Monday, September 25, 2000, Chandigarh, India

States asked to share oil price burden
Consumer to bear only 33 pc of hike

NEW DELHI, Sept 24 — gripped by a crisis to manage the whopping oil pool deficit of Rs 23,600 crore in the face of surging international crude prices, the centre today appealed to the states to mitigate the burden of hike in petro-product prices on consumers by slashing sales tax by 5 per cent.

CM meets Barnala in vain
BARNALA, Sept 24 — The meeting of Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Union Sports Minister, and Mr Tota Singh, Punjab Education Minister, with Mr Surjit Singh Barnala, at the latter’s residence here today proved unsuccessful.


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Ropar plant to close for 2 days
Escape channel walls sinking; repairs needed
ROPAR, Sept 24 — The 1260 MW local thermal plant will go off steam for at least two days in the first week of October for an important repair work in the “collapsing” out-fall of the plant’s escape channel. The channel is used for draining out water from the plant.

A crane unloads concrete blocks in the out-let of the escape channel to contain further damage to the structure at the Ropar thermal plant. — Tribune photo by Karam Singh


Gurcharan storms into last 8
SYDNEY, Sept 24 — India’s Gurcharan Singh pummelled South African Danie Venter into submission with his unbridled aggression and stopped the latter inside the distance in their second round bout to storm into the light heavyweight quarter-finals of the Olympic Games boxing here today.

India's Gurcharan Singh (right) is hit by South African Danie Venter during their 81 kg boxing bout at the Sydney Olympic Games on Sunday. Gurcharan won the bout. India's Gurcharan Singh (right) is hit by South African Danie Venter during their 81 kg boxing bout at the Sydney Olympic Games on Sunday. Gurcharan won the bout. — Reuters photo

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12 militants among 17 killed in J & K
SRINAGAR, Sept 24 — Twelve militants and a special police officer were among the 17 persons killed in the state, while forces averted an IED blast near the Dal Lake, during the past 24 hours.

Irate farmers continue protests
FEROZEPORE, Sept 24 — Tempers are running high among the farmers of this border district over delayed procurement of paddy by various state agencies. 


Militants step up recruitment drive
JAMMU, Sept 24 — Several militant outfits, especially Hizbul Mujahideen and Jash-e-Mohammad, have stepped up their drive for recruiting youths for arms training. The drive has been launched in several parts of Doda, Udhampur, Poonch, Rajouri districts (all in Jammu region) Anantnag, Pulwama, Budgam, Baramula and Kupwara in the Kashmir valley.

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