Wednesday, February 9, 2000, Chandigarh, India

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Sugar import duty hiked
NEW DELHI, Feb 8 — The government today decided to hike the import duty on sugar by 20 per cent to 60 per cent in the wake of good domestic production. Announcing this, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pramod Mahajan told reporters that the Cabinet had taken this decision to dissuade imports because of a projected record 160 lakh tonnes of sugar production during the current season.

No to panel suggestion
NEW DELHI, Jan 8 — The Centre today rejected the Tenth Finance Commission’s recommendation of distribution of central taxes in the ratio of 29 per cent on gross basis but made it clear that states would be compensated fully, in the event of any loss incurred under the alternative scheme of devolution.

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Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid holds up a bust of Mahatma Gandhi after paying his respects at Rajghat on Tuesday. — AFP

Eight EKM subs ‘below standard’
NEW DELHI, Feb 8 — Military purchases have always been shrouded in obsessive secrecy. The details of the contract signed by officials or the reasons for which the equipment is bought only from a particular firm never come to light.


Karunanidhi shifts stand
PM’s views on RSS ‘right’
CHENNAI, Feb 8 — In a major shift in his stand, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) President M. Karunanidhi today endorsed Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee’s view that the RSS was only a cultural organisation.

‘Water’ crew leaves Varanasi
Bandh disrupts life in city
VARANASI, Feb 8 — A day after the UP Government banned the shooting of her controversial film ‘Water’ for a fortnight, a “heart-broken” Deepa Mehta and her lead actresses left the pilgrim city for Delhi, amid a bandh and demonstrations against her.

Talks on terrorism begin
Don’t ‘expect much’ from Clinton visit
WASHINGTON, Feb 8 —India and the USA today began their formal dialogue on terrorism with a view to ultimately evolving a joint strategy to fight the menace, both in the region and elsewhere — based on their shared experience.

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The government may withdraw my Black Cats. I have decided to make do with black dogs.
by Sandeep Joshi
Vajpayee to mediate on SYL
PANCHKULA, Feb 8 — The Sutlej-Yamuna Link canal issue will be resolved on the lines of the Cauvery issue with the Prime Minister acting as the mediator once the Assembly elections in the state are over and this assurance has come from the Prime Minister himself.

11 Army men killed
IMPHAL, Feb 8 — In the first major pre-poll strike by insurgents in Manipur, 11 Army personnel belonging to Kumaon Regiment were killed today in an ambush in Tamenglong district today.

1 more hostage released
STANSTED, Feb 8 (Reuters) — Hijackers holding more than 150 persons aboard an Afghan airliner released a sick hostage today as the airport drama headed towards a third night.

Dave panel report rejected
NEW DELHI, Feb 8 — The Central Board of Trustees of Employees Provident Fund (EPF) today rejected an expert panel’s recommendations on devising a new pension system for India saying it would impinge the working of the Employees Provident and Pension schemes.

Sikhs flee from Afghanistan
ATTARI, Feb 8 — With the Taliban imposing a religious code, the minorities, especially Sikhs, have started fleeing from Afghanistan. Many Afghani Sikhs have come to India on the Samjhauta Express.
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