Thursday, January 27, 2000, Chandigarh, India

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Grenadier Yoginder Singh Yadav makes his way up to the presidential dais to receive the Param Vir Chakra
Grenadier Yoginder Singh Yadav makes his way up to the presidential dais to receive from President K. R. Narayanan the Param Vir Chakra, the country's highest award for gallantry in combat during the recent Kargil conflict, at the 51th Republic Day Parade on January 26, 2000 in New Delhi. — AFP photo

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Nation celebrates R-Day amid tight security
NEW DELHI, Jan 26 — Unfurling of the Tricolour, march pasts, cultural programmes and floats depicting achievements in various spheres and launching of new schemes marked the golden jubilee Republic Day celebrations amidst tight security in the country today.

Pakistan's Chief Justice, other judges replaced
15 judges refuse to swear allegiance to military government
ISLAMABAD, January 26 — Pakistan's military government replaced the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and other judges after they refused to swear a new oath under a provisional constitution designed to protect the military against legal action

Judicial overhaul draws flak
ISLAMABAD, Jan 26 —A sudden shake-up of Pakistan's judiciary by the country's military regime today angered lawyers and human rights activists, but several said it was not unexpected after the military coup.

R-day delays up powermen's release
Workers refuse to rejoin
LUCKNOW, Jan 26 — Powermen in Uttar Pradesh did not join duty today despite an agreement on ending their 11-day strike late last night as over 2,000 striking workers arrested under ESMA have not been released, union leaders have said.

The Republic Day is celebrated every year on January 26. This day is a national holiday.
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  Excommunication invalid, say other takht jathedars
AMRITSAR, Jan 26 — Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Puran Singh today received a major setback when four when four other high priests rejected his excommunication of the SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur who, apparently emboldened, refused to accept the edict.

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Sikh scholars slam edict against Jagir Kaur
SAD appeals for restraint on calendar issue
Step injurious to Panth, says AISSF president
Mann sees BJP, RSS hand

7 killed in CPM, Trinamul clash
MINAPORE, January 26 —At least seven people were killed and 11 injured in a clash between CPM and Trinamul Congress supporters in Keshpur near here today.