Monday, July 10, 2000, Chandigarh, India

Crucial NC meeting today

To discuss Cabinet’s rebuff to report

SRINAGAR, July 9 — The much-awaited meeting of the working committee of the National Conference is to be held here tomorrow to take stock of the situation arising out of the rejection of the resolution on the restoration of autonomy by the Centre.

Vajpayee meets Thackeray
MUMBAI, July 9 — Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee today had a meeting with Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray at Raj Bhavan in the backdrop of the discontent in the Sena camp over portfolios allotted to the party’s ministers in the NDA government.

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Amanullah for ‘united Kashmir’

Willing to visit India for talks
ISLAMABAD, July 9 — The idea of autonomy as sought by the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly, particularly the National Conference, is not what Mr Amanullah Khan, the outlawed Chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, has in mind.

Pact to end Fiji crisis signed
Hostages to be released on Thursday

SUVA, July 9 — Coup leader George Speight and military commander Commodore Frank Bainimarama signed an agreement today to end Fiji’s seven-week hostage crisis.
Under the deal, Speight’s 27 hostages, including deposed Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry, will be released on Thursday before a meeting of influential tribal chiefs. The rebels also will turn in their weapons.

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Kulsoom under house arrest
ISLAMABAD, July 9 — The Pakistani police today continued its guard around the Lahore residence of the deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, confining his wife to the house and frustrating her rally against the military regime, witnesses said.

BELARUS: Belarusian border guards detain two persons suspected of being Indian citizens who were crossing the Belarusian-Polish border illegally, some 300 km west of Minsk, on Friday. In the first six months of 2000, Belarusian border guards have detained around 200 illegal migrants who were allegedly trying to reach western Europe. — AP/PTI photo

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Tale of two tubewell schemes


Bihar minister booked for beating 2 men
PATNA, July 9 — An FIR has been filed at the Sachivalaya police station here against Bihar Minister of State for Cooperatives Lalit Kumar Yadav for allegedly beating his truck driver and cleaner.

"Overcrowding spread tigers’ disease"
BHUBANESWAR, July 9 — Overcrowding of tigers in a single zoo is a major reason for the spread of the dreaded trypanosomiasis infection, the Member-Secretary of the Central Zoo Authority (CZA), Mr P.R. Sinha, leader of the experts’ team probing the death of 12 Royal Bengal tigers at Nandankanan zoo, said here today.

Steps to save peacocks

MNCs flout law, fleece patients
ROHTAK, July 9 — Are some multinationals (MNCs) and major drug manufacturing companies “flouting” the Drug Price Control Order (DPCO) of the Union Government by printing prices higher than the maximum permissible retail price for various drugs sold in the market? The query becomes valid against the findings of a survey conducted by the Haryana State Chemists and Druggists Association (HSCDA) recently.

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