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Shourie faces fire over Centaur

NEW DELHI: Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Nirupam, who has brought a privilege motion against disinvestment minister Arun Shourie, created a stir in the Rajya Sabha today by talking of the death of five workers of Mumbai’s Centaur hotel, reports our special correspondent

Nirupam blamed the death on the disinvestment ministry’s “heartless disregard” for the employees of the former public sector hotel, which was sold to a private company.

He drew loud support from the Opposition benches, with several CPM, CPI, Congress and RJD members trying to shout down Rajya Sabha deputy chairperson Najma Heptullah.

She was trying to stop Nirupam from elaborating on the issue and taking swipes at the Centre’s disinvestment policy.

Heptullah stood her ground, saying that disinvestment had already been discussed in the House, so the same issue could not be raised in the Rajya Sabha after question hour.

The Opposition’s protests failed to move Heptullah, who insisted that Shourie need not answer Nirupam.

Shourie sat through the din silently, apparently in no mood to answer the Shiv Sena MP.

With Heptullah putting up a determined defence of Shourie, Nirupam had to back down. Finally, the Left members walked out, but Nirupam and the Congress MPs stayed put. Nirupam asked when the privilege notice against Shourie would come up for discussion. “You will be informed when this will come up,” Heptullah said.

Bollywood actor runs over one

Mumbai (PTI): Just as dust is settling on the Salman Khan incident, one person was injured after being run over by a car allegedly being driven by Bollywood actor Arman Kohli near D.N. Nagar in north-west Mumbai on Monday, police said.

The injured was rushed to a nearby hospital, the police said. A complaint has been registered at the D.N. Nagar police station, they added. Salman was recently in the dock when one person was killed and two were injured as his car ran over the bakery workers sleeping on the pavement.

Burning tanker sets off blasts

Jammu (PTI): An army tank carrying explosives caught fire while being transported on a trailer as part of a convoy, including ammunition trucks, triggering a series of blasts here.

The tank, loaded on a trailer and being driven by a heavy army vehicle, caught fire on Monday night when its diesel tank burst on a culvert near Bakshi Nagar-Shakti Nagar and several explosives inside the tank went off with a deafening sound triggering panic in the area. The flames engulfed the tank, which was badly damaged.

Doctor suspended

Nagpur (PTI): Maharashtra minister for forests Swaroop Sinh Naik has announced suspension of a medical officer in a rural hospital. Vijay Somkuwar was arrested for smuggling teak wood in the hospital ambulance.

Murderer gets life

Nashik (PTI): A man was sentenced to life imprisonment for kidnapping and killing an infant after the child’s father failed to repay his debt. The judge also imposed a fine of Rs 1,000 on Wasiq Vishvas. The prosecution said the child’s father borrowed Rs 3,000 from him. But when Vishvas demanded the money, he started avoiding him.

Zambia award

Jaipur (PTI): An Indian doctor serving in Zambia has received the republic’s highest gallantry award, President’s Medal for Gallantry, in recognition to his act of bravery in saving patients trapped in heavy floods.

Crash deaths

Ambala (PTI): Four members of a family were killed in a mishap on GT Road. The incident occurred when their car rammed into a truck.

Two surrender

Kharar (PTI): The two key accused in the alleged question paper leak case in the Punjab Nurses’ Registration Council surrendered before a court here, a month after the Punjb Vigilance Bureau filed a case of cheating, corruption and criminal conspiracy against them. The council examination superintendent and his junior assistant were sent to judicial custody.

The Surajkund fest, 2002, will be held from December 21 to 29. It will focus on the progress made by Haryana in fields of engineering goods, automobiles, agro-based food processing units, consumer goods, health care, craft, tourism infrastructure and IT.


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