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Defence Minister George Fernandes
Sabotage not ruled out
Fernandes briefs PM on Bharatpur fire
NEW DELHI, April 30 — The situation at Bharatpur ammunition depot, which witnessed devastating fire on Friday in which over 10,000 tonnes of ammunition went up in smoke, was under control with the fire having been completely put out.

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It may be Baddowal next
BADDOWAL, (Ludhiana) April 30 — In the wake of the fire at the Bharatpur ammunition depot yesterday, where around 14,000 tonnes of ammunition was destroyed and three persons killed, the district administration has asked the Ministry of Defence to file an appeal in the Supreme Court for the vacation of an earlier Punjab and Haryana High Court order, staying the demolition of the 300 odd structures in the notified area.

Advani tours drought-hit areas
AHMEDABAD, April 30 — Union Home Minister L.K. Advani today visited the drought-affected areas of Patan and Surendranagar districts in Gujarat to take stock of the situation.

Sikh Samaj backs Ravi Inder
LUDHIANA, April 30 — The Gurmat Sidhant Pracharak Sant Samaj today declared its unilateral support to the dissident Akali leader, Mr Ravi Inder Singh, and hailed him as the leader who would help restore the tenets and traditions of Akal Takht.


Villagers migrate from their homes in Mandava village, a tiny hamlet situated in drought-hit Pokhran in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan, in search of water in neighbouring districts.
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Violence mars Tripura tribal council poll
AGARTALA, April 30 — Outlawed militants captured a booth, clashed with security personnel and snatched weapons as violence marred the first phase of elections today to Tripura Tribal Autonomous District Council (TTDAC) in different parts of the state, official sources said.

Police station stoned, cops flee
JALANDHAR, April 30 — Hundreds of agitated residents of Lidderan, Fazalpur and other villages on the city outskirts, who were sitting on a dharna on the Jalandhar-Amritsar road to protest against the murder of a resident on the same village in front of the Maqsudan police station last night, went on a rampage today. They stopped vehicular traffic, stoned the Maqsudan police station and damaged four police vehicles and even forced the policemen on duty to flee the police station this morning.

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  Haryana hikes bus fares
CHANDIGARH, April 30 — With effect from midnight today,bus travel in Haryana will become costlier. The state government has decided to increase the bus fare by 13 per cent to cover what it calls the hike in running cost of roadways buses.

2000 villages with no drinking water
CHANDIGARH, April 30 — Punjab, the country’s richest state, cannot provide safe drinking water to over 2000 villages. In fact, if the minimum standard of 40 litres of potable water per person is taken, this number goes up to 5,132 villages.
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