September 6, 2002, Chandigarh, India
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Pondicherry, September 5
At least 2,000 students in six schools fell ill today after consuming bread and milk supplied under the newly introduced ‘breakfast’ scheme in the Union Territory, prompting the government to order an inquiry. The government also immediately suspended the Rajiv Gandhi Free Breakfast Scheme, launched on August 14 by Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
Srinagar, September 5
The Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party led by separatist leader Shabir Ahmad Shah today decided to boycott the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly elections, but not to join any anti-poll campaign. “We are not participating” as the elections are meaningless, JKDFP chief organiser Saleem Geelani said after the party’s apex body met to take a decision on the issue. However, the JKDFP will not actively run an anti-poll campaign as our non-participation is enough indication of our opposition to the elections,” he said.