October 11, 2001, Chandigarh, India
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3 Americans win
Stockholm, October 10
Americans George Akerlof, Michael Spence and Joseph Stiglitz today won the Nobel Economics Prize for analyses of markets with asymmetric information, the Nobel jury said.
Nobel for Chemistry: William Knowles and K Barry Sharpless, of the USA and Ryoji Noyori of Japan today won the Nobel Chemistry Prize for 2001 for their work on chirally catalysed reactions, the Nobel jury said. They will share the prize sum of $1 million . The Nobel prize winners will receive the prize from Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf at an official ceremony in Stockholm on December 10.
Islamabad, October 10
Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban militia today announced that it had charged a French journalist and two Pakistani colleagues with spying, a crime that carries the death penalty. “Today our department has officially accused the French national, Michel Peyrard, and his two Pakistani associates, Mohammad Irfan and Mukkaram Khan, of spying and they will face a trial in a special court,” Taliban intelligence chief Mullah Taj Meer told the Pakistan-based Afghan Islamic Press news agency. They were arrested yesterday for allegedly entering the country illegally.
Bharucha to be CJI
New Delhi, October 10
Mr Justice S.P. Bharucha (64), the seniormost Supreme Court Judge, will be the new Chief Justice of India (CJI) succeeding Chief Justice Adarsh Sein Anand, who retires on October 31, the government announced today. Mr Justice Bharucha is regarded as a strict constructionist and has several landmark judgements to his credit.
Colombo, October 10
Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga tonight dissolved Parliament and called for elections on December 5. The move came barely hours before a no-confidence vote.
TC-CPM men clash
Midnapore, October 10
Eleven persons were injured and some houses set ablaze after a clash broke out between supporters of the CPM and the Trinamool Congress on the issue of
eve-teasing at Radhanath Chak in the district last night, the police said today. The clash occurred after Trinamool leader Bhagbat Kotal and his wife protested against teasing of girls by some persons in the area.