National Events October in 1999
The campaign for the fifth and final phase of election to the 13th Lok Sabha ends.
Shoot-at-sight orders are issued in Amethi and Aska and Berhampur in Orissa against poll offenders.
The Home Minister, Mr. L. K. Advani says BJP is ready to provide letters of support.
Ban orders in Madhepura Lok Sabha constituency in Bihar.
Violence mars polling in the North-East as 18 people are killed in Assam, Tripura and Bihar and 56 per cent turnout in the last phase.
The IAF celebrates its 67th anniversary.
70 per cent turnout in West Bengal.
Repoll is ordered in some states.
The Kerala High Court orders Election Commission to booth-wise counting. The EC is likely to move the Supreme Court against this order.
The JD(U) president, Mr. Sharad Yadav, threatens to go on an indefinite fast if the EC does not countermand the elections to Madhepura constituency.
Counting for the 1999 Lok Sabha polls begins.
The Election Commission rules out countermanding of the election in Madhepura.
The Government announces hike in diesel prices.
India decides not to attend the special meet on CTBT.
The BJP led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) leads in 269 constituencies, the Congress(I) and its allies in 138, others in 105.
Congress(I) is set to sweep Karnataka while the TDP is set to retain power in Andhra Pradesh in the Assembly polls.
In Tamil Nadu, the DMK front is set to win majority of LS seats.
In Haryana, the INLD-BJP combine wins by big margin.
Mr. Suraj Bhan is sworn in Governor of Bihar.
The Congress(I) president, Ms. Sonia Gandhi wins Bellary Lok Sabha seat defeating her BJP rival Ms. Sushma Swaraj by a margin of 56,100 votes.
Major reverses for BJP in Uttar Pradesh.
Comfortable majority for NDA. The Prime Minister, Mr. Vajpayee starts work on Government formation.
A clean sweep by the BJP-HVP combine in Himachal Pradesh. BJP wins 20 out of 26 seats in Gujarat and 29 out of 40 in Madhya Pradesh.
The former Bihar Chief Minister and the RJD president, Mr. Laloo Prasad Yadav loses in Madhepura.
Ms. Sonia Gandhi wins in Amethi too by a margin by over three lakh votes.
Congress wins two-thirds majority in Arunachal Pradesh Assembly poll.
Congress stakes claim to form the Government in Maharashtra, NCP rules out support to Congress.
Sensex breaches the 5000-mark on the Bombay Stock Exchange.
SC declines review of death penalty in Rajiv Gandhi case.
Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee is elected as leader of the NDA.
Congress-NCP talks are still on forming a Government in Maharashtra.
The 13th Lok Sabha is constituted.
Mr. Vajpayee is appointed Prime Minister. Two-tier Ministry likely.
Stalemate in Maharashtra.
In Arunachal Pradesh, the Congress (I) Ministry under the leadership of Mr. Mukut Mithi is sworn in.
DMK decides to join the NDA Government.
The former BJP MP, Mr. Sachidanand Sakshi joins SP.
The coalition Government in Meghalaya loses majority.
A 70-member Ministry is sworn in.
No change in Advani, Yashwant Sinha, Jaswant Singh and Fernandes portfolios.
Mr. Ramakrishna Hegde is dropped.
Support for NDA Government unconditional says the TDP leader, Mr. Chandrababu Naidu.
Janata Dal (United) is set to snap ties with the BJP in Karnataka.
India reiterates its stand on CTBT.
An Indian, Sheikh Shamim is hanged in Pakistan for espionage.
New coalition sworn in in Meghalaya.
The Maharashtra Governor, Mr. P. C. Alexander asks both the BJP- Shiv Sena combine and the Congress(I) for proof.
The Congress(I)-National Congress Party (NCP) combine is invited to form the Government in Maharashtra. Mr. Vilasrao Deshmukh will be sworn in Chief Minister.
The four-month long ``Satyagraha'' by the NBA against the Sardar Sarovar project is called off.
A woman is elected as the Speaker of the Sikkim Assembly.
The Deputy Chairperson of the Rajya Sabha, Dr. Najma Heptulla, is elected president of the 138 nation Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).
The low pressure that has developed into a `severe cyclonic storm' is likely to cross the Orissa and Andhra Pradesh coasts.
26 artists are selected for 1998 Sangeet Natak Akatami Awards.
The hanging of four accused in Rajiv case is stayed.
Cyclone claims 61 lives in Orissa.
Ms.Sonia Gandhi will be the leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha, says the Congress(I).
Ms. Sonia Gandhi decides to vacate the Bellary seat.
Transporters reject Government plea to withdraw their strike in protest against the hike in diesel price.
The Shiv Sena Chief, Mr. Bal Thackeray, warns against action on Srikrishna's panel report.
Quiet start to the 13th Lok Sabha.
The Cabinet approves the Insurance Regulatory Authority (IRA) Bill for introduction in the current session of Lok Sabha if time permits.
The Centre gears up for truckers' strike.
The Railway Ministry rules out any hike in passenger fares.
The Janata Dal (United) seeks national party status.
The Centre accepts the recommendations of the Backward classes commission on the inclusion of Jats and other backward classes (OBCs) in Rajasthan except Bharatpur and Dholpur districts.
Mr. B. R. Chopra gets the Dadasaheb Phalke Award.
Mr. Madhavrao Scindia is the Deputy Leader of the Congress(I) in the Lok Sabha.
Movement of goods across the country is disrupted as lorries are off the road.
