Samjhota Express ‘RDX” used in Peshawar blast

Samjhota Express ‘RDX” used in Peshawar blast

Intelligence information and investigation has revealed that the explosives used in Peshawar blasts were similar to the RDX used in the ‘Samjhota Express’ incident in India.

The explosive material – Vehicle Born Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) – was used in Khyber Bazaar bomb blast.

Sources confirmed to TheNation that texplosive material used in the deadly bomb blast which took place at Khyber Bazaar Peshawar last month, was identical to what had been used in exploding Samjhota Express in India.

Sources say the Pakistani security agencies have found concrete evidences to prove Indian involvement in Khyber Bazaar blast in which VBIED was used.

Sources close the development revealed that the Indian intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) was behind the terrible blast which left more than 42 innocent people dead and 100 others wounded, including women and children.

“Lt Col Prohit of the Indian Army who is the prime accused in the Samjhota Express explosion case, was the expert and qualified to handle VBIED and its manufacturing process,” sources said.

Sources further disclosed that the security agencies had nabbed several suspects in connection with the Peshawar blast during the recent crackdown from different parts of the country.

“Investigations are underway as the arrested suspects are being grilled. The investigators have found some important leads during the interrogation,” a source privy to the investigators said, but did not mention any further details due to the sensitivity of the matter.

President Patil to enter Guinness Book by flying fighter jet

President Patil to enter Guinness Book by flying fighter jet

New Delhi, Nov 17: President Pratibha Devisingh Patil is all set to enter Guinness Book of world records on November 25 by becoming the first lady president to fly a fighter jet.

The President will fly on the fourth-generation twin-seater Sukhoi-30MKI at the Lohegaon airbase in Pune on November 25.

“We all should be proud that it will be a record in the world that a lady president will fly the latest technology aircraft…I think we all Indians should be proud of that why to talk of the Indian Air Force. India has created many firsts and this is the another first and it also shows women empowerment,” said Air Marshal PK Barbora, Vice Chief of the Air Staff.

The Vice Chief of the Indian Air Force said on Tuesday that President Patil has been declared fully fit for the flight and no modifications have been done for her on the aircraft.

Kidnapped AP engineer released in Assam

Andhra Pradesh engineer P. Krishna Rao, who was abducted a month ago by militants of the outlawed National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), was released on Tuesday in western Assam’s Kokrajhar district, officials said.

Rao, who was kidnapped on Oct. 16, was released at 9.15 am. He is safe, but exhausted and looked frail. Further details were awaited.

Rao was project manager of Gayatri Construction Company engaged in four lane highway construction work in Kokrajhar district.

New EVMs for civic polls

HYDERABAD: To clear the allegations that electronic voting machines were ‘programmed’ to suit the ruling Congress, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) authorities will use brand new EVMs for civic elections to be held on November 23.

“In this election, the GHMC will not use EVMs used during the General Elections-2009. We will use brand new ones. A decision to this effect has been taken as several political parties alleged tampering and manipulation of EVMs during the April polls,” GHMC special commissioner M T Krishna Babu told TOI.

After the State Election Commission (SEC) cleared the proposal to use new EVMs, city-based Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) supplied 7,300 new EVMs to the Corporation.
Each EVM was being checked thoroughly in the presence of candidates in the fray of a particular division. Then, they would be sealed and sent to distribution centres, he said.

Polling staff would conduct mock polling an hour (6 am) before the actual polling in the presence of polling agents, the official added.

The polling starting time (PST) and polling ending time (PET) would be recorded on EVMs, which is mandatory, he said. Also, the visually challenged voters need not vote at designated booths as the newly EVMs have an in-built Braille script sheet, the GHMC official said.

Criminal negligence: 6 newborns die

HYDERABAD: A Vijayawada-like tragedy — where six infants died in two days allegedly due to faulty incubators — is waiting to happen in the

state’s biggest paediatric care centre, Niloufer Hospital: Of the nine ventilators, only one is operational. It also lacks even basic life-saving equipments and medicines.

Niloufer claims to be one of the largest hospitals of its kind in Asia and is the only referral hospital for paediatric care in AP where over 100 serious cases are admitted on a daily basis. On an average, six to eight children die daily — mostly those brought in a critical condition — at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of Niloufer Hospital. But doctors aver that some deaths could very well be due to the absence of critical life-saving equipments.

For instance, ventilators are must for premature babies but the NICU doesn’t have one. In the absence of ventilators, attendants and doctors are struggling to manage with ‘ambu’ bags (manual ventilators). But doctors said that they cannot continue doing this

A TOI check revealed that none of the five ventilators at the NICU works. While at the 12-bed Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), which has three ventilators, only one works.

“Out of these ventilators, which help patients who are unable to breathe or are breathing insufficiently, some were recently repaired. But they are on the blink again. There are several human rights cases against Niloufer Hospital for neonatal deaths due to lack of facilities. If there are no life-saving equipments, what can doctors do?” a doctor said on condition of anonymity.

