MONDAY, JULY 2, 2012
40 Indians helped 26/11 squad: Pak ISLAMABAD: Days after
Rebel ministers to withdraw resignations BANGALORE: The crisis in the BJP government in Karnataka appears to have been defused today with nine ministers loyal to BS Yeddyurappa deciding to withdraw their resignation after the central leadership assured them that they would decide on their demand for leadership change in the next two-three days. The rebel group, which triggered a fresh crisis last week with nine of their ministers quitting to pile up pressure to remove Chief Minister DV Sadananda Gowda, has been invited for talks in New Delhi by the party’s central leadership. Announcing this after a meeting at Yeddyurappa’s residence, rural development and panchayat raj minister Jagadish Shettar said the party highcommand has assured that a decision on the leadership issue would be taken in the next twothree days. Shettar, is Yeddyurappa faction’s nominee for chief ministership. PTI
terror suspect Zabiuddin Ansari’s revelations about the Mumbai attacks being controlled and facilitated from Karachi, Pakistani authorities have claimed 40 Indian nationals were involved in the terrorist incident. “Our information is that there were at least 40 Indian nationals who helped the attackers. We want India to come clean on this,” an unnamed official of Pakistan’s Foreign Office was quoted as saying by The Express Tribune. Pakistan will “push” India to share details of the recent arrest of Ansari alias Abu Jundal when the Foreign Secretaries of the two countries meet in Delhi this week, the report said. The two-day talks between the Foreign Secretaries, beginning on July 4, are expected to be dominated by Ansari’s arrest and subsequent claims by Indian authorities, the report further said. The Foreign Office official said Pakistan will ask India to share details of Ansari’s arrest. “India has yet not shared anything with us about this arrest,” the official said. Pakistan had been saying that the Mumbai attacks would not have been possible without help from Indian nationals, he claimed. The official further claimed Indian authorities
India passenger plane seated his mother in the cockpit for a domestic flight, refusing to take off without her after he could not get her a free ticket, a report said Sunday. The pilot allegedly demanded that his mother be issued a “dummy boarding card” at Pune airport in western India and placed her in a jump seat reserved for the crew for the twohour flight to the capital New Delhi. “When the pilot insisted on taking his mother on board, the operations and commercial departments were informed,” an airport official told a Sunday newspaper. “The pilot threatened that he would not fly without his mother.” The pilot said that his mother was sick and he could not leave
had “always been reluctant to give us the full picture” of the investigation into the Mumbai attacks. “When a Pakistani judicial commission visited India to collect evidence, it was stopped from cross-examining the witnesses,” he claimed. Pakistan could take “decisive action” if it is provided details of the investigation, the official claimed. “We cannot act on hearsay,” he said. Indian officials have maintained that an agreement finalised between Delhi and Islamabad before the commission’s visit made it very clear that the panel would not be allowed to cross-examine
witnesses. Ansari, an Indian national, was arrested after being deported from Saudi Arabia. Indian officials have said that Ansari was travelling on a Pakistani passport. Ansari has confessed to investigators that he was in a control room in Karachi from where the 10 terrorists who carried out the Mumbai attacks were controlled, home minister P Chidambaram has said. Pakistani authorities arrested seven suspects, including Lashkar-e-Taiba operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, after the Mumbai attacks but their trial has stalled for over a year now. PTI
MUMBAI: Four Kingfisher flights
her at the airport, the paper reported. “The GM investigated the matter after it was brought to my notice,” Air India chairman Rohit Nandan told the paper, adding that disciplinary action was
elation of sexual abuse, mental and physical torture of inmates at Apna Ghar shelter home here, Haryana Police have now booked the warden of an institute for mentally challenged for allegedly sodomising a youth. Sanjay Kumar, warden of Sharwan Institute for mentally challenged, has been booked on charges of sodomising a 22-year-old mentally disabled youth.
UNITED NATIONS: India’s 1600-km long Western Ghats mountain chain, which has forests older than the Himalaya mountains, has been added to list of world heritage sites by the United Nations. The Western Ghats mountain chain is recognised as one of the world’s eight “hottest hotspots” of biological diversity.
Four Kingfisher flights cancelled as pilots continue strike from Mumbai were cancelled today due to the strike by a section of airline pilots. The flights have been cancelled since morning due to non-availability of pilots, airport sources said. The flights include Mumbai-Chennai, MumbaiMangalore and Mumbai-Khajuraho. Around 200 pilots including captains are on strike since yesterday protesting five-month delay in salaries. The strike has forced the airline
ROHTAK: Close on the heels of the rev-
Western Ghats bags world heritage site tag
AI pilot seats mum in cockpit: Report NEW DELHI: The pilot of an Air
NATION AT A GLANCE Warden booked for sodomising youth
to cancel its ATR-operations. Kingfisher currently has only 15 aircraft flying, including 8 ATRs,
while 15 of its aircraft are grounded due to non-availability of spares on account of fund crunch. IANS
being taken. Air India pilots are allowed some free tickets for themselves and family members subject to seat availability. The duty manager’s report recorded that the fully-booked
flight, with 122 passengers on board, was delayed for 20 minutes because of the incident. An Air India spokeswoman told AFP on Sunday that the airline was not immediately available for comment. AFP
Bhanwari Devi case: Accused Kailash held JODHPUR: Bhanwari Devi abduction and murder case accused Kailash Jakhar, who had escaped from the High Court premises here after armed assailants opened fire to help him flee, was today arrested. On a tip-off, police arrested Jakhar from a small hamlet surrounded by sand dunes near Sujangarh in Churu district at about 3am, Jodhpur police commissioner Bhupendra Kumar Dak said.
70-year-old run over by Arbaaz Khan’s car MUMBAI: A 70-year-old woman was killed when she was knocked down by a Land Cruiser owned by Bollywood filmmaker Arbaaz Khan, police here said on Monday. “It was most unfortunate, the woman suddenly came in front of the vehicle and fell. The driver immediately applied the brakes and reported the matter to the police,” the actor’s father and eminent writer Salim Khan told IANS. The incident occurred around 11 pm Sunday near St. Andrew’s Church when the vehicle was headed towards the home of the Khans at Bandstand. The car was being driven by Dhananjay Pimpale, the driver, who has been arrested on charges of rash and negligent driving and culpable homicide not amounting to murder. He will be presented before a local court later Monday. Pimpale was subjected to a medical test shortly after the incident and was not under intoxication, preliminary information indicated. The woman, later identified as Chandra Bala, was rushed to a hospital but succumbed to her injuries. IANS