Monday, February 2, 2004, Chandigarh, India
Updated at 3:00 am (IST)

244 killed in Haj stampede
Three Indians among the dead

Dubai, February 1
In one of the deadliest tragedies in recent times during Haj, three Indians were among 244 pilgrims trampled to death today in a stampede that occurred when an estimated two million devotees flocked to Mena, near Mecca, in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi medics carry an injured pilgrim in Mena during the third day of the Haj Saudi medics carry an injured pilgrim in Mena during the third day of the Haj in Saudi Arabia on Sunday. At least 244 Muslim pilgrims were trampled to death during the climax of the annual pilgrimage. 
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Twin blasts leave 56 dead in Iraq
Arbil, February 1
At least 56 persons were killed today in twin suicide attacks on offices of two Kurdish political parties in the northern Iraqi city of Arbil, medical sources said. Officials at one of the hospitals that received victims of the blast said they had the corpses of at least 56 persons killed in the bombings.

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N this auspicious day, The Tribune enters its 124th year of publication. The sapling planted by Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia on this day in 1881 has grown into a banyan tree. 

Congress denies taking petro-bribe from Saddam
New Delhi, February 1
The ongoing slanging match between the BJP and the Congress took a turn for the worse today with the BJP alleging that the main opposition party received bribes from the ousted Saddam Hussein government in Iraq.

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New Delhi, February 1
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Just as she is busy putting together a coalition of secular forces in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections, Congress President Sonia Gandhi is now planning to resort to dinner diplomacy to forge opposition unity.

 
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Fatwa issued against cow slaughter
New Delhi, February 1
The Darululoom, a top religious body of Muslims in Deoband, Uttar Pradesh, today issued a fatwa (religious order) against the slaughter of cows in the country. 

Amarinder to take up visa relaxation issue with PM
Wagah, February 1
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who returned after a two-day visit to Pakistan today, said he would take up the case of relaxing visa restrictions and other bilateral issues with Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. 

World page: India to hold visa camps in Pakistan
Punjab page: Claim of 210 acres discussed with Pak
Amritsar, February 1
The district administration has taken up the issue of 210 acres on the international border with Pakistan.


Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh with Mr Parvez Elahi, Chief Minister of Punjab in Pakistan, at the Wagah checkpost on Sunday. 
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Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh with Mr Parvez Elahi, Chief Minister of Punjab in Pakistan


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