Sikh truckers shot on Srinagar-Jammu highway
At least five truck drivers were shot dead and
six wounded when unidentified gunmen struck on the Srinagar-Jammu
national highway late last night. Four of them were Sikhs while
the fifth was a Hindu. It is not known who was behind the crime
but police maintain that it was the handiwork of militants.
Hizb blames Indian intelligence agencies
The Hizb-ul Mujahideen has accused Indian
intelligence agencies of having engineered the killings of four
Sikhs and a Hindu in Kashmir last night to ``facilitate the
Indian Government to wriggle out of the ceasefire announcement.''
Masterplan change only to help non-polluting industries
The Centre today ruled out amending Delhi's
masterplan providing concession to polluting industries operating
in non-conforming areas. The only ground the Urban Development
Minister, Mr. Jagmohan, conceded was the offer to redefine
household industries benefitting only the non-polluting units and
seek time from the Supreme Court for relocation of the rest.
Ties hinge on Pak. returning to democracy: Britain
Britain has firmly ruled out normal ``business''
with Pakistan until there is visible movement towards democracy,
and to begin with it would like the military regime in Islamabad
to announce an ``unambiguous'' timetable for party-based general
Florida Supreme Court smiles on Gore
In a major victory for the Vice-President,
Mr. Al Gore, the Florida Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that
manual recounts now under way in predominantly Democratic
counties be added to the final tally of the votes polled in the
November 7 U.S. presidential election.
Seize the chance: Solheim
The prospects of a ceasefire and a negotiated
settlement in the civil war in Sri Lanka may brighten if the
warring parties seize the moment now to implement measures that
will build mutual confidence, according to the Norwegian special
envoy, Mr. Erik Solheim.
U.S. businessman claims credit for peace plan
An influential American businessman, Mr.
Mansur Ijaz, has claimed that he had proposed a framework for
dialogue on Kashmir to both the Prime Minister, Mr. A.B.
Vajpayee, and the Pakistani Chief Executive, Gen. Pervez
Musharraf, earlier this year.
Haider for resuming dialogue
The former Indian Foreign Secretary, Mr.
Salman Haider, today emphasised the need for the immediate
resumption of a dialogue between India and Pakistan for resolving
Not enthused,but ready for talks: Musharraf
The Chief Executive, Gen. Pervez Musharraf,
says that Pakistan is not enthused over the ceasefire
announcement made by the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari
Vajpayee, but at the same time he is prepared to fly to Delhi for
a dialogue on a 24-hour notice if Mr. Vajpayee extends an
invitation to him.