Saturday, May 25, 2002, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi



US Secretary of State Colin Powell shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin
US Secretary of State Colin Powell (L) shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) as US President George W. Bush (2nd, R) and US Ambassador to the Russian Federation Alexander Vershbow (2nd, L) look on in the Kremlin on Fridsay. — Reuters photo

USA, Russia ink pact to cut N-arms
Moscow, May 24
US President George W Bush and his Russian counterpart Mr Vladimir Putin, today signed the landmark Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (SART), slashing each side’s nuclear arsenals by two thirds over the next decade. The Treaty of Moscow, which the two leaders inked during a summit at the Kremlin, commits the USA and Russia to reducing the number of deployed strategic weapons to between 1,700 and 2,200 warheads by 2012. The two leaders also signed a joint statement on “cooperation on anti-terrorism” dealing mainly with non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. AFP

Jagmohan unhurt
Udaipur, May 24
Union Tourism Minister Jagmohan had a close shave today when his escort vehicle was involved in a head-on collision with a car when he was on his way to Dabok Airport, near here, today, the police said. Though the minister escaped unhurt, three persons, including Sub-inspector Kishan Singh, travelling in the escort vehicle, were injured in the accident at Pratap Nagar, the police said. UNI

Additional relief
Gandhinagar, May 24
The Gujarat Government today increased the compensation to Rs 1.5 lakh from Rs 1 lakh to next of kin of those killed in the recent communal riots. An official press note stated that the Revenue Department had increased the compensation by Rs 50,000. Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee had announced compensation of Rs 1 lakh from the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund (PMRF) during his earlier visit to Gujarat. UNI

NBW against Razak
Mumbai, May 24
A special court today issued non-bailable warrant against Mohammad Farooq Abdul Razak, absconding accused in a case of sedition and brother of suspected Al- Qaida terrorist Mohammad Afroz. As regards the plea of the police to cancel the bail of Mohammad Afroz, the court decided to consider it after the police filed a supplementary charge sheet. PTI


ARV by year-end
London, May 24
India will receive the first batch of 14 WZT-3 Armoured recovery Vehicles (ARVs) ordered from a Polish company before the year-end. The first batch of 14 WZT-3 ARVs ordered by India for its Army will be delivered to the state-owned Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) Kolar Gold Field facility in Karnataka. UNI

French decision
Paris, May 24
France has recalled all non-essential diplomatic staff working in Pakistan and advised all other citizens to leave the country, the Foreign Ministry announced today. “We have asked our nationals whose presence is not essential to make arrangements to leave the country,” said ministry spokesman Francois Rivasseau. AFP


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