Friday, April 20, 2001, Chandigarh, India
 Updated at 3 am (IST)

Guns fall silent on border
BSF menís bodies to be returned today

Guwahati, April 19
Guns fell silent on the Indo-Bangladesh border following an agreement between the two countries to maintain status quo ante regarding ownership of disputed territories. Top BSF sources informed the Bangladesh Rifles personnel had retreated in Meghalaya sector, while in Assam sector, the BSF men had vacated positions seized from Bangladesh.


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BSF personnel man their posts at Twaki village, East Kasi Hill District on the border with Bangladesh on Thursday.Edit: Not a quiet border now

Status quo to be restored

BSF personnel man their posts at Twaki village, East Kasi Hill District on the border with Bangladesh on Thursday. ó Reuters photo

Intelligence failure denied
New Delhi, April 19
The government today, while denying that there was an intelligence failure on the Indo-Bangladesh border, where the men from Bangladesh Rifles and the BSF clashed, leading to the killing of 16 BSF jawans, said it was not accepting Dhakaís explanation.

Sops for senior citizens
Bank rate, CRR untouched

Mumbai, April 19
Projecting a 6-6.5 per cent growth, the RBI today left the bank rate and cash reserve ratio untouched, but gave interest rate sops for export credit and senior citizens and barred cooperative banks from exposure to stock markets.



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Bihar poll violence leaves 21 dead
Patna, April 19
At least 21 persons were killed and many seriously injured in large-scale violence which marred the third phase of the panchayat elections in Bihar today even as nearly 65 per cent voters exercised their franchise.

Send VC on leave: PUTA
Chandigarh, April 19
The Punjabi University Teachers Association (PUTA), today urged the Punjab Government to send the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Mr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, on leave till the inquiry is completed against him.

Takht seeks Bhai Laljiís explanation
Amritsar, April 19
Taking exception to the recitation of kirtan at the Sanatan Dharm Mahavir Temple in New Delhi, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar, Akal Takht, today sought an explanation from Bhai Chamanjit Singh Lal, known as Bhai Lalji.

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Arms found from Sirhind canal
Ropar, April 19
A huge cache of arms, including two carbines, a Thomson machine gun, a stengun, 12 grenades, 11 magazines and 2,287 cartridges were recovered from the Sirhind canal siphon near Chamkaur Sahib by the Ropar police today. 

Babbars dissolve UK wing
Panja Sahib (Pakistan), April 19
The Babbar Khalsa International has dissolved its UK wing following the ban imposed by the British Government on 21 different terrorist organisations, including the International Sikh Youth Federation, with immediate effect.

CMís security beefed up
Chandigarh, April 19
The Punjab police has decided to deploy four of its young IPS officers in the Chief Ministerís security cell replacing the officers on deputation from the Central Reserve Police Force.
The change, sources said, had been necessitated because of a perceptible change in the security environment in the state. With the Assembly elections round the corner, there was need for stepping up the personal security of the Chief Minister, the sources added.


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