Wednesday, August 16, 2000, Chandigarh, India

Stop proxy war, PM warns Pak
NEW DELHI, Aug 15 — Declaring Jammu and Kashmir as an “unbreakable part of India”, Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee today warned Islamabad to stop its undeclared war against the country as “the clock cannot be put back”. Addressing the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the occasion of the 54th Independence Day, the Prime Minister said: “Pakistan would be committing a terrible folly if it thinks that it can secure anything through the undeclared war that it has been waging against India”.

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Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee is welcomed by the three services chiefs as he arrives for the Independence Day function at the Red Fort in Delhi on Tuesday.
Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee is welcomed by the three services chiefs as he arrives for the Independence Day function at the Red Fort in Delhi on Tuesday. — PTI photo

Capital turns into fortress
NEW DELHI, Aug 15 — Even as the fear of militants’ strike on VVIPs during the Independence Day celebrations in the Capital is over with no untoward incident during the Prime Minister’s address to the nation, the Delhi police has decided not to lower its guard in the metropolis.

Pak troops step up shelling
SRINAGAR, Aug 15 — Pakistani troops resorted to shelling on Indian positions in Jammu and Kashmir’s frontier district of Kupwara as the state celebrated Independence Day amidst unprecedented security and a bandh called by the Hurriyat Conference.


Geelani proposes, Pak disposes
NEW DELHI, Aug 15 — But for Islamabad, former Hurriyat chairman S.A.S. Geelani would have loved to withdraw from active deliberations of the All-Party Hurriyat Conference (APHC).

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VeerappanRajkumar TN drops charges against militants
CHENNAI, Aug 15 — Moving quickly to meet a major demand by forest brigand Veerappan for the release of Kannada film icon Rajkumar and three others the Tamil Nadu Government today revoked the detention of four Tamil extremists under the National Security Act even as journalist-emissary R. R. Gopal readied to leave for his second round of negotiations with the outlaw.


Detainees’ cases under study: CM
AMRITSAR, Aug 15 — The Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, talking to mediapersons here said the Sikh youths detained under TADA were being released gradually and their number had come down to 53.
The permanent board set up to review cases of such detainees “has” been freeing deserving detainees every three months,” he said. The cases of the remaining 53 detainees were being processed.

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