Wednesday, January 5, 2000,
Chandigarh, India



Freed hijacker reaches PoK
MUZAFFARABAD (PoK), Jan 4 (AFP) — A terrorist freed last week by India in a deal with the hijackers of an Indian Airlines plane arrived in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) late today, witnesses said. Mushtaq Ahmad Zargar was given a warm welcome by members of his guerrilla group, Al-Umar Mujahideen, in the state capital Muzaffarabad, they said. Welcome banners were put up at several points in Muzaffarabad ahead of the arrival of Zargar, the founder of Al-Umar Muajahideen, a terrorist group.

Democrats win
ZAGRAB, Jan 4 (Reuters) — Croatia’s Centre-Left Opposition has won a stunning general election victory over late President Franjo Tudjman’s nationalist HDZ party, raising hopes this will boost democracy and move the country closer to the West. With 84 per cent of yesterday’s vote counted by this morning, the main opposition bloc formed by the Social Democrats, led by former Communist Party boss Ivica Racan, and the Social Liberals was in a clear lead in eight out of 10 multi-member constituencies.

Haryana holiday
CHANDIGARH, Jan 4 (TNS)— The Haryana Government has declared January 5 as a public holiday in the state within the meaning of Section 25 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881, on account of the birthday of Guru Gobind Singh. The Governor, Mr Mahabir Prasad, and the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, have appealed to the people to rise above narrow considerations of caste and colour and join hands to maintain communal amity to strengthen the cultural fibre of the country.

  Naxalites blast house
HYDERABAD, Jan 4 (UNI) — Naxalites of the banned People’s War Group (PWG) blasted the house of a ruling Telugu Desam Party leader, Mr Nawab Pasha, while a villager was killed in the crossfire during an encounter between the police and PWG extremists in separate incidents in Andhra Pradesh late last night.

Bhutto’s father-in-law
Karachi, Jan 4 (AFP) — The father-in-law of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has been arrested on corruption charges, his counsel said today. Hakim Ali Zardari is under detention in a local hospital where he is undergoing treatment for a back ailment, Farooq Naik said. He is accused of illegally selling land in 1989 and 1990 which had been pledged to a government lending institution.

Serial killer held
BHUBANESWAR, Jan 4 (UNI) — The police today arrested the “stoneman,” a psychopathic serial killer, who created terror in the South Orissa town of Berhampur killing seven persons by smashing their heads with stone and injuring four others within a span of three months. The killer, Maheswar Padhi, 26 is probably the youngest psychopathic serial killer in the country. Berhampur DSP said they had to seek the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to nab the stoneman who used to smash the head of the persons sleeping on the pavement with a big stone.


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