Monday, July 3, 2000, Chandigarh, India

SAD may go in for mid-term poll
LUDHIANA, July 2 — Despite repeated denials from the top, there are reports here that the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) leadership may be thinking in terms of having early mid-term elections to the Punjab Vidhan Sabha.

Badal for devolution of powers
NEW DELHI, July 2 — A senior minister of Jammu and Kashmir today alleged that a “disinformation campaign” had been launched over the state government’s demand for greater autonomy and said the resolution could “in no way be termed as secession”.

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No Eelam, says Advani
ERODE (TN), July 2 — Union Home Minister L.K. Advani today rejected the demand for a separate state for Sri Lankan Tamils to solve the ethnic problem in the island nation but asserted that India was concerned about Tamils in that country whenever their interests were in jeopardy.

India-Israel joint panel to boost ties
JERUSALEM, July 2 — Giving a new dimension to bilateral ties, India and Israel today decided to set up a joint ministerial commission to look into the entire gamut of cooperation between the two countries and further institutionalise measures on counter-terrorism.

Israeli Foreign Minister David Levy (left) holds hands with his Indian counterpart Jaswant Singh during a Press briefing in a Jerusalem hotel on Saturday.

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Israeli Foreign Minister David Levy (left) holds hands with his Indian counterpart Jaswant Singh during a Press briefing in a Jerusalem hotel on Saturday. Mr Jaswant Singh is on a visit to Israel aimed at improving trade relations and bilateral ties. — Reuters photo.

Farooq defends resolution
ERODE, July 2 — The Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Farooq Abdullah today strongly defended the state assembly resolution, demanding the restoration of the pre-1953 status to the state.

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Autonomy: PMO clarifies stand
NEW DELHI, July 2 — The Prime Minister’s Office today said that the matter of the Jammu and Kashmir’s resolution on autonomy ‘‘will be considered in accordance with the Constitution.’’

Sex scandal unearthed, 3 held
GURDASPUR, July 2 — The police has unearthed a sex scandal and arrested Kashmir Kaur, alias Shashi, a resident of the Ladhupur and Renu Bala, a resident of Ghurala. The police has also arrested Rajesh Kumar, a resident of Sohwal, for allegedly kidnapping and sexually abusing a minor girl, Amanpreet Kaur (not real name), resident of the Tibri Road, Gurdaspur.

Shell out $ 895, buy an award
HISAR, July 2 — If an award is what you always wanted in life but it has kept eluding you, do not despair. You can always buy one. In addition, you can even choose between the desi variety or one from distant USA. 

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