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PWG ultras go on rampage
HYDERABAD, Dec 14 (UNI) — The banned People’s War Group extremists went on the rampage in protest against the recent encounter killing of their top leaders in Andhra Pradesh even as the police made elaborate security arrangements to cope with a two-day state wide bandh called by the PWG from tomorrow.

Report on Sukhoi
NEW DELHI, Dec 14 (PTI) — The IAF has termed as “baseless” a report in the US-based Defence Week magazine that India has grounded its fleet of SU-30K aircraft for the past two months due to engine problems. The report is absolutely baseless. The SU-30 fleet continues to be operational”, a spokesman of the IAF said.

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3 die in firing
GANDHINAGAR, Dec 14 (UNI) — The Gujarat Government has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the Jamnagar incident in which three farmers were killed and several others injured in police firing earlier today and announced an ex-gratia of Rs two lakh each to the next of those killed and Rs 10,000 to each of the injured.

Vote on sanctions off
United Nations, Dec 14 (PTI) — The UN Security Council, in an effort to avoid a Russian veto and find widest possible consensus, yesterday postponed a vote by at least a day on the comprehensive resolution which would send weapons inspectors back into Iraq on the promise of lifting nine-year-old economic sanctions.

Group on telecom
NEW DELHI, Dec 14 (UNI) — Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha will head the 10-member group on telecom and IT convergence constituted by Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee tonight. The Prime Minister directed the group to submit an interim report by January 31, 2000, to strengthen the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) through suitable legislative amendments.

Cut IMF role: USA
WASHINGTON, Dec 14 (PTI) — Fresh from its debacle at the recent WTO conference in Seattle, the USA has favoured “drastically shrinking” the role of the International Monetary Fund in global finance.

Troops enter Grozny
MOSCOW, Dec 14 (PTI) — The Russian quest for the capture of Grozny tonight began as the federal troops entered the Chechen capital and clashed with rebels after streamrolling neighbouring town of Shali, ignoring a ceasefire appeal by the international community, Interfax said.

26 die in mishap
MEXICO CITY, Dec 14 (Reuters) — At least 26 persons died and 16 were injured when a bus and a cargo truck collided on a central Mexican highway, the police said today. The head-on crash late yesterday near Celaya in the central state of Guanajuato killed the drivers of both vehicles along with 24 bus passengers.

Supplementary demands
NEW DELHI, Dec 14 (PTI) — Parliament today approved supplementary demands for grant for 1999-2000 totalling Rs 16,550 crore after Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha hinted that government would bring in effect fiscal discipline in the coming Budget session. The demands for grant were approved after the relevant appropriation Bill were returned by Rajya Sabha.

Japan lifts curbs
TOKYO, Dec 14 (DPA) — Japan will lift its last remaining sanctions against North Korea, chief cabinet secretary Mikio Aoki announced today. The sanctions to be lifted include the suspension of food aid to North Korea and talks aimed at establishing diplomatic ties between the two countries.

Embassy bombing
BEIJING, Dec 14 (DPA) — The USA and China opened a new round of talks today on payment of damages for the US air bombing attack last May 7 on the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade. The USA has already apologised for the attack it and paid a total 4.5 million dollars to the families of three Chinese journalists killed in the bombing as well as to those injured.

Nuclear missile
MOSCOW, Dec 14 (DPA) — Russia today successfully test-fired its new SS-X27 intercontinental missile, according to Russian wire agency reports. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Defence Minister Igor Sergeyev were on hand for the test at the Plessezk space centre in northern Russia.

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