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Friday, March 21, 2014, Chandigarh, India

updated at 9:00 pm

Congress fields Amarinder from Amritsar
NEW DELHI: Congress Friday fielded former Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh from Amritsar to take on senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.

AAP sacks two leaders for demanding money
NEW DELHI: Sending out a strong message to party office bearers, the Aam Aadmi Party today sacked two leaders from Uttar Pradesh for demanding money in exchange of party tickets.

Discord in Chhattisgarh Congress over ticket distribution
RAIPUR: Infighting and protests have broken out within the Congress in Chhattisgarh over the distribution of tickets.

Clash in Patna over Shotgun's candidature
PATNA: Supporters of Shatrughan Sinha clashed here on Friday with some people waving black flags against him when he was on way to file his nomination papers.

Court annuls Thailand general election
BANGKOK: Thailand�s Constitutional Court on Friday annulled the February 2 general election for failing to hold nationwide voting in every constituency on the same day, court officials said. The court�s judges voted 6 to 3 to void the election, which was boycotted by the opposition Democrat Party and could not be held in 28 of 375 constituencies nationwide.

Punjab's `Belan Brigade' to battle drugs, liquor 
CHANDIGARH: The rolling pin has always been part of every household. But now an NGO wants to use the `belan' as a symbol to fight against the growing menace of drugs and liquor abuse in Punjab.

BJP to take advantage of 'Modi wave' in Tamil Nadu LS polls
CHENNAI: After locking in a six-party alliance for the Lok Sabha election in Tamil Nadu scheduled for April 24, the BJP aims at utilising 'Modi wave' in the state and will soon finalise a strategy in this direction.

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BJP gives Advani a choice, he opts for Gandhinagar
New Delhi, March 20
BJP veteran LK Advani, who was sulking since yesterday over the party�s decision to field him from Gandhinagar instead of Bhopal, on Thursday agreed to abide by the wishes of his party and fight the Lok Sabha elections from the constituency earmarked for him. In a statement issued at the end of a day that saw discussions and visits to the party patriarch�s residence by senior leaders, including party�s PM candidate Narendra Modi, Advani said: �I have decided to contest the 2014 General Elections from Gandhinagar itself. I have conveyed my opinion to Shri Rajnath Singh.�




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BJP stalled anti-graft Bills: Rahul
Dharamsala, March 20
CM Virbhadra Singh with AICC VP Rahul Gandhi in Dharamsala Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi today accused the BJP of stalling six anti-graft Bills introduced in Parliament by the UPA government.

CM Virbhadra Singh with AICC VP Rahul Gandhi in Dharamsala

Khushwant Singh February 2, 1915�March 20, 2014
The man behind witty, fearless & acerbic writings is no more
New Delhi, March 20
Khushwant Singh Celebrated author and journalist Khushwant Singh, who arguably wrote the most definitive history of Sikhs, died at his Delhi home on Thursday. The 99-year-old, who had not been keeping well for quite some time and had withdrawn from public life, passed away peacefully at his residence at Sujan Singh Park, Delhi�s first apartment complex, which incidentally was built by his father in 1945.
He wrote his own epitaph
"I would like to be remembered as someone who made people smile. A few years ago, I wrote my own epitaph: Here lies one who spared neither man nor God; Waste not your tears on him, he was a sod; Writing nasty things he regarded as great fun; Thank the Lord he is dead, this son of a gun."
Khushwant Singh


PUNJAB: Majithia�s name not to figure in first chargesheet against druglord Bhola

HARYANA: Finally, HJC gives up Karnal for Sirsa

J&KOmar tears into BJP, dismisses Modi wave

HIMACHAL: LS poll a battle of ideologies: Rahul

CHANDIGARH: Day of chaos at Panjab varsity

LUDHIANA: No check on illegal slaughter

DELHI: BJP East Delhi candidate Maheish Girri files papers

OPINIONS: Terror taint

BUSINESS: Consumer confidence hits a new low: Assocham

NATION: Five held guilty in Shakti Mills gang-rape cases

SPORTS: Stage all set for the big fight
WORLD: Objects spotted could be jetliner�s debris


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Will canvass rather than contest: Capt
New Delhi, March 20
Capt Amarinder Singh The Congress hunt for a strong candidate for the Amritsar seat is likely to stop at senior leader OP Soni with former Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh learnt to have expressed a desire to canvass for the party rather than contest. Though Amarinder today said he would abide by whatever Congress president Sonia Gandhi decided for him

Objects spotted could be jetliner�s debris
Melbourne/Kuala Lumpur, March 20
Malaysia today said two large objects spotted by a satellite in a remote part of the southern Indian Ocean were the first �credible lead� in the massive search for the missing plane, raising hopes of a breakthrough to trace the jet that mysteriously disappeared nearly two weeks ago. �This morning, the Prime Minister (Najib Razak) received a call from the Prime Minister of Australia (Tony Abbott), informing him that two possible objects related to the search for MH370 had been identified in the southern Indian Ocean,� Defence and Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein told reporters in Kuala Lumpur. (Details on World page)


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