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THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
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N A T I O N

Karunanidhi, Jaya fire fresh salvo
‘Lanka using chemical weapons to
kill Tamils’

Chennai, April 8
Political parties in Tamil Nadu, barring the Congress, today alleged that the Sri Lankan government was using chemical weapons to massacre three lakh Tamil people living in safety zones in the island and called for immediate steps for an immediate ceasefire.

Guwahati Blasts
ULFA used bicycle bombs: DGP
Guwahati, April 8
The United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) has devised an innovation to make bombs out of bicycle to hoodwink security forces on the prowl. The Assam police today said the ULFA had used two bicycles stuffed with explosives in the frame to detonate explosions at Maligaon in Guwahati and at Dhekiajuli in Sonitpur district on April 6.

Remarks Against Varun
UP forwards Maneka’s complaint to Bihar
Lucknow, April 8
Superintendent of Police of Badaun M Ravindra today forwarded a written complaint by Maneka Gandhi against Union Railway Minister and RJD president Lalu Prasad to his counterpart at Kishanganj in Bihar for appropriate action.



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Trinamool Congress party workers arrange party flags before an election campaign at Bolpur in Birbhum district of West Bengal on Tuesday night. — PTI

Nafisa hides I-T returns
Lucknow, April 8
While her personal assets are worth around Rs 1.18 crore, Samajwadi party candidate from Lucknow Nafisa Ali has not mentioned the amount of income tax she has paid for the current or any financial year in the affidavit filed during her nomination here today.

Sections against Lalu bailable
Patna, April 8
Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav does not face any immediate threat of going to jail in connection with the police case lodged against him at Kishanganj (Bihar) on the charge of making a hate speech against Varun Gandhi.

Calling me Akali is laughable: Jarnail
New Delhi, April 8
Jarnail Singh, the journalist who lobbed a shoe at Home Minister P Chidambaram, today said it was “laughable” that politicians were linking him with Akali Dal, instead of addressing the issue of justice to the victims of the mindless anti-Sikh violence of 1984.

First phase: 1,715 vie for 124 LS seats
New Delhi, April 8
As many as 1715 candidates will be in the fray when the first phase of general election is conducted on April 16 to elect MPs for 124 of the Lok Sabha seats across the country. These seats are spread across 15 states and two union territories of Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep.

Assam Guv for Punjab-style vigilance against ultras
Guwahati, April 8
Governor of Assam SC Mathur today called upon the people of the state to emulate their counterparts in Punjab by forming local level people’s vigilance committee to mount guard against insurgents.

Ultras attack EC observers in Assam
Guwahati, April 8
Militants opened fire at a convoy of the Central Election Observer (CEO) in the insurgency-hit North Cachar Hill district of Assam today.

BSP may cut Priya Dutt’s votes
Mumbai, April 8
Sitting Lok Sabha MP of the Congress Priya Dutt today filed her nomination papers for the Mumbai North Central Lok Sabha seat, two days after a traffic jam prevented her from reaching the office of the Mumbai Suburban District Collector on time.

CPM exposes soft corner for Cong
New Delhi, April 8
The Marxists may be out to form a non-Congress secular government at the Centre, but somewhere in their hearts, they still nurture a soft spot for the past ally.

MDMK hails shoe-thrower as ‘courageous’
Chennai, April 8
While no party from Tamil Nadu condemned the hurling of a shoe at Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, belonging to the state, the MDMK led by Vaiko, today hailed Jarnail Singh, as a “courageous Sikh” and asked the people of Tamil Nadu to reply in a similar manner by rejecting the Congress, which was supporting the massacre of Tamils in Sri Lanka.

R’sthan BJP accuses poll officer of ‘bias’
Jaipur, April 8
The state BJP today accused the Chief Electoral Officer, Vinod Zutshi, of "acting in a biased manner" over the issue of hoardings being put up ahead of the LS elections.

BSP to go all alone in LS polls, says Maya
Lucknow, April 8
BSP supremo Mayawati today made it clear that her party will go it alone in all states where they had put up candidates for the Lok Sabha polls.

 





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Karunanidhi, Jaya fire fresh salvo
‘Lanka using chemical weapons to kill Tamils’
N Ravikumar
Tribune News Service

Chennai, April 8
Political parties in Tamil Nadu, barring the Congress, today alleged that the Sri Lankan government was using chemical weapons to massacre three lakh Tamil people living in safety zones in the island and called for immediate steps for an immediate ceasefire.

