Choose compromise over confrontation, says Clinton
Opening the United Nations Millennium
Summit this morning, the Secretary-General, Mr. Kofi Annan,
challenged world leaders to protect their people from misery and
to develop an agenda that would get rid of poverty and disease
and forge peace.
PM leaves for U.S. to firm up ties
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee,
leaves for the United States late tonight on a visit that was
originally intended to have firmed up the new upswing in Indo-
U.S. ties, but which has now been overshadowed by a concern over
the Prime Minister's health. In the build-up to the visit,
reports of frequent changes in Mr. Vajpayee's itinerary have
taken precedence over the possible substantive achievements.
Gopal returns empty-handed
The joint initiative by the Karnataka and Tamil
Nadu Governments to secure the release of the Kannada actor, Mr.
Rajkumar, and three others held captive by the brigand Veerappan
suffered a jolt today, with the emissary, Mr. R. R. Gopal,
returning empty-handed from the Sathyamangalam forest.
Fresh talks to end telecom stir
The Union Labour Minister, Mr. Satyanarayan
Jatiya, today initiated a fresh round of talks with agitating
Telecom employees who began an indefinite strike this morning to
press for wage related demands in the wake of the Government's
decision to corporatise the Department of Telecom
RajKumar is safe: Gopal
The journalist-emissary, Mr. R.R. Gopal,
today said there was no threat to the life of Kannada matinee
idol, Mr. Rajkumar, and three others being held hostage by
Annan pleads against sanctions
On the eve of the Millennial Summit of
the United Nations, the Secretary-General, Mr. Kofi Annan, has
urged the Security Council to find ways of punishing so-called
rogue nations without resorting to sanctions. ``The costs of
sanctions have too often to be borne by ordinary people, not by
the authoritarian governments against which they were directed,''
Mr. Annan has remarked in a report.
U.S. may draw flak at summit
World leaders attending the Millennium
Summit of the United Nations would be addressing, for most part,
the changing role of the U.N. in the 21st century, or how best
the world body needs to equip itself in the face of increasing
and complex challenges. Internally, there has been question of
how the U.N. should reform itself in structure and functioning.
Musharraf for mediation on Kashmir
The Pakistani Chief Executive, Gen.
Pervez Musharraf, has said that the Kashmir dispute cannot be
resolved in a bilateral fashion and that he would appeal to
international leaders for the kind of mediation that ended the
Indonesian occupation of East Timor.
Vajpayee enquires well-being of children
The Prime Minister, Mr. A. B. Vajpayee, today
called up the Indian High Commissioner, Mr. Vijay Nambiar, and
enquired about the well-being of the children of a member of the
High Commission who were subjected to `molestation' by an
intruder on Saturday.