Tuesday, January 13, 2004, Chandigarh, India
Updated at 3:00 am (IST)

Let new govt be in place by April, says PM
Jaswant told to present Vote-on-Account early
Hyderabad, January 12
Atal Bihari Vajpayee
It became official today when Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee told Finance Minister Jaswant Singh to prepare for a Vote-on-Account so that the process of the general election could be completed and a new government was in place by April-end.
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PMK pulls out of NDA govt
Mulayam rules out pre-poll alliance with the NDA or the opposite camp for the general election. (28k, 56k)
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Hyderabad diary: Advani absent due to sore throat?
Cong ready for poll, says Sonia


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Sops for industry, farmers in Punjab
One-time settlement scheme for building violations
Chandigarh, January 12
Out of political compulsions, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today showered concessions on trade and industry and made several announcements to give respite to those who had violated building bylaws in cities and towns, besides discouraging female foeticide.

Ludhiana page: Be ready for struggle, farmers urged

Ravi Sidhu gets bail after 22 months in jail
Ravinder Pal Singh SidhuNew Delhi, January 12
Former PPSC Chairman Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu, facing three cases in connection with the “money-for-job scam”, was today granted bail by the Supreme Court after 22 months’ incarceration in judicial custody.

Ramakrishna Hegde dies
Ramakrishna Hegde Bangalore, January 12

Veteran politician and former Karnataka Chief Minister Ramakrishna Hegde, who left a stamp of his own on Indian politics, died at his residence here this afternoon after a prolonged illness.


In Education Tribune today

Reframe question papers to prevent unfair means


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Papa, I hope it is not on April 1.

by Sandeep Joshi
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Flame rages across the BASECO slum colony in Manila on Monday Flame rages across the BASECO slum colony in Manila on Monday. More than 20,000 persons were left homeless in a seven-hour blaze that swept through this slum colony in the Philippine capital. No deaths or injuries were reported, but the blaze that started late on Sunday reduced to ashes more than 2,500 makeshift homes on a man-made island, part of a closed state-run shipyard complex. 
— Reuters

Punjab leaders want Hanspal to stay as PPCC chief
H.S. HanspalNew Delhi, January 12
Both the warring groups of the Punjab Congress are learnt to have suggested to the party Central leadership that the PCC chief should not be changed.

 Tribune Impact 
Show-cause notice to polluting distillery
Hamira/ Jalandhar, January 12
While the water samples collected by the Punjab Pollution Control Board show that the effluents being discharged from Jagatjit distillery were polluting water beyond the existing parameters, the board has directed the distillery authorities to take remedial measures and adhere to norms by January 15 or face action.

Editorial: Get tough with polluters

Allow exiled PMs to be part of Indo-Pak talks: Bhutto
London, January 12
Benazir Bhutto
Appealing to Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf to allow both the exiled PMs to return home and be part of the Indo-Pak peace talks, former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has said, “only after the restoration of a democratic process, a political consensus would lead to a durable peace process.”

World page: Pak yet to decide on inviting Advani



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