Wednesday, May 24, 2000, Chandigarh, India

India ready to evacuate Lankan troops
Navy draws up contingency plan

NEW DELHI, May 23 — India is prepared to evacuate an estimated 30,000 trapped Sri Lankan troops in the Jaffna peninsula provided there is formal request from Colombo and “proper conditions” for it, National Security Adviser Brajesh Mishra said tonight.

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Chiefs stand by Chaudhry
Rebels reject advice to free PM

SUVA, May 23 — The head of Fiji’s great Council of Chiefs today urged the leader of a coup attempt to free the country’s Prime Minister and other hostages he has been holding in Parliament.

Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee meets relatives of Fijian Prime Minister Mahender Chaudhry at his residence in New Delhi on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee meets relatives of Fijian Prime Minister Mahender Chaudhry at his residence in New Delhi on Tuesday. 
— PTI photo

India talks tough
NEW DELHI, May 23 — Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee said today that any move to oust the legitimately elected government in Fiji would be unacceptable to India.



UN envoy heads for Fiji
WELLINGTON, May 23 — New Zealand’s Foreign Minister said on Tuesday that the United Nations would send a special representative to Fiji to give the world community’s response to the rebel takeover of the tiny Pacific island nation.



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Army deployed in Khowai
AGARTALA, May 23 — The Army was deployed in West Tripura’s trouble-torn Khowai subdivision, even as life was affected in the state today following a statewide bandh called separately by the ruling and opposition parties.

8 hurt in attack near J&K House
SRINAGAR, May 23 — Militants hurled a grenade on a vehicle of the security forces outside the main gate of the highly guarded Assembly complex here this afternoon, causing injuries to eight persons. In the other militancy-related incidents at least 12 persons, including six militants, were killed.

Spurious drugs on sale
CHANDIGARH, May 23 — Patients: beware of the tablets you take. These can be spurious or substandard. This has come to light following raids conducted by the Punjab Health Department in various markets. Even very costly antibiotics in all forms — tablets, capsules and injections — have been found spurious.

Officer held on graft charge
FEROZEPORE, May 23 — A Punjab Roadways Divisional Manager Mr N.K. Wadhawan, was arrested for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 5,000 from an Inspector here this evening.

Chandigarh a dead issue: CM
CHANDIGARH, May 23 — Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala considers the issue of Chandigarh’s transfer to Punjab a “dead issue”.


Kargil, 1 year later IAF resources stretched
Maintaining supplies to Kargil
CHANDIGARH, May 23 — A year after the Indian Air Force undertook massive airlift of troops and equipment, inducted in the Kargil Sector to counter incursions by Pakistan-backed elements along the Line of Control, the IAF continues to be saddled with significantly increased commitments even as its fleet serviceability is back to pre-Kargil days.

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