PM grants Rs. 500 cr., toll may cross 30,000
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee,
today admitted that the Gujarat Government had been initially
``slow'' to react to Friday's quake and said the Centre would set
up a permanent National Disaster Management Cell to rush
assistance in such a situation.
World Bank to provide $300 m
The World Bank today offered an immediate
assistance of $ 300 million for emergency rehabilitation work. In
the second phase, it will put together a long-term package for a
new loan. The announcement was in response to a request today by
the Finance Minister, Mr. Yashwant Sinha.
Enough relief but no coordination
Three days after the massive earthquake that
devastated Gujarat, particularly Kutch, there are still villages
where no help has reached. One such village is just five to seven
kilometres from Bhuj.
Rail link to Bhuj restored
Even as massive efforts are on to search for
life under the rubble in quake-hit Gujarat, the Centre's Crisis
Management Group is looking at restoration and reconstruction as
the medium and long-term plans for rehabilitating the homeless.
Tremors spread wave of panic
Tremors jolted Bangalore and parts of Karnataka today, spreading
a wave of panic and sending people scurrying out of their homes
and offices but caused no damage or casualty. Measuring 4.3 on
the Richter Scale with the epicentre 35 km south of Bangalore,
the tremors were felt in Ramanagara, Kanakapura, Mandya, Kolar,
Mangalore and Mysore, the Meteorological Centre Director, Dr. A.
L. Koppar, told PTI.
Azhar moves court
Former cricket captain Mohammed Azharuddin today filed a petition
in a city civil court here, challenging the life-ban imposed on
him by the Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) for alleged
involvement in the match-fixing scandal.
India denies refusal of help from Pakistan
India today denied that it had refused help
from Pakistan for the earthquake victims in Gujarat and thanked
the international community for its timely response. The External
Affairs Ministry spokesperson, in his daily briefing, said that
the remarks attributed to the Pakistani Chief Executive, Gen.
Pervez Musharraf, that India had refused the Pakistani offer of
help were ``a trifle misleading''.
Pak. to send relief materials today
The Pakistan Government will send tents and
blankets in a number of air sorties for despatch to Ahmedabad
beginning tomorrow to provide relief for the quake-affected
people in Gujarat.
Hinduja brothers appear before CBI
All the three Hinduja brothers, accused in
the Rs. 64 crore Bofors pay-offs case, appeared together before
the CBI for the first time today. They were questioned
pinpointedly on certain aspects related to the track of payment
received by them from the Swedish armaments firm, AB.Bofors, for
helping it to clinch the Rs. 1437 crore gun deal from the Indian
Government in March 1986.