Hijack footprints lead to Pakistan, says Jaswant
Holding Pakistan responsible for the ugly
hijacking of the Indian Airlines Flight IC-814, the Government
today said credible threats from the hijackers to blow up the
plane had forced the decision to hand over the terrorists and get
the hostages back.
Critical sectors safe
It was officially announced today that the
country has transited into the new millennium without any Y2K
hitch in any of the 11 critical sectors.
Govt. has bungled: Left
The knives were out for the Vajpayee
Government today for its handling of the hijack crisis, with the
Left parties accusing it of bungling and then attempting a
``cover-up.'' The Government, they said, must take the
responsibility for letting the crisis spin out of control and
narrowing down its options to a point where it was left with few
His first flight was into terror
Nepal had been a beautiful experience. Worth
the money and the time. After a five-day trip to the mountain
kingdom, Mr. R. P. Kannan was a little nervous when he boarded
the IC-814 Indian Airlines flight to New Delhi. Understandably
so, it was his first time in an aeroplane.
Putin visits Chechnya
Hours after taking over as Russia's acting
President, Mr. Vladimir Putin paid a surprise visit to Russian
soldiers fighting in Chechnya to emphasise the war agenda of his
Government and stress his resolve to crush Chechen rebels.
N-installation lists exchanged
As part of an annual ritual under a bilateral
agreement, India and Pakistan today exchanged lists of their
nuclear installations to protect them against any possible aerial
Curfew in Surankot
Militants armed with sophisticated weapons tried
to attack the army brigade headquarters at Surankot this morning.
The sentry at the gate retaliated, but the militants shot him
Govt. sees 'gains' in hijacking drama
The day after the safe return of hostages from
Kandahar, the Vajpayee Government has began a concerted damage-
limitation exercise in order to meet the criticism at home that
the Government had given into the terrorists.
Hijackers, militants Quetta-bound: Taliban
The five unidentified hijackers along with the
three released militants, Masood Azhar, Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar and
Ahmad Umar, left for Quetta (Pakistan) from Kandahar last
evening, the Taliban Information Minister, Mr. Abdul Hai Mutmaen,
was quoted as saying by the Jang newspaper today.