Wednesday, May 31, 2000, Chandigarh, India

Nailatikau named Fiji PM

India to send official

SUVA, May 30 — Fiji’s military chief Commodore Frank Bainamarama has named Mr Ratu Epeli Nailatikau as the country’s new Prime Minister, Fiji radio reported today.
Mr Nailatikau is the husband of Mrs Adi Koila Mara who was the Tourism Minister in the ousted government of former Premier Mahendra Chaudhry. She is currently one of some 30 hostages being held in Parliament by coup leader George Speight.

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Jaya acquitted in TV case
CHENNAI, May 30 — Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK supremo J. Jayalalitha and two others were acquitted in the Rs 10.16 crore colour TV scam case by a Special Judge here today.

Grant for border farmers
Centre accepts Punjab demand

NEW DELHI, May 30 — The Centre today agreed to Punjab’s request for extending special grant providing compensation to farmers on Indo-Pak border for the current year while providing relief on several other issues to mitigate problems of people residing in those areas.

Tipnis asks IAF to remain alert
NEW DELHI, May 30 — The Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal A.Y. Tipnis, today highlighted the role the Air Force would play in future. Inaugurating the Western Air Command (WAC) Station Commanders’ conference here, the Air Chief while stressing the need for the Air Force to further sharpen its skills, said the air power would play a decisive role in all future conflicts.



Air Chief Marshal A.Y. Tipnis is introduced to commanders
Air Chief Marshal A.Y. Tipnis is introduced to commanders of forward airbases by Air Marshal S. Krishnaswamy (extreme left), AOC-in-C, Western Air Command, at the WAC Commanders Conference at Command Headquarters, Subroto Park, New Delhi, on Tuesday.—PTI




Hidden cameras not allowed!

By Sandeep Joshi

Minister’s brother stripped
JALANDHAR, May 30 — A brother of Punjab Cabinet Minister Ajit Singh Kohar was allegedly beaten up and stripped naked by policemen in Shahkot police station after being detained on Sunday on charges of damaging a motor on panchayat-owned land in Talwandi-Butiyan village near here.

Property of cricketers: notice to IT Dept
CHANDIGARH, May 30 — Taking suo motu notice of news items quoting the Additional Commissioner of Income Tax, Mr Vishwa Bandhu Gupta, as saying that “somebody should be prepared to act” against cricketers involved in match-fixing, Mr. Justice Mehtab Singh Gill of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notices to the Union of India and the Chief Commissioner of Income Tax.

127 killed in Lanka
COLOMBO, May 30 — At least 120 Tamil rebels and seven soldiers were killed in a massive offensive by the army against the Tigers in Northern Jaffna as the Sri Lankan Government today asserted that its troops have halted the LTTE’s march to the embattled peninsula.

Primary education panchayats’ baby
KARNAL, May 30 — The Haryana Government at a high level committee meeting at Chandigarh yesterday finalised the parameters of the new education policy in the state. In a momentous decision, the committee decided to handover the control of primary education to panchayats in the state.
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