Karnataka to release 6 tmcft of Cauvery water to T.N.
Karnataka has committed itself to releasing
six tmcft of water to Tamil Nadu within the next 30 days to make
good the deficit in the inflow of water into the Mettur reservoir
from June 1 this year.
Hope as PM, Farooq set to discuss autonomy
The ``autonomy dialogue'' is likely to begin
on July 17 when Dr. Farooq Abdullah, Chief Minister of Jammu and
Kashmir, is scheduled to visit here and take up the Prime
Minister, Mr. A. B. Vajpayee's offer of talks with the central
Speight gives up arms, not 'cause'
Fiji's coup plotters who laid siege to Parliament
and held several lawmakers hostage for nearly two months,
surrendered weapons today, vowing to halt civil unrest if
indigenous Fijians dominate a new Government. Some 200
traditional chiefs filled the Parliament chambers to witness the
return of the arms, most of them stolen from Fiji's military
G-8 backs India on terrorism
In an important gain for Indian diplomacy,
the leading Western nations and Russia have agreed to
collectively support the Government's efforts at the United
Nations to counter international terrorism.
India, China are our ideological allies, says Russia
Russia, India and China have shared interests
which make them ``ideological allies'', a top Russian defence
'Effective Indian lobby' forces Burton to back out
Lawmakers in the U.S. House of
Representatives have hailed the manner in which the Burton
Amendment went down. Finding no support for his move, the
Republican from Indiana, Mr. Dan Burton, withdrew his amendment
to the Foreign Operations Bill which would have slashed
developmental assistance to India by 25 per cent. ``The Indian
lobby has been very effective and I congratulate them,'' Mr.
Burton remarked before backing out.
Sanctions stare Fiji in the face
Fiji faced sanctions and slashed aid today as
executive power was handed to allies of coup leader, Mr. George
Speight. As the newly-appointed President, Ratu Josefa Iloilo,
and his deputy, Ratu Jope Seniloli, took over from the martial
law authorities, Australia and New Zealand threatened sanctions.
India wants Fiji statute restored
India wants a democratically elected
government based on multi-racial affinity restored in Fiji, now
that the hostages have been released. ``We would like the Fijian
Constitution to be restored and if that is not possible a
Constitution that is similar to it,'' the External Affairs
Minister, Mr. Jaswant Singh, told reporters here today soon after
the Government had briefed Opposition leaders on the situation in
Sierra Leone and Fiji.
Missionary shot dead
Police today said Christian missionary Father
Remis Kerketta, whose body was found lying in the middle of the
road near here, was shot dead by some unidentified persons after
robbing him of his motorcycle and Rs. 10,000 cash.
Youngest campaigner against AIDS
An 11-year-old Mumbai girl has impressed the
international AIDS conference here with her zealous promotion of
awareness about the disease.