U.S. lifts sanctions against India, Pak.
Washington, Sept. 23. The Bush administration has lifted
sanctions against India and Pakistan, imposed in the aftermath of
the 1998 nuclear tests. In a memorandum to the Secretary of State
from Camp David, the U.S. President, Mr. George W. Bush, said the
continuation of the punitive measures ``would not be in the
national security interests of the United States.''
Impetus to LCA programme?
New Delhi, Sept. 23. The U.S. decision to lift sanctions today
gave rise to the hope that the long-delayed project to
manufacture the light combat aircraft (LCA) could gather
No trace of Osama, says Taliban
Islamabad, Sept. 23. Adding a new dimension to the ongoing
confrontation between the United States and the Taliban regime in
Afghanistan over the issue of handing over of the Saudi
dissident, Osama bin Laden, the Taliban today maintained that it
could not trace him.
We don't believe it, says Rice
Washington, Sept. 23. The Bush administration has warned the
Taliban again that it has a very clear choice between handing
over Osama bin Laden or face the ``wrath'' of the international
coalition; Washington has brushed aside the contention of Kabul
that Osama is ``missing''; and has dismissed the Taliban calls
for proof for the actions of Osama as ``somewhat misplaced.''
U.S. lost spy plane: Rumsfeld
Washington, Sept. 23. The U.S. Defence Secretary, Mr. Donald
Rumsfeld, has confirmed that the United States has lost
``contact'' with an unmanned spy plane and has argued that
Washington has no reason to believe that it has been shot down.
SAF games put off
Islamabad, sept. 23. Pakistan today postponed indefinitely the
9th South Asian Federation games, scheduled to be held here from
October 6 to 15, due to uncertain security situation prevailing
in the country following terrorist attacks on the U.S.
LTTE not in U.S. list
Colombo, Sept. 23. The United States has excluded the Liberation
Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) from its global war against
terrorism and reiterated that it has not altered its stance
towards Sri Lanka's protracted separatist conflict.
12 CRPF jawans killed
Ranchi, Sept. 23. At least 12 jawans of the Central Reserve
Police Force (CRPF) were killed and nine others injured in a
series of landmine explosions triggered by the MCC ultras in
Auriya jungle areas under Churchur police station of extremism-
racked Hazaribagh district this evening.
Bomb hoax at South Block
New Delhi, Sept. 23. The New Delhi police went into a tizzy here
tonight following a call from the Prime Minister's residence that
a bomb had been planted in the South Block area housing the
Defence Ministry and the PMO, a stone's throw from Rashtrapati
Bhavan. But no bomb was found till late tonight.