U.S. copter did not violate Indian airspace: Fernandes
New Delhi, Nov. 29. The Defence Minister, Mr. George Fernandes,
asserted in the Lok Sabha today that there was no violation of
the Indian airspace by the U.S. naval helicopter even as angry
Opposition members staged a walkout from the House, charging him
with occupying the post ``immorally.''
Deadlock over censure motion continues
New Delhi, Nov. 29. The stalemate over the censure motion moved
by the Congress on the reinduction of the Defence Minister, Mr.
George Fernandes, continues. The Lok Sabha Speaker, Mr. G.M.C.
Balayogi's efforts today to find a way out failed with both the
Government and the Congress sticking to their stated positions.
Another meeting between the two sides is scheduled for Monday.
ICC president to meet Dalmiya
London, Nov. 29. In a last-ditch effort to break the deadlock,
the International Cricket Council (ICC) president, Mr. Malcolm
Gray, and the chief executive, Mr. Michael Speed, today offered
to fly to Kuala Lumpur for a meeting with the Indian cricket
board chief, Mr. Jagmohan Dalmiya.
Afghan groups come closer
Koenigswinter (Germany), Nov. 29. In a dramatic turnaround, the
Afghan groups meeting here are reported to have narrowed down
their differences and are expected to name the members of a
supreme council for ruling the country. The Northern Alliance and
the Rome group have reached an agreement on the number of seats
in the interim administration.
`Alliance pushing into Kandahar'
Kabul, Nov. 29. Anti-Taliban forces were pushing on Thursday into
the militia's last stronghold of Kandahar, the Northern Alliance
Deputy Defence Minister, Mr. Bismillah Khan, said. The claim,
however, could not be independently verified.
Enron fall worries financial firms
New Delhi, Nov. 29. With the international energy giant, Enron
Corporation, facing bankruptcy, Indian financial institutions
have become concerned about the Rs. 6,204 crores exposure they
have in the Enron-promoted Dabhol Power Company (DPC) in
Enron faces doom
Houston, Nov. 29. Enron Corp., once the world's largest energy
trader, slid toward bankruptcy in one of the most spectacular
downfalls Wall Street has ever seen after its would-be rescuer
Dynegy Inc. backed out of an $8.4 billion deal to take it over.
7 BSF personnel killed
Jammu, Nov. 29. In a fierce gun-battle after the Border Security
Forces cordoned off a house near Sopore, seven BSF personnel,
including an assistant commandant and an inspector and three
Lashkar-e-Taiba militants were killed.
Laloo gets back CRPF security
Patna, Nov. 29. The Centre today restored to the former Chief
Minister and RJD president, Mr. Laloo Prasad Yadav, CRPF
protection which had been withdrawn on Wednesday from the camp
jail at Ranchi, where he is lodged as an undertrial in a fodder
Maoists bomb Coca-Cola plant
Kathmandu, Nov. 29. Maoist rebels in Nepal bombed a Coca-Cola
factory in Balaju, on the outskirts of Kathmandu today, sources
said. There have been no reports of any casualties or damage to
the plant so far.
Naxals blast milk plant
Hyderabad, Nov. 29. A milk processing unit owned by the family
members of the Chief Minister, Mr. N. Chandrababu Naidu, located
near Pileru in Chittoor district was blown up by naxalites of the
People's War Group (PWG) on Thursday night. Reports indicated
that the raid party was lead by a woman naxalite.