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Purulia arms drop case: no extradition of Kim Davy for now

News4u - News Desk : The Denmark authorities have refused to appeal in their Supreme Court against a decision of the lower court which had rejected extradition of Purulia arms drop case accused Kim Davy.

Official sources said the Danish authorities have not agreed to appeal in the Supreme Court against the decision of the High Court despite efforts by Indian agencies to convince them.

They said the authorities have made it clear that the prosecutor is not under the control of the Danish government and his decision is considered final.

They said diplomatic options would be explored to bring Davy back to India to stand trial in the case.

Intially, Denmark had accepted India’s request for extraditing Davy but it was challenged by him in a city court in Copenhagen which rejected the extradition.

The Danish authorities challenged the decision in the High Court which also rejected their plea citing poor prison conditions, including overcrowding, torture and human rights record of India.

The Danish legal authorities then decided not to pursue the matter further and refused to file an appeal in the Supreme Court there against the High Court decision.

CBI sources said Indian authorities are not a party to the case and cannot directly intervene.

They said the courts were not considering the merits of the alleged crime but on the prison conditions and human rights issues in India.

CBI had sent one of its senior officers to Copenhagen to present before the Danish legal authorities the gravity of the case but the visit did not yield any positive results.

The case relates to the incident on the night of December 17, 1995, when an AN-26 aircraft dropped arms and ammunition in West Bengal’s Purulia district.

The consignment had hundreds of AK-47 rifles, pistols, anti-tank grenades, rocket launchers and thousands of rounds of ammunition.

The crew consisted of five Latvian citizens and British national Peter Bleach all of whom were arrested.

Davy, a Danish citizen and the prime accused in the case, had escaped.

The crew were released from a prison in Kolkata in 2000 after requests from the Russian authorities while Bleach was given a presidential pardon in 2004 following requests by the UK government.

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SC verdict tomorrow on Mayawati plea against CBI case

News4u-News Desk -The Supreme Court is to deliver its verdict on Friday on BSP supremo Mayawati’s plea, challenging the CBI probe in an alleged disproportionate assets (DA) case against her.

Mayawati had filed a petition in May 2008 seeking quashing of the criminal proceedings against her in the DA case, lodged by the CBI over eight years ago.

She had alleged it was an act of political vendetta against her.

A bench headed by P Sathasivam had reserved its judgment on May 1 after two-hour-long hearing during which the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister had accused the CBI of “fixing” the DA case against her, a charge refuted by the agency.

Mayawati had said the bench should direct the CBI to consider the aspect of order passed by the Income Tax Tribunal holding that her income was genuine and the order had also been upheld by the Delhi High Court.

The CBI had said there was “ample evidence” to show that she had amassed wealth disproportionate to her known sources of income.

Mayawati had claimed she had received the money as donations from party workers.

Questioning Mayawati’s assets, the CBI had said her declared assets of Rs one crore in 2003 had gone up to Rs 50 crore in 2007.

The CBI, in its last affidavit filed on September 13, 2011, had alleged there was a “criminal nexus” between Mayawati and her relatives and the disproportionate assets case against her cannot be closed on the basis of conclusions arrived at by the Income Tax Department.

The agency had rejected Mayawati’s stand that the DA case should come to an end after the income tax authorities accepted her income tax assessments.



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Fukushima was ‘man-made’ disaster: Japanese probe

News4u – News Desk : Last year’s Fukushima nuclear accident was a man-made disaster caused by Japan’s culture of “reflexive obedience” and not just the tsunami that hit the plant, a damning parliamentary report said today.

Ingrained collusion between plant operator Tokyo Electric Power, the government and regulators, combined with a lack of any effective oversight led directly to the worst nuclear accident in a generation, the report said.

“They effectively betrayed the nation’s right to be safe from nuclear accidents. Therefore, we conclude that the accident was clearly ‘man-made’,” said the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission.

