Wednesday, December 12, 2001, Chandigarh, India

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George faces Oppn wrath
Centre to dilute POTO Bill
New Delhi, December 11
Wilting under Opposition pressure, the Vajpayee government has decided to introduce a milder version of the POTO Bill in Parliament. 
Kargil coffin scam rocks Parliament
New Delhi, December 11

A report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India indicting the Defence Ministry (headed by Mr George Fernandes) for the purchase of coffins for Kargil martyrs from an American firm at inflated prices today rocked both Houses of Parliament.
In Video: Uproarious scenes were witnessed in the Lok Sabha today when Home Minister L. K. Advani rose to introduce the Prevention of Terrorism Ordinance in Parliament. (28k, 56k)

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US firm told to refund 1.02 cr, explains Fernandes
New Delhi, December 11
Defending himself against the alleged irregularities in the purchase of coffins for Kargil martyrs by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, Defence Minister George Fernandes today said the US-based Victor Baiz firm had been asked to immediately refund Rs 1.02 crore for committing a “breach of contract”.

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PM in eye of storm yet again

New Delhi, December 11
Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee finds himself in the eye of a raging storm yet again for having reinducted George Fernandes as the Union Defence Minister coupled with the NDA government’s determination to convene a joint session of Parliament if the POTO Bill is defeated in the Rajya Sabha.

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Osama “spotted” near Tora Bora
Al-Qaida ready to discuss surrender
Tora Bora (Afghanistan), December 11
Disabled Afghan refugees wait for food and supplies at the Jalozai camp near Peshawar on Tuesday. Tribal fighters today declared a ceasefire when some retreating Al-Qaida forces said they were willing to discuss surrender terms after losing a key mountain in fierce fighting.

Disabled Afghan refugees wait for food and supplies at the Jalozai camp near Peshawar on Tuesday. — Reuters photo

USA builds pressure on Pak
Terrorism in Jammu & Kashmir
Washington, December 11
A leading American newspaper has said that the USA, after pressuring Pakistan to withdraw support to the Taliban, is now asking Islamabad for an even tougher pullback from extremism in Jammu and Kashmir.

Qanooni asks Sikhs to return
Assures representation in legislature
New Delhi, December 11
Afghanistan’s Interior Minister designate Younus Qanooni in the post-Taliban interim government scheduled to assume office in Kabul on December 22 has impressed upon the displaced Sikh and Hindu community to return to their hearth and homes assuring “equal rights to all non-Muslims.”

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Congress routs BJP-SAD alliance in MC elections
Chandigarh, December 11
The Congress has routed the BJP-Shiromani Akali Dal alliance winning 13 Municipal Corporation seats out of 20 and reducing the alliance to only four (3 BJP, I Akali) to be in a humiliating position of a local party Chandigarh Vikas Manch which also got three seats.
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Visit has helped cement ties: PM
Japan to send economic mission to India
Tokyo, December 11
Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee looked at peace with himself and the world around him. He looked relaxed, smiled often and even cracked a joke with journalists as he wound up his five-day state trip to the Land of the Rising Sun.

SC summons 11 Health Secys
Non-compliance of orders on female foeticide

New Delhi, December 11
In a rare order, the Supreme Court today summoned Health Secretaries of 11 major states after finding that its orders for registration of ultrasound clinics and prosecution of those resorting to illegal sex-determination test have not been complied with.

Sohal removed as PSEB chief
Patiala, December 11
The Punjab government today relieved Punjab State Electricity Board Chairman Gurcharan Singh Sohal, who had earlier gone on forced medical leave and had recently created a stir by expressing his desire to join duty again, from the post of Chairman of the board.

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Sexual harassment cases mar image of university
Amritsar, December 11
Ms Amar (not real name) of one of the departments of Guru Nanak Dev University is alleged to have been sexually harassed towards the end of June, 2001, by the Head of the Department. Ms Amar is unmarried and a lecturer in her department.

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