Saturday, March 11, 2000, Chandigarh, India

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Nitish concedes defeat, quits
Rabri Devi stakes claim
PATNA, March 10 — Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) legislature party leader Rabri Devi tonight staked claim to form the ministry in Bihar after the eight-day-old Nitish Kumar government bowed out of office immediately before the vote of confidence in the Assembly.

Oppn seeks Governor’s resignation
NEW DELHI, March 10 — The news of Mr Nitish Kumar resigning as Chief Minister of Bihar without facing a vote of confidence brought cheer to the Opposition camp here.

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MLAs of the RJD and its supporting parties raise their hands in protest in the Bihar Assembly on Friday. — PTI

Sharif’s lawyer shot dead
ISLAMABAD, March 10 — A top lawyer, defending Nawaz Sharif, and his two assistants were shot dead in Karachi today by four masked gunmen giving rise to a sense of fear among other counsel helping the deposed Premier in the hijacking and other cases.

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Sudarshan new RSS chief
NAGPUR, March 10 — Mr K.C. Sudarshan was today appointed the new chief of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh, succeeding Mr Rajendra Singh, alias Rajju Bhaiyya, who stepped down because of his failing health.

Walkout in HP Assembly
SHIMLA, March 10 — The Congress members walked out of the Vidhan Sabha today protesting against the ruling of the Speaker, Thakur Gulab Singh, disallowing a private members’ resolution urging the state government to review its recent decision of felling green trees for commercial purpose.

Oppn backs Chautala on SYL issue
CHANDIGARH, March 10 — Even as the issue of the Sutlej-Yamuna Link canal dominated the discussion in the Haryana Assembly today, the Opposition legislators, cutting across party lines, assured the state government full cooperation if it tries to sort out this contentious issue between Punjab and Haryana.

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‘Thikri pehra’ to combat gangs
JALANDHAR, March 10—Despite a number of preventive measures the police is apparently unable to curb rising crime by armed gangs of migrant labourers in the district causing fear in the region. Armed gangs suspected to be comprised of migrant labourers of criminal tribes like Pardis & Bawaries have been active in the villages and around the city for the past about one year. What has caused maximum anxiety is the ruthlessness of the assailants who use iron rods, hand pump handles, and other blunt weapons to batter and maim their victims in to submission.
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