Wednesday, February 25, 2004, Chandigarh, India
Updated at 3:00 am (IST)

Arif joins BJP
D.P. Yadav shown the door
New Delhi, February 24
Former Union Minister Arif Mohammed Khan, who had quit the Congress over the Shah Bano case in the mid-80s, and Lakshman Singh, younger brother of former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijay Singh, today joined the BJP. 
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Arif Mohammed Khan and DP Yadav
Arif Mohammed Khan (L)
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Cong plans action against Najma
New Delhi, February 24
Najma Heptulla
While hinting that the Congress was planning action against Rajya Sabha Chairperson Najma Heptulla for her open criticism of the party leadership, the Congress today described her statements as nothing but opportunism.

Sukhbir to contest from Faridkot
Sukhbir BadalFerozepore, February 24
The SAD today announced the names of five more candidates from Punjab for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. 

Punjab page: Sukhbir Badal’s clout grows

Bank, insurance staff observe strike
New Delhi, February 24
Operations and services of banks and public sector organisations were hit today as thousands of workers struck work in protest against “anti-labour” policies of the Centre and demanded a review of the Supreme Court order debarring government employees from going on strike.
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Striking employees lathicharged

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 Chandigarh page: A day of strikes
 Ludhiana page: Banking services paralysed
 NCR page: TU stir sends work in banks, FIs for a toss

A policeman stands guard inside a deserted State Bank of India branch during a strike in New Delhi on Tuesday. — Reuters photo
A policeman stands guard inside a deserted State Bank of India branch during a strike in New Delhi on Tuesday.

Jail escapee shot dead
Fatehpur, February 24

The police gunned down an absconding prisoner in an encounter in the Lalauni area here on Tuesday morning. Superintendent of Police Chandra Dev Tiwari said the police swooped down on two criminals while they were allegedly planning to loot trucks on the highway.

Pioneer of anti-Mandal stir Rajiv Goswami dead
New Delhi, February 24
Rajiv Goswami, who grabbed the headlines when he attempted self-immolation protesting against the implementation of the Mandal Commission’s recommendations in 1990, died here today after a prolonged illness at the age of 33.

Dry twigs put to seem like ipomoea plantation on muck of Kol Dam dumped along the bank of the Sutlej in Bilaspur
Dry twigs put to seem like ipomoea plantation on muck of Kol Dam dumped along the bank of the Sutlej in Bilaspur. 
— Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

NTPC, HP lock horns
Dumping of Kol Dam muck in Sutlej
Kol Dam, February 24
While teams of experts of the Himachal Forest Department as well as of the State Pollution Control Board have been camping here for the past few days to critically examine any violation of the Forest Conservation Act in the dumping of excavated material of Kol Dam in the Sutlej, the NTPC maintains that no direction or guideline of the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests has been overlooked.

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Blast in space centre kills 6
February 24, 2004
PM launches insurance scheme from Lucknow
February 23, 2004
Pak tour from March 10
February 22, 2004
2 pc additional DA for Central staff
February 21, 2004
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

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