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National Events in 1999

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JANUARY

Jan. 1

The Defence Minister, Mr. George Fernandes, says the sacked Naval Chief, Admiral Vishnu Bhagwat had been displaying ``disturbing tendencies'' for over a year and even threatened his successor, Admiral Sushil Kumar, with court martial.

Jan. 4

The Gujarat Government launches crackdown on Sangh Parivar activists allegedly involved in attacks on Christians in the State.

Jan. 9

Union Cabinet approves Ninth Five Year Plan. Seven Ministers belonging to the Nyishi community resign from the Gegong Apang Ministry in Arunachal Pradesh.

Jan. 11

The National Commission for Minorities recommends that the Centre take ``immediate appropriate action under Articles 256 and 355 of the Constitution'' against the Gujarat Government for failing to check violence against minorities.

Four DRDO scientists and four pilots aboard an Avro plane on a research test flight are killed as the plane crashes after take-off from the Arakkonam INS Rajali Naval air base in Tamil Nadu.

Jan. 13

A Division Bench of the Madras High Court orders total ban on prize schemes.

Mr. Justice (retd.) Anshuman Singh, presently Governor of Gujarat, is appointed new Governor of Rajasthan.

Cabinet decides to allow six cash-rich public sector undertakings to disinvest either through the buyback route to sale of equity to another public sector company.

Jan. 14

At least 51 persons are killed and several injured in a stampede at a hilltop at Pampa, on the foothills of Sabarimala in Kerala.

Jan. 18

The office of the Board of Control for Cricket in India is ransacked allegedly by Shiv Sainiks protesting against the Pakistan team's tour of India. Shiv Sena denies hand in attack.

Nobel Laureate Prof. Amartya Sen is selected for Bharat Ratna.

Jan. 19

A sinister plan by Pakistan's Inter- Service Intelligence network to blow up the U.S. Consulate in Chennai and Calcutta, and to carry out explosions in New Delhi, during the Republic Day celebrations, is foiled with the arrest of a Bangladeshi mercenary, Sayed Abu Nasis.

Jan. 20

Renowned playwright Girish Karnad is selected for the 1998 Jnanpith Award.

Mr. G. Parthasarathy, India's envoy in Australia till now, is the new High Commissioner to Pakistan.

Jan. 21

The Shiv Sena chief, Mr. Bal Thackeray suspends his party's protest against the coming India-Pakistan cricket matches, after an urgent meeting with the Union Home Minister, in Mumbai.

Jan. 23

An Australian missionary, Graham Stewart Staines, and his two sons Philip and Timothy are burnt to death by miscreants near Manoharpur village in Orissa's Keonjhar district.

Jan. 24

The Orissa police arrest 47 persons in connection with the killing of the Australian missionary.

Jan. 25

Nuclear scientist, Dr. R. Chidambaram is among the 14 distinguished personalities chosen for Padma Vibhushan. Sachin Tendulkar and Ruskin Bond get Padma Shri.

Jan. 26

The Prime Minister deputes three senior Ministers to visit Orissa for a first-hand assessment of the burning of the Australian missionary and his two sons.

Twenty-one Dalits are gunned down by the Ranbit Sena in Jahanabad district in Bihar.

Jan. 28

The Centre decides to institute an inquiry by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court into the burning of the missionary.

Jan. 30

Mr. Madan Lal Khurana, Union Minister for Tourism and Parliamentary Affairs, quits Union Cabinet.

Pandit Ravi Shankar, sitar maestro and the noted freedom fighter from Assam, late Gopinath Bordoloi, are chosen for Bharat Ratna.

Jan. 31

India and the U.S. complete their eighth round of talks on post-nuclear test issues on an inconclusive but a positive note.


FEBRUARY

Feb. 1

Mr. Narayan Rane is sworn in 15th Chief Minister of Maharashtra along with 23 Cabinet and 24 State Rank Ministers.

Feb. 2

Centre rolls back recent increase in foodgrains prices for those below the poverty line.

Feb. 10

President approves imposition of President's rule in Goa. He also approves dissolution of the State Assembly paving the way for fresh elections.

Feb. 11

Twelve Dalits are shot dead by the Ranbir Sena in Narayanpar village in Bihar.

Feb. 12

The Centre dismisses the Rabri Devi Government in Bihar and imposes President's rule.

The Orissa Chief Minister, Mr. J. B. Patnaik resigns.

Feb. 13

The Rashtriya Janata Dal president, Mr. Laloo Prasad Yadav and a host of Ministers of the dismissed Rabri Devi Government are arrested for defying prohibitory orders.

Feb. 15

The RJD-sponsored bandh in protest against the imposition of president's rule in Bihar affects normal life.

Feb. 16

The Indian National Lok Dal leader, Mr. Om Prakash Chauthala, formally announces the withdrawal of support of his party M.P.s in the Lok Sabha to the Vajpayee Government.

Feb. 18

Mr. Giridhar Gamang is sworn in Orissa Chief Minister.

Feb. 20

Mr. Vajpayee travels to Lahore on the inaugural run of the bus between New Delhi and Lahore.

Feb. 21

Mr. Vajpayee and his Pakistani counterpart sign the Lahore Declaration redefining the relationship between the two countries in the post-nuclear situation.

Feb. 25

Railway Budget presented, upper class passenger fares raised, freight charges revised.

Feb. 26

The Government wins vote in Lok Sabha on Central rule in Bihar by 279-250.

Feb. 27

Union Budget presented. Fiscal deficit cut to 4.4 per cent.


MARCH

Mar. 1

The RBI cuts the repo rate from eight per cent to six per cent effective from March 3 and the bank rate from nine per cent to eight per cent.

Mar. 3

Four members of the forward Bhumihar community and allegedly members of the Ranbir Sena are gunned down by an armed squad of the People's War Group in Bhimpura village of Jehanbad district in Bihar.

Mar. 5

The indigenously-built multi-barrel rocket launcher, ``Pinaka'' is successfully test-fired at Chandipur-on-sea in Orissa.

Mar. 7

Twenty-two persons are killed and six injured when an AN-32 transport aircraft of the IAF crashes at Pappankulam, near the Indira Gandhi International Airport in south-west Delhi.

Mar. 8

The President formally revokes the proclamation imposing Central rule in Bihar after this was decided by the Union Cabinet earlier in the day.

Mar. 9

Ms. Rabri Devi is sworn in Chief Minister of Bihar for the second time.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, announces increased charges in almost all categories of communication services.

The Vice-Chancellor of the Madras University, Prof. P. T. Manoharan, quits office.

Mar. 10

Lok Sabha approves the Patents (Amendment) Bill, 1999, by a voice vote.

The hike in telecom rates is put on hold after the Trinamul Congress, an ally of the BJP, threatens to boycott the Lok Sabha.

Mar. 13

The Bihar Governor, Mr. Sundar Singh Bhandari is shifted to Gujarat as its Governor.

