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Sunday, May 23, 1999
|Pak cyclone toll 50
ISLAMABAD, May 22 At least 50 persons have been killed and more than 3500 reported missing in late Thursdays severe cyclone that hit the Sindh coastal areas of Pakistan, official reports said here today.
Zardari case: PPP rejects probe
ISLAMABAD, May 22 The Pakistan Peoples Party has rejected an inquiry commission set up by Premier Nawaz Sharifs government to probe injuries suffered by former Premier Benazir Bhuttos jailed husband and instead demanded that a Supreme Court judge be asked to look into the matter.
Rivalries in space too!
WASHINGTON, May 22 When space travellers leave on voyages to distant planets, their baggage will include the same anger, rivalries and jealousies that mark relationships on earth.
BELGRADE : India's Ambassador to Yugoslavia S.K. Mathur talks about his damaged residence in Belgrade on Friday. The residence, together with other diplomatic properties in the district of Dedinje in Belgrade were damaged during the NATO strikes on the Yugoslav capital during the past two days. AP/PTI
TOKYO, May 22 Japan has newly recognised 11 persons as living national treasures. Among them is a 90-year-old woman who practises a dyeing and weaving technique unique to the nations southernmost island of Okinawa.
clears $ 15 b for Kosovo drive
US soldier plotted with Laden
Pak cyclone toll 50
ISLAMABAD, May 22 (PTI) At least 50 persons have been killed and more than 3500 reported missing in late Thursdays severe cyclone that hit the Sindh coastal areas of Pakistan, official reports said here today.
Local media said the death toll could be much higher as cyclone, with a wind speed of 270 km, whipped up huge tidal waves in the Arabian Sea which slammed into the hundreds of fishing villages in the southern Sindh districts of Thatta and Badin.
Locals claimed that more than 3,500 persons, including a large number of fishermen who were in the sea when the twister blew on them, were missing.
Initial media reports said at least 100 casualties had been confirmed by the people engaged in relief work since early Friday morning.
Pakistan Navy has already sent rescue ships equipped with medical teams and divers to search for the missing fishermen and the Army called out in Badin district to restore the battered communication system.
So far reports have come in of at least 25 killed in Badin due to electrocution and wall collapse though district officials have confirmed only 10. Reports from Thatta said 17 persons were killed.
Confirming the death of 10 persons, Badin Deputy Commissioner Abdul Qadeer Memon, however, conceded that the exact number of casualties in the worst hit areas could not be ascertained as relief workers were unable to go there due to battered road links and waterlogging.
The cyclone, which
narrowly missed the Indian state of Gujarat, had its
worst impact on the coastal towns of Keti Bandar and Shah
Bandar. Pakistans biggest city, Karachi, was spared
the impact since the cyclone suddenly turned and hit east
of the commercial hub of the country.
Zardari case: PPP rejects probe
ISLAMABAD, May 22 (PTI) The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has rejected an inquiry commission set up by Premier Nawaz Sharifs government to probe injuries suffered by former Premier Benazir Bhuttos jailed husband and instead demanded that a Supreme Court judge be asked to look into the matter.
The beleaguered PPP, whose life-long chairperson Benazir has put off plans of returning home for fear of arrest, said yesterday that it would not accept a low-level judicial commission headed by a sessions judge to probe the matter.
We reject the probe commission set up under a sessions judge, PPP leader Iftekhar Gilani said the PPP had rejected the government claims that Mr Zardari attempted suicide and accused the police of using third degree methods on him.
Senior PPP vice-chairman Makhdoom Amin Fahim, also rejected the low-level judicial commission in Karachi and demanded a high-level commission headed by a Supreme Court judge be set up by the Chief Justice to enquire into the alleged murder attempt on Mr Zardari.
US secrets revealed in book
WASHINGTON, May 22 (AP) Highly-classified US documents in a new book divulge a wealth of secrets, including that North Koreas leader crushed a 1996 coup attempt and President Bill Clinton assured Mr Boris Yeltsin that US policy would have a positive impact on the Russian leaders re-election.
The documents also detail how navy intelligence used the cover of a coast guard ship inspection to search for laser weapons aboard a Russian ship. None were found.
Though the government is prone to leaks, the unauthorised publication of classified documents, that in most cases are just a year or two old, is rare. It has touched off widespread concern in the intelligence community.
This is the kind of material that people file lawsuits to obtain after its 30 years old, said Steve Aftergood of the Federation of American Scientists, a Washington group that follows intelligence issues.
