Sunday, December 10, 2000, Chandigarh, India
Updated at 3 am (IST)

Govt ready to discuss issue under Rule 184
PM tries to defuse controversy

NEW DELHI, Dec 9 — In parallel yet well-coordinated moves, Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee today made an effort to defuse the Ayodhya controversy, saying the Government was prepared for a discussion in Parliament even under Rule 184.

Allies warn of serious fallout
NEW DELHI, Dec 9 — Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee’s assertion that construction of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya is in keeping with national sentiments has created a major stir in the ranks of three important constituents of the National Democratic Alliance government.


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Shahnawaz meets PM
Blames Cong for  demolition
NEW DELHI, Dec 9 — Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee today told Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shahnawaz Hussain, who met him this morning to express the feelings of the Muslim community over the Prime Minister’s reported remarks on Ram Mandir, that he had no intention to ‘force any decision’ on the Ayodhya issue.

It’s ridiculous, says Cong
Imam asks allies to pull out

NEW DELHI, Dec 9 — The Congress said today it would continue to press its demand in Parliament for resignation of three Union Ministers charge-sheeted in the demolition case.

Newly commissioned Lieutenants
Newly commissioned Lieutenants in a jubilant mood soon after the “pipping” and oath-taking ceremony during the passing-out parade at the Indian Military Academy in Dehra Dun on Saturday. (Report on Nation page) — Tribune photo by Pankaj Sharma



Giani Puran Singh is Head Granthi
Giani Puran SinghAMRITSAR, Dec 9 — Giani Puran Singh, who was sacked as Jathedar of Akal Takht on March 28 by pro-Bibi Jagir Kaur executive members, has been appointed Head Granthi of the Golden Temple with immediate effect. He will replace Giani Mohan Singh who retired yesterday.

Florida SC orders recount
Bush goes in appeal

WASHINGTON, Dec 9 —In a stunning order, the Florida Supreme Court today brought Democrat Vice-President Al Gore back into the reckoning in the presidential race by directing recount of thousands of disputed votes, dashing hopes of Republican rival George W Bush whose lead has now been slashed to a mere 150 votes.

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Secret deal to free Sharif?
ISLAMABAD, Dec 9 — Pakistan’s deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif may be allowed to leave the country within the next few days under a clandestine deal with the military government, newspapers reported today.

CBI fails to pay rent for 4 years
AMRITSAR, Dec 9 — The CBI is in the web of controversy as its team which has been occupying two airconditioned rooms of Sainik Rest House since February 12, 1996, has not paid the rent so far. Neither has the team vacated the rooms despite repeated reminders.

Preachers in the grip of drugs
BATHINDA, Dec 9 — Gola Singh (name changed) of Mansa district, a religious preacher in this region, has been taking ‘bhang’ (marijuana) for the past 10 years for a kick. However, feeling isolation from society, he has now decided to get himself deaddicted. He has started getting treatment in the local deaddiction centre managed by the Red Cross Society.



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