13 killed as suicide bomber triggers blast in Sri Lanka
Colombo reverberated to violence today with a
suicide bomber exploding herself near the Prime Minister's Office
and a prominent Tamil political leader being gunned down in two
A Swiss VIP was aboard IC-814
The Italian press has revealed that the hijacked
Indian Airlines plane carried on board a ``super hostage'' and
claims that the Swiss Government put unusually strong pressure on
India because of his presence.
India for extradition of hijackers
The Indian Government would soon seek the
extradition of the five militants responsible for hijacking an
Indian Airlines aircraft from Kathmandu in Nepal to Kandhar in
Afghanistan, according to the Union Law Minister, Mr. Ram
Masood, Zargar 'seen' in Karachi, PoK
Two of the three militants released on
December 31 for the 150 or so hostages on board the hijacked
Indian Airlines aircraft have been seen here - Masood Azhar in
Karachi and Mushtaq Zargar in Muzaffarabad - reports available
Opposition parties assail Gujarat decision
The decision of the Gujarat Government to lift
the ban on its staff participating in the activities of the
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh was greeted with widespread
condemnation today with the Opposition saying it would lead to
``communalisation'' of civil services, and add to the already
fractious atmosphere in the State.
Controversial U.P. Bill passed
The Uttar Pradesh Assembly today passed the U.P.
Regulation of Public Religious Buildings and Places Bill 2000 to
regulate the use and construction of public buildings and places
for religious purposes.
Pak. diplomat expelled
The Nepalese Government has ordered expulsion
of a junior diplomat of the Pakistani embassy in Kathmandu for
his alleged involvement in counterfeit Indian currency dealing,
officials said today.
Nepali Maoists kill policemen
In one of the most audacious attacks on a
police post so far, Maoist insurgents killed at least nine
policemen and injured 10 others, media reports said today.
Fernandes does not rule out conventional war with Pak.
The possession of nuclear weapons by Pakistan
does not rule out the possibility of a limited conventional war,
the Defence Minister, Mr. George Fernandes, has said.
BJP blames it on 'soft political atmosphere'
With the BJP's ``tough'' reputation being
somewhat dented by the recent hijacking episode and its
denouement, the leadership is hoping that the damage will be
temporary, and the ``real tough character'' of the party will
establish itself once again.
PM silent on U.S. rejection
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee,
today declined to comment on the rejection of India's demand for
the declaration of Pakistan as a terrorist state by United States