiding secret accounts, have also clarified that they would disclose full details of account holders if the countries concerned could link such money to criminal activity, laundering etc back home.

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SC orders common symbols for 3 new parties
R Sedhuraman
Our Legal Correspondent

New Delhi, March 27
The Supreme Court today virtually raised the status of three new political parties in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu to that of recognised parties by ordering the Election Commission to allot common symbols to their respective candidates for the ongoing elections.

Bench comprising Chief Justice KG Balakrishnan and P Sathasivam said the Desia Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) of Tamil film star Vijaykant would get ‘nakara’ (drum) symbol while Telugu film star’s Praja Rajyam would be given the ‘rail engine’ and former IAS official Jai Prakash Narayan’s Lok Satta would get the symbol of ‘whistle’ for their candidates in Andhra Pradesh for the simultaneous elections to Parliament and the Assembly.

The symbols would be allotted from the list of 54 free symbols meant mainly for Independents and candidates of registered but unrecognised parties such as the three parties that had approached the apex court.

The apex court, however, clarified that it was merely an interim arrangement and the parties could not claim their right to the same symbols in subsequent elections.

Under election laws, the EC allots common symbols only to parties recognised as national or state-level parties. The recognition is accorded on the basis of the minimum percentage of votes and number of seats stipulated for the purpose.

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One hurdle less for Sanjay Dutt
SC rejects plea against convicts contesting polls
R Sedhuraman
Our Legal Correspondent

New Delhi, March 27
The Supreme Court today rejected a PIL by three lawyers from Lucknow clearing hurdle in the way of film star Sanjay Dutt for contesting the Lok Sabha elections from Lucknow.

Allowing the petitioners to withdraw their plea, Bench comprising Chief Justice KG Balakrishnan and P Sathasivam said it was not the “right time” for going into larger legal issues relating to political aspirants’ eligibility for contesting elections.

Senior counsel Soli Sorabjee and KTS Tulsi, appearing for the petitioners, said there was need for minimising criminalisation of politics. Further, the apex court order allowing cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Sidhu to contest the Amritsar Lok Sabha seat despite his three-year sentence in a road rage killing case was against the observations by a Constitution Bench in a similar case.

At this, the CJI said the petitioners could not seek to modify the order in Sidhu's case by filing a writ petition.

The petitioners - Hanuman Tripathi, K Saran and Alok Saran - had filed the PIL close on the heels of Dutt’s plea to the apex court for a stay on his six-year sentence for illegal possession of arms. The court has slated the hearing in the case for March 30 after issuing notice to the CBI.

Anyone sentenced to two years or more by the trial court can contest election only if an appellate court stays the conviction and sentence.

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MRPS to contest alone in AP

Hyderabad, March 27
After failing to get positive response from the TDP-led ‘Mahakutami’, the Madiga Reservation Porata Samiti (MRPS), a dalit outfit, has decided to contest on its own strength the two-phase elections to the Lok Sabha and the state Assembly on April 16 and 23.

“We feel insulted by the TDP. They had refused to accommodate us in the ‘Mahakutami’ though we were ready to settle down for lesser number of seats”, MRPS president Manda Krishna Madiga said.

Upset with the Congress government’s failure to ensure a Bill in Parliament for categorisation of Scheduled Castes in the state for the purpose of reservation in education and jobs, the MRPS declared its support to the TDP-led four party alliance and staked claim for four MP and 30 MLA seats.

The MRPS further scaled down its demand to two MP and 15 MLA seats. — UNI

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CPM Darjeeling candidate faces protest
Subhrangshu Gupta
Tribune News Service

Kolkata, March 27
CPM candidate for Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat Jibesh Sarker today faced demonstrations from the Gorkha Mukti Morcha during his poll campaign in the hills. He was forced to leave the hill town abandoning his entire election programme.

Sarkar is party’s district committee president and a close aide of state urban development minister Ashok Bhattacharya.

According to reports reaching the state government headquarters, Sarker accompanied by several CPM leaders and workers, including former party MP Ananda Pathak and LP Lepcha, was to attend a workers’ meeting. But while walking down to the Mall after visiting the nearby recently burnt girls school, Sarker and other comrades were gheraoed by a group of hill women who were shouting slogans demanding them to leave the place or face consequences.

Initially, the CPM workers tried to persuade the angry demonstrators but failed. Afterwards in the face of violent demonstrations, Sarker and his men had to leave abandoning their election campaign programme.

After reaching Siliguri, Sarker immediately contacted Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and Chief Electoral Officer Debasish Sen and complained to them how he had been denied the campaigning, though before leaving for the hills he had duly informed the district administrations about his election programme.

