Saturday, August 28, 1999
|New front formed in Bihar
PATNA, Aug 27 (UNI) A new political front consisting of the Bharatiya Jan Congress, the Bihar Vikas Party, the Janata Dal (Secular), the Forward Block, the Samajwadi Janata Party and the Nationalist Congress Party was formed in Bihar today to fight "casteist and communal" forces in the elections. Addressing pressmen here, front convener and SJP leader Ramsunder Das said a 13-member committee had been constituted which would meet here tomorrow for seat sharing among coalition partners, besides discussing strategy for the elections. The front would maintain equidistance from both the Rashtriya Janata Dal-led coalition and the National Democratic Alliance.
19 miners killed
Mir crew head home
MOSCOW, Aug 27 (AP) On a day for the Russian space programme, the crew of the Mir space station prepared today to head back to Earth and leave the orbiter unmanned in preparations for its abandonment next year. The decision to abandon the 13-year-old Mir came after the cash-stragged government decided to stop financing its operation and all attempts to attract private funds failed.
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