Wednesday, February 20, 2002, Chandigarh, India
 Updated at 3:00 am (IST)

Thakur confirms it is plague

New Delhi, February 19
The Union Health Minister, Dr C.P. Thakur, confirmed that the mysterious disease which had claimed four lives so far was nothing but the much-dreaded plague. Addressing mediapersons here after wide ranging consultations with experts and meeting with the Prime Minister, the Health Minister said: “This unfortunately is one thing that really turned out to be plague.”


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No troop pullout: Fernandes
New Delhi, February 19
Defence Minister George Fernandes today dispelled doubts that prolonged deployment along the borders would lead to fatigue setting in among the troops and ruled out de-escalation until Pakistan addressed the concerns of India.
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Defence Minister George Fernandes points to a tripod-mounted machine gun
Defence Minister George Fernandes points to a tripod-mounted machine gun as he talks to reporters during the Defexpo India 2002 defence exhibition in New Delhi on Tuesday.  — Reuters photo

Give information on Omar Sheikh: India
New Delhi, February 19
India today stepped up the diplomatic pressure on Islamabad and asked Pakistan to immediately furnish relevant information on confessions made by Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist, Omar Sheikh, on the terrorist strikes on Parliament House and Jammu and Kashmir Assembly last year. In video (28k, 56k)

IAF launches ‘Op Trishul’
Govt in no mood to soften stand on Pak
New Delhi, February 19
The Vajpayee government is in no mood to soften its stand vis-a-vis Pakistan and go for a military de-alert even though mobilisation and deployment of troops costs about Rs 40 crore a day.


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Howitzer production: Pretoria wants joint venture
New Delhi, February 19
South Africa today offered to have a joint partnership with India in manufacturing and marketing artillery and integrated ballistic systems, especially for the long-delayed mounted 155 mm Howitzer guns.

Give BJP a clear verdict: PM
Third phase of polling ends in UP
Allahabad, February 19
As the campaign for third phase of polling in eastern and some parts of central Uttar Pradesh came to an end today evening, the verdict of this socially backward and economically underdeveloped but politically sensitive electorate will determine the contours of the next government in the state.

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1 dies in blast; 3 ultras shot
12 militants surrender
Jammu, February 19
A civilian, Shabir Ahmed, was killed and 12 others were wounded in a grenade explosion near Government Dak Bungalow in Kishtwar this morning. According to the police, a grenade hurled by a militant on the bungalow missed its target and exploded at a crowded place.

‘Development’ swallows Punjab’s tree cover
Chandigarh, February 19
Work on a number of important infrastructure development projects continued unabated even when electioneering was at its peak in Punjab early this month.
A view of the trees felled on the Chandigarh-Ludhiana road
A view of the trees felled on the Chandigarh-Ludhiana road on Sunday. — Tribune photo Karam Singh


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