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Bihar
Train torched; 3 hurt in police firing
SAMASTIPUR, DEC. 31. Three coaches of the Darbhanga-Delhi Jan Nayak Express were set ablaze today by a mob as police opened fire to put down violence triggered by the removal of a Shiva lingam yesterday at Ratwara village here, official sources ...


Gujarat
IIM Ahmedabad turns self-sufficient
AHMEDABAD, DEC. 31. The prime management institution, the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, has turned self-sufficient and has planned to do without the Central Government grant from the next academic year. At a meeting of the Board of ...


Haryana
Chautala disillusioned with NDA
CHANDIGARH, DEC. 31.The Haryana Chief Minister, Om Prakash Chautala, left enough hints at his customary year-end press conference here today that he was "unhappy" with the National Democratic Alliance Government at the Centre in general and the ...


Jammu & Kashmir
Vajpayee, Musharraf urged to involve Kashmiris in talks
SRINAGAR, DEC. 31. The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman, Mohammad Yasin Malik, today appealed to the Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and the Pakistan President, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, to make a ``bold move'' to resolve the ...


Madhya Pradesh
Bajrang Dal activists stone hotel
INDORE, DEC. 31. A group of Bajrang Dal activists tonight stoned a hotel here and indulged in vandalism when celebrations were on to usher in the New Year. Ten of them were later taken into custody, the Additional Superintendent of Police, ...


Maharashtra
Insects found in milk powder
MUMBAI, DEC. 31.The Maharashtra Government has temporarily banned the sale of ``Amulspray'' milk powder after insects were allegedly found in one of its boxes in suburban Santa Cruz. The Food and Drug Administration Commissioner, Uttam ...


New Delhi
Fog, chill bring little cheer
NEW DELHI, DEC. 31. Delhiites continued to reel under spine-chilling cold for the second consecutive day on Wednesday even as heavy fog engulfed the Capital throughout the day, badly affecting movement of trains though there was not much ...
Drive against vehicular pollution from today
NEW DELHI, DEC. 31.Even as indisciplined Blueline buses, unscrupulous autorickshaw drivers and reckless commercial vehicles continue to operate with impunity on Delhi's roads, the Delhi Government is launching another of its "regular'' drives ...


Punjab
Two rebel leaders join Amarinder camp
CHANDIGARH, DEC. 31.The Punjab Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh, today received a pleasant gift on the New Year eve, when two major dissident leaders, including a Minister and parliamentary secretary, once again reposed their confidence in ...


Rajasthan
Centre's big aid for state road projects
JAIPUR, DEC. 31. As part of its renewed assistance to Rajasthan after the change of Government, the Centre has sanctioned grants worth Rs. 318 crores for various road projects, including Rs. 148 crores from the Central Road Fund pending since ...


Uttar Pradesh
Engineer threatened for 'exposing corruption'
SONEBHADRA (U.P.), DEC. 31. A senior engineer of the Uttar Pradesh Irrigation Department today alleged that he was receiving threats for highlighting corruption in the department and that he had written to the Prime Minister, Atal Bihari ...


West Bengal
Please-all language policy ready
KOLKATA, DEC. 31.The Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee Government in West Bengal is close to resolving a long-standing and emotive socio-political issue — the teaching of English in the early stages of the school system by readying a please-all ...



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