Saturday, January 13, 2001, Chandigarh, India
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Army Chief favours J&K truce extension 
NEW DELHI, Jan 12 — The Chief of Army Staff, Gen S. Padmanabhan, today advocated the extension of unilateral ceasefire declared by the government in Jammu and Kashmir beyond the Republic Day deadline, saying that “its advantages were far greater than its disadvantages”.

Lashkar kills 3 villagers
JAMMU, Jan 12 — Lashkar-e-Toiba militants shot dead three persons in an attack on two houses in a remote village at Ramban in Doda district last night.


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APHC agenda obvious: Bhat 
Talks with Pak Govt, Mujahideen
SRINAGAR, Jan 12 — Hurriyat Conference Chairman Abdul Gani Bhat has said the agenda of its five-member delegation to Pakistan on January 15 is “too transparent to need any clarification”. This is in spite of the “dissatisfaction” expressed by senior Jamaat-e-Islami leader and former APHC Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

India rules out summit with Pak
JAKARTA, Jan 12 — Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee said today no date had been set for a visit to New Delhi by Pakistan’s military ruler Gen Pervez Musharraf. Asked about media reports suggesting the Pakistan leader was ready to visit India for a dialogue, Mr Vajpayee said: “I’ve seen the report, but no date has been fixed as yet.” Asked if that meant Mr Musharraf would go, Mr Vajpayee, on a visit to Indonesia, said: “Even that is not final.”




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APHC announcement limits govt options
JAMMU, Jan 12 — “Galwanas kar gur hawala” (hand over the horse to the horse thief)” seems to be the strategy the executive committee of the APHC has adopted while selecting members for the proposed visit to Pakistan.

With burning logs of wood spreading warmth on a chilly misty day, these students dance to the beat of the music to celebrate Lohri at the Panjab University Students Centre in Chandigarh on Friday. — Tribune photo by Karam Singh

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Jathedars may cross swords
‘Dasam Granth’ issue
AMRITSAR, Jan 12 — For the first time, the Jathedar of Akal Takht and the Jathedar of Takht Sachkhand Shri Hazoor Sahib, Abchalnagar (Nanded), may cross swords over the issue of “Dasam Granth”.

Cold claims 2 lives in Bathinda
CHANDIGARH, Jan 12 — The battering cold wave sweeping the region took two lives in Bathinda in Punjab during the past 24 hours and its fury in Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir intensified further following fresh snowfall on the higher altitudes.

India, China discuss border issue
NEW DELHI, Jan 12 — In a firm show of commitment, India and China today expressed their resolve to address unresolved issues, including the long-standing boundary problem with “patience” and agreed to begin the security dialogue “very soon”, possibly next month.

To Kumbh Nagar for salvation
KUMBH NAGAR, Jan 12 — For common pilgrims or ‘’kalpwasis’’, the arduous journey to temporarily settling down in the sprawling Maha Kumbh Mela area here is a penance in itself.


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