Tuesday, March 12, 2002, Chandigarh, India
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No puja till SC verdict: PM
New Delhi, March 11
Atal Behari VajpayeeIn a significant statement, Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee today assured the Lok Sabha that the government would not permit any activity on the undisputed site in Ayodhya till the Supreme Court gave its verdict.

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‘Bhoomi pujan’ plan dropped
Ayodhya, March 11
In a major climbdown, the Ram Janambhoomi Nyas, spearheading the temple movement, today virtually dropped plans for a ‘bhoomi pujan’ near the disputed site in Ayodhya and announced a scaled down programme for March 15.
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Mahant Paramhans, a key supporter for the construction of the Ram temple, takes part in a puja Admn steps to stop Ram sevaks’ assembly

Mahant Paramhans, a key supporter for the construction of the Ram temple, takes part in a puja with other priests in Ayodhya on Monday. 
— Reuters photo

Ayodhya issue: all eyes on Supreme Court
New Delhi, March 11
All eyes are glued to the hearing of the Ayodhya issue by the Supreme Court on March 13 when the court would take up a petition seeking to prevent the VHP’s “bhoomi pujan” at the undisputed site.

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Opposition stages walkout
New Delhi, March 11
An angry and determined Opposition today staged a walkout in the Rajya Sabha after Home Minister L.K. Advani rejected its demand for his and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s resignation and setting up of an inquiry by a Supreme Court judge into the recent carnage in the state.
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Oppn gunning for Advani, Modi
New Delhi, March 11
The Lok Sabha today began a debate on the Gujarat situation with the Opposition led by the Congress demanding the resignation of Home Minister L.K. Advani and the sacking of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
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India rejects Pak extradition treaty offer
New Delhi, March 11
India today dismissed Pakistan’s offer to have an extradition treaty as “yet another delaying tactic” on the Indian list of 20 fugitives. New Delhi also rejected Islamabad’s another proposal for signing an agreement to the effect that the two neighbours do not use their territories for cross-border terrorist activities against each other.

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2nd stage of US war against terrorism
Washington, March 11
US President George W. Bush today declared that the international coalition had entered its “second stage” of the war against terrorism covering battles beyond Afghanistan and asked the countries to take seriously growing threat of terror on a catastrophic scale if nuclear weapons reached “wrong hands.”
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President Bush speaks at the White House on Monday during a ceremony marking six months since September 11. — Reuters photo

Another girl points finger at VC
Patiala, March 11
Close on the heels of being booked for making lewd gestures at a student, fresh allegations have cropped up against the Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, with another girl today claiming that she was pressured to visit the VC’s residence in order to “concentrate” on the topic of her research.

Record transfers in 14 days
Chandigarh, March 11
The Punjab Government is on its way to setting a new record — of issuing a record number of transfers and postings of Class I officers in the shortest span of time. In the past 11 days, it has shifted 220-odd senior functionaries of the state, including IAS , IPS and PPS officers. Besides it has ordered six promotions in the IAS and five of the IPS officers in the Police Department.


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