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India, Pak clash at UN
UNITED NATIONS, Aug 28 (PTI) — India and Pakistan today clashed in the UN Security Council after New Delhi denounced terrorists' training camps being run in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir and Afghanistan and called for concerted international efforts to eliminate them. India's representative Rajat Saha said India had been a victim of state-sponsored, cross-border terrorism in a most vicious form." Pakistan denied these allegations and in turn charged India with sponsoring terrorism in its territory.

10 more die in Bangladesh floods
DHAKA, Aug 28 (AFP) — Fresh rainstorms pounded Bangladesh today bringing more misery to millions suffering from the longest-lasting floods on record as rising waters claimed 10 more victims. The latest fatalities brought the death toll to 434 from the floods which have made 30 million people homeless and destroyed vast tracts of agricultural land, officials said. New danger threatened the capital, Dhaka as rain poured into three already swollen major rivers, residents said.

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Duma debate
MOSCOW, Aug 28 (PTI) — The Lower House of Russian Parliament, Duma, will hold its special sitting on Monday to debate on the confirmation of Viktor Chernomyrdin as the new Prime Minister of Russia. According to the Russian constitution, the Lower House is required to hold debate on the confirmation of the new Prime Minister within seven days after the President’s formal nomination.

Fergie comforts victims
NAIROBI, Aug 28 (AFP) — The Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson has visited victims of the Nairobi US embassy bombing in their hospital beds. Fergie’s surprise visit yesterday to comfort the wounded at Nairobi’s Kenyatta hospital came during a Kenyan safari holiday. In a meeting with hospital officials before visiting the wards, she promised to launch an awareness campaign to raise funds in favour of the big hospital and its patients.

Voting machines
NEW DELHI, Aug 28 (UNI) — The Delhi High Court today issued show cause notices to the Central government and the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), Mr M.S. Gill on a public interest petition (PIL) seeking a CBI inquiry into the bulk purchase and non-utilisation of electronic voting machines worth Rs 73.5 crore. A Division Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Mahinder Narain and Mr Justice Mukul Mudgal directed the respondents to reply to the petition within two weeks and fixed October 7 as the next date of hearing.

Refund scheme
NEW DELHI, Aug 28 (PTI) — The S.B. Petroleum, a Lucknow-based company floated by a relative of former Congress stalwart Kamalapati Tripathi and accused of defrauding public to the tune of Rs 12 crore, today undertook before the Supreme Court to submit a scheme for the repayment of money. A three-judge Bench, comprising Justice S.C. Agrawal, Justice B.N. Kirpal and Justice V.N. Khare, took strong note of the fact that the company had collected Rs 12 crore from the public in the guise of giving LPG dealership and consumership but a meagre Rs 11 lakh had been refunded.

Shelling in Kinshasa
KINSHASA, Aug 28 (Reuters) — The sound of heavy weapons fire echoed over the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo today and civilians fled suburbs in the East of the city. Forces loyal to President Laurent Kabila combed the city of five million people for rebel infiltrators. In the suburb of Kimbanseke a witness reported loyalist tanks attacking rebels in houses and a hospital after evacuation warnings. Witnesses said there was no immediate sign of an all-out assault on rebels holed up in nearby Masina.

Stock prices plunge
LONDON, Aug 28 (AP) — Stock prices plunged around the world today, as the turmoil in Russia sparked more wild sell-offs and left jittery traders wondering when the carnage might end. Tokyo blue chips dove to a 12-year low, Hong Kong’s key index fell 1.2 per cent despite heavy buying by the government and red ink spread wildly through European exchanges early in the day. The drops are so large. It’s not just fundamentals driving this, people are scared,’’ said Mr Robert Allen Feldman, chief economist at Morgan Stanley (Japan) Ltd. The Dow Jones industrial average tumbled 357.36 points yesterday or 4.2 per cent as the deepening crisis in Russia and doubts about Japan’s handling of its recession jolted markets.

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