Thursday, April 20, 2000,
Chandigarh, India



Russian House ratifies START-2
MOSCOW, April 19 (Reuters) — Russia’s upper house of Parliament today ratified the START-2 arms reduction treaty with the USA following a similar vote in favour by the state Duma (lower house) last week. The Federation Council, which comprises 178 regional bosses, passed the ratification Bill by 122 votes to 15 votes with seven abstentions, finalising the process of Russia joining the 1993 treaty.

Bills from Kandahar
NEW DELHI, April 19 (PTI) — The Taliban has forwarded bills to India amounting to $ 1,11,324 US dollars (nearly Rs 49 lakh) towards food, fuel and other services provided to the hijacked Indian Airlines plane in Kandahar, the Lok Sabha was informed today. The government has intimated the matter to the UN Sanctions Committee in view of the UN sanctions against the Taliban, Minister of State for External Affairs Ajit Panja said in a written reply.

Daily apologises
PARIS, April 19 (PTI) — The leading French daily Le Figaro has apologised to President K.R. Narayanan for describing him as an “untouchable” and causing a controversy India took exception to. “I apologise personally to you for this blunder and assure you that it was certainly not our intention to hurt you or be disrespectful to you; in fact, quite to the contrary in as much as the relations between your country and the Figaro are old and friendly,” the Editor-in-Chief of Le Figaro, Mr Michael Shifres, said in a letter to Mr Narayanan.

  Lawyers’ strike
NEW DELHI, April 19 (PTI) — The Delhi Bar Association today suspended the about two-month-old lawyers’ strike. The decision was taken by the executive body of the association in a meeting today, a DBA release said here.

Crane import issue
NEW DELHI, April 19 (PTI) — The controversial import of heavy haul cranes by the Railways, used for relief work in accidents, has been referred to the CBI for investigation, Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee informed the Lok Sabha today.

Laloo’s case
PATNA, April 19 (PTI) — The Patna High Court today adjourned hearing on RJD President Laloo Prasad Yadav’s petition for regular bail for a week, allowing the CBI to file a counter-affidavit by that time to controvert the allegations against the agency by Mr Yadav in a disproportionate assets case.Top

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