These documents carry some of the highest classifications in the US Government and its absolutely astonishing that they would be published in this way.
Bill Gertz, a reporter for The Washington Times, presents
a critical account of Mr Clintons administration
security policy that tracks closely to stories Gertz has
written over the past several years. The original
articles, however, did not include reprints of the
Rivalries in space too!
WASHINGTON, May 22 (AP) When space travellers leave on voyages to distant planets, their baggage will include the same anger, rivalries and jealousies that mark relationships on earth.
After months in tight confines, leadership erodes, cliques develop and everybody gets mad at mission control, says a psychiatrist who studied astronaut and cosmonaut crews aboard the MIR space station.
Outbursts of emotion are inevitable in outer space, said Dr Nick A. Kanas of the University of California, San Francisco. He and other experts were searching for ways to control those emotions and teach space travellers how to cope.
We hope to train the crews before they go up, so they will be aware of what is happening and can apply some self-correction to prevent onboard tension, said Dr Kanas, a speaker at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association.
Anger in space, by astronauts and cosmonauts, had been common since early in the manned space programme. Some Apollo crews in the 1960s griped at mission control even during short-duration missions. On skylab missions that lasted up to 84 days in the mid-70s, astronauts regularly ranted about their workload and malfunctioning equipment.
Tempers also flashed occasionally aboard MIR, the Russian space station where astronauts and cosmonauts spent months in an ageing craft prone to breakdown.
And, Dr Kanas said he expected anger and tension to be part of missions to the international space station in the next decade, and again on the two- to three-year missions to Mars expected in the next century.
It is hard to live with two or three persons in space for months, he said. If you have a fight on earth, you can go out to a movie or something and it is all better. But in space, you cant go anywhere. You are there.
Research on the MIR suggested that highly professional space travellers did well for several months, working smoothly and compatibly, Dr Kanas said, but eventually, tempers flared.
TOKYO, May 22 (AP) Japan has newly recognised 11 persons as living national treasures. Among them is a 90-year-old woman who practises a dyeing and weaving technique unique to the nations southernmost island of Okinawa.
Sada Yonamine, 90, of Okinawa Prefecture (state), became the oldest person to be named a living national treasure when the Education Ministry made the announcement yesterday.
She is the first person to be given the honour for her craft, called Yundanza Hanaui.
Lacquer Artist Fumio Mae, 58, was also named to the list of living treasures, becoming the youngest person ever to receive the designation.
Other artists recognised
include Komanosuke Takemoto, 63, a singer of narrative
chants to accompany traditional Japanese puppet theatre,
Reibo Aoki, 63, a player of the Shakuhachi bamboo flute,
and Senzo Nishikawa, 70, a Kabuki dancer.
Anwar files appeal
KUALA LUMPUR, May 22 (DPA) Former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim filed an appeal today against his April 14 conviction on charges of abuse of power and against the sentence of six years as manifestly excessive.
The appeal was submitted in high court by Mr S.N. Nair, one of the 10 lawyers working for Mr Anwar, who until he was sacked on September 2 last year, was heir-apparent to Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed.
A report from Bernama, the Malaysian Government news agency, did not specify Mr Anwars objections to his conviction although it noted that the appeal had 29 grounds.
Clinton clears $ 15 b for Kosovo drive
WASHINGTON, May 22 (Reuters) President Bill Clinton has signed a $ 15 billion Bill to pay for the Yugoslav air war and boost US military readiness even though the legislation contains many highly objectionable items.
Mr Clinton said yesterday he was signing the legislation because the money was urgently needed and that were it not for pressing needs he would have rejected several riders attached to it.
Former US soldier plotted with Laden
NEW YORK, May 22 (AFP) A former US Army soldier has been indicted on charges of collaborating with alleged terrorist Osama bin Laden in a plot to kill US citizens abroad, officials here said.
US attorney Mary Jo
White on Wednesday announced that a grand jury had
indicted Ali Mohamed for being a member of the Al Quaeda
organisation, described in the indictment as as
worldwide terrorist organisation led by Laden.
|Emmy award for Rosie
NEW YORK: Rosie O Donnell, fresh from her televised fight over gun control with Tom Selleck, won her third straight Daytime Emmy Award as the best talk show host. The 26th annual awards were given out during a ceremony at New Yorks theatre at Madison Square Garden. AP
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