Friday, February 18, 2000, Chandigarh, India

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11 killed in Bihar poll violence
60 pc polling in Orissa
NEW DELHI, Feb 17 — The second phase Bihar Assembly election today claimed at least 11 lives even as an estimated 60 per cent cast votes to decide the fate of 1,318 candidates.

Violence mars Nawanshahr poll
NAWANSHAHR, Feb 17 — Incidents of firing, stone-pelting and allegations of rigging marked the poll at Rahon and Pili Chikki village in this prestigious constituency sans any history of poll violence.

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65 per cent polling in Solan
SOLAN, Feb 17 — Around 65 per cent of the electorate cast its vote in the byelection for the Solan assembly seat which remained largely peaceful here today. Stray incidents of impersonation were detected by activists of the opposition Congress.

Burning logs of wood give warmth to polling agents manning the polling booth at Kandaghat during the byelections for the Solan Assembly seat on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Karam Singh

Kargil controversy brews
NEW DELHI, Feb 17 — The controversy over the circumstances which led to the Pakistani intrusion into Kargil last year refuses to die down with the Army now putting the blame squarely on three senior officers and on the other hand one of the officers held responsible writing to the President, Mr K.R. Narayanan, that the Army chief, Gen V. P. Malik, was trying to buy him out.

Clinton’s offer on Kashmir
WASHINGTON, Feb 17 — In the run up to his visit to New Delhi next month, President Bill Clinton has said the US wants to be “more involved” in resolving the Kashmir issue but both India and Pakistan must agree for such a mediation.

‘Single-party rule days over’
MEHAM, Feb 17 — Mr N. Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister, Andhra Pradesh, has said the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and his Telugu Desam Party will work together to strengthen the federal spirit in the country.

Exit poll: NDA has edge in Bihar
NEW DELHI, Feb 17 — A Doordarshan exit poll tonight forecast that the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will bag 118 of the 216 seats which went to the polls in first two phases of Bihar Assembly elections, while the BJD-BJP combine in Orissa is poised to secure 56 of the 70 seats in the first phase held today.

10 injured in train blast
NEW DELHI, Feb 17 — At least 10 persons were injured, two of them seriously in a bomb blast in the Lucknow-bound Gomati Express late night near Jhinjhak station near Kanpur in the Allahabad section of the Northern Railway late tonight.

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Rape victim punished
FARIDKOT, Feb 17 — In a significant case a rape victim was punished for abandoning her baby conceived in the act (of rape) as the perpetrator of the crime was being convicted. The rape victim and her mother were sentenced to three years’ imprisonment, while the rapist was awarded a seven-year jail term and fined Rs 2000.
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