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A soldier stands guard outside the Prime Minister's office at the site of the bomb blast in Colombo on Wednesday. A suspected Tamil rebel woman suicide bomber set off explosives strapped to her body, killing herself and at least 12 others when the police tried to check her. — AP/PTI

India warns Pak on N-threat
Fernandes foresees ‘limited wars’
NEW DELHI, Jan 5 — India today warned Pakistan against holding a nuclear threat towards it in its continued delusion about wresting Kashmir from India without facing any challenge.

Suicide bomber kills 12
COLOMBO, Jan 5 — A woman Tamil rebel detonated explosives strapped to her body near the Sri Lankan Prime Minister’s Office in the high security area here, killing herself along with 12 others and hours later a pro-LTTE politician was killed by certain gunmen.



Hostage deal irks BJP men
Heads must roll, say hawks
NEW DELHI, Jan 5 — The National Democratic Government’s tomtoming of “success” at Kandahar is not shared by all sections of the Bharatiya Janata Party, especially hardliners, who feel that for a party which has been harping for the past five decades on making India a “hard” state and which claims to provide a government with a “difference”, the hijackers’ triumph at getting the release of three proclaimed offenders of Indian law in exchange of 155 hostages, has come as a body blow.

Godara ditches Bansi Lal
HISAR, Jan 5 — Mr Mani Ram Godara, a close associate of Mr Bansi Lal, today joined the Indian National Lok Dal. The announcement of his induction into the INLD was announced by the Chief Minister and the INLD chief, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, at a press conference.

S.K. Sharma new PGI Director
NEW DELHI, Jan 5 — Dr S.K. Sharma, Head of the DepDr S.K. Sharmaartment of Urology, PGI, will be the next Director of the institute. A decision to this effect was taken today during a meeting of the selection committee chaired by the Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Mr N.T. Shanmugam. Soon after, it was approved by the institute body of the PGI.
Sixth from Amritsar, first from HP

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India not to recognise Taliban
NEW DELHI, Jan 5 — India today ruled out recognising the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, stating the fundamentals of the Afghan policy remained unchanged.

Calendar conflict continues
AMRITSAR, Jan 5 — The ongoing ‘Nanakshahi’ calendar conflict between the SGPC and Sikh intellectuals on one side and the Sikh clergy headed by Jathedar of Akal Takht, Giani Puran Singh and the Sant Samaj on the other, took its first casualty today by leaving ordinary Sikhs in utter confusion on the first Gurpurb of the year.

Controversy over Nanakshahi calendar
CHANDIGARH, Jan 5 — An unfortunate and unsavoury controversy has been sparked off over the acceptance and implementation of the Nanakshahi calendar. It is a contentious issue for Sikhs now. In fact every key issue that has ever surfaced has invariably been embroiled in a wholly avoidable controversy. First, it was the issue of “rehatmaryada”; then came the “all-India Sikh Gurdwara Act, and now the “calendar”, prepared after great deal of research and consultation by a Canada-based Sikh, Mr Pal Singh Purewal.

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