Saturday, February 21, 2004, Chandigarh, India
Updated at 3:00 am (IST)

2 pc additional DA for Central staff
Cabinet clears DA merger
New Delhi, February 20
The Union Cabinet today approved the proposal to merge 50 per cent of dearness allowance (DA) with the basic pay of the Central Government employees. The Cabinet also announced a subsidised insurance scheme for 12.18 lakh Anganwadi workers.


* Subsidised insurance scheme for Anganwadi workers
Rs 1,856-crore polio-eradication programme
Accelerated electrification of one lakh villages
Residential schools for girls of SC, ST, OBC categories and minority communities.


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Poll in 4 phases, says EC; Mahajan
gives dates
New Delhi, February 20
The four-phase polling for the 14th Lok Sabha could be held on April 17, 18 and May 8 and 9, and with the exception of Uttar Pradesh, in other parts of the country polling for the entire state would be held on one day.
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In video (28k, 56k)

Digvijay’s brother may join BJP

4 die as MiG hits house in Jamnagar
Jamnagar, February 20
A MiG-21 fighter jet crashed in a residential area killing four persons, including two children, and injuring 14 in Lakhabaval village of Gujarat, about 20 km from here, today.

Indian Air Force personnel stand near the debris of a MiG-21 fighter that crashed into a village in Lakhabawal, 350 km west of Ahmedabad, on Friday. — Reuters photo


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A shot in the arm for women’s hockey




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US plane makes emergency landing
New Delhi, February 20
A US Air Force aircraft with 111 defence personnel on board made an emergency landing at Indira Gandhi International Airport here this afternoon after one of its engines caught fire.

Execution stayed in Parliament attack case
New Delhi, February 20
The Supreme Court today stayed the execution of Jaish-e-Mohammad militant Mohammad Afzal in the Parliament attack case. In video (28k, 56k)

Indian in N-shadow denies involvement
New Delhi, February 20
A Bangalore-based firm, which has reportedly been mentioned in a US court records in connection with a case involving an Israeli businessman accused of being a middleman in the nuclear black market, today said it dealt with him at least three years ago for acquiring sound and vibration equipment for auto companies only.

 World page: Financier gives details on Khan’s N-deals

Principal shoots boy in school
Tangra (Amritsar),  February 20
An 18-year-old Dalit boy, Sandeep Singh, alias Sonu, was today allegedly shot on the premises of Government Senior Secondary School, Chhajjalwadi, by the Principal at about 10 am today. The Principal, Harnek Singh, fled the scene after committing the crime.
Villagers block traffic on the Amritsar-Jalandhar road at Tangra in protest against the killing of a Dalit youth, Sandeep Singh, by the Principal of Government Senior Secondary School, Chhajjalwadi, 25 km from Amritsar. Villagers block traffic on the Amritsar-Jalandhar road at Tangra in protest against the killing of a Dalit youth, Sandeep Singh, by the Principal of Government Senior Secondary School, Chhajjalwadi, 25 km from Amritsar. — Photo by Rajiv Sharma

Schemes for power, water bill defaulters
J&K budget cuts ST on liquor
Jammu, February 20
The government today announced amnesty schemes for defaulters to liquidate arrears of electricity and water tariff and toll in the zero deficit Budget for 2004-2005 presented by the Finance Minister, Mr Muzaffar Hussain Beig, in the Assembly.

In Windows today

Strains of Punjabi pop
by Varinder Singh

Poor index of Punjabiat
ETC Music Awards
It’s back to folk now

THIS ABOVE ALL: The importance of punctuating thought
by Khushwant Singh

30 hurt as blast rocks Amritsar Dist Courts
February 20, 2004
Indo-Pak roadmap for peace
February 19, 2004
EC not to let ball hit ballot
February 18, 2004
Indo-Pak talks begin
February 17, 2004
Kanwaljit SAD choice for Patiala
February 16, 2004
PM clears Pak tour
February 15, 2004
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

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