Wednesday, May 3, 2000, Chandigarh, India

Bharatpur fire loss 376 cr
Report on loss to life, property in week’s time

NEW DELHI, May 2 — Ammunition worth Rs 376 crore and weighing about 12,111 metric tonnes had been destroyed in the devastating fire at the Bharatpur Ordnance Depot, the Defence Minister, Mr George Fernandes, told the Lok Sabha today.

‘Black Friday’ haunts villagers
BHARATPUR, May 2 — “Black Friday” continues to haunt the residents of Mandowni village which bore the burnt of the ammunition depot fire. The village is situated in the vicinity of the depot. All houses in the villages have been destroyed.

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Amnesty on ICC agenda
LONDON, May 2 — The International Cricket Council (ICC) which met here today is understood to be considering a proposal to give amnesty to players and officials to give evidence to prove match-fixing allegations and virtually cleared the world body’s President Jagmohan Dalmiya of any involvement in the negotiations of the 1998 ICC knockout Cup telecast bid.

Jagmohan Dalmiya (centre), President of the Executive Board of the International Cricket Council, with David Richards, chief executive (right), and Malcom Gray, President elect, at their meeting at Lords on Tuesday. —AFP

Topple-Bibi move upsets CM
Jagir Kaur summoned
JALANDHAR, May 2 — Even as the SGPC chief, Bibi Jagir Kaur, left for Chandigarh today on being summoned by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal following reports that her rivals in the SGPC were trying to dethrone her, supporters of the Bibi from Begowal area began rallying behind her.

Stocks crash on rumours
MUMBAI, May 2 — Rumour mongers had a field day on the stock markets today and brought down the benchmark BSE sensex by a whopping 285.33 points by spreading stories about mounting tension on the Indo-Pak border, among other things.

APHC leader Gillani arrives in Delhi
NEW DELHI, May 2 — The All-Party Hurriyat Conference (APHC) chairman, Mr S.A.S. Gillani, arrived here today to evolve a credible response to the Centre’s offer of talks.

Revised Samjhauta schedule
NEW DELHI, May 2 — As a result of the coordination meeting between Indian and Pakistan Railways held at Wagah Border last week, the Samjhauta Express will run as per the following schedule from Thursday.

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Netaji could not come personally, but he says this crocodile will shed enough tears on your plight.
by Sandeep Joshi
Remove Director, says court
CHANDIGARH, May 2 — Allowing an application moved by the Punjab Cane Commissioner, Mr Mewa Singh Sonar, the UT Civil Judge (Junior Division), Mr Mahender Singh, has directed the Punjab Government “to take the current duty charge of the Director, Agriculture, away from Mr Deep Singh Sahota with immediate effect”.

Pingalwara embroiled in row
AMRITSAR, May 2 — “It is to inform you that Kirpal Singh Bhagat, a former preacher of the All-India Pingalwara Society, was caught red-handed while breaking ‘golak’ (money box) of the institution, near Gurdwara Bangla Sahib, New Delhi, last week. He was caught red-handed by the sangat (congregation).... A copy of the FIR is being sent to you for your information. Beware of the activities of this unscrupulous fellow." Thus reads a letter written by Bibi Inderjit Kaur, president of the Society, addressed to the Punjab Chief Minister, the President and members of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee and others.
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