No asylum to Karmapa for now
After discussing the wider implications of
the defection from Tibet of the 17th Karmapa, Ugyen Trinley
Dorje, at the highest level, India, for the moment, is understood
to have decided against granting political asylum to the boy
monk. At the same time, New Delhi, it is believed, is opposed to
the deportation of the boy monk who has a considerable following
among Buddhists all over the world. Consequently, New Delhi may
accept the Karmapa's de facto refugee status.
India gets three more months to end quotas
An agreement reached last week on the removal
of quantitative restrictions (QRs) on imports between India and
the United States ensures that these will be completely
eliminated by April 2001. Finalised last week, the agreement
implements a decision by the disputes settlements panel of the
World Trade Organisation on the issue.
China cautions India
China today urged India to tread carefully over
the issue of a high-ranking Tibetan Lama who trekked to India
last week and may seek asylum there.
ODA loans only after India signs CTBT: Japan
Japan today rejected India's plea to resume the
official development assistance (ODA) loans suspended in the wake
of New Delhi's nuclear tests in May, 1998, saying it could be
done only after India signed the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.
CPI(M) may lose national party status
The Election Commission is expected to serve
a showcause notice on the CPI(M) to explain why its status as a
national party should not be withdrawn as it has lost the
eligibility for recognition as a national party after the recent
Lok Sabha and Assembly elections.
Big fire after encounter: two armymen killed
Around 80 shops and 10 houses were destroyed
in Pattan township on the Srinagar-Baramulla National Highway
after militants gunned down two army men who were on patrol. At
least nine persons including six firemen were injured while
fighting the fire which continued throughout the night.
Hijack drama has damaged BJP's image, says Advani
For the second time within a week, the Union
Home Minister, Mr L.K.Advani, today expressed the view that the
release of three terrorists by the Vajpayee Government in
exchange for the freedom of hostages taken by the hijackers of
the Indian Airlines plane from Kathmandu had ``damaged'' the
image of the BJP. He was speaking at a Bharatiya Janata Yuva
India must play leading role on world-stage: Sachs
Strongly endorsing India's position at Seattle
of opposing the attempt by rich countries to introduce labour and
environment standards, the noted economist, Mr. Jeffrey Sachs
urged the country to don a new role on the world-stage. India
must become pro-active on the world arena by evolving itself into
a formulator of visions and leader of institutions, he said while
delivering the millennium lecture at the CII's `Partnership
Summit' here today.
Fresh momentum likely to Indo-Italy ties
The External Affairs Minister, Mr. Jaswant
Singh, has left for Italy to impart fresh momentum to ties
between New Delhi and Rome.