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26/11 attack: Pakistan says ready to help India expose hidden hands


Islamabad : Amid strains in bilateral ties following the Mumbai attacks, Pakistan has expressed its readiness to work closely with India to "expose the hidden hands" behind the strikes and said it did not want terrorists to derail the peace process.

"I have assured Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of our complete cooperation in investigating these attacks. We are prepared to engage India closely to expose the hidden hands behind these attacks," Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said in his address at a dinner for the mission heads of EU states.

China sees no possibility of Indo-Pak war post Mumbai attacks


Islamabad : China sees no possibility of a war between India and Pakistan in the wake of the tensions generated by the terror attacks in Mumbai, the Chinese envoy said here.

Chinese Ambassador Lou Zhaohui said on Saturday that the two nuclear-armed countries should carry on their dialogue uninterrupted and seek the solution of problems through peaceful means instead of opting for any extreme step.

"China sees no signs of war between India and Pakistan," he told reporters on the sidelines of a function.

Mumbai attack: NY police dept asks hotels to beef up security


New York : The New York police department, which has been studying closely the tactics used by the 26/11 attackers in India, has asked the security staff of hotels here to be more vigilant as they too may be vulnerable to the Mumbai-style terror strikes.

It has advised them to be on the look out for suspicious persons who loiter in the lobbies and other areas and the guests who book rooms for unusually long time.

Four journalists injured while covering Kashmir clash


Srinagar : Four journalists, including three from foreign agencies, were injured Sunday while covering a clash between security personnel and anti-poll protesters in Sopore constituency of Baramulla district in the Kashmir Valley, officials said.

Agence France-Presse (AFP) photojournalist Tauseef Mustafa, Associated Press (AP) photojournalist Mukhtar Ahmed, Reuters' Faiyaz Kabli and Masood Hussain of the Economic Times were injured as they tried to cover the clash in Arampora area of Sopore.

McCain warns Pakistan of Indian strikes


Islamabad : US Senator John McCain has said he believes that if Pakistan does not act against individuals and groups linked to the Mumbai terror attacks, it could be a "matter of days" before India carries out surgical strikes against such elements.

There is enough evidence of the involvement of former Inter-Services Intelligence officers in the planning and execution of the Mumbai attacks and terrorist training camps are still operational in Pakistan, McCain told a small group of senior Pakistani journalists at an informal lunch in Lahore yesterday.

Govt defers stimulus package; announcement likely on Sunday


New Delhi : The much awaited government stimulus package aimed at countering impact of global downturn on the Indian economy is believed to have been deferred by a day.

The Government package, different from the RBI's announcements, is likely to be unveiled tomorrow by the Prime Minister's office, a source said.

The Government is expected to announce several fiscal measures such as cut in excise duty on some products, to boost the growth.

A plan for big-time infrastructure funding is also awaited.

Air travel to be cheaper, fuel surcharge cut by up to Rs 400


New Delhi : Bringing good news for air travellers just ahead of Christmas and New Year, major airlines including Kingfisher, Jet Airways, Air India and Indigo have reduced fuel surcharge on all domestic flights, which will result in airfares dropping by up to Rs 400.

The reduction follows successive cuts in aviation turbine fuel prices by oil marketing companies.

Railways to elite force of 2,000 commandos


New Delhi : In the wake of the recent terror attacks in Mumbai, including on the Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus, the Railways have decided to raise a force of 2,000 commandos, who will be deployed at select stations in the country.

"We have decided to create a striking force of about 2,000 commandos equipped with AK-47 and other modern gadgets keeping the security scenario in mind as there is a need to have such force," said a senior RPF official on Saturday.

Mumbai's CST terminus ill-equipped to tackle terror strike

By Azera Rahman, IANS,

Mumbai : It's been over 10 days since terrorists went on a rampage shooting people at will at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) here. Though security personnel put up a brave fight, they are not sure whether they can handle a similar situation any better in future.

Constables at the railway station say that there are not enough personnel on duty, most of them are overworked and the weapons they use are few and outdated.

`New Delhi won't listen to political jokers in Tamil Nadu'


Colombo : The Sri Lankan Army chief has said that the Congress-led Indian government would not listen to "the political jokers" in Tamil Nadu and insist that Colombo go for a ceasefire with the Tamil Tiger rebels.

Army Chief Lt.Gen. Sarath Fonseka, in an interview with the state-run Sunday Observer, expressed confidence that the Indian government "is not interested in a ceasefire in Sri Lanka" as it has listed the LTTE as a terrorist organization and handed the rebel chief a death sentence for his links with the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.