Friday, May 19, 2000, Chandigarh, India

Lanka ready for talks with LTTE
Rebels sneak into Jaffna suburbs
COLOMBO, May 18 — The Sri Lanka Government admitted tonight that small groups of the LTTE rebels sneaked into some suburbs of Jaffna town and asserted Palaly, which housed the army’s only airbase in the northern peninsula, was very much in operation with military planes transporting essential supplies and new weapons systems.

Canadian diplomats call on Vaiko
NEW DELHI, May 18 — High-ranking Canadian diplomats here and in Islamabad today met MDMK chief Vaiko for about 75 minutes during which entire gamut of crisis situation prevailing in Sri Lanka was discussed.

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Kilo Force smashes hideouts
SRINAGAR, May 18 — At least one jawan was killed when Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked shelling in Karnah sector from across the border last night.

India, France begin defence talks
NEW DELHI, May 18 — India and France today opened a strategic dialogue on bilateral military cooperation, security situation in Asia and Europe and on armaments and nuclear issue.





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French Defence Minister Alain Richard inspects 
the guard of honour at South Block in New Delhi 
on Thursday. — PTI 

Abhay may get ministerial berth
GURGAON, May 18 — There is a move for Cabinet expansion in Haryana after the byelection in Rori Assembly scheduled for May 26.

Cauvery talks put off
NEW DELHI, May 18 —The Centre today postponed tomorrow’s meeting of the Cauvery River Authority (CRA) after Karnataka decided to boycott it saying it was called “in haste” and at Tamil Nadu’s “behest”.

2 copters crash; two killed
SHIMLA, May 18 — Wd Cdr Chander Singh of Indian Air Force and Capt Vishal Srivastva, an Army doctor, were killed while four others including Brig B.M. Bakshi, Chief Engineer of the Border Road Organisation, had a miraculous escape when two helicopters of the IAF crashed near Surat Tal, about 60 km from Kaylong, the district headquarters of Lahaul and Spiti, yesterday.

Kanwar Durga Chand dead
SHIMLA, May 18 — Kanwar Durga Chand, a veteran politician and former Power Minister, died after a protracted illness at Indira Gandhi Medical College Hospital here today. He was 80 and unmarried.

Sukh Ram ‘divested’ of post
SHIMLA, May 18 — The HVC (M) removed Mr Sukh Ram from the post of chief patron of the party today and appointed Mr Mohinder Singh, PWD Minister, in his place.

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