Saturday, January 24, 2004, Chandigarh, India
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Fire at wedding kills 54
Srirangam (Tamil Nadu), January 23
Tragedy struck at a wedding ceremony when a fire engulfed the pandal on the first floor of a marriage hall in this temple town, killing 54 persons, including the bridegroom, and injuring 40, the police said. Thirtyfive-year-old Jayashri, the bride, was downstairs awaiting the “muhooratham” when the fire broke out as a video crew tried to fix the plug of a “focus lamp” that burst due to a short circuit.
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Snow in Shimla, Kasauli; Kashmir cut off
Shimla/Srinagar, January 23
A blinding snowstorm hit Shimla and several other parts of Himachal Pradesh this morning while snow, rain and landslides kept the Kashmir valley cut off from the rest of the country for the third day. Reports of hailstorms and heavy rain were also received from the plains all over the region.
Shimla wears a white mantle as the Queen of Hills has the first snowfall of the season Heavy snowfall keeps Srinagar-Jammu highway closed.
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Shimla wears a white mantle as the Queen of Hills has the first snowfall of the season on Friday.
— Tribune photo by Anil Dayal

Early signs of escape ignored
Why was alarm sounded at 3.30 a.m.?
Chandigarh, January 23
Fresh sand deposits had been noticed in the septic tanks of the barrack of the escaped alleged assassins of former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh, but the jail authorities had overlooked the findings.

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PM, Sonia assure all help to Beant family
Escape may delay trial in Beant case


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Officials on Friday inspect the entry point of the tunnel dug in Chandigarh's Burail Jail

Fireman enters escape tunnel
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Officials on Friday inspect the entry point of the tunnel dug in Chandigarh's Burail Jail through which three alleged assassins of Beant Singh escaped. 
— Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

We are with you, Hurriyat tells PM
New Delhi, January 23
The All-Party Hurriyat Conference today told Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee that it supported the initiatives taken by him to solve the “issues in the subcontinent.”

Kashmiri Pandits seek role in talks
J&K page: Skepticism follows hope in valley
Editorial: Step by step

Decks cleared for Kalyan Singh’s return to BJP
New Delhi, January 23
The return of the Rashtriya Kranti Party president and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh to the BJP is likely to be formalised soon.

Amarinder’s visit to Pak cleared
Chandigarh, January 23
While Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has dropped the idea to visit Pakistan, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has allowed his visit.

SC declares flag hoisting fundamental right
New Delhi, January 23
Three days before the Republic Day, the Supreme Court today presented citizens of the country with the gift of the fundamental right of hoisting the National Flag at their premises any time.

Beant case accused flee
January 23, 2004
Kashmir, HP highways closed
January 22, 2004
Gorshkov deal clinched
January 21, 2004
Krishna Murthy to be new CEC
January 20, 2004
Hurriyat wants to visit Pak before talks
January 19, 2004
Interim Budget on February 3
January 18, 2004
2 top Hizb militants shot
January 17, 2004
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

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