Tuesday, March 7, 2000,
Chandigarh, India



Meghalaya CM resigns
SHILLONG, March 6 (UNI) — Meghalaya Chief Minister B.B. Lyngdoh resigned tonight after his ministerial colleagues said they had lost faith in his ability to govern and made way for Speaker E.K. Mawlong to hold the reins of the state. Mr Mawlong, who announced the surprise decision after a closed door meeting of the ruling United Democratic Party’s legislature party, said the Governor would be told about it. Emerging from the meeting, a bristling Mr Lyngdoh said he had resigned from the party and his office and would join a “good national party”.

Pak fishermen held
RAJKOT, March 6 (PTI) — Eleven Pakistani fishermen, aboard a Pakistani vessel, were arrested by the Coast Guards when they strayed into Indian waters off Porbandar Coast yesterday, official sources said here today. On a tip-off by Indian fishermen about suspicious movements in mid sea, the Coast Guards launched a hunt and captured the boat after a two-day search and arrested the fishermen.

Bihar train mishap
SAHARSA (Bihar), March 6 (PTI) — Six persons were killed and 50 injured when two pilot engines collided head-on in thick fog on the Saharsa-Mansi section in Bihar today, Railway sources said. Running through thick fog, the pilot engine on its way to Saharsa rammed into another, coming from the opposite direction, on the Sonbersa-Kutchery station.

Orissa portfolios
BHUBANESWAR, March 6 (UNI) — Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik retained Home, General Administration, Water Resources, Agriculture and Information Technology while allotting portfolios among his Council of Ministers here today.

  8 shot in Assam
GUWAHATI, March 6 (PTI) — Eight persons, including a police officer, were killed in an ambush by ULFA militants in Assam’s Tinsukia district last night, the police said today. The ultras waylaid a police party, which was returning after rescuing an abducted girl, at Maduligaon in the district and opened fire, killing a police sub-inspector, a constable, the rescued girl, her kidnapper, his father, the girl’s mother and sister.

  3 Naxalites killed
JAGDALPUR (MP), March 6 (UNI) — Three Naxalites were killed in an encounter with the police when they attacked a police station in large numbers, late last night. A policeman and six civilians were injured in the encounter. The incident took place at the Aashal police station in Garchiroli district.
  30 die in bus mishap
KARACHI, March 6 (AP) — A passenger bus careened off a road in southern Sindh province and plunged into a ravine killing at least 30 persons, state-run Pakistan television reported today. The accident occurred near Jacobabad.

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