Saturday, September 30, 2000, Chandigarh, India

Rao, Buta convicted in JMM bribery case
Bhajan Lal, Satish, Ajit acquitted
NEW DELHI, Sept 29 — In a landmark judgement of criminal conviction at the highest level, former Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao and former Union Minister Buta Singh, were convicted in the JMM MPs bribery case by a Special CBI Court here today.
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Rao to move HC
NEW DELHI, Sept 29 — Counsel for former Prime Minister P. V. Narasimha Rao, who was convicted in the multi-crore JMM MPs bribery case, today said his client would appeal against the trial court verdict in the high court.


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Prices of petrol, LPG hiked
NEW DELHI, Sept 29 — Petroleum products, including petrol, diesel, kerosene and cooking gas, will cost more from today. The price hike which would fetch the government an additional revenue of Rs 4,000 crore has been kept moderate, a liberal dose of cut in import duty and excise has been affected to generate another 8,000 crore. The oil pool is expected to touch 23,600 crore by the end of this fiscal year, would be covered by issuance of bonds and financial instruments worth Rs 11,600 crore.

Over 70 pc polling in Sunam
CHANDIGARH, Sept 29 — Over 70 per cent of the 1.39 lakh voters exercised franchise in the Sunam Assembly byelection in Sangrur district of Punjab today, according to preliminary reports available at the state election headquarters here.



Ninetyfive-year-old Rajji being carried to a polling booth by a relative for casting her vote at Fatehgarh village in Sunam on Friday.
— Tribune photo by Pankaj Sharma

Sunam police books MLA, SHO
CHANDIGARH, Sept 29 — Dr Brajendra Singh, Chief Electoral Officer, Punjab, said here today that the Sunam police had registered a case against one MLA, Mr Manmohan Singh Sathiala, and one SHO, Mr Nirapjit Singh, in connection with the alleged beating of Mr Rajinder Deepa, Congress party activist and son-in-law of Mrs Parmeshwari Devi, Congress party candidate for the Sunam byelection.

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Sushma likely to get berth
Cabinet expansion today even as Rao quits
NEW DELHI, Sept 29 — Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee will undertake the long awaited expansion-cum-reshuffle of his Union Council of Ministers here tomorrow. President K.R. Narayanan will administer the oath of office and secrecy in Rashtrapati Bhavan at 5 p.m.

Padmanabhan takes over as Army chief today
NEW DELHI, Sept 29 — Lt-Gen S. Padmanabhan will take over as the Chief of Army Staff from Gen V.P. Malik tomorrow. He will be the fourth artillery officer to occupy the Indian Army’s highest office.

Crucial SGPC executive meeting on Oct 6
AMRITSAR, Sept 29 — The crucial SGPC executive meeting scheduled for October 3 has been postponed to October 6 as counting of votes for the Sunam byelection will be held then and the outcome is bound to effect the decisions of the executive committee.

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