“We believe that the root causes were the organisational and regulatory systems that supported faulty rationales for decisions and actions,” it said.

The probe is the third of its kind in Japan since the huge tsunami of March 2011 crashed into the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station. Reactors went into meltdown, sending clouds of radiation over a wide area, forcing tens of thousands of people from their homes, some possibly forever.

An earlier report by plant operator Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) had all but cleared the huge utility, saying the size of the earthquake and tsunami was beyond all expectations and could not reasonably have been foreseen.

But an independent group of scholars and journalists, who reported their findings in February, said TEPCO could and should have done more.

It also said that had the company had its way, its staff would have been evacuated from the crippled plant and the catastrophe could have spiralled even further out of control.

In his straight-talking preface to the more than 600-page report, panel chairman Kiyoshi Kurokawa said difficult lessons that go to the heart of the national character had to be learned from the catastrophe.

“What must be admitted -very painfully is that this was a disaster ‘Made in Japan’,” he wrote.


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Monsoon reaches Uttar Pradesh, North India hopeful, Mumbai waterlogged

News4u-News Desk-There was some hope of rains in North India as the monsoon finally hit Uttar Pradesh early on Thursday.

Heavy rainfall was reported from the cities of Lucknow and Jhansi and the districts of Barabanki, Unnao and Faizabad.

However, there is no rain yet in the rest of North India.

India’s largest dam, the Bhakra Nangal, has reached a critical level and there is a similar situation at seven reservoirs in the North.

This has worsened the power situation further with major outages across Punjab, Haryana, and Delhi.

The Bhakra Beas Management Board will hold an emergency meeting with partnering states including Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan.

Also, the lack of rains in the Dam’s catchment area has led to a further decrease in the water level.

“If the rains do not come, the situation will worsen as we cannot increase the supply overnight. We have less fuel, less coal,” said Ashok Khurana, Director General, Association of Power Producers.

Meanwhile, Mumbai residents woke up to the second consecutive day of intermittent heavy rains on Thursday. The temperature has dipped to a cool 26 degrees Celsius. The suburbs in particular received heavy rainfall in the last 24 hours with Bandra receiving 117 mm and Vikhroli 103 mm. Dharavi, Dadar and Kurla have each received more than 90 mm of rainfall.

Constant pouring has also led to waterlogging in several areas like Sion, Dadar, Hindmata, Vakola and Parel. Trains on the western line were running between 10 and 15 minutes late.

Monsoon rains have been 30 per cent deficient so far and the weather office data showed 82 per cent of the area of the country, including the granary states of Punjab and Haryana, are receiving deficient or scanty rainfall.

RAINs at last

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They still remember her

News4u Entertainment Desk- Veera -The different organizations along with our own ‘Sarkari Mahakma” never fails to surprise us. This year the Padmshree was awarded to the great musician Khyyam as if he was a contemporary of Vishal & Shekhar. It was an out & out insult to the great composer but whims of Sarkari Officials has to be tolerated with a straight face.

In the same vein the Superstar of yester years Nimmi was honored with an award at the annual great Woman Award along with Rani Mukherjee and Raveena Tandon etc.

The tragedy of it all was that when Nimmi’s name was announced people asked each other – ‘ is she still alive”. Yet Nimmi was a popular and successful actress of the Fifties & Sixties. Film buffs have not forgotten the dreamy eyed beauty with her face framed in restless curls swinging away “Jiya Bekaraar Hai” in Raj Kapoor’s Blockbuster ‘Barsaat”. People claimed that the new girl looked even more charming than the ever beautiful “Nargis”.

Nimmi gave a lot of hit films like ‘Saza” with Dev Anand ; Daag, Aan, Amar & Udan Khatola with Dilip Kumar ; Basant Bahaar with Bharat Bhushan. She starred with almost all the top heroes of that time and had a long fan following. One of her later films “Shama” saw her over shadowing the lovely Suraiya who has by that time past her prime.

