Saturday, August 26, 2000, Chandigarh, India

India treads neutral path
Back peace, urges Peres
NEW DELHI, Aug 25 — India today steered clear of taking sides and affirmed its support to the West Asia peace process which has been deadlocked because of the tough stand taken by Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) on the status of East Jerusalem.

Hizb commander shot dead
JAMMU, Aug 25 — The security forces killed four militants, including a commander of the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, during overnight operations across the Jammu region.

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A road caves in after floods in Hyderabad city on Friday. Helicopters plucked people from apartments A road caves in after floods in Hyderabad city on Friday. Helicopters plucked people from apartments 
in the inundated city as the number of persons killed by the heaviest rain in more than 40 years rose to 130. — Reuters photo.

Central team to visit AP today
NEW DELHI, Aug 25 — Agriculture Minister Nitish Kumar will lead a central team to Andhra Pradesh tomorrow to make an on-the-spot assessment of the damage wrought by unprecedented rainfall and floods in the state, the Lok Sabha was informed today. Responding to demand by Telugu Desam members for immediate ad hoc release of Rs 200 crore central relief to those affected, Mr Nitish Kumar said his ministry was in constant touch with the Andhra Pradesh Government. 


2 Punjab XENs suspended
Flaws in MIMIT complex

CHANDIGARH, Aug 25 — After dithering over a month, the Punjab Urban Development Department has placed under suspension two executive engineers and ordered repatriation of a Superintending Engineer (SE) to his parent Public Works Department (PWD). 

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by Sandeep Joshi

Vajpayee in no hurry
Induction of new ministers

NEW DELHI, Aug 25 — The Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, will have to bridge the gaps in his jumbo Union Council of Ministers sooner than later even as low key lobbying by ministerial aspirants has begun.

BJP to decide on agenda at Nagpur
NEW DELHI, Aug 25 — The two-day meeting of the national council of the Bharatiya Janata Party, commencing from August 27 at Nagpur, will not only instal a Dalit Bangaru Laxman as the new president of the party but will also set the direction for the 20-year-old organisation.

SC: don’t take rape cases lightly
Himachal HC order reversed

NEW DELHI, Aug 25 — A three-Judge Bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice A.S. Anand, while reversing a judgment of the Himachal Pradesh High Court which confirmed the acquittal of an accused in a rape case, has taken exception to the High Court and the Sessions Court, Chamba division, dealing with the case “so lightly”.

Death is just a shell-burst away
SOMEWHERE IN THE NORTHERN SECTOR, Aug 25 — Rifleman Rajkumar stays some 3000 km away from his family, but seldom feels homesick. Posted barely 100 metres from the Line of Control (LoC), he has a job demanding both dedication and teamwork. He has a set of colleagues so intimately friendly with each other that the young jawan (name changed) has little time and still less the urge to think about home.

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