Mar. 14

A case of attempted murder is registered against Ms. Jayalalitha, AIADMK General Secretary, after her chartered accountant alleges that he was severely beaten up at her residence.

Mar. 15

Akali leader, Mr. Gurcharan Singh Tohra resigns as president of the Shironmani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee.

Mar. 16

The Shiromani Akali Dal creates a record by unanimously electing Bibi Jagir Kaur Begowal as the first woman president of the SGPC.

Mar. 17

The Bihar Chief Minister, Ms. Rabri Devi, convincingly proves her majority in the Assembly.

The Tamil Nadu Government presents its budget which includes liberal ST concessions.

Mar. 19

The banned Maoist Communist Centre kills 34 Bhumihars at Senari village in Jehanabad district in Bihar.

Mar. 22

Pandemonium breaks loose in the Tamil Nadu Assembly with the AIADMK group leader, Mr. Thamaraikani, inflicting a bleeding injury to the Agriculture Minister, Mr. Veerapandi S. Arumugam.

Fiftyseven prisoners in Indian and Pakistan jails are repatriated to their respective motherlands at the Attari-Wagah joint checkpost on the border in Amristar district.

Mar. 23

The Tamil Nadu Assembly sentences Mr. Thamaraikani to 15 days simple imprisonment but the Madras High Court orders his release.

Mar. 24

Mr. Thamaraikani is released from prison on the Madras High Court's orders and rearrested immediately on the basis of the Assembly resolution.

The Election Commission derecognises the Samata Party as a national party but grants it the status of a State party in Bihar, Haryana and Manipur.

Mar. 25

The legislature-judiciary stand-off in Tamil Nadu takes a dramatic turn with the Madras High Court once again ordering the immediate release on bail of the AIADMK group leader, Mr. R. Thamaraikani.

Mar. 26

The Union Cabinet approves a new telecom policy which permits the Department of Telecommunication/the Mahanagar Telecom Nigam Limited to operate cellular services all over the country and does away with duopoly in fixed phone services.

Mar. 27

The Government unveils a new telecom tariff stipulating substantially higher fixed phone rentals and local call charges for the urban middle class from April 15.

Mar. 28

Pakistan decides to ease visa restrictions for the aged, women and children from India in response to New Delhi's move towards visa relaxation for several categories of Pakistani nationals.

Mar. 29

A massive earthquake in the Garhwal region of Uttar Pradesh in the inner Himalayas leaves 85 people dead and more than 130 injured.

Mar. 31

The PIO card, conferring privileges on persons of Indian origin settled abroad, is formally launched.

Government unveils new Export Import policy for 1999-2000.


APRIL

Apr. 3

India's Insat-2E multipurpose telecommunications satellite is successfully launched from the Kourou space station in French Guyana.

Apr. 15

Ms. Jayalalitha announces that she is withdrawing her Ministers from the Central Government following the rejection of her demands on the Bhagwat issue.

Apr. 8

The Prime Minister forwards the AIADMK Ministers' letters of resignation to the President for acceptance.

Apr. 9

The AIADMK announces its resignation from the the coordination committee of the BJP-led ruling coalition.

Apr. 11

India successfully test-fires the extended range ``Agni-II'' missile, bridging a key gap in its minimum nuclear deterrent profile.

Apr. 13

D. Sripada Rao, former Speaker of the Andhra Pradesh Assembly, is shot dead by People's War Group naxalites near Annaram village in Karimnagar district.

Apr. 14

The President advises the Prime Minister to seek a vote of confidence in the Lok Sabha.

Apr. 15

The Prime Minister moves confidence motion in the Lok Sabha.

Apr. 16

The DMK and the Indian National Lok Dal decide to back the Government while the BSP decides to abstain.

Apr. 17

The Vajpayee Government resigns after it loses the confidence vote in the Lok Sabha by one vote - 269 to 270.

Apr. 19

The uncertainty over the fate of the budget ends with all political parties deciding to pass it without a discussion.

Apr. 21

Allies block Congress bid to form the government.

Apr. 22

The Lok Sabha passes the 1999-2000 general budget through voice vote but without a debate and without amendments.

Apr. 26

The President dissolves Lok Sabha and orders fresh elections.

Apr. 30

A model and T.V. personality, Ms. Jessica Lal is shot dead in a crowded south Delhi restaurant by a man who was allegedly refused a drink.


MAY

May 5

The Vajpayee Government transfers the Union Home Secretary, Mr. B. P. Singh.

The PMK decides to join the DMK-led alliance in Tamil Nadu.

May 10

The former Union Minister, Mr. Kalpanath Rai quits the Samata Party and joins the Congress.

Tamil Nadu Government withdraws the controversial Prevention of Terrorist Activities (POTA) Bill.

May 11

The Supreme Court confirms death sentence on four of the 26 accused in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, reduces to life imprisonment the sentence on three others and acquits the remaining 19.

The Centre removes the West Bengal Governor, Mr. A. R. Kidwai. The Arunachal Pradesh Governor, Mr. Mata Prasad has also been asked to step down.

May 12

The Arunachal Pradesh Governor refuses to quit.

The Congress(I) and the AIADMK decide to cooperate in the Lok Sabha poll.

May 14

The Supreme Court dismisses the AIADMK leader, Ms. Jayalalitha's petition against the appointment of special judges by the Tamil Nadu Government to try corruption cases against her.

Mr. Gurucharan Singh Tohra is expelled from Shiromani Akali Dal.

May 15

The BJP and at least 13 of its allies rename themselves the National Democratic Alliance.

Militants gun down a senior member of the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly belonging to the ruling National Conference, Mr. Abdul Ahad Kar in Kupwara district.

May 16

Senior Congress leaders oppose Ms. Sonia Gandhi as Prime Minister.

May 17

Ms. Sonia Gandhi resigns as Congress president but the CWC(I) rejects it.

May 20

The CWC expels Mr. Sharad Pawar, Mr. M. P. A. Sangma and Mr. Tariq Anwar for six years from the primary membership of the party.

May 21

A powerful bomb explodes and another is defused on the road leading to the Imphal airport minutes before the Prime Minister landed to commence his two-day visit to the State.

May 25

The Prime Minister declares the Centre will take all possible steps to push back infiltrators in Kargil.

India blasts its way into the global satellite launch vehicle market with the PSLV-C2 deploying two foreign satellites besides the Indian remote sensing satellite, IRS-P4.

May 27

IAF loses two fighter aircraft in the Kargil area. Pakistan claims it has Flight Lieutenant Nachiketa in its custody.

Messrs Sharad Pawar, Tariq Anwar and P. A. Sangma launch the Nationalist Congress Party.

May 30

India rejects U.N. offer to send a special envoy to defuse Indo-Pak tensions.

May 31

India accepts Pakistan's offer to send its Foreign Minister, Mr. Sartaj Aziz to New Delhi to defuse the current tension.


