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Sunday, September 19, 1999
|25 killed in Indonesian communal
JAKARTA, Sept 18 At least 25 persons were killed and several others were injured in new clashes between Muslims and Christians in the strife-torn province of Maluku, news reports said today.
Rebel bases bombed
MOSCOW, Sept 18 Russian aircraft carried out several bombing raids overnight against bases and mountain routes used by Chechen-led guerrillas, a spokesman for the federal forces said today.
UNITED NATIONS: Ambassador Kamalesh Sharma, Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations (centre), signs the International Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings 1997 on behalf of the government of India at the United Nations on Friday. Dr Palith Kohona, Chief, Treaty Section United Nations (right), and Mr R. K. Singh, legal advisor to the Government of India, left, look on. PTI PHOTO
for making Hindi UN language
denies statement on Army involvement
25 killed in Indonesian communal clashes
JAKARTA, Sept 18 (DPA) At least 25 persons were killed and several others were injured in new clashes between Muslims and Christians in the strife-torn province of Maluku, news reports said today.
An Indonesian daily reported that the new communal fighting broke out early yesterday when groups of people attacked rival residents in Kairatu city of West Seram sub-district in central Maluku regency.
The report said the mobs went on a rampage, torched or destroyed houses while killing and wounding residents, who lived near Kairatu police station.
Hundreds of homes in three villages Waimital Gemba, Waitase and Telaga were set on fire, while several people were slashed or hacked by various sharp weapons, while big explosions from home-made bombs were heard from various corners.
There are many victims from the attack. There were many people slaughtered like animals a security officer was quoted as saying, adding that a number were slashed to death.
Yesterdays violence was the latest in a series of religious clashes between Muslims and Christians in Maluku province in recent weeks.
Maluku police chief Colonel Bugis Saman said the situation in Central Maluku district had returned to calm and was under control.
Meanwhile, Indonesias armed forces commander General Wiranto has ruled out that his troops will join a UN-authorised multinational force in East Timor.
DARWIN: In a break with its normally cautious role in world affairs, Japan will join peacekeepers from more than 20 countries gathering in Darwin for the mission to pacify East Timor and speed its split from Indonesia.
China also came forward on Saturday with personnel for the Australian-led International Force for East Timor (Interfet) in what would be only its second contribution to a multinational force. It joined peacekeepers in Cambodia in 1992.
Meanwhile, the UN has stepped up its campaign to drop food to starving refugees in East Timor, sending two Australian Air Force C-130 Hercules cargo planes to the province.
Rebel bases bombed
MOSCOW, Sept 18 (Reuters, DPA) Russian aircraft carried out several bombing raids overnight against bases and mountain routes used by Chechen-led guerrillas, a spokesman for the federal forces said today.
There has been bombing of guerrilla strongholds overnight, he said by telephone from Makhachkala, regional capital of Dagestan, where Russian troops have just crushed the second rebel incursion from neighbouring Chechnya in a month.
The spokesman said he had no information on casualties and declined to say where the bases were located.
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said late yesterday that Russian forces had not been bombing Chechen villages.
I am absolutely convinced that our armed forces have nothing to do with attacks on civilian facilities in Chechnya, he said in televised remarks during a visit to the northern Russian city of Archangelsk.
I think that civilian casualties have been caused by clashes and internecine strife and that is nothing to do with us, he said. Mr Putin added that Russian strikes were aimed purely against the military camps of the rebel fighters.
The federal forces spokesman today said troops were still combing mountainous areas of Dagestan for fugitive rebels but said the general situation showed a tendency towards stabilisation.
He said aircraft had been strafing routes in Kizlyar district of north Dagestan because of fears that the rebels might be planning an incursion there in the near future.
Russia is reinforcing its troops in Dagestan in response to unconfirmed reports of fresh infiltration of rebel forces from neighbouring Chechnya, the Itar-Tass news agency reported today.
The report, quoting a Russian military spokesman in Makhachkala, did not disclose the size of the reinforcement. Press reports today said the Russian army had also moved several battalions of fresh troops to the region in the past week.
The Prime Minister yesterday said steps would be taken to quarantine Chechnya as part of a number of radical anti-terrorist measures.
Moscow authorities have blamed four recent bomb attacks on apartment buildings in Moscow and other Russian towns on terrorists based in Chechnya and allied to Muslim rebels fighting Russian forces in Dagestan.
Ackerman for strong Indo-US ties
WASHINGTON, Sept 18 (PTI) Democratic Congressman Gary Ackerman, co-Chairman of the congressional caucus on India and Indian Americans, has called for greater Indo-US cooperation in fighting terrorism, including cross-border terrorism, and expressed hope the two countries would work together to fight the scourge during the UN General Assembly session next week.
Mr Ackerman, who was speaking at an Indian American banquet in Atlanta, Georgia, yesterday, said that he would be meeting Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session next week.
