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Turkey terror panel before PM trip

New Delh: The cabinet approved the setting up of a joint working group to combat terror with Turkey on Monday, ahead of the Prime Minister’s visit later this month, reports our special correspondent.

The decision to set up a working group had been taken during deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani’s visit to Turkey in 2001. The group will meet alternately each year in both capitals.

India has set up such groups with several countries and officials say exchange of information with different governments has been an invaluable experience. Apart from foreign ministry officials of the two countries, intelligence and senior bureaucrats dealing with counter-terrorism swap experiences and learn about the different strategies adopted to combat terrorism.

The working group will deal with organised crime and illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs, official spokesperson Sahib Singh said on Tuesday. It will also monitor activities of terrorists or organised criminal groups in their respective regions to implement the Security Council resolutions on fighting terrorism.

The two countries would enhance mutual cooperation through arrest and extradition of terrorists, exchange of professional expertise, cooperation with Interpol and facilitate legal action to combat terrorism,’’ he said.

In an apparent attempt to counter the fallout of breaking its alliance with Mayavati in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP-led NDA at the Centre has decided to increase the scholarship and annual grants for pre-matric scholarship for children of Dalit scavengers and sweepers during the Tenth Plan.

Notice to Sachin on Ferrari

Chennai (PTI): Madras High Court on Tuesday issued a notice to Sachin Tendulkar on a petition seeking confiscation of the Ferrari car presented to him by Italy-based Fiat last May.

The car was gifted to him for equalling late Sir Donald Bradman’s record of 29 Test centuries. Issuing the notice on a petition filed by K.T. Kuppiah, a division bench of Chief Justice B. Subhasan Reddy and Justice Prabha Sridevan also issued notices to the Union finance, commerce and revenue secretaries and the central excise and Customs departments.

Kuppiah, in a public interest litigation filed on August 29, claimed that the manner in which the car was imported was contrary to law and against the policy governing import of cars. Besides,the special treatment to the car was the “clearest violation of the right of equality”, he said.

The Centre had waived the Rs 1.13-crore import duty on the car.

SC eye on jailed Pakistanis

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has given the Union government time till September 18 to state under what orders 11 Pakistani nationals were being kept in prisons despite having served their sentences, reports our legal correspondent.

The court also sought information about the jails in which the Pakistanis have been lodged.

The time was given by a bench of Justices M.B. Shah and A.R. Lakshmanan when attorney-general Soli J. Sorabjee, whose assistance was sought, said though he had not been able to find orders on their detentions, he would be able to file a response if given two weeks.

Vajpayee ill

New Delhi (PTI): Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is indisposed with a “slight fever” and has cancelled his appointments on Tuesday evening, PMO sources said. Vajpayee’s appointments, which included releasing a book, were cancelled.

NRIs shot dead

London (PTI): Two NRI hoteliers were shot dead by three Asian men following a row over parking space. Amarjit Singh and his nephew Raginder Singh were killed outside their Forest View hotel in east London last Friday. A spokeswoman of Scotland Yard said the hoteliers asked some Asian men to move their cars from a private parking area. But three of them began vandalising a van belonging to the Singhs. The Singhs were shot dead when they went out to investigate.

Missing money

New Delhi (PTI): A sum of Rs 20 lakh was reported missing from a bank after the money was transported to its premises, police said. Cash was being shifted to the Ajmal Khan Road branch of the Corporation Bank on Monday at 11.55 am.

Horse goes berserk

Akola (PTI): A boy was killed and his mother injured as a horse went berserk. The incident occurred when Bharti Ambhore was returning home with her seven-year-old son, Rohit. The horse, apparently disturbed by the horn of a passing vehicle, knocked them down. Rohit died on the way to the hospital but his mother is out of danger. The horse owner has been arrested.


The Aeronautical Society of India in association with Nehru Science Centre will organise essay and elocution competitions in Mumbai on September 13 for college students to commemorate the historic flight by J.R.D Tata between Karachi and Mumbai.

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