Wednesday, February 6, 2002, Chandigarh, India

 Updated at 3:00 am (IST)

We’ll fulfil vows: Sonia
Balachaur, February 5
“They must go. They cannot be trusted again. They have destroyed Punjab and cheated its people. Given a chance, they will cheat the people again.” This is how the All-India Congress Committee chief, Mrs Sonia Gandhi, unleashed her “ruthless attack” on the SAD-BJP alliance as she gave a headstart to her party election’s campaign in Punjab by addressing large, impressive gatherings at Balachaur, Jalandhar and Abohar today.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi waves to the crowd at an election rally in Balachaur on Tuesday. Also in the picture are PPCC President Amarinder Singh and Mr Jagmeet Singh Brar.
— Tribune photo Karam Singh


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Notices to Sonia Gandhi, Amarinder Singh
Chandigarh, February 5
Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Amarinder Singh were today issued notices by UT Chief Judicial Magistrate C.L. Mohal for March 15, on a suit seeking Rs 5 crore as damages, filed by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir Singh Badal.

It’s VRS or boot for surplus Central staff
New Delhi, February 5
Taking some major decisions the Union Cabinet today approved the Voluntary Retirement Scheme for its surplus employees besides decontrolling of sugar and removal of licence for dealers and restriction on storage and movement of wheat, paddy, rice, coarse grains, sugar, edible oilseeds and edible oils.

Tatas acquire VSNL, IBP goes to IOC
New Delhi, February 5
The Tatas turned into a telecom behemoth today after the Government announced the sale of its 25 per cent stake along with management control in the Videsh Sanchar Nigam Ltd to Panatone, a Tata group company, at a price of Rs 1,439 crore.


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No outing for poll observers
Amritsar, February 5
Election observers deployed in the border belt today were caught in a quagmire as a plan drawn up for taking them on an intensive sight-seeing tour stood cancelled at the behest of the Chief Electoral Officer. The programme was allegedly prepared and circulated on behalf of the IGP (Border Range), Mr Rajan Gupta.

No talks with Pak: India
New Delhi, February 5
The Vajpayee government today outrightly rejected Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf’s offer of talks made earlier in the day in his rheoteric speech to the Assembly in Pakistan occupied Kashmir which has reverted the Indo-Pak relations to pre-January 12 phase of brinkmanship.

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Reduce cross-border terrorism, Pak urged
Washington, February 5
In a firm endorsement of New Delhi’s concerns, the USA today asked Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf to act to reduce cross-border terrorism and crack down on terrorist outfits in a way that would give India confidence.

Blackwill: no plans for military base in India
Chennai, February 5
The USA has “absolutely” no plans to have a permanent military base in India, but was committed to stepping up bilateral defence relations, especially in the context of countering terrorism across the globe, US Ambassador Robert Blackwill said today. US Ambassador to India Robert Blackwill addresses a Press conference in Chennai
US Ambassador to India Robert Blackwill addresses a Press conference in Chennai on Tuesday.
— PTI photo

Pervez in PoK House, harps on Kashmir
IPervez Musharraf slamabad, February 5
Brushing aside international concerns on cross-border terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf today accused India of “denigrating and maligning the freedom struggle” there to which he pledged his country’s continued “political, moral and diplomatic support.” He also offered talks to India.


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