JUNE

Jun. 3

Flight Lieutenant K. Nachiketa is handed over by the International Committee of the Red Cross to the Indian High Commissioner inside the High Commission premises.

Jun. 5

The Army releases documents seized from three Pakistani soldiers in the Batalik sector to substantiate its claim that Pakistan regulars are involved in the Kargil conflict.

India defers New Delhi visit of the Pakistan Foreign Minister.

Jun. 6

The Congress(I) secures 21 seats in the 40-member Goa Assembly.

Jun. 7

The Supreme Court through an interim order stays till July 19, 1999, the execution of four accused in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.

Jun. 8

Mr. Jagmohan is shifted out of the Ministry of Communications to the Ministry of Urban Development so far headed by Mr. Ram Jethmalani who in turn is shifted to the Ministry of Law.

Jun. 9

The Indian army occupies two key positions in the Batalik sector.

Jun. 11

India provides incontrovertible tape evidence of Pakistan's involvement in the Kargil sector. The Indian army kills 23 intruders in the Batalik and Dras sectors but loses 15 of its man.

Jun. 12

The meeting between the External Affairs Minister, Mr. Jaswant Singh and his Pakistani counterpart, Mr. Sartaj Aziz fails to find a way out of the imbroglio over Kargil.

Jun. 13

The Pakistan army resorts to heavy artillery shelling on Baroo village, near Kargil town, during the Prime Minister's visit to the forward area.

The Indian army secures the strategic Tololing peak in the Dras sector.

Jun. 16

Ms. Jayalalitha and her erstwhile Cabinet colleague, Mr. V. R. Nedunchezhian are discharged in the multi-crore ``coal import'' case.

Jun. 19

The ``people's bus'' from Calcutta rolls into Dhaka and is formally received by the Prime Minister and his Bangladesh counterpart.

Jun. 20

The entire Tololing Ridge spread along the LoC in the Dras sub-sector is cleared of intruders and Pakistani forces.

Jun. 25

The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Bansi Lal, wins vote of confidence.

Jun. 29

The army takes over two major peaks close to the Tiger Hill area but loses 21 of its soldiers while 40 Pakistani soldiers are killed during the assault.

An Indian High Commissioner member, Mr. N. R. Doraiswamy is beaten up by Pakistani intelligence operatives.

Jun. 30

India reiterates that any talks will resume only after Pakistan's unconditional withdrawal from Kargil, meanwhile Indian Army continues to attack the Tiger Hill area and captures two positions in close proximity to Jubar features.The Election Commission says that Lok Sabha polls will held as per schedule.

The Prime Minister says that Pakistan has underestimated India's power.

The chairman of the House International Relations Committee, Mr. Benjamin Gilman in a resolution urges the Clinton administration to oppose Pakistan support to incursion.

The first ever direct bus service between India and Bangladesh gets delayed due to heavy rain.


JULY

Jul. 1

The Rashtriya Janata Party (RJP) of Mr. Shankersinh Waghela merges with Congress(I).

Two leaders of Hindu Makkal Katchi (HMK) are detained under National Security Act (NSA).

20 persons are killed when a truck runs into them during a tribal festival in Midnapore district.

A separate corporation for minorities development is formed in Tamil Nadu.

The Madras HC allows campaign against the capital punishment.

The ruling CPI(M) in Calcutta supports the candidature of former Army Chief for RS poll.

Jul. 2

The Indian Army launches a three pronged attack on Kargil. India is firm on Pakistan pullout from Kargil.

U.S. panel rejects Pakistan call for plebiscite in Kashmir.

Congress(I) leaders stage demonstration at Kandeleru reservoir, disrupt release of Telugu Ganga water to Chennai.

The Gujarat Government cancels the land allotted to a private charitable trust of Mr. Shankar Sinh Waghela.

Mr. P. Rama Rao is the new Vice-Chancellor of Hyderabad University.

In Jammu and Kashmir, nine people are killed by unidentified militants.

The Nationalist Congress Party criticises the BJP Government for not convening a RS session on Kargil issue.

The National Security Advisor, Mr. Brijesh Mishra, does not rule out the possibility of India's crossing LoC.

Nepal detains seven LTTE militants.

Thackeray backs Kapil Dev's stand that India should stop playing cricket with Pakistan even abroad following the Kargil and asks film actor Mr. Dilip Kumar to return the `Nishan-e-Pakistan' award he received from Pakistan.

All national parties want LS polls on schedule. Opposition firm on convening RS session to discuss Kargil issue.

India plans to move the international Court of Justice (ICI) to expose those responsible for the Kargil episode.

Medha Patkar of Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) plans fast to protest against the Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP).

Jul. 4

The Indian Army recaptures the Tiger Hill after a 11 hours assault, hoists the tricolour atop the 16,500 ft. peak.

Over 500 children of Kargil migrants take out a procession to Batalik in a show of solidarity with the Indian army.

Jul. 5

The Army consolidates its hold in Dras.

A joint statement issued by Mr. Clinton and Mr. Sharif, says that Pakistan agrees to pull out its forces from Indian side of LoC. The Congress(I) welcomes the statement.

Two inaugurated buses from Dhaka arrive in Calcutta.

Jul. 6

The Indian High Commission staff member Mr. Yog Raj Vij, who was beaten up and obducted by Pakistani intelligence operatives, is released. India strongly condemns this assault.

The Pakistan Army Chief, General Musharaff says it is up to Mujahideen to quit the Indian side at the LoC.

Jul. 7

The Indian Army recaptures Jubar height in the Batalik sector.

The Delhi High Court cancels the bail of Vilas Yadav, an accused in the model Jessica Lal murder case.

The crew of the North Korean Ship, which was detained at the Kandla Part, are arrested.

Jul. 8

Shiv Sena activists attack the office of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) in New Delhi to protest against the manhandling of Indian High Commission officials in Islamabad.

The bodies of 12 soldiers who died in Kargil battle, are brought to New Delhi. So far 321 soldiers are killed and 476 wounded in operation Vijay.

Jul. 9

Army reaches LoC in Batalik sector.

Jul. 10

The Mujahideen militants reject the appeal of Pakistan Defence Committee of Cabinet (CoC) to pull out of the Indian side of LoC. But Pakistan cabinet claims that the militants respond positively to their appeal.

197 Field Regiment are honoured for their valour in Kargil.

The Delhi police arrest Mohammad Javed alias Babu Bhai, an accused in the Jain Hawala case.

Jul. 11

The Election Commission announces the date of LS polls, which will be held from September 4 to October 3.

Pakistan begins pullout from LoC in the Kargil sector.

The Indian Army recaptures more posts in Mushkoh Valley.

Jul. 12

India sets a deadline for intruders withdrawal from Kargil, announces suspension of air strikes.

Jul. 13

Militants attack the residential complex of Border Security Force (BSF) in Madar village near Bandipur and take 12 persons as hostages after killing four.

