Saturday, September 8, 2001, Chandigarh, India
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Badal empowers farmers
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal41,000 power connections of farm tubewells to be regularised
Chandigarh, September 7
In an effort to keep the farming community on its side, the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, today announced a series of benefits for rural consumers. The foremost of these is the regularisation of all 41,000 temporary power connections for agriculture tubewells given for paddy sowing season and slashing the charges for these connections from Rs 10,000 to Rs 5,000 per horse power.


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SI killed, 10 hurt in blast
Srinagar, September 7
A Sub-Inspector of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) was killed and 10 jawans were injured in a powerful IED blast on the Jammu-Srinagar highway last night, a police spokesman said today. The IED was planted by militants near lower Munda, about 100 km from here, and detonated when a CRPF convoy was passing by the only road linking Kashmir with the rest of the country.

Remains of a tipper vehicle driven by a suicide bomber that was blown in the attack on a CRPF and SOG camp at Magam Remains of a tipper vehicle driven by a suicide bomber that was blown in the attack on a CRPF and SOG camp at Magam in Budgam district of central Kashmir in which three persons were killed on Thursday evening.
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Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee Houses for poor, roads for all
PM unveils 14-point fiscal reform plan
New Delhi, September 7
Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee today outlined a 14-point reforms roadmap aimed at putting the Indian economy on a high-growth trajectory by removing the barriers in the path of balanced development and sustained focus on infrastructure.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister JayalalithaSC slims Jaya’s hopes to go on  as CM, transfers cases
New Delhi, September 7
In yet another blow to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha’s hopes of getting elected to the Assembly before the November 13 deadline, the Supreme Court today transferred her appeals against conviction in three cases to another judge of the Madras High Court and ordered that the hearing afresh on these appeals would not begin before October 1.

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Paddy MSP hiked by Rs 20
New Delhi, September 7
The Vajpayee government today effected a modest increase of Rs 20 in the minimum support price (MSP) of common paddy from the existing Rs 510 per quintal to Rs 530 per quintal for the current kharif season.

BJP ‘big 3’ threaten to quit
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New Delhi, September 7
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Fourth Director in four months
Yadav officiating PGIMS head
Rohtak, September 7
The government today appointed Dr D.R. Yadav as officiating Director of the PGIMS. He continues to hold the charge of Forensic Medicine Department. He replaces Dr P.L. Jindal, Director-General, Health Services, Haryana whose appointment was not approved by the Medical Council of India (MCI) as a result of which admissions to the MBBS in Haryana were held in abeyance.


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