Friday, March 2,  2001, Chandigarh, India
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Parliament nod to Balco deal
LS rejects Opposition motion

New Delhi, March 1
Parliament tonight approved the controversial Balco deal, giving a boost to the Vajpayee government’s disinvestment policy with the Opposition-sponsored motion being rejected in the Lok Sabha. The motion was defeated by 239 to 119 votes with three abstaining.


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HP rebels boycott Address
Shimla, March 1
All seven rebels of the ruling BJP boycotted the Governor’s Address in the Assembly on the opening day of the Budget session here today. The rebels were holding parleys with the Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Mr Shanta Kumar, to finalise their strategy in the State Guest House when the Governor was addressing the Assembly. 

Shanta fails in mission
Shimla, March 1
The crisis facing the Dhumal government persists as the ruling camp and the dissidents today refused to budge from their respective stands, despite the intervention of Prime Minister A.B. Vajpayee and Mr Shanta Kumar, Union Minister for Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution, who rushed to the state capital to defuse the situation.

Colonel killed, Brig injured
Militants ambush Army convoy in Anantnag
Srinagar, March 1
Striking in a big way for the second time since the Centre’s three-month extension of ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir, militants belonging to Lashkar-e-Toiba today ambushed an army convoy triggering a fierce gunbattle which killed five persons, including a Colonel, in Anantnag district.




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UK bans 21 terrorist groups
LTTE, a few Sikh, Muslim outfits included

London, March 1
The British Government yesterday banned 21 groups, the majority Islamic, which it has branded as terrorist under a new law enabling it for the first time to proscribe organisations targeting foreign states.

40 killed as bus falls into rivulet
Chamba, March 1
About 40 persons were killed and one was injured when an HRTC bus plunged into the Budhil rivulet, a tributary of the Ravi, at Lahal, 50 km from Chamba, this evening. 

Fiji interim govt illegal: court
Suva (Fiji), March 1

The military-backed government installed after a nationalist coup was today declared illegal and ordered to give up power to clear the way for a swift return to democracy after a ruling by the court of appeal. The government said it would accept the court’s decision.

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Oppn boycotts Jacob’s Address
Chandigarh, March 1
The Opposition today boycotted the customary address by the Punjab Governor to the Vidhan Sabha here. All Congress MLAs, led by their leader, Chaudhary Jagjit Singh, and seven ‘’unattached’’ Akali MLAs headed by Mr Inderjit Singh Zira, walked out of the House when Lt-Gen. J. F.R. Jacob (retd.) was 20 minutes into his Address.

“Unattached” Akali MLAs who staged a walkout during the Governor’s Address in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha.
— A Tribune photograph

No invitations for kin of dam ‘martyrs’
Prime Minister’s function on March 4
Ranjit Sagar, March 1
“Dams are symbols of prosperity”, reads a signboard at the entry gate of the multipurpose Thein Dam (Ranjit Sagar Dam). However, few know that more than 300 workers and engineers have laid down their lives while constructing this magnificent project. Hundreds of workmen became chronic patients of T.B. or were inflicted by skin and respiratory diseases while completing the Rs 3800-crore project.


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