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National Events in January 2000

Jan. 2:

The author of the timeless classics, `Charitraheen' and Grihadaha, Sarat Chandra Chatterjee has been chosen novelist of the century in an online poll conducted by a literary magazine.

Jan. 3:

The Prime Minister, Mr. A. B. Vajpayee accuses Pakistan of having been behind the hijack of an Indian Airlines aircraft. (The crisis ended on Dec. 31 last with the Vajpayee Government agreeing to free three terrorists in exchange for the passengers).

The Centre ask the State Governments and the Union Territories to deport all foreign nationals, including Pakistanis, who have either stayed in the country unauthorisedly or remained untraced.

Jan. 4:

The BJP Government in Gujarat amends the Gujarat Civil Services conduct Rules, lifting the ban on participation by employees in the activities of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.

Jan. 6:

Police nab four key accomplices of the Pakistani hijackers involved in the hijack of Indian Airlines Flight IC-814 in Mumbai.

Police announce that DNA testing on the exhumed body found at a South Kashmir village in 1997 confirmed that it was of Paul Wells, one of the four foreign tourists abducted by Al Faran militants in July 1995.

Jan. 7:

The teenage head of one of the four sects of Tibetan Buddhism escapes from Chinese Communist rule to India after a trek through the Himalayas.

Jan. 8:

The Government reconstitutes the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts and Trust and retains Mrs. Sonia Gandhi as a trustee along with Mr. P. V. Narasimha Rao, Prof. Yashpal and Dr. Abid Hussain.

Jan. 11:

Accord reached, QR on imports between the U.S. and India to be totally removed by April 2001.

Mrs. Anju, wife of Shoaib Ilyasi of India's most wanted fame serial, dies under mysterious circumstances.

Jan. 12:

The Union Cabinet gives assent for a fresh probe into the 1984 anti-Sikh riots by a one-man judicial commission.

Mr. T. S. Krishna Murthy is appointed Election Commissioner in place of Mr. G.V.G. Krishnamoorthy who retired.

The Union Cabinet approves a proposal of the Civil Aviation Ministry to privatise the airports at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Calcutta and a new airport in Bangalore on a 30-year lease which can be extended by 19 years.

Dr. Gurudev S. Khush of the Manila - based International Rice Research Institute wins the Wolf prize for Agriculture for the year 2000.

Jan. 13:

The Madras High Court discharges the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and AIADMK General Secretary, Ms. Jayalalitha from two cases pertaining to the ``TANSI land deal''.

The Centre announces a six-point strategy for revamping the Public Distribution System.

Jan. 14:

The Government announces an across-the-board one per cent cut in the deposit rates (from 12 per cent to 11 per cent) on all small savings schemes.

Jan. 15:

Social artist, Baba Amte receives Gandhi Peace Prize, 1999 from the President, Mr. K. R. Narayanan.

Jan. 16:

Indian High Commission Staff member, Mr. P. Moses, badly beaten up and abducted by Pakistani intelligence operators in Islamabad.

Jan. 17:

Delhi police seize toys packed with RDX from a Pakistani national described as an ISI agent.

Pakistan authorities free Indian High Commission staffer in Islambad following strong protest.

Jan. 18:

Pakistan expels P. Moses, a staffer of the Indian High Commission - abducted and arrested on false charges of carrying a ``remote device'' for a bomb. The Port and dock workers strike hits operations at 11 major ports across the country.

India and the U.S. resume talks to narrow their differences on the CTBT.

Mr. S. S. Dawra is appointed new Director of the Enforcement Directorate.

Jan. 20:

The EC derecognises the Samata Party president and Defence Minister, Mr. George Fernandes and virtually the entire top brass and debars them from allotting the party symbol to candidates in the Assembly elections scheduled in February.

J&K accepts the report of the State Autonomy committee tabled in the Assembly last year.

The International Film Festival of India comes to a close with India, Japanese directors sharing honours.

Jan. 21:

Mr. Rakesh Roshan, actor-turned producer and director, shot at by two unidentified persons in Santacruz, Mumbai, while travelling in a car.

The Samata Party National Executive elects Mrs. Jaya Jaitley, president.

Jan. 22:

The port and dock workers call off strike.

Twenty five Pak. soldiers killed near LoC in the Akhnoor sector of the Jammu division.

Jan. 23:

India will be taught a lesson if it tries to cross the LoC, says the Pakistani military ruler, Gen. Pervez Musharraf.

Row over shooting of Ms. Deepa Mehta's film `Water' in Varanasi erupts as according to the RSS, it depicts Hinduism in a bad light.

Jan. 24:

The President gives his assent to the Constitution (19th Amendment) Act, 1999 extending reservation for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in the Lok Sabha and State Assemblies for a further period of 10 years beyond January 25, 2000.

The Supreme Court imposes with immediate effect a ban on industries in Delhi and Haryana from discharging untreated industrial effluents into the Yamuna.

Jan. 25:

The Government awards Padma Vibhushan for R.K. Narayan, Dr.M.S. Gill; Padma Bhushan for Rajnikant and Padmashri for A.R. Rehman.

The Government issues an ordinance for reconstitution of the TRAI and creation of a telecom dispute settlement and appellate tribunal.

The Centre begins the process of privatising the country's domestic carrier, Indian Airlines and also approves the sale of majority equity in Modern Foods India Limited.

The Akal Takht Jathedar, Giani Imran Singh excommunicates the SGPC President, Bibi Jagir Kaur.

Jan. 26:

Mr. K. Vadivel Raj gets the 1999 Kabir Puraskar, for rescuing 11 persons of another community during caste violence in September 1998 in a village in Tamil Nadu.

Two official television channels - the first educational channel (DD Gyan Darshan) and DD Kashmir, targeted at Kashmir and areas across the border launched.

Jan. 27:

The President, Mr. K.R. Narayanan opposes any tinkering with the Constitution.

Thailand arrests the general secretary of the outlawed Nagaland insurgent outfit, NSCN (I-M), Mr.T. Muivah on charges of travelling on `fake' passports from Karachi.

Jan. 28:

Mr. M. S. Verma, former Chairman of the SBI is appointed Chairperson of the reconstituted Telecom Regulatory Authority of India for three-year-term.

Jan. 30:

Following violent demonstrations on the sets of Ms. Deepa Mehta's film Water, in Varanasi, the district administration stops the shooting on the orders of the U.P. Government.

I have forgiven Dara Singh, says Gladys Staines, widow of Graham Stewart Staines, Australian missionary, who along with his two minor sons, was burnt to death at Orissa's Manoharpur, village.

Jan. 31:

All seven accused in the Jain hawala case discharged.

A city court hearing the Purulia armsdrop case convicts a British National, Peter Bleach and five Latvians of conspiring to wage war against the Government of India.

Police nab Dara Singh alias Ravinder Kumar Pal, wanted in 14 cases, including the murder of the Australian missionary Graham Stuart Staines, and his two sons at Gahira village, Keonjhar district.

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