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National Events in July 2001

July 1:

The Tamil Nadu Governor, Ms. Fathima Beevi resigns.

July 2:

The Tamil Nadu Government orders the release of the two Union Ministers, Mr. Murasoli Maran and Mr. T.R. Baalu.

Indo-Bangladesh border talks begin in Dhaka.

July 3:

The Tamil Nadu Government backs down, drops the cases against the Union Ministers, Mr. Murasoli Maran and Mr. T.R. Baalu.

The UTI suspends sale and purchase of US-64 scheme for six months and also prunes dividend leading to a tumbledown in the stock market.

Transport corporations of India and Bangladesh, sign a historic agreement to run an Agartala-Dhaka bus service, in Agartala.

July 4:

The Jayalalithaa Government frees the former Chief Minister, Mr. M. Karunanidhi.

The Government clears the decks for Air India disinvestment.

The Dhaka talks on the Indo-Bangladesh border issue ends in failure.

July 6:

The Government disqualifies both the bidders-the Hindujas and Videocon-for Indian Airlines disinvestment leaving Tata-Singapore Airlines as the sole bidder for Air India.

July 7:

The Paattali Makkal Katchi, snaps ties with the AIADMK.

July 8:

India and Bangladesh formally agree to introduce a fully reserved passenger train service between Sealdah (Kolkata) and Bangabandhu Setu East in Bangladesh.

July 9:

In a historic decision, India decides to lift barriers at specific locations along the LoC so that Kashmiris living in PoK and those holding Pakistani passports can travel to Jammu and Kashmir.

July 10:

Doordarshan News announces the launch of its online news channel, ddinews.com on the worldwide web.

July 11:

The Maharashtra Government announces a judicial probe into the Enron deal.

The first passenger train from Bangladesh (to run between Sealdah and Dhaka) in 36 years, arrives at the Gede station in Nadia district, West Bengal.

July 12:

The long-awaited commercial run of the Dhaka-Agartala direct bus service starts.

July 13:

The stretched Rohini Satellite Series (SROSS-C2) launched by the ISRO on May 4, 1994 reenters atmosphere.

July 14:

The Pakistan President, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, arrives in New Delhi on a three-day visit; holds talks with the Home Minister, Mr. L.K. Advani, the External Affairs Minister, Mr. Jaswant Singh.

July 15:

The Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee accepts an invitation to visit Pakistan during one-to-one talks with Gen. Pervez Musharraf, in Agra.

The UTI Board of Trustees announces measures to bail out small investors holding up to 3,000 units in its Unit scheme - 64 and decides to make it Net Asset Value based from Jan. 1, 2002. Mr. M. Damodaran is appointed the new UTI chairman, for one year.

July 16:

Kashmir, cross-border terrorism derail Vajpayee Musharraf talks in Agra.

India and Israel sign a defence deal worth $2 billion, including the purchase of three Phalcon early warning aircraft, surface-to-surface missiles and air surveillance radar by New Delhi.

July 17:

The Union Cabinet rejects the Agra talks, as no closure was reached on the text of an agreement.

July 19:

The Agra talks ``not unsuccessful'' and dialogue with Pakistan will go on, says the Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee at an all-party meeting of leaders in Parliament, in New Delhi.

The Supreme Court sets aside the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (S) president, Mr. Shibu Soren's election to the Rajya Sabha.

The Kerala Government decides to revive the Silent Valley hydroelectric project, two decades after abandoning it in the face of global protest.

July 20:

A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court, admits petitions challenging the appointment of Ms.Jayalalithaa as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and refers the case to a Constitution bench.

Thirteen persons, including three women pilgrims and two police officials, die in a grenade attack by an LeT militant, on a camp near Seshnag en route to the Amarnath cave shrine in Jammu and Kashmir.

July 21:

The CBI arrests the former UTI chairman, Mr. P.S. Subramanyam, the Executive Directors, Mr. M.M. Kapur and Mr. S.K. Basu and a stock broker, Mr. Rakesh Mehta for misappropriating public funds.

July 22:

The Rashtriya Lok Dal leader, Mr. Ajit Singh is inducted into the Union Cabinet and given the Agriculture portfolio.

July 23:

India rejects the British Government's plea for granting clemency to Mr. Peter Bleach, a key accused in the December 1995 Purulia arms drop case, who is serving a prison term in Kolkata.

The Government appoints Mr. R. Rajagopalan as the Director-General of the National Security Guards.

July 24:

The Supreme Court directs the Haryana Government to take back 500 acres of land gifted to the former Prime Minister, Mr. Chandra Shekhar for his Bhondsi Ashram, as the land was being misused.

The Government reconstitutes the Disinvestment Commission, and appoints Mr. R.H. Patil, chief of the Clearing Corporation of India, as the new chairman.

Parliament repeals the Industrial Disputes (Banking Companies) Act as it had outlived its utility.

July 25:

The Samajwadi Party MP and former ``bandit queen'', Ms. Phoolan Devi, is shot dead by three car-borne assailants outside her residence, a stone's throw from Parliament House in New Delhi.

The Paattali Makkal Katchi, is back in the NDA fold, five months after quitting it.

July 26:

The Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee announces the Government's decision to institute two Kargil gallantry awards: Operation Vijay Star and Operation Vijay Medal.

The Union Minister for S&T, Dr. M.M. Joshi, is elected as a honorary member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, the first Indian to get the rare honour.

July 27:

The Centre decides to restrict ceasefire agreement to Nagaland after a meeting between the Prime Minister and the Northeast Chief Ministers, in New Delhi.

Police arrest the prime suspect in the Phoolan Devi murder case, Sher Singh Rana alias Pankaj Singh, in Dehra Dun, who confesses he did it to avenge the Behmai massacre in 1981.

July 28:

Assamese writer, Ms. Indira Goswami, is selected for the Jnanpith award for her outstanding contribution to the enrichment of Indian literature through her creative writing.

July 30:

Parliament approves imposition of President's rule in Manipur.

Mr. Rajendra Singh from Alwar of Rajasthan gets Ramon Magsaysay Award for community leadership. Two women activists, Ms. Dita Indah Sari of Indonesia and Ms. Oung Chantol of Cambodia, jointly win the Emergent Leadership 2001 Ramon Magsaysay Award.

July 31:

The Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee stung by criticism of his regime from within the BJP and the NDA, offers to resign, but relents later.

Events 2001