Clerics put off meet on Osama
Islamabad, Sept. 18. As the world watched with bated breath for
the decision of the Taliban militia on handing over Osama bin
Laden, prime suspect in last week's terrorist attacks in the
U.S., the much-publicised meeting of the grand council of
clerics, scheduled to take place at Kabul today, was postponed by
a day. Meanwhile, the Pakistani delegation returned here tonight
apparently without much success in its mission.
Bush to consult world leaders
Washington, Sept. 18 In his effort to structure a global
coalition to support America's fight against terrorism, the U.S.
President, Mr. George W. Bush, will be meeting leaders of various
countries this week. He will hold talks with his French
counterpart, Mr. Jacques Chirac, later in the day and meet the
British Prime Minister, Mr. Tony Blair, on Thursday.
Fears over U.S.-Pak. 'deal' allayed
New Delhi, Sept. 18. The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari
Vajpayee, today secured the Union Cabinet's endorsement of the
Government stand so far on the changed situation after last
week's terrorist attacks in the United States, but not before the
Cabinet sought and got some explanations.
India, Russia worried
Moscow, Sept. 18. India and Russia share concerns that any
impending U.S. strike against terrorist bases in Afghanistan may
have negative regional consequences.
Israel halts operations
Jerusalem, Sept. 18. The Israeli army today suspended all
``offensive operations'' against the Palestinians upon orders
from the Defence Minister, Mr. Binyamin ben Eliezer, a Defence
Ministry spokesman said. The announcement came just hours after
the Palestinian leader, Mr. Yasser Arafat, declared that he had
ordered his forces to observe a ceasefire and exercise ``maximum
Blackwill meets Navy chief
New Delhi, Sept. 18. As the U.S. considers military action in
Afghanistan, the U.S. ambassador to India, Mr. Robert Blackwill
met the Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sushil Kumar.
DA hike for Central staff
New Delhi, Sept. 18. The Government today announced a two per
cent increase in the dearness allowance for serving Central
Government employees and a similar hike in the dearness relief
for pensioners. The hikes are with retrospective effect from July
TN to move SC on Cauvery
Chennai, Sept. 18. Despite the Centre convening a meeting of the
Cauvery River Authority (CRA) on September 22, the Tamil Nadu
Government today decided to go ahead with the move to approach
the Supreme Court impleading both the Karnataka Government and
the Central Government as respondents.