Saturday, January 17, 2004, Chandigarh, India
Updated at 3:00 am (IST)

2 top Hizb militants shot
Srinagar, January 16
The security forces achieved a major success today when they gunned down two top militants of the Hizbul Mujahideen, one of them a Deputy Supreme Commander, in an encounter at Lawaypora on the outskirts of Srinagar. 
A soldier enters a house after a gunbattle between militants and the Army in Umarabad on Friday. 
— Tribune photo by Amin War


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Maya keeps Sonia guessing
Sonia Gandhi and MayawatiRules out joining BJP alliance
New Delhi, January 16
While ruling out any alliance with the BJP for the Lok Sabha polls, the Bahujan Samaj Party today said it would take a decision on joining the secular alliance before the announcement of the general election.

Possibility of Cong-BSP pact worries Mulayam
New Delhi, January 16
Mulayam Singh YadavThanks to the Samajwadi Party supremo and Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, Uttar Pradesh is set to emerge as a major factor in the post-Lok Sabha election scenario again.
Mulayam Singh Yadav

Sonia talks of common minimum programme
New Delhi, January 16
Sonia Gandhi
An aggressive and confident Congress President Sonia Gandhi appears all set to take on the NDA government, in more ways than one. 
Congress mulls strategy ahead of expected early poll. (28k, 56k)


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End infighting, Sonia tells party men
New Delhi, January 16
Taking a cue from the Pranab Mukherjee committee report, Congress President Sonia Gandhi has now turned her attention to the task of streamlining and strengthening the party organisation.

AIADMK to go it alone in LS poll
Chennai, January 16
The ruling All-India Anna DMK will go it alone in the coming Lok Sabha elections in the state, party General Secretary and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa indicated today.

Allow Hindu pilgrims to visit PoK, says panel
New Delhi, January 16

The National Commission for Minorities has approached the Ministry of External Affairs to allow Kashmiri Hindus to go for pilgrimage to the Sharda temple situated in Shardi village in the Kishanganga valley of Pakistan occupied Kashmir.

World page: Pakistani commanders back peace efforts
Nation page: Advani hopeful of positive outcome Talks with Hurriyat

Middlemen in Railways baffle CVC
New Delhi, January 16

Observing that “corruption has moved from softer areas to more dangerous areas”, Central Vigilance Commissioner P.Shankar today said the “middlemen menace” in Railways was baffling the commission.

CBI raids premises of Thakur’s secretary
New Delhi, January 16

The CBI today carried out searches at 15 places in the national Capital, including the residence of Additional Private Secretary and a former Officer on Special Duty attached to Union Minister C.P. Thakur, in connection with the alleged bungling in the CGHS dispensaries.

Poor quality coal hits plant’s efficiency
Panipat, January 16
Tau Devi Lal Thermal Power Station here with capacity of 860 MW, has been facing problem in production due to the supply of poor quality coal to its four old units. The coal received at the thermal station is of 4000 Kcal/Kg calorific value against the required value of 4800 Kcal/Kg.

In Windows today

Rites of passage
by Ashwini Bhatnagar

How to shed winter lethargy

by Barefoot Doctor

: Farid was the first to use Punjabi in poetry
by Khushwant Singh

Ceiling on FDI in petroleum, banking sectors up
January 16, 2004
Teachers not entitled to gratuity: SC
January 15, 2004
Indo-US relations set for a new high
January 14, 2004

Let new govt be in place by April, says PM
January 13, 2004

LS poll may be in March or May
January 12, 2004

Decision on LS poll by Jan 14, says  Mahajan
January 11, 2004
Government doles out more concessions
January 10, 2004
Pre-poll tax sops target middle class
January 9, 2004
Unorganised sector gets social security
January 8, 2004

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