- The Washington Times - Friday, September 16, 2005


Monsoon rains deluge capital

NEW DELHI — The Indian capital was thrown into chaos yesterday as lashing rains deluged the city of 14 million residents and adjoining states, snarling traffic, disrupting flights and uprooting trees, officials said.

About 20 domestic and international flights were diverted to other cities in India and to Pakistan due to high winds, a spokesman for New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport said.


Ferry service to connect India

KARACHI — Pakistan and India are expected to agree next month to restart a ferry service between them that was discontinued 30 years ago, a government minister said yesterday.

Port and Shipping Minister Babar Khan Ghouri said he would travel to India in October to thrash out details of the service and expected to sign a formal agreement on its resumption during the visit.

The service was broken off in 1975. Its resumption would be another step toward normalizing ties between the South Asian rivals, which have fought three wars since their independence from Britain in 1947.


Kyrgyzstan called soft on extremism

TASHKENT — A senior Uzbek official has accused Kyrgyzstan of turning a blind eye to the threat of religious extremism and of knowing about plans for a bloody uprising in the Uzbek city of Andizhan before it happened.

Ties between the Central Asian neighbors were already tense after Kyrgyzstan took in hundreds of refugees from Andizhan, where witnesses said at least 500 persons were killed during a May riot, and allowed the United Nations to evacuate them to Europe.

Uzbek Deputy Prosecutor General Anvar Nabiyev said “terrorists” who had taken part in the Andizhan violence had been trained in Kyrgyzstan.


Clinton hails moves to reform

ALMATY — Former U.S. President Bill Clinton hailed Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s commitment to introduce political and social reforms to the Central Asian nation, during a visit.

In talks with Health Minister Erbolat Dossayev, Mr. Clinton signed a memorandum that would include Kazakhstan in the Clinton Foundation’s Procurement Consortium, a group providing anti-retroviral drugs and HIV/AIDS diagnostic equipment to more than 40 countries at reduced prices.

This former Soviet republic’s massive Caspian oil reserves are regarded by the West as a promising alternative to Middle Eastern oil.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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