Coalition partners cannot indulge in terrorism: PM
Washington, Nov. 8. The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee,
has said that while India did not desire to ``overload'' the
agenda of the international coalition against terrorism, at the
same time it needed to ensure ``that we do not tamely accept
terrorist acts against us from across the borders''.
India `natural ally': U.S.
Washington, Nov. 8. The United States today characterised India
as a ``natural ally''. It was significant, not merely symbolic,
that a senior U.S. Government official echoed the sentimental
phrase that was first coined by India itself.
India committing state terrorism in J&K: Musharraf
Paris, Nov. 8. Pakistan's President, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, today
accused India of committing state terrorism in Kashmir. ``In
Kashmir's case, my view is that there is state terrorism going on
by India because it is violating U.N. Security Council decisions.
'Indian Army not helping U.S. in Afghanistan'
New Delhi, Nov. 8. India today denied allegations that its army
officers had joined the U.S. army in aiding the Northern Alliance
in Afghanistan. ``No one belonging to the Indian Army is involved
in guiding the Northern Alliance in Northern Afghanistan,''
maintained a senior Defence Ministry official.
Pak. orders closure of Taliban consulate
Islamabad, Nov. 8. The Pakistan Government today ordered the
Taliban militia to shut down its consulate in Karachi without
specifying any reasons. Though the Taliban Ambassador to
Pakistan, Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef, said Islamabad has cited
``security considerations,'' as the reason for the order, it is
widely seen as an action by Pakistan to convey the message that
it would not allow the militia to use its soil for ``propaganda
Maneka wins libel suit
London, Nov. 8. Britain's leading publishers, Harper Collins,
have apologised to the Union Minister, Ms. Maneka Gandhi, and
agreed to pay her damages for publishing what she alleged in a
libel suit were ``derogatory'' references to her and her late
husband Sanjay Gandhi in Ms. Katherine Frank's widely-read
biography of Indira Gandhi.
Blair asks Bush not to extend 'war' to Iraq
London, Nov. 8. The British Prime Minister, Mr. Tony Blair, has
appealed to the U.S. President, Mr. George W. Bush, not to widen
the bombing campaign to include Iraq in response to demands from
U.S. hardliners such as the Defence Secretary, Mr. Donald
Rumsfeld, a report said today. Britain fears such action would
jeopardise the international coalition formed after September 11.
Patil succeeds Scindia
New Delhi, Nov. 8. The former Speaker, Mr. Shivraj Patil, will be
the new deputy leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha,
succeeding Madhavrao Scindia, who died in a plane crash in
Aid to Malegaon
Mumbai, Nov. 8. The Maharashtra Chief Minister, Mr. Vilasrao
Deshmukh, today declared a grant of Rs. 2 lakhs from the CM's
Relief Fund to the next kin of those killed in Malegoan riots.
New Delhi, Nov. 8. A designated court today remanded the Chief
Commissioner of Central Excise (Delhi), Mr. Someshvar Mishra, to
four days of CBI custody for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs.
10 lakhs from an industrialist.