Monday, July 31, 2000, Chandigarh, India

30 Indians held hostage, freed
LABASA (Fiji), July 30 — Fijian nationalist supporters of jailed coup leader George Speight held at least 30 ethnic Indians hostage in a remote farming district today, but released them after other villagers intervened.

Bodies of crash victims found
SHIMLA, July 30 — The plane crash at Kathabai in Mandi district in which five persons died has once again exposed the vulnerability of aerial flights on the Chandigarh-Bhuntar route to mishaps.

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Hizbul names 3-member team for talks
MUZZAFARABAD, July 30 — Pakistan-based militant group Hizbul Mujahideen today named a three-member team which it would like to be present in proposed negotiations between the Indian Government and “Kashmiri leadership.”

Ceasefire no pointer to end of crisis
SRINAGAR, July 30 — Though a major change and believed to be a turning point in the Kashmir situation, the ceasefire announcement of the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen cannot be viewed as a pointer to an end to the Kashmir imbroglio.

Blast on Assam rail line
GUWAHATI, July 30 — In pre-independence day violence in Assam, militants exploded a powerful bomb damaging a cement-laden goods train in Kamrup district early today shortly before five passenger trains were scheduled to cross, a North-Frontier Railway spokesman said.

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BCCI report on code delayed
Guilty will have "records erased"
NEW DELHI, July 30 — Those found guilty in the match-fixing\betting scandal may be punished by erasing their records from the books and taking back their awards. Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president A C Muthiah told reporters here today that the BCCI was suggesting such a clause to be included in the code of conduct which is being finalised by a board sub-committee.

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US sanctions may go by September
NEW DELHI, July 30 — The US Government has indicated that the sanctions imposed against India in the wake of the 1998 nuclear tests will be withdrawn before the September visit of Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee to that country, convener of the Indian American Friendship Council Adish C. Aggarwala said.

Fresh attacks on Christians in UP
LUCKNOW, July 30 — In fresh attacks on Christians in Uttar Pradesh, a priest’s house was burgled, the watchman of a missionary school severely beaten up and his wife robbed of ornaments.

CM ‘surrendered’ on US Nagar
AMRITSAR, July 30 — The Akali Dal (Amritsar) president, Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, has said the Punjab Chief Minister and Shiromani Akali Dal president, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has surrendered to the ruling BJP on the issue of inclusion of Udham Singh Nagar with the new hill state of Uttaranchal by ignoring the interests of the Sikhs in that area.

Udham Singh Nagar issue
UP minister lets cat out of bag

PANTNAGAR, July 30 — When newsmen confronted the Union Defence Minister, Mr George Fernandes, on the fate of Udham Singh Nagar at Pantnagar airport, his answer was that he was happy to meet a cross-section of the people and did not agree that the committee to determine the mood of the people was paying a visit when the Bill was already in Parliament. And the committee would meet and decide what it had to say.
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