National Events in February 1997
Supreme Court declines to grant interim `stay' in the matter of construction of Alamatti irrigation and power dam in Karnataka beyond 1,680 feet.
Government lifts curbs on many consumer goods imports in a move to liberalise imports.
DMK candidate, Mr. P. Mari Ayya, elected in Pudukottai by- election.
Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) president, Mr. Parkash Singh Badal, sworn in Chief Minister of Punjab for third time.
Prime Minister, Mr.H.D. Deve Gowda, dedicates 480-MW Uri (North Kashmir) hydel project to the nation.
Mr. Ramakrishna Hedge forms `Lok Shakti,' a national political party.
Mr. J. M. Lyngdoh appointed Election Commissioner.
Mr. Justice J. S. Verma appointed Chief Justice of India.
Government rejects demand for tabling Bofors documents in Parliament.
Railway Minister, Mr. Ram Vilas Paswan, proposes 12 per cent increase in freight rates, 10 per cent fare hike for upper classes and five per cent increase for second class sleeper, in trains.
CBI arrests godman Chandraswami for alleged offences in violation of Foreign Contributions (Regulation) Act, 1976.
Finance Minister, Mr. P. Chidambaram, presents action-packed budget for 1997-98.