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National Events in April 2001

April 2:

The former CBEC Chairman, Mr. B.P. Verma, his son and two associates are arrested by the CBI on charges of bribery, corruption.

India, China resume high-level military exchanges.

Qatar clinches oil deal with India involving supply of 7.5 million tonnes of LNG per year, over a period of 25 years, starting at the end of 2003.

April 3:

The Delhi Government defies the Supreme Court order ordering phasing out of diesel buses and run only CNG vehicles, even as chaos reigns on the capital's roads.

April 4:

The Justice K. Venkataswami Commission begins probe into the Tehelka exposure.

April 5:

The Government offers a broad-based dialogue on peace in Kashmir. The Planning Commission Deputy Chairman, Mr. K.C. Pant is named the chief negotiator.

April 7:

The senior Congress (I) leader, Mr. K. Karunakaran quits the CWC, upset over the KPCC decision denying a ticket to his daughter, Ms. Padmaja to contest the Assembly polls.

April 9:

The Asom Gana Parishad joins the National Democratic Alliance.

April 10:

India, Iran issue Teheran Declaration calling for a global regime against terrorism and endorse the Comprehensive Convention on Terrorism being considered by the U.N.

April 11:

The Madras High Court dismisses the former Chief Minister, Ms. Jayalalitha's plea seeking suspension of her conviction in the TANSI land deal case.

The Punjab police arrest Wassan Singh Zaffarwal, a close associate of Bhindrawale and head of the Khalistan Commando Force in Amritsar.

April 12:

The Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee offers a $ 200m credit line to Iran, in a bid to triple bilateral trade.

April 15:

The TMC expels the former Union Finance Minister, Mr. P. Chidambaram for his decision to campaign against the AIADMK-TMC alliance in the Assembly election.

The SEBI chairman, Mr. D.R. Mehta submits report on the stock market crisis.

April 16:

The Planning Commission member, Mr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia, is appointed the first independent evaluator of the IMF.

April 17:

The Union Cabinet gives its nod for bringing the office of the Prime Minister within the ambit of the Lok Pal Bill.

Prof. Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee, Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is chosen for the inaugural Malcolm Adiseshiah award.

April 18:

India successfully launches the GSLV, its biggest rocket from the Sriharikota range.

At least 16 BSF men die in firing by the Bangladesh Army and the Bangladesh Rifles personnel on the Boraibori post on the Assam-Meghalaya- Bangladesh border.

April 20:

In a major ruling, the Supreme Court holds that a married woman, even if divorced and staying with her parents, cannot be counted as a member of her parent's family.

April 24:

The nomination of the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Ms. Jayalalitha for the Assembly election is rejected in all the four constituencies.

April 25:

The Finance Minister, Mr. Yashwant Sinha, announces more sops for Income Tax payers, raises standard deduction, proposing amendments to the Financial Bill, 2001.

April 26:

The Government appoints a 30-member Joint Parliamentary Committee to probe the stock market scam.

The Centre confers on Ms. Sarada Hoffmann, the first Rukmini Devi Award.

Gujarat police nab the chief executive officer of the Madhavpura Mercantile Cooperative Bank, Mr. Devendra Pandya, described as the ``main designer'' of the stock market upheaval, from his Ahmedabad residence.

April 27:

Lt. Gen. Prakash Mani Tripathi, a two-term MP from Uttar Pradesh, is appointed the Chairman of the JPC set up to probe the stock market scam.

April 28:

The Centre enters into a formal ceasefire agreement with the Khaplang group of the NSCN.

The Centre bans the Deendar Anjuman.

April 29:

A huge fire breaks out in the ammunition dump of the Army's Mamoon cantonment near Pathankot in Gurdaspur district, destroying 40 tonnes of heavy ammunition worth Rs. 15 crores.

Events 2001