I hope both our nations can act unitedly and decisively at the upcoming UN General Assembly session to find some solutions to halt acts of cross-border terrorism, he added.
He warned Pakistan that unless it stops encouraging cross-border terrorism, it itself would be devoured by terrorism.
satisfaction that Indo-US relations were now on an
upswing and that the India caucus and Indian Americans
have recently scored many victories in Congress, for
example his own amendment aimed at cutting off
multilateral aid to Pakistan unless it withdrew from the
Kargil sector; defeat of the Goodling amendment directed
at India for New Delhis voting record at the UN.
India signs treaty
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 18 (PTI) India has signed the International Convention for Suppression of Terrorist Bombings and proposes to ratify it soon, which, when comes into force will enable the states to either prosecute or extradite those accused of terrorist bombings.
Indian Ambassador Kamalesh Sharma signed the convention at a brief ceremony yesterday in the presence of senior United Nations officials.
China begins clampdown
BEIJING, Sept 18 (AFP) China has launched a nationwide security clampdown in the run-up to the 50th anniversary of Communist rule, ordering the Beijing police to clamp down on weapons, explosives, Falungong practitioners and the mentally ill, while arresting two dissidents on subversion charges, sources said today.
Departments at every level must ensure that no incidents threatening state security are allowed to occur during the anniversary period, the China Youth Daily newspaper quoted Minister of Public Security Jia Chunwang as saying.
Police nationwide should be alert for illegal gatherings by members of the (banned mystical sect) Falungong, especially those coming to Beijing to make complaints, dangerous persons, regular petitioners, or people with mental illness coming to Beijing to make trouble, Mr Jia told a nationwide teleconference on security for the anniversary.
Not a single gun, bullet or any form of explosive must be allowed to enter Beijing, nor any large gatherings of people, nor any major security disasters or incidents, so that the security of the anniversary may be guaranteed, he said.
Elsewhere, the police in northern China detained a man who assisted prominent jailed activist Xu Wenli in setting up a branch of the banned opposition China Democracy Party (CDP), a Hong Kong-based rights group said.
Oestrogen for memory
LONDON, Sept 18 (Reuters) The female hormone oestrogen could improve memory, New Scientist magazine has said.
Canadian expert Barbara Sherwin found that women deprived of oestrogen appear to suffer from memory lapses that vanish when the hormone is replaced.
Ms Sherwin and her team of scientists studied a group of 100 women in their mid-40s, each of whom suffered a sudden drop in levels of oestrogen after their ovaries and uterus were removed.
The women were divided into two groups, one of which received hormone replacement therapy (HRT), the other a placebo.
Call for making Hindi UN language
LONDON, Sept 18 (PTI) The 6th World Hindi Conference concluded here today with a resolve to intensify efforts for recognition of the language at the United Nations and for its upgradation and standardisation to meet challenges of the next millennium.
In a resolution moved by the Minister of State for External Affairs Vasundhara Raje and adopted unanimously the conference asked the Hindi-speaking community spread over 20 countries to mount pressure for a diplomatic initiative by their governments for realisation of this goal.
Over 30 Hindi scholars and writers including 12 from India, were honoured in the concluding session with presentation of a shawl, a silver plaque and a silver coin with the conference logo.
They included noted authors Shivani, Sarilal Shukla, Dr Mahip Singh, Mehrunnisa Parvej, Naresh Mehta and scholars Kalyan Mal Lodha, Ram Vilas Sharma, Senior Editor Narendra Mohan and people associated with propagation of Hindi -Vishwanath Iyer, Madhukar Rao Chaudhury, Shourie Rajan and Govinda Chand Pandeya.
Benazir denies statement on Army involvement
ISLAMABAD, Sept 18 (PTI) Former Pakistan Premier Benazir Bhutto today denied having said that the Pakistani Army was involved in the recent Kargil clashes while slamming the Nawaz Sharif Government for admitting the involvement of the Northern Light Infantry (NLI) in the conflict.
"A section of the Press has misreported opposition leader Benazir Bhuttos interview to PTI wherein she is alleged to have said that Pakistan Army troops were involved in the Kargil clash," a statement issued by Benazirs Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) here said.
The opposition leader has clarified that in her interview to PTI, she had said that the Government of Pakistan had confirmed the involvement of NLI forces in the recent Kargil conflict, the statement said, adding that "she like all Pakistanis believed that it was Mujahideen who were fighting in Kargil."
|UK academic was Stasi spy
LONDON: A British academic has been unmasked as a spy who worked for 12 years for the former, East German secret police, the Stasi, the BBC has reported. The BBC said on Friday Robin Pearson, an economic historian at Hull University in northern England, began working for the Stasi in 1977 under the code name Armin. It said Pearson betrayed friends and colleagues, some of whom worked for international organisations such as NATO. The BBC unveiled full details of the spy allegations in a television programme Spying Game: A School for Spies on Saturday. AFP
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