Monday, August 4, 2003, Chandigarh, India
Updated at 3:00 am (IST)

PM: no change in stand on Ayodhya
Mr Atal Bihari VajpayeeNew Delhi, August 3
The Prime Minister, Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee, today clarified that there was no change in the government’s stand on the Ayodhya issue. However, the Opposition plans to corner the government on the issue in Parliament tomorrow. In video (28k, 56k)

In video: The VHP not to wait for government's nod to construct the Ram Temple, says Praveen Togadia. (28k, 56k)

Nation page: BJP ready to face poll, says Venkaiah
  Editorial: Election tidings


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38 killed in Surat blast

Surat, August 3
At least 38 persons, including nine women, were killed and several injured when a powerful blast razed three residential buildings in the Varachha area of the city in the wee hours today. Fire brigade sources here said 38 bodies had so far been pulled out of the rubble of the buildings.

Rescue workers remove the debris of a collapsed building after a powerful explosion at Varachha in Surat on Sunday.
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Rescue workers remove the debris of a collapsed building after a powerful explosion at Varachha in Surat on Sunday

Hindustan-Tibet road remains blocked
Chandigarh, August 3
Heavy rain continued to lash the entire northern region of the country for the second successive day today, throwing life out of gear and disrupting power supply. Shimla continued to receive a heavy downpour, recording 22.4 mm of rainfall till this morning, the Meteorological Centre here said.



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President to meet kin of MiG-21 victims
New Delhi, August 3
President A.P.J. Abdul KalamPresident A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, supreme commander of the armed forces, has decided to meet the members of families of pilots who had been killed in MiG-21 crashes. Dr Kalam was likely to give an audience to the members of these families on August 5.

  Editorial: George’s sortie

Indo-Pak air link may resume this month
Amritsar, August 3
Pakistan High Commissioner Aziz Ahmed Khan who returned to India after attending a meeting in Islamabad on the resumption of rail links with India, today said Pakistan was ready to start the "Samjhauta Express" between the two countries.

Nation page:
Rights violations in PoK under fire at UN meeting
Hurriyat ready to discuss all issues, says Bhat
Kashmiri Pandits’ poser to human rights panel
Jamali sees hope on Kashmir issue

Panchayati Raj Act in Punjab from Oct 2
Ludhiana, August 3
Punjab is likely to implement the Panchayati Raj Act from October 2 this year. In the first phase the panchayats would be empowered to oversee and monitor the functioning of primary schools, primary health centres, veterinary hospitals, the Social Welfare Department and the supply of drinking water.
  Panchayati Raj envisages devolution of powers,
says Aiyar
  Ludhiana Tribune: Cong Panchayati Raj convention a disaster

In Agriculture Tribune today

Micronutrients need attention in Haryana

Advani: govt for simultaneous LS, Assembly poll
August 3, 2003
PM, Advani vow to build Ram temple
August 2, 2003
Babri tapes rock Parliament
August 1, 2003
No speech of Advani in Babri tapes
July 31, 2003
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

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