- INDIA will add a new long-range
Agni ballistic missile to its arsenal, Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee
announced yesterday, as his nation and Pakistan continued their war of
words during celebrations of the 52nd anniversary of their independence
- India test-fired the nuclear-capable Agni II, an upgraded
version of the Agni, in April. With a range of more than 1,300 miles,
the new version could reach deep into Pakistan or China.
- As the rhetoric of conflict flowed, separatists struck
at four places in India's rebellion-torn Jammu and Kashmir state on Saturday.
In the worst of the violence, three police were killed and 12 wounded
when a bomb exploded in the southern district of Udhampur."How can
meaningful talks be held in this atmosphere?" Mr Vajpayee asked.
"Pakistan must understand that, by encouraging terrorist activities,
it can't resolve problems."
- Pakistan's Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, said that it
had acted with restraint but, referring to the shooting down of a Pakistani
aircraft last week, that any future aggression would be met with "a
- Six million people formed a human chain in the Indian
state of West Bengal to mark Independence Day. Among them was Jyoti Basu,
the Marxist Chief Minister. The chain extended 2,170 miles.