Indian tipped to head UN
mission in Iraq
What is India
News Service, 03 July 2004, 1700 hrs IST
Former foreign secretary Salman Haider is a
front-runner among diplomats shortlisted to head the new UN mission in Iraq.
No decision has yet been made although one is expected shortly, UN associate spokesman Stephane Dujarric
said. Kofi Annan was to have chosen a special
representative by Friday but the announcement was delayed because of his travels. Diplomats also said
some candidates had refused because of the precarious
safety situation in Iraq. As a frequent commentator on international affairs, Haider has been critical of the
US-led invasion of Iraq.
Haider, a Cambridge-educated Muslim, was India's foreign secretary from 1995 to 1997, a post equivalent
to a deputy foreign minister. He served briefly as India's high commissioner, or ambassador, to Britain
in 1998 before retiring from the diplomatic service.
The diplomats gave credence to Haider's candidacy after he was interviewed by Annan in Qatar last week
and visited UN headquarters in New York this week.
Militant attack: Seven policemen were killed and three
injured at Sangam Bhatti in Doda district in Jammu and Kashmir Friday afternoon when militants detonated an
improvised explosive device.
President may reject mercy plea: The fate of Dhananjoy
Chatterjee, sentenced to death for the rape and murder of a schoolgirl in Kolkata, looks sealed, with the
union home ministry advising president Abdul Kalam to reject his plea for clemency.
Monsoon delay: The much-awaited arrival of the monsoon
in Delhi and other parts of north India may be further delayed, senior officials of the India Meteorological
Airport strike: Employees and officers of the Airports
Authority of India today staged demonstrations at major airports in the country protesting against
privatisation of the Mumbai and Delhi airports, but flights and other operations remained unaffected.
Science panel: After a gap of 15 years, the centre is
all set to reconstitute the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Prime Minister (SAC-PM).
\93We are formulating the SAC-PM and hope to complete the process in a month. We will announce the name of
its chairman and other members at that time,\94 union
science minister Kapil Sibal told reporters in Delhi on Friday.
Heritage list: The Chhatrapati Shivaji Station
(formerly Victoria Terminus) in Mumbai and the Champaner-Pravagadh Archaeological Park in Gujarat are
among the 13 new international sites inscribed on the List of World Heritage by the United Nations
Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
Indian may head UN mission in Iraq: Salman Haider, former foreign secretary, is a likely candidate.
Policemen killed: Militants detonated a bomb and killed seven policemen in Jammu.
President was advised against clemency: The home ministry gave the thumbs down to the mercy plea of a
man convicted of rape and murder of a minor girl.
Airport employees protested: They said they were opposed to the privatisation of the Mumbai and Delhi