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Shoot orders in Bihar
First-phase polling today
NEW DELHI, Feb 11 — Shoot-at-sight orders have been issued in Bihar and the army and the paramilitary forces deployed in strength in Manipur to conduct the first phase of polling tomorrow for 108 assembly constituencies, mostly in the extremist-dominated south Bihar and 27 seats in insurgency-hit Manipur.

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In Windows today:
Many candidates, few choices.
Gobind Thukral analyses the political situation in Haryana.



Train blast: probe ruled out
Death toll 5; several trains cancelled
JAMMU, Feb 11 — For 23 hours, rail traffic on the Jammu-Pathankot route remained suspended following a bomb blast in one of the coaches, which besides killing five passengers and injuring 20, damaged an over 1-km-long rail track late last evening.

JAMMU: Police in Bijaypur, carry a wounded passenger from the Sealdah Express train in which a bomb was exploded on Friday, derailing the train near Jammu. At least 5 persons were killed and 6 injured, some seriously, as 7 compartments were derailed in the blast. — AP/PTI

4 dead, 25 hurt in explosion
JAMMU, Feb 11 — Suspected militants set off a powerful blast in a vegetable market here tonight killing four persons and wounding 25, a day after a bomb blast claimed five lives in the Sealdah Express.

Clinton’s trip ‘unconditional’
WASHINGTON, Feb 11 — US President Bill Clinton’s forthcoming visit to India has “absolutely no conditions” attached to it and would focus on the new Indo-American relationship without any links to matters such as nuclear proliferation, the comprehensive test ban treaty or Kashmir.

Khushwant Singh pays a tribute to sculptor Bhabesh Sanyal.

Valentine’s Day has been accepted as a day of romance, maintains
Manpreet Singh

Prabhjot Singh writes about the response to the ‘Rural Olympics’ at Kila Raipur.

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by Sandeep Joshi

UF govt bungled Sukhoi deal?
NEW DELHI, Feb 11 — Was the Indian Air Force (IAF) committed to buying a non-existent fighter aircraft in the Sukhoi-30MKI, the over Rs 6,300-crore contract for which the Cabinet approval was given at the time of the United Front government?

Joshi moots cess on education
CHANDIGARH, Feb 11 — The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development has suggested levying of an education cess besides taking a number of steps to revive the teaching of fundamental sciences and improve the literacy rate in the country.

Maharashtra’s yes to ‘Water’
MUMBAI, Feb 11 — The VHP, the Shiv Sena and the BJP today warned film-maker Deepa Mehta against going ahead with the shooting of her controversial venture “Water” in Madhya Pradesh even as Maharashtra Government offered all assistance to the film crew if the movie was shot in the state.

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  N. Ireland Govt suspended
BELFAST, Feb 11 — Britain today announced the suspension of Northern Ireland’s 72-day-old coalition government.

EC orders will hit rural women
CHANDIGARH, Feb 11 — For the first election in the new millennium Haryana has some 1.11 crore voters registered with the Election Department will 88.01 per cent voters (97.77 lakh) having been given identity cards. Election officials have been issuing these cards since 1994. But this is the first time these would be compulsory.
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