Thursday, February 15, 2001, Chandigarh, India
  Updated at 3 am (IST)

Punjab draws up VRS
CHANDIGARH, Feb 14 — In pursuant to the proposal made by the Finance Minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, in his Budget (2000-2001) speech in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha on March 22 last, a voluntary retirement scheme has been approved by the Standing Committee of the State Renewal Fund that met here on Tuesday.

Official shifted for Pt 5353 controversy
NEW DELHI, Feb 14 — More than a month after the Ministry of Defence sought the removal of the Additional Principal Information Officer (Defence) for the faux pas committed on the Point 5353 controversy in the Kargil region of Jammu and Kashmir, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has replaced him.


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FM hints at no change in direct taxes

NEW DELHI, Feb 14 — The Union Finance Minister, Mr Yashwant Sinha, today indicated that the fresh direct tax package is likely to be introduced in the forthcoming Budget even as he hinted that the new package is unlikely to alter the existing rates.

A view of the snowfall which lashed wide parts of Kashmir valley on Wednesday.
A view of the snowfall which lashed wide parts of Kashmir valley on Wednesday. — PTI
Severe storm in HP, snowfall in Srinagar
SHIMLA, Feb 14 —
Several parts of Himachal, including the state capital, Shimla, were lashed by a severe storm today. The storm blew off roofs of kachcha houses, boards and hoardings at some places and uprooted trees.

Major train disaster averted
CHANDIGARH, Feb 14 — But for an alert technician, a major disaster could have occurred involving the morning Shatabdi Express (2011 Up) between New Delhi and Chandigarh today as the shackle pin of the first generator car was found broken.


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Action plan sent to Centre
Rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants
JAMMU, Feb 14 — The state government had sent an action plan for the rehabilitation of the Kashmiri migrants in the valley to the Central Government for consideration. The plan envisaged an expenditure of Rs 2583 crore.

Bhuj students unable to take exam
BHUJ, Feb 14 — These are villages where death and destruction have taken away all the enthusiasm and zest out of the lives of people, more so the children.

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Religious “deras” also provide relief 
RAPAR (Bhuj), Feb 14 — Several of religious organisations from Punjab and Haryana have reached here with volunteers to serve people of Gujarat hit by earthquake on January 26. They are running “langars” and providing goods needed to restart life.

Indian gets US patent on virtual smell
NEW DELHI, Feb 14 — A 37-year-old Delhi- based inventor has left many a leading international groups behind by bagging the US patent for the world’s first multimedia invention on virtual reality device for producing relevant smells and sensations.

Bibi campaigns from temples
CHAWINDA DEVI (Majitha) Feb 14 — After the Shiromani Akali Dal, it is time for SGPC members to start canvassing from temples to woo voters in Hindu-dominated areas hit during militancy. 

Bibi Jagir Kaur receives a siropa at the Chawinda Devi temple on Wednesday.
Bibi Jagir Kaur receives a siropa at the Chawinda Devi temple on Wednesday.
— Photo by Rajiv Sharma


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