The Lashkar-i-Taiba, a frontline Pakistani militant outfit, claims responsibility for that incident.

Floods claim 15 more lives in Bihar.

Pakistan says no deadline for withdrawal is given.

Jul. 14

Congress(I) withdraws support to Bansi Lal Government.

The National Security Guard (NSG) commandos free 12 hostages at the BSF camp.

Mr. Arvind Dave is appointed Governor of Arunachal Pradesh.

Jul. 15

The Maharashtra Assembly is dissolved.

Mr. Ashwini Mehta, brother of ``big bull'' Harshad Mehta, confirms that his brother has paid Rs. 1 crore to the former Prime Minister, Mr. P. V. Narasimha Rao.

Jul. 16

Pakistan admits crossing of LoC.

The controversial Hindi film ``Godmother'' bags six National awards including the best actress for Ms. Shabna Azmi.

17 are killed and over 200 injured when the Delhi bound GT Express collides with derailed wagons of a goods train near Mathura.

Jul. 18

The Army discovers Pakistani documents indicating presence of chemical weapons in the Kaskar area and launches searching operations there.

Jul. 20

In Haryana 12 Ministers quit from Bansi Lal's Ministry on the eve of crucial trust vote.

Militants kill 19 in Jammu, this is the fourth massacre in three weeks.

Jul. 21

The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Bansi Lal quits before seeking a trust vote; and rebels form a separate party.

The Janata Dal splits under Mr. Deve Gowda and Mr. Sharad Yadav. The latter group to support NDA.

Pakistan intensifies shelling in Kargil sector.

The Indo U.S. Extradition Treaty comes into force.

Jul. 22

The Karnataka Chief Minister, Mr. J. H. Patel, recommends dissolution of the Assembly and the Governor, Mr. Khurshid Alam Khan accepts it. Earlier Mr. Patel drops eight Ministers including the Deputy Chief Minister, Mr. Siddharamiah.

Indian Army destroys six enemy bunkers in the Mushkoh Valley.

The West Bengal Chief Minister, Mr. Jyoti Basu is selected for the first Mother Teresa International Award.

Jul. 23

Mr. Om Prakash Chautala, leader of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) is invited to form the Government in Haryana after he proves the majority of support of 53 MLAs in the 87-member House.

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) unearths Rs. 38,297 cr. lottery scam in Nagaland.

Flood situation is still grim in Bihar and Assam. The toll rises to 118 in Bihar. Meanwhile incessant rains continue to lash Goa affecting normal life, vehicular traffic as well as the Konkan Railway.

India and U.K. sign Rs. 547 cr. grant for two projects in Orissa and Andhra Pradesh.

Jul. 24

The Vajpayee Government orders a probe into the events leading to Pakistani intrusion in Kargil.

Mr. Om Prakash Chautala is sworn in the Chief Minister of Haryana, and will seek trust vote on July 27.

Jul. 25

The Indian Army clears of the Pakistani intruders in the Dras Sector.

Senior Congress leader and member of the dissolved Lok Sabha, Mr. Mufti Mohammed Sayeed quits Congress and floats a new party.

Jul. 26

The Director General of Military Operations, Lt. Gen. N. C. Vij, announces eviction of Pakistani intruders is complete. While Pakistan claims its Army still holds some strategic heights in Kargil.

Japan agrees to extend a grant of 909 million yen (Rs. 33.15 crores) to UNICEF project to eradicate polio in India.

Jul. 27

The Election Commission denies permission to the Vajpayee Government to grant DTH licence to Doordarshan and also to amend the cable TV Networks Act (Regulation) 1995.

Mr. Chautala wins trust vote in Haryana.

The Arunachal Pradesh Assembly is dissolved.

Jul. 28

The Shiv Sena president, Mr. Bal Thackeray is banned from voting and contesting in any election for six years from December 11, 1995 on the recommendations of the Election Commission.

Jul. 29

Bandh in Mumbai to protest against the verdict barring Mr. Bal Thackeray from voting and contesting any election till December 10, 2001.

India strongly condemns the killing of moderate Tamil leader Dr. Neelan Tiruchelvam.

Jul. 30

The Central Government gives an undertaking in Delhi High Court that it will maintain status quo in the telecom package till further orders.

Mr. Balram Jakhar, former Lok Sabha Speaker and senior Congress(I) leader is acquitted in the Hawala case.

The Government announces a special package for kin of Kargil heroes.


AUGUST

Aug. 1

Villagers from Maheshwar release lamps into the Narmada.

Aug. 2

Over 270 people are killed and 460 injured, when the Brahmaputra mail and Avadh-Assam express collide at Gaisal station.

Aug. 4

The U.S. Enforcement agencies notify India as a target of the Saudi Arabia mastermind Osama Bin Laden.

Aug. 5

The Global Peace March demands demilitarisation of the entire planet.

Aug. 6

India expels a staffer of the Pakistan High Commissioner on charge of spying.

Aug. 7

The Prime Minister Mr. A. B. Vajpayee appeals to the United States to name Pakistan as a terrorist state.

Aug. 9

Khajuraho, the city of love temples is chosen for the Millennium Celebrations.

Aug. 11

India witnesses celestial spectacle, the millennium's last total solar eclipse.

Pakistan fires at IAF Copter.

Aug. 15

The Prime Minister, Mr. Vajpayee says Agni-2 is to be inducted into the defence arsenal.

Aug. 19

India's role in ASEAN, ARF is lauded at a colloquium in Singapore.

Aug. 20

India urges Pakistan to take back its soldiers, who are in custody in the country.

Aug. 24

Arms dump unearthed near the Line of Actual Control in Nowgam Sector.

Aug. 30

The Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal A. Y. Tipris warns Pakistan not to indulge in trans-border ventures.


SEPTEMBER

Sep. 1

The Congress(I) President, Ms. Sonia Gandhi, launches a broadside against the Vajpayee Government on handling of Kargil issue.

The Supreme court, orders all the 53 specified iron foundries to close down in a prevention of pollution case.

The External Affairs Minister, Mr. Jaswant Singh, rules out converting the Line of Control (LOC) into an International Border.

Mr. Justice Arijit Pasayat, appointed Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court.

Sep. 2

Pakistan Claims that it has captured two Indian Army soldiers, during an attack.

A Roman catholic priest, Rev. Arul Doss, is killed in Jamabani village.

Sep. 3

India launches a new phase of military modernisation after the Kargil conflict.

Major fire destroys two floors of the 75-year old Ananda Bazaar Patrika group in Calcutta .

Brigadier V. K. Chopra is appointed as the new head of the 121 (1) infantry brigade in Kargil.

Sep. 4

The first phase of the polling to elect the 13th Lok Sabha covering 145 constituencies begins.

Three persons are arrested for murder of the Roman Catholic priest, Rev. Arun Doss, in Orissa.