In a rare show of unanimity on the issue, the DMK, AIADMK, MDMK, PMK, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi and other parties, issued similar statements alleging that the Sri Lankan government had killed hundreds of Tamil people by using chemical weapons last week and preparing to use them in a big way in the safety zones in Vanni, where three lakh Tamils were living.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi said the entire world community was shocked by reports that the Sri Lankan army had used chemical weapons to massacre hundreds of Tamil people in safety zones. Further attacks using chemical weapons would massacre about three lakh Tamil civilians in the area, he said and added that only a ceasefire could save the Tamil people from annihilation.

He also called for a "massive Tamils’ rally" tomorrow, demanding immediate ceasefire. The call for a rally follows his telegrams to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and AICC president Sonia Gandhi to immediately intervene and take steps for a ceasefire and negotiations for a peaceful settlement. Tamils cutting across party lines should participate in the rally, the Chief Minister said in a statement here. “If an immediate ceasefire is not effected, the entire Tamil race in the island nation will perish”, he added.

Jayalalithaa said the Sri Lankan army had surrounded the safety zone where three lakh Tamil people were living and had launched horrible attacks using "chemical weapons". About three lakh people in the area were facing the danger of being killed by the attacks, she said.

The Sri Lankan government's act had sent shock waves across the world and Tamils in England, Canada, France and Norway were holding massive rallies demanding ceasefire, she said. “Only a ceasefire can save Tamils and Karunanidhi should put pressure on the Centre to bring about a ceasefire”, she demanded. Charging that the Congress was supporting the genocide of Tamils, the AIADMK leader said the people would abandon the Congress and its allies.

MDMK general secretary Vaiko, who attended a massive agitation, organised by the Sri Lankan Tamils Protection Movement, here today, accused the UPA government of aiding Colombo to "massacre" the Tamils in Lanka. "So far, hundreds of island Tamils were being killed everyday. In the next few days, three lakh people are going to be killed in a horrible manner, if the war is not stopped immediately", he said.

He alleged that the Centre had provided weapons and financial assistance for Colombo and was waging a proxy war against Tamils. It would be held responsible for the massacre of Tamils, as it had not asked the Rajapakse government to stop the war. Instead of writing letters to Rajapakse, Sonia Gandhi was sending letters to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister saying that the Centre wanted a ceasefire in Sri Lanka, he said.

VCK leader Thol. Thirumavalavan, demanded that the Indian government should issue “a stern warning” to Colombo to halt the war at once, while PMK leader S Ramadoss said the Sri Lankan government was indulging in a false campaign that LTTE cadres were present among the people in safety zones, as a prelude to the massacre three lakh Tamils.

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Guwahati Blasts
ULFA used bicycle bombs: DGP
Bijay Sankar Bora/Tribune News Service

Guwahati, April 8
The United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) has devised an innovation to make bombs out of bicycle to hoodwink security forces on the prowl. The Assam police today said the ULFA had used two bicycles stuffed with explosives in the frame to detonate explosions at Maligaon in Guwahati and at Dhekiajuli in Sonitpur district on April 6.

Direct General Police GM Srivastava said the ULFA had resorted to make innovative bicycle bombs to beat the geared up vigil by security forces. “I can say nothing was strapped to the bicycles that were used to trigger bombs at Maligaon and Dhekiajuli. Explosives were stuffed inside them,” he said, adding that most wanted ULFA leader Akash Thapa had masterminded the blasts that had left 10 persons dead and over 60 injured.

The DGP called upon active cooperation from the people, the media and all political parties in tackling the ULFA menace. “The ULFA is no longer a revolutionary outfit it used to be. It has degenerated into a terrorist outfit,” he said.

Claiming there was no let up on the part of the police in fight against militants, Srivastava said: “We have prevented 79 blasts in the state since January and recovered 376 kg of explosives during the same period,” he said.

“During the same period the militants from different outfits had triggered 16 improvised explosive devices and grenades all over the state. We are on the alert but sometimes the opposition also finds an opportunity,” the police chief said. As many as 49 civilians have been killed by the ultras since January while the security forces have killed about 35 militants in the state. Three hundred and seven militants have been arrested so far this year while about 130 have surrendered.

