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Tuesday, January 26, 1999
|Enron abused rights on
NEW YORK, Jan 25 A US-based human rights group has accused Enron Corp of complicity in beating and harassment of people opposed to the development of the Dabhol Power Project in Maharashtra.
Monicas testimony needed to get at truth
WASHINGTON, Jan 25 At a critical juncture in President Bill Clintons impeachment trial, House prosecutors who interviewed Monica Lewinsky for almost two hours asserted her testimony would help the Senate determine the truth.
Steven Spielberg (left), nominated for best director for Saving Private Ryan, and wife Kate Capshaw arrive at the 56th annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony at Beverly Hills on Sunday. Right: Actor Christopher Reeve, who was nominated best actor for his work in the TV remake of Alfred Hitchcocks Rear Window, with wife Dana. AP
Spielberg war film wins Golden Globe
designing new N-arms
million songs stolen per day
rules out talks
Enron abused rights on Dabhol
NEW YORK, Jan 25 (Reuters) A US-based human rights group has accused Enron Corp of complicity in beating and harassment of people opposed to the development of the Dabhol Power Project in Maharashtra.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) claimed Enron, whose Dabhol project is the single largest foreign investment in India, shared the responsibility for the actions of hired security and the police at the plant.
The 166-page HRW report alleges private security forces and the local police beat protesters with bamboo canes, attacked crowds with tear gas and arbitrarily detained local villagers opposed to the worlds largest private power project.
It cited local doctors evidence of bone fractures and other injuries, and residents accounts of ill treatment while in detention.
But Houston-based Enron said Dabhol Power Corporation (DPC) did not tolerate human rights abuses by its employees or contractors, adding the HRW report detailed allegations that had been put to rest during the past four years.
Much of the human rights watch report deals with concerns over state police actions over which we have no control, Enron said in a statement. It is misleading for the human rights watch to allege so.
Monicas testimony needed to get at truth
WASHINGTON, Jan 25 (AP) At a critical juncture in President Bill Clintons impeachment trial, House prosecutors who interviewed Monica Lewinsky for almost two hours asserted her testimony would help the Senate determine the truth.
After a session that triggered partisan convulsions even before it was held yesterday, Ms Lewinskys lawyer, Mr Plato Cacheris, said she added nothing to the record that is already sitting before the Senate right now.
Yet all three House managers who participated in the interview called the session productive.
I believe she would be a witness that would help them determine the truth, and thats what we are all endeavouring to do during this process, said Rep. Asa Hutchinson, an Arkansas Republican. Rep. Bill McCollum, of Florida, said Ms Lewinsky might be a very helpful witness to the Senate if called. Rep. Ed Bryant, a Tennessee Republican, called the former White House intern an impressive person.
Mr Cacheris said his client was candid, forthright and extremely truthful but he insisted that anything she told the Senate would cover familiar ground. He urged the managers to tell their colleagues that it is unnecessary to call Ms Lewinsky as a witness, so that her long nightmare could come to an end.
The House prosecutors were set to meet today, the deadline for submitting a witness list to the Senate. Senators then will debate whether to call witnesses before taking two votes: first on a motion to dismiss the case and then on the decision to take depositions of witnesses.
Earlier yesterday, three Republican Senators said they wanted a swift end to the case and two of them expressed hope for a conclusion this week.
Republican Sens. Olympia Snowe of Maine, Slade Gorton of Washington and Richard Shelby of Alabama sought a fast conclusion to the trial. Snowe even predicted, I think we will reach a conclusion by the end of this week with a chance to vote up or down on the articles of impeachment.
Mr Gorton also said he hoped a solution could be found this week, said both parties should agree on a final vote and get to it ... Promptly, added Mr Shelby: Lets close this thing out. Lets vote on it up or down.
The prosecutors also indicated they wanted to talk to presidential friend Vernon Jordan, who helped Ms Lewinsky in her job search. Separately, former Clinton political adviser Dick Morris was interviewed by House impeachment investigators. He said he was asked about his conversations with Mr Clinton as the Lewinsky scandal was breaking a year ago. House managers, in presenting their case to the Senate, said Mr Clintons state of mind was important when he asked Morris for a poll on Americans opinion of his conduct with Ms Lewinsky.
Senate majority leader Trent Lott, meanwhile, said he would go ahead with a plan to submit written questions to Mr Clinton, even though White House lawyers who first suggested the questions now say the attorneys would respond rather than the President.
We will continue to prepare a letter in hopes that the President will respond to the Senators interrogatories, Mr Lott said in a statement. A response by Mr Clinton attorneys is not a substitute for the President answering the questions, he said.
In Reno, Nevada, former President George Bush said on Saturday night that he was deeply concerned by what appears to be a lack of respect for the presidency by Mr Clinton. But Mr Clintons predecessor said the case will soon pass away and once again our country will be respected and strong around the world.
In a move that shattered the Senates bipartisan approach to the impeachment trial and caught Senators from both parties off guard, independent counsel Kenneth Starrs office obtained a court order to help the House schedule the interview with Ms Lewinsky.
Anwar claims $26m damages from Mahathir
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 25 (AFP) Lawyers for Malaysias ousted Deputy Premier Anwar Ibrahim today filed a defamation suit against Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad seeking 100 million ringgit ($ 26.3 million) in damages.
