Thursday, August 23, 2001, Chandigarh, India
 Updated at 3 am (IST)

No blanket amnesty for Punjab cops
New Delhi, August 22
Blanket immunity or amnesty to security personnel accused of human rights violations in Punjab during the anti-militancy operations was today ruled out by the Centre. This was decided after a high-level meeting between Union Home Minister Lal Krishan Advani, Union Law Minister Arun Jaitley, Attorney General Soli J. Sorabjee and top officials here this evening.


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Islamic militants of the Pakistan-based Al-Badr Islamic militants of the Pakistan-based Al-Badr group are seen in this file photo at a camp near Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. The police in Karachi on Wednesday detained more than 200 persons in raids on militant Islamic groups that had failed to comply with a ban on raising funds for jehad, the police said. 
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Furore over Tehelka in LS
New Delhi, August 22
It was once again “Tehelka” in the Lok Sabha today with members of the ruling NDA going on an offensive against the website portal over reports that it had used sex workers to pursue its expose on corruption in defence deals.



India lost precious time: Ajit
Patenting of basmati by US firm

New Delhi, August 22
Agriculture Minister Ajit Singh today admitted that India had lost precious time in putting up a strong case against patenting of aromatic Indian basmati rice by the US Patent and Trademark Office.

Pak backs India’s stance on WTO
New Delhi, August 22
Pakistan today supported India’s stand on WTO, but made it clear that bilateral trade was a “subset” of the overall bilateral relations between the two countries. 

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Send report, Advani tells CM
Special powers for Jammu and Kashmir
New Delhi, August 22
Faced with different voices from the J&K Government on the question of autonomy or special powers for the state, Union Home Minister L.K. Advani has asked Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah to submit an exhaustive report.

RSS, Church agree to discuss conversions
New Delhi, August 22
In a significant development, the RSS and Catholic Church leaders have met and agreed to hold regular dialogue on issues like conversions and attacks on church personnel.

Cloudburst kills 10 in Kulu
Shimla, August 22
At least 10 persons were killed as eight houses collapsed due to a cloudburst in Sarali and Badali villages in the Ani area of Kulu district early this morning.

Pandemonium in Punjab House
Chandigarh, August 22
An atmosphere of despair pervaded the last session of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha here today. Chaos and pandemonium prevailed throughout the sitting with the Speaker adjourning the House sine die ahead of time.


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