Friday, May 5, 2000, Chandigarh, India

LS passes Finance Bill amid walkout
Indian Parliament House
NEW DELHI, May 4 — The Lok Sabha today passed the 2000-2001 Finance Bill as the entire Opposition walked out after the Finance Minister, Mr Yashwant Sinha, did not concede to the demand for a rollback of the hike in PDS prices.

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Kapil DevKapil offered money to Manoj: Bindra
NEW DELHI, May 4 — Kapil Dev was the player who offered money to Manoj Prabhakar to under-perform during the 1994 India tour of Sri Lanka, former BCCI president IS Bindra has alleged.

No arms supply to Lanka: PM
Chandrika invokes PSA
NEW DELHI, May 4 — The Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, today ruled out the supply or sale of arms to Sri Lanka to help the island nation tackle the situation in Jaffna peninsula in the wake of the ongoing conflict with the LTTE.
Malik freed, rules out talks
NEW DELHI, May 4 — Senior Hurriyat leader Yasin Malik, who was released from the Tihar Jail earlier in the day, tonight ruled out any negotiations with the central government unless the talks involved the parties concerned.

Nuns assaulted in Jhansi
NEW DELHI, May 4 — Six masked men assaulted nuns at a convent in Jhansi, desecrated their prayer room, and looted money and valuables even as the BJP commended the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) today for its “prompt and factual” report on the recent attacks on Christian institutions in UP.

Gen Padmanabhan next Army Chief likely
JAMMU, May 4 — Lt-Gen S. Padmanabhan, GOC-in-Chief Southern Command, is likely to be the next Army chief after Gen V.P. Malik retires on September 3, 2000.

‘Badal hatao’ stir launched
RAKHRA, May 4 — The Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal (SHSAD) today launched its “Badal hatao” campaign from this village, 15 km from Patiala. A substantial number of party workers under the leadership of Mr Prem Singh Chandumajra, General Secretary, SHSAD, organised a rally here.

Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal leaders participating in the "Badal hatao" rally that originated from Rakhra.

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Haryana, HP yet to decide on ST hike
CHANDIGARH, May 4 — The Haryana, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and the Delhi Governments have not taken any decision as yet on hiking the sales tax on cars and scooters. Senior functionaries of the Haryana Sales Tax Department reveal that the Rajasthan Government has decided not to increase the sales tax at all.


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