September 19, 2001, Chandigarh, India
Nation observes 2-minute silence
New Delhi, September 18
Work in all government offices came to a halt for two minutes even as the traffic came to a stop throughout the Capital.
Transmission of all programmes on the All-India Radio and Doordarshan was also suspended for two minutes as staff stood in silence to mourn the victims of the terrorist attacks.
The two-minute silence call was given by the Prime Minister at an all-party meeting convened here on Saturday.
The time 10.30 am was chosen as it coincided with the time when the attacks were launched at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in New York and Washington, respectively, exactly a week ago.
The government had also released full page advertisements in all major newspapers to observe today as the Solidarity Day.
The advertisements also recalled the Mumbai bomb blasts in March 1993, the massacres of Sikhs in Anantnag in March this year and the hijack of the Indian Airlines flight in December 1999, all perpetrated by terrorists.
Israeli Army told to pull out
Jerusalem, September 18
“The forces which are in Area A, in full control of the Palestinians, will leave these areas completely,” it said in a statement. Forces in the Gaza Strip and West Bank were told to “avoid any attacking activities against the Palestinians.”
The orders were given after Palestinian President Yasser Arafat reaffirmed his commitment to a ceasefire today and announced the unprecedented step of ordering his security forces not to fire on Israeli troops even in self-defence. Reuters
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