Tuesday, January 9, 2001, Chandigarh, India
  Updated at 3 am (IST)

Fog hits air, rail traffic
Trains, flights rescheduled

NEW DELHI, Jan 8 . After four days of clear skies, fog struck again today forcing cancellations, diversions and over five-hour delays in international and domestic flight operations and disruption of trains here today.

Amritsar shivers at 1.1C;
cold wave death toll 8

CHANDIGARH, Jan 8 . People in and around the border district of Amritsar today braved the season.s coldest morning with mercury dipping to 1.1C as the cold wave swept across northwest unrelented under dense fog and icy winds conditions for the past one week now.

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India, Vietnam sign 3 pacts
HANOI, Jan 8 . India and Vietnam today gave a new dimension to their bilateral relations by signing three agreements on culture, tourism and peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee shares a toast with Vietnamese Prime Minister Phan Van Khai at the welcoming ceremony in Hanoi on Monday.
Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee shares a toast with Vietnamese Prime Minister Phan Van Khai at the welcoming ceremony in Hanoi on Monday. . Reuters photo

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Samata patch-up chances better
NEW DELHI, Jan 8 . Chances of a patch up in the Samata Party today seemed to have brightened up with the dissidents today deciding to withdraw their decision to boycott the party.s national council meeting in Mysore, which began this morning.

Talks will be held: Katiyar
NEW DELHI, Jan 8 . Despite being cold-shouldered by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the Bajrang Dal on his proposed Ayodhya talks, Bharatiya Janata Party MP Vinay Katiyar today insisted that the January 13 talks would be held in Lucknow as scheduled even as he claimed some more breakthrough in his personal contacts with Muslim leaders on the issue.

A model of the proposed Ram temple on display at Allahabad, where the Mahakumbh Mela begins on Tuesday.



A model of the proposed Ram temple on display at Allahabad, where the Mahakumbh Mela begins on Tuesday. . Reuters photo

  • BMAC convenes meeting for Feb 1
    NEW DELHI, Jan 8 . In an apparent move to seize initiative over Ayodhya after the virtual failure of BJP MP Vinay Katiyar.s offer for talks with Muslim leaders, the Babri Masjid Action Committee (International) (BMAC) has convened a .conference of members of all communities. in the Capital on February 1 to find out ways and means of a negotiated settlement of the vexed issue.


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WB .fit case. for Central rule
CID probe into massacre ordered

KOLKATA, Jan 8 . The West Bengal Government today ordered a CID inquiry into the alleged massacre of Trinamool Congress workers at Garbeta in Midnapur district, even as NDA team leader Vijay Goel described the incident as a clear example of .state-sponsored terrorism..

Bharat Shah arrested
MUMBAI, Jan 8 . In a major development in the .Chori Chori Chupke Chupke. case diamond merchant and the film.s financier Bharat Shah was today arrested and remanded to police custody till January 18 by a special court here, sending shock waves in Bollywood and the Bombay Stock Exchange plunging 63 points.

UJC terms for ceasefire
NEW DELHI, Jan 8 . Pakistan-based United Jehad Council (UJC) has said it will agree to a ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir only if India accepts its three conditions.

 

SGPC, district admn lock horns
AMRITSAR, Jan 8 . The Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) and the district administration have locked horns over the construction of fourth phase of .galliara yojna. (beautification of the surroundings of the Golden Temple).

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