Thursday, May 10, 2001, Chandigarh, India
 Updated at 3 am (IST)

4 states go to polls today
New Delhi, May 9
The stage is set for tomorrow’s assembly polls in Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Pondicherry where an estimated 13 crore voters would decide the fate of over 5,000 candidates in the fray in 823 constituencies. The Assembly polls, being dubbed as a “popularity test” for the Vajpayee Government after the tehelka expose assumed significance in view of new alignment of political forces too.


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Armed policemen march through a road on the eve of the Assembly elections in Kolcata on Thursday.
Police fears violence in Assam

10,000 detained to ensure peaceful poll in W. Bengal
(Nation page)

Edit: Fractured parties, split vote

Armed policemen march through a road on the eve of the Assembly elections in Kolcata on Thursday. — Reuters photo

Two bomb blasts near Army HQ
New Delhi, May 9
A week after a crude bomb was discovered in the famous Palika Bazar, two bombs exploded near Sena Bhavan in the heart of the Capital today, injuring a 56-year-old man.
Mr R.P. Singh, who sustained splinter injuries in his chest and mouth, is recuperating in Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital. The first explosion occurred at 3.07 p.m.



Delhi blasts expose intelligence failure

Police and forensic experts inspect the blast site after two bombs exploded in New Delhi on Thursday.
— Reuters photo

Internet users cut off from cyberspace
New Delhi, May 9
Net users in the country were faced with logjam today following damage to crucial undersea transcontinental optic fibre cables connecting the country onto the worldwide web. 

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Crashed plane with 7 bodies found
Arunachal Pradesh minister among victims

MapItanagar, May 9
All seven occupants, including Arunachal Pradesh Education Minister Dera Natung and Times of India Deputy Managing Director Nandita Judge, flying by the missing Pawan Hans helicopter have been found dead when its wreckage was recovered today from near Sessa in West Kameng district, official sources said.


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Court admits Laloo’s plea
Validity of arrest warrants challenged
Ranchi, May 9
The CBI designated court that had issued the arrest warrant against Laloo Prasad Yadav and Jagannath Mishra along with others in connection with a case in the Rs 950 crore fodder scam on Wednesday admitted a petition filed by the lawyers of the two challenging the validity of its verdict and issued notice to the CBI counsel to file a reply.

Squall leaves 3 dead, 80 hurt in Kashmir
Srinagar, May 9
At least three persons were killed and 80 others injured when a high velocity windstorm lashed several parts of the Kashmir valley, official sources said today.

Defence production opened to private sector
New Delhi, May 9
In a significant decision, the government today decided to take the defence production off the list of industries reserved for the public sector.

Badal under fire for minister’s ‘misconduct’
Amritsar/Bathinda, May 9
Even as Mr Chiranji Lal Garg, Minister for Science and Technology, the lone Hindu Akali minister in the Badal government, could not be summoned at Akal Takht for having attended an eye camp organised by Nirankaris at Bathinda, in violation of the hukamnama directing the Sikhs to sever all relations with Nirankaris many Sikhs especially the leadership of the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal (SHSAD) has sought action against Mr Parkash Singh Badal who heads the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal.


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