Monday, June 26, 2000, Chandigarh, India

Telecom Dept to be bifurcated
Agitating staff call off stir
NEW DELHI, June 25 — Bowing to pressure from powerful employees associations, the Centre today decided to bifurcate the Department of Telecom Services (DTS) by creating a new Department of Telecom Operations and conceding to the associations’ demand to let a technical person head such services.

7,000 green cards likely
India, Italy to strengthen trade ties
ROME, June 25 — Political as well as economic relations between India and Italy are expected to gain considerable momentum during Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee’s two-day visit to Rome. He arrived at Leonardo da Vanci Fuiumicino Airport this evening to a warm welcome. 

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Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee being seen off by Cabinet colleagues George Fernandes, M. M. Joshi, and L. K. Advani from the Air Force Station, Palam, on Sunday.
Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee being seen off
 by Cabinet colleagues George Fernandes, M. M. Joshi,
and L. K. Advani from the Air Force Station, Palam, on
 Sunday. —photo: Saab Press

Fiji rebels release four hostages
SUVA, June 25 — Gunmen holding Fiji’s deposed Prime Minister and 30 others as hostages released four female captives today but gave no commitment when they would free the remaining 27 hostages.

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Bollywood stars shine in London
LONDON, June 25 — Director Sanjay Leela Bansali’s blockbuster "Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam" hogged the limelight winning 10 awards and showman Subash Ghai’s "Taal" bagged five at the first International Indian Film Awards a cinematic equivalent of the Oscars, at a glittering function here last night.

CBI to summon 3 ex-skippers
NEW DELHI, June 25 — The CBI will be soon summoning at least three former cricket captains in the ongoing match-fixing scandal even as the agency was planning to register another enquiry in the allotment of telecast rights, agency sources said here today.

Harassed cashier ends life
LUDHIANA, June 25 — Caste politics in a branch of the Punjab National Bank at Gumna Manak village in Phagwara tehsil is alleged to have forced a clerk-cum-cashier in the bank to end his life.

RJD, Cong boycott meeting
PATNA, June 25 — In a tit-for-tat move, the Rashtriya Janata Dal and its allies — the Congress and the Left parties — today boycotted the all-party meeting called by Union Agriculture Minister Nitish Kumar at the behest of Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee called for concerted efforts to restore peace and social harmony in Bihar plagued by cycle of caste violence.

Murder, Bollywood style
BATHINDA, June 25 — It is a story perfect to be scripted for a masala Bollywood movie. A local youth killed another youth on the night of June 22 as the deceased was trying to win over his beloved.


All eyes on autonomy debate outcome
JAMMU, June 25 — Despite the fact that the motion seeking restoration of greater autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir, if adopted by the state Assembly, now in session in Srinagar, tomorrow, may not set the Jhelum on fire, all eyes are focussed on the outcome of the debate on Monday.

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