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Nitish gives sops in poll year
Interim Rail Budget for completing projects in 5 yrs
Rs 20,000 cr allocated 
Nitish gives sops in poll yearNew Delhi, January 30
Railway Minister Nitish Kumar today unveiled an Interim Rail Budget laced with politically-correct announcements in this election year, consumer-friendly sops, launching of 18 new non-stop fast trains, innovations to take on the challenges of the rapidly expanding road sector and mega schemes aimed at completing all pending projects worth Rs 43,000 crore within the next five years.
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Editorial: A please-all budget
Business page: Rail Budget evokes mixed response

18 Sampark Kranti trains mooted, first train from Feb 8
Illustartion by KBKNew Delhi, January 30
A completely new category of trains, Sampark Kranti, will start plying between the national Capital and 18 states with new features aimed at reducing travel time without compromising on passenger comfort.

CM to raise gurdwara upkeep issue
Gets warm welcome in Pakistan
Wagah, January 30
Amid drum beating, the Government of West Punjab rolled out a red carpet for Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, when he crossed the Radcliff line here today. Mr Parvaij Elahi, Chief Minister, West Punjab, and his Cabinet colleagues were present on the other side of the border to accord a rousing welcome to the guests.




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Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and the Chief Minister of Pakistani province of Punjab, Chaudhary Pervez Elahi, wave to the crowd Punjab page: Hans Raj Hans not allowed to cross Wagah

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and the Chief Minister of Pakistani province of Punjab, Chaudhary Pervez Elahi, wave to the crowd at the Wagah border crossing on Friday. 
— AFP photo

HP sends back Punjab broilers
Chandigarh, January 30
Though no case of bird flu has been reported from any part of the country, poultry farmers have been hit hard following such reports from across the border. 

Chandigarh page: Bird flu rumours baseless, says farmers’ panel

Former militant held in jailbreak case
Chandigarh, January 30
The Chandigarh Police today claimed to have unravelled the conspiracy behind the January 22 escape of dreaded terrorist Jagtar Singh Hawara and three others from Burail jail here after arresting a former militant Narain Singh Chaura from Mohali.

1,000 stranded on Srinagar highway
Srinagar/Shimla, January 30
The cold intensified in northern India with heavy snowfall and rain in the upper reaches of the Himalayas, which triggered landslides resulting in the closure of the Jammu-Srinagar highway and the Hindustan-Tibet Road in Himachal Pradesh today.

The child appears to be plucking snow in bloom in a flower bed in Shimla Weather page: Rain, snow likely in J&K, HP
Chandigarh page: Rain intensifies cold wave

The child appears to be plucking “snow in bloom” in a flower bed in Shimla on Friday. 
— Photo by Anil Dayal

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Living life mall size
by Amar Chandel

Punjab da Olympics
by Prabhjot Singh

Chennai, the city of achievers
by Khushwant Singh

Magistrate suspended
January 30, 2004
Karunakaran to form Indira Congress
January 29, 2004
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January 28, 2004
Hurriyat ready to drop plebiscite demand
January 26, 2004
NCP splits
January 25, 2004
Fire at wedding kills 54
January 24, 2004
Beant case accused flee
January 23, 2004
Kashmir, HP highways closed
January 22, 2004
Gorshkov deal clinched
January 21, 2004

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