Wednesday, January 1, 2003, Chandigarh, India
Updated at 3:00 am (IST)

Shimla wears a white blanket
Kasauli also has snow
Shimla, December 31
The weather god obliged the thousands of winter holiday revellers who have converged on the “queen of hills” to experience the thrill of a snowfall on New Year’s Eve. The tourists got a pleasant surprise as the snow was quite unexpected.

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  Mercury dips as rain lashes plains

Tourists enjoy the season’s first snowfall near Shimla railway station on Tuesday. In video: Tourists flock the hill resort of Shimla to celebrate the new year. (28k, 56k)

Tourists enjoy the season’s first snowfall near Shimla railway station on Tuesday.
— Tribune photo Karam Singh


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Bt cotton trials satisfactory
Approval likely for mass production in Punjab
Chandigarh, December 31
It is official now. Results of the trials of certain varieties of Bt cotton conducted by the PAU, Ludhiana are satisfactory. The PAU is expected to submit a report in this connection to the Punjab Government soon.

PM opposes ‘rigid’ Hindutva
New Delhi, December 31
Seemingly tormented over “two distinct voices” that have emerged “louder” after the Gujarat elections, Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee today distanced himself from the type of “Hinduatva” which “protects obscurantism and injustice” and pleaded instead for one that is “reform-minded” and not stuck in the “grooves of the past”.

  Edit page:  PM’s musings from Goa

Nature reserve project non-starter
Govt fails to exploit medicinal plants
Anandpur Sahib, December 31
The ambitious Rs 3-crore Guru Gobind Singh Nature Reserve (GGSNR), inaugurated with fanfare during the tercentenary celebration of the birth of the Khalsa Panth, remains a non-starter even as the government has found that the Shivalik region has more than 500 species of medicinal plants.



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4 LCA squadrons likely by 2015
New Delhi, December 31
India is likely to get its first Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), which is being considered as one of the most advanced fighter aircraft, by 2010 with as many as four squadrons likely to be inducted into the Air Force by 2015.

Troop mobilisation high point: Padmanabhan
Says Pak unfortunate to have Pervez as Army Chief

New Delhi, December 31
Outgoing Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen S. Padmanabhan said today that Pakistanis were “unfortunate” to have General Musharraf as the chief of their army.

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The outgoing Chief of Army Staff, Gen S. Padmanabhan, handing over charge to his successor Gen Nirmal Chandra Vij
The outgoing Chief of Army Staff, Gen S. Padmanabhan (right), handing over charge to his successor Gen Nirmal Chandra Vij in New Delhi on Tuesday. — PTI photo

  Nuclear chicanery
Nation page:
  When clouds of nuclear war hovered over India
Troops’ endless wait for nod from Delhi

Pak planes trespass into Poonch area
Jammu, December 31
Two Pakistani UAVs today violated Indian air space from across the Mendhar sector in Poonch. Defence Ministry sources said that while one Pakistani UAV intruded into Indian skies from across Mendhar and hovered over the area for a minute or so at 12.15 p.m. another UAV was spotted at 1.37 p.m.

Mobile telephony price war hots up
Chandigarh, December 31
As the New Year dawns, the customer is set to become an even bigger king of all he surveys in the field of mobile telephony. With Spice, Airtel, Connect, BSNL’s Excel and Cellone, Reliance Infocomm with Tata Indicom too looming large on the horizon, a fierce tariff war has broken out among the mobile telecom players, the like of which has not been seen in the country before.

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We were ready for war: Gen
December 31, 2002
Leh council gets full powers
December 30, 2002
Taliban shift bases to Pak: Advani
December 29, 2002
Kelkar retains harsh proposals
December 28, 2002
MiG crashes into house
December 27, 2002
‘Swajaldhara’ to take water to villages
December 26, 2002
Hindutva not poll issue: Vajpayee
December 25, 2002
Sajjan acquitted in ’84 riots case
December 24, 2002
Modi back in saddle
December 23, 2002
Slow fiscal reforms worry PM
December 22, 2002
PDP MLA Mir shot dead
December 21, 2002

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