- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 18, 2001

Nepal protest demands removal of Indian dam
KATMANDU, Nepal — More than 100 communist demonstrators carrying flaming torches took to the streets of Katmandu Thursday to demand the demolition of a controversial Indian dam project.
Supporters of the extremist Nepal Communist Party-Flaming Torch were campaigning for the demolition of a dam at Marchwar in Uttar Pradesh state.
The dam, close to Nepal's border, has caused flooding in many villages in the southwestern Rupandehi area of Nepal and has also affected Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha.

Bombay mob attacks meeting of Christians
NEW DELHI — A violent mob disrupted a special Christian prayer meeting in Bombay Thursday held to commemorate India's Independence Day, the United News of India said.
The group entered the prayer hall in the afternoon and attacked some of those assembled, causing injuries to three people.

Mother Theresa moved closer to sainthood
CALCUTTA — Mother Teresa's order campaigned to make their founder a saint and the Calcutta archdiocese has completed the first formal step in the process — an investigation into her "reputation of sanctity."
A 35,000-page report listing Mother Teresa's virtues and purported miracles will be delivered to the Vatican next week, her order, the Missionaries of Charity, announced at midweek.

Sri Lanka denies chemical-arms claim
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Tamil Tiger guerrillas accused the government this week of acquiring Russian-made "chemical weapons," but the government quickly denied it had such armaments.
The rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) warned on Thursday of "disastrous consequences" if the weapons were used, and said the acquisition marked an escalation of the conflict that has killed more than 60,000 people since 1972.
The Defense Ministry denied that the military had acquired any chemical weapons and said its latest acquisition from Russia was an infantry rocket flamethrower.

Weekly notes
Kazakhstan's Supreme Court began the trial in absentia this week of former Prime Minister Akezhan Kazhegeldin on charges of abusing his authority and taking bribes. Mr. Kazhegeldin, an outspoken critic of President Nursultan Nazarbayev and head of the opposition Republican People's Party, lives in self-imposed exile abroad. His whereabouts are unclear, but he is presumed to be living in Europe. Yod Suk, commander of the ethnic Shan State Army battling the Burmese military in remote jungles near the Thai border, has been branded a criminal and narcotics trafficker, but he told Reuters in an interview at his headquarters that he is fighting to stamp out drugs because they are "directly threatening and affecting our own Shan people."

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