Saturday, June 3, 2000, Chandigarh, India

11 killed in J&K blast
SRINAGAR, June 2 — At least 11 persons were killed and 24 were injured in a powerful explosion near Pattan, in Baramula district, about 25 km north of here this afternoon. Those injured included a former Housing and Urban Development Minister, Moulvi Iftikhar Hussain Ansari, a prominent Shia leader, who was addressing a gathering of Shiite Muslims this afternoon.


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Jaswant Singh No UN role in Lanka: Jaswant
SINGAPORE, June 2 — Indian Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh today ruled out a role for the UN in war-torn Sri Lanka and reiterated that New Delhi would only get involved in the conflict there if asked by Colombo.

Shots fired in Fiji Parliament
SUVA, June 2 — Gunshots were fired today inside Fiji Parliament, where the country’s Prime Minister and his government have been held since May 19, soldiers manning barricades outside the complex said.

LPG on demand by Dec-end
RAMAN (Bathinda), June 2 — The Union Petroleum Minister, Mr Ram Naik, today said that 90 gas agencies would be set up in Punjab to clear the waiting list of consumers and to provide gas connection on demand in the state by the end of December 2000.

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Transfers of docs put on hold
CHANDIGARH, June 2 — Following a meeting with the PCMS Association, the Punjab Government today temporarily stopped the transfer order of about 800 doctors.

Free phones no sweet music
NEW DELHI, June 2 — The decision of the Communications Minister, Mr Ram Vilas Paswan, to give free telephone facility to its employees has got enmeshed in controversy even as government and powerful unions lock horns over its financial implications.

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Relatives of victims point at bullet marks.

Relatives of victims point at bullet marks on the wall in front of which 35 Sikhs were lined up and shot on March 20 at Chattisinghpora; (right) Baldev Singh (85) with his two widowed daughters-in-law and grandchildren. Two other widows are also seen in the picture. — photos by Amin War

Chattisinghpora revisited
Crops await harvesters
CHATTISINGHPORA (Anantnag), June 2 — The eloquence and smiles of Balpreet Singh, a six-year-old cannot unravel what had happened on that fateful Holi eve, when his father, Darbari Singh, was among 35 Sikhs mown down by unidentified gunmen in this remote village.

Anandgarh petition
Two officers clarify
CHANDIGARH, June 2 — The DIG, Patiala Range, Mr Sanjiv Gupta today denounced as "outrageous" and "mischievous" an allegation that he owns 100 acres of land in the area of the proposed Anandgarh scheme near Chandigarh.
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