DECCAN HERALD Saturday, April 15, 2000

3 killed as boat capsizes

LAKHISARAI (Bihar), Apr 14 (PTI)

At least three labourers were drowned when a country boat capsized in the Kiul river near the Manavchak village of Lakhisarai in Bihar. The police said the labourers were going to a village located across the river for harvesting when the tragedy occurred.

7 Naxals surrender in MP

JAGALDAPUR (MP), Apr 14 (PTI)

Seven Naxalites, including three women, surrendered before the superintendent of Dantewada district in Madhya Pradesh, Mr T G Longkumer. from Jagdalpur. The Naxals included Naraya and Jayshree, who carried a reward of Rs 15,000 on their head.

'Time' to co-sponsor eco project

MUMBAI, Apr 14 (UNI)

'Time` magazine, has joined hands with Hong Kong based social organisation 'Friends of The Earth` to raise funds for a project 'Riversavers`, which plans to protect and improve some of the region`s major rivers including the Hly river of Ganga through monitoring, education, clean-ups, catchment protection, tree planting and water conservation. A portion of the proceeds from the newstand sales of the latest global issue of 'Heroes for the Planet`, exploring the environmental challenges of the new century, will be donated to the Riversavers campaign.

Idols seized

ELURU, Apr 14 (UNI)

Police have seized seven ancient Panchaloha idols, worth Rs eight lakhs, from an idol lifter at Palacole town in west Godavari disrict of Andhra Pradesh. Police said the idols of Subrahmanyeswara Swamy, Vallidevi, Rama, Sita, Lakshmana and Garukmantha and a copper Makara Toramanam - belonged to the famous Sri Veeravenkata Satyanarayana Swamy Vari Devasthanam, Annavaram, in East Godavari district.

The thief, M Chakradhara Rao, had snatched the idols from the head priest Indraganti Gopalakrishna, who was carrying them in a bag, after a glazing work, at the Palacole bus stand.

Tripura ultras kill 3

AGARTALA, Apr 14 (UNI)

Tribal guerillas killed three villagers, including a woman, and injured two, while curfew was lifted from the violence hit West Tripura district. Police said armed militants killed three tribal villagers and injured two others at Dafadar Para under Kalyanpur police station in West Tripura district last night. The rebels stormed the victims house and killed them with sharp weapons. Security forces have rushed to the spot and launched a manhunt to nab the militants.

Fatal fall

COIMBATORE, Apr 14 (UNI)

A bus driver`s concern for a snake, cost the life of a conductor. The driver applied the brakes to avoid the vehicle running over a snake on the road at Marudhur about 30 km from here yesterday. As the vehicle suddenly lost speed, conductor Rajendran (31), fell and sustained injuries. He was rushed to a private hospital nearby, where he died. The driver has been arrested.

7000 litres of spirit seized

DHARMAPURI, Apr 14 (PTI)

.054About 7000 litres of spirit valued at around Rs 16 lakh, which was being illegally taken from bangalore to Kerala, was seized near Dharmapuri. Police said the vehicle, carrying 200 barrels of spirit, was intercepted near Devarasampatti. The lorry driver and cleaner had been arrested and the vehicle impounded, they said.

Protest rally against WB projects

WASHINGTON, April 14 (PTI)

Demonstrators, including anti- Narmada dam activists, held a rally to protest the displacement of ''three million poor people by World Bank projects``.

Activists claimed the world body`s projects have led to a ''forcible displacement of about three million people in the name of development``.

With larger than life puppets, the activists dramatised the vast numbers of people affected by numerous projects.

Many of the three million people displaced by bank projects, they claimed, are being evicted from their homes to make way for projects such as large dams and power plants and others have been ''brutally massacred`` for voicing their opposition.

Venu Govindu of Friends of Narmada, Carlos Chen (Chixoy dam, Guatemala), Dana Clark, on behalf of the Centre for International Environmental Law, and Aviva Imhof of International Rivers Network, addressed the rally.

The bank has taken the position that it looks into every complaint, that its doors are open to the environmentalists and that those who protest against projects have also to recognise that poverty cannot be eliminated without development, though development by itself will not remove poverty.

BRO to undertake border fencing

SHILLONG, April 14 (PTI)

The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) would soon embark on undertaking roads and fencing work along the Indian border in Northeast in a big way, according to BRO director general Lt. Gen A K Puri.

