Saturday, February 14, 2004, Chandigarh, India
Updated at 3:00 am (IST)

France may compromise on
turban issue

New Delhi, February 13
Faced with a storm of protest from Sikhs, France today indicated early redressal of their grievances regarding sanctions on the turban as part of the anti-veil law. “We need to solve this (the Sikh) problem,” visiting Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin told reporters immediately after his meeting with Union Minister Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa and National Commission for Minorities chairman Tarlochan Singh at a hotel to exclusively discuss the turban issue.
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French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin with SGPC General Secretary S.S. Bhaur, Union Minister S.S. Dhindsa and Mr Tarlochan Singh in New Delhi on Friday. French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin with (from left) SGPC General Secretary S.S. Bhaur, Union Minister S.S. Dhindsa and Mr Tarlochan Singh in New Delhi on Friday.
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Pakistan not to play at neutral venue
Islamabad, February 13
Amidst continuing uncertainity over the Indian cricket team’s tour of this country, the Pakistan Cricket Board talked tough today, insisting that it would not play at a neutral venue and would seek compensation if it suffered losses in the event of cancellation of the tour.

Sports page: Tour hangs in balance
BCCI awaiting advisory

Sonia’s clean chit to DMK on Rajiv’s assassination
Sonia GandhiChennai, February 13
More than six years after her party pulled down the United Front government on the issue of DMK’s alleged links with the LTTE which had assassinated Rajiv Gandhi, Congress President Sonia Gandhi today met M. Karunanidhi for the first time and gave a clean chit to the party on the issue.


In Sports Tribune today

Patiala Tigers set to roar again


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Big brother is watching you.

by Sandeep Joshi
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Armed men bomb Bihar jail, 4 criminals escape
Patna, February 13
Six armed men triggered bomb explosions and fired indiscriminately at the main entrance of Danapur jail near here facilitating the escape of four hardcore criminals during visitors time today. The chief warder and the warder of the jail, who were injured in the attack, and five constables have been suspended for negligence of duty, officials said.

Burail jailbreak: 9 suspects held in Jammu
Jammu, February 13
The Jammu and Kashmir border police has arrested nine persons suspected of being involved in the escape of three accused in the Beant Singh assassination case from Burail jail, official sources said here today.

SC refuses to discharge Magistrate
New Delhi, February 13
The Supreme Court today turned down the plea of Ahmedabad Magistrate to discharge him in the “President warrant scam” case as he was “innocent” and directed the CBI to continue its probe, while observing that media’s right to cover any event could not be curtailed.

HP to merge 50 pc DA with basic pay
Shimla, February 13
The Himachal Pradesh Government today decided to merge 50 per cent of dearness allowance (DA) with the basic pay with effect from April 1, 2004.

“Armies” of liquor barons harass hoteliers
Private armies of “goon looking youngsters,” hired by certain liquor barons have not only been “coercing” a large number of hoteliers, owners of marriage palaces and marriage parties to buy liquor from the liquor vend falling in their respective areas, but they were even allegedly putting up illegal “nakas” on state highways to search vehicles for liquor and were even conducting illegal “raids” on the hotels, marriage palaces and restaurants.

In Windows today

Schools for fashion
by Gitanjali Sharma

Celebrating culture, Patiala style
by Aditi Tandon

THIS ABOVE ALL: Ghalib knew his worth
by Khushwant Singh

Bush tears apart Khan’s N-network
February 13, 2004
Cricket tour of Pak on
February 12, 2004
12 Indians killed in Sharjah plane crash
February 11, 2004
INLD snaps ties with BJP
February 10, 2004
LS poll to be over by mid-May
February 9, 2004
PM kicks off poll drive
February 8, 2004
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

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