Nation & States
Forensic report strengthens needle of suspicion  

What is India News Service, August 26, 2004, 2000 hrs IST

Forensic tests have detected stains of human semen on the clothes of Thangjam Manorama Devi, who was picked up on July 10 by Assam Rifles personnel and found dead the next day near Imphal.

The Central Forensic Science Laboratory in Kolkata on Wednesday submitted a report before an Inquiry Commission headed by retired judge C Upendra in Imphal, sources said on Thursday. 

Uma Bharati's arrest and after

Thirteen-year-old Srinivas Katti, housewife Savita Patankar, Manjunath Minagaji and Sainath Dhongadi had died in police firing on August 15, 1994, near Hubli's Idgah Maidan. Strangely, they figure as co-accused, along with Uma Bharati, in the FIR filed by Hubli suburban police.

Uma drapes herself in tricolour: While Uma Bharti is busy draping herself in the Tiranga former Karnataka Chief Minister, S.M. Krishna is facing the music within the Congress. 

Uma hits out at Sonia: A defiant Uma hit out at Sonia Gandhi and vowed to launch a nationwide campaign against the Congress. The BJP has called a bandh in Karnataka.

Not aware of warrant till recently':  Uma Bharti said she would not seek bail and would spend the time in jail till the case against her was withdrawn. BJP president M Venkaiah Naidu put six questions to the Congress on the arrest.

Editorial in The Hindu
The mega effects surrounding the surrender of Uma Bharti before a Hubli court were not unexpected given the Bharatiya Janata Party's talent for making a production of the smallest event. 

Manmohan talks tough to Opposition: The Prime Minister "politely but firmly" refused to accept a "representation" from the Opposition leaders, telling them to participate in parliament proceedings instead. The Congress defended Singh's decision not to accept the Opposition's memorandum, arguing this would have set a wrong precedent.

SC for stringent admission schedule in medical colleges: The Supreme Court today expressed concern over the \93total chaos\94 witnessed in the admission to medical colleges this year across the country and indicated that it would lay down stringent guidelines for institutions regarding the admission schedule.
NRI ministry to get work, finally: Basic infrastructure for a full-fledged ministry to be put in place at the earliest.

1,400 Indians in Pakistani jails: About 1,400 Indian prisoners, including 54 prisoners of war, were lodged in jails in Pakistan, the Indian Parliament was informed on Wednesday.

ULFA strikes again, one killed, 37 hurt in Kokrajhar blast: At least one person was killed and 37 others were injured as ULFA militants struck again this morning with a bomb explosion in a bus in Assam's Kokrajhar district, official sources said. The bus, on its way to Cooch Behar in

Schools closed in Manipur: All educational institutions in Manipur remained closed today on government order. The decision was taken to foil any attempts by students to hand over their textbooks to the Chief Minister, O. Ibobi Singh.

Anju in final: Anju Bobby George qualified for the women\92s long jump final with a brilliant first leap of 6.69 m at the Olympic Games.

Truck operators threaten to continue strike for three months: Truckers today threatened to stretch their days-old strike to months if the government did not revoke a new service tax on freight booking agents.


MLAs expelled in UP: The Uttar Pradesh BJP president, Kesari Nath Tripathi, today expelled five suspended MLAs for six years for working against the party's interest. 

'Witch' paraded in the nude in Bihar: A Dalit woman was tonsured and paraded naked on charges of practising witchcraft.

No demolition in illegal colonies, says Punjab CM: Amarinder Singh said he had asked the Urban Housing Ministry not to demolish any illegal colony in the state, keeping in mind the interests of people who had invested their life\92s savings in building houses.

When Mayor stole a sack of onions and two buckets: Like mushrooms sprouting overnight, tainted politicians seem to the springing up everywhere - Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and, of course, in the badlands of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. The discovery that so many political "leaders" have murky pasts is excellent political theatre for the silly season that seems to have set in after the excitement of the May election results.

Amritsar set for Granth Sahib installation fete: The hand-written Bir of Guru Granth Sahib by an orphan, Giani Avtar Singh (69) who took four-and-half years to complete the task, will lead the religious procession from Gurdwara Ramsar to the Golden Temple to mark the quadricentennial celebrations of the holy book here on September 1.

Singh's pains take new Avtaar: The ailments of ex-athlete and alleged sex kingpin Avtaar Singh, the husband of Marxist MP Jyotirmoyee Sikdar, continued to shift organs even as an embarrassed Left Government shifted him from one hospital to the other, all at its own expense.

Triple talaq row gets bloody: The split in the Muslim community over the issue of triple talaq turned violent.

Delhi govt orders fresh probe: Taking serious note of a reported incident of ragging at Delhi's School of Planning and Architecture, the HRD Ministry has ordered a fresh time-bound inquiry.


Ex-Pak MP denies helping al-Qaeda:
A former Pakistani legislator on Monday denied accusations by a senior minister that he was involved in an al-Qaeda-masterminded plot to launch suicide attacks around Islamabad earlier this month.

Way clear for Aziz as Shujaat steps down: Prime Minister Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain resigned on Wednesday after a 57-day transitional term, clearing the way for Finance Minister Shaukat Aziz to be elected as his successor on Friday. 

Calling Musharraf "Boss" did Jamali in: The former Pakistan prime minister has claimed that not addressing President Musharraf as boss in private but in public has cost him his job.

Faisal, Baloch discuss raids on seminaries: Interior Minister Makhdoom Faisal Saleh Hayat on Tuesday held an informal meeting with the Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA) Deputy Secretary-general Liaqat Baloch in the Parliament House in a bid to convince him about the ongoing crackdown on seminaries.