Friday, March 16,  2001, Chandigarh, India
  Updated at 3 am (IST)

Resignations of George, Mamata, Panja accepted
Trinamool withdraws support;
Jaya Jaitley steps down as Samata chief
New Delhi, March 15
The BJP-Led National Democratic Alliance government received a further jolt today when the Defence Minister, Mr George Fernandes, resigned tonight within hours of the Trinamool Congress walking out of the ruling alliance following the sensational expose made by alleging malpractices in the defence deals in a video tape brought out by it.


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       Jaya Jaitley          George Fernandes           Mamata Banerjee
         Jaya Jaitley            George Fernandes         Mamata Banerjee

I didn’t take any gift, says Addl Secy
New Delhi, March 15
Additional Secretary L.M. Mehta, the seniormost official in the Defence Ministry to figure in the Tehelka tapes, today claimed that he had not received any gift nor issued any order for trial evaluation of hand-held thermals.

Cong ready for pact with Mamata
New Delhi, March 15
The Congress today said it was ready to enter into an alliance with the Trinamool Congress following the latter’s withdrawal from the National Democratic Alliance.



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‘Tehelka’ outside Parliament
New Delhi, March 15
An unrelenting Opposition today continued with its protests over the revelations in the video clippings brought out by a dotcom company and stalled the proceedings in both the Houses of Parliament, forcing adjournment for the day without transacting any business.


Incredible win for India

Kolkata, March 15
India did the impossible today, humbling the all conquering Australians with a sensational victory, only the second team to win after following on in 1535 Test matches in the history of cricket.

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Indian supporters celebrate with burning papers Indian supporters celebrate with burning papers after India beat Australia in the second Test in Kolkata on Thursday. 
— Reuters photo

Basu heads People’s Front
Jyoti BasuNew Delhi, March 15
The erstwhile United Front was resurrected as the People’s Front today with the political climate hotting up following the withdrawal of support by the Trinamool Congress to the Vajpayee government, which is shrouded in the ‘arms deal’ video tape infamy.

Punjab House condemns 1984 ‘massacre’
Chandigarh, March 15
For the first time, the Punjab Vidhan Sabha today unanimously passed a resolution condemning the 1984 “massacre” of Sikhs in the wake of the assassination of the then Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi.


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