Wednesday, August 2, 2000, Chandigarh, India

150 feared dead in HP flashfloods
250 houses, 20 bridges washed away; 4 power projects damaged
SHIMLA, Aug 1 — At least 150 persons were feared dead, 200 head of cattle perished, and property worth over 1000 crore destroyed as unprecedented flashfloods in the Sutlej played havoc along the banks over a 200-km stretch from Namgya in Kinnaur to Tatapani in Mandi district last night.

The SutlejThe Sutlej spreads devastation at Rampur and surrounding areas on Tuesday. — Photo by Vijay Sharma

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25 killed in gunbattle at Pahalgam
SRINAGAR, Aug 1 — At least 25 persons, including three Amarnath yatris, were killed and 35 injured in a fierce gunbattle between militants and security personnel at Pahalgam, the base camp for Amarnath Yatra, 100 km from here, this evening.

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R.R GopalGopal leaves for Veerappan’s den
Task force halts operations

CHENNAI, Aug 1 — R.R Gopal, editor of Tamil bi-weekly Nakkheeran, who had been deputed as the emissary of the Tamil Nadu and Karnataka governments to secure the release of Kannada film star Rajkumar and others, left this evening to meet forest brigand Veerappan, the weekly said here.

12 killed in Assam train blast
GUWAHATI, Aug 1 — Minister of State for Railways Digvijay Singh today visited the site of yesterday’s explosion which ripped through two coaches of UP Tezpur-Katihar Passenger train between Rangia and Goreswar stations on the North Eastern Railway last evening, official sources said.

Uttaranchal Bill passed in LS
NEW DELHI, Aug 1 — A Bill seeking to create Uttaranchal as a separate state comprising 13 districts of Uttar Pradesh, including Udham Singh Nagar and Hardwar, was carried by vote in the Lok Sabha today.

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Hardwar divided on merger
HARDWAR, Aug 1 — A complete bandh was observed today in this holy city as a protest against the proposed merger of Hardwar into Uttaranchal state. The bandh call was jointly given by the Samajwadi Party led by Mr Mulayam Singh Yadav, the Lok Tantrik Congress Party led by Mr Naresh Aggarwal, the Congress, akharas of saints and sadhus as well as other leading trade and social organisations of the city. The organisers also held a chakka jam in Hardwar and adjoining areas.

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Lieut-Gen S. PadmanabhanPadmanabhan is new Army Chief
NEW DELHI, Aug 1 — Lieut-Gen S. Padmanabhan, GOC-in-Chief Southern Command, who oversaw the famous operation of surrender of militants during the Hazratbal shrine siege, was today appointed Chief of the Army Staff.

Jethmalani addresses Rajya Sabha
Comes down heavily on Jaitley

NEW DELHI, Aug 1 — Addressing the Rajya Sabha for the first time after being asked to resign from the Union Cabinet, the former Law Minister, Mr Ram Jethmalani, today refuted charges that he had breached the Official Secrets Act and asserted his actions had been "consistent with the strictest standards of probity and ethics".

Mr Fazal Haq QureshiTalks with Hizb-ul negotiator today
SRINAGAR, Aug 1 — A senior Union Home Ministry official is arriving here tomorrow for preliminary talks with the Hizbul Mujahideen negotiator, Mr Fazal Haq Qureshi. A senior Home Ministry official contacted Mr Haq on the telephone from Delhi today and informed him of his visit to the valley tomorrow to hold discussions.

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