Manmohan unlikely to raise Anderson's extradition issue with Obama
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is unlikely to raise the issue of extraditing former Union Carbide chief Warren Anderson from the US when he meets President Barack Obama in Toronto, top officials said on Friday.
"This is an old issue. It is an issue on which we have gone through the drill," a top official said, as the prime minister was leaving for the Canadian city for the two-day G20 Summit that starts on Saturday.
"For the prime minister to raise this issue, the time is neither ripe nor right," said the official, when asked if it was expected to come up during the meeting between the two leaders.
Anderson was named a proclaimed offender by a Bhopal court which on June 7 convicted seven former officials of Union Carbide for criminal neglect in the 1984 tragedy - the worst industrial disaster that killed thousands and left several thousand others maimed.
The fact that Anderson had visited India soon after the Dec 2-3, 1984 disaster and was given safe passage back home has led to a raging controversy.
The official, well versed on India's stands on numerous issues, said it was for the country's premier probe team, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), to come out with proper documentation to facilitate the extradition of Anderson.
"We have already sent a request (to the US) and there is already a reply that is what we need," said the official, adding the investigation agency will make a case accordingly and revert back to the US.
Anderson was Union Carbide boss in 1984 when on the night of Dec 2-3, nearly 40 tonnes of methyl isocynate gas leaked out of storage tanks of its Bhopal plant, killing an estimated 20,000 people over the years.
A ministerial panel on the disaster on Thursday recommended enhanced compensation for the victims and also announced it was looking for ways to seek the extradition of Anderson.
At least 11 flights, including the one Defence Minister Rajnath Singh was flying in, were diverted on Friday, due to the bad weather in Delhi, news agency ANI has reported. A heatwave seared Delhi on Friday before thundershowers and gusty winds brought some respite towards the evening. Delhi's primary weather station, Safdarjung Observatory, recorded a maximum temperature of 44.4 degrees Celsius, five notches above normal.
The UT department of environment, in collaboration with Yuvsatta and eco-club of St Joseph's Senior Secondary School, organised an inter-school poster-making contest at the school campus on the theme of 'Plastic Pollution Affects Biodiversity & Healthy Planet' to mark the 'World Biodiversity Day'. Department director Debendra Dalai was the chief guest on the occasion. Over 300 students from 26 city schools participated in the event.
Police's cyber crime investigation cell arrested a Nashik-resident for duping a city resident of ₹3 lakh on the pretext of securing a job for her son. The accused, Umesh Popat Pardeshi, was arrested from Nashik and brought to Chandigarh on transit remand. Police had in April registered a case on the complaint of a resident of Mauli Jagran, Yogesh Chaudhary.
More than 1,000 graduate and post-graduate students were awarded degrees at the 63rd Annual Convocation of Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 11, on Friday. Nishtha Jaswal, vice-chancellor, Himachal Pradesh National Law University, Shimla, was the chief guest at the ceremony, where over 90 students who secured positions in Panjab University examinations and in college were felicitated.
As many as 800 students and 42 faculty members were felicitated during the annual prize distribution function at Goswami Ganesh Dutta Sanatan Dharma (GGDSD) College in Sector 32 on Friday. The function was presided over by UT adviser Dharam Pal. A total of 42 faculty members were given cash prizes for completing their PhD and 89 students were awarded the Roll of Honour, while 77 received College Colours. Students excelling in sports were also felicitated.