Thursday, February 5, 2004, Chandigarh, India
Updated at 3:00 am (IST)

JPC report confirms pesticides in colas
Raps Health Ministry for tardiness
New Delhi, February 4
The Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on pesticide residue in soft drinks has taken a serious note of the working of the government, particularly the Ministry of Health, which took action only as a result of the findings of an NGO “rather than any systematic approach based on scientific studies”.

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Delhi HC clears Rajiv Gandhi in Bofors case

New Delhi, February 4
What could be a major boost to the Congress just before the General Election, the Delhi High Court in an important ruling in the politically sensitive Rs 64 crore Bofors pay-off case today gave a clean chit to the then Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi, holding that there was no evidence to show that he or any public servant had got pecuniary benefits from Swedish company AB Bofors in the howitzer gun deal.

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No clean chit to Fernandes, says Justice Phukan
Submits interim report on Tehelka expose to PM
New Delhi, February 4
Justice S.N. Phukan, who is heading a one-man inquiry commission into the Tehelka expose that had put Defence Minister George Fernandes and his ministry in the dock over charges of bribery, today said that he had not given a clean chit to the minister.
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Union Minister for Defence George Fernandes at the Defexpo India 2004 at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi
Union Minister for Defence George Fernandes at the Defexpo India 2004 at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal


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Kalyan ji, should we retain these mud stained clothes for old times sake?

by Sandeep Joshi
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Another slew of sops from FM
New Delhi, February 4
The Lok Sabha today passed the Interim Budget with Finance Minister Jaswant Singh adding another appendix to the pre-election sop story through a slew of measures including the continuation of exemption on dividend distribution tax to open-ended equity oriented mutual fund schemes, a subsidy of Rs 8 per kg for tea growers and a Rs 100 crore fund for small scale industrial (SSI) units.

Khan offers public apology, says govt not involved
Islamabad, February 4
The father of Pakistan’s nuclear programme, Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan, today offered a public apology for his involvement in leaking the country’s nuclear secrets to other nations, while giving a clean chit to the Pakistani government.

Malika Pukhraj Malika Pukhraj dead
Islamabad, February 4
Malika Pukhraj of “Abhi to main jawan hoon” song fame died in Lahore today after a protracted illness. She was 90. She is survived by a daughter.

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Dyeing units emit slow death
10,000 TB cases in Ludhiana’s Budha Nullah area
LUDHIANA: Foul smell of chemicals, clouds of black smoke and blackish water of Budha Nullah — the drain passing through city — welcome you as you enter this industrial hub of Punjab.
The blackish water of the Budha Nullah speaks of the amount of untreated industrial waste pumped into it at Balmiki Ghatti in Ludhiana. — Photo by Inderjit Verma

Interim Budget bonanza for Central staff
February 4, 2004
DIG shot outside Srinagar mosque
February 3, 2004
244 killed in Haj stampede
February 2, 2004
Pakistan sacks top N-scientist
February 1, 2004
Nitish gives sops in poll year
January 31, 2004
Magistrate suspended
January 30, 2004
Karunakaran to form Indira Congress
January 29, 2004
PM recommends Lok Sabha dissolution on Feb 6
January 28, 2004
Hurriyat ready to drop plebiscite demand
January 26, 2004
NCP splits
January 25, 2004

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