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India, Pakistan begin talks
on nuclear safety

What is India News Service, Wednesday, 15 December 2004, 1400 hrs IST

India and Pakistan began talks in Islamabad on nuclear confidence-building measures (CBMs) and exchanged views on a hotline between Foreign Secretaries and a draft agreement on advance notification of missile tests.

The two-day talks are part of the composite dialogue. They would give important inputs to the Foreign Secretary-level talks, scheduled for December 27 and 28. During the second round of the composite dialogue, the Foreign Secretaries would hold deliberations on CBMs on security and Jammu and Kashmir.

At tomorrow's meeting both sides would exchange notes on CBMs related to conventional weapons. Since it is for the first time both sides are sitting across the table to discuss the subject, the meeting is expected to be exploratory in nature.

7 killed in Assam blast: Seven persons, including policemen, were killed and 50 injured, following grenade and bomb attacks by ULFA in different parts of the State. The extremists set off a series of bomb blasts at the district towns.

Isak-Muivah ask Nagas to be 'more realistic': The NSCN (I-M) collective leadership on Tuesday asked the Nagas to be "more realistic" to find a settlement to the protracted Naga political problem and said the Centre as also the entire political class has assured the outfit of an honourable solution.

Police raids continue, says CPI (Maoist): Accusing the Andhra Pradesh Government of violating all norms of the ceasefire agreement, the Communist Party of India (Maoist) has asked its cadres to "take all steps to protect themselves from the police raids".

UK man in PoK not OK, says New Delhi: Stung by Britain\92s decision to appoint an honorary consul at Mirpur in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, New Delhi has registered a strong protest with London on the grounds that the city is located in an area that has been illegally occupied by Pakistan. 

Court frowns on Pappu Yadav's "illegal durbar": Taking a serious view of the "illegal durbar" of the Rashtriya Janata Dal Member of Parliament, Pappu Yadav, in the Beur jail, the Supreme Court today sought the response of the Central Bureau of Investigation.

House business on the air: India on Tuesday joined the select group of countries, which telecast live proceedings in their legislatures, with the launch of two Doordarshan satellite channels dedicated exclusively to coverage of business in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.

Rs 45 crore each for terrorism-hit districts: The UPA government today unfolded a twin-pronged strategy to fight terrorism announcing a grant of Rs 45-crore each for the development of terrorism-hit districts across the country, besides a Rs 4000-crore programme for modernisation of the police network in states.

Seer\92s arrest inspires statue: The dramatic arrest of Kanchi Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswati in the Sankararaman murder case has fired the imagination of well-known karate exponent and sculptor Shihan Hussaini, who has come out with a 13-foot high bronze statue on the \93painful episode.\94

Train accident in Punjab

Railway announces ex gratia, suspends two station masters: The Railways has ordered an inquiry into causes of today\92s head-on collision between Jammu Tawi-Ahmedabad Express and Jalandhar-Pathankot Local Passenger (Diesel Multiple Unit) near Mukerian in Hoshiarpur in which at least 27 persons were killed.

Police have set up train accident helplines to help relatives of passengers. Jammu: 0191-2474757, Pathankot 0186-2220417, Delhi 011-23311330, Mukerian 0188-3244023, Jalandhar 0181-2456674.

Murder, cried Lalu, but was it by man or machine?: Man or Machine, the question haunted Railway officials as they tried to zero in on the possible cause of Tuesday's head-on collision between the Jammu Tawi Ahmedabad Express and the Jallandhar Pathankot local passenger train.

Call that rang death: Ashok Kumar, an ex-serviceman looked up at the mobile phone smilingly when it rang. It was his son\92s mobile phone number. But he got the severest shock of his life when some stranger informed him that his son was badly injured in a collision between two trains near Mukerian.

1 line, 2 trains: waiting to happen: The head-on collision between the Jammu Tawi-Ahmedabad Express and the Jalandhar-Pathankot Passenger at 11.45 am which killed 37 and injured over 70 was waiting to happen. 

What about the anti-collision device?: Tuesday's head-on collision between the two trains on a Northern Railway section brings on board such an issue - the much-hyped anti-collision device of the Indian Railways.

Why Lalu should talk to Metro Sreedharan: The signal error that is believed to have led to two trains being put on the same track, causing today\92s collision, is simply inexcusable in Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Managing Director E Sreedharan\92s vocabulary. And completely avoidable. 

Award for saviour village


Plea admitted against Basu: The Calcutta High Court today admitted a writ petition against Marxist patriarch Jyoti Basu and state CPM secretary Anil Biswas on the charges of violating the court\92s order and defaming the judges on their ruling in banning the bandh. Both Mr Basu and Mr Biswas will be summoned to the court to defend themselves.

Sex ratio slipping in Haryana: Women in Haryana continue to be subordinated, subjugated and deprived. \93A situational analysis of women and girls in Haryana\94, released by the National Commission of Women today, stated that the fact was evident from the extremely low and declining sex ratio, high level of anaemia among women and children and prevalent violence against women in the state.

M.F. Husain hospitalised: Noted artist M.F. Husain has been hospitalised at Hyderabad, his son Shefat Khan said.


Media can promote peace, says Musharraf: President Gen Pervez Musharraf said here on Tuesday the media in South Asia could serve as a catalyst in promoting peace and harmony for the collective well-being of one-fifth of humanity living in the region.

Aziz in China on mission to boost ties: Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz arrived here on Tuesday for talks with Chinese leaders on bilateral and regional issues and to explore possibilities of greater economic cooperation.

Kashmiris from two sides hail peace process: The Pug wash meeting on the disputed territory of Kashmir ended in the Nepalese capital on Tuesday with a call to continue such meetings in the future and welcomed the present Indo-Pakistan dialogue. 

View from abroad

US urges Pakistan to give India access to Afghanistan: Soon after the fall of the Taliban regime three years ago, the United States started urging Pakistan to grant India transit facilities for Afghanistan, diplomatic sources said.

A desi scientist's space saga: Indian scientist Saji Abraham has been awarded the NASA Peer Award for developing emission models that would "play a critical role" in two future space missions. 


Islamabad talks began:  India and Pakistan are talking nuclear confidence building measures.

Manual error caused train accident: About 50 are dead, and police have set up helplines.

US urged Pakistan to give India access to Afghanistan: The US is keen that India should have transit facilities in Afghanistan.