Thursday, April 26, 2001, Chandigarh, India
 Updated at 3 am (IST)

Salaried class gets tax relief
Standard deduction up by Rs 5,000;
Lok Sabha okays Budget
New Delhi, April 25
The Union Finance Minister, Mr Yashwant Sinha, today increased the standard deduction by Rs 5,000 for salary earners up to Rs 3 lakh, increased the limit for tax deduction at source on interest payments from Rs 2,500 to Rs 5,000 and gave several excise and customs duty concessions for the industry.


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Rail Budget approved
New Delhi, April 25
The Railway Budget secured Parliament’s approval today after the Rajya Sabha returned the Railway Appropriation Bill.

Govt agrees to JPC on stock scam
Parliament to adjourn tomorrow
New Delhi, April 25
The government and the Opposition are today understood to have agreed to a sine die adjournment of the Budget Session on April 27 in view of the May 10 assembly elections.

Probe against minister’s son begins
Amritsar, April 25
The tall claims of the SGPC having launched a campaign against drug addiction and liquor notwithstanding, several family members of leaders of the ruling party continue to be “patit”.

Hesitation to fire led to killings
Swami reviews border situation in Assam
New Delhi, April 25
The Centre today said it was probably the hesitation of the BSF personnel to fire at civilians which led to their capture and brutal killing by the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) personnel in Pyrdiwah outpost.





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Talks offer a drama: Geelani
New Delhi, April 25

Less than 24 hours before a crucial Hurriyat Conference executive meeting to formulate its response to the Centre’s offer for talks on Kashmir issue, fire-brand Jamaat-e-Islami leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani today dismissed as “drama” government’s gesture saying that it would not lead to any solution to the Kashmir issue.

Asma Khan, daughter of Amanullah Khan, JKLF chief based in Pakistan, and her husband Sajjad Lone, son of the APHC leader and People’s Conference Chairman Abdul Gani Lone, at their Rawalpora residence in Srinagar on Tuesday.
— Photo Amin War

HP in dire financial straits
Banks told not to honour govt cheques
Shimla, April 25
The Himachal government has sent an SOS to the Centre after finding itself in a serious financial crisis with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) ordering the commercial banks not to honour the cheques of the state government as it has run into an overdraft of about Rs 180 crore.

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BJP leader shot; 3 arrested
Bhairupa (Bathinda), April 25
Mr Hans Raj Chopra, former Vice-President of the Rampura mandal unit of the BJP, was shot and two others were seriously injured when they were attacked by three persons in the house of Mr Mal Singh here today. The suspects, all brothers, have been arrested.

I’m chief ministerial candidate: Jaya
Madurai, April 25
Unfazed by the rejection of her nomination papers for next month’s Assembly elections, AIADMK chief J. Jayalalitha today asserted she continued to be the chief ministerial candidate of the front headed by her and changed her campaign style, accusing Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi of having “conspired” to block her.

Will Cong now back Jaya, asks BJP
New Delhi, April 25
The Bharatiya Janata Party today asked the Congress to clarify whether it would like to support AIADMK leader J. Jayalalitha in the wake of her being disqualified from contesting the coming assembly elections on corruption charges.

N-warfare training for recruits
Sabathu, April 25
Army recruits are all set to receive basic training in nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) warfare. Infrastructure and training aids have been put in place at 14 Gorkha Training Centre (GTC) here for the purpose and training in this aspect is expected to begin next month.


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