Sunday, April 23, 2000, Chandigarh, India

India’s stand on NPT conceded
Major shift in US thinking
WASHINGTON, April 22 — In a major shift in US thinking on India’s nuclear programme, a top non-proliferation official has conceded New Delhi could not be expected to join the NPT unless its relations with both China and Pakistan improve.

Wadala backs Ravi Inder
Move towards realignment of forces
JALANDHAR, April 22 — Signalling a move towards realignment of forces opposed to the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, the Akali Dal (Democratic) President, Mr Kuldip Singh Wadala, today openly declared full support to Mr Ravi Inder Singh saying the dissident Akali leader has emerged as the rallying point to overthrow Mr Parkash Singh Badal.

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Lethal Handshake?
Are organisations like the WB, IMF and the WTO really as black as they are painted, and are pressure groups the angels of mercy, asks Kuldip Dhiman

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No decision on A-I, IOC
Disinvestment panel to meet again next month
NEW DELHI, April 22 — The Cabinet Committee on Disinvestment (CCD) today deferred a decision on selling government equity in several public sector enterprises, including Air-India, Indian Oil Corporation and Pawan Hans Helicopters Limited, and decided to meet again in mid-May to finalise its decisions on various proposals.

Pak may step up militancy
Fernandes says forces fully ready
CHENNAI, April 22 — Defence Minister George Fernandes today regretted that Pakistan had failed to heed to US President Bill Clinton’s advice against sponsoring cross-border terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir and did not rule out stepped-up militancy in the state this summer.

2 Army men killed in encounter
JAMMU, April 22 — A perimeter patrol of 16 Rashtriya Rifles engaged a group of heavily armed militants along the Suran river at Potha post near Surankot in Poonch district early today.

A crying girl consoles her sister near the debris of her house at Anderkot, a village in Srinagar, on Saturday. Three residential houses caught fire after an exchange of bullets between militants and soldiers, leaving nine persons, including seven security-force personnel, wounded in the shoot-out. According to officials, the militants escaped unhurt. — AFP

Match-fixing: Advani hints at CBI probe
GANGTOK, April 22 — Union Home Minister L.K. Advani today did not rule out possibility of a “comprehensive” inquiry by the CBI into all aspects of cricket match-fixing.

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Thanks to the Chandrachud report. We are innocent!
by Sandeep Joshi
Lapses in mid-day meal scheme
SHIMLA, April 22 — Contrary to the provision of distributing cooked food to primary school students under the centrally sponsored mid-day meal scheme, the Himachal Pradesh Government has given raw rice worth Rs 37.57 crore to the children.
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