Monday, April 24, 2000, Chandigarh, India

Drought scene alarming
Oppn calls for instant action,
Gujarat steps up wheat supply
NEW DELHI, April 23 — Opposition parties today asked the Centre to take immediate steps to meet the drought situation in different parts of the country, especially in Gujarat and Rajasthan, demanding immediate financial help to the affected states and formulation of a “disaster management policy.”

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PM appeals for relief
NEW DELHI, April 23 — Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee today appealed to the people to contribute whole-heartedly to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund to help more than five crore drought-hit people of Gujarat, Rajasthan and some other parts of the country.

Crops wither, lakes dry up
NEW DELHI, April 23 — Vast tracts of withered crop and dried up lakes and reservoirs today continued to stalk large parts of Gujarat and Rajasthan gripped by unprecedented drought.

Carrying empty utensils, villagers search for water in a drought-affected village in Gujarat on Sunday. — PTI photo

Centre to consult Dalai Lama
Installation of Karmapa
GANGTOK, April 23 — Union Home Minister L.K. Advani has said the Centre would hold talks with Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on the installation of the 17th Karmapa Urgyen Thinley Dorjee to the Rumtek monastery in Sikkim.

Fishermen ‘ill-treated’ in Iran
CHENNAI, April 23 — The fishermen from Tamil Nadu who were released after incarceration in foreign prisons for over a year today said although they were treated well in Pakistani prisons, but were ill-treated in Iran.

Land route to Jaffna ‘with LTTE’
COLOMBO, April 23 — The Sri Lankan army today said it had “relocated’’ its defence lines north of Elephant Pass, raising speculation it lost control of the crucial land route to the Jaffna peninsula.

UN vehicles being ‘misused’
SHIMLA, April 23 — Vehicles supplied by UN agencies for the implementation of various programmes in rural areas are being misused by ministers, bureaucrats and other senior officers.

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  Copying in exams goes hi-tech
HISAR, April 23 — Copying in examinations has gone hi-tech with increasing use of mobile phones, pagers and Internet sites for the purpose. Besides, copying is no longer restricted to backbenchers looking to pass the examination, brilliant students are using these hi-tech gizmos in an attempt to better their scores.

Support builds up for India
Claim to UN council seat
PARIS, April 23 — India’s efforts for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council have received a major boost with three world powers backing New Delhi’s candidature this week, and analysts say New Delhi should press ahead with its diplomatic campaign to reach its goal.
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