Friday, December 22, 2000, Chandigarh, India
Updated at 3 am (IST)

Hurriyat team leaves for Pak on Jan 15
SRINAGAR, Dec 21 — A delegation of the All-Party Kashmir Hurriyat Conference will leave for Pakistan on January 15 to negotiate with militant leaders and the government of that country.

India unlikely to reduce troops
NEW DELHI, Dec 21 — The Centre is unlikely to take a decision on reducing the troop strength along the Line of Control despite Islamabad claiming to have undertaken a partial withdrawal of troops from the border in Jammu and Kashmir.


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Edit: It’s now R-Day ceasefire

All-Party Hurriyat (Freedom) Conference leaders.

All-Party Hurriyat (Freedom) Conference (APHC) leaders (from left) Mohammad Yasin Malik, Maulana Umar Farooq, Abdul Gani Bhat (Chairman), Sheikh Abdul Aziz, Maulana Abbas Ansari and Abdul Gani Lone pose for photograph before their crucial meeting at Umar’s residence in Srinagar on Thursday.
— Reuters photo
  • Withdrawal of Pak troops from LoC begins
    ISLAMABAD, Dec 21 — Pakistani troops today started moving back from the Line of Control following yesterday’s announcement in this regard today.

  • Ceasefire has positive tone: Pakistan
    ISLAMABAD, Dec 21 — Pakistan today said that India’s extension of ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir had a “positive tone” but fell short of Islamabad’s expectations about the early resumption of negotiations between the two countries.

  • Resolve J&K issue through talks: Pak navy chief
    ISLAMABAD, Dec 21 — Pakistan’s Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Abdul Aziz Mirza, has said the Kashmir issue needed to be resolved through “political dialogue” to bring peace and prosperity to the region.




Tamil Tigers announce ceasefire
COLOMBO, Dec 21 — The Tamil Tigers today declared a month-long unilateral ceasefire, claiming that it was a “goodwill measure to facilitate the peace process”, a statement on their official website said.

Banking services crippled
NEW DELHI, Dec 21 — Banking operations across the country came to a grinding halt today with employees of nationalised banks going on a day’s strike against ‘’privatisation’’ even as the controversial Bill to reduce government equity was referred to a Parliamentary Standing Committee.

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Posers to Sonia on Quattrochhi
NEW DELHI, Dec 21 — In an effort to establish Leader of Opposition Sonia Gandhi’s link with Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrochhi, a prime accused in the multi-crore Bofors pay-off case, the Bharatiya Janata Party today raised several questions challenging her to dispute that Mr Quattrochhi was “her gift to this country”.

Giani Puran Singh stays
Panel formed to probe corruption charges

AMRITSAR, Dec 21 — The SGPC executive today confirmed the controversial appointment of Giani Puran Singh as Head Granthi of the Golden Temple. The appointment had caused resentment among the Sikh high priests.

Divorce rate highest in Haryana
5,000 couples split up every year
HISAR, Dec 21 — Divorce rate in Haryana has set the alarm bells ringing with more than 5,000 couples getting divorced every year. This rate is the highest in the country among states with comparable populations. Inquiries by this correspondent from across the state reveal that on an average at least one divorce is taking place daily in each district.


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