Sunday, July 30, 2000, Chandigarh, India

Hurriyat welcomes talks offer

Sees change in govt approach
SRINAGAR, July 29 — In a significant development, the Hurriyat Conference today hailed the Centre’s talks offer to the Hizbul Mujahideen “outside the framework of the Constitution” in response to its ceasefire announcement by the latter.

Halt operations, Army told
SRINAGAR, July 29 — Lieut-General J. R. Mukherjee, GOC, 15 Corps, today said that operations against militant organisations other than the Hizbul Mujahideen would continue in the Kashmir valley.

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Advani hopeful of positive response
CHENNAI, July 29 — Union Home Minister L.K. Advani, today said the Centre was dealing with a "measure of caution" the declaration of three-month unilateral ceasefire by the militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen and hoped its leaders would come overground for talks to facilitate the restoration of normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir.

Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee with a delegation of MLAs from Jammu and Kashmir led by Minister of State for Civil Aviation Chaman Lal Gupta at the PM’s residence in New Delhi on Saturday. — PTI

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Farooq meets PM, welcomes talks
NEW DELHI, July 29 — The Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee today met leaders from Jammu and Kashmir including the state Chief Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah. During a half-hour-long meeting this morning, Dr Abdullah informed the Prime Minister of the latest political and security scenario in the state while Mr Vajpayee apprised the Chief Minister of the Centre’s moves to initiate talks.

In Spectrum  today 

Caught between two worlds
What is it like for modern children, especially girls, who are  exposed to modern life but then suddenly asked to marry a spouse of their parents’ choice, examines  Raman Mohan.
HERITAGE: A castle in the hills, 
by Suchita Malik
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Five feared dead in aircrash
SHIMLA, July 29 — All five passengers, including two crew members, were killed when a private chartered plane on its way from Delhi to Kulu crashed into the Gargi Nullah near Kathabai village in Mandi district this afternoon.

Uttaranchal may be expanded
PANTNAGAR, (Udham Singh Nagar), July 29 — Consensus may be emerging on the vexed question of the merger of the district of Udham Singh Nagar in the proposed hill state of Uttaranchal, with a Bill proposing creation of the new state due to be debated in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

US Nagar people ‘disappointed’
NEW DELHI, July 29 — Mr B.S. Ramoowalia, MP and president of the Lok Bhalai Party, in a statement yesterday voiced serious concern of the people of Udham Singh Nagar in UP over the exclusion of this district from the hill state of Uttaranchal as proposed in the Bill introduced in the Lok Sabha on July 25.

Old wheat stocks rot in the open
JALANDHAR, July 29 — Has lakhs of tonnes of old wheat crop been lying and rotting in the open and in godowns of different state agencies for years together due to alleged violation of the FIFO (first in and first out) system by the Food Corporation of India (FCI) authorities?
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