Thursday, February 12, 2009

Arson bid at gurdwara, PMU leader attacked

MISCREANTS SET off a fire at the Ghuggshor village gur­ dwara in Kartarpur late last night. A few carpets were burnt but the flames were doused in time. The Granth Sahib was placed a safe dis­ tance from the spot.

Pendu Mazdoor Union sec­ retary Kashmir Singh Ghuggshor, 30, and his elder brother Resham Singh, 33, who were among the villagers that gathered at the gurdwara after the management made an announcement at 7.30 a.m. today, bore the full force of the villagers' fury for suggesting that the matter be investigat­ ed in full before pinning the blame. A group from Basrampur and some locals had put the blame on Joginder Singh, 65, even as there was no evidence, said Pendu Mazdoor Union state president Tarsem Peter.

The villagers severely beat up the brothers, who were admitted to the civil hospital.

Kirti Kisan Union state president Hardev Singh Sandhu later condemned the act in a meeting, said Tarsem. . The PMU has demanded that
the culprits be arrested.

DSP (Rural-I) Navjot Singh said they had not received a written complaint. The mat­ ter would be investigated and action taken, he added. HTC


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India Proposed To Ban Nuclear Weapons

INDIA HAS proposed an interna­tional convention for "complete pro­hibition" of the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons to reduce dan­gers posed by the arsenal to human­ity. At an international security con­ference ,in Munich, National Security Adviser M.K. Narayanan underlined that India has been, and still remains, a strong 'and unwa­vering advocate of global verifiable and non-discriminatory nuclear dis­ armament.

"Even today, India is perhaps the only nuclear weapons State to express its readiness to negotiate a Nuclear Weapons Convention lead­ing to global,non-discriminatory and verifiable elimination of nuclear weapons," he said on Friday while speaking on the topic Non­ Proliferation, Arms control and Future of Nuclear Weapons; Is Zero Possible?

Referring to the Action Plan pro­ posed by India at the UN General Assembly in 1988 for complete elim­ination of all nuclear weapons in stages by 2010, he said "by far the most comprehensive initiative" is relevant even today.

He made several proposals to reduce risks posed by atomic weapons, which include negotiating a Convention on the complete pro­hibition of the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons.

- Some means proposed by Narayanan to reduce risks by

atomic weapons:

• Negotiating a convention on the complete prohibition of use or threat of use of nuclear weapons

- Reaffirmation of unequivocal commitment by all nuclear weapon States t6 the complete elimination of nuclear weapons

- Reduction of salience of nuclear weapons in security doctrines -