Monday, August 18, 2003, Chandigarh, India
Updated at 3:00 am (IST)

Battlelines drawn for no-trust vote
Numbers favour NDA
New Delhi, August 17
Even as the Opposition was busy working out strategies for the debate on the Congress-sponsored no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha tomorrow, the ruling National Democratic Alliance further consolidated its position with the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam categorically announcing it would vote against the motion.


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Sathe, Salve quit Congress over Vidarbha issue
Nagpur, August 17
Giving a jolt to the ruling Congress in Maharashtra, two senior leaders and former Union Ministers Vasant Sathe and N.K.P. Salve quit the party and announced the formation of a regional outfit to fight the Congress in next year’s Assembly poll and promote the cause of a separate Vidarbha state.
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Sadhus of the Vaishnav sect participate in the ‘Shahi Snan’ in the Godavari at Ramkund in Nasik Over 2 million take holy dip in Godavari
Nashik, August 17
Over two million pilgrims and 70,000 sadhus today took holy dip in Ramkund on the banks of Godavari river on the occasion of the “shaahi snan”.

Sadhus of the Vaishnav sect participate in the ‘Shahi Snan’ in the Godavari at Ramkund in Nasik at the ongoing Kumbh Mela on Sunday.
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PM’s foreign trips indicate rejection of Advani’s plan
New Delhi, August 17
A string of foreign tours is being planned by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in the next four to five months which, among other things, indicates his rejection of the Deputy Prime Minister Mr L.K. Advani’s idea of synchronising the coming Assembly elections with the early Lok Sabha elections.


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Cops in league with terrorists, claims SSP Umranangal
Patiala, August 17
The Patiala Senior Superintendent of Police, Mr Paramraj Singh Umranangal, today said “terrorists” Avtar Singh Taari and Gurinder Singh Kala who had alleged that he had been forcing them to work for him were in league with senior police officials.

India denies troop movement along LoC
New Delhi, August 17
India today refuted Pakistan’s claims that New Delhi was preparing for military action and mobilising troops near the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.

Pak blamed for colonising PoK
New Delhi, August 17
Alleging “unabashed rigging” in last year’s presidential referendum and “patently illegal” Constitution amendments to empower an “unelected” President in Pakistan, two major international bodies have chastised the Pervez Musharraf regime for “blatant colonisation” of the Pak-occupied Kashmir.

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Dalit made member of Talhan gurdwara panel
Talhan (Jalandhar), August 17
To put all controversies to rest, the Jat-dominated management committee of Gurdwara Shahid Baba Nihal Singh today unanimously elected Amarjit as the vice-secretary of the Sehajdhari Committee.

Bride-buying an old practice in north India
Chandigarh, August 17
Before Partition there used to be Jind House at some distance from the railway station at Ambala. Adjacent to it was an “adda” where women were offered for sale after sunset. People from various parts of this region, especially the Malwa belt, used to flock to the “adda” to buy women or say “brides”.



‘Bought brides’ of Punjab face societal wrath
August 17, 2003
PM invites Pak for walk on peace road
August 16, 2003
SC bans capitation fee in private professional colleges
August 15, 2003
2 killed, 50 hurt in Kashmir blasts
August 14, 2003
Musharraf proposes ceasefire along LoC
August 13, 2003
27 feared dead in ONGC copter crash
August 12, 2003
Vajpayee throws quota ball in Congress court
August 11, 2003
Govt can’t be sacrificed for Ram temple: Advani
August 10, 2003
60 washed away in Kulu flash floods
August 9, 2003
PAC report issue rocks Lok Sabha
August 8, 2003

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