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Internet links Monday, 1 June, 1998, 15:01 GMT 16:01 UK
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The Indian government has used the Internet to publish announcements about its series of five underground nuclear detonations carried out at the Pokhran test site in Rajasthan. More in-depth information about India's controversial nuclear policy and about Pakistan's recent tests has been appearing on the Internet since the first explosions on May 11.

The Indian government's statement after carrying out the nuclear test is archived along with other press releases at the Indian Embassy in Washington's Internet site. They have also started maintaining a brief information section on the nuclear tests, a collection of official material on the issue.

The governing Bharatiya Janata Party's policy on nuclear issues is found on the official BJP site, while the Times of India is archiving all its reports on the situation in one area, the Nuclear Special

South Asians against Nukes is an independent web site set up soon after the Nuclear tests conducted by India to bring together information resources for peace and anti-nuclear activists from all over South Asia. The site contains links to websites of the local and International Anti Nuclear and Peace campaigns.

The Government of Pakistan also publishes its press releases.

Arms control organisations on the Internet have already started to develop special reports on developments following India's series of bomb tests.

The Coalition to Reduce Nuclear Dangers, an alliance of disarmament organisations has set up a section called Indian Nuclear Tests and the Test Ban Treaty, updated daily.

The Centre for Non-Proliferation Studies has a subsection devoted to the Indian tests, and is also a comprehensive source of information on Pakistan's nuclear facilities, and China's sphere of influence in the region.

A special report, "Pakistan's Nuclear Weapons Program: a Status Report" from the centre's publication, The Non-Proliferation Review, is reproduced on the site.

There are a number of sites specialising in information relating to international treaties on arms control. The US Arms Control and Defence Agency publishes full text of the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

The Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO PrepCom) provides information on the Comprehensive Test Ban. The site also contains details of activities furthering the regime foreseen in the treaty.

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