Mr. Umesh Chandra, Assistant Inspector General of Police shot dead by the PWG in Hyderabad.

Sep. 5

An estimated 55 per cent cast their votes in the first phase of polling.

Indian soldiers destroy a Pakistani ammunition depot near Siari in PoK during retaliatory firing.

Sep. 6

The Election Commission orders repoll in 184 polling stations in various States.

Ms. Vyjayanthimala Bali, former Congress (I) MP, joins the BJP.

Mr. P. V. Gangadharan, director of the Mathrubhumi Group of Newspapers, is elected president of the Film Federation of India.

Sep. 7

The BJP candidate for the Anantang Lok Sabha seat Mr. Haider Noorani, killed in bomb blast.

India rejects Pakistan demand for a East Timor type of referendum in Kashmir.

The National Literacy Mission bags the prestigious Noma Literacy Prize for the year.

Sep. 9

Mr. V. Sudarshan, Foreign Editor of The Pioneer till recently gets the Appan Menon Award.

The Law Commission creates a website.

Sep. 10

Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, files her nomination papers for the Amethi Lok Sabha Constituency.

The second phase of the Lok Sabha election takes place in eight States.

Sep. 14

The Election Commission withdraws its guidelines on publication/broadcast/telecast of opinion and exist poll results.

Sep. 15

Mr. Palvai Purushottam, the sitting Sirpur MLA and TDP candidate shot dead.

The sixth World Hindi conference begins at the Wembley conference centre, London.

Sep. 16

Pakistan releases Lance Naik Ram Singh and Sepoy Bajinder Singh, after keeping them in custody for 17 days.

Sep. 17

India and the United States begins high level consultations to find ways on countering terrorism.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (JCSC) headed by Gen. Pervez Musharraf, take ``exception'' to the remarks made by the former Foreign Secretary, Kargil war.

The U.S. President, Mr. Bill Clinton, makes it clear that he would not appoint a Special Envoy on Kashmir.

Mr. Narayan Desai, Mr. Ajoy Kumar Basu, and Ms. Saraswathi Gora, are named for Jamnalal Bajaj awards.

Prof. Sir Joseph Rotbalt, a noted British nuclear physicist wins the Jamalal Bajaj International Award.

Sep. 18

Large-scale violence mostly in Bihar marks the end of the third phase of polling.

Sep. 19

Pakistani troops shells border villages near the Line of Control (LOC) in Baramulla constituency.

Sep. 20

The Supreme Court grants eight weeks time to the Centre to file affidavit on illegal migrants in the north- eastern states and West Bengal.

The Prime Minister, Mr. A. B. Vajpayee, urges the Karnataka Chief Minister, Mr. J. H. Patel to release water to Tamil Nadu.

Ms. Shobha Subrahmanyam, managing director of the Ananda Bazaar Patrika Group of publication elected president of the Indian Newspaper Society for 1999-2000.

The spiritual leader of Tibetans, the Dalai Lama arrives in Bangalore on a three-week visit.

Sep. 21

Mr. A. C. Muthiah is elected president of the Board of Control of Cricket in India.

Sep. 22

India asks Pakistan to prevent the reported attempt by the JKLF to cross the Line of Control (LOC) on October 4.

Six scientists receive the B.M. Birla Award for Science for the year 1997.

Sep. 23

India rejects Pakistan's proposal for an international conference an arms control.

The Karnataka Chief Minister, Mr. J. H. Patel, says the state would abide by the decision of the Monitoring Committee of the Cauvery River Authority.

Sep. 24

The emergency meeting of the Monitoring Committee of the Cauvery River Authority fails to bring immediate relief to Tamil Nadu.

Sep. 25

Pakistan says it is ready to resume the stalled bilateral dialogue with India once a new Government takes charge in New Delhi.

Sep. 26

The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, dispatches a team of experts to Karnataka and Tamil Nadu to assess the water storage position.

Fire breaks out when the officials of the ONGC test the pressure in Well No. 3 in Nandigama Village in Krishna District.

Six selected for Shanti Swaroop award for Science.

Sep. 27

Harshad Mehta and three others are convicted for misappropriating surplus funds of the Maruti Udyog Ltd.

Sep. 28

Mr. Justice M. S. Rane of the Supreme Court sentences Harshad Mehta and his three accomplices, to five years rigorous imprisonment and fine.

Sep. 29

The External Affairs Minister, Mr. Jawant Singh and his Pakistani counterpart, Mr. Sartaj Aziz, meet at the SAARC ministerial meeting.

Sep. 30

The nuclear programme is not expensive and will not be a burden on the economy, says the Finance Minister, Mr. Yashwant Sinha.

India successfully test-fires its multi-target surface-to-air missile ``Akash.''

The Prime Minister, Mr. Vajpayee, at an election campaign in Lucknow calls upon the people to give him a five-year term.

Christians observe protest day in Agra against the attacks on their communities in different parts of the country.

The WHO launches a global move to eliminate blindness

The Hindi writer, Prof. Prem Shankar and the Tamil scholar, Mr. Ashokamitran, are selected for K.K. Birla Foundation Fellowships in comparative Indian literature.


OCTOBER

Oct. 1

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.

Oct. 2

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.

Oct. 3

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.

Oct. 4

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.

Oct. 5

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.

Oct. 6

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.

Oct. 7

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.

Oct. 8

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.

Oct. 10

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.

Oct. 11

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.

Oct. 12

DMK decides to join the NDA Government.

The former BJP MP, Mr. Sachidanand Sakshi joins SP.

The coalition Government in Meghalaya loses majority.

Oct. 13

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.

Oct. 14

India reiterates its stand on CTBT.

An Indian, Sheikh Shamim is hanged in Pakistan for espionage.

New coalition sworn in in Meghalaya.

Oct. 15

The Maharashtra Governor, Mr. P. C. Alexander asks both the BJP- Shiv Sena combine and the Congress(I) for proof.

Oct. 16

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).

Oct. 17

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.

Oct. 19

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.

Oct. 20

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.

Oct. 21

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.

Oct. 22

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.

Oct. 23

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.

Oct. 24

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''.

Oct. 25

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.

Oct. 26

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).

Oct. 27

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.

Oct. 28

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.

Oct. 29

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.

Oct. 30

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.

Oct. 31

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.


NOVEMBER

Nov. 1

A frenzied mob in Paradip attacks an IAF helicopter carrying the Defence Minister Mr. George Fernandes and two of his ministerial colleagues.

An independent is leading in Purnea Lok Sabha seat.

SC refuses to interfere with the Delhi High Court order in TRAI case.

The Supreme Court continues the stay of Mumbai special court order in Harshad Mehta case.

H. K. Dua, Senior Journalist and former editor of The Indian Express, and The Hindustan Times is appointed the Press Adviser to the Prime Minister.

Mr. Soli Sorbajee is reappointed the Attorney General.

