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Govt allays fears on review panel
Says Constitution’s basic features sacrosanct
NEW DELHI, Jan 28 — Affirming that there is no move to tinker with the basic features of the Constitution, the government today said a committee of experts for reviewing the Constitution would be constituted shortly. The Union Law Minister, Mr Ram Jethmalani, and the Union Home Minister, Mr L.K. Advani, in separate statements defended the move for review of the Constitution and clarified the aim was neither to create a “new Constitution” or to change the basic features.

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6 kids dead in van-train collision
THERI (Muktsar), Jan 28 — At least six schoolchildren were killed and four others injured when a van carrying them rammed into a running train at an unmanned railway level crossing here today.

Remains of a school van
This is what remains of a school van after it smashed into a running train at an unmanned railway crossing near Theri village in Muktsar district on Friday morning leaving six children dead. — Photo by Kulbir Beere


Why not a national debate?
By Hari Jaisingh
It is a pity that the crucial question of a constitutional review should have turned into a wordy duel between the President and the Prime Minister, in the process giving it political overtones. The issue here is not who is right and who is wrong. Each person has his viewpoint which is open to arguments and counter-arguments. Such an exercise generally tends to create bad blood which is surely not the intention of either the President or the Prime Minister while spelling out their thoughts on the desirability or otherwise of a constitutional review.

SGPC in spot, meeting off
AMRITSAR, Jan 28 — While it now seems probable that Giani Puran Singh, Jathedar Akal Takht, in all probability would stick to ‘hukamnama’ (edict) issued by him by which Bibi Jagir Kaur, SGPC chief, was ex-communicated from the Sikh Panth, the executive committee meeting of the SGPC proposed to be held here tomorrow to discuss the issue, has been postponed indefinitely, reportedly at the instance of Mr Parkash Singh Badal with a view to defusing the prevailing ‘panthic crisis’.

CM spells out stand on temple
NEW DELHI, Jan 28 — The man chosen by Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee as replacement for Mr Kalyan Singh in Lucknow, Chief Minister, Ram Prakash, today had his first brush with the Capital’s press three months after assuming office.

Two resign from Chautala ministry
CHANDIGARH, Jan 28 — Two Haryana ministers, Mr Jaswant Singh Bawal and Mr Vinod Kumar Marya, today resigned from the Chautala ministry reportedly in protest against the denial of the INLD ticket for the ensuing Assembly elections.

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by Sandeep Joshi
TMC to back AIADMK
CHENNAI, Jan 28 — In a significant move which might have far-reaching political consequences in Tamil Nadu, the Tamil Maanila Congress today decided to support the AIADMK in the byelections to three Assembly seats in the state scheduled for February 17.

Tohra men see divine retribution
LUDHIANA, Jan 28 — The SHSAD of Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra is on cloud nine these days. The party, which found itself in a political limbo after the defeat of all its nominees in the recent parliamentary elections in Punjab, suddenly finds itself centrestage again, thanks to the confrontation between SGPC chief, Bibi Jagir Kaur and the Jathedar of Akal Takht, Giani Puran Singh over the Nanakshahi calendar.

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