Russia opposes militarisation of outer space
Leaders from several continents took to
the podium on Wednesday after the inaugural of the Millennium
Summit, speaking on a range of challenges before the United
Nations in the 21st Century and in the process reminding the
world body itself that there would have to be internal changes as
well if its role was to be defined in realistic and meaningful
Strike hits telecom networks
Even as the pro-RSS trade union opted out,
telecom services suffered further with cellular operators
complaining about the crippling of their services as a majority
of the workers belonging to other unions remained on strike for
the second day today.
Act swiftly, T.N., Karnataka told
The Union Minister of State for Finance, Mr.
Dhananjaya Kumar, today called upon the Karnataka and Tamil Nadu
Governments to ``act swiftly'' to bring an early end to the
hostage crisis involving the Kannada film actor, Mr. Rajkumar.
CBI quizzes Kapil Dev
The Indian cricket team coach, Kapil Dev, was
today questioned by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)
which is in the process of finalising its report on the cricket
PM arrives in New York
The Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, arrived
here today after a long journey, dismissing recent speculation
about his health. ``I am feeling fine,'' he responded, laughing
away questions from accompanying presspersons as the special Air
India aircraft touched down at the JFK international airport
Musharraf urges U.N. to 'act' on Kashmir
The Pakistani Chief Executive, General
Pervez Musharraf, touched and harped on the expected theme of
Kashmir in his address to the United Nations Millennium summit.
Arguing that the world body had resolved many disputes and
conflicts and its intervention had arrested human tragedies in
Bosnia and Kosovo, Gen. Musharraf said that while the world body
and the international community were seriously engaged in finding
a solution to the Palestinian issue, ``Kashmir cries for justice
even after 52 years.''
India returns 14 Pak. nationals
India today handed over to Pakistan 14 of its
nationals who had been in prison for entering the country without
valid documents. The Pakistani rangers accepted only 14 out of 28
persons at the Wagah border after verifying their identity, a BSF
spokesman said here.
Battle in BJP surfaces
An ideological battle within the Bharatiya
Janata Party is now out in the open with an increasingly
assertive Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, insisting
that the new party president, Mr. Bangaru Laxman, drop a key
organisation man and an important party ideologue, Mr. K.N.
Govindacharya, from the post of party general secretary.
India urges OPEC to cut oil prices
With world oil prices soaring to a 10-year
high, India has appealed to the Organisation of Petroleum
Exporting Countries (OPEC) to raise output and bring prices down
to around $ 26 per barrel. The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari
Vajpayee, is expected to raise the issue with world leaders at
the United Nations millennium summit as well as with the U.S.
President, Mr. Bill Clinton.
Nothing new in Musharraf's suggestions: Jaswant
By stating that he did not have anything
to make out of the statement of the Pakistani military ruler,
Gen. Pervez Musharraf, at the United Nations Millennium Summit on
Wednesday, the External Affairs Minister, Mr. Jaswant Singh, has
asserted that the United Nations is not the forum to settle
'India to make 300 Prithvi missiles'
India will go ahead with full production of
about 300 short-range surface-to-surface Prithvi missiles for all
three branches of the defence forces, the Defence News reported
quoting Indian Government sources.
Who will be the `Big Five' in BJP?
As the names in the list of the new team of
office-bearers of the Bharatiya Janata Party get written and re-
written delaying the official announcement, it has become clear
that the Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, is taking more than a
keen interest, as never before.