Friday, May 25, 2001, Chandigarh, India
 Updated at 3 am (IST)

Birdhwal ammunition dump on fire
Soldier killed * Villagers evacuated * Traffic on NH 15 diverted
Suratgarh, May 24
Hundreds of villagers were evacuated after a major fire broke out at the Birdhwal field ammunition dump, near here, this noon. The Army has sealed off a 20-km area in the radius of the dump. Road and rail traffic has come to a standstill and hundreds of commuters and vehicles have lined on both sides of Bikaner National Highway 15.


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Now, ball in Musharraf’s court
Hari Jaisingh
ne redeeming feature of New Delhi’s multi-dimensional announcements on Wednesday is the decision to invite Pakistan’s Chief Executive, General Pervez Musharraf, for talks.

Pak for talks but denounces truce withdrawal
Advani rules out intermediary role for Hurriyat;
letter to Musharraf soon

Islamabad, May 24
Pakistan today promised to respond in a “positive spirit” to India’s invitation to Gen Pervez Musharraf for talks but denounced New Delhi for calling of the unilateral ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir describing it as a “carte blanche” to continue “state terrorism” against the people there.




Security experts cynical of govt move
New Delhi, May 24
The decision of the Atal Behari Vajpayee government to put aside its earlier policy and invite Pakistan’s chief executive Gen Pervez Musharraf for talks within the ambit of the “Shimla agreement and the Lahore Declaration” brings to the fore serious errors of judgement by the political leadership.

7 militants killed in encounter
Srinagar, May 24
On the first day after the Centre decided to call off the unilateral ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir ending May 31, seven militants of the Lashkar-e-Toiba were killed by the security forces at Langeth in Kupwara.



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900 fishermen missing, Army alerted
Cyclone may hit Gujarat coast tomorrow
Veraval (Junagadh), May 24
As many as 900 fishermen who ventured out in 120 boats have been reported missing in the Arabian Sea in Gujarat, official sources today said. While 200 of them in 40 boats went missing near Veraval, 700 fishermen who set sail in 80 boats were reported missing from Valsad region of south Gujarat.


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USA conniving with separatists, says China
Beijing, May 24
China today accused the USA of encouraging Tibetan independence activists after US President George W. Bush offered the Dalai Lama his strong support at a meeting in Washington.

Central rule in Manipur likely: Choaba
Imphal, May 24
President’s rule may be imposed in Manipur due to the political crisis arising after the fall of the People’s Front government in the state, Union Minister of State for Food Processing and the NDA emissary Choaba Singh said.

Haryana may have casinos
Chandigarh, May 24
The Haryana Government is seriously considering promoting casinos in the state to attract foreign and domestic tourists. Talking to TNS, Dr Harbakhsh Singh, Commissioner of the Tourism Department, said the issue of setting up casinos was also discussed with the Union Tourism Minister, Mr Ananth Kumar, yesterday during his trip to Panchkula and the Morni Hills area.


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