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In response to the long-pending demand from the local representatives from the Gorkha-dominated Darjeeling district in West Bengal,the Centre on Friday appointed Lt Gen (retd) Vijay Madan....

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October 24, 2009 2:55:01 am

Lt Gen Madan to be interlocutor for Gorkha talks

NEW DELHI: In response to the long-pending demand from the local representatives from the Gorkha-dominated Darjeeling district in West Bengal,the Centre on Friday appointed Lt Gen (retd) Vijay Madan as its interlocutor to hold talks with groups demanding a separate state of Gorkhaland. Madan belonged to the 4,Gorkha Rifles and is known to have a good understanding of the ground situation in the region. A Home Ministry statement said terms and conditions of Madan’s appointment will be issued later.

YSR crash: Sabotage angle to be probed

Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh government on Friday said it would ask the CBI to probe the sabotage angle in the death of former chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy in a chopper crash. “We have decided to ask the CBI to probe the conspiracy angle in view of the doubts raised over the incident,” Home Minister P Sabita Reddy said. The conspiracy theories came into circulation following media reports questioning the air-worthiness of the Bell-430 helicopter.

Australian gets four years for race attack

MELBOURNE: An Australian court here has sentenced an attacker of an Indian student,who went into a coma after being brutally beaten up,to over four years in jail with the Judge observing that such incidents rightly provoked international outrage. Judge Pamela Jenkins sentenced Zakarie Hussein (21) to four-and-a-half years’ jail with a minimum non-parole period of two years. Indian student Sukhraj Singh (28) was attacked by Zakarie which left him in coma for 15 days.

Panchayat member raped at gun point

LUCKNOW: A district panchayat member was allegedly raped by a jeweller on gun point in her house at Pilibhit district,about 300 km from here,police said here on Friday. The district panchyat member,who was alone at her house in Durga Prasad locality,was allegedly raped by Umashankar Verma on Thursday. The victim later told her husband about the incident,who got the FIR registered.

SP’s vehicle attacked,office torched

SHILLONG: An SP’s vehicle was attacked and a government office torched as violence continued during a road blockade called by the Khasi Students Union (KSU) protesting the proposed uranium mining project in Meghalaya. Two youths were arrested on Thursday after they attacked the vehicle of Jaintia Hills district SP Mukesh Singh with stones near Lad Rymbai,the police said. An office of the state agriculture department at Cleave Colony here was set ablaze by some youths on Thursday night.

Illegal arms factory busted,3 arrested

ETAH: An illegal arms factory was unearthed and two persons were arrested from Manikpura village here,police said on Friday. Acting on a tip-off,police raided the factory premises and recovered several arms on Thursday. The two accused Ajab Singh and Ravendra Singh have been booked under the Arms act,police said. In another incident,12 drums of duplicate petrol were seized from a firm by police in Sahawar town on Thursday,police said.

Kidnapped child rescued after 5 days

KANPUR: A two-year-old girl,kidnapped five days ago,was rescued on Friday and the toddler’s maid servant and her husband were arrested for the crime,police said. “We have rescued the child Shifa and arrested the maid and her husband who kidnapped her. We have handed over the child to the parents,” Kanpur DIG Neera Rawat said.

Lawyer held for supplying drugs

BADAUN: Police on Friday arrested a lawyer while he was allegedly supplying narcotic substance to undertrials who were being brought to the district court for hearing. Acting on a tip-off,police caught Abdul Muktbil red-handed with narcotics,Superintendent of Police,Tarun Gaba said. ens & PTI

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