Nov. 2

Relief Operations in full swing in Orissa.

The UN condoles cyclone victims.

BJP suffers jolt in Bihar as it fails to win a single seat it contested in the October 28 poll to four Lok Sabha seats.

The National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) NSCN (K) announces ceasefire.

Police arrest top leaders of Shiv Sena ahead of Pope's visit to India.

The Delhi HC dismisses a plea against Ms.Sonia Gandhi seeking deletion of her name from the register of Indian citizenship.

Nov. 3

Airdropping of food continues in Orissa.

Militants attack Army headquarters in Srinagar.

Dr. M. S. Swaminathan well-known agricultural scientist, is selected for the UNESCO Gandhi gold medal.

The U.S. announces aid worth $2 million to cyclone victims of Orissa.

Mr. Harkishan Singh Surjeet donates property share to his party, CPI(M).

Nov. 4

Relief eludes most people in Orissa. Many villages are still unapproachable.

Non-bailable arrest warrant for Quattrocchi in Bofors case.

Nov. 5

Pope John Paul II arrives in New Delhi to a warm welcome.

Rs. 100 crores more grant for Orissa. The Prime Minister makes an aerial survey. Toll put up at 1,381.

The CBI arrests the Bihar Road Construction Minister Mr.Illiyas Hussain and conducts raids in the bitumen scam case.

The Prime Minister's office will be the next target says the outfit Lashkar-i-Taiba after attacking the Badamibagh contonement in Srinagar.

An accused in the 1993 Bombay blasts is held in Nepal.

Nov. 6

Red carpet welcome to Pope. He appreciates the religious freedom in India.

Later Pope visits Rajghat offering floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi.

Nov. 8

Pope is given a warm send off as he leaves for Georgia.

The Government announces waiver of telephone bills up to Rs. 1000 in the rural areas of cyclone-hit Orissa.

45 are killed in a fire in Sonepat

Maximum cyclone toll is in Jagatsinghpur. Far-flung areas continue to suffer.

Nov. 9

BJP asks Mr. Kalyan Singh to step down, choses Ram Prakash Gupta as his successor.

Ignoring Ayodhya was a mistake says Mr. Kalyan Singh.

Prof. Romila Thapar, historian, is elected to the highest British academic honour.

Nov. 10

Cyclone toll crosses 7,000. The Prime Minister appoints one-man task force for Orissa.

17 Pakistani soldiers are killed in fighting near LoC.

Nov. 11

Eleven are killed and 108 injured when a powerful bomb goes off in the general compartment of Delhi-bound Puja express.

Mr. M. M. Rajendran will be the new Governor of Orissa.

The Prime Minister, Mr. Vajpayee leaves for Durban summit of the Commonhealth Heads of Government meeting (CHOGM).

Nov. 12

A 50-member BJP Ministry led by Ram Prakash Gupta is sworn in Uttar Pradesh.

The Congress(I) snaps ties with the RJD.

A woman commits `sati' in Satpura village in Mohaba district of Uttar Pradesh.

15 children are selected for this year's national bravery award.

Nov. 15

The All-Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF) militants kill 17 in Tripura.

The Centre releases 13,800 tonnes of rice for Ganjam district in Orissa. Meanwhile livestock faces starvation.

Notorious criminal Surendra alias Dolatpuri is shot dead in an encounter with the police at Khatavli, Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh.

The opposition moved no-confidence motion against Mr.Om Prakash Chautala fails in Haryana.

Nov. 16

The Bihar Governor, Mr. Suraj Bhan dismisses the Horticulture and Weights and Measurements Minister, Mr. Samrat Chaudhary in the Rabri Devi cabinet, for being `underaged'.

A petition is filed against Union Carbide in New York court.

The Defence Minister, Mr. George Fernandes rules out President's rule in Orissa.

Nov. 17

10 are killed in the Chennai Central prison violence

41 more Ministers are inducted into the Ram Prakash Gupta Ministry in Uttar Pradesh taking the strength of the Ministry to 91.

The Finance Minister, Mr. Yashwant Sinha defends the sale of shares of Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL)

Nov. 18

12 of a family are killed in Bihar.

23 escape from the Tura district jail in Meghalaya.

Ms. Sonia Gandhi pleads with the President on Nalini's case.

The Prime Minister briefs President on Durban meet.

The ancestral home of J. Krishnamoorthy alias JK is to be preserved as a national monument.

Three Lashkar-i-Taiba militants including its Chief Commander are killed in a fierce encounter with Special Operations Group (SOG) in Jammu and Kashmir.

Nov. 19

The Congress(I) Government in Goa reduces to minority as 11 members of their party withdraw their support to the Government.

New Governors for Bihar, West Bengal, Goa, Manipur and Punjab are named by the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

The Centre includes 126 more castes in OBC list.

The Railway Ministry announces the withdrawal of freight hike.

CITU plans stir against IRA Bill.

The Allahabad HC orders release of 11 NSA detainees.

Indira Gandhi Peace prize is presented to social worker of Bangladesh, Mr. Muhammed Yunus.

Nov. 20

Reforms will continue says the Prime Minister.

The Goa Chief Minister, Mr. Luizinho Faleiro is asked to prove majority in the Assembly.

The melody queen, Ms. Lata Mangeshkar, a senior journalist Mr. `Cho' Ramaswamy, an eminent jurist, Mr. Fali S. Nariman and a veteran RSS leader Mr. Nanaji Deshmukh are being nominated to the Rajya Sabha.

An Indian scientist, Mr. P.G.S. Mony is honoured by the French Government.

A hotline is commissioned between India and China.

Nov. 21

The Centre is retiring two members of the Prasar Bharati Board, Ms. Romila Thapar, eminent historian and Mr. Rajendra Yadav.

The Samajwadi Party Chief, Mr. Mulayam Singh Yadav favours reservation for Brahmins and Thakurs in Uttar Pradesh.

15 pirates who allegedly hijacked the cargo ship ``M. U. Alondra Rainbow'' are handed over to the Mumbai police.

Nov. 22

The Prime Minister, Mr. Vajpayee expands cabinet as four more ministers join the ministry including Mr.Arun Shourie.

Mrs. V. S. Rama Devi and Mr. Vishnu Kant Shastri are the new Governors of Karnataka and Himachal Pradesh.

The Special Task Force (STF) of Uttar Pradesh arrests three members of sandalwood smuggler Veerappan's gang and seizes a consignment of sandalwood worth Rs. 4.5 lakhs from them at Mathura.

The toll in Orissa's super cyclone rises to 9,800.

The BSF unearths a 160-yard tunnel near the barbed wire fencing on the Pakistani side.

Nov. 23

Goa Government will survive says Ms.Sonia Gandhi.

No cut in PF interest rate says the Finance Minister

Mr. Vinod Chandra Pandey takes over as the Governor of Bihar.

