Wednesday, September 6, 2006, Chandigarh, India
Updated at 3:00 am (IST)

PM cautions states of more fidayeen attacks
Says time to improve intelligence

New Delhi, September 5
Sounding a warning about the possibility of more fidayeen attacks and terror strikes on economic and religious targets, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today asked Chief Ministers to personally monitor steps to improve intelligence gathering at the grassroot level and toning up of law and order administration in their respective states.

J&K and North-East CMs asked to be extra vigilant

Bigger role for police

Setting up of Empowered Group of Ministers proposed to monitor spread of Maoist movement

Concern over vacancies in police department in certain states
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RBI tightens screws on terror funding
Chandigarh, September 5
Sources and channels of funding to terrorism have been put under a scanner in India. Authorities concerned have been asked to keep a tab on money transfers that may be used to route the money to fund the “terror-factory” of the dreaded Al-Qaida and other terrorist organisations operating in South-East Asia.


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Srinagar, September 5
Even as the water level is receding slightly with the clearing of skies here, the Jhelum is still flowing above the danger mark. The Jammu and Kashmir Government has declared red alert to meet any exigency arising out of the flood situation.

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Flood alert as Bhakra level rises
Ropar, September 5
Keeping in view the possibility of heavy floods in the Sutlej and other seasonal rivulets, the district administration today sounded a flood alert in all the villages and other important places situated along the river.

Indo-French missile pact signing put off
Paris, September 5
The signing of a crucial Indo-French agreement on transfer of technology for production of French cruise missiles by India was put off owing to last-minute hitches, official sources said today.

Jessica case: Chandigarh doctor surrenders
New Delhi, September 5
Chandigarh-based doctor J.S. Bedi, charged with issuing fake medical certificate to Vikas Gill, one of the accused in the Jessica Lall murder case, surrendered before a Delhi Court today.

5 of family killed over trivial issue
Hamirpur, September 5
A trivial issue of cattle grazing led to the murder of five members of a family including two women and a teenaged boy, while four others were wounded grievously in the Jaria area of the district today.

Punjab set to hike MLAs’ pension
Increase in limit for house, car loans also on cards
Chandigarh, September 5
A hike in the pension of Punjab MLAs is on the cards. Besides, there will be an increase in the limit of loans for building a house, purchasing a car, etc.
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Foreign policy on top of PM’s agenda
New Delhi, September 5
Irrespective of whether Prime Minister Manmohan Singh appoints a full-fledged External Affairs Minister in near future or not, foreign policy will be on top of his agenda from this weekend till the year end.

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