Saturday, May 20, 2000, Chandigarh, India

Fiji PM, Cabinet taken hostage
President declares emergency
SUVA, May 19 —Fiji’s President today declared a state of emergency in the South Pacific nation after a businessman took the Prime Minister hostage and claimed power in the name of indigenous Fijians.

A building burns in Suva, Fiji, on Friday in this image made from television
(Left) A building burns in Suva, Fiji, on Friday in this image made from television and (Right) men, women and children rummage through goods from shops, after a group of armed civilians stormed the Parliament and seized Fiji's ethnic Indian Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry and his cabinet colleagues.  — AFP photo

India expresses concern
NEW DELHI, May 19 — India today expressed dismay and regret at the attempted coup d’ etat in Fiji and demanded immediate restoration of the legitimately elected government led by Fijian Prime Minister Mahendra Pal Chaudhry.

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LTTE shells seaport
Damage to airbase denied

LONDON, May 19 — Tamil Tiger rebels today mounted fresh attacks on the Army in northern Jaffna and shelled a key sea port at the northern tip of the peninsula.

Bid to blow up J-K Assembly
SRINAGAR, May 19 — Militants made an abortive bid today to blow up the heavily-guarded Jammu and Kashmir Assembly building here with a rocket, official sources said.

Delhi criminals’ links
Arms licences secured from UT, Punjab
NEW DELHI, May 19 — Persons facing criminal charges in the Capital have secured arms licence from Chandigarh, Amritsar and Ferozepore districts in connivance with middlemen, Deputy Commissioner of Police (central district), Muktesh Chander said.

Bindra to get BCCI notice
NEW DELHI, May 19 — Meeting in the backdrop of the match-fixing controversy, the working committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) today decided to issue a show-cause notice to former board president I.S. Bindra for levelling a string of corruption allegations against the apex body and its officials.





by Sandeep Joshi

N.K. Jain suspended
CHANDIGARH, May 19 — The Haryana Government has suspended former Chandigarh Home Secretary N.K. Jain on his return to his parent cadre. The Union Home Ministry had ordered his repatriation on May 17, a day before his extended police remand in a case under the Prevention of Corruption Act registered by the Special cell of the CBI against him on April 6 expired.

CBI takes Jain’s share certificates
May 19 — The team of the Central Bureau of Investigation and the defence counsel of Home Secretary N.K. Jain came to the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr Sant Parkash, today morning, as directed by the court yesterday.


Dawood aide among five held
Contract killers’ gang unearthed
PHAGWARA, May 19 — Parvez Khan, alias Tanda, a member of the Dubai-based Dawood Ibrahim gang, who had allegedly killed Vicky Goswami, the main suspect in the murder of music magnate Gulshan Kumar, was arrested by the Phagwara police along with four of his accomplices and a large quantity of arms and ammunition here today.

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