Saturday, August 25, 2001, Chandigarh, India
 Updated at 3 am (IST)

Ultras gun down seven cops in Poonch
Jammu, August 24
At least seven policemen were killed when a group of militants stormed a police station in Poonch town late last night. The Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba has claimed responsibility for the killings. Official reports from the border town said a group of militants wearing Army combat dress lobbed a grenade on the police station followed by heavy firing. 


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Badal & amnesty

The headline ‘‘Badal backs Centre on amnesty issue’’ in yesterday’s edition gives an erroneous impression. Mr Parkash Singh Badal is stoutly opposed to the proposal of granting blanket amnesty to police personnel involved in alleged excesses in Punjab during the anti-militant operation. The misleading headline is regretted.

Forged letter: CBI files FIR
Dasmunshi stands by document on AI disinvestment
New Delhi, August 24 
The CBI today registered a regular case in connection with the forgery of a letter allegedly written by the Cabinet Secretary to the Prime Minister on the disinvestment of public sector aviation giant Air India.

PSEB Chairman told to resign
Chandigarh, August 24
The state government has asked the Punjab State Electricity Board, Chairman, Mr G.S. Sohal, to resign, it is reliably learnt. For quite some time, the government had been “unhappy” over the manner in which the PSEB was functioning. 



Ex-MLA, 7 others killed
Daughter clubs them to death, attempts suicide

Hisar, August 24
In a bizarre incident, the 20-year-old daughter of a former Legislator, Mr Relu Ram Poonia allegedly killed her father and seven other members of the family at their farmhouse at Litani village near here late last night before consuming some insecticide. 
A file photograph of Mr Relu Ram Poonia
A file photograph of Mr Relu Ram Poonia (extreme right). Others in the picture are (from left to right) Priyanka; Mrs Krishna Poonia and Sonia, who is alleged to have committed the crime.

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More powers for security forces
Centre preparing balanced Bill
New Delhi, August 24
The Centre is understood to have embarked on an informal exercise to prepare a draft Bill seeking to provide special powers to the security forces engaged in counter-terrorist operations while making sure that human rights are not trampled upon.

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Madarsas push up land prices
Patna, August 24 
These are disturbing facts for the internal security of the nation. The talks are not only in the air but the Indian Military and Civil Intelligence agencies also admit it in their reports. 

Chohan renounces secessionism
Wants KPS Gill tried
New Delhi, August 24
Former Director-General of Police, Mr K P S Gill, and other senior officials should be prosecuted for crimes against innocent persons during militancy, said Khalistan idealogue Dr Jagjit Singh Chohan, here today.

Of American bollworm and desi babas
Bathinda, August 24
As farm scientists have failed to control American bollworm farmers of the cotton belt have turned to ‘tantriks’ and ‘babas’ for some remedy to the problem. And these ‘babas’ are minting money out of the helplessness of the farmers. 


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