Nov. 24

A 11-member Indian National Congress (INC) (Sardinha) Ministry is sworn in Goa.

No funds shortage for security says the Prime Minister.

Air dropping of food packets is discontinued in Orissa following improvement in rail and road communication.

The Tourism Minister, Ms. Uma Bharati is admitted to AIIMS Hospital.

The dedication ceremony of Shanmukhananda Hall is put off.

Nov. 25

The Gandhian and noted social worker Baba Amte is chosen for the Gandhi Peace Prize for 1999.

The Madras HC sets aside the Tamil Nadu Governor, Ms. Fathima Beevi's order rejecting the mercy petitions of four accused in the Rajiv's case.

Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam is appointed Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India.

The `Rainbow warrior' the campaignship of the international environmental group, Green Peace, arrives in Mumbai.

Nov. 26

Mr. Buddhadev Bhattacharya is the Deputy Chief Minister of West Bengal.

The president of the Jammu and Kashmir's Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP) Shabir Ahmad Shah is released from Jammu Central jail.

The Government plans to set up a judicial commission says the Prime Minister, Mr. Vajpayee.

The BJP joins the Goa Ministry. Meanwhile the new Governor of Goa, Mr. Mohammad Fazal is sworn in.

A city court acquits the former Union Minister Mr. H.K.L. Bhagat in the 1984 anti-Sikh riot case.

SPG cover for the Congress(I) president, Ms. Sonia Gandhi and her two children will continue.

Nov. 27

The BJP suspends the former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Mr. Kalyan Singh from the primary membership of the Party for defying Mr. Vajpayee.

The Special Relief Commissioner of Orissa, Mr. D. N. Padhi is suspended for alleged irregularities in the procurement of polythene sheets for the cyclone-hit families.

Rebels in the ruling Congress(I) in Orissa decide to give an ultimatum to the party high command for the removal of Mr. Giridhar Gamang as the Chief minister.

Two persons are killed and 16 others injured in a grenade attack on army camp in Srinagar.

Lt. Gen. J.F.R. Jacob is sworn in Punjab Governor.

The BJP recaptures the Jaipur Civic body posts by winning 49 out of 70 seats.

Nov. 28

The Vajpayee Government seeks support on major economic issues during the winter session at Parliament.

Senior Awami League leader, Mr. Mohammed Anwar Sheikh is killed and his wife and daughter-in-law are seriously injured in militants attack on his house in Kashmir.

Bid to blast the railway station in Andhra Pradesh by People's War Group (PWG) is foiled.

40 Dalits are injured in an attack by Kshatriyas in Junagadh district, Gujarat.

The Joint Struggle Committee of Financial Sector unions give a call for a nation-wide stir over the IRA Bill.

Nov. 29

Congress(I) stages walkout on the opening day of winter session of Parliament after the Centre reiterates its helplessness in deleting the name of Rajiv from the Bofors chargesheet.

The Nagaland Chief Minister, Mr. S. C. Jamir escapes an attempt on his life.

The Delhi HC dismisses the CBI pleas against the Jain brothers in Hawala case.

The Finance Minister, introduces the FEMA Bill, rejects the Left's charge.

Employees of LIC, GIC and other public sector banks stage a dharna to protest against the IRA bill.

Nov. 30

The Goa Chief Minister, Mr. Francisco Sardinha wins trust vote.

The disinvestment panel headed by Mr. G. V. Ramakrishna demits office after the end of its three-year term.


DECEMBER

Dec. 1

The former Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi is named ``Woman of the Millennium'' in a BBC poll.

The Justice D.P. Wadhwa Commission report says the slain Australian Missionary in Orissa Graham Steward Staines, was not involved in conversions.

The SC quashes a pending inquiry initiated by the Election Commission against the former Union Finance Minister, Mr. Manmohan Singh.

Dec. 2

The Lok Sabha passes Insurance, FEMA and Money Laundering Bills.

In Tamil Nadu, former AIADMK Minister, Mr. Nagoor Meeran and his wife are sentenced to three years rigorous imprisonment in `disproportionate wealth' case.

Mr. Vishnu Kant Shastri and Mr. Ved Prakash Marwah are sworn in Governors of Himachal Pradesh and Manipur, respectively.

Dec. 3

`Wheat scam' rocks the Lok Sabha. The entire opposition led by the Congress(I) stages a walk-out demanding probe into it.

Bhopal gas victims take out rallies to mark the 15th anniversary of the tragedy.

Dec. 4

The week-long crisis in Orissa Congress(I) ministry ends as the Chief Minister, Mr. Giridhar Gamang agrees to resign.

A batch of 1,690 Indian soldiers are leaving for Sierra Leone to join the U.N. Mission to implement the peace accord.

Mr. Uman J. Shah is sworn in West Bengal Governor.

Dec. 5

Mr. Hemananda Biswal is elected as Orissa CLP leader.

India's Yukta Mookhey is crowned Miss World.

The Union Home Ministry ask Intelligence Bureau (IB) to conduct an inquiry against IB officials in ISRO spy case.

Dec. 6

In the Lok Sabha, the Opposition charges the government with delaying Ayodhya cases.

Demonstrations, and rallies mark the seventh anniversary of the demolition of the Babri Masjid which passes of peacefully.

Dec. 7

The Prime Minister, Mr. Vajpayee rejects the Opposition demand for resignation of three Central Ministers Mr. L. K. Advani, Mr. Murli Manohar Joshi and Ms. Uma Bharati in the Ayodhya case.

The Centre says foreign investment will not be at the cost of security.

India and Russia sign a 10-year protocol.

Mr. Nareshwar Dayal, is appointed India's High Commissioner to U.K.

Dec. 8

The Opposition attacks the Prime Minister Mr. Vajpayee for ``withholding'' information on Ministers' resignation.

The Home Minister's conditional offer on demand for a new probe into the 1984 Sikh riots.The Uttar Pradesh Cabinet dissolves State Women's Commission set up by the former Chief Minister, Mr. Kalyan Singh.

The sale of homoeopathic eye-drop is banned following a communication from the WHO.

The former Punjab Minister, Mr. Brij Bhupinder Singh alias Lalli, is arrested on charges of fraud and misappropriation of public funds.

Dr. Shankar K. Pal of the Indian statistical institute is selected for the G.D. Birla Award for 1999.

Furore over the RJD President Mr. Laloo Prasad Yadav's daughter topping the MBBS exam in the Lok Sabha.

Dec. 9

BJP expels the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr. Kalyan Singh.

Several MPs in the Lok Sabha demand the resignation of the CBI chief in the Priyadarshini Matto murder case.

The Mumbai HC dismisses the plea of the sacked Navy chief Admiral Vishnu Bhagwat challenging his dismissal.

27 Ministers are inducted into Mr. Biswal's Ministry in Orissa.

CBI team leaves for Malaysia to secure Quattrocchi extradition.

