Sunday, July 16, 2000, Chandigarh, India

No compromise on autonomy: NC

SRINAGAR, July 15 — The National Conference today declared that the autonomy resolution passed by the Jammu and Kashmir Legislature will not be compromised or left midway.
Announcing this at a news conference after the inconclusive working committee meeting here this afternoon, Parliamentary Affairs Minister P.L. Handoo said his party was bound by the resolution adopted by the state legislative assembly and council.

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Bal Thackeray Action against Thackeray okayed
Shiv Sainiks take to streets

MUMBAI, July 15 — The Maharashtra Government today gave the green signal to the police to prosecute Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray for his alleged role during the 1992-93 communal riots in the metropolis.

STD sector to be opened up
NEW DELHI, July 15 — The Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, today announced the opening up of the national long distance telephony (NLDO) by August 15 without any ceiling on the number of private players, to end the state monopoly in this sector.

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Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and Union Information and Technology Minister Pramod Mahajan at the first-ever national conference on information technology in New Delhi on Saturday. 
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Indian peacekeepers rescued

FREETOWN, July 15 — A UN military operation today rescued all 220 Indian peacekeepers and 11 military observers who had been trapped by rebels inside a un base in eastern Sierra Leone, a UN spokeswoman said.

In  Spectrum today 
An unequal alliance
Our folklore is replete with instances wherein women exercised upper hand in marital choice. Today, however, it is the urban, educated and professional men who call the shots, writes Nonika Singh

Call of the tragopan
By Rajiv Kalsi

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Pathak, the new VCPathak to be new PU VC
CHANDIGARH, July 15 — Prof Kare Narain Pathak, the seniormost teacher in Panjab University, has been named as the new Vice- Chancellor, university sources said here today. Professor Pathak replaces Prof M.M. Puri whose term is scheduled to end on July 22.

CM on stone-laying spree
JALALABAD (Ferozepore), July 15 — Despite repeated denials that the ruling Akali Dal has no intention of going in for mid-term elections, the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal today said he had intensified assembly segment tours to expedite development works in the state.


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