The Centre yields to Indian Telecom Service (ITS) officers' demand to appoint an ITS officer to the newly created department.
Mr. Balayogi is elected as Speaker of the Lok Sabha for second consecutive term.
Chargesheet is filed in Bofors case. Rajiv Gandhi, Win Chadha and Quattrocchi are among the accused in the case.
Rollback of diesel price hike is ruled out.
Chargesheet in Bofors
Congress(I) calls it a legal joke.
The Prime Minister warns of more `hard decisions'.
Four persons are arrested in the J&K Secretariat bombing case.
Pakistan may face suspension from the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), says its chief Dr. Najma Heptullah.
The chargesheet in Bofors case is a legal triumph says Mr. Advani. But Congress(I) calls it as a political vendetta.
A Boeing 707 carrying the President of Venezuela, Mr. Hugo Chavez, and his entourage, lands safely at Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai following a suspected tyre burst.
A Pakistani military spokesman says his country's withdrawal enters its last phase.
Maharashtra Government wins trust vote.
Toll in Orissa's Ganjam district rises to 104.
The former Prime Minister, Mr. V. P. Singh tops the list of star witnesses in Bofors case.
The Prime Minister Mr. Vajpayee surveys cyclone-hit areas of Orissa announces Rs. 200 crore relief for the State.
Truckers' strike enters fourth day.
Mr. Hasan Sharif, son of the deposed Pakistan Premier, Mr. Nawaz Sharif, appeals to the Indian counterpart, Mr. Vajpayee to strive for the ``safety of Mr. Sharif and his family''.
Fixed term for Lok Sabha, Assemblies is under study, says the President in his address to a joint session of Parliament.
Reservation for SCs/STs will be extended for another 10 years.
The All India Truck Transport Federation (AITTF) withdraws from stir.
The U.S. Energy Secretary, Mr. Bill Richardson arrives.
No objection to Bofors discussion says the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Mr. Pramod Mahajan.
India and UAE sign extradition treaty.
A rare copy of Quran is recovered by the Antique Branch of the CBI.
The Government rejects the demand that Rajiv's name be deleted from the chargesheet in the Bofors case.
Opposition stages a walkout in the Lok Sabha against diesel price hike.
The Army seizes 200 kg of RDX from downtown Srinagar foiling militants' plan to disrupt the `Darbar' march.
The Congress(I) president, Ms. Sonia Gandhi visits cyclone-hit areas.
India is re-elected to United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Mr. P. M. Sayeed of the Congress(I) is re-elected as the Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha.
The week-long nation-wide truckers' strike is called off.
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in Madhya Pradesh splits.
The Archbishop of Delhi rules out Pope John Paul II's dialogue with VHP during his visit to India next month.
No change in India's policy on Sri Lanka, reiterates India.
The Lok Sabha unanimously passes the bill for extending reservation for another 10 years.
The Kargil conflict costs India a whopping $ 1.6 billion says the Washington based Defence News quoting Indian officials.
The U.S. waives economic sanctions against India.
The Insurance Bill is introduced amid protest in the Lok Sabha.
Another storm threatens Orissa.
The Tamil Nadu Government rejects the mercy petitions of the four accused in the Rajiv's murder case.
Polling for the remaining five Lok Sabha seats passes off peacefully.
The Government plans law to regulate LPG as car fuel.
The Delhi High Court stays TRAI's plan to introduce free incoming calls on mobile phones from November 1.
Chargesheet full of lies, says the Italian businessman, Mr. Quattrocchi.
Cyclone batters coastal Orissa causing extensive damage to Paradip port.
At least 200 fishermen in West Bengal are feared killed.
14 passenger and mail trains are cancelled.
The Home Minister, Mr. Advani says the Centre is in touch with cyclone-hit States.
Insurance employees go on a token strike to protest against the Insurance Bill.
The Anubhav Group chairman, Mr. C. Natesan, is arrested by the Mumbai Police on alleged charges of duping investors to the tune of Rs. 1.16 crores.
The AIADMK leader, Ms. Jayalalitha urges the Centre, not to give needless priority to the IRA Bill.
Orissa cyclone a national calamity, says the Prime Minister.
Rs. 300 crore immediate aid for Orissa.
About 10 million people are feared affected.
In West Bengal, more than 400 fishermen are still missing.
The Central Ministerial team led by Mr. Advani is prevented from making an on-the-spot assessment of the havoc wrecked by the Super cyclone.
A full state reception will be accorded to Pope John Paul II, says the Government.
The head of Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Swami Dayananda Saraswati urges Pope to announce a freeze on conversions.
Mr. G.V.G. Krishnamurthy, former Election Commissioner, seeks enhanced security in the wake of threats to his life.
Relief work yet to take off in Orissa.
The State Chief Minister Mr.Giridhar Gamang makes an aerial survey. Thousands are feared killed .
Efforts are on to restore rail and telecom links on a war footing.
Dr. S. S. Badrinath gets Dhanvantari Award.
The Catholic Church turns down the Delhi police suggestion that Pope John Paul II lead the mass from behind a bullet proof screen.
The Ram Janmabhoomi Trust president ends fast in support of his eight-point demands including improvement of `puja' and `darshan' arrangements of `Ram Lala' at the temple.
IAF pilots save 16 foreign trekkers who are trapped in the Himalayas.
The former President Mr.Shankar Dayal Sharma is conferred with the Indira Gandhi Award.
Mercy plea is sent to President in Rajiv case.