Thursday, July 31, 2003, Chandigarh, India
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No speech of Advani in Babri tapes
L.K.AdvaniRae Bareli, July 30
Video and audio evidence to prove the involvement of top BJP leaders, including Deputy Prime Minister L.K.Advani, in the events leading to the demolition of the mosque in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992, were today seen in-camera in the chamber of Special Judicial Magistrate Vinod Kumar Singh.


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SC upholds 2-child norm for Haryana panches
New Delhi, July 30
Shutting the doors for a person with more than two children for holding any post in the panchayati raj bodies in Haryana, the Supreme Court today put its stamp of approval on the constitutional validity of a law passed by the state disqualifying any violator of the two-child norm from contesting panchayat poll.

Pak sends proposal on resuming air links
New Delhi, July 30
Pakistan has sent a proposal to the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government for technical-level talks to resume civil aviation links between the two countries.

Punjab releases water in re-lined Gang canal
Amarinder defends disinvestment
Balewala Headworks (Ferozepore), July 30
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot today kickstarted campaign of his party for the elections, scheduled for November (in Rajasthan), by seeking water for his state from the remodelled Gang (Bikaner) canal in this sleepy village of Punjab after performing religious ceremony (Ardas and puja) at the site here today.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Capt Amarinder Singh Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Capt Amarinder Singh discuss a point at Balewala Headworks (Ferozepore) before releasing water into the Gang (Bikaner) Canal on Wednesday.
— Tribune photo Rajiv Sharma


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Prices of oilseeds raised
New Delhi, July 30
The government today announced an increase of Rs 35-55 per quintal in kharif MSPs for oilseeds. Agriculture Minister Rajnath Singh informed Parliament that with the addition last year of the Special Drought Relief at the rate of Rs 20, Rs 15, Rs 10 and Rs 5 for groundnut, sunflower, soyabean and sesamum, respectively, the actual increase in the MSP would work out to be Rs 25-40 per quintal.

Bandh against Mumbai blast peaceful
Mumbai, July 30
Barring stray incidents of stone-throwing in parts of the city and disruption of road and rail traffic, the Opposition-sponsored Mumbai bandh to protest against Monday’s blast in a bus and pay homage to the victims was by and large peaceful, the police said today.
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Lyngdoh to get Magsaysay Award
James Michael LyngdohSingapore, July 30
Two Indians — Chief Election Commissioner James Michael Lyngdoh and social worker Shantha Sinha — were today named as winners of this year’s Ramon Magsaysay Awards, Asian region’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize.

  Award for free, fair poll, says Lyngdoh

Simhasta Kumbh Mela begins
Nasik, July 30
With the blowing of the conch and chanting of mantras, the saffron flag was hoisted here to mark the beginning of the year-long Simhasta Kumbh mela.

In video: Thirteen 'Akhadas' decide to boycott the inaugural ceremony of the Kumbh Mela. (28k, 56k)

Graphic: Kumbh mela overview
A sadhu blows his conch shell as the Kumbh Mela is declared open on the banks of the Godavari in Nasik town, 180 km northeast of Mumbai, on Wednesday. A sadhu blows his conch shell as the Kumbh Mela is declared open on the banks of the Godavari in Nasik town, 180 km northeast of Mumbai, on Wednesday.
— Reuters photo

Mayawati eats her words
July 30, 2003
US Gen to plead for troops
July 29, 2003
Interest rate on farm loans cut
July 28, 2003
Japan clears troops for Iraq
July 27, 2003
China refuses to recognise Arunachal
July 26, 2003
Nation on verge of disintegration, says Chandra Shekhar
July 25, 2003
SC favours law on common civil code
July 24, 2003
Brig, 7 jawans shot dead
July 23, 2003
Ayodhya rocks Lok Sabha
July 22, 2003
BJP to make Sonia’s origin poll issue
July 21, 2003

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