Sunday, March 12, 2000, Chandigarh, India

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Rabri sworn in Bihar CM
Given 10 days to prove majority
PATNA, March 11 — Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Legislature Party leader Rabri Devi was sworn in as Chief Minister of Bihar today, a day after the Nitish Kumar-led NDA government in the state bowed out of office failing to muster the requisite numbers.

Nine killed in Bihar blast
GARWAH, March 11 — Eight jawans were among nine persons killed in a landmine blast at Bardiha village in Naxalite-dominated Garwah district of south Bihar today.

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In Spectrum today:
P. H. Vaishnav argues that corruption can be fought, and all that we need are dedicated officials.



RJD leader Rabri Devi being administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor V.C. Pandey at Raj Bhavan in Patna on Saturday. — PTI photo

RSS chief puts govt on notice
NAGPUR, March 11 — The new RSS chief, Mr K.S. Sudarshan, today put the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre on notice on economic reforms, saying that Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee should bring in economic advisers who believed in the “swadeshi” concept.

M. L. Raina reviews Why Read the Classics? by Italo Calvino and Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human by Harold Bloom.

Saikat Neogi describes an exhibition of calligraphed works that was held recently at Iranian Cultural House at New Delhi.

Books, Fitness, Garden life, ‘Art and soul, Television, Bollywood bhelpuri, and Great Minds.

Bibi summoned to Akal Takht today
AMRITSAR, March 11 — Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Puran Singh has summoned SGPC President Bibi Jagir Kaur to appear at Akal Takht tomorrow to seek an apology for violating his directives with regard to implementing the ‘controversial’ Nanakshahi calendar. She was excommunicated from the Sikh Panth by a Hukamnama issued by the Akal Takht Jathedar from Guna (Madhya Pradesh) on January 25.

PM highlights Pak coup
PORT LOUIS, March 11 — In a message apparently hinted at the US administration, the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, without naming Pakistan, has chosen to utilise his visit to Mauritius to highlight the military coup in Islamabad.

‘Shift’ Sharif trial venue
ISLAMABAD, March 11 — A day after their colleague was gunned down, nervous defence lawyers for deposed Premier Nawaz Sharif said today they want their client’s hijacking trial relocated out of Karachi as a “matter of caution”.

Heavy firing along LoC
JAMMU, March 11 — A woman was killed and seven others, including five women, injured, in heavy firing and mortar shelling by Pakistani troops in Poonch district, official reports said today.

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... and those are the balloons carrying “fresh air” for Bill Clinton!
by Sandeep Joshi
Baupur — the island of the single son
BAUPUR JADID (Kapurthala), March 11 — More than half the male inhabitants of this 2000 acre island in the Beas, comprising 10 villages, live a life of enforced celibacy as few mainlanders want to marry their daughters onto this desolate stretch of land, home to isolation floods and destruction during the monsoon each year.


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