Sunday, September 24, 2000, Chandigarh, India

Oil price hike in next 48 hours
Govt to reduce custom, excise duties
NEW DELHI, Sept 23 — The government today adopted a cautious approach in going ahead with the imminent hike in the prices of oil and petroleum products with the Petroleum Minister, Mr Ram Naik, utilising the day to convince the Union Cabinet and the National Democratic Alliance about the urgency of the measure.

USA to release oil from reserve
WASHINGTON, Sept 23 — US President Bill Clinton ordered the release of 30 million barrels of oil from the nation’s emergency reserves to head off shortages as crude prices soar.


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Juan Escarre of Spain lies sprawled on the ground as India's Baljit Singh Dhillon jumps over him during their men's preliminary hockey match at the Olympic Hockey Centre on Saturday.

Juan Escarre of Spain lies sprawled on the ground as India's Baljit Singh Dhillon jumps over him during their men's preliminary hockey match at the Olympic Hockey Centre on Saturday. Ramandeep Singh Grewal (left) and Deepak Thakur (right) follow . 
— Reuters photo

India defeat Spain 3-2
SYDNEY, Sept 23 — Looking for an Olympic hockey medal after 20 years, India kept their hopes alive for a semifinal berth beating Spain 3-2 in a nerve-wracking pool ‘B’ encounter here today. For the winners, Baljit Singh Dhillon scored two goals and Dilip Tirkey one while Xavier Ribas and Pep Sanchez netted for the losers during the 70-minute edge-of-the-seat match.

6 killed in Udhampur blasts
JAMMU, Sept 23 — Six civilians were killed and five injured in a bomb explosion that wrecked a shop in Sangaldan village of Udhampur today.



Combing operation in Chamba
Pro-Pak cassettes seized; ultras seen
CHAMBA, Sept 23 — The security forces have intensified vigil along the Kehar area of Chamba, bordering militancy-infested Jammu and Kashmir, following seizure of “provocative” cassettes containing speeches of Pakistani Islamic preachers and reports of 45 militants in the area.

NDA for action in W. Bengal
SAD, INLD boycott meeting
NEW DELHI, Sept 23 — The NDA partners today authorised the Union Government to take “whatever steps it deems necessary” to cope with the law and order situation in West Bengal, which has seen Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee and West Bengal Chief Minister Jyoti Basu at loggerheads.

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Farmers jam traffic; MP gheraoed
KOTKAPURA, Sept 23 — Traffic on all main roads of the town came to a halt today when paddy growers, activists of various farmers’ unions, labour unions and commission agents along with hundreds of sarpanches and panchayat members jammed traffic near the local grain market in protest against non-procurement of paddy by the agencies concerned.

Probe indicts SGPC secy
AMRITSAR, Sept 23 — In an unprecedented move a three-member inquiry committee today indicted Mr Gurbachan Singh Bachan, Secretary, SGPC, for making wrong payment of Rs 2 lakh in gross violation of rules and bylaws.


Girls bought for sham marriages
TAORU (Gurgaon), Sept 23 — Girls from poor families from various parts of the country are bought for marriages in the Mewat areas of Haryana to be sold and resold after the nuptial knot. Middlemen and agents of dubious identities make brisk money by way of commission for acting as facilitators.

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