Tuesday, October 17, 2000, Chandigarh, India

5 Pak soldiers shot, attack repulsed
SRINAGAR, Oct 16 — At least five Pakistanis were shot and one Indian soldier was killed in a gunbattle in the northern sector of Jammu and Kashmir, an Army spokesman said today, even as a report from Jammu said that 10 civilian houses were damaged, two persons were injured and more than 10 cows wounded when Pakistani troops pounded four villages in Rajouri today.

How Vajpayee bailed out Badal
NEW DELHI, Oct 16 — Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee bailed out Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal from an impending political crisis by directing Union Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha and Union Public Distribution Minister Shanta Kumar to accommodate the Shiromani Akali Dal.


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‘Seal paddy auction records’

CHANDIGARH, Oct 16 — The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has directed the Punjab Mandi Board to seal the records pertaining to the auction of paddy from September 21 to October 14 at market committees in the state. This order has been issued to prevent any tampering with records with regard to the distress sale of paddy.

Now Haryana demands relief package
PALAMPUR, Oct 16 — Haryana’s having been left high and dry by the Centre in doling out special relief package for paddy growers as has been done in Punjab, today sent a team of senior ministers to Palampur to plead its case before the Union Minister for Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution, Mr Shanta Kumar.



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Clinton appeals for peace
SHARM EL-SHEIKH  — Oct 16 — US President Bill Clinton appealed to Israel and the Palestinians at a crisis summit in Egypt today to stop blaming each other for bloodshed that has all but wrecked West Asia peace efforts.

US President Bill Clinton and Palestinian President Yasser Arafat at a bilateral meeting which lasted five minutes on Monday in the Sharm-el-Sheikh resort hotel on the Red Sea held before the West Asia Summit.

US President Bill Clinton and Palestinian President Yasser Arafat at a bilateral meeting which lasted five minutes on Monday in the Sharm-el-Sheikh resort hotel on the Red Sea held before the West Asia Summit. — Reuters.

Rajkumar’s kin released
CHENNAI, Oct 16 — Sandalwood smuggler Veerappan tonight freed S.A. Govindaraj, son-in-law of Kannada film icon Rajkumar, after two and half months in captivity, further boosting the hopes of an early release of the matinee idol.

In Education Tribune today 
English teaching in primary schools a farce

Even She Has Aspirations


We are only recharging our remote control.

by Sandeep Joshi

Harpreet case: trace guard, orders CBI
NEW DELHI, Oct 16 — In a significant development in the mysterious death of Harpreet Kaur, teenaged daughter of SGPC chief Bibi Jagir Kaur, the CBI has asked the Punjab Police to trace her personal security officer Nishan Singh for questioning.

Pilot killed as MiGs collide
NEW DELHI, Oct 16 — Two MiG-21s collided in mid-air over Darrang-Sonitpur districts of Assam today, killing one of the pilots.

Swedes want Ardbo to testify
STOCKHOLM, Oct 16 — India’s Central Bureau of Investigation has received support from some Swedish parliamentarians and the media in its efforts to get Martin Ardbo, the former chief executive of the Swedish arms firm AB Bofors, to appear before an Indian court and testify on charges of bribery in a 1986 gun deal with India.

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