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Sunday, February 19, 2006, Chandigarh, India
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Bird flu strikes
*8 admitted to hospital in Navapur
*2 lakh chickens culled
*PM assures help to Maharashtra
Mumbai/New Delhi, February 18
In the first outbreak of bird flu in India, eight persons were today admitted to a hospital with suspected deadly avian virus after 50,000 birds died in Nandurbar and Dhule district of Maharashtra.

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Thar Express chugs in with 257 on board
Munabao-Khokhrapar rail line restored after 41 years
Munabao, (India-Pakistan Border), February 18
The much awaited Thar Express carrying 257 passengers from Karachi in Pakistan arrived at the Munabao station here on Saturday afternoon to a grand reception.
Border Security Force personnel watch as Pakistani train enters Zero Point between India and Pakistan at Munabao in Rajasthan In video (28k, 56k)

Border Security Force personnel watch as Pakistani train enters Zero Point between India and Pakistan at Munabao in Rajasthan, on Saturday.
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Punjab to have National Institute of Law
Chandigarh, February 18
The Punjab Council of Ministers today approved the draft of Governor’s address for the Budget session starting here on Monday besides clearing proposed amendments to the Value Added Tax Act. It also gave the go ahead for setting up of a National Institute of Law.

Main accused in Ayodhya case killed
Lucknow, February 18
Sadhu Ramnarayan Das (65), an active member of the Ayodhya movement, who had complained of a threat to his life from a section of the BJP leadership was found battered to death yesterday.

Govt will “pacify” Left on Iran
New Delhi, February 18
The UPA government does not want to link up nuclear proliferation with religion and politics of vote banks and is confident of bringing the livid Left parties on board on the issue of Iran. This was stated by new Minister of State for External Affairs Anand Sharma in a conversation with The Tribune.

Daya Nayak declared absconder
Mumbai, February 18
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Gowda expels son, 39 MLAs from party
New Delhi, February 18
Politics in Karnataka took a new twist today when JD (S) supremo H. D. Deve Gowda suspended Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy and 39 other rebel MLAs from the party with immediate effect.

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Islamabad, February 18
Pakistan on Friday recalled its Ambassador from Denmark to convey its displeasure with the Danish government’s handling of the issue of publication of blasphemous cartoons by a newspaper.
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Now Muslim headcount in Jharkhand police
Ranchi, February 18
Even as the BJP-led NDA attacked the Manmohan Singh government on the headcount of Muslims in the armed forces, its government in Jharkhand has initiated a similar exercise in the police force of the state.
(Details on Nation page)

Sikh students to protest during Chirac’s visit
New Delhi, February 18
Hundreds of Sikh schoolchildren will march here during next week’s visit of President Jacques Chirac in protest against a ban on wearing turbans in French state schools, according to the Shiromani Akali Dal Panthak (Jathedar Santokh Singh).
Sikhs shout anti-French government slogans and hold placards as they stage demonstration to protest against the forthcoming visit of French President Jacques Chirac in New Delhi on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal
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