Tuesday, October 3, 2000, Chandigarh, India

Mamata plans front sans BJP
Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee.NEW DELHI, Oct 2 — Even though Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee has rejected the resignations of Union Railways Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee and her party colleague Ajit Panja, the firebrand leader from West Bengal is playing for bigger stakes in her home state.


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NCP attacks NDA, Cong
NAGPUR, Oct 2 — The Nationalist Congress Party today said the “infighting” in the NDA government at the Centre and the “ineptness” of the main Opposition party, the Congress, would lead to emergence of a “third force” in the country but maintained it had no immediate plans to join any such alliance.

Vajpayee, Putin hold talks
NEW DELHI, Oct 2 — Russian President Vladimir Putin tonight held informal talks with Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee soon after his arrival here on a four-day state visit that is expected to take forward Indo-Russian relations to New heights.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (second from left) is greeted by External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh as Mrs Lyudmila Putin (left) looks on upon their arrival in New Delhi on Monday. — AFP

Criminal case against Deepa
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SANGRUR, Oct 2 — The Sunam police has registered criminal cases against Rajinder Deepa and Aman Arora, son-in-law and son, respectively, of Mrs Parmeswari Devi, Congress candidate for the Sunam Assembly constituency.
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No, no. We are not here to receive the Russian President. We are here to welcome Mamata didi!
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8 militants killed,3 nabbed
SRINAGAR, Oct 2 — Eight militants, most of them foreigners, were among nine persons killed and five security personnel injured while the security forces nabbed three militants and seized RDX and other automatic weapons in the state during the past 24 hours.

More Lashkar men sent to J&K
KARACHI, Oct 2 — Pakistan-based guerrilla group, Lashkar-e-Toiba, said today that it had doubled the number of fighters battling the Indian forces in Kashmir this year.

Staines case: 14-yr jail term for accused
BHUBANESWAR, Oct 2 — A 13-year-old has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for the murder of Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two minor sons at Manoharpur in Keonjhar district on January 22, 1999.

Five killed in Karnal firing
KARNAL, Oct 2 — Five persons were killed and at least 15 injured, including a cousin of former minister Tejinderpal Singh Mann, in a cross-firing between two groups of people in Chandrao village in Indri tehsil, about 25 km from here today, the police said.

Fire hydrants buried under roads
HISAR, Oct 2 — With fire hydrants buried deep under the roads and firemen grossly ill-equipped, Haryana is virtually sitting atop a tinderbox. As a result, despite the Dabwali fire tragedy, the state continues to be one of the most unsafe places from the fire angle.

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