- 11=10=2008 Fresh news
Bachchan taken ill;
admitted to Lilavati hospital
Mumbai, Oct 11 Superstar Amitabh Bachchan, who turned 66 today, has
been admitted to Lilavati Hospital here after he complained of abdominal pain,
hospital sources said. Bachchan was earlier taken to Nanavati Hospital,
where X-rays of his stomach and chest were taken. He then proceeded to Lilavati Hospital in suburban Bandra. He has been
admitted under Jayant Barve, who is also his family doctor, the sources said.
Sources said the Big B, who was shooting for 'Teen Patti' till yesterday, was
taken ill last night and complained of abdominal cramps.
farmers stake their claim on Nano site
the Government of Gujarat celebrates the arrival of Tata Motors' Nano plant,
rumblings of discontent are gradually becoming louder among a section of
farmers from villages near the proposed site in Sanand.
refrain that echoes the concerns of the farmers at Singur, a number of
villagers are beginning to bring up issues regarding land rights and
compensation. Farmers from Khoda, Bhod, Amareli and Modasar are staking their
claim on the 1,100 acres that has been given to the Tatas for the Nano factory,
saying that the land belonged to their forefathers.
the great famine, our forefathers gave the land to the British government on
lease for 100 years so it could be used as a grazing ground," claims
Meghrajsinh Chauhan from Bhod. "When we asked for the land in 2002, we
were told that the government had acquired it in 1911. Since then we have been
running from pillar to post to get our land rights, but no one has ever heard
us," he says.
Chauhan is quick to add that the farmers have nothing against the Tatas or the
Nano plant being set up here, he makes it clear that the farmers expect more
benefits. "We are the real owners of the land and we have got nothing in
the deal. We should get our share of compensation too. We'll fight till the
last for our rights," he asserts, adding that the Anand University
campus was also built on the farmers' land. "Our struggle for land rights did not
start after the Tatas came, but even though we have fought for so long, nobody
is listening to us. We are now trying to resolve the issue through the legal
system, but if things don't work, we may have to resort to stronger measures
like hunger strikes," he adds.
are talking to lawyers to move courts," confirms Mukeshsinh Vaghela from
Khoda village. "But we need some more evidence to prove our rights. We are
currently trying to get those papers. The state Government is hiding a lot of
things from us. They say the land has been acquired in 1911, but it has failed
to give us the documents to prove this," he adds.
to Ahmedabad District Collector Harit Shukla, however, the farmers do not have
much of a case. Acknowledging that the land was leased to the British
Government in 1899 for 100 years, Shukla says the land was acquired in 1911 and
the farmers were paid a compensation of Rs 2 lakh then.
have enough documents to prove that they were compensated," says Shukla,
adding that the government does not owe the farmers any more compensation.
Violence against any
religion is unacceptable: Advani
Sat, Oct 11
As attacks on Christians allegedly by Bajrang
Dal continued in Orissa, senior BJP leader L K Advani denounced violence
against any religion or place of worship, saying it is 'unacceptable'.
"Vandalism and violence against any
religion or place of worship shall not be tolerated and is highly
condemnable," the BJP's Prime Ministerial face told a rally.
"Differences, if any, should be sorted
out through dialogue and no other means is acceptable," Advani said.
The comments of the BJP leader assume
significance as Sangh Parivar outfit Bajrang Dal has been accused of
perpetrating attacks on Christians and Churches in Orissa as also Karnataka..
Before the rally, a delegation of Christians
of Arunachal Pradesh met Advani and sought his intervention in stopping attacks
on Christians in Orissa and Karnataka.
In the wake of violence against Christians,
pressure is mounting on the Central government to ban Bajrang Dal.
The issue even came up at the Union Cabinet
meeting on Wednesday, with a number of Ministers pressing for banning Bajrang
Dal to send out a message.
The government, however, deferred a decision
Bailout plan big
enough; anxiety worsening problems: Bush
Washington, Oct 10 Noting that a high level of anxiety about the
financial crisis was worsening the problem, US President George W Bush today
said his government's "aggressive" rescue package will take time to
have its impact. In a brief statement made here at White House, Bush said that
the rescue plan proposed by the administration to bail out the country's
financial institutions was aggressive and big enough, but would take some time
to work. Noting that all the major economies were working together to stabilise
the markets and stop the panic from spreading further, Bush said, "Through
these efforts, the world is sending an unmistakable signal. We are in this
together and we will come through this together." "We are a
prosperous nation with immense resources and a wide range of tools at our
disposal... We can solve this crisis and we will," he said. Noting that
the anxiety among the people over the crisis was making the things worse, Bush
noted said, "That anxiety can feed anxiety and that can make it hard to
see all that is being done to solve the problem." The statement came in
the midst of a sharp plunge in stock markets across the world, including a weak
opening in the US
markets and ahead of a meeting of G-20 countries on Saturday, called by the US
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, to discuss ways to tackle the global
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