Wednesday, August 22, 2001, Chandigarh, India
 Updated at 3 am (IST)

Meeting on SYL deadlocked
New Delhi, August 21
The meeting of top officials of Punjab and Haryana called by the Centre to iron out a solution on the SYL canal issue ended in a deadlock with Punjab refusing to dilute its earlier position in any manner on sharing of waters with Haryana.The meeting convened by the Commissioner, Indus Water, Mr A.C. Gupta, failed to make any headway.


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Bihar bandh: over 4000 held
Police personnel arrest NDA activists in Patna on Tuesday during the Bihar bandh.Patna, August 21
Stray violence and disruption of
rail traffic today marred the 12-hour Bihar bandh called by NDA to demand resignation of Chief Minister Rabri Devi as police rounded up 4000 persons including the alliance’s top state leadership.
Police personnel arrest NDA activists in Patna on Tuesday during the Bihar bandh. — PTI photo

RJD-NDA lock horns
Laloo mounts attack on Centre
New Delhi, August 21
Even as NDA constituents attacked his home turf in Bihar today with a statewide bandh, irrepressible RJD supremo Laloo Prasad Yadav mounted a spirited offensive against the “corruption-ridden” Vajpayee Government in Delhi and demanded the arrest of ‘’dacoit’’ Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha and a probe into the alleged involvement of the Prime Minister’s Office in various scams.

Sinha misled Parliament: Cong
New Delhi, August 21
In a fresh attempt to corner the Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha on the UTI muddle, the Congress today said the minister should tell the country whether he was told in advance by the Unit Trust of India about the decision to suspend the sale and repurchase of US-64 units.


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Basmati issue rocks Houses
New Delhi, August 21
The government today agreed to make a statement in Parliament tomorrow on the reported patent of three strains of basmati rice by an American firm. Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Pramod Mahajan said he would request the Commerce Minister to make a statement on the issue during zero hour tomorrow.

Repatriation of 21 Pakistanis stalled
Amritsar, August 21
The repatriation of 21 Pakistani nationals scheduled for today had to be cancelled at the eleventh hour as the Government of Pakistan said it could not accept them.


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HC dismisses plea to ban ‘Gadar’
Chandigarh, August 21
“The preacher of a faith and the producer of a film have to respect each other’s sensitivities. The diversities have to be accepted. The society has to recognise that the artiste has the right to articulate.

India pulls out of Asian Test Championship
New Delhi, August 21
The government today refused permission to the national cricket team to participate in the Asian Test Championship.

Reuters photoUltras set new deadline on burqa
Officials say they are foreign mercenaries
Srinagar, August 21
The Lashkar-e-Jabbar, a hitherto unknown separatist group, has issued fresh threats against women not wearing burqa and set September 1 as the new deadline for adhering to the “Islamic dress code”.

“Trace our missing kin first”
Amnesty move a betrayal, say affected families
Ludhiana, August 21
“Tell them to return my lost ‘innocent’ brother or at least inform us about the real culprits responsible for his disappearance and I will be the first one to pardon them.” These words by Jasbir Singh of Wadla village near Khanna, whose younger brother Chamkaur Singh was allegedly picked up by the police in 1991 and is missing since then, aptly express the mood of a number of such families in the district.


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