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National Events in October 1997

1st Oct

Mr. Gerhard Fischer, social worker, is nominated for Gandhi peace prize. The 76-year-old German ``Ambassador of Humanity'' was unanimously chosen for the prize for social, economic and political transformation through non-violence.

2nd Oct

At least 50 Pakistan soldiers are killed and several injured in retaliatory firing by Indian troops in Nowgam, Uri and Kupwara sectors. Firing has been intermittent along LoC.

4th Oct

Two top executives of Turkish firm Karsan, accused in Rs. 133- crore urea import scam case, are remanded to police custody.

5th Oct

Country's new communication satellite, INSAT-2D launched four months ago, is abandoned following further problems.

India's first woman police officer, Ms. Kiran Bedi, is awarded Joseph Beuys prize for her work in reforming country's largest prison.

7th Oct

British High Commissioner in India, Sir David Gore-Booth, makes it clear Queen Elizabeth II, during Amritsar visit, would not ``apologise'' for 1919 massacre at Jallianwalla Bagh, but as a gesture would lay wreath.

9th Oct

Forest brigand Veerappan kidnaps 21 persons and later releases 13 tourists. He detains 6 - Dr. Mythi of Indian Institute of Horticulture Research Centre, Bangalore, two drivers, pumpset attender and two photographers.

12th Oct

Queen Elizebeth II, accompanied by husband Duke of Edinburgh, arrives in New Delhi on week-long State visit to mark India's 50th anniversary of Independence.

14th Oct

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip visit Amritsar, spend time at Jallianwala Bagh and Golden Temple complex.

Delhi court remands top executives of Turkish firm, Karsan Mr. Tuncay Alankus, Chairman-cum-Managing Director, and Mr. Cihan Karanci, Vice-President, to judicial custody till 28 in urea scam case.

15th Oct

Ms. Arundhati Roy, (37) Delhi-based author wins Britain's most prestigious literary award, Booker Prize, for her novel ``The God of Small Things''

16th Oct

Gold, silver imports liberalised further.

Queen Elizabeth visits Kalakshetra where she witnesses Bharatanatyam show, and film shooting at MGR Film City, Taramani in Chennai. She also goes to Kancheepuram and Sriperumbudur (Rajiv Gandhi memorial).

19th Oct

BSP withdraws support to Kalyan Singh Government in Uttar Pradesh because of its ``anti-Dalit policies''.

21st Oct

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr. Kalyan Singh, wins majority support for his Government in Assembly securing 222 votes.

Union Cabinet resolves to invoke Article 356 of Constitution to dismiss Kalyan Singh Government in Uttar Pradesh. Assembly is to be dissolved and State to be brought under President's rule.

Forest brigand Veerappan releases six persons after keeping them captive for 13 days.

22nd Oct

Faced-with unprecedented Presidential rebuff, a divided U.F. Government reverses decision on invoking Article 356 in Uttar Pradesh. Kalyan Singh Government survives.

23rd Oct

Chief Ministers of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka set deadline for sandalwood smuggler Veerappan to surrender.

24th Oct

Prime Minister, Mr. I. K. Gujral, and British Prime Minister, Mr. Tony Blair take major step towards repairing relationship that began to look increasingly frayed. Mr. Blair declares ``Britain will not interfere in Kashmir''.

27th Oct

Mr. Dilip Parikh, Industries Minister, is sworn in Gujarat Chief Minister, Mr. Parikh was unanimously elected leader of Rashtriya Janata Party legislature wing.

31st Oct

Autonomous Prasar Bharati with enough muscle to get Government off its back is promised by Union Information and Broadcasting Minister, Mr. Jaipal Reddy, while announcing changes to Prasar Bharati Act in New Delhi.

Mr. Balmiki Prasad Singh takes over as Union Home Secretary. He succeeds Mr. K. Padmanabhaiah.

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