Monday, May 22, 2000, Chandigarh, India

NLFT on killing spree, toll 45
AGARTALA, May 21 — National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) guerrillas gunned down seven more persons today taking the death toll to 45 in the ethnic and militant violence in the West district during the past 24 hours.

Airlift forces, CM urges PM
NEW DELHI, May 21 — Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar today met Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and urged him to airlift paramilitary forces to the state which has been rocked by ethnic and militant violence.

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Gunmen direct mediapersons to keep low as they pass through the gates of Fiji's parliament building in Suva on Sunday.Gunmen direct mediapersons to keep low as they pass through the gates of Fiji's Parliament building in Suva on Sunday after gun shots were fired as the Press began entering the complex for a Press conference where rebels are holding Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry and his Cabinet colleagues at gunpoint. 
— AP/PTI photo

Rebels tell President to quit
Threat to kill hostages

SUVA, May 21 — Fiji’s President said today that gunmen holding the country’s Prime Minister and other politicians captive had threatened to start killing their hostages unless he quit as Head of State.
According to Fiji radio, Mr Chaudhry has agreed to resign and will soon be released by his captors.


 26 killed in Lankan clashes
COLOMBO, May 21 — The Sri Lankan Government today said its troops were engaged in a hand-to-hand combat on the outskirts of Chavakachcheri, a small but strategic town near embattled Jaffna city in which two LTTE leaders and nine army soldiers were killed.
Annan backs India’s case
NEW DELHI, May 21 — United Nation Secretary General Kofi Annan has favoured India’s candidature for a permanent seat in the Security Council.

3 militants killed in J & K
SRINAGAR, May 21 — Five persons, including three militants, were killed and six injured in separate incidents today while militants abducted two persons in the Kashmir valley.

Qureshi faces unenviable task
JAMMU, May 21 — Will Mr Mohd Shafi Qureshi, a former Governor and Union Minister, succeed in resurrecting the Congress in Jammu and Kashmir from ashes?

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