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Remarks Against Varun
UP forwards Maneka’s complaint to Bihar
Shahira Naim/Tribune News Service

Lalu Yadav
Lalu Yadav

Maneka Gandhi
Maneka Gandhi

Lucknow, April 8
Superintendent of Police of Badaun M Ravindra today forwarded a written complaint by Maneka Gandhi against Union Railway Minister and RJD president Lalu Prasad to his counterpart at Kishanganj in Bihar for appropriate action.

The complaint sent to the SP’s office by the sitting Pilibhit MP Maneka Gandhi demanded the registration of a case against the Central Minister as she felt a threat from him to the life of her son Varun Gandhi presently lodged in Etah jail under the NSA.

She referred to Yadav’s Kishanganj speech in which he reportedly spoke of running a road-roller over BJP candidate Varun Gandhi for his hate speeches.

However, the SP said he had no jurisdiction to lodge an FIR against Yadav in Badaun so he forwarded the letter to the SP Kishanganj.

Incidentally, a case has already been registered at Kishanganj yesterday for Yadav’s statement made at an election meeting.

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Nafisa hides I-T returns
Shahira Naim
Tribune News Service

Lucknow, April 8
While her personal assets are worth around Rs 1.18 crore, Samajwadi party candidate from Lucknow Nafisa Ali has not mentioned the amount of income tax she has paid for the current or any financial year in the affidavit filed during her nomination here today.

Most interestingly, among her assets are paintings worth Rs 3.50 lakh. She also has assets worth Rs 44 lakh in banks, including Indian Bank, HDFC, Standard Chartered Bank and ICICI.

Her affidavit shows around Rs 30 lakhs in bonds, debentures and shares in companies. Another Rs 12.50 lakhs are in other financial instruments like National Savings Scheme, postal savings, LIC policies, etc.

While she claims to possess no car or commercial property she does possess a house worth Rs 14 lakh in Nainital and jewellery worth Rs 14.40 lakh.

Since 2005 she had been the Chairperson of the Children’s Film Society of India, holding the rank of a minister of state.

Still the column for income tax surcharge, where the candidate is also expected to indicate the assessment year up to which income tax returned is filed, along with PAN number, only mentions her PAN number and nothing else.

Her husband Col Ravinder Singh Sondhi’s total worth is Rs 3.92 crore. He also owns a Rs 2.5 crore house in New Delhi’s Defence Colony.

Sources in the EC refused to comment on the absence of any amount in the income tax column.

Senior SP leader and MLA from Haidergarh (Barabanki) Arvind Kumar Singh ‘Gope’, who is in charge of Nafisa Ali’s election campaign, expressed ignorance over the matter.

Despite efforts Nafisa Ali and her staff could not be contacted.

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Sections against Lalu bailable
Sanjay Singh/Tribune News Service

Patna, April 8
Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav does not face any immediate threat of going to jail in connection with the police case lodged against him at Kishanganj (Bihar) on the charge of making a hate speech against Varun Gandhi.

A case was lodged against the RJD chief on Tuesday under section 153 of the IPC and section 125 of the Representation of Peoples Act by sub-divisional magistrate-cum-assistant returning officer Khurshid Alam.

Kishanganj SP Ram Narayan Singh told The Tribune that as both the sections under which Lalu Prasad had been booked were bailable, there was no reason for arresting him at the moment. The SP also clarified that there was no warrant of arrest against him nor the police had prayed for it in the competent court so far. Therefore, he was not required to surrender in the court or the police station. However, investigations in the case were still on, the SP added.

The district magistrate-cum-district election officer of Kishanganj, Firaq Ahmed, said that copies of the CD having the recorded speech of Lalu Prasad had been sent to the EC.

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Calling me Akali is laughable: Jarnail

New Delhi, April 8
Jarnail Singh, the journalist who lobbed a shoe at Home Minister P Chidambaram, today said it was “laughable” that politicians were linking him with Akali Dal, instead of addressing the issue of justice to the victims of the mindless anti-Sikh violence of 1984.

“Some politician have called me an Akali Dal activist. It is only laughable. I have no affiliation or membership of any political party. I am a neutral journalist and am proud of my neutrality,” Jarnail Singh said here today. Sikh-riot accused Jagdish Tytler had called Jarnail Singh an Akali Dal member earlier in the day.

