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Advani push for jatha Pak permit

New Delhi (PTI): Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani has recommended a “one-time special permission” to a Sikh jatha for travelling to Pakistan through the Wagah land route, overruling objections raised by officials.

Advani “has directed that the file relating to the travel by the jatha be sent to the Prime Minister’s Office for a final clearance,” vice-chairman of National Commission for Minorities Tarlochan Singh said here on Monday.

He said the deputy Prime Minister had convened a meeting on Saturday to discuss the issue as official objections had been raised about the jatha travelling to Pakistan by road to attend the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak on November 19. Road and train travel between the two countries have been stopped after the terrorist strike on Parliament.

He said Advani had told the meeting that it would become a case of “discrimination” against Sikhs in the country, as people belonging to the community from abroad were going to Pakistan for the occasion. No Sikh jatha has visited Pakistan after the 1999 Kargil conflict.

“Advani was of the view that a special permission be granted for the jatha to visit Pakistan,” Singh said, adding that the deputy Prime Minister did not agree with the objections raised by various agencies. However, there was no official word on the status of the visit.

Bomb hoax in Patiala House

New Delhi (PTI): Security personnel guarding Patiala House went into a tizzy after a taxi driver informed police that four persons, apparently of Afghan origin, were planning to plant a bomb in the Patiala House court premises.

The taxi driver, identified as Vijay Singh, informed the police on Monday morning that four persons had boarded his taxi on Sunday, and were talking about planting a bomb at the Patiala House complex, official sources said.

The sources said the driver claimed the four, who were clean shaven, had even given him a tip of 100 dollars.

Immediately after the call, the police began searching the Patiala House premises. It may be mentioned that the proceedings in the Parliament attack case was on in the court of special judge S.N. Dhingra.

Bomb disposal squads and sniffer dogs rushed to the complex and after an hour-long search, the area was declared safe. Meanwhile, Singh was being further questioned so that a manhunt could be launched to arrest the suspects.

HC stays Jagir Kaur arrest

Kapurthala (PTI): Punjab and Haryana High Court has stayed the arrest of former Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) president Bibi Jagir Kaur in the power theft case.

Kaur, a sitting Akali Dal mla, was asked to appear before a sessions court in Kapurthala on Monday. But additional sessions judge Zora Singh stayed her arrest till November 17 after verifying the document. Kaur accused the Amarinder Singh government of foisting the case on her to prevent her from participating in Tuesday’s sgpc polls.

Soldier suicide

Bhopal (PTI): An assistant platoon commander with the first battalion of the special armed force allegedly committed suicide after pumping bullets from his service revolver in Balaghat district of Madhya Pradesh. Police said Chandra Sen Rao was rushed to a hospital, where he was declared dead.

Chhath mishap

Madhepura (pti): A 15-year-old boy drowned in a pond while celebrating Chhath festival near Madhvanand High School in Madhepura, police sources said. His body was recovered late on Sunday night and handed over to his relatives.

9/11 Indians’ plea

Hyderabad (PTI): The families of Hyderabad’s Azmath Ali Javed and Ayub Ali Khan, detained by the FBI after the September 11 strikes, have appealed to US immigration for their speedy release. They said the detainees had informed that formalities by US immigration were over and they were waiting for the Indian consulate general in New York to submit documents that would facilitate deportation.

Tourist found dead

Jaipur (PTI): A woman tourist was found dead in a hotel room here, police sources said. Firdos, 30, who had come to the hotel along with one Javed on November 7 from Delhi, was found dead when the hotel management broke open the door of her room, as the duo were not seen for some time. The police suspect it to be a case of strangulation. They have sent the body for post-mortem.

Kanchi seer Jayendra Saraswathi addressed Harijans near the Kakkan Manimandapam at Thumbaipatti. The place is a memorial dedicated to the Harijan Cabinet colleague of late Kamaraj. The seer also distributed prasadam and offered blessings.

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