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    Public transport will get priority: PM

    What is India News Service, Monday, 20 December 2004, 1800 hrs IST

    Describing commuting in the capital as a “nightmare”, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday emphasised the need to improve public transportation not only here but in all the cities of the country. “I am convinced that for the India of the 21st century we need world-class public tran-sport and urban public transport as a national priority,” he said while inaugurating the first underground corridor of Delhi Metro, which he said could compare with the best in the world.

    “I am convinced that In-dia’s cities cannot continue to develop in the manner in which they have done over the past few decades. We have to develop a public infr-astructure,” said Singh. “We have to invest in public transport, in roads, with space for bicycles and pedestrians, in sanitation and public parks,” the Prime Minister said. Indian cities, he added, had to become “more liveable”. 

    Manmohan Singh said the government had proposed to launch a “National Urban Renewal Mission” and wou-ld ensure that public transport and public amenities, particularly for the weaker sections, received special attention.
    Terror to figure in Indo-Malaysian talks: Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi arrived here today on a five-day state visit that was expected boost bilateral economic cooperation. He will hold discussions with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh tomorrow on bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual concern. 

    Appu arrested, says Chittoor police chief: Appu alias Krishnasamy, prime accused in the Sankararaman murder case, has surrendered before the Kancheepuram Superintendent of Police, K. Premkumar, in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, according to the Chittoor. Meanwhile, the Sankaracharya filed a petition in the Madras High Court on Monday seeking bail in the Radhakrishnan assault case.

    Govindacharya not to rejoin politics: Former BJP ideologue K. Govindacharya today ruled out any "re-think or re-evaluation" of his decision to quit active politics. He declined to comment on reports that the BJP president, L.K. Advani, had hinted about his return to the party.

    BJP stages walkout in LS over Lalu's 'philanthropy': Taking exception to the distribution of money in Bihar by the Railway Minister, BJP MPs walked out of the LS.

    Delhi HC issues notice to police in sex scandal case: The Delhi High Court issued notice to the Delhi police on Monday on the bail plea of Baazee.Com CEO Avnish Bajaj, who was arrested in connection with the MMS sex scandal.

    Fog claims 22 lives: Dense fog, blanketing the northern and the eastern parts of the country, today claimed 22 lives and threw road, rail and air traffic haywire, leaving passengers stranded at many places. 

    Businessmen ‘fund’ ultras in Nepal: A young Nepalese insurgent, identified as an area commander of a Nepalese Maoist outfit, has made significant revelations during interrogation. Khemraj Bhatt was crossing over to Nepal when the SSB (Sashastra Seva Bal) arrested him on the Indo-Nepal border in Champawat district.


    Extremists blow up railway track, bridge in Bihar: Alleged activists of the CPI (Maoists) have blown up a portion of a railway track and a bridge near Karbandiya station in Rohtas district of Bihar, disrupting traffic on the route.

    No changes in portfolios, says Dharam: Scoffing at allegations that his government had been hijacked by JD(S), the CM pointed out that he had 40 years’ political experience and was elected MLA 8 times.

    Khap panchayats can’t interfere after betrothal: A sarv khap mahapanchayat organised at the historic Chaubisi Chabutra here today decided that no khap panchayat would have any right to interfere in a marriage after the betrothal ceremony.

    Manmohan inaugurates underground section of Delhi Metro: “Urban public transport is a national priority”, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh observed after inaugurating the first underground section of the Delhi Metro this morning.

    Notice to Haryana on vacant SC posts: The Supreme Court has issued notice to the Haryana Government seeking its response as to why it has failed to fill 20 per cent reserved posts of Scheduled Caste (SC) candidates in the state police and why over 3,600 reserved posts have remained vacant. 


    Iraqi FM, Russian official on Islamabad visit: Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari arrived here on Sunday on his first visit to Pakistan to discuss bilateral and regional matters, officials said.

    Kabul hands over bodies of three Pakistanis: The bodies of three Pakistani prisoners killed in a riot at Afghanistan's infamous Pul-i-Charki jail arrived here on Sunday for burial in their home towns, officials said.

    View from abroad

    U.K. Sikhs disrupt play: Hundreds of Sikh protesters tried to storm a theatre in Birmingham, about 200 km from here, to disrupt a play which allegedly hurt their religious sentiments, the police said today. At least five police officers were injured.

    Pentagon move to improve US image: The Pentagon is devising a new strategy to improve America's image in the Muslim world which, according to a recent US report, continues to decline rapidly.

    Young NRI goes into history book: Indians living in Canada are making it to the legislature, and creating records in the process.


    PM said he would pay attention to public transport:  Manmohan Singh inaugurated the metro rail in Delhi and said Indian cities had to become more livable.

    Extremists struck in Bihar: Maoists blew up a bridge and a stretch of railway track. 

    Pentagon is worried about US image: It is devising a strategy to make the Muslim world look at the US with less hostility. 



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