Thursday, December 27, 2001, Chandigarh, India

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Punjab elections on Feb 13
Three-phase poll in UP; Uttaranchal elections on Feb 14
New Delhi, December 26
Assembly elections in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal and Manipur will be held between February 13 and February 21 next with three-phase polling for the 403-member Uttar Pradesh Assembly. The Election Commission announced here today.
Chief Election Commissioner J. M. Lyngdoh announces the dates for the forthcoming Assembly elections at a Press conference in New Delhi on Wednesday. — PTI photo

USA declares LeT, JeM terrorist groups
Washington, December 26
Turning more heat on Islamabad, the USA today branded Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed as terrorist outfits for their alleged involvement in the attacks on Indian Parliament and Jammu and Kashmir Assembly and said Washington would work with New Delhi and Pakistan to “shut” them down.

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16 Pakistani soldiers killed
12,000 flee border villages

Jammu, December 26
Sixteen Pakistani soldiers were killed and 19 bunkers destroyed in heavy retaliatory mortar fire by Indian troops in the Poonch sector along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir this morning, highly-placed defence sources said.

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People leaving their houses to go to safer places due to the increase in tension along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday. — PTI photo

Army Day parade cancelled
Question mark over Republic Day parade
New Delhi, December 26
In an apparent bid to send the signal across the border to Pakistan about how serious India was in waging a war on terrorism and the gravity of the situation along the Indo-Pakistan border, the Army Day parade scheduled for next month has been cancelled for the first time in 52 years of its tradition.

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New Delhi, December 26
With Defence Minister George Fernandes unable to reach back in time from his Christmas day stay with the troops stationed in Siachen, the strategically important meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security in which the government was expected to take some Pakistan-related decisions will now be held tomorrow.
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Govt to sell  stake in IBP, VSNL, ITDC
New Delhi, December 26
The government tonight decided to sell stake by January 2002 in IBP Company, VSNL and 11 hotels of the ITDC and Hotel Corporation of India, but deferred the privatisation of loss-making Hindustan Copper till its financial restructuring.

BBMB: Punjab may lose control
Ropar, December 26
In a move that could eliminate the quota of Punjab employees in the Bhakra Beas Management Board, the Finance Department, Punjab, in a letter today, directed all departments of the state to recall their employees who had either completed five years of service in the BBMB or had just two years left for retirement.

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Poor SAD show at Jor Mela

Fatehgarh Sahib, December 26
Today same slogans, which were raised five years, ago, echoed at the historic Jor Mela here.

SAD suffers setback as AISSF (U) splits

SGPC opts for open auction
Hires top agency to audit accounts
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 26
The SGPC appears to be “infatuated” with the information technology as it has decided to go for computerisation, besides opting for one of the country’s best auditing agency in an endeavour to introduce complete transparency in its financial affairs.

Economy is Congress poll plank

Fatehgarh Sahib, December 26
The PPCC chief, Capt Amarinder Singh, while addressing a gathering at Shaheedi Jor Mela here today, said the main issues in the coming Assembly poll would be corruption and the shattered economy of the state.

The PPCC chief, Capt Amarinder Singh, and the CLP leader, Ch Jagjit Singh, wave to party workers during the Congress rally at Fatehgarh Sahib on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

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