Sunday, February 15, 2004, Chandigarh, India
Updated at 3:00 am (IST)

PM clears Pak tour
New Delhi, February 14
Atal Bihari VajpayeePrime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee today gave a Valentine’s Day gift to cricket lovers of the subcontinent when his government announced that the Indian cricket tour of Pakistan would take place from the first week of next month as scheduled.
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Government decision on Pakistan tour welcomed
PMO, MHA differ on tour, says Cong
Ministry didn’t okay postponement, says Swami
Board will not force players to go, says Dalmiya
Pakistan heaves a sigh of relief


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Clipping wings of national carriers
— Rudy style
New Delhi, February 14
Minister for Civil Aviation, Mr Rajiv Pratap RudyThe Minister for Civil Aviation, Mr Rajiv Pratap Rudy, has tried to cut the wings of the national flag carriers by delinking bilateral rights from the recommendations of the Naresh Chandra Committee in a Cabinet memo. Authoritative sources said this was done primarily to favour the private carriers — Jet and Sahara — and the Cabinet was split on the issue

Avoid rights violations in J&K, says Centre

New Delhi, February 14
Amidst allegations of “excesses”, the Centre today directed the security forces engaged in counter-terrorism operations in Jammu and Kashmir to adopt a more humane and “people-friendly” approach and ensure that human rights violations are avoided.

  J&K page: Muslims want Pandits to return
  BJP condemns militants’ rehabilitation


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Sajjad Lone expelled from People’s Conference
Srinagar, February 14
In a significant development, the People’s Conference, a constituent of the Hurriyat Conference (Abbas), has sacked its chairman, Sajjad Ghani Lone from the party.

6 hurt in violence at Kalam’s function
Munger (Bihar), February 14
At least six securitymen were injured when the police lobbed teargas shells to control a mob here when President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was attending a function, organised by the Bal Yoga Mitra Mandal.

Students leave Sikh Missionary College
en masse
Anandpur Sahib (Ropar), February 14
All students of Sikh Missionary College here have left the premises, alleging ill-treatment. The immediate provocation for the 80 residential students who went away was the alleged beating up of a student the by principal, Mr Surinder Singh, in the presence of Guru Granth Sahib.

They pay for breaking caste barrier
Kathgarh (Nawanshahr), February 14
While lovers across the country were celebrating Valentine’s Day today a 22-year Dalit boy who married his 18-year Brahmin Valentine against the wishes of girl’s “biradari”, was “stripped” in a police station, and allegedly beaten up to by the Kathgarh SHO and girl’s relatives.
Kuldip, who was allegedly beaten up, recuperates at his house in Kathgarh village of Nawanshahr district.
Kuldip, who was allegedly beaten up, recuperates at his house in Kathgarh village of Nawanshahr district. His wife, Rishi Bala, sits next to him. 
— Photo by Sukhwinder

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Humour at work
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Book reviews
Globalism’s malcontents
Shelley Walia
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France may compromise on turban issue
February 14, 2004
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

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