In the late sixties she was seen in Mere Mehboob as Ashok Kumar’s lady love and after that she married the lyricist and writer Mehdi Ali Raza and retired from films.Her last film as heroine was K. Asif’s- Love & God opposite Sanjeev Kumar.

Nimmi herself writes poetry and used to recite at private sittings in her husky voice to admiring fans. It was heartening to see her again in the news. We hope others like her will also be remembered. Nalini Jaywant who recently died unwept unsung surely deserved this award, but as Meena Kumari said- “Har shakhs ki kismet main Inaam Nahi hota”.


Its not every one’s good fortune to be remembered for what they do…..



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Britain bans Kellogg’s for ‘misleading’ advertisement

News4u-News Desk- LONDON: Authorities in the UK have banned the Kellogg’s ‘Special K’ advertisement for “misleading women” about the calorific value of a typical bowl of the breakfast cereal. 

The advertisement by Kellogg’s boasted that eating one bowl of the corn flakes would add only 114 calories to the diet without excluding the calories of milk, which could add anything from 86 to 122 calories , the Daily Mail reported.

The cereal has been promoted to generations ofwomen across the globe on the basis that it helps to lose weight, as part of a calorie-controlled diet. However, in reality it contains a relatively high amount of sugar compared to other cereals — double the level in cornflakes and three times that of Weetabix, the other such product in the market.

The US company has been found to have flouted advertising rules in a TV commercial.

The Advertising Standards Authority received a complaint it was misleading because it failed to include the milk calories. Kellogg’s said it had left out the figure for milk because many customers eat the cereal dry, or with orange juice or yogurt. It said the issue was further complicated because there are many types of milk with different fat and calories counts. But ASA said the commercial should have made clear that the claims did not include the calories that would come from milk.PTI


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Pop singer’s ‘topless’ pic leaves Indians angry

News4u-News Desk- MELBOURNE: Topless pictures of an Indian- origin singer, who is Gold Coast city’s pick to promote tourism in India, has left a section of the Indian community uneasy with some speaking against such moves to sell tourism to a largely conservative India.

Queensland-raised pop singer Aiysha Saagarwas recently selected as the Gold Coast Goodwill Ambassador by the eastern city’s Mayor Tom Tate, and she is set to travel to India to promote the tourist city to Indians.

However, her pictures on her website where she poses on the Surfers Paradise beach with the Australian flag pained on her body has miffed a section of the Indian community here, according to a local news report.

Event coordinator of Queensland-based Indian Associations Neeraj Narayan said that “more than 60 per cent of India was still conservative and Saagar’s partial nudity would reflect badly on Gold Coast’s image”.

“They may not see the appeal in coming to Australia if that’s the image she is promoting,” Narayan was quoted as

He said while Bollywood films and globalisation had made nudity more acceptable in recent years, but “this will still
be more negative than positive, I think”.

Commenting on the issue, Gold Coast resident Shanti Gowans, who works as an artistic director of a Australia
Bollywood Dance Company, said that if the city was planning to woo general Indians then it has to remember that Indians are family-minded people and travel in as a group.

“… and such tasteless pictures would not appeal to their family sensibilities… The girl is beautiful but she needs to be presented with more decorum and presence,” Gowan was quoted as saying by a daily called ‘Faceoff’.

Sydney-based community leader and cardiologist, Yadu Singh, however differed with the perception. He said such
pictures would not have any significant positive or negative impact on the success of Gold Coast to attract tourists from India.

“Seeing or knowing about the pictures, Indians will have a chuckle. Nothing else,” he said.

“Recent Bollywood movies and access to worldwide media in India have changed Indian society quite a bit. India today is not what it was a decade or two ago,” Singh said.

Saagar has been reportedly living in India for the past eight years but also spends months on the Gold Coast.

She said the images were not meant to be posted on the website and were intended to be launched in India to promote
her career “down the track”.

