Tuesday, March 13, 2001,
Chandigarh, India







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BIHAR MINISTER QUITS
Patna, March 12
Bihar Finance Minister and senior RJD leader S.P. Tekriwal today resigned from the Rabri Devi ministry, demanding a change of leadership. PTI

PLANE MISHAP AVERTED
Nagpur, March 12
A major accident was averted when after a bird-hit the Mumbai-bound plane (CD-7630) was successfully grounded seconds before the take-off at the Nagpur Sonegaon civil airport. The airlines authority stated that the flight carrying 67 passengers and six crew members suffered a bird-hit on its right engine on Sunday. The 737 Boeing was rolling on and pilots were preparing for the take-off when the passengers heard a loud bang and noticed sparks on the right side of the engine. Immediately the pilot brought the plane to a halt averting a major tragedy. UNI

BUDGET PRESENTED IN PONDICHERRY
Pondicherry, March 12 Pondicherry Chief Minister P. Shanmugham, holding the finance portfolio, on Monday presented a Rs1101.10 crore budget for the year 2001-02 in the territorial Assembly. The Budget included a vote on account for Rs 474.92 crore for the next six months. Mr Shanmugham said since an interim Budget was being presented before the elections, he did not propose any change in the existing tax structure and tariffs. UNI

MARANDI RESIGNS FROM LOK SABHA
New Delhi, March 12 Mr Babulal Marandi has resigned his Lok Sabha seat following his election as the first Chief Minister of the newly-formed Jharkhand. Lok Sabha Speaker G.M.C. Balayogi on Monday announced that he had accepted the letter of resignation on March 8. UNI
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