Sunday, August 24, 2003, Chandigarh, India
Updated at 3:00 am (IST)

Centre clears new pension scheme
New Delhi, August 23
The Union Cabinet today gave clearance to a new contributory pension scheme for its employees who joined service after October, 2002, and the setting up of a national tax tribunal to speed up settlement of disputes.

New pension scheme to cover employees who joined after October, 2002
To be managed by independent fund managers
One-tenth of the basic pay and dearness allowance of employees to be deducted for the pension fund
Centre to make an equal contribution

CITU opposes pension scheme


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Maya bows to BJP demand
Mayawati Tandon to be Deputy CM
New Delhi, August 23
The controversial Taj Heritage Corridor project is set to take its first political toll, with Chief Minister Mayawati accepting the BJP demand for a Deputy Chief Minister.

India, Pak clash for bronze today
Amstelveen, August 23
Australia’s smashing 8-3 win over Pan-American champions Argentina at the 25th Champions Trophy hockey tournament here today has paved the way for yet another India-Pakistan encounter in the bronze medal playoff tomorrow.
The two skippers, Muhammad Nadeem of Pakistan and Dhanraj Pillay of India. Sports page:
Aussies beat Argentina 8-3; Holland rout Germany

Credit for victory goes to Gagan Ajit, Deepak, Prabhjot

Champions Trophy standings

The two skippers, Muhammad Nadeem of Pakistan (left) and Dhanraj Pillay of India. 


In Her World today

Savouring sisterhood in the hills


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On Sundays
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Rs 678-cr package for sugarcane farmers
New Delhi, August 23
The Centre today approved a one-time sugarcane price payment package of Rs 678.06 crore for five states which will permanently bring an end to the SAP (State Advised Price) regime under which these states fix their own cane prices every year.

Mamata BanerjeeCabinet expansion soon; Mamata
may be back

New Delhi, August 23
Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee would go for a Cabinet-expansion-cum-reshuffle soon, in which Trinamool Congress Chief Mamata Banerjee is likely to make a comeback.

Singed over cow Bill, DMK says unity may not last
Tirunelveli, August 23
The DMK, which came under attack from the BJP yesterday for opposing the Bill to prevent cow slaughter, today said it could not say now that the unity shown by the NDA allies during voting on the no-confidence motion would continue for the next Lok Sabha polls.

NDA govt a colossal failure, says Sonia
New Delhi, August 23
Continuing from where she had left off while speaking during the no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha earlier this week, a combative Congress President Sonia Gandhi today dismissed the four-year rule of the National Democratic Alliance as a “colossal failure.”

Cherrapunji no longer wettest
Challenge comes from nearby village
Cherrapunji (Meghalaya), August 23
"The wettest place on earth" as Cherrapunji is advertised may lose that position soon to Mawsynram, a neighbouring village, if the present trend continues. While the rest of the country received an above-average rainfall this year, the weatherman at Cherrapunji is disappointed that he has not recorded even average rainfall.

In Spectrum today

Are you safe on a date?
by Prerana Trehan 

Seeking salvation at Nashik
by S. Iyer

Daku Raja becomes devta
by Sanjay Austa


Book reviews
Enter the elected autocrat
by A. J. Philip
and more

Sushma Swaraj clears the air
August 23, 2003
Sushma Swaraj gives clean chit to Pepsi, Coke
August 22, 2003
20 hurt as police clashes with Khanna supporters
August 21, 2003
No-trust motion defeated
August 20, 2003
Oppn charges govt with all-round failure
August 19, 2003
Battlelines drawn for no-trust vote
August 18, 2003
‘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

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