Reforms on right path: IMF chief
The Managing Director of the International
Monetary Fund (IMF), Mr Horst Kohler, admitted during his
discussions with Indian authorities here today that the process
of globalisation had so far benefited only developed countries.
A right medicine, says Karunanidhi
The DMK president and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister,
Mr. M. Karunanidhi, today defended his Czechoslovakia-type
solution to the Sri Lankan crisis, asserting that any ``mutually
agreed'' political solution by the parties to the conflict should
not pose any danger to India or Southeast Asia.
'Compulsions behind suggestion'
The Union Defence Minister, Mr. George
Fernandes, today hinted that local political compulsions could
have weighed with the DMK leader, Mr. M.Karunanidhi, in
advocating a Czechoslovakian-type of peaceful, territorial
separation to the Sri Lankan Tamils issue, but asserted that
there was no change in the Centre's stand.
Indian troops encircled in Sierra Leone
In a further worsening of the situation in
Sierra Leone, more than 400 Indian peackeeping troops have been
surrounded by rebel militiamen near Kalahum town, according to
reports reaching Army Headquarters here.
AICC notice to Ramamurthy
The Congress(I) high command today issued a
showcause notice to the former Tamil Nadu unit chief, Mr.
Tindivanam Ramamurthy, and gave him seven days to submit a reply.
The party's action follows Mr. Ramamurthy's outburst after his
Court order to Jayalalitha
The former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Ms.
Jayalalitha, has been directed to appear on July 3 before a
Chennai special court trying the Rs. 6.5-crore coal import scam
Defections jolt Speight
The rebel leader, Mr. George Speight, suffered
three defections from his camp today - including a reserve
Deadly weapons, prohibitive cost
Sri Lanka's new military hardware, which has
helped it stall the offensive of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil
Eelam in the Jaffna peninsula, carries a price tag that could
have serious consequences for the economy.
Battle for women's rights far from over: Hillary
She came, she spoke and as in Beijing in 1995,
she conquered. To continuous applause and a standing ovation, the
United State's first lady, Ms. Hillary Rodham Clinton, set the
tone of the United Nations meeting on women that opened here on
Rescue operation ruled out in Fiji
As the crisis in Fiji over the continued
captivity of the Prime Minister, Mr. Mahendra Chaudhry, and 30
others remained unresolved, the military ruler, Commodore J. V.
(Frank) Bainimarama, today discounted the option of using force
to rescue the hostages in the context of the intransigence by
their captor and self-styled ``civil coup'' leader, Mr. George