“The whole point of these photos is to promote me as an artist,” she said.PTI

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No service tax on remittances to India by NRIs: PM to Chandy

News4u-News Desk- NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has dismissed reports of any plan to bring under the service tax ambit foreign remittances by overseas Indians, Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy said .

Singh has also sought details from the Finance Ministry on the issue, said Chandy who raised objections before the Prime Minister over the reported move by the Government to levy the tax on the money of Indians working abroad.

“Prime Minister has dismissed reports that the Government is planning to charge 12.36 per cent on all foreign remittances to India,” Chandy told reporters after meeting the Prime Minister here.

The Chief Minister took up the matter with the Prime Minister as the annual remittances from NRI population in Kerala is nearly Rs 50,000 crore and such a move by the Centre would hit the economy of the southern state.

“Prime Minister said that no decision has been taken to levy the tax on money sent by the NRIs. He has assured status quo on the service tax issue,” Chandy said.

Chandy also asked Prime Minister to take immediate steps to end the delay in securing the safe release of crew including Keralites taken as hostages by Somalian pirates.

He told the Prime Minister that 43 Indian citizens had been taken hostage by Somalian pirates and requested him to “direct the authorities concerned” to take all possible steps to secure their release considering the agony and pain of the relatives of the abducted persons.PTI

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

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News4u-Feature Desk- S. C. Chaturvedi- In most cases of reincarnation type, the previous personality had died some years before the birth of the present personality. The present case has the unusual feature that the previous personality with which the subject became identified did not die until about 3 and half years after the birth of the “physical body of the present personality.”

In the spring of 1954, Jasbir, 3-1/2 years old , son of Shri Girdharilal Jat of Rasulpur, Distt. Muzaffarnagar, UP, was thought to have died of small pox.  Jasbir’s father went to his brother and other men of the village proposing that they assist him in burying his ‘dead’ son.  As it was then late at night, they advised postponing burial until the morning. Some few hours later Girdharilal Jat happened to notice some stirring in the body of his son which then gradually revived completely. Some days passed before the boy could speak again, and some weeks before he could express himself clearly. When he recovered the ability to speak he showed a remarkable transformation of behavior. He then stated that he was the son of Shankar of Vehedi  village and wished to go there. He would not eat food at the home of the Jat on the ground that he belonged to a higher caste, being a Brahmin. This obstinate refusal to eat would surely have led to a second death if a kindly Brahmin lady, a neighbour of Girdharilal , had not undertaken to cook food for Jasbir,  in the Brahmin manner. This she did for about a year and a half. Jasbir’s father supplied the material for the food she prepared. But his family some times deceived Jasbir and gave him food not prepared by the Brahmin lady. He discovered the deception and this realization together with pressure from his family, led him gradually to abandon his rigid Brahmin dietary habits and join the rest of the family in their regular meals. The period of resistance lasted under two years altogether.

Jasbir began to communicate further details of ‘his’ life and death in the village of  Vehedi. He particularly described how during  a wedding procession from one village to another he had eaten some poisoned sweets and alleged that a man to whom he had lent money had given him these sweets. He had become giddy and had fallen off the chariot on which he was riding, suffered a head injury, and died.

Jasbir’s  father told he tried to suppress the information of Jasbir’s strange claims & behavior in the village, but the news of it leaked out. The special cooking for Jasbir in the Brahmin style was naturally known to the Brahmins of the village and eventually (about 3- years later) came to the attention of one of their group, Smt Shyamo, a Brahmin native of Rasulpur who had married a native of Vehedi, Shri Ravi Dutt Shukla. She on rare occasions  (at intervals of seven years) returned to Rasulpur. On one such trip in 1957 Jasbir recognized her as his “aunt”. She reported the incident to her husband’s family  and to the members of the Tyagi  family in Vehedi. The details of ‘his’ death and other  items narrated by Jasbir corresponded closely with details of the life & death of a young man of 22, Sobharam, son of Shankarlal Tyagi of Vehendi. Sobharam had died in May 1954 in a chariot accident as related by Jasbir and in the manner described , although the Tyagi family knew nothing of any alleged poisoning or any debt of money owed Sobharam  before they heard of Jasbir’s ststaement. Afterwards they entertained suspicions of poisoning.

