Wednesday, August 9, 2000, Chandigarh, India

Pictures of the devastation caused by the Sutlej captured by our lensman Karam Singh in the Kinnaur tribal belt
Pictures of the devastation caused by the Sutlej captured by our lensman Karam Singh in the Kinnaur tribal belt (from left): A local resident stands at the edge of the Hindustan-Tibet highway washed away near Powari; remains of the bridge connecting National Highway 22 near Shong Thong; and PWD workers constructing a temporary rope bridge near Rekong Peo.

HP flood havoc: herculean task ahead; Kinnaur area remains cut off
NATHPA (KINNAUR), Aug 8 — While the destruction caused by the Sutlej water was confined to the narrow banks along the river, its impact has been felt far and wide.

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Hizb ends ceasefire
ISLAMABAD, Aug 8 — Pakistan-based Hizbul Mujahideen militant group withdrew its unilateral ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir this evening, accusing New Delhi of not responding positively to its call for tripartite talks involving Pakistan to settle the Kashmir issue and directed its field commanders to resume their operation in the state.

Govt regrets decision
NEW DELHI, Aug 8 — India singled out Pakistan for sabotaging the peace process in Jammu and Kashmir and gave a clarion call to all those “who have taken to arms to return to the path of peace.”

CCS reviews situation
NEW DELHI, Aug 8 — The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) today met twice informally to take stock of situation arising out of the withdrawal of 16-day-old ceasefire by the Hizbul Mujahideen. The CCS, which met for the second time just before the ceasefire ended at 5.30 p.m., also took note of the Hizbul’s announcement and drew up a strategy to deal with the new situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

Dismissal of Thackeray case improper: HC
MUMBAI, Aug 8 — The Mumbai High Court today termed as “improper” the dismissal of riots cases against Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray, and admitted the state government’s appeal against it saying that “it was arguable”.

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Laxman elected BJP chief
NEW DELHI, Aug 8 — Minister of State for Railways Bangaru Laxman has been elected “unopposed” as the fifth BJP President today. Announcing the results here, returning officer O.P. Kohli said in all 15 sets of papers, including those of Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, Home Minister L.K. Advani and HRD Minister Murli Manohar Joshi, nominating Mr Laxman, were received.

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In-laws behind 80 p.c. of suicides
CHANDIGARH, Aug 8 — Harassment by in-laws for various reasons, including insufficient dowry, accounts for 80 per cent of suicides by women in Punjab, where the incidence of ending one’s own life has been alarmingly on the rise in the recent past.

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