Karpal Singh, one of Anwars lawyers, said additional defamation suits were also being prepared against a Malaysian daily along with the Atlanta-based Cable News Network (CNN) and the weekly magazine Newsweek.
This is certainly not a publicity stunt. It is a very serious matter. Severe humiliation has been subjected upon him and his family, he told reporters.
A statement said Mahathir allegedly defamed his former deputy in remarks made at a news conference on September 22, two days after Anwar was arrested following a massive rally calling on the Prime Minister to step down.
The announcement came ahead of the resumption of Anwars corruption trial, which enters its 13th week tomorrow. The trial was adjourned on January 14 to give defence lawyers time to review the case after prosecutors amended the charges to focus on abuse of power instead of allegations of sexual misconduct.
Russia designing new N-arms
WASHINGTON, Jan 25 (UNI) Three small underground nuclear tests which Russia conducted last fall have prompted some government intelligence analysts to suggest that Moscow may be trying to design a new generation of tactical nuclear weapons, says the Washington Post, quoting administration sources.
But the sources said the Russians could also have been testing the safety and reliability of stockpiled Russian nuclear weapons rather than new designs. The tests were small enough to be permitted under the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. The Department of Energy regularly conducts similar so-called sub-critical tests to maintain the reliability of U.S nuclear weapons.
Given the new doctrine, it should be no surprise if they are developing new weapons, the daily says quoting Joseph Cirinicione, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. There is no treaty to stop them and Im not aware of anything to prohibit them.
But the US intelligence
data is not clear. The Russian tests were so small
that we can only speculate what they were doing,
said one intelligence official familiar with intelligence
reports about the tests. Almost all analysts agreed that
with tests at that low level, Russia could not be
developing new strategic or long-range nuclear weapons,
A million songs stolen per day
CANNES, France, Jan 25 (DPA) Around a million songs a day are being illegally downloaded from the Internet on to recordable CDs, depriving artistes of a fortune in royalties, say industry experts at the Midem Music Show which opened yesterday in Cannes.
According to an estimate from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, there are at least 80,000 music files on the worldwide web, available from 2,000 web sites in 30 countries.
Using a CD recorder linked
to a PC, Internet users can create their own custom CDs
by downloading music titles from the largely illegal
sites. Recently, more than 400 artistes appealed to the
European Parliament to secure their rights in the digital
Taliban rules out talks
ISLAMABAD, Jan 25 (PTI) Afghanistans ruling Taliban militia have ruled out any possibility of talks with the USA on Washingtons demand to hand over the terrorist mastermind and Saudi millionaire Osama bin Laden saying Osama is the trust of Muslim Ummah with the Afghan nation.
There is no
possibility of dialogue with the USA on Osama and reports
in this connection are totally baseless,
Talibans charge daffaires in Islamabad,
Maulvi Saeedur Rehman Haqqani, told reporters yesterday.
Spielberg war film wins Golden Globe
LOS ANGELES, Jan 25 (DPA) Steven Spielbergs shockingly realistic war movie Saving Private Ryan won the Hollywood Foreign Press Associations Golden Globe award for best drama, also earning Spielberg the prize for best director.
In addition to thanking his family and his friend and lead actor Tom Hanks, Spielberg expressed his gratitude to the veterans of the US military for saving the world and ending the holocaust.
Comic Jim Carey won the best drama actor award for his role in the satire The Truman Show while Cate Blanchett picked up a gilded orb as best actress for her part in the historical drama Elizabeth.
Romantic comedy Shakespeare in Love turned out to be a foreign press favourite, sweeping three Golden Globe awards for best screenplay, best actress in a comedy and best comedy at the 56th annual awards ceremony.
This movie ... Celebrates our industry, said Shakespeare producer David Parfitt. We have our moments of jealousy and envy ... But most of all I find this to be an incredible industry to be in and the people to be the most generous and the most caring and this is a movie that celebrates that: the magic of writing and the work that is so collaborative. We put on a show and when theyre good its a mystery to all of us. Thank you.
Best foreign movie was the Brazilian film Central Station.
Earlier, Gwyneth Paltrow was moved to tears by her golden globe award for best actress in a comedy for her role in Shakespeare in Love, the first movie of the evening to pick up two prizes after scriptwriters Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard won best screenplay.
Ed Harris picked up the first prize of the evening when he was named best supporting actor in a motion picture for his role in The Truman Show. The evenings second award, that for best supporting actress, went to Lynn Redgrave for Gods and Monsters.
Best actor in a motion picture musical or comedy went to Michael Caine for his role in Little Voice.
The Globes, handed out
each year by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, are
viewed as a precursor to the Academy Awards, the film
industrys top honours given out in March, and
Central Stations win makes it a
frontrunner for an Oscar.
|Congressional post for NRI
WASHINGTON: NRI journalist Narayan D. Keshavan has been appointed as special assistant to Gary Ackerman, co-chairman of the US Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans. Keshavan, who will manage issues pertaining to the Caucus, is expected to articulate the concerns of the Indian American community as it strives to greater participation in mainstream American politics, Ackerman said while announcing the appointment on Saturday. The Caucus aims at improving Indo-American relations and bringing the nearly 1.5 million NRI population into mainstream. PTI
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