Friday, March 23, 2001, Chandigarh, India
  Updated at 3 am (IST)

After RSS, SJM targets PMO

New Delhi, March 22
The PMO today came under attack from yet another Sangh Parivar outfit, Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM) , which alleged that it was manned by people who were “insensitive to the national interest”. The outfit, known for its allergy to multinationals, also criticised the Balco disinvestment deal, saying that it was “undervalued”.


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Historic series win for India
Chennai, March 22
In a sensational upset, India today humbled champions Australia winning the third cricket Test and the enthralling series in a nail-biting finish after more steller deeds by V.V.S. Laxman and Harbhajan Singh.
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The punjab lad did it for India: Harbhajan Singh, who with a haul of 32 wickets in three Tests broke the back of Australia, holds his ‘‘Man-of-the-Series’’ trophy at the conclusion of the third Test at Chennai on Thursday.
The punjab lad did it for India: Harbhajan Singh, who with a haul of 32 wickets in three Tests broke the back of Australia, holds his ‘‘Man-of-the-Series’’ trophy at the conclusion of the third Test at Chennai on Thursday. India, who won the series 2-1, had to make 155 runs to win, reached the target with two wickets to spare with Harbhajan Singh scoring the winning runs.
— Reuters photo

Tehelka shows further footage
New Delhi, March 22 today said that it had mistakenly assumed that the money handed over at the residence of former Defence Minister George Fernandes was to Mr Sreenivasa Prasad but showed additional footage that contained a shot of an unidentified man receiving Rs 2 lakh from its reporters posing as arms dealers inside the residence.



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Three arrested for sacrilege
Tension now in Patiala
Amritsar, March 22
A member of the Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Suraksha Samiti was arrested while three were rounded up for questioning in connection with the desecration of a religious place yesterday in the Hall Bazar area. 

USA expels 50 Russian diplomats
Washington, March 22
The USA has ordered the expulsion of 50 Russian diplomats here following the recent arrest of an FBI agent accused of spying for Moscow, CBS television reported.


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MP’s aide among 7 held in Patna
Confesses to involvement in murder cases
Patna, March 22
In a major swoop, the police has arrested seven persons, including Sultan Mian, known to be a close associate of controversial Siwan MP Shahabuddin, and Zaved Siddiqui, son of a retired DIG of Police, the police said.

Balbir Singh Budha Dal chief: Vedanti
Anandpur Sahib, March 22
The Jathedar of Akal Takht, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, today clarified the confusion over the real head of the Budha Dal. 

Rebels to wait until March 25
Shimla, March 22
The choice of the next national president of the BJP is likely to play a crucial role in resolving the three-week political crisis plaguing the Dhumal ministry.

Yogi to be awarded degree abroad
Senate proposes, Governor disposes
Amritsar, March 22
The proposal of the Syndicate and Senate of Guru Nanak Dev University to confer the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (honoris causa) on religious leader Yogi Harbhajan Singh Khalsa in the USA appears to have been disposed off as “untenable” by the Chancellor of the University, Lieut-Gen JFR Jacob (retd), the Governor of punjab-cum-administrator of Chandigarh.


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