Tuesday, January 25, 2000, Chandigarh, India

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Pak intensifying border clashes
6 bodies unclaimed: George
NEW DELHI, Jan 24 — Defence Minister George Fernandes today dismissed Pakistani claims that Indian troops attempted to cross the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir and accused Islamabad of intensifying border clashes just to raise tension ahead of the Republic Day.

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Indian paramilitary forces patrol outside the Bakshi Stadium in central Srinagar on Monday. Security has been beefed up in the troubled state after militant outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba threatened to storm the Bakshi Stadium on India's Republic Day.
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UP stalemate continues
Govt appoints junior engineers
LUCKNOW, Jan 24 — The Uttar Pradesh Government today began working on its threat by issuing appointment letters to 50 junior power engineers to replace the dismissed striking employees of the state electricity board as the stand-off between the two sides continued, an official spokesman here said.

  BJP, BJD talks inconclusive
Bihar People’s Party not to contest
NEW DELHI, Jan 24 — The ongoing talks between the BJP and the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on seat-sharing for next month’s Assembly elections in Orissa remained inconclusive today.Leaders of both parties held two rounds of talks with Union Home Minister L.K. Advani here today. They plan to meet again tomorrow.

Will SGPC sack Jathedar?
AMRITSAR, Jan 24 — The forthcoming meeting of the Executive Committee of the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee on January 27 at Chandigarh is likely to discuss the ‘crisis’ in Panthic circles after the unilateral announcement of Giani Puran Singh restraining the 11-member committee set up to decide the controversial Nanakshahi calendar.

2.9 kg RDX seized; ISI agent held
NEW DELHI, Jan 24 — An ISI operative was arrested and deadly explosives, including RDX, were seized from him here today even as a tight security blanket was thrown across the Capital for the Republic Day celebrations.
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  Gunman kills 1 in Sikh shrine
EL SOBRANTE, (California), Jan 24, — A gunman opened fire with an assault weapon during afternoon services in a Sikh shrine yesterday, killing one person and wounding another, the police said.

Bickering over Cong nominees
Sonia to release final list on Jan 27
KARNAL, Jan 24 — Despite large-scale bickering over the selection of Congress nominees in Haryana, the final list is likely to be announced by the party President, Mrs Sonia Gandhi on January 27. Highly-placed sources in the Congress high command told Tribune News Service that a tug of war was on between the groups led by Mr Bhupender Singh Hooda and Mr Bhajan Lal, to score over each other in the final nomination list.
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