Tuesday, May 29, 2001, Chandigarh, India
 Updated at 3 am (IST)

India says no to referendum
Rules out Hurriyat participation in talks
Jaswant SinghNew Delhi, May 28
Declaring Kashmir as core of Indian nationalism, External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh today rejected Islamabad’s demand for a referendum in the state and ruled out any role for the All-Party Hurriyat Conference in the Vajpayee-Musharraf talks.


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Talks only solution, says Pant
Srinagar, May 28
Mr K.C. Pant, today expressed the hope that the initiation of talks with various Kashmiri groups would lead to “the restoration of peace and development” which was necessary to move towards a political settlement of the Jammu and Kashmir problem.

  • Review decision on truce: Shabir Shah
    Srinagar, May 28
    Expressing willingness in principle to negotiate with the Centre as a basis for tripartite talks to resolve the Kashmir issue, Shabir Shah today sought to review the decision of the withdrawal of the unilateral ceasefire for a more “conducive atmosphere”.

Major killed in Kashmir blast
Srinagar, May 28
An Army officer and a woman were killed and seven others, five of them securitymen, injured when militants detonated an improvised explosive device in Baramula district today, an official spokesman said.




Amina Maqbool, a 12-year-old Kashmiri girl, cries over the death of her mother, Sayeeda Bano, killed in a landmine explosion near Sangrama town, 42 km north of Srinagar, on Monday. Amina Maqbool, a 12-year-old Kashmiri girl, cries over the death of her mother, Sayeeda Bano, killed in a landmine explosion near Sangrama town, 42 km north of Srinagar, on Monday. 
— Reuters photo

Two groups stake claim in Manipur
Imphal, May 28
Manipur Assembly Speaker Dhananjoy Singh and MSCP (C) leader Mr M. Hemanta Singh today staked claim to form a MSCP-led Progressive Democratic Alliance government in the state.

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G-15 summit opens amid turmoil
Jakarta, May 28
Foreign Ministers from Asia, Africa and Latin America shrugged off the political turmoil in host Indonesia as they opened long-scheduled meetings today to hash out plans for poor countries to get more out of information technology and globalisation.

Clash over running gurdwara
London, May 28
A clash between rival factions at a Sikh gurdwara in Coventry led to 20 arrests and the seizure of ceremonial swords and daggers, the police in the city in the English Midlands said today.


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VHP leader hurt in bomb blast
Ayodhya (UP), May 28
The Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader and Vice-President of the Ram Janambhoomi Trust, Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, and four others were injured in a bomb attack early today at Ahilya Ghat on the bank of Saryu, VHP sources said.

Cyclone heading towards Gujarat
Gandhinagar, May 28
The severe cyclonic storm over east central Arabian Sea, heading towards Gujarat at a speed of 70 to 80 km per hour, was expected to strike coastal Veraval and Nalia late tonight even as over 17,000 persons have been shifted to safer places by the state authorities.

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Gag chokes PU teachers
Chandigarh, May 28
“Any dissatisfaction with decisions of officials of the university or its bodies and their open criticism through Press statements would be construed as an unconstitutional and indisciplinary activity,” reads the April 25 decision of the Syndicate of Punjabi University against which teachers are up in arms claiming it to be a direct attack on their “freedom of expression”.


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