Tuesday, May 1, 2001, Chandigarh, India
 Updated at 3 am (IST)

Army begins probe into depot fire
Many heads may roll
Pathankot, April 30
Many heads may roll after a probe into the devastating fire which broke out in the country’s strategically located ammunition depot in Mamoon cantonment here late last evening in which ammunition worth crores of rupees was destroyed due to the alleged negligence of the officials concerned.


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Ammunition worth 15 cr destroyed
Jammu, April 30
Ammunition worth over Rs 15 crore has been destroyed in the blaze that engulfed the Army ammunition depot in Pathankot cantonment late last evening.

The Army’s warning notice in Hindi prohibits the construction of any building within the 1000- metre vicinity of the ammunition depot at Pathankot. Edit: Explosive situation  

The Army’s warning notice in Hindi prohibits the construction of any building within the 1000- metre vicinity of the ammunition depot at Pathankot. However many buildings have mushroomed despite the warning. 
— Photo Rajiv Sharma

Defence exercises in May
Battle procedures in N-backdrop to be tested
New Delhi, April 30
The Army is out to give its men a new experience by holding its first-ever battlefield training exercises in the backdrop of country’s nuclear capability.
To be called “Poorna Vijay”, the exercises will be held in early May. 

EC dumps Jaya’s charge
Justifies acceptance of Pillai’s papers
New Delhi, April 30
The Election Commission today justified the acceptance of the nomination of former Kerala Minister R Balakrishna Pillai in Kerala. Mr Pillai has been convicted for five years in a corruption case. The Election Commission said the provisions of the Representation of People Act, 1951, were clear on the issue.


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Shabir Shah ready for talks
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Srinagar, April 30
Responding to the invitation for talks from Mr K.C. Pant, senior separatist leader Shabir Ahmad Shah has sought the involvement of only “genuine representatives” of Jammu and Kashmir for a “viable solution” to the Kashmir problem.

40 feared drowned in Alakananda
Chamoli (Uttaranchal), April 30
At least 40 persons, were feared drowned today when a bus carrying pilgrims to the Badrinath shrine hurtled into the Alakananda river after the driver tried to avoid a head-on collision with a taxi on the Rishikesh-Badrinath highway.

PM, not Sonia, lowered House dignity: Cong
New Delhi, April 30
An angry Congress today hit back at the Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee saying that it was Mr Vajpayee and not the Congress who had lowered the prestige of the Parliament.


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Sharma takes CBI charge
New Delhi, April 30
Even as uncertainty prevailed over the appointment of the new CBI Director, Special Director P.C. Sharma today took charge from R.K. Raghavan, who retired from the premier investigating agency after a 27-month tenure.

3 die as van hits Chief Secy’s escort vehicle
Kaithal, April 30
Three persons, including a head constable, were killed and 12 others, including two women and a child, were injured in a road accident here today, the police said.

Ice-cream makes 165 kids ill
Kathua, April 30
More than 165 children fell sick today after consuming ice-cream at a festival in Mela village in the district and admitted in hospitals at Hiranagar, Kathua and Jammu.

HP for out-of-court pact on BBMB
Shimla, April 30
The Chief Minister, Mr P.K. Dhumal, will meet the Chief Ministers of Punjab and Haryana to settle out of court the dispute regarding 7.19 per cent share of Himachal Pradesh in the BBMB projects so as to generate resources to overcome the current financial crisis in the state.


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