August 18, 2004, Chandigarh, India
Updated at 3:00 am (IST)
Reopen riot cases, SC tells Gujarat New Delhi, August 17
After assessing various aspects of the Gujarat riots for over a year, the Supreme Court today ordered the re-examination of over 2,000 closed cases by a special cell of the state police under the direct supervision of the DGP to determine if fresh investigation in any of them was required.
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Take up joint inspection of lake with China, HP to Centre Shimla, August 17
The Himachal Pradesh Government has urged the Government of India to once again take up the matter with the Chinese authorities for a joint inspection of the lake formed in Tibet due to blockage of Parchu, a tributary of the Sutlej, by the experts of the two countries even as the latest satellite images indicate that the water body was gradually
stabilising and the threat of a flash flood was receding.
Centre open to talks with insurgents: Patil Veiled threat to Manipur Govt New Delhi, August 17
Stating that the Centre is willing to hold “unconditional” talks with “anybody who is willing to talk to us” to bring normalcy in Manipur, Home Minister Shivraj Patil today gave a breather for the Ibobi Singh-led government in the state, saying, “We are giving an opportunity to elected representatives to do their duty, but if they fail, the nation will do its duty”.
At least 14 persons were feared killed (nine of them feared washed away in the Beas) and nine injured seriously when a private bus
failed to negotiate a turn and rolled down 300 feet into the Beas at Jogni Maud, 24 km from here, on the National Highway-21 at 9.30 am today.
Residents and police officials try to take bodies out of the Beas. A bus fell into the Beas, 28 km from Mandi, on Tuesday.
— Photo by Mahesh Chander Sharma
FM to announce cut in petro duties today
New Delhi, August 17
Finance Minister P. Chidambaram is
expected to announce reduction in customs and excise duties on petro-products
tomorrow, which would help the oil companies to keep oil prices at the
prevailing rate despite steep hike international crude prices.
Downpour in region, and more to follow Chandigarh, August 17
There is heartening news for the north-western region. Weather experts at the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Delhi have rated today’s rainfall as the best monsoon spell for the northwest in this entire season.
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