Tuesday, March 28, 2000, Chandigarh, India

2 dead, 11 hurt in blast
Mosque siege ends; another encounter on
SRINAGAR, March 27 — At least nine persons, including five militants, were killed and 14 others were injured while the security forces apprehended four suspects and found a large quantity of arms and ammunition in the Kashmir valley since yesterday.

(Below) Army personnel keeping a strict vigil on a village where an operation to flush out militants was in progress in Kandi area of Kupwara district in north Kashmir on Monday. — PTI photo

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Putin elected President
MOSCOW, March 27 — Fighting off a last-minute Communist surge, Mr Vladimir Putin scored a convincing victory today in presidential elections after promising to end years of political chaos and restore Russia as a global power.
Has soft spot for

MOSCOW, March 27 — “If I had lots of money, I would have toured India,” wrote Russian President-elect Vladimir Putin in his recently-published biography clearly indicating his soft spot for the world’s largest democracy.

LOS ANGELES: Best director nominee M. Night Shyamalan arrives with his wife during the 72nd Annual Academy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday. Shyamalan directed the "The Sixth Sense." — AP/PTI photo

Acting President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hands with the Chairman of Central Election Commission Alexander Veshnyakov, left, prior to their meeting in Moscow, on Monday. — AP/PTI

Banks sign wage accord
MUMBAI, March 27 — The Indian Banks’ Association (IBA), representing 27 public sector banks, 17 private sector banks and 11 foreign banks today signed a bipartite settlement with three workmen unions on wage revision and other service conditions for a period of five years beginning from November 1, 1997.

Impasse on eve of SGPC meeting
AMRITSAR, March 27 — Senior Akali leaders including Mr Jagdev Singh Talwandi and Mr Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, Cooperation Minister today made last ditch efforts to bring about rapprochement between SGPC chief Bibi Jagir Kaur and Giani Puran Singh, Jathedar Akal Takht in light of the crucial executive meeting of Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee scheduled for tomorrow.

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Rabriji, now the Congressmen are demanding Cabinet berths for their drivers and PAs also!
by Sandeep Joshi
Hike in farm input tax goes
SHIMLA, March 27 — Providing much-needed relief to the farming community, Mr P.K. Dhumal, Chief Minister, today announced withdrawal of a hike in sales tax proposed in the budget on certain agricultural inputs.

Hubbub over Clinton visit
LAHORE, March 27— The response to President Clinton’s plain-speaking to Pakistan, during his less than half a day’s consolation visit, is as queer as public debates on political issues in this country generally are. Instead of reflecting on the implications of a radical shift in US attitude or the factors that have contributed to Pakistan’s present predicament, most of the parties in the field are concentrating on scoring points in their own favour.
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