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 Rail passengers spared, modest increase in freight rates
For the second year running, Ms. Mamata Banerjee refrained from increasing passenger fares for any category and recommended a modest increase of one to three per cent in freight rates for most commodities in the 2001-02 Railway Budget.

No privatisation: Mamata
The Railways would not be privatised, Ms. Mamata Banerjee told the Lok Sabha today while presenting the Railway Budget.

Highlights of Railway Budget
The following are the highlights of the Railway Budget for 2001-02 tabled in Parliament today: No increase in passenger fares of any class or category of trains. Freight rates go up by three per cent other than essential commodities and a few select items. No increase in the freight rates for essential commodities like sugar, salt, grains and pulses, edible oils, kerosene, fruits and vegetables, LPG. A two per cent increase in freight rates for coal and iron and steel.

Petroleum Ministry to study impact
The Petroleum Minister, Mr. Ram Naik, today said his Ministry would study the impact of the hike in freight charges proposed in the Railway Budget on petro products before taking a decision on whether to pass the burden onto the consumers or not.

 The greatest is gone: Bradman passes away
Sir Donald Bradman, the most prolific batsman in the history of Test cricket who died in his sleep on Sunday aged 92, was idolised by generations of Australians as the greatest sportsman in the country's history.

'BALCO share transfer not till March 1'
The BALCO issue cropped up in Parliament once again today leading to a short adjournment of the Lok Sabha, while the Government announced in the Rajya Sabha that transfer of shares would not be effected till March 1.

Report submitted
An inquiry commission probing into the anti- India riots, sparked off by Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan's alleged racial slur, has submitted its report to the Nepal Government.

5 ultras killed
The alleged killer of former Power Minister, Ghulah Hassan Bhat, was among five militants killed in Jammu and Kashmir where 18 persons were injured, 15 of them in a grenade blast, since last evening, a police spokesman said.

Delhi HC reserves order on Hindujas' plea
The Delhi High Court today reserved orders on the plea of the three Hinduja brothers, accused in the Rs. 64 crore Bofors payoffs case that they should be permitted to leave India accepting their assurance to face trial as and when required.

Withdraw papers
The political situation in Manipur tonight took a favourable turn for the Chief Minister, Mr. Radhabinode Koijam, as the three Ministers who quit over their grievances on Cabinet expansion withdrew their resignation and expressed full support to the newly-installed People's Front Ministry.

Army to stop operations
The Army and the Assam Rifles would suspend counter-insurgency operations in Manipur for 15 days from March 1 in view of the forthcoming Holi festival, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 57 Mountain Division, Maj. Gen. Iqbal Singh, said here today.


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