Later Ravidatt  Shukla , husband of Smt. Shyamo, visited Rasulpur and heard reports of jasbir’s statement and met him. Then Sobharam’s father and other members of his family went there and Jasbir recognized them and correctly placed them as to their relationships with Sobharam.

A few weeks later, at the instance of the Manager of the Sugar Mill near Vehedi, a villager from Vehedi, Jagannath Pd Shukla, brought Jasbir to Vehedi, where he put him down near the Railway station and asked him to lead the way to Tyagi quadrangle. This Jasbir did  without any difficulty. Later Jasbir was taken  to the home of Shri Ravidatt Shukla and from there led the way (a different route) to the Tyagi home. He remained some days  in the village and demonstrated to Tyagi family & other villagers a detailed knowledge of the Tyagi  family and its affairs. He enjoyed himself greatly in Vehedi and returned to Rasulpur with great reluctance. He still wanted to live in Vehedi and felt isolated and lonely in Rasulpur.

Particularly I would like to draw attention to the fact that the transformation in Jasbir took place rather quickly when he was about 3=-1/2  yrs old. Prior to that age he had seemed a normal child, apart from difficulty in speaking. It will be recalled that the period of transformation of personality in Jasbir coincided with the recovery of his body from an apparently mortal illness. During his early convalescence there was not much scope for any expression of personality and it is therefore impossible to state over what length of time the change in personality occurred. But the complete change took almost a few weaks and perhaps much less time. Moreover we have to do here with a profound change of personality, including refusal to eat his family’s food because of their alleged lower caste. The case therefore differs markedly from those of other children who seem to recall previous lives over a period of several years and in doing so more or less blend the previous personality with the presently developing one.


Jasbir had continued visiting Vehedi. His parents said he went over there every 3 or 4 months and Jasbir himself said he had gone there just two months before the Author’s visit. On that visit he had remained in Vehedi 2-1/2 months working in the Tyagi family’s fields. Sobharam’s father Shankarla Tyagi was still living then. The Tyagis regarded Jasbir as a full member of their family. They had consulted him about the marriage of Sobharam’s son and he had attended the wedding ceremony. Jasbir had also been consulted about the marriage of one of Sobharam’s daughters.When I asked Jasbir to who, if any  in particular, he was attached at Vehedi, he replied that his attachment was to Sobharam’s father and ( as mother Rajkali had died many years earlier, even before Sobharam himself) his children.

Jasbir denied that the memories of previous life had faded. He said he still remembered clearl;y falling off the chariot on his return from the wedding he attended (as Sobharam) at the village of Nirmana. He even mentioned the exact place hwere he fell off the chariot, a detail which he had not earlier mentioned . He still belived that he had been poisoned at the wedding ceremony by a man whom Sobharam had loaned some money, which the man did not wish to repay. This man according to Jasbir,  thought to avoid the debt by killing Sobharam. The man in question later paid Jasbir(not Sobharam’s family) 600 Rupees. In 1971 Jasbir said this was the amount of the debt although in 1961, he had mentioned  the figure of 300-400 rupees. We should not consider the payment of this large sum of Jasbir as confession of guilt on the part of the alleged poisoner, but we certainly can consider it as evidence of this man’s conviction that Jasbir was in fact Sobharam reborn.

Jasbir had retained a number of Brahmin habits and attitudes. He still believed Brahmins a superior group of persons compared to members of other casts. He still would not eat food cooked in earthen pots. To accommodate him, his family cooked food for him in metal vessels and allowed him to eat first. Jasbir also wore around his neck the sacred thread which is a distinctive habit of upper caste Hindus(Jats do not wear this thread). He gave his correct mailing address as Jasbir Singh Tyagi S/o Girdharilal Jat. Thus he acknowledged the reality of the paternity of his body, but at the same time also claimed membership in the caste of the previous life.

