Nation & States  

India says it is keen on creation
of a pan-Asian community

What is India News Service, July 28, 2004, 1700 hrs IST

India today said it favoured creation of an Asian community and said New Delhi should be included in the ongoing dialogue ASEAN has been holding with some of the leading nations in Asia. 

Asean has been holding summit-level meetings with China, Japan and South Korea, called the ASEAN-plus three process, since 1997, and India wants to be part of the meetings. India held summit meetings with Asean leaders in 2002 and 2003. 

Cases filed against PW leaders
: A day after the CPI-ML People's War held a massive public meeting in Warangal, the police have registered criminal cases against poet P. Varavara Rao and singer Gadar.

Make India investment destination, PM tells NRIs: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today exhorted overseas Indians to take another look at India as an investment destination, and asserted that India had emerged as a global powerhouse. 

'All-out efforts to get hostages freed': Dr Singh also said his government was making all efforts to secure the release of the three kidnapped Indians. "I am hopeful they will succeed," he remarked.

Court ends drama, asks Soren to surrender: Absconding Jharkhand Mukti Morcha leader Shibu Soren will surrender in Jamtara court on Monday, after the Jharkhand High Court, declining to quash the arrest warrant against him in the 1975 Chirrudih massacre case, directed him on Thursday to surrender by August 2.

Speaker to Advani: 'Let's talk it out': Caught in the crossfire between the ruling UPA and the Opposition NDA, Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee has taken the initiative to resolve the crisis, stemming from the Opposition's decision to boycott all parliamentary committees. To this effect, he has written a letter to Leader of Opposition LK Advani, expressing his desire to meet him after he returns to Delhi.
Ardbo dead: Yet another Bofors pay-off case accused, Martin Karl Ardbo, who was president of the gun manufacturer when the controversial deal was signed, has died in Sweden. He was 77 and was suffering from cancer.


More power for Punjab, Haryana: The central government will announce a new electricity policy by the end of next month to focus on rural electrification.

Centre stops 6 IPS medals:
The union home ministry has cancelled the prestigious Antrik Suraksha Patak awarded to six IPS officials from Andhra Pradesh, including former intelligence chief A Shiv Shankar, saying it had found them \93ineligible\94. 

Nihang chief Poohla held: Controversial Nihang chief of Taruna Dal Baba Ajit Singh Poohla was arrested today from his headquarters at Jhutha Kartarpur, near here, in a joint raid conducted by the Nawanshahr and the local police with active support of ex-servicemen.

Naidu neglected agriculture, says Auditor: The Comptroller and Auditor General of India has found fault with the previous Telugu Desam government for its neglect of the agriculture sector during 1998-2003. In its report tabled in the Assembly on Thursday, the CAG pointed out that the plan outlay for the agriculture sector was only three per cent of the total annual outlay, though 75 per cent of people depended on it. 

J & K ministers join Congress: Three Jammu and Kashmir Ministers of State (MoS) alongwith two members of the State Legislative Assembly today joined Congress Party at All India Congress Committee (AICC) headquarters in presence of senior party leaders here.

Kashmir economy recovering: With the State Domestic Product showing a phenomenal growth rate of 13 per cent last year, the state government has embarked on a long term fiscal and development strategy.

Police want Kohli's custody ended ahead of time: In an attempt to pave the way for Maninderpal Singh Kohli's early extradition, Punjab police have reportedly decided to approach the Kharar court for ending his police custody ahead of time.

Nafisa Joseph commits suicide: Former Miss India Nafisa Joseph reportedly committed suicide in her Mumbai flat late on Thursday night. She was a video jockey on MTV.


Bomb threat to Bangladesh plane: A Bangladesh-bound Biman flight was evacuated during a routine layover at Frankfurt Airport on Thursday after authorities received a bomb threat, airport police said.

Islamabad, Delhi hopeful of settling barrage issue: Pakistan and India held on Thursday that the Indus Water Treaty 1960 was sacrosanct and agreed to resolve the issue of Wullar Barrage within parameters of that accord.

Aid agency quits Afghanistan over security fears: One of the world's leading frontline aid organisations, M\E9decins sans Fronti\E8res, is pulling out of Afghanistan after 24 years because of a deterioration in security.

Three policemen injured in Nepal: Three policemen, including an inspector, were severely injured when their vehicle ran over a landmine along the highway near Ratnanagar in Chitwan Friday morning. 

Flood situation improves slightly: Flood water started on Thursday to recede in some districts of the central part of Bangladesh. The situation has improved in Rajbari, Madaripur and Munshiganj districts as the river Padma has not risen since Wednesday evening.

Pakistan opposition against sending troops to Iraq: Opposition in the National Assembly on Thursday held the government responsible for the killing of two Pakistani workers in Iraq.

NA condemns executions:
The National Assembly on Thursday condemned the gruesome murder of two Pakistani workers by their captors in Iraq and asked the government not to send troops without taking the parliament into confidence.

teachers call off strike: Tribhuvan University (TU) part-time teachers called off their strike on Thursday after the administration promised them 'course contracts'.

Refugees want rehabilitation in third country: Bhutani refugees stationed at different camps in Morang and Jhapa districts in east Nepal have handed over memorandums to the home ministry, the UNHCR, and foreign diplomatic missions, demanding rehabilitation in another country.

Myanmar road work will begin after rainy season: Bangladesh Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury returned home Wednesday night after a three-day official visit to Myanmar. He led a seven-member Bangladesh delegation at the first Bangladesh-Myanmar Joint Trade Commission, which started in Yangon on 26 July. He returned with an assurance from the Myanmar government on the construction of an arterial road. 

View from abroad

Judge's ruling gives go-ahead to Telegraph sale: The sale of the Daily and Sunday Telegraph is expected to be sealed after a failed bid by Conrad Black to challenge the deal with the Barclay brothers.

Land redistribution plan brings angry response from whites: The South African government is considering new regulations to limit foreign ownership of property, in a move that would directly affect British investors.

Satanists accused of ordering serial killings: Police in northern Italy say they have smashed a vicious gang of satanists, following the arrest this week of three men accused of ordering the murder of at least five young people in the Milan area since 1998. 


India wants a say in Asean talks: It has called for the creation of a pan-Asian community, and sought participation in the talks Asean is holding with Japan and other countries.

Former Bofors chief died: One of the prime accused in the Bofors kickback case died in Sweden.

Bhutanese refugees submitted request: They are now in Nepal, but want to settle in a third country.

Kohli may be deported soon: Now that he has admitted to the crime, Punjab police are keen to deport Hannah's killer rightaway.