The journalist had come into focus after he protested against the CBI clean chit to Tytler in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and the Congress nominating him to contest the Lok Sabha polls.

“Politicians are making senseless allegations against me and my political affiliation. I have made it clear that I am not against any political party, including the Congress. Politicians should concentrate on the issue of justice to the Sikh community instead of trying to politicise my protest,” Singh said. Referring to the Nanavati Commission that indicted Tytler and other Congress leaders for the anti-Sikh riots, Jarnail Singh said the Sikh community was ready to accept the apology of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, AICC president Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi after the commission had submitted its report.

“But this clean chit and the Lok Sabha nomination is only reminding the Sikh community of the atrocity perpetrated on it in 1984 and even after waiting patiently for the last two-and-a-half-decade. Justice has not been done,” he said.

On the cash awards and jobs being offered to him after yesterday’s shoe-pelting incident, the journalist said political parties were only trying to cash in on the episode by politicising it. — PTI

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First phase: 1,715 vie for 124 LS seats
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 8
As many as 1715 candidates will be in the fray when the first phase of general election is conducted on April 16 to elect MPs for 124 of the Lok Sabha seats across the country. These seats are spread across 15 states and two union territories of Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep.

Releasing data, the Election Commission today said there were only 122 women are in the fray for the first phase. The constituencies are in Andhra Pradesh (22), Arunachal Pradesh (2), Assam( 3), Bihar (13), J&K (1), Kerala (20), Maharashtra (13), Manipur (1), Meghalaya (2), Mizoram(1), Nagaland (1), Orissa (10), Uttar Pradesh (16), Chhattisgarh (11), Jharkhand (6), Andaman (1) and Lakshadweep (1).

The EC said the maximum number of candidates, 32, are contesting from Mahbubnagar and Raipur in Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, respectively.

The mainstream national parties will have 394 candidates while the rest will be from regional parties or state-level parties. In this phase, the Congress has fielded 111 candidates while the main opposition party, the BJP, has 102 candidates. The BSP will also have 111 candidates in the fray. This huge number of the BSP candidates is due to the decision of the party to have a pan-India look rather than restrict itself to the “Hindi belt”. The CPM and the CPI will be contesting 23 seats and 15 seats, respectively, while the RJD led by Lalu Prasad will fight on 18 seats.

Among the regional party, the Samajwadi Party will have its contestants on 23 seats while the Biju Janata Dal will be in the fray on nine seats and the Jharkahnd Mukti Morcha will contest on 12 seats. The CPI (ML) will field its candidates on 18 seats and the TDP will have its candidates on 11 seats. The TDP is in pre-poll alliance with the Left parties.

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Assam Guv for Punjab-style vigilance against ultras
Bijay Sankar Bora
Tribune News Service

Guwahati, April 8
Governor of Assam SC Mathur today called upon the people of the state to emulate their counterparts in Punjab by forming local level people’s vigilance committee to mount guard against insurgents.

He called for active cooperation from people in helping the security forces and the police to mount vigil against the militants, who have been triggering blasts at a regular interval in the state.

“Without the cooperation from the people and the media, it will not be possible for the security forces and the police to tackle the menace. The situation in the state is very bad. I haven’t seen worse situation in my entire political career. There is need for better coordination among security agencies and forces to thwart terror acts,” the Governor said.

He suggested that the people should form local committees to keep tab in their areas and provide feed to the police and the security forces. “It was a practice that contributed tremendously in tackling terrorism in Punjab. It should work here also,” he said.

Meanwhile, Assam Public Works (APW), anti-ULFA campaigner in Assam, today alleged that opposition political parties - the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), BJP and the Asom United Democratic Front (AUDF) - were plotting with the banned ULFA and other jehadi elements for Islamisation of the state.

APW president Abhijit Sharma said: “There is a dangerous front in the making in the state involving ISI, ULFA, AGP, BJP and the AUDF .It is a plot to include Assam in their plans for a greater Bangladesh.”

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Ultras attack EC observers in Assam
Tribune News Service

Guwahati, April 8
Militants opened fire at a convoy of the Central Election Observer (CEO) in the insurgency-hit North Cachar Hill district of Assam today.