Senior doctors said that money was being spent on only civil work for the past six months and not a rupee has been spared for equipments.

“The hospital has 40-50 serious cases on an average that require intensive care but there are no infusion pumps, medicines or intracaths,” another doctor said. Besides, the hospital which is perpetually reeling under a patient overload, is heavily understaffed.

Niloufer medical superintendent Dr P Sudershan Reddy, however, claimed that all ventilators were functional and outrightly denied that patients were facing problems.

Get your act right: CM to Congmen

HYDERABAD: With barely a week left for GHMC poll D-Day, the Congress on Monday decided to give a collective push to the campaign and impress upon

the electorate that it too is in the fray.

With the absence of a star campaigner reflecting strongly in its campaign so far, CM K Rosaiah marshalled together all leaders and ministers and practically made each one of them in-charge of a few divisions. He also asked them to bury their differences and concentrate on the poll campaigning.

Congress appeared to have woken up to the reality of its campaigning suddenly on Monday. AICC secretaries Praveen Davar, B S Krishnamurthy, deputed by the high command for the polls, convened a breakfast meet of all ministers at a hotel on Raj Bhavan road and took stock of the situation.

The matter was then discussed informally after the cabinet meet in the afternoon. Sources said Rosaiah virtually accepted the contention that the Congress campaign was going nowhere due to lack of coordination. Top party leaders including D Nagender, PCC president D Srinivas, Rajya Sabha MP K V P Ramachandra Rao, and all the ministers later met at the CM’s Ameerpet residence to discuss the situation.

According to sources, the ministers and leaders were told to aggressively campaign in the wards allotted to them. “They were told to undertake padayatras during the day and hold public meetings in the evening for the next few days,” sources said.
Secretaries and joint secretaries of the state Congress were told to campaign in the wards and individual summons were sent to them to report to work immediately, sources said. Apparently, the message given by the AICC representatives was that Congress chief Sonia Gandhi was monitoring the efforts of all the leaders closely.

“This has immediately galvanised the CM, PCC chief and KVP into closing the ranks and putting a united effort as a poor showing will reflect on all of them,” the source added.

‘Pauper’ politicos in GHMC poll fray

HYDERABAD: This is stuff for the believe-it-or-not list. One has heard of crorepati politicians, but a pauper politician? Going by the affidavits

submitted by candidates for the GHMC elections, several of them either lead a Gandhian lifestyle or are practically penniless.

Take for instance M Madhu Goud, the Congress candidate from Gunfoundry division and brother of the powerful BC welfare minister, Mukesh Goud. All he has against his name is a mere Rs 4,600 in his bank account. He owns no land, no property, no house either on his name or that of his dependents. His wife, though, possesses 200 grams of gold currently worth about Rs 3.5 lakh.

Madhu Goud’s opponent from the same division is D Mohan, who was unsuccessful in getting the Congress ticket and is in the fray as an independent. He too has no land, property and has a bank balance of Rs 16,000, the affidavit says.

“This is unbelievable. Mohan was the erstwhile MCH’s standing committee chairman between 2005 and 2007, a post considered more powerful than that of the mayor,” said a GHMC official. All works costing more than Rs 20 lakh needed to be cleared by the standing committee and as chairman, Mohan had the final say, the official added.

Similarly, Adam Umadevi, the Congress candidate from Boudhanagar division, is a former corporator and wife of city Congress leader Santosh Kumar. She has submitted in her affidavit that neither she nor her family possess any land or property and that all she has is jewellery worth Rs 3.2 lakh and Rs 1.5 lakh in cash.

J Hemalatha, TDP candidate from Himayatnagar division, has declared that she too has no land or property and has only gold and jewellery worth Rs three lakh and a NSS certificate worth Rs 10,000. Likewise, A Indira, Congress candidate from Asifnagar division declared that her family owns no property or land and has only 24 tolas of gold. For MIM’s Maleekunnisa Begum, contesting from the same division, five tolas of gold worth Rs 75,000 were her only assets.

“The declaration of assets by some candidates has become a farce as it in no way reflects their real financial condition,” said a civic official.

Apart from this, there is the more believable list of crorepati candidates in fray for the GHMC polls. For instance, V Srisaliam Yadav, MIM candidate from Rahmatnagar division, has declared assets worth nearly Rs 7 crore. There are at least 100 candidates of the total 1,310 in the fray who have declared total assets of Rs one crore and above, officials said.

According to officials, the candidate who would have been the richest in fray has opted out. “S Sreedhar Reddy had filed his papers from Hayatnagar and had declared total assets worth a staggering Rs 32 crore. However, not getting the Congress ticket on which he was banking on, he withdrew from the contest,” a senior GHMC officials said.