The U.S. energy major, Cogentrix Energy Inc. pulls out of Mangalore power project in Karnataka.

Dec. 10

The Prime Minister launches a Rs. 100- crore national venture fund for IT industry.

The expelled Kalyan Singh decides to form a new party.

Mr. Pranab Mukherjee and Mr. Jaipal Reddy are chosen outstanding parliamentarians for 1997 and 1998 respectively.

Dara Singh, the prime accused in the killing of Australian Missionary, again gives the slip to police.

Dec. 11

Centre downsizes the NSG cover.

The former Election Commissioner, Mr. G.V.G. Krishnamurthi will be one of the international observers for the Sri Lankan poll.

Mr. Gopalakrishna Gandhi, former High Commissioner to South Africa, is conferred the honorary doctorate by the University of Natal, Durban, South Africa.

Dr. M. L. Madhu, poet and translator wins the Pushkin Gold Medal award.

The writer Ms. Kamala Das embraces Islam.

Dec. 12

The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr. Ram Prakash Gupta says the Ram temple issue is still on the BJP's agenda.

The CBI Director, Mr. R. K. Raghavan, says the agency will be ready for probe again in Priyadarshini Matto murder case.

Mr. Umod Chandra Pande is sworn in the Governor of West Bengal.

Rs. 400-crore additional aid for Himachal Pradesh.

No transparency in judicial appointments, says Mr. Justice Kuldip Singh, retired judge of the Supreme Court.

18 corporators of Aligarh including the Mayor, resign from the BJP to protest against the expulsion of Mr. Kalyan Singh.

Dec. 13

Furore, walkout in the Lok Sabha over Ayodhya issue. The Prime Minister says no hidden agenda.

A high-level central team is deputed to Kashmir to discuss law and order situation.

The J&K Chief Minister, Mr. Farooq Abdullah drops seven ministers.

An eight-year-old girl is crashed to death in an escalator accident at the Indira Gandhi International Airport.

The Railways announces concessions for senior citizens, students upto Class-X and poor.

Dr. V. Kurien gets the Paulos Mar Gregorius Award 1999.

The Government lodges protest with the Pakistani Rangers following the discovery of a tunnel near the Indo-Pak border.

Dec. 14

The Haryana Assembly is dissolved.

Arrest warrant against Win Chadha in Bofors case.

The Prime Minister informs the Lok Sabha that Mr. Ram Prakash Gupta has denied the remarks on temple construction.

The Taj Mahal will be opened for night viewing for five days from December 22.

The Lok Sabha Speaker, Mr. G.M.C. Balayogi presents a draft for over Rs. 32 lakhs to the Prime Minister for the Kargil Fund.

A probe is ordered into the escalator accident.

The Government rules out banning of MTV.

Dec. 15

The Rajya Sabha members grill the Government over the Ayodhya issue.

Militants attack two security camps in northern Kashmir.

Three officials are suspended in connection with the escalator death.

The U.S. slaps duty on steel plates imported from India.

The CPI (M) urges the Centre to take over Dunlop India Ltd.

BJP will abide by the NDA agenda on Ayodhya, says the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr. Gupta.

The Finance Minister, Mr. Yashwant Sinha arrives in Berlin to attend G-20 meet.

Dec. 16

The Madhya Pradesh Minister for Transport, MR. Likhiram Karve is hacked to death by naxalites.

The BJP demands dismissal of the Madhya Pradesh Government and a CBI probe into the incident.

India receives the last set of Bofors papers from Swiss authorities.

Bill on Cyber law is introduced in the Lok Sabha.

India agrees to a financial system stability assessment (FSSA) by the IMF.

The second phase of national AIDS programme is launched.

Dec. 17

The U.S. removes 51 Indian entities from sanctions list.

The expelled BJP leader Mr. Kalyan Singh floats a new party Rashtriya Kranti Party .

The Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Mr. Pramod Mahajan announces Women's Bill will be introduced in the Lok Sabha.

The SC stays Uttar Pradesh Government's decision of night viewing of Taj Mahal.

Bill to amend Copyright Act of 1957 is passed in the Rajya Sabha.

Dec. 18

Trishul is test-fired successfully.

Four Pakistani troops are killed by Indian soldiers across the Poonch sector in Jammu.

The Orissa Chief Minister, Mr. Hemananda Biswal orders a judicial probe into the alleged polythene purchase scam.

The DMK warns the Centre and the BJP against `hidden agenda'.

The PWG blasts railway track in Bihar.

The noted historian Dr. Romila Thapar cautions historians on Somnath temple.

Dec. 19

Mystery behind the Madhya Pradesh Minister's murder deepens.

Militants spurn the Union Home Ministry offer.

The Rashtra Chethna Yatra reaches Hyderabad.

The President and the Prime Minister express shock over the bid to assassinate the Sri Lankan President, Ms. Chandrika Kumaratunga.

Mr. Quattrocchi, rules out confession in Bofors pay-off case.

The Union Law Minister, Mr. Ram Jethmalani says the BJP Government has no hidden agenda.

Dec. 20

Wrangling, walk out by the Opposition over Women's Reservation Bill.

The Government rejects the underworld don, Dawood Ibrahim's conditional offer to surrender.

The Delhi HC dismisses a plea from Mr. Rajendra Yadav challenging his retirement from the Prachar Bharati Board.

States agree on uniform ST.

The Samajwadi Party Chief, Mr. Mulayam Singh Yadav opposes signing of CTBT.

Mr. Win Chadha ready to come to India to face trial in the Bofors case.

Dec. 21

The BJP president, Mr. Kushabhau Thakre says Ayodhya issue is a `programme' and not ideology of the party.

Curfew in Rajasthan town of Phalodi after a Shiv Sena activist is killed in clashes between two communities.

The Gujarat Government asks the Hindu Jagran March to go-ahead with Shilanyas for a Ram temple at Halmodi in Surat district.

The Rajya Sabha witnesses uproarious scenes with the Opposition demanding the Centre to direct the Gujarat Government not to allow the `Shilanyas'.

The PWG claims responsibility for the murder of Likhiram Karve, Madhya Pradesh Minister.

The Manisana Wage Board for Journalists and Non-Journalists of Newspapers presents tentative proposals to the Government.

Dec. 22

Shilanyas for Ram temple in a Gujarat village is peaceful.

The majority Christian population desert the village. A dangerous precedent, says the United Christian Forum for Human Rights.

The Government says no hidden agenda behind the U.S. lifting of curbs.

The Union Cabinet decides to repeal 18 Acts.

CPI (M) is against India signing the CTBT.

The curfew imposed on Phalodi town in Jodhpur continues.

Dec. 25

An Indian Airlines aircraft with 187 passengers on board is hijacked. The plane was going from Katmandu to New Delhi. It lands near Abu Dhabi after several hops.

Dec. 26

Hijackers release 26 passengers from the flight, which has been flown to Kandahar, Afghanistan.


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