In Meghalaya, 380km of border fencing has already been completed, Puri told newsmen here last night.

Puri said, during his meeting with Meghalaya Chief Minister E K Mawlong, he had placed a proposal to build more border roads.As the Centre had identified border trade as a major thrust area, the existing road from Karimganj to Sutarkandi in Assam would be upgraded, he said.

'' As half of the work of BRO is in the Northeast, the organisation is seeking to diversify and undertake civil works as well``, Puri said.

Under 'Project Setuk,` BRO has completed 537 km of national highway, 492 permanent bridges and the works of Agartala air field, he added.

Nandankanan zoo to re-open on April 21

BHUBANESWAR, April 14 (PTI)

Devastated beyond recognition in the October 29-30 super-cyclone, the famous Nandankanan Zoo, one of the prime tourist attractions in Orissa, will be thrown open to visitors once again from April 21. Zoo director B C Prusty said wildlife authorities, after toiling for nearly six months, are making every effort to restore the famous zoo, near here, to its pristine glory.

The restoration work is continuing and various enclosures have been readied for visitors while the aerial ropeway across the lake along with a children`s park, aquarium, library and interpretation centre are being made operational again, Mr Prusty said.

In the supercyclone thousands of trees in the sprawling park were uprooted, while 35 animals, birds and reptiles were found dead. Besides, 141 of them had escaped from their enclosures. The zoo, which also has a botanical park across the large Kanjia lake, is located inside the Chandka Wildlife Sanctuary.

Other attractions like the white tiger safari and lion safari are not being opened to the visitors at present, Mr Prusty said, but other facilities like boating and the toy train will be reintroduced in a phased manner.

Shekhar returns land to BSF

NEW DELHI, April 14 (PTI)

Nearly 10 acres of land of Border Security Force (BSF) encroached upon by former prime minister Chandra Shekhar`s Bharat Yatra Kendra (BYK) at Bhondsi has been returned to BSF after a petition drew the attention of the Supreme Court to this controversy.

Replying to the PIL filed by Mr B L Wadhera, Additional Solicitor General Kirit Raval appearing for the Centre and BSF recently informed the court that ''the land belonging to the BSF has been returned to the security force after filing of the petition``.

Mr Wadhera had alleged that BSF had filed a complaint charging BYK of encroaching upon 10 acres of their land and had informed the Ministry of Home Affairs that it could be a security threat to its 25th batallion having a test centre for sophisticated weapons and gadgetry.

However, a division bench comprising Mr Justice K T Thomas and Mr Justice R P Sethi directed the Centre to file its reply to the petition which has also challenged gifting of 568 acres of land to Mr Chandra Shekhar alleging that though it was given for building a hospital and a women`s polytechnic, the same has been used for political and personal purposes.

The petitioner had alleged that Bhondsi village panchayat had gifted 33 acres of panchayat land in 1983 for setting up of a hospital to BYK immediately after the former prime minister undertook padyatra from Kanyakumari to Rajghat.

After Mr Chandra Shekhar became prime minister, Mr Wadhera alleged, the same panchayat gifted over 500 acres of panchayat land to him.

Seven killed in road mishaps

CHENNAI, April 14 (UNI)

Seven people, including two Ayyappa devotees, were crushed to death and 14 others injured in two road accidents in in Tamil Nadu today.

According to reports received at the police headquarters here, four people were killed and one was injured when the car they were travelling collided with a State Transport Corporation bus at Navidumeni in Tirunelveli district.

While three of the victims died on the spot, another succumbed to injuries at the Tirunelveli medical college hospital.The bus was proceeding to Nagercoil from Tirunelveli, police said.

In the other mishap, three people, including two Ayyappa devotees, were killed and 13 other devotees injured when their van collided with a truck at Pagaram on the Tiruchirapalli-Chennai National Highway. The driver of the van was the other victim. The injured were admitted to K A P Viswanatham Government Hospital, police said.

Meanwhile, Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) founder leader Dr S Ramadoss expressed his anguish over road accidents taking place in the state almost on a daily basis.

In a statement here, he said he had been demanding action against sand laden lorries, going at reckless speed, for the past three years but no no action was taken. He demanded that the state government take immediate steps to curb road accidents in the state.


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