Wednesday, January 5, 2000, Chandigarh, India

Blankets are the only respite for these villagers
Blankets are the only respite for the villagers who are seen huddled together on a bullock cart in Manoli village, near SAS Nagar on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

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MLA, family escape militant attack
SRINAGAR, Jan 4 — A member of the Legislative Assembly and his family escaped a militant bid on their lives at Bijbehara while elsewhere in the valley three militants were among four persons killed in the past 24 hours.

VIP’s presence delayed action?
NEW DELHI, Jan 4 — The controversy over the inability of the government to deploy anti-hijack commandos from its elite force, National Security Guards, in time to prevent the hijacked Indian Airlines Airbus-300 from taking off for Lahore from Amritsar’s Rajasansi airport on December 24, has taken a murky turn with realisation in government circles that among the passengers there was a kin of important civil and police officials posted in sensitive positions.



India wants Pak to try hijackers
NEW DELHI, Jan 4 — India today asserted that Pakistan was obliged to act to apprehend and try the five hijackers of the Indian Airlines Airbus, even if they had made their way to occupied Kashmir.

USA rejects India’s plea
Not to declare Pak ‘terrorist state’
WASHINGTON, Jan 4 — The USA has rejected Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee’s call to international community to declare Pakistan a terrorist state for its alleged involvement in the recent hijacking of an Indian Airlines plane

Vajpayee, Advani deny differences
NEW DELHI, Jan 4 — Both Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and Home Minister L.K. Advani today said they had no differences over the release of the three militants in exchange for the hostages of the Indian Airlines plane.

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CEC reviews poll arrangements
NEW DELHI, Jan 4 — The Chief Election Commissioner, Dr M S Gill, said today he would want the coming Assembly elections in Haryana to be an example for the rest of the country.

Prolonged foggy weather bad for crops
CHANDIGARH, Jan 4 — As people shivered facing chilly winds in the plains and the hills, farmers prayed for rains. While cold at this time of the year is good for the wheat crop, dry weather is bad. One, the farmers have to increase watering, and second in the dry belts of Punjab and Haryana, it leads to pest attack. The situation is particularly bad in Bhiwani, Mahendragarh, Rewari, Gurgaon in Haryana and in some parts of Bathinda, Mansa, Ferozepore, Hoshiarpur, and Gurdaspur in Punjab. It has not rained for the past three months.

No respite from fog, cold wave
CHANDIGARH, Jan 4 — With fog having tightened its grip over the north-western region, the minimum temperatures continued to be below normal while Amritsar was the coldest place in the plains as the city recorded a low of 2°C this morning.
In the mountains, Srinagar was the coldest at 6.1°C while Bhuntar, near Kulu also reeled under sub-zero temperature at 0.6°C. In the plains, Hisar was cold at 3.6°C, Rohtak recorded 5.6°C. In Ambala and Patiala the minimum temperature rose a little. The local meteorological office said the situation would continue for the next two to three days.
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