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Sinha gives relief for retiring employees
NEW DELHI, MARCH 20. The Finance Minister, Yashwant Sinha, announced today that retiring employees in both the public and private sectors would be allowed to invest their terminal benefits in the Reserve Bank of India's relief bonds without any ...
Parties brace for POTO battle
NEW DELHI MARCH 20. Political parties on both sides of the divide are mobilising their forces for a show of strength in the Rajya Sabha tomorrow when the Bill on the Prevention of Terrorism Ordinance will be taken up for consideration and ...
Pak. conducts war games near Kashmir
ISLAMABAD March 20. Pakistan today said it conducted military exercises near its border with India in Kashmir. The State-run television said infantry and artillery units of the Pakistan Army took part in the exercises, codenamed ``Timur'', after ...
Modi should quit, says Opposition
NEW DELHI MARCH 20. There was uproar in the Lok Sabha today over the violence in Gujarat, and an irate Opposition forced an adjournment of the House. Demanding action against the Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi, and an explanation from the ...
VHP plans to take out 'asthi yatras'
AHMEDABAD MARCH 20. In a move that can lead to tension in other parts of the country, the Gujarat unit of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad is chalking out a plan to take out "asthi yatras'' — urns containing ashes — of the victims of the ...
PM wants temple construction deferred: Uma Bharti
AYODHYA MARCH 20. As the top Vishwa Hindu Parishad leaders today began a crucial meeting here to chalk out the course of their Ayodhya movement, the Union Minister, Uma Bharti, asked the Sangh Parivar outfit to defer its temple construction ...
HC orders speedy disposal of Ayodhya case
The Allahabad High Court today directed uninterrupted recording of evidence for a speedy disposal of the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case. Even during the period when the Lucknow Bench of the High Court was not hearing the case, recording of ...
HAL delivers Advanced Light Helicopter to Army
BANGALORE, MARCH 20. The Indian Army on Wednesday formally received the two-skid version of the Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH), indigenously designed and developed by the public sector Defence undertaking, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) here. ...
PM's promise on NLC
NEW DELHI MARCH 20.The Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee, today assured the MDMK leader, Vaiko, that the Neyveli Lignite Corporation in Tamil Nadu would not be privatised. The assurance was given when Mr. Vaiko called on him this evening and ...
SC for plans to protect Taj
NEW DELHI MARCH 20. The Supreme Court today asked the Centre and the Uttar Pradesh Government to furnish plans for providing security to the Taj Mahal. A Bench, comprising M.B. Shah and D.M. Dharmadhikari, gave this direction in the matter ...
Blast kills two children
SRINAGAR MARCH 20. Two children were killed and five others injured when a landmine planted on a road in Sogam area of Kupwara district went off. Police said that at around 11.30 a.m. a blast took place at a road at Tikipora in the border ...
Airline ban on Rushdie lifted
TORONTO MARCH 20.Salman Rushdie is once again free to fly on Air Canada after the airline backed down from its policy of refusing to carry the author, who is under death threat for allegedly blaspheming Islam. — ...
Ultra groups warn Hurriyat
SRINAGAR, MARCH 20. Militant outfits in Kashmir today warned the Hurriyat Conference leadership of ``serious consequences'' if they participated in elections and asked the State Government employees to stay away from the poll process. ``If any ...

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