Sunday, February 8, 2004, Chandigarh, India
Updated at 3:00 am (IST)

PM kicks off poll drive
Seeks 5 more years for unfinished work
Atal Bihari VajpayeeFaizabad, February 7
Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee kicked off election campaign from here today. He asked people to vote for the BJP so that he could complete “unfinished work” and change the face of the country.

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2 former ministers join BJP
Naidu reconstitutes BJP panels

Media relishes Sonia’s kebabs, juicy quotes
Sonia GandhiNew Delhi, February 7
It was easily the most sought after invitation in town. As soon as word got around that Congress President Sonia Gandhi, in her new proactive avtaar, had decided to call presspersons to her residence for lunch today, there was a mad scramble for an invite.


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Mufti meets Sonia on J&K seats

Musharraf’s pardon to Khan a political choreography
New Delhi, February 7
An important thing that is being lost in the din of l’affaire Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan is that it will be wrong to blame Dr Khan as a “rogue scientist”. Actually, it is the system in Pakistan that is flawed. The whole drama of Dr Khan rushing to see Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf with a mercy petition and Gen Musharraf’s eventual pardoning him is shrewdly choreographed.

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CIA claims credit for Khan’s fall from grace
Khan made scapegoat

Lyngdoh makes his exit, fires political salvos
New Delhi, February 7
Parting shots from Chief Election Commissioner J.M. Lyngdoh, who demitted office today, could stir the conscience of concerned citizens, like his remark of describing politicians as “cancer.” “To make things worse, you have many retired government servants wanting to become politicians. It is more disastrous,” Mr James Michael Lyngdoh told newspersons before leaving the Capital for Hyderabad by road.


In Her World today

Kashmir: Worst is not over


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Outgoing CEC J.M. Lyngdoh receives a bouquet from his successor T.S. Krishna Murthy in New Delhi Outgoing CEC J.M. Lyngdoh receives a bouquet from his successor T.S. Krishna Murthy in New Delhi on Saturday before leaving for Hyderabad. During his tumultuous tenure, Mr Lyngdoh won international acclaim for successfully holding elections in Jammu and Kashmir and ire of the politicians for terming them “cancer”. — Photo by Mukesh Aggarwal

Punjab to take SYL issue to President
Chandigarh, February 7
As a fresh strategy devised at an all-party meeting, which was boycotted by SAD, the BJP and the BSP, political leaders today decided to knock at the door of the President, The Prime Minister, the Law Minister and the Water Resources Minister to seek justice for Punjab on the SYL issue and the river waters.

Chief Minister Amarinder Singh presides over an all-party meeting at Punjab Bhavan

Chief Minister Amarinder Singh presides over an all-party meeting at Punjab Bhavan on Saturday. Mr Parkash Singh Badal’s name plate is also seen in the picture as he stayed away from the meeting. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Marriage without fear of bullets in
border village
Suchetgarh (Jammu), February 7
It was after several years that men, women and children danced as the band played music in Basti-Gulabgarh village right on the Indo-Pakistan border where a marriage was solemnised today without any fear of bullets being sprayed at them from across the border.

In Spectrum today

Daring escapes
by Peeyush Agnihotri

Holidays that heal body and mind
by Madhu Gurung

When shopping becomes a compulsion
by Taru Bahl

A Tribute
O door jaane wale...
by Devinder Bir Kaur


Book reviews
A century of discrimination
and more

President dissolves Lok Sabha
February 7, 2004
Charges against Bhattal framed
February 6, 2004
JPC report confirms pesticides in colas
February 5, 2004
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

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