Govt. assessing damage; 10 more tremors
The authorities in the quake-hit areas of
Gujarat are hoping the worst is over but are still assessing the
situation closely before giving an all-clear signal.
Nation must share burden: PM
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee,
today said the country must be prepared to share the financial
burden brought on by the quake. The aid coming from abroad was in
the form of loans which had to be repaid with due interest.
Death, destruction, yet warmth
Four days after Friday's earthquake, this city
remains a logistical nightmare for those planning relief. For
one, the airport, part of an Indian Air Force base, is stretched
to the limit in trying to cope with incoming relief and
commercial aircraft. Yesterday, for instance, all traffic was
affected because the Prime Minister arrived for an aerial survey.
Bush speaks to PM, assures all aid
The U.S. President, Mr. George Bush, today
spoke to the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, and
offered all possible assistance for the relief and rehabilitation
of earthquake victims.
ADB announces $350 m loan
The Asian Development Bank today said $350
million would be made available immediately for rehabilitation
and reconstruction work in the wake of the Gujarat earthquake.
Relief pours in as nations hike aid
Quake relief donations from abroad and within
the country continued to pour in today with the British, German
and Australian Governments raising the financial assistance in
view of the severity of the disaster. Ministers and Members of
Parliament also announced donations while public sector companies
like the Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited (VSNL) pitched in as well.
Five killed in chopper crash
Five army personnel, including a Brigadier, were
killed when their helicopter crashed at Sanjichat, near the
Vaishnodevi shrine, official sources said here today.
Sukh Ram discharged
The Delhi High Court today quashed a lower
court order framing charges of criminal conspiracy and corrupt
practices against the former Union Minister of State for
Communications, Mr. Sukh Ram, Ms. Runu Ghosh, then financial
advisor in the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), and Mr. P.
Rama Rao, owner of the Hyderabad-based company Advance Radio
Masts Limited (ARML), and set them free in the 1996 telecom scam
CBI opposes Hindujas' plea to leave India
The special court for CBI cases will
pronounce orders on February 1 on the plea of the three Hinduja
brothers, accused in the Rs. 64 crore Bofors payoffs case, to
leave the country even as the central investigating agency
opposed their applications.
'MI6 advised against passport for Srichand'
The Tories gave a twist to the Hindujas passport
affair today, alleging that Mr. Srichand Hinduja was investigated
in 1998 by Britain's secret intelligence service MI6, who
recommended that his application be turned down.
Mobs damage vehicles, five injured
At least five persons, including two police
constables, were injured today as rampaging mobs, protesting
demolition of a structure by the Nasik Municipal Corporation
(NMC), resorted to heavy stone- pelting damaging more than
hundred vehicles, police said.