Sunday, February 4, 2001, Chandigarh, India
  Updated at 3 am (IST)

Consensus on disaster management panel
NEW DELHI, Feb 3 — The Centre today decided to set up a national committee of all political parties to help relief and rehabilitation work in quake-hit Gujarat and a permanent Disaster Management Committee consisting of experts for dealing with calamities.


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Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee with Home Minister L.K. Advani and Defence Minister George Fernandes at an all-party meeting on the Gujarat earthquake in New Delhi on Saturday.PM puts off visit to Japan, Malaysia

Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee with Home Minister L.K. Advani and Defence Minister George Fernandes at an all-party meeting on the Gujarat earthquake in New Delhi on Saturday. — PTI photo

Saurashtra feels shortchanged
AHMEDABAD, Feb 3 — With the Gujarat government having failed to deal with the marauding earthquake of January 26 in time, help has finally begun to reach the interiors of the worst-affected Kutch district on the ninth day.

Fresh tremors, prediction bring agony
AHMEDABAD, Feb 3 — A tremor, measuring 5 on the Richter scale, rocked this industrial city, forcing people to run for shelter.





6 Sikhs killed in Srinagar 
SRINAGAR, Feb 3 — At least six Sikhs were killed and eight others, including a woman, injured when unidentified armed youths fired indiscriminately on a group of the minority community here today.

P. V. Narasimha Rao’s son held, remanded
HYDERABAD, Feb 3 — P. V. Ranga Rao, son of former Prime Minister P. V. Narasimha Rao and ex-minister of Andhra Pradesh, was today arrested in connection with a cheating case on a complaint by Tamil superstar Rajnikanth, the police said.

Early Indo-Pak summit unlikely
NEW DELHI, Feb 3 — Pakistan chief executive Gen Pervez Musharraf’s telephonic talk with Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee yesterday focussing on the catastrophic earthquake in Gujarat does not necessarily raise the prospects of a summit between the two leaders in the immediate or medium term.

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APHC welcomes telephonic talk
NEW DELHI, Feb 3 — The APHC has said that any step towards the resumption of Indo-Pak talks was positive and healthy. Referring to yesterday’s telephonic talk between Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and Pakistan’s Chief Executive Officer Gen Pervez Musharraf, a Hurriyat spokesman said that this could lead to a beginning.

Majitha’s son pulls out
AMRITSAR, Feb 3 — In a significant development, Mr Simerjit Singh Majitha, son of the late Parkash Singh Majitha, withdrew his nomination papers today on the last day of withdrawals, leaving five candidates in the fray for Majitha byelection.

Parties look towards migrant labourers for victory
TAPPRIAN (Majitha), Feb 3 — Even when gun-wielding militants ruled the area, not a single case of migration was reported from the Tapprian cluster comprising six villages. Now more than 15,000 migrant labourers, who have converted this interior of Majha into a mini Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, are likely to play a key role in the outcome of the Majitha byelection.


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