Tuesday, May 30, 2000, Chandigarh, India

Military takes over in Fiji
Declares martial law
Mara resigns

PACIFIC HARBOUR (Fiji), May 29 — The Fijian military said today it was taking over the government of the country and declared martial law — stepping into a constitutional crisis that has seen the Prime Minister held hostage by gunmen since May 19. “I have, with much reluctance, assumed executive authority of the country and henceforth declared martial law,” the head of the armed forces, Commodore Frank Bainamarama, told a news conference.

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President K. R. Narayanan and his wife Usha are welcomed by Chinese children while President Jiang Zeming looks on at Tianamen Square in Beijing on Monday. —PTI photo.
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Landslide win for Rabri
Family rules the roost

NEW DELHI, May 29 — Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi won with a huge margin in her husband’s vacated constituency, a son picked up where his dead father had left in Nirsa and as three widows emerged victors in Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, Kalyan Singh’s Rashtriya Kranti Party unseated the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in Soron (U.P.). Rori in Haryana proved the adage, like father like son.



Abhay wins Rori seat by big margin
SIRSA, May 29 — The INLD won the Rori byelection with huge margin. The party’s candidate Abhay Singh Chautala was declared elected with a record margin of 86,011 votes an all-time record in Haryana Vidhan Sabha elections. The previous record was of former Chief Minister, Bansi Lal who won the Tosham byelection by a margin of 80619 votes in 1986.

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No US military aid to Lanka
COLOMBO, May 29 — US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Pickering today said his country fully endorsed the peace initiative of Norway and India to find a political solution to the Sri Lankan crisis, but underlined that “the USA would in no way extend any military assistance to Sri Lanka.”

Terrorism Bill ‘draconian’
NEW DELHI, May 29 — The government today clarified that there was “no truth” in reports that provisions in the draft Prevention of Terrorism Bill, 2000, could be used to “browbeat the media and extract information.”

Kairon ‘in league’ with Badal
AMRITSAR, May 29 — Capt Amarinder Singh, President, Punjab Pradesh Congress, has alleged that the Kairon brothers (Mr Surinder Singh Kairon and his younger brother Mr Gurinder Singh Kairon) are hand-in-glove with Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, and want to harm the party before crucial “mid-term elections”.

Mafia that rules Haryana roads
HISAR, May 29 — With more than 30,000 “killers” prowling its highways, road travel in Haryana is now among the riskiest in the country. These “killers” are its Maxi-cab jeeps ferrying passengers illegally everywhere in the state with the patronage of politicians.

Militants out to spoil govt plan
JAMMU, May 29 — Militants seem determined to sabotage the government plan to lure tourists to the valley. Sources said the militants had sent threat letters to senior functionaries of the Tourism Department.
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