Saturday, January 10, 2004, Chandigarh, India
Updated at 3:00 am (IST)

Government doles out more concessions
Jaswant Singh50,000 cr for agro-infrastructure; bonds for senior citizens
New Delhi, January 9
A day after announcing sweeping tax sops, the government today flashed the populist card and announced a slew of measures aimed at addressing “life-time concerns” of citizens.

* FCI to raise funds from market.
* Loans to be liberalised for higher education.
* Fund for small and medium enterprises.
* Rural housing scheme Atal Grameen Griha Yojana to be launched.


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Editorial: Sops for middle class
Nation page: Sops not to woo voters, claims BJP
Haryana page: Bhajan, Hooda flay ‘mini budget’

21 hurt in mosque blasts
A doctor tends to an injured man after a grenade blast in Jammu on Friday.Jammu, January 9
Twentyone persons were wounded, three of them seriously, as terrorists exploded two grenades in a mosque in the heart of the town when a large number of people were offering their Friday prayers. The condition of Mr Abdul Rashid Khan, security personnel in the Secretariat, who had gone to offer prayers, was stated to be critical. He has been shifted to the intensive care unit where he has been put on oxygen.




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A doctor tends to an injured man after a grenade blast in Jammu on Friday. Militants lobbed a grenade at a mosque on Friday, wounding more than 20 persons. — Reuters photo

Govt ready to broker Ayodhya settlement
L.K. AdvaniNew Delhi, January 9
Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani today called upon Hindus and Muslims to arrive at an amicable settlement of the Ayodhya issue. The Centre was ready to facilitate a negotiated settlement of the issue, he added.

No invitation yet, says Advani
New Delhi, January 9
Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani today said he had only seen media reports about being invited to Pakistan for discussions on an extradition treaty but nothing formal had been received by India so far. Talking informally to mediapersons at his residence this morning, Mr Advani said he had read about it only in newspapers.

SC’s no to cancel doctors’ bail in kidney racket
New Delhi, January 9
The Supreme Court has rejected the Punjab Government’s plea for cancellation of the bail of two senior doctors from the state, accused of being involved in a kidney racket.

Curbs on foreign investment go
Sops to NRIs, PIOs in Gulf & South-East Asia
New Delhi, January 9
India today threw open the global marketplace for domestic companies by removing the existing restrictions and offered them the freedom of setting up foreign subsidiaries without limiting its size to a government determined investment ceiling.
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Lord Meghnad Desai, UK, with Jean Pierre Harrison, husband of late Kalpana Chawla, who received the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman in New Delhi on Friday.
— Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal
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Editor’s column

Making peace with
Pakistan – II
Crushing terrorism is crucial for progress
by H.K. Dua, who was lately in Pakistan

In Windows today

Zipping ahead
by Belu Maheshwari

Grappling with the turmoil within
by Kuldip Dhiman

THIS ABOVE ALL: Sahir’s tortured soul
by Khushwant Singh

Pre-poll tax sops target middle class
January 9, 2004
Unorganised sector gets social security
January 8, 2004
Pervez promises end to terror
January 7, 2004
Vajpayee meets Musharraf
January 6, 2004
India, Pak avoid Kashmir at SAARC
January 5, 2004
PM keeps door open for talks
January 4, 2004
SAARC agrees on terror protocol
January 3, 2004
Sinha flies into Pak as air links are restored
January 2, 2004
Foreign Secys struggle to iron out differences
January 1, 2004

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