Thursday, December 12, 2002, Chandigarh, India
Updated at 3:00 am (IST)

Day of reckoning for BJP, Cong
Ahmedabad, December 11
The day of reckoning for the two main political parties fighting for the hot seat in Gandhinagar has arrived with the authorities here making adequate security arrangements for the smooth conduct of polling from tomorrow.

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Paramilitary forces patrol a street of Ahmedabad

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Paramilitary forces patrol a street of Ahmedabad on the eve of polling in Gujarat on Wednesday.
— Reuters photos

In video: Security has been beefed up ahead of the December 12 polls in Gujarat. Besides the local police, 167 companies of para-military  forces, the State Reserve Police and the Rapid Action Force are being deployed in the state to ensure free and fair elections. (28k, 56k)

Vote on Modi brand of politics 
Ahmedabad, December 11
The entire nation’s eyes are focused on Gujarat and its around three crore voters, who will exercise their franchise tomorrow to decide the fate of the BJP and the Congress, two main contenders for power in the 182- member state Assembly.

CJI summons three High Court Judges
Panel finds them prima facie guilty
New Delhi, December 11
The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Mr Justice G B Pattanaik, summoned the three Judges of the Punjab and Haryana Court allegedly involved in acts of omission and commission and apprised them of the findings of a three-judge probe panel headed by Andhra Pradesh Chief Justice A R Lakshmanan.

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It is reckless disinvestment: Sonia
Shillaroo (Upper Shimla), December 11
Mrs Sonia Gandhi, President of the All-India Congress Committee today accused the BJP-led NDA government of destroying the economy of the country, and criticised the disinvestment policy questioning the very rationale of selling-off profit-making public sector undertakings and even those in the strategic sector.

Mrs Vidya Stokes, President, HPCC, presents a traditional ‘Dhatu’ to Mrs Sonia Gandhi at a public rally Mrs Vidya Stokes, President, HPCC, presents a traditional ‘Dhatu’ to Mrs Sonia Gandhi at a public rally at Shilaru in Shimla district on Wednesday. Also in the picture are Ms Mohsina Kidwai and Mr Virbhadra Singh, former Chief Minister. — Tribune photo Karam Singh

10 Cong workers killed as bus falls into khud

Dozen Scud missiles found in ship
Washington, December 11
In the first concrete evidence of Pyongyang’s continuing missile proliferation, a dozen Scud missiles were found hidden in a ship originating from North Korea and believed to be heading for Yemen, identified by the USA as a nation that harbours terrorists.

Nani Ardeshir PalkhivalaNani Palkhivala dead
Mumbai, December 11
Eminent jurist and constitutional expert Nani Ardeshir Palkhivala died at the Jaslok Hospital and Research  Centre here this evening following cardiac arrest. He was 82.

Haryana bans Aravali mining
Chandigarh, December 11
The Haryana Government has been forced to issue an order imposing a blanket ban on mining being carried out in the Aravali ranges in the state following the Supreme Court taking umbrage at the state government’s earlier order confining the ban on only the notified forest areas in the hill range.

Sekhawat inaugurates utsav
Kurukshetra, December 11
Mr Bhairon Singh Sekhawat, Vice-President of India, today gave a clarion call to the residents of Kurukshetra and especially Haryanvis to revive the glory of the land of the Mahabharata and its values in order to provide guidance to the country.

Punjab to sack 909 Panchayat Secys
Chandigarh, December 11
The Punjab Government has decided to terminate the services of 909 Panchayat Secretaries selected and appointed between 1996 and March, 2000.

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