|Monday, January 17, 2000,
|S P O T L I
G H T
recognises rebel Chechnya
Jan 16 (Reuters) Afghanistans ruling Taliban
announced today its formal diplomatic recognition of the
breakaway Russian republic of Chechnya. Afghan Islamic
Press quoted Taliban Foreign Minister Abdul Wakil
Muttawakil as saying that the Taliban supreme leader,
Mullah Mohammad Omar, agreed to recognise Chechnya during
a meeting with a Chechen delegation at his headquarters
Jan 16 (UNI) The Jantantrik Bahujan Samaj Party
which has 19 legislators in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly,
today announced its merger with the Janata Dal (U).
Welcoming them to the JD(U) fold, party President Sharad
Yadav told mediapersons that this would strengthen the
National Democratic Alliance.
16 (PTI) The police today arrested the Station
House Officer (SHO) of the Daurala police station near
here accused in the shooting down of a college girl on
January 14 in a case of mistaken identity. SHO A.K.
Kaushik, who was arrested from a hospital where he had
taken admission after complaining of heart trouble, will
be shifted to police custody for interrogation after
clearance from doctors, SSP R.P. Singh said here.
16 (PTI) Union Minister of State for Forests and
Environment Babulal Marandi today said the Vananchal Bill
had been sent to President K.R. Narayanan for his