Police sources said CEO Arun Chandra Singh along with other officials and security guards were travelling in a five-vehicle convoy from Haflong to Umranghu in the hill district when the militants opened fire on the convoy.

The police suspects the involvement of Black Widow or Dima Halam Daogah (Jewel Garlosa faction) outfit in the attack.

Director General of Police (DGP) GM Srivastava said no one was injured in the incident. He, however, asserted that the elections would be held smoothly in the state despite the threat from the militants. As many as 75 companies of paramilitary forces are being sent to Assam for election-related duties.

Each candidate from a national or recognised regional party has been provided with two PSOs and four armed escorts while other candidates are provided with two armed guards each.

The DGP called upon all the political parties to engage security volunteers in their polling offices and keep vigil in coordination with the police.

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BSP may cut Priya Dutt’s votes
Shiv Kumar

Tribune News Service

Mumbai, April 8
Sitting Lok Sabha MP of the Congress Priya Dutt today filed her nomination papers for the Mumbai North Central Lok Sabha seat, two days after a traffic jam prevented her from reaching the office of the Mumbai Suburban District Collector on time.

She presently represents the Mumbai North-West constituency, which has been split following delimitation of constituencies in the city. Priya chose the Mumbai North Central Lok Sabha seat since the bulk of her support base fell in this constituency.

Priya had won from her earlier seat with a margin of 1.72 lakh votes following the death of her father Sunil Dutt in 2006. However, this time round she is facing a tough battle with the Bahujan Samaj Party poised to cut into her votes. The BSP has fielded a local strongman Haji Ibrahim Sheikh with an aim to cut into the Muslim and Dalit votes, which account for nearly 20 per cent of the 16.70 lakh electorate.

The Congress candidate won a major reprieve last week when the Samajwadi Party decided not to field a candidate against her in the elections. It is still not clear if Priya’s actor-brother and SP general secretary Sanjay Dutt will campaign for her. The assets of Priya Dutt are worth Rs 37 crore. Of these, immovable assets are worth Rs 31.77 crore that include agricultural land, commercial and residential buildings, houses and apartments in suburban Bandra.

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CPM exposes soft corner for Cong
Aditi Tandon/Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 8
The Marxists may be out to form a non-Congress secular government at the Centre, but somewhere in their hearts, they still nurture a soft spot for the past ally.

So, when CPM Politburo member Brinda Karat today petitioned the Election Commission against a saffron outfit in Gujarat, which is accusing the Congress-led government for challenging the very existence of God, it was clear that the CPM had its poll agenda set out. It would blame the saffron brigade for all that is communal and the Congress for all that it neo-liberal, and would not swap the two categories of blame for anything.

That apart, the CPM certainly inclines better towards the Congress than the BJP, as is evident from Karat’s letter, wherein she draws the EC’s attention to the allegedly communal appeal issued in Mehsana Gujarat by Sri Ram Sewa Samiti.

“The appeal is meant to rouse Hindu sentiments alleging that the Government of India led by the Congress is challenging the very existence of Ram,” states the CPM letter. It, however, rushes to explain why it is defending the Congress, while priding in its own credentials as a party devoted to secularism. “Although the appeal is against the Congress, a party we are opposing, we believe that such appeals and propaganda based on falsifications polarise the electorate on communal lines and vitiate the political environment, thus going beyond party concerns,” it adds, advocating action against the saffron outfit in question.

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MDMK hails shoe-thrower as ‘courageous’
N Ravikumar

Tribune News Service

Chennai, April 8
While no party from Tamil Nadu condemned the hurling of a shoe at Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, belonging to the state, the MDMK led by Vaiko, today hailed Jarnail Singh, as a “courageous Sikh” and asked the people of Tamil Nadu to reply in a similar manner by rejecting the Congress, which was supporting the massacre of Tamils in Sri Lanka.

An article on MDMK's official website said although the party did not agree with the form of protest, the sentiments and the anger behind the incident, should be given more attention. It said the Sikhs’ anger against the Congress, for giving ticket to an accused in the anti-Sikh riots, in which thousands of Sikhs were killed is justified.

Similarly, the Congress leadership had provided all kinds of support to the genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka and people of Tamil Nadu should also follow the example of the “courageous Sikh journalist”, it said.

Describing Chidambaram as a “betrayer”, the article said people of Tamil Nadu did not consider him as a Tamil at all, since he had supported his party’s stand against the Sri Lankan Tamils.

