Wednesday, February 4, 2004, Chandigarh, India
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Interim Budget bonanza for Central staff
Rs 25,000-crore defence fund created
IT rates unchanged
New Delhi, February 3
Finance Minister Jaswant Singh today made good use of the interim Budget (2004-05) for doling out largesse to the Central Government employees but disappointed the sizeable middle class by not proposing any changes in the income tax structure, though he gave a post-dated cheque to the salaried class by promising to reconsider the present income tax exemption limits.


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Kalyan Singh back  in BJP fold
New Delhi, February 3
Former UP Chief Minister Kalyan Singh with Atal Bihari Vajpayee at his residence in the CapitalFormer Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh today rejoined the BJP, from which he was expelled after the last Lok Sabha elections in 1999.

Former UP Chief Minister Kalyan Singh with Atal Bihari Vajpayee at his residence in the Capital on Tuesday. 
— Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal



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Laloo meets Kalam, seeks Governor’s recall
New Delhi, February 3
Laloo Prasad Yadav and A.P.J. Abdul Kalam The criticism of his own government by Bihar Governor Rama Jois in his Republic Day Address rocked the Rajya Sabha today, with the Opposition terming it as “improper behaviour” and demanded an explanation from the government.

CPM may move court on current session
New Delhi, February 3
The CPM is considering to move a court of law to get an “authoritative interpretation” of the constitutional provision that mandates that the first session of Parliament in a year should start with the Presidential Address.

A police officer carries the portrait of Deputy Inspector General Mohammed Amin Bhat during a memorial service A police officer carries the portrait of Deputy Inspector General Mohammed Amin Bhat during a memorial service in Jammu on Tuesday. Militants killed Bhat in Srinagar on Monday as he left a mosque after Id prayers. — Reuters

HC seeks replies in Ikwinder case
Ikwinder KaurNew Delhi, February 3
The Delhi High Court today sought replies from the Customs Department, the airport authorities and Thai Airways as to how the body of a Manila-based Punjabi NRI’s wife Ikwinder Kaur was allowed to be flown without proper documents.

SAD under ‘pressure’ to field educated candidates
Amritsar, February 3
It is a sort of history that most of Akali Members of Parliaments have never uttered even a single word on the floor of the Lok Sabha during their tenures. 

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