India, U.S. oppose all variants of terrorism
Washington, Nov. 9. The United States and India today made common
cause in the fight against all forms of international terrorism,
but there was no immediate indication about how and when the two
big democracies might, if at all, harmonise their separate
strategic compulsions for this purpose.
Poor nations may decide Doha meet outcome
Doha, Nov. 9. In an unusual development, the outcome of the
fourth ministerial conference of the World Trade Organisation
could well be determined not by the traditional big players at
the WTO, the Quad group of the U.S., E.U., Canada and Japan or
large developing countries like India, Brazil and Malaysia, but
by the position that some of the world's poorest countries - the
least developed countries, the Africa group at the WTO and the
members of the Africa Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of
countries - take on the launch of a new round of trade talks.
Bush to speak to PM?
Doha, Nov. 9. The U.S. President, Mr. George Bush, may speak to
the Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, at the Indo-U.S. summit
about the need for India to give up its opposition to the launch
of a new round of trade talks at the WTO.
Jabal saraj (Afghanistan), Nov. 9. Opposition forces claimed they
broke through Taliban defenses on Friday and captured the key
northern city of Mazar-e-Sharief. An American official confirmed
that Opposition forces had entered the city and the Taliban
forces were fleeing.
Abducted official released
Islamabad, Nov. 9. The Indian High Commission official, who was
expelled four days ago and picked up by unidentified persons on
Thursday night, was released in the early hours of Friday after
three hours of alleged physical and mental torture.
Oil, LPG prices go up
New Delhi, Nov. 9. Even as international oil prices remain at
relatively low levels, the Government has hiked the prices of
petrol, diesel and LPG (liquefied petroleum gas or cooking gas)
owing to a revision in dealers' commission.
Harshad Mehta arrested
New Delhi, Nov. 9. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)
today arrested `Big Bull' Harshad Mehta and his two brothers -
Ashwin and Sudhir - in connection with a case relating to alleged
misappropriation of 27 lakh shares of 90 blue chip companies.
Abdul Kalam retiring
New Delhi, Nov. 9. Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam, is stepping down as the
Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government, after over four
decades of distinguished service in different posts in the
Government. He is being replaced by Dr. R.Chidambaram, former
Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission.
Kanpur, Nov. 9. A local court here has ordered Mumbai police to
comply with its orders on attachment of property of the leading
stars of the Hindi film `Lajja' and its director, Mr. Raj Kumar
Santoshi, in a case of criminal contempt of court and gave time
upto November 26 to give a report on the matter.