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Be friends, but avoid strategic alliance with US, says CPI-M

What is India News Service, Friday, September 17, 2004, 1800 hrs IST

The CPI-M said that India should have friendly relations with the US, but must avoid a strategic alliance with it.

"We should have friendly relations with the US without any strategic alliance. We owe it to our developing friends to curve out a situation where the equality of all nations is honoured," the CPI-M Rajya Sabha member Nilotpal Basu said at a panel discussion on 'Bushism On The Right, Marxism On The Left And liberalism Is Dead,' organised by The Statesman in Kolkata.

Major faces court martial in Siachen case: Major Surinder Singh, accused of faking encounters in Siachen glacier, is likely to be court-martialled, military sources said in Jodhpur on Friday.

Centre ready to talk with Manipur protesters: The Central Government today reiterated its willingness to talk to Apunba Lup, the umbrella organisation of 32 forums in Manipur agitating for the withdrawal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).

Government will probe Census confusion: Congress President Sonia Gandhi said here today that the government would inquire into the confusion over the Muslim growth rate in the recently released census report.

Army chief says Manorama had rebel connections: Thanjam Manorama Devi, whose death in the custody of the Assam Rifles has created a furore in Manipur, had "questionable credentials", Army Chief N.C. Vij said.

Attack on Sonia Gandhi not personal, says Jayalalithaa: The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, today sought to play down her criticism of the Congress president, Sonia Gandhi, during the parliamentary election campaign. She had attacked Sonia Gandhi's foreign origins.

'Let mid-day meal scheme be with Centre': The Supreme Court today restrained the Centre from handing over the administration of the mid-day meal scheme to the states and Union Territories.

Turban issue almost solved, says French envoy: The turban issue, has been solved amicably with all Sikh students, except three, returning to their schools, claimed the French Ambassador to India, Dominique Girard. \93Only three cases remain pending today and dialogue is being pursued with the three students concerned,\94 he said in a communication to the National Commission for Minorities.

Three experts join Godhra probe panel: The Railway Ministry has appointed three experts to assist Justice U.C. Banerjee in probing the burning of S-6 coach of the Sabarmati Express at Godhra in February, 2002.

Ex-police chief \91plotting to kill\92 Telgi case Judge: Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Ranjit Singh Sharma has been accused of plotting to kill Judge S. M. Shembole of the special court hearing the Telgi fake stamp paper case.

Behave yourself, court tells TV channels: The Mumbai HC has asked private TV channels to practise self-censorship.


Jagmohan ready for objective probe: Former Urban Development Minister Jagmohan today denied any irregularity in allotment of land during his tenure and said he had no objection to any case being looked into by \93any objective and dispassionate authority.\94

Momentous day for lovers of freedom, democracy: Around this time, 56 years ago, this soul-stirring marching song penned by Hyderabad's own liberal Leftist poet, Maqdoom Mohiuddin, inspired many young lovers of freedom to take the plunge into the struggle for the liberation of Hyderabad State. But the adamant Nizam failed
to see the writing on the wall.

EC issues notice to BJP: The Election Commission has asked the Bharatiya Janata Party to explain the connection of Uma Bharti's `tiranga yatra' with the Maharashtra elections.

Geologist questions experts' claims on vibrations: A retired petroleum geologist of the Oil and Natural Gas Commission (ONGC) has claimed that the vibrations recorded at the city's Krishna Lanka region were the result of "deep-seated seismic activities" in the region. Experts from the National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI) had earlier ruled out such a possibility.

Chennai can't immerse Ganesh idols in sea: The organisers of \91Ganesh chaturthi\92 face a police directive and a High Court order banning immersion of idols in the sea.

BJP denies ticket to 6 MLAs: The BJP today renominated 37 sitting MLAs, dropping six and bringing in 31 new faces in the first list of candidates for the
Maharashtra Assembly election.

City of the Taj becomes sex trade hub: Agra is gaining notoriety for flesh trade which has made inroads into the city's residential areas and tourist complexes.


Militants face Musharraf's ire: Ahead of his visit to the US, Musharraf has fired a salvo at militant outfits.

Army post for president key to stability, says Aziz: Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has said that President Pervez Musharraf's 'expected' decision to retain his army post beyond Dec 31 will be in the interest of the country's stability and solidarity.

Pakistan says it is not seeling weapons to rebels: Pakistan is not selling arms to underground organizations, declared Secretary Defence Production Air Marshal (rtd) Zahid Anis.

Karzai escapes rocket attack: Afghan President Hamid Karzai aborted an election campaign trip to the southeast province of Gardez on Thursday after a rocket exploded there just before his helicopter was due to land.

View from abroad 

Iraq war illegal, says Annan: The UN Secretary General has said US decision to invade Iraq in March 2003 was illegal.

Washington favours 'fully functioning' democracy in Pakistan: The United States urged the Musharraf government on Thursday to continue Pakistan's progress towards a 'fully functioning' democracy because it was in the country's long-term interest to do so.

UK wants to bite Indian 'legal' pie: Britain has now set its eyes on India's lucrative legal market and is eager to tap it.


Communists want India and US to just be friends: The party said India should not ditch the less developed world.

Handle mid-day meal scheme, Supreme Court told Centre:  It does not favour the states managing the scheme to feed poor school children.

Afghan leader survived attack: Karzai, that country's presidential candidate, aborted a campaign trip after a rocket exploded.