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Governors' panel to monitor SC/ST schemes
The two-day Governors' conference ended today with the President, Mr. K. R. Narayanan, announcing that a Committee of Governors would be formed to look into the serious inadequacies in the implementation of programmes about the welfare of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes. The Committee of Governors would also examined underutilisation of funds allocated for these pro-poor programmes.

 Fiji hostages freed, Speight man named President
Fiji's deposed Prime Minister, Mr. Mahendra Pal Chaudhry, and 17 other hostages were freed today after 55 days in captivity, following which a supporter of the coup leader, Mr. George Speight, was appointed the new President of the island nation.

Pakistani hand suspected in church blasts
There appears to be a Pakistani hand in the serial blasts that occurred in churches in south India during the last couple of months, according to information gathered by police.

Rain torments Mumbai, entire slum swamped
Army personnel were called in to help the administration clear debris to locate the dead and survivors in a landslide that claimed over 60 lives in a Mumbai suburb.

Centre hopes Farooq can rein in NC leaders
The Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Dr. Farooq Abdullah's decision to delay his arrival in the capital here by a few days has not been taken amiss at the senior level of decision-making.

U.P. Minister accused of torturing truck driver
Close on the heels of torture of Dalits by a Bihar Minister, a member of the Uttar Pradesh Ministry allegedly confined a truck driver and a cleaner at his official residence for four days and tortured them, a charge denied by the Minister.

 Chaudhry survives coup unbowed
Deposed but unbowed, Mr. Mahendra Pal Chaudhry waved cheerfully to waiting mediapersons today as he emerged after 55 days of captivity by indigenous Fijian gunmen.

Pak. a fertile ground for jehad factories: U.S. official
The Clinton administration's top counter- terrorism official, Mr. Michael Sheehan, has said that Pakistan's political and economic difficulties and the ensuing damage to its institutions have provided a fertile ground for terrorism. The overall failure of the education system has forced the poor in that country to seek free education provided by madrassas (religious schools).

'Ibrahim arrest a tip of the iceberg'
Mr. John Joseph, member of the National Commission for the Minorities (NCM), today said more shocking official disclosures on attacks on churches and Christian institutions in different parts of the country were likely in the next few days.

Govt. inconsistent on autonomy issue: Sonia
The Congress(I) president, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, today said the NDA Government was confused and inconsistent in its approach to the question of greater autonomy to J&K. Her remarks came in the course of her address to the PCC chiefs and CLP leaders this afternoon.


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