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We are determined to root out terrorism: PM

PM Manmohan Singh said that India hopes better sense would prevail over Pak and the Govt of the neighbouring country would hand over the perpetrators of Mumbai terror attack, report D Patowary & P Nichenametla.

india Updated: Jan 04, 2009 02:43 IST

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday said that India hopes better sense would prevail over Pakistan and the government of the neighbouring country would hand over the perpetrators of Mumbai terror attack.

“Our government is determined to root out terrorism... We hope better sense prevails over Pakistan and it will hand over Mumbai terror perpetrators to India for trial," he said.

Expressing serious concern over the porous Indo-Bangladesh border, and continuous infiltration from Bangladesh into India's Northeastern region, Dr Singh said, "Border fencing has to be speeded up. We have to accelerate the Indo- Bangla border fencing work."

PM on global economic slowdown

The Prime Minister said that global economic slowdown had hit India's economy and for this the country would be facing difficulty in next fiscal year.

Dr Singh was speaking at a function to inaugurate the 96th Indian Science Congress at North Eastern Hill University.

"India's facing new challenges due to global slowdown. The next fiscal year of the country will be more difficult. We have initiated new measures to stimulate our economy," said Singh.

No Nobel laureates at Science Congress

Nobel laureates were conspicuous by their absence at the 96th Indian Science Congress, the apex meeting of India's scientific community at Shillong's North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU).

Officials said they did not pursue invitations to Nobel Laureates in light of the travel advisories issued by many foreign countries.

"When advisories are there, why invite them?" T. Ramasami, secretary, department of science and technology and president, ISC 2009 said.

In hindsight, Ramasami also pointed to the brighter side to the absence of the laureates.

Nobel laureates are a regular attraction in the Science Congress sessions.

Home Minister bound for US with terror dossier

In a move to build up international pressure on Islamabad to act against terror, India will share evidence that establishes involvement of Pakistanis in Mumbai terror strikes with the United States.

Home Minister P Chidambaram will take the Mumbai terror dossier — that reportedly contains details like confessions of suspects and records of satellite phone conversations — to Washington next week.

The dossier details the role of non-state actors operating from Pakistani soil such as the Lashkar-e-Toiba and the complicity of some official Pakistani agencies. Chidambaram told a private television that state actors — and not just independent terrorist groups — were responsible for the Mumbai attacks.

“There are state actors behind non-state actors in Pakistan,” he said.

First Published: Jan 04, 2009 02:40 IST