Thursday, February 3, 2000, Chandigarh, India

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Akal Takht reins back Jagir Kaur
AMRITSAR, Feb 2 — Giani Puran Singh, Jathedar Akal Takht, has restrained Bibi Jagir Kaur, the SGPC President, from functioning till she was re-admitted into the Sikh Panth.

The Jathedar of Akal Takht, Giani Puran Singh pronounces “hukamnama” from the rostrum of Akal Takht in Amritsar on Wednesday.

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The Jathedar of Akal Takht, Giani Puran Singh pronounces “hukamnama” from the rostrum of Akal Takht in Amritsar on Wednesday. In the front row are members of the Executive of the SGPC. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Life term for 6 in Purulia case
CALCUTTA, Feb 2 — A city court today sentenced British arms dealer Peter James Gifran Von Kalkstein Bleach and five Latvian crew members to life imprisonment in the sensational Purulia armsdrop case for conspiring to wage war against India.

Jaya convicted in hotel case
CHENNAI, Feb 2 — The AIADMK leader, Ms Jayalalitha, was today convicted by a special court on corruption charges in the Kodaikanal Pleasant Stay Hotel case and sentenced to one year’s rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 2000. The verdict immediately sparked off a minor riot by her party supporters outside the court premises and dharnas in some other parts of the city.

AIADMK leader Jayalalitha leaves the special court premises in Chennai

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AIADMK leader Jayalalitha leaves the special court premises in Chennai on Wednesday with her close aide, Sasikala Natarajan, in tow after she was sentenced to a year’s prison term in a corruption case. The sentence has been suspended till March 3 to enable her to appeal. — PTI photo (More pix)

Britain allays fears on visa bond
NEW DELHI, Feb 2 — The British Government sources clarified here today that the hullabaloo over the reported move to impose a 10,000 bond on visitors to the British Isles from the Indian subcontinent if immigration officials suspect that the visitor has intentions to settle illegally has been caused due to a premature leakage in British media about a move which was at a rather early stage of consideration.

Cong releases Haryana list
NEW DELHI, Feb 2 — After prolonged deliberations, the Indian National Congress today released a list of 87 candidates for the 90-member Haryana Assembly today.

Venkatachaliah to head statute review panel
NEW DELHI, Feb 2 — The government today decided to appoint former Chief Justice of India M.N. Venkatachaliah as the Chairman of the National Commission to review the Constitution.

Dara shifted to Baripada jail
BARIPADA, Feb 2 — Dara Singh, the prime accused in the gruesome killing of Australian missionary Graham Stuart Staines and his two minor sons, who was remanded in judicial custody by the Karanjia Subdivisional Judicial Magistrate last night was shifted to Baripada circle jail today for security reasons.

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KARNAL, Feb 2 — Revolt is brewing in district units of the Haryana BJP . The districts which are experiencing the revolt are: Ambala, Kurukshetra, Karnal, Gurgaon. The bone of contention is the distribution of tickets.

HIV cases highest in Amritsar
AMRITSAR, Feb 2 — The registered count of HIV cases in Amritsar is the highest compared to the official figures for the whole of Punjab, according to Dr S.P.S. Dhillon, District Health Officer. There are a total of 802 reported cases of HIV with the health authorities.
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