Friday, March 24, 2000, Chandigarh, India

Shoot orders in Jammu
JAMMU, March 23 — The Army was called out and shoot at-sight orders were issued after demonstrators, protesting against Chatti Singhpura carnage, clashed with the police while trying to storm into the civil secretariat here this afternoon.

Protesters damage buses
New Delhi, March 23 - The Delhi bandh call given by different Sikh organisations and the Delhi unit of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) evoked a mixed response. Party activists tried to burn two buses and broke window panes of a few others, the police said, adding they resorted to a lathi charge and used tear gas to control the situation.

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Kashmiri Sikhs shout anti-Pakistan and anti-separatist slogans in the town of Chatti Singhpura where unidentified gunmen shot dead 35 Sikhs. Troops were called to Jammu on Thursday after thousands of angry Sikhs broke the curfew for the second day running in protest against the massacre. — AFP



Clinton sees village democracy
JAIPUR, March 23 — A close encounter with political pluralism at the grassroots as also a trip to the historic Amber Fort symbolising monarchy marked US President Bill Clinton’s trip to this pink city where Left activists burnt his effigy in protest against the visit.

India, USA sign pacts worth $ 1.4 billion
NEW DELHI, March 23 — A day after the US President, Mr Bill Clinton, concluded his two-day high profile visit to the capital, the two countries today got down to the task of giving a concrete shape to various areas of cooperation.

Cong to join coalition govt in Bihar
NEW DELHI, March 23 — The Congress is all set to join a coalition government in Bihar under Chief Minister Rabri Devi with the party high command clearing the plan for the induction of party MLAs into the expansion due to be held shortly.

TDP, Cong flay LPG price hike
NEW DELHI, March 23 — There were protests within the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) today over the hike in the prices of kerosene and LPG effected late last night by the government with the Telegu Desam Party (TDP), one of the major allies, saying that the government should have actually restructured the increase to a reasonable and affordable levels.

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More than 500 khair trees felled
SHIMLA, March 23 — In another forest scandal more than 500 khair trees have been axed unauthorisedly in Bhadsali shamlat forest in Una division. The illicit felling was detected by the flying squad of the Forest Department on the basis of complaints received from villagers. By the time the squad was informed the trees had been cut and billets transported out of the state. Only stumps and branches were left in the forest. The squad detected 516 stumps in the area. The felling took place over the past one month.
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