Friday, July 14, 2000, Chandigarh, India

Chaudhry, other hostages freed

Speight man is President

SUVA, July 13 — Deposed Fiji Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry and 17 other political hostages were freed today after 55 days in captivity following which a supporter of coup leader George Speight was appointed as the new President of the island nation.

India welcomes release
NEW DELHI, July 13 — India today greeted with a sense of relief the release of deposed Fiji Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry and his Cabinet colleagues who were being held hostage since May 19.

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SUVA: Deposed Fijian Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry is reunited with wife Virmati and their granddaughter Sonia upon his arrival at their Suva home after being freed by coup leader George Speight after 56 days. AP/PTI

Curfew in Leh, LBA leader held
SRINAGAR, July 13 — Curfew was imposed in Leh town of Ladakh region in Jammu and Kashmir today following tension between the majority Buddhist and minority Muslim population. Over a dozen persons of both communities, including Sonam Gombo, vice-president of the Ladakh Buddhist Association (LBA), were arrested as a precautionary measure.


Rescue workers clear debris at the site of a landslideMumbai landslide toll 67, Army called
MUMBAI, July 13 — With the recovery of three more bodies from the debris of the Ghatkopar landslide, the death toll in yesterday’s deluge rose to 67.
Army and naval teams have been called to help in rescue operations.
Photo: Rescue workers clear debris at the site of a landslide disaster in the Bombay suburb of Ghatkopar on Thursday. — Reuters
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Farooq puts off Delhi visit
SRINAGAR, July 13 — Describing the Prime Minister’s talk offer on autonomy as a “positive development”, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah said here today that the Centre had “appreciated the importance of discussions on this vital issue.”

3000 Amarnath pilgrims reach Pahalgam
SRINAGAR, July 13 — The first batch of over 3000 pilgrims arrived at Pahalgam, the base camp for the annual Amarnath yatra, this evening. Several others who started from Jammu for the pilgrimage, stayed at Khannabal as the movement of vehicles carrying pilgrims was not allowed after 6 p.m. from the transit camp at Khannabal.

Governors to study SC welfare
NEW DELHI, July 13 — The President, Mr K R Narayanan, today announced the formation of a committee of Governors to look into the implementation of programmes for the welfare of Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes.

6 peacocks die in Jhabua
JHABUA (MP), July 13 — Close on the heels of the death of 80 peacocks in Morena district of Madhya Pradesh over the past few days, six peacocks died after consuming chemically treated soyabean at a village in Jhabua district of the state yesterday, a veterinary official said today.

Engineers drain department funds
AMRITSAR, July 13 — A huge amount running into several crores is outstanding against engineers of the Drainage Department many of whom retired over a decade ago. This speaks volumes of the attitude of the officials concerned who failed to even register leave alone recover public money from employees.
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