He said he would make a fresh attempt for visiting the hills.

Incidentally, though the CPM had a strong hold in the hills during the 60s and the 70s, in the last three Lok Sabha elections it was the Congress, which had won.

This time, GJM president Bimal Gurung had declared that they would support that party which would endorse their demand for a separate statehood for the hill people. Accordingly, GJM leaders had met BJP leader LK Advani and Union minister Chidambaram. They finally decided to support sitting Congress MP Norbulla.

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Gangster Gawli to contest polls
Tribune News Service

Mumbai, March 27
Gangster-turned-politician Arun Gawli, who is a sitting MLA in the Maharashtra Assembly, has announced his intention to contest the Lok Sabha elections.

Gawli, who had merged his Akhil Bharatiya Sena with the Bahujan Samaj Party, today announced that his outfit was going it alone. Gawli would be the ABS' candidate from the North-Central Mumbai constituency. He is presently in jail under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act in connection with the murder of a Shiv Sena leader. According to Gawli's daughter Geeta, the ABS decided to go it alone after the BSP fielded its own candidate from South Mumbai. Gawli, it was learnt, was eyeing this seat for one of his supporters.

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PRP finally given common poll symbol
Suresh Dharur
Tribune News Service

Hyderabad, March 27
Ending prolonged uncertainty, the actor-turned-politician Chiranjeevi’s fledgling Praja Rajyam Party (PRP) has been allotted common election symbol for the next month’s polls.

This follows Supreme Court’s direction to the Election Commission today to allot common symbols to the three political parties- the PRP, the Lok Satta floated by former IAS officer DR Jayaprakash Narayan and DMDK of Tamil actor Vijayakanth.

A Supreme Court Bench comprising Chief Justice KG Balakrishnan and Justice P Sathasivam ruled that the directions were only interim for the present elections and the parties could not claim any equity until the dispute was settled. The allotment of “rail engine” as party symbol has come as a major relief for Chiranjeevi, who welcomed the direction, describing it as the first victory for his party.

“We have abundant faith in the judiciary and were confident that justice will be done to us. We consider this as “Ugadi” (Telugu New Year) gift,” an elated actor said during his road show in East Godavari district. The PRP had moved the apex court after the Election Commission rejected its request for allotment of common symbol on technical grounds.

As per the rules, a political outfit will be recognised as a state-level party and allotted a common symbol for its candidates only if it has secured at least six per cent of the total votes polled in the state and won a minimum of two Assembly seats.

However, the PRP is yet to face elections. Under the existing electoral rules, the PRP is only a registered party but not a recognised party.

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BRIEFLY

4 kids die as water tank collapses
JAIPUR:
Four children of a family were crushed to death when a newly-built overhead water tank collapsed on them at Sawaimadhopur in Rajasthan on Friday. The children had gone to take a shower at a tap near the tank when all of a sudden the water tank burst and collapsed on them, the police said. While two of the children died on the spot, two others succumbed on way to hospital, the police added.

HC grants bail to Lalit Modi
Jaipur:
The Rajasthan High Court has granted anticipatory bail to IPL Commissioner and RCA former president Lalit Modi in connection with alleged forgery in issuing a cheque of Rs 6 crore to the Chief Minister Relief Fund for disbursement among victims of May 13 Jaipur serial blasts.

Militant shot dead
Imphal:
A suspected militant was shot dead in an encounter late last night night at Sekmaijin by Thoubal Police Commandos. The police said an AK-56 rifle and two magazines were recovered from the slain militant. The suspected ultra was shot dead during a brief encounter with the police.

Rat found in mid-day meal, 24 taken ill
Jaipur:
As many as 24 children studying in a seminary were taken ill after eating mid-day meals in which a dead rat was found at Madangarh in Ajmer district, the police said on Friday. The children complained of vomiting and nausea after consuming rice and other stuff yesterday and were referred to a local hospital, Bhanwaroon Khan, the investigating police officer said.

Creek passes denied
VADODARA:
As many as 500 fishermen in Gujarat are facing problems after the state coastal authorities refused to give back their creek passes in the wake of 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai. The creek passes of 500 fishermen have been taken away from them after the attacks, Veljibhai Masani, president, Indian Fishermen Association, said.

20 Maoists arrested
THENI:
Twenty persons, suspected to be Maoists, were arrested for carrying arms, including guns, in Kodaikanal, near here, the police said on Friday. The police said during the interrogation some of them told that they had come there to offer worship. However, others gave contradictory statements, the police added. — Source: Agencies

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