Thursday, August 17, 2000, Chandigarh, India

18 hurt in Kashmir grenade blast
2 Hizb men killed in encounter

SRINAGAR, Aug 16 — Eighteen persons were injured when a powerful grenade exploded at Bijbehara on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway today, an official spokesman said. The grenade, hurled by militants, was targeted at a security vehicle at Bijbehara town, 45 km from here, in Anantnag district around noon, he said.

Hizb men attack Lashkar hideout

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Kumaramangalam in semi-coma
NEW DELHI, Aug 16 - The Union Power Minister, Mr P. R. Kumaramangalam, suffering from severe septicaemia and multiple organ failure, is in a “critical condition”, doctors treating him at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) said today.


India, Pak exchange prisoners
WAGAH (Indo-Pak border), Aug 16 — Love knows no barriers. A couple who had fled from Pakistan as their marriage was being opposed by their parents landed itself in an Indian jail.

Prisoners being exchanged at the Wagah checkpost on Wednesday
Prisoners being exchanged at the Wagah checkpost on Wednesday. — photo by Raman Kumar


No sign of life on Russian sub
MOSCOW, Aug 16 — Russia finally accepted foreign help today in operations to save survivors of the 116-man crew of the nuclear submarine Kursk which was stranded on the bottom of the Barents Sea for the fifth day.

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Russian rescue vessel PK 75 in the area where the Russian submarine Kursk sank
A picture taken from Norwegian surveillance vessel Marjata shows part of the Russian rescue vessel PK 75 in the area where the Russian submarine Kursk sank in the Barents Sea last Saturday. A submersible rescue capsule is seen on the deck of the Russian vessel. — Reuters photo

Mahendra Pal Chaudhry arrives
NEW DELHI, Aug 16 — Fiji’s deposed Prime Minister Mahendra Pal Chaudhry arrived here tonight on a 10-day visit to India at the invitation of Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee.

STD lines remain disrupted
CHANDIGARH, Aug 16 — Claims of the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) notwithstanding, trunk services from the city and the surrounding areas continued to remain disrupted for the fifth day today on account of software problems in the Trunk Automatic Exchange (TAX) network.


Want backdated driving licence!
HISAR, Aug 16 — If you have been driving without licence for years and have unfortunately got involved in an accident, do not worry. Before one appears in a court, one can obtain a licence in back date in Haryana. For one’s convenience, officials leave blank entries in the issuing register to be filled in later.

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