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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Train accident in Punjab
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Noted artist M.F. Husain has been hospitalised at Hyderabad, his son Shefat Khan
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.
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.
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
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.