Latest data confirms economic recovery: PM
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee,
today said the latest data showed that the economic recovery was
continuing and that the macro-economic fundamentals were strong.
Pak. reins in Masood to meet U.S. demand
Masood Azhar, the Pakistani cleric released by
India in exchange for the hostages, has been asked by Islamabad
to `refrain' from making public statements and holding press
conferences, The News reported today quoting `sources' in the
Pakistani Interior Ministry.
IGNCA Trust reconstituted
The Government today reconstituted the Indira
Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA) Trust while retaining
Mrs. Sonia Gandhi as a trustee along with Mr P. V. Narasimha Rao,
Prof. Yashpal and Dr. Abid Hussain. All other ``sitting''
trustees were dropped and replaced with the Government's
Govt. to inquire into Lama's arrival
While the authorities in Dharmasala (in
Himachal Pradesh) have been able to confirm the arrival on
January 5 of the Tibetan spiritual leader, Karmapa Lama Ugyen
Trinley Dorje, a central team, consisting of officials of the
Ministry of External Affairs and the Home Ministry, is likely to
visit Dharamsala to try to understand the background and reasons
for the ``escape'' from Lhasa.
Poll schedule for four Assemblies
Assembly elections will be held in Bihar,
Manipur, Orissa and Haryana on February 12, 17 and 22, the
Election Commission announced here today.
Hijack episode reveals U.S. compulsions
The hijacking of the Indian Airlines aircraft
to Kandahar brought to the fore the United States' primary
concern for its nationals and the compulsions Washington
perceives in its dealings with Islamabad.
Govt. justifies delay in talks with hijackers
The Government has sought to justify the delay
in initiating a dialogue with the hijackers of the Indian
Airlines plane saying that the aircraft had landed in a country
with which the country did not have diplomatic relations.
India, Myanmar hold talks for enhancing ties
India and Myanmar have commenced a broad-based
dialogue in the military, political and commercial spheres, with
a tri-service delegation of the armed forces of both countries
holding intensive discussions on either side of the border.
'No precondition for Clinton visit'
The U.S. today said that India signing the
Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) is not a pre-condition to
the U.S. President, Mr. Bill Clinton's visit to New Delhi this