Friday, May 12, 2000, Chandigarh, India

Lankan jets pound LTTE areas
96 rebels among 131 killed
COLOMBO, May 11 — Sri Lankan air force planes today pounded LTTE positions as fierce fighting raged near Jaffna town tonight which left 131 persons, 96 LTTE rebels and 35 troops, dead as the government denied reports that the army’s only airbase in the peninsula at Palaly has come under rebel attack.

PM rules out recognition to Tamil Eelam
NEW DELHI, May 11 — Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee today ruled out granting recognition to Tamil Eelam in the event of Jaffna falling to the LTTE as Norway said that there could be no solution to the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka without New Delhi playing a “positive role”.

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A portion of a house rests on the edge following a landslide at mid-night on Thursday. — photo by the writer
A portion of a house rests on the edge following a landslide at mid-night on Thursday. — photo by the writer
House wrecked in landslide
SHIMLA, May 11 — Twenty-five residents of a private building in the heart of the town had a miraculous escape when a major portion of it collapsed around mid-night today following a landslide.



Opposition stalls Parliament work
NEW DELHI, May 11 — Opposition parties today paralysed all work in Parliament forcing the adjournment of both Houses without any business being transacted with agitated members demanding a rollback of the hike in prices of essential commodities.
General strike hits life
Strike evokes mixed response

Uniform ST on cars from May 15
CHANDIGARH, May 11 — All States and Union Territories in the country have decided to hike sales tax on motor vehicles to 12 per cent from May 15.
No rolling back of 12 per cent ST on motor vehicles (Chandigarh page)

Centre told about Jain’s police remand
CHANDIGARH, May 11 — The Chandigarh Administration has sent a formal report to the Union Home Ministry about extension in police remand of its Home Secretary, Mr N.K. Jain, in a corruption case suggesting action under the All-India Civil Service Rules.

3 held in Sirhind blast case
FATEHGARH SAHIB, May 11 — With the arrest of three members of the Khalistan-Zindabad Commando Force, the district police claimed to have solved the bomb blast case on March 3 in a Jhang Travel bus from Jammu to Delhi near Sirhind town in which nine persons lost their lives and several others were injured.

Pakistan softens stance?
JAMMU, May 11 — Although Pakistani agencies have softened their stance over the proposed talks between the Government of India and leaders of the Hurriyat Conference yet there is no indication that the agencies across the border have plans of going slow as far as moral and material support to the militants, operating in Jammu and Kashmir, is concerned.

Fulfil conditions or face closure
KURUKSHETRA, May 11 — Kurukshetra University has given an ultimatum to professional colleges and institutions in Haryana which run courses in engineering, computer science and applications, management and dental sciences etc. to take steps to fulfil the conditions on which they were granted affiliation.
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