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R’sthan BJP accuses poll officer of ‘bias’
Perneet Singh

Tribune News Service

Jaipur, April 8
The state BJP today accused the Chief Electoral Officer, Vinod Zutshi, of "acting in a biased manner" over the issue of hoardings being put up ahead of the LS elections.

Addressing a press conference here today, senior BJP leader Rajendra Rathore and state BJP spokesman Kailash Nath Bhatt said Lok Seva Sansthan, an NGO supported by the BJP, had put up hoardings at 26 spots in Jaipur, to which the Congress raised objection.

They said the authorities had now told the NGO to remove these hoardings. However, when the BJP took up the matter with the CEO, he issued an order on April 6, making it mandatory for a political party to seek permission from the district electoral officer before putting up any hoarding.

"The state Election Department has no jurisdiction to issue such orders. These hoardings don't violate the model code of conduct in any way," Bhatt said, adding that the BJP had acquired the right to exhibit these hoardings from a private agency and informed the state election department about it. 

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BSP to go all alone in LS polls, says Maya

Lucknow, April 8
BSP supremo Mayawati today made it clear that her party will go it alone in all states where they had put up candidates for the Lok Sabha polls.

“Our party has not entered into any alliance with any party. The BSP is contesting the elections on its own,” she said.

Mayawati was replying to a question on whether her visit to different states meant she was eager to forge alliances with other parties.

Mayawati said she was visiting the states only to appeal to the electorate to vote for the BSP and not to forge any alliance with any party. — PTI

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Sonia faces LTTE threat
NEW DELH
I: Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her children — Rahul and Priyanka — face a threat from the banned LTTE, prompting the Union ministry to issue an alert to states to provide tight security cover during their visits. The MHA has issued a general alert, asking the DGPs of all states to maintain strict vigil. — PTI


Easter eggs made from marzipan in Hyderabad. A popular Easter tradition is the distribution of colourfully painted eggs usually made from chocolate. — AFP

Kosi flood relief work suspended
NEW DELHI:
Victims of the Kosi flood in Bihar have been left high and dry with the state government putting the entire relief and rehabilitation work in the flood-hit areas on hold due to general elections. This has been done while the state government is “yet to meet” the targets proposed for the rehabilitation of the victims of the unprecedented flood, said an NGO Oxfam India, which has been engaged in flood relief work in Bihar. When contacted, principal secretary to the Bihar state disaster management department RK Singh said the relief and rehabilitation work had been “suspended” and it will be resumed “soon after elections”. — PTI

Bhatti's party to field comedians
Mumbai:
Humorist Jaspal Bhatti's newly formed Recession Party plans to field comedians from all six Lok Sabha constituencies in Mumbai. Bhatti has already launched the party in Chandigarh and would formally announce his plans for Mumbai here on Thursday. "We will put up candidates in all six Mumbai Lok Sabha constituencies. They will all be comedians from the entertainment industry," Bhatti said. The Recession Party president said he would be the party's prime ministerial candidate too. For funds, in view of the recession, the party will depend on the generosity of donors, he added. — IANS

Shivraj Patil’s memoirs
NEW DELHI
: Former Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil, who quit office after the Mumbai terror attacks, is now penning his memoirs - half of which is dedicated to his role at the Home Ministry. Patil has written about 600 pages about some special moments in his private, political and social life. “The memoirs are about my private, political and social life. I have already written nearly 600 pages. I have been in politics for more than four decades, I have learnt many things and faced some difficulties,” Patil said. “It is going to be a small part of the history of India of nearly 40 years,” he said. Patil has dedicated more than 300 pages on his experiences at the Home Ministry. — PTI

Honour killing
MUZAFFARNAGAR:
In a suspected case of honour killing, a married woman and her lover have been murdered allegedly by her brothers at Nagla village in the district, the police said on Wednesday. Shabista (26) and 35-year-old Farmood, who were in an affair for the last five years, were killed allegedly by the woman’s brothers who found the two in an objectionable position on Tuesday evening, the police said. While Shabista was strangulated to death, Farmood was killed by slitting his throat, the police said, adding that a case has been registered against her brother Istakhar and Hasim. The police later arrested Istakhar, who has purportedly confessed to the crime, though another is absconding. — PTI

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