Thursday, November 20, 2003, Chandigarh, India
Updated at 3:00 am (IST)

Militants holed up inside BSNL office
Two Army officers injured in operation
Srinagar, November 19
The encounter between security forces and militants holed up inside a building, which began here last evening, continued till late this evening, leading to heavy damage to the building that rendered the Indira Nagar telephone exchange non-functional.
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Soldiers stand guard outside a paramilitary camp in Srinagar after an attack by militants on Wednesday.
Soldiers stand guard outside a paramilitary camp in Srinagar after an attack by militants on Wednesday. ó Reuters photo

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29 Biharis killed, curfew in Tinsukia
Guwahati, November 19
Spiralling violence killed 29 Biharis, including a three-year-old child who was hacked to death, and injured 40 while arson reduced 500 of their hutments to rubble as the Army was deployed today across Assam and indefinite curfew clamped in worst-hit Tinsukia district.

ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS 2003

Three Mizo candidates kidnapped on poll eve
Aizawl, November 19
In a new development following a series of blasts in the state last night three, the Hmar Peopleís Convention (D), allegedly kidnapped the candidates of the Indian National Congress, the Mizo National Front and the Zoram Nationalist Party-Mizoram Peopleís Conference combine, contesting from the Suangpuilawn constituency, this afternoon at Phullen village, a day before Mizoram goes to the polls.


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Cong legal brains get working
ECís notice to Sonia
New Delhi, November 19
The Congress today put up a brave face over the Election Commissionís show-cause notice issued to party President Sonia Gandhi and Chhattisgarh chief minister Ajit Jogi for violation of the Model Code of Conduct while its legal brains got down to drafting a response to the EC missive.

Sukhbir makes more disclosures on VB figures
Chandigarh, November 19
Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, son of the former Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal said today that he had information that the Vigilance Bureau (VB) had valued the worth of the family assets, which the latter describes unaccounted assets disproportionate to the known sources of income, to the tune of Rs 79 crore.

Seeks help of Kalam, PM

Vigilance to plead for Badalís custody
Chandigarh, November 19
In the wake of the release of certain documents pertaining to investigations in the disproportionate assets case by Mr Parkash Singh Badal at a press conference yesterday, the Punjab Vigilance Bureau is likely to plead before the court that to ensure fair investigations the former may be sent to judicial custody.

CM rushes to Delhi

Dr Parvinder Singh Pasricha New Mumbai police chief promises transparency
Mumbai, November 19
Mumbaiís new Police Commissioner Dr Parvinder Singh Pasricha comes with a reputation of an efficient police officer who streamlined traffic in the city in the 1990s.

Tohra may be re-elected, differences
on Bhaur
Amritsar, November 19
Even as the re-election of a veteran Akali leader, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra is almost certain, loyalists to Mr Parkash Singh Badal and Mr Tohra seemed divided over the nomination of Mr Sukhdev Singh Bhaur as Senior Vice-President.
Former SGPC President Bibi Jagir Kaur offers sweets to Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, SGPC chief, during a meeting of SGPC members at Teja Singh Samundari Hall at Amritsar on Wednesday Former SGPC President Bibi Jagir Kaur offers sweets to Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, SGPC chief, during a meeting of SGPC members at Teja Singh Samundari Hall at Amritsar on Wednesday. ó Photo Rajiv Sharma

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