Thursday, August 8, 2002, Chandigarh, India
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BJP takes wind out of Cong attack
Says Manmohan, JS Brar also recommended allotments
New Delhi, August 7
In a move to wrest the initiative from the Congress on the petrol station issue, the BJP today challenged Leader of the Opposition Sonia Gandhi to surrender petrol stations and gas agencies allotted to Congress leaders and their relatives in the past 50 years.

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Oil companies file caveats
Houses adjourned yet again
New Delhi, August 7
The government today came under pressure to review the Prime Ministerís decision to cancel allotment of over 3,000 petrol stations and gas and kerosene agencies, with petrol station owners threatening to take the matter to court, even as public sector oil companies filed caveats in high courts and the Supreme Court to ensure that no order was passed by any court against the cancellation of dealerships.

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New Delhi, August 7
A Delhi court today issued a non-bailable warrant against Haryana IG (Prisons) Ravi Kant Sharma, a prime suspect in the murder of journalist Shivani Bhatnagar, even as the Delhi police announced a reward of Rs 50,000 on him.

Punjab bans promotions
Chandigarh, August 7
The Punjab Government has put a blanket ban on promotions. A directive in this connection has been issued by the Personnel Department to all Financial Commissioners, Administrative Secretaries and others concerned. The government has directed the officers concerned not to hold any meeting of the departmental promotion committees till further orders.

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Rs 101-crore aid for Punjab
Chandigarh, August 7
The Government of India has sanctioned Rs 101 crore out of the Calamity Relief Fund for Punjab, Agriculture, Rural Development and Panchayats Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal said at a meeting of the state-level committee on drought and power here today. Efforts were being made to manage power and water supply to the agriculture sector to meet the drought situation.

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HP defers move on new districts
Differences among top BJP leaders
Shimla, August 7
The much-publicised proposal to carve out new districts again suffered set back owing to serious differences among senior leaders of the BJP and pressure from ministers and MLAs seeking district status for their respective areas.

J & K stops power, Ropar unit shut
PSEB announces fresh cuts
Patiala, August 7
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has suffered another jolt with Jammu and Kashmir stopping its daily supply of 25 lakh units. The board also lost another 200 Mega Watt of power with unit number six of the Ropar thermal plant developing a boiler tube leakage due to which it had to be shut off this morning.

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