Sunday, March 25, 2001, Chandigarh, India
  Updated at 3 am (IST)

BJP President calls Cong fascist
Sonia’s utterances “irresponsible”
New Delhi, March 24
BJP President K. Jana Krishnamurthi launched a frontal attack on the Congress, terming the country’s principal opposition party as “fascist”. In his first presidential address, Mr Krishnamurthi said, " The hysterical reaction of the Congress President to the allegations does not behove a responsible leader of a responsible opposition party.... A democratic party true to fascist demand says, ‘we demand you get out’.


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Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee (left) with Jana Krishnamurthi, President of the Bharatiya Janata Party, during the party’s two-day national executive meeting in New Delhi on Saturday.Krishnamurthi is new BJP chief

Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee (left) with Jana Krishnamurthi, President of the Bharatiya Janata Party, during the party’s two-day national executive meeting in New Delhi on Saturday.  — Reuters photo

SC ex-judge to probe expose
New Delhi, March 24
Ten days after the Tehelka expose triggered a political storm, the government today appointed a Commission of Inquiry headed by Justice K. Venkataswami, a retired Supreme Court judge, to probe the allegations about bribery in defence deals involving politicians and bureaucrats made in the news portal’s video tapes.




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Protests, curfew continue
Srinagar, March 24
While curfew restrictions in Baramula continued today, there were reports of protest demonstrations in Srinagar and several major towns of north Kashmir against the alleged desecration of the holy Quran in Delhi recently. The police lobbed teargas shells at several places here to quell demonstrators indulging in stone pelting and raising religious slogans.

Minister quits on Siwan issue
Patna, March 24
In a not so unexpected move, the minister of State for Welfare, Mr Aizazul Haque has resigned from the Rabri cabinet. He had been apparently hurt over the U-turn the state government took on the Siwan issue. 


In Spectrum today
Call it Love If You Like
by Kuldip Dhiman

Meena Kumari
The legend lives on
by Roshni Johar

BOLLYWOOD BHELPURI:  Yukta Mookhey’s debut
by Madhur Mittal


In this dress, nobody will blame you for having assets disproportionate to your known sources of income!
by Sandeep Joshi

Jagdeo re-elected Guyana President
Georgetown, March 24

Ethnic Indian President of Guyana Bharat Jagdeo has been re-elected as head of the former British colony, but his rival from the People’s National Congress Party contested the election in the Supreme Court.

Migrants transform Mand
Mand (Amritsar), March 24
The hostile terrain, which was considered a heaven for terrorists and bootleggers till the eighties, has been converted into vegetable-rich area, thanks to the migrant labourers of Uttar Pradesh.


‘God, let my son die before me’
22 NP (Raisingh Nagar), March 24
While all parents pray for the long and successful life of their children, a distraught mother of this village does the opposite, she pleads with the Almighty to take away her son before her.
The saga of suffering of this 70-year-old widow is an unending one. Call it the cruel twist of fate. She gave birth to three sons, all of whom were diagnosed with myopathy, a rare and incurable congenital defect of the fibre nerves.


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