Friday, February 22, 2002, Chandigarh, India
 Updated at 3:00 am (IST)

Voters defy Pak firing, militants
45 to 61 pc polling in Jammu
Jammu, February 21
Neither the intermittent Pakistani firing nor the panic caused by militants affected polling in the Jammu Lok Sabha constituency where a large number of voters turned up to exercise their franchise today. The polling percentage in the hilly and border areas was higher than the plains, especially in the three Assembly segments of this constituency.
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UP records 55 pc polling
New Delhi, February 21
Barring a few minor incidents the final phase of Assembly elections in UP and Manipur for 166 seats and 20 seats, respectively, passed off peacefully today, the Election Commission said.
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Yamunanagar poll peaceful
Oppn concedes it as 70 pc voters turn up
Yamunanagar, February 21
The ruling INLD today belied all Opposition apprehensions regarding violence and bungling in the Yamunanagar Assembly byelection. The polling here today was so peaceful that even Opposition leaders conceded it on record.

A burqa-clad woman comes out of the Hameeda polling station after casting her vote during the Yamunanagar byelection on Thursday. — Tribune photo Pankaj Sharma

Vajpayee denies Oppn charge
New Delhi, February 21
Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee today regretted that his words were distorted to make it appear as if the BJP did not need the Muslim vote. “It is unfortunate,” Mr Vajpayee stated, “that the level of political discourse in our country has dipped so low as to be devoid of even elementary concern for facts.


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Govt mulls new tax slab
May do away with exemptions
New Delhi, February 21
The government is actively contemplating increasing standard deduction, slapping higher taxes on the affluent class and doing away with exemptions on savings instruments.

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FRANKLY SPEAKING: Economic growth & welfare of poor
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ill the Budget slated to be presented by Union Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha on February 28 be people-friendly? It will be difficult to give a straight answer to this hypothetical question. Even democratically elected governments these days are hardly in tune with the hopes and aspirations of the common man.
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USA, China play down differences
Beijing, February 21
China and the USA today downplayed their differences on the Taiwan issue even as President George W. Bush asked Beijing to help stop proliferation of missiles and other deadly technologies.

PGI to be nodal centre for controlling plague
Chandigarh, February 21
The Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Dr C.P. Thakur, visited the six patients suffering from plague at the PGI here today.

WHO likely to receive plague report today
New Delhi, February 21
The Health Ministry is expected to submit its report on plague to the office of the WHO representative to India, Dr Robert Kim-Farley, here tomorrow. This was stated by the WHO representative here today.

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