'Sri Lanka's unity should be kept in mind'
When the Opposition leaders meet the Prime
Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, here tomorrow to discuss the
developments in Sri Lanka, they are likely emphasise that the
unity of a multi- ethnic Sri Lanka and India's own national
interests must determine any Indian initiative.
Tipnis in Colombo
The Indian Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal
A. Y. Tipnis, arrived here this evening on a `goodwill visit'.
The visit, at a time when Sri Lanka is facing a serious challenge
from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), has generated
interest especially given the past Indian experience in
attempting to bring about peace in the strife-torn nation.
Maken case accused extradited
About 15 years after the killing of trade union
leader Lalit Maken and his wife Geetanjali, daughter of the late
President, Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma, one of the prime accused in
the case, Ranjit Singh Gill, was today extradited to Delhi from
the United States to stand trial in the case.
Pak.-China plane project in trouble?
A joint Pakistan-China fighter aircraft
project, the Super 7, is in deep trouble following the refusal of
European nations to ``provide avionics for the aircraft under
U.S. pressure'', the Dawn magazine reported today.
Global oil prices rise again
Global oil prices have begun to rise once
again, prompted by fears that offshore oil fields in Norway may
shut down next week. This Scandinavian country, the world's
second largest oil exporter, has been hit by industrial strikes
lately which have affected tanker loading and may extend to some
offshore fields soon.
Sinha for change in 'mindset'
The Finance Minister, Mr. Yashwant
Sinha, today called for a ``change'' in the ``mindset'' of the
developed bloc whose ``sermons'' to the developing countries on
their economic affairs were becoming ``shriller''.
Putin sworn in
Mr. Vladimir Putin, who took oath as the Russia's
second President today, named Mr. Mikhail Kasyanove, as acting
Victim of mindless war
Sierra Leonean girl Bintu Mara, one of many
children mutilated by the former Revolutionary United Front
rebels in the months that led to a compromise peace accord nearly
a year ago, walks with the help of a crutch and the handless arm
of a friend at a camp in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on Saturday.
'Love bug' suspect a woman?
The Philippines today said the United States was
helping to track down the source of the ``love bug'' virus that
ravaged computers worldwide and a National Bureau of
Investigation (NBI) official said the suspected hacker was a