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Congress threatens nationwide stir
Opposes basic changes in statute
HAZARIBAGH (Bihar), Feb 4 — Congress President Sonia Gandhi today threatened that her party would launch a nationwide agitation if the ruling NDA at the Centre tried to “change the basic character of the Constitution”.“We will launch a nation-wide agitation if the Centre makes any attempt to change the basic character of the Constitution,” Mrs Gandhi said questioning the rationale behind the review of the Constitution which had stood the test of time.

CID to probe girls’ burning
CHENNAI, Feb 4 — Educational institutions in Tamil Nadu remained closed today as students mourned the deaths of three women students who were burnt alive by suspected AIADMK supporters at Dharmapuri on February 2, in protest against their leader Ms Jayalalitha’s conviction in a corruption case.

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Indian cricket: Time for stocktaking by Abhijit Chatterjee.

Protima Gauri had a zest for life, says Khushwant Singh.

The colour for the Year 2000 is grey and white in all its pure forms, writes Meher Castelino.

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Their tails held high, bullocks pull a cart as excitement mounts during the bullock-cart race at the Kila Raipur Rural Olympics, near Ludhiana on Friday.
Their tails held high, bullocks pull a cart as excitement mounts during the bullock-cart race at the Kila Raipur Rural Olympics, near Ludhiana on Friday. — Tribune photo by Pankaj Sharma. (Story on Sport page)

High priests may face action
AMRITSAR, Feb 4 — Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Puran Singh has clearly indicated that the manager of the Gurdwara Tutti Gandhi Sahib (Muktsar) would be summoned at the Takht for presenting a ‘siropa’ (robe of honour) to Bibi Jagir Kaur, SGPC chief who has been excommunicated from the Panth for implementing the Nanakshahi calendar.



Rs 1.02 lakh fake currency seized
AMRITSAR, Feb 4 — Customs officials have seized fake Indian currency worth over Rs 1.02 lakh from three passengers of Samjhauta Express, including a Pakistani national. (pix)
Pak to consider ‘other means’ if talks fail
ISLAMABAD, Feb 4 — Pakistan today issued a veiled threat that if negotiations “prove futile” to resolve bilateral differences with India, there was a need to settle them by “other means”.
Clinton offers to mediate
WASHINGTON, Feb 4 — US President Bill Clinton has renewed his offer of personal help to India and Pakistan “to resume and intensify their dialogue on all issues,” which broke down in the wake of the Kargil conflict last year.

VHP: shooting of ‘Water’ not to be allowed
ALLAHABAD, Feb 4 — The VHP said today Deepa Mehta would not be allowed to shoot her film “Water” in any part of the country as its script outraged the ancient Indian culture and traditions.
PUNJAB: MP decries 'Water" row
CHANDIGARH: Artists, writers, back Deepa Mehta

Cold wave revives in North
CHANDIGARH, Feb 4 — After a day’s respite, most of North-West India was again in the grip of spine-chilling cold wave following renewed spells of snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh since last night and rains at some places in Punjab and severe hailstorm in Rohtak (Haryana) today.

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12 ministers quit in Haryana
CHANDIGARH, Feb 4 — Twelve members of the Chautala ministry have so far quit the ministerial berths following the denial of the INLD ticket in the coming Haryana Assembly elections.

How mercenaries operate
JAMMU, Feb 4 — A fake Army jeep with an LMG atop escorts a private bus with foreign mercenaries in uniform. It proceeds from the border town of Kupwara to Srinagar uninterrupted. The police and the Army check-posts on the 90-km Kupwara-Srinagar road does not stop the bus, mistaking it for an Army convoy.

Scam in water supply schemes
MOONAK (Sangrur), Feb 4 — It is not only the state coffers that have gone dry, even the taps have dried up.
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