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Pak site carries Diwali greetings

New Delhi: The Pervez Musharraf regime might still be mulling the dozen conciliatory gestures India announced on Wednesday, but an Islamabad-based NGO has greeted Indians exuberantly on Diwali on behalf of all Pakistanis, reports our special correspondent.

The NGO has offered 30-odd greetings in its Diwali ditty to India, ranging from “Ramchandra ka gyan” to “Madhuri ki smile.” The “web-poetry” is light-hearted and does not smack of malice. Instead, it reflects how popular Bollywood stars are across the border and how closely Islamabad and the Pakistani intelligentsia follow important developments in India.

Aap ko Diwali ke shubh avsar par/ Chandragupta ki shakti/ Meerabai ki bhakti/ Ramchandra ka gyan/ Karan ka daan.

Einstein ki buddhi/ Nobel Prize ki siddhi/ Gandhi ki Ahimsa/ India ki parampara.

Vajpayee ki maryada/ Nizam ki sampada/ Michael Jordan ki salary/ Abdul Kalam ki vocabulary.

Bhagat Singh ka desh prem/ Sweetheart ka amar prem/ Microsoft ke share/ Rupiyon ke dher.

Tata ke senses/ Ambani ke licences/ Birla ka bangla/ Daler ka bhangra.

Amitabh ka style/ Madhuri ki smile/ Shah Rukh ki personality/ Aishwarya ki popularity.

World tour ka ticket/ Tendulkar ka wicket/ Administrator ke passwords/ Jokes ke forwards.

Mercedes ki car/ Diamond ka haar/ Aur logon ka dher sara pyar prapt ho...

Pakistani sources said Islamabad is still assessing the proposals India has made to normalise relations. They say Delhi’s refusal to hold talks has disappointed the Musharraf regime.

“The foreign minister (Khursheed Mehmood Kasuri) as well as the foreign secretary (Riaz Khokar) are both out of the country. But sooner rather than later a response will come from Islamabad on the new offer made by India,” a senior Pakistani official said.

Negligence bill on hospital

New Delhi(PTI): The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has ordered a Mumbai-based hospital to pay compensation of Rs 4.5 lakh for being negligent and thereby causing the death of a diabetes patient over a decade ago.

“Medical literature and the affidavit of Dr Rane — a DM in cardiology — are quite clear that insulin should have been given to control diabetes of the patient. This was not done. One does not require better evidence for establishing medical negligence,” the commission said after finding Bombay Hospital and Medical Research Centre (BHMRC) guilty.

Deceased Kamlesh Aggarwal was undergoing treatment at Rane’s hospital before she was shifted to BHMRC.

The presiding member of the commission, Justice K.S. Gupta, and member B.K. Taimni also ordered BHMRC to pay litigation costs of Rs 10,000 to the complainant.

Man shoots brother

Rampur(PTI): A man shot dead his younger brother over a property dispute in the court premises here, police sources said.

Ayub Khan opened fire, killing Qayum on Thursday, circle officer Om Veer Singh said. Ayub told the police that his brother had sold ancestral property worth lakhs of rupees without his knowledge and had denied him a share.

Badal son

Chandigarh(PTI): Sukhbir Singh Badal, son of former Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, failed to turn up on Friday before state vigilance bureau officials for the second round of questioning in connection with a graft case registered against his family. Sources close to Sukhbir claimed that he did not receive the notice served on him by the bureau. Sukhbir, who is a member of Parliament, had ducked the bureau’s notices twice on October 3 and 6.

IAF man kills self

Jaisalmer(PTI): An Indian Air Force officer allegedly committed suicide by jumping into a water tank here, police said. The body of junior warrant officer S. Sengupta, 42, was found in the tank in the technical area of the air force station on Thursday, they said. He was suffering from depression over illness of his wife and daughter, the police added.

Shrine demolition

Mumbai(PTI): The BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation is all set to demolish illegal shrines in the metropolis from October 27 following a Bombay High Court directive. Taking note of 854 illegal shrines in the city, the high court on September 25 asked the corporation to take action in accordance with law and file an action-taken report by November 12. Although authorities were tightlipped about the number of shrines to be demolished, sources said the owners of the shrines would be heard before action was initiated.

Gang leader held

Patna(PTI): The chief of Pandav Sena, Sanjay Singh, wanted in about two dozen criminal cases in central Bihar, was arrested from a house here on Thursday, police said. The Sena was originally formed to fight Naxalite outfits in central Bihar.

Tick

The Prime Minister will inaugurate the first world conference on handmade carpets in New Delhi on November 4. As many as 25 carpet importing and exporting countries, including Pakistan, will take part in the two-day conference.


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