Sunday, March 4,  2001, Chandigarh, India
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PM for hike in farm sector
power tariff

New Delhi, March 3
In a move to bring about political consensus on the power sector reforms, the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, today called for time-bound measures, including raise in power tariff for agriculture.


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Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal with his Rajasthan counterpart, Mr Ashok Gehlot, at the Chief Ministers’ conference on power reforms in New Delhi on Saturday. — PTI photo

Head, legs of statues broken
Taliban continue destruction spree
Kabul, March 3

Hardline Taliban soldiers demolished the head and legs of the world-famous ancient statues of Buddha in central Afghanistan, defying international pleas to protect the priceless historical treasures, a Taliban official said today.

A Buddhist monk beats an effigy of Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar with a stick in Mumbai, on Saturday. — Reuters photo



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13 mowed down in Tripura
Agartala, March 3
After a brief lull, NLFT guns boomed again mowing down at least 13 persons, including 11 CRPF jawans, at Bampur under Birganj police station in South Tripura today. Jawans of the 4th Battalion of the CRPF were patrolling the extremist-dominated area in five vehicles when heavily armed militants pumped a volley of bullets from two sides, killing all 13 on the spot.

Change of guard ruled out in HP
New Delhi, March 3
The BJP today ruled out any change of leadership in Himachal Pradesh and sternly told the ‘rebel’ MLAs that it was not ready to tolerate any kind of indiscipline. The seven ‘rebel’ MLAs had been asked to publicly apologise for their act before which their grievances would not be heard.

In Spectrum today

Muqaddar Ka Sikandar
by Vimla Patil

A question of female identity
by Tamanna Kanwar


If they really want to generate “power”, unite Badal and Tohra!
by Sandeep Joshi

Ravi no more flows into Pak
Ranjit Sagar Dam, March 3
With the taming of the mighty River Ravi which meanders to the Indo-Pak border, no more of its water flows into Pakistan. With the completion of Ranjit Sagar Dam, Pakistan would no longer be able to wage a ‘proxy war’ with India by diverting the course of the river.

GND University honours H.S. Wasir, Sachar
Amritsar, March 3
The 27th annual convocation of Guru Nanak Dev University started here with an address by Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers. Addressing the gathering, the minister said Punjab was facing numerous social, economic and political problems. “In such times it becomes imperative to ‘beat’ the new challenges with new technology.”

Rajouri residents completely shaken
Rajouri, March 3
Anger and anxiety were writ large on the faces of people in this border town following the killing of 14 policemen and four civilians in two separate militancy-related incidents yesterday. The town and its adjoining areas wore a deserted look following a total bandh observed by the people in protest against the killing. 


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