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Himachal Pradesh
BJP renominates sitting MPs
SHIMLA, MARCH 14.The State BJP has renominated its sitting MPs from the three constituencies of Mandi, Hamirpur and Kangra. They are Maheshwar Singh, Suresh Chandel and Shanta Kumar respectively. Their names were announced in the first list of ...

Madhya Pradesh
All eyes on BJP nominee from Bhopal
BHOPAL, MARCH 14.After the announcement of the Bharatiya Janata Party's list of candidates for the parliamentary elections in Uttar Pradesh, the speculations today ended over the question whether or not the Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee ...

`Take steps to recover bank dues'
PONDICHERRY, MARCH 14. A one-day fifth triennial conference of the Pondicherry Bank Employees Union held here on Saturday expressed concern at the `unabated increase' of non-performing assets (NPAs). Statistics showed that during 2002-2003 ...

AIDS awareness campaign
PONDICHERRY, MARCH 14. The Chennai unit of the Directorate of Field Publicity conducted a week-long intensive campaign on AIDS awareness in Pondicherry. The purpose of the campaign, which covered villages in the Ariankuppam and Nettapakkam ...

Professor felicitated
PONDICHERRY, MARCH 14. Academics and representatives of different organisations felicitated K. Balasundaram, head of the Department of Historical Studies in the Pondicherry Government-run Kanchi Maamunivar Centre for Post-graduate Studies here on ...

RSS endorses NDA for a second term
JAMDOLI (JAIPUR), MARCH 14. The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh's crucial three-day "pratinidhi sabha" here on the eve of the Lok Sabha elections turned out to be a political endorsement of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance ...

Villagers take cudgels on behalf of health centre
JAIPUR, MARCH 14. In a curious case of citizens' resistance, the villagers residing near a charitable hospital at Jagatpura on the outskirts of Jaipur have come out against the State Government's plan to widen the road in front of the health ...

A step towards bridging urban-rural divide
JAIPUR, MARCH 14.A one-day workshop on planning for the Provision of Urban Amenities in Rural Areas (PURA) under a Centrally sponsored scheme in 28 clusters of Rajasthan was organised here over the week-end to discuss the modalities of ...

Uttar Pradesh
Mulayam clarifies stand on joint opposition candidate
LUCKNOW, MARCH 14.Apparently stung by RJD Chief Laloo Prasad Yadav's description of him as an agent of BJP, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav today said his Samajwadi Party was not opposed to fielding a joint opposition candidate ...

West Bengal
`KLO' rebels kill two in Jalpaiguri
KOLKATA, MARCH 14. After lying low for more than a month, militants suspected to belong to the Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO) struck again on Saturday night killing two persons and injuring four others near Maynaguri in West Bengal's ...

`Aftab-e-Sitar' created his own style
KOLKATA, MARCH 14. Ustad Vilayat Hussain Khan, who died in Mumbai late last night following a prolonged illness, was one of the greatest sitar players of his generation. Khan belonged to the family of great sitarists including his father ...

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