Sunday, April 1, 2001, Chandigarh, India
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India at last lays quota regime to rest
New Delhi, March 31
India today tuned itself to the global trend of free trade by announcing an Export Import Policy that does away with restrictions on all imports, except some Defence items, takes the agro sector in its fold and further simplifies procedures.


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Bonanza awaits consumers
New Delhi, March 31
Anything and almost everything that affects the common man’s day-to-day existence will now be available under foreign brands in the country. For the consumer though, it is a bonanza as the government today removed quantitative restrictions from all 715 items that were hitherto under the special import licence regime.

Poll in TN, WB on May 10
New Delhi, March 31
The Election Commission today announced a one-day Assembly poll in Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Pondicherry on May 10. Counting of votes will take place on May 13, Chief Election Commissioner Dr M.S. Gill told newspersons here.

Lt-Gen Arjun Singh KhannaGen Khanna is Dy Chief of Army Staff
New Delhi, March 31
Lt-Gen Arjun Singh Khanna, an artillery officer who won a Vir Chakra in the 1965 war, will assume charge of the critical post of Deputy Chief of Army Staff (Planning and System) from Lt-Gen S.S. Mehta tomorrow.




Zaffarwal may ‘surrender’
Amritsar, March 31
After the surrender of Germany-based militant before the police at the behest of a Punjab minister, efforts are afoot to manage the ‘surrender’ of Wassan Singh Zaffarwal, chief of the Khalistan Commando Force (Zaffarwal).

Judicial remand for Parekh
Mumbai, March 31
Leading stock broker Ketan Parekh and Jagdish Pandya, branch manager of Madhavpura Cooperative Bank, arrested in connection with the pay order scam, were today remanded in judicial custody till April 9.


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CVC report on defence deals
New Delhi, March 31
The final report on the defence deals since April 1989 was submitted today by the Central Vigilance Commissioner, Mr N. Vittal, to the Defence Minister, Mr Jaswant Singh.

Jawan, 3 ultras die in encounter
Srinagar, March 31
Nine persons, including three militants and two security personnel, were killed since yesterday in Jammu and Kashmir, while normal life was disrupted in Srinagar today following a strike call given by the Pakistan-based Lashker-e-Toiba.

Petrol at doorstep, cheaper too
Bathinda, March 31
Don’t bother about the high rates of petrol and diesel. Drive your vehicle without worry just develop ‘contacts’ with people working at oil dumps of the Indian Oil Corporation, Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum near Phoos Mandi village, on the outskirts of this city. These ‘contacts’ will make arrangements for supplying petrol and diesel as per your requirement at your doorstep, that too at astonishingly cheaper rates.


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