Saturday, April 13, 2002, Chandigarh, India
 Updated at 3:00 am (IST)

BJP returns to ‘Hindutva’
Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee * Backs Modi, advises him fresh mandate
* PM slams Muslim fundamentalism
Panjim, April 12
The Bharatiya Janata Party’s National Executive gave a clean chit to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, unanimously rejecting his resignation offer and advising him to seek a fresh mandate from the state’s electorate at a time of his own choice.


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Congress: no compromise on secularism
Guwahati, April 12
Congress President Sonia Gandhi today accused the Centre of “condoning” killings in Gujarat by not removing Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

EPF interest rate unchanged
Sharad Yadav puts his foot down
New DelhiI, April 12
Union Labour Minister Sharad Yadav today turned down the Finance Ministry’s proposal to slash interest rate on Employees Provident Fund and decided to continue the existing rate of 9.5 per cent for an interim period.

Maoists massacre 84 policemen
Kathmandu, April 12
Thousands of Nepalese Maoist rebels killed 84 policemen in night-time raids today that left more than 100 persons dead and marked a bloody escalation of their six-year-old insurgency, officials said.

Grenade attack on CRPF mess
Two jawans killed, eleven injured
Srinagar, April 12
At least two CRPF jawans were killed and 11 others injured when militants attacked a CRPF mess and a police station in the city today.

In video: Indian and Russian Defence Ministers hold talks in Moscow on trade in arms and weapons-related technology. (28k, 56k)


50 years of Independence

Tercentenary celebrations

Tehelka expose

Maharaja Ranjit Singh: special features & photos
Mines dampen Baisakhi spirit
Indo-Pak border, April 12
The fresh aroma of wheat emanating from the mineloaded fields does not bring cheers on the faces of farmers in the border belt comprising Amritsar, Gurdaspur and Ferozepore. 
A farmer harvests wheat in a border village of Amritsar district
A farmer harvests wheat in a border village of Amritsar district on the eve of Baisakhi. He is unable to reap the crop across the fence where mines have been laid. — Photo Rajiv Sharma
In Windows today

Bloodbath on Baisakhi
by Jaswant Singh

Where is my Ahmed chacha?
by B. Grover

Ushering in the New Year
by Vinita Kalra

THIS ABOVE ALL: Tikka Khan was dubbed the ‘Butcher of Bangladesh’
by Khushwant Singh


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HP abolishes ST on fertilisers
Shimla, April 12
The 4 per cent general sales tax on chemical fertilisers was today abolished by the Himachal Pradesh Cabinet to benefit the farmers. The decision was taken by the Cabinet which met under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister, Mr Prem Kumar Dhumal.

UCO Bank looted
Jalandhar, April 12
In a sensational broad daylight bank robbery, two unidentified robbers managed to slip off with a whopping Rs 16.53 lakh from the extension counter of UCO Bank at Model House locality here this afternoon. As the crime graph of the city had been going up for the past fortnight, the robbery put a question mark on the efficiency of the police and security arrangements of banks in the city.

Cattle graze as authorities laze
Polytechnic, ITI buildings in a shambles
Chandigarh, April 12
Tall claims of the government on technical education and industrial training notwithstanding, 10 ITIs and six polytechnics in Punjab, completed three to five years ago, are being used only for grazing cattle.
A lone cow grazes on the campus
A lone cow grazes on the campus of the ITI building at Shahkot in Jalandhar district.

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