When asked if he had any idea as to what happened to the mind or personality that had occupied the body of Jasbir before it apparently died of small pox and before that body had seemingly been taken over by the mind of Sobharam. He did not know , Jasbir said that in dreams he sometimes still saw the discarnate Sadhu (holy man) whom he had said (when a achild) he (as Sobharam) had met after the death of Sobharam.  Jasbir had earlier said this sadhu  had advised the discarnate Sobharam to “take over” in the body of Jasbir who had ostensibly dies. Jasbir spoke with some reluctance about these later contacts with the sadhu and gave the impression that he might be violating confidence in mentioning them. He said however, that the sadhu gave him correct predictions of future events in his life. In 1971 Jasbir said that his older brother, who had formerly been particularly hostile to his pretensions or superiority, fully accepted him in the family. Notwithstanding the remarkable healing within the family of Girdharilal Jat, Jasbir felt that the Tyagi family showed him even more affections. He took the demotion of socio-economic circumstances from one life to another not necessarily the one immediately preceding that in which it occurs.

Copied from Book of Dr. Ian Stevenson, Division of Parasychology, Department of Psychiatry, University of Virginia , Charlottesville, Virginia 22901.



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Pak Taliban vows to hit Nato trucks

News4u-News Desk-ISLAMABAD: The outlawed Tehrik-e-TalibanPakistan has threatened to attack Afghanistan-bound Nato vehicles after Islamabad ended a seven-month blockade of supply routes following a US apology for a cross-border attack that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in November.

After Pakistan’s defence committee of the cabinet decided on Tuesday to reopen the supply lines, Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said his group’s fighters would attack Nato vehicles passing through the country. The TTP had made all arrangements for attackingNato trucks and oil tankers in Pakistan, he said.

“They would see how our fighters attack them (Nato vehicles ) while passing through the country. We will not allow Pakistan’s routes to be used for the supply of lethal arms that could later be used against the people of Afghanistan ,”Ehsan was quoted as saying by The News daily.

“Afghans are our brothers and we would not allow the US to take their supplies through Pakistan to kill innocent people ,” he warned. While announcing the government’s decision to reopen the supply routes, information minister Qamar Zaman Kaira said on Tuesday night Pakistan will not allow any lethal cargo to be transported through its territory. An exception will be made only for lethal equipment to be provided to the Afghan national security forces, he said.

Ehsan said the Taliban were “were shocked to hear that Pakistan has opened the Nato supply lines” . He claimed the closure of the routes was “a drama staged by the Pakistani rulers to get maximum benefit from the United States. Pakistani rulers have no love (for) the country and the people” .

“They are US slaves and wanted to enslave the entire Pakistani nation. But we are here to create hurdles for Nato supplies passing through Pakistan,” Ehsan said. The Taliban spokesman further said the time had come for religious and political parties to come forward and stop Nato supplies passing through Pakistan. Some religious and political parties had opposed the resumption of Nato supplies through Pakistan just to get public support , he claimed.

In a related development, Mir Mohammad Yousuf Shahwani, head of the largest oil tanker owners association in Pakistan, welcomed the reopening of the supply lines but urged authorities to provide security to vehicles ferrying Nato supplies. The vehicle owners need security because Taliban had killed dozens of drivers and torched their tankers, he said.

Supply vehicles on way to Afghanistan

Pakistan on Wednesday began allowing Nato supplies to move out from a port in Karachi, a day after it lifted a seven-month blockade of vital routes to Afghanistan in the wake of the US apology for the killing of 24 of its soldiers in a cross-border raid. Authorities at Port Qasim, Pakistan’s second busiest harbour, told the media that they had received instructions to allow the movement of Nato supplies after the payment of demurrage for the period when the goods were kept at the port.PTI


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