Saturday, March 10,  2001, Chandigarh, India
  Updated at 3 am (IST)

Rush, gusto missing at Hola Mohalla
CM: don’t disrupt Budget session
Anandpur Sahib, March 9
While the Punjab Chief Minister and the Shiromani Akali Dal President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, chose the birthplace of the Khalsa and the occasion of Holi to appeal to the Opposition not to disrupt the Budget session of the Assembly any further, the tone and tenor of leaders at various political rallies held here today made it clear they were not only targeting the ensuing elections but also the government .


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Cong to oppose use of EVMs
Anandpur Sahib, March 9
The Congress will not allow the EVMs in the coming Assembly elections in the state.

Holiday notice

The Tribune wishes its readers a happy Holi. The offices of The Tribune will remain closed on March 10 on account of Holi. There will, therefore, be no update of the site on Sunday.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Finance Minister Kanwaljit Singh at the political conference of the SAD at Anandpur Sahib on the occasion of Hola Mohalla on Friday and (right) PPCC chief Capt Amarinder Singh waves at the crowd gathered for the Congress meeting. — Tribune photos by Manoj Mahajan





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Give Bofors money details
HC directs Hindujas

New Delhi, March 9
In a new twist to the Bofors payoff case, the Delhi High Court today asked the three Hinduja brothers to state on oath the details of the money received by them from A.B. Bofors, which had bagged the Rs 1,437 crore deal for supply of Howitzer field guns to India in 1986.

Himachal BJP crisis deepens
Rebels to slam Dhumal govt in House
Shimla, March 9
Crisis in the BJP appeared to be heading for a flashpoint with the rebels deciding to abandon the tactical truce and blast the Dhumal government in the Vidhan Sabha on March 12.

No fresh taxes in Himachal Budget
Shimla, March 9
Loans worth Rs 2318 crore will be raised by Himachal Pradesh in the coming financial year to meet the Budget proposals of Rs 5659 crore which were presented by Chief Minister P.K. Dhumal, in the Vidhan Sabha today. A total deficit of Rs 162.70 crore has been anticipated in the Budget.

The Chief Minister, Prof Prem Kumar Dhumal, who also holds the portfolio of Finance, presents the Budget for 2001-02 in the Himachal Vidhan Sabha at Shimla on Friday.


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TMC reaches pact with AIADMK
Chennai, March 9
The TMC-Congress combine today reached an agreement on an alliance with the All-India Anna DMK-led Secular Front for the coming Assembly elections.

Stock markets crash
New Delhi, March 9
In a repeat of “Black Friday” syndrome, major stock markets today crashed following a payment crisis in the Calcutta Stock Exchange forcing corrective steps that brought shares of bluechip companies to the year’s lowest level.

Taliban ‘dynamite’ Buddha statues
Kabul, March 9
Afghanistan’s Opposition today said the ruling Taliban had destroyed the two ancient Bamiyan Buddha statues in Central Afghanistan.


“Chori Chori” opens amid protests
New Delhi, March 9
The controversial film “Chori Chori Chupke Chupke”, allegedly financed by the underworld, opened today at 14 cinemas in the national capital region, amid protests leading to the arrest of some activists outside a theatre in Connaught Place.


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