Norway begins peace effort in Sri Lanka
As fierce fighting continued in the Jaffna
peninsula, a three-member delegation from Norway including the
special envoy, Mr. Erik Solheim, met the Foreign Minister, Mr.
Lakshman Kadirgamar, and the Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Ranil
Fiji PM threatened at gun-point
The political future of the Fijian Prime
Minister of Indian origin, Mr. Mahendra Pal Chaudhry, today hung
in the balance in the capital, Suva, ahead of tomorrow's planned
crisis breaking summit of the Great Council of Chiefs, the
supreme moral-political conscience-keeper of the majority
community of indigenous people.
Navy put on 72-hour alert
Apprehending a possible call for evacuating
Sri Lankan soldiers stranded in Jaffna, the Indian Navy has been
put on a 72-hour alert, highly-placed sources in the Government
More Pak. militants sneaking in
With snow melting in the higher reaches of Pir
Panjal range, opening up routes for infiltration in the Kashmir
Valley, security forces have come across sophisticated weaponry,
including universal machine guns. Air surveillance, over higher
reaches and thick forests, is likely to be introduced soon with
the Centre giving a go-ahead for the procurement of MI-17
helicopters. In militancy-infested sectors of Baramulla-Kupwara
belt alone, three major encounters between security forces and
infiltrators have taken place over the past one month.
Gill's Colombo visit raises little hope
The arrival here of the former chief of the
Punjab police, Mr. K. P. S. Gill, has generated some interest but
little hope that he can substantively change the course of events
in this strife-torn and demoralised country.
India, Iran look for bigger role in Kabul
Building on their growing convergence of
interests in Afghanistan, India and Iran have begun to consider
substantive political cooperation on regional security issues.
This could possibly include greater coordination in their
diplomatic efforts for peace in Afghanistan and more military
'Destination India' fails to draw top names
`Destination India', a one-day seminar on
investment promotion in India, organised jointly by the MEDEF,
the French employer's association, and the Federation of Indian
Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), failed to attract top
level French participation here today.
More forces for Tripura
The Centre is rushing 10 additional companies
of para-military forces to Tripura. The decision was taken at a
meeting between the Union Home Secretary, Mr. Kamal Pande, and
the Tripura Chief Secretary, Mr. V. Thulsidas, here today.
Bjork wins Golden Palm
Danish director Lars Von Trier's harrowing
melodrama ``Dancer in the dark'', starring Icelandic pop singer
Bjork, won the Golden Palm for best movie at the film festival
awards ceremony yesterday.