Bihar not to present vote-on-account
Following a directive from the Election
Commission, the Rashtriya Janata Dal Government in Bihar has
decided not to seek a vote-on-account for the expenditure
required by the State beyond March 31, 2000.
New round of trade talks inevitable, says WTO chief
The Director-General of the World Trade
Organisation, Mr. Mike Moore, was today ambivalent about efforts
to link trade and social issues even as the Commerce and Industry
Minister, Mr. Murasoli Maran, declared that the WTO should be
confined only to trade issues.
A. R. Kidwai among nominees for RS
The Congress(I) leaders, Dr. Karan Singh,
Mrs. Ambica Soni and Mr. A. R. Kidwai, are set to be elected
unopposed to the Rajya Sabha from Delhi as no other nominations
were filed on the last day today. The Congress(I) president, Mrs.
Sonia Gandhi, cleared their candidatures this morning. Mr. K. C.
Kondaiah, who gave up his Bellary Lok Sabha seat for Mrs. Gandhi,
has also been nominated by the Congress(I).
Masood vows to continue fight
Masood Azhar, the Muslim cleric
freed last month by India in return for hostages on a hijacked
Indian Airlines plane has vowed to recruit half a million men to
fight Indian rule in Jammu and Kashmir.
BJP directive to CM on transfers resented
The Congress (I) has taken exception to the
`directive' by the executive of the Uttar Pradesh unit of the
Bharatiya Janata Party to the Chief Minister, Mr. R. P. Gupta, to
allow ``interference by the district BJP apparatus'' in transfers
and postings of Government officials.
Panel to evaluate role of police
The Union Home Ministry has set up a five-
member committee, headed by the former Home Secretary, Mr. K.
Padmanabhaiah, to evaluate the strength and weaknesses of the
police force in the country and specify the challenges that the
lawkeepers are likely to face in the new century.
Karmapa may seek asylum in U.S.
The 14- year-old Tibetan spiritual leader,
who fled Chinese Communist rule across the Himalayas to India,
was in hiding since Sunday amid speculation that he might go to
America if India refuses him political asylum.
Wrangle in Bengal CPI(M) may intensify
The ongoing `war' in the CPI(M) between the
leadership and the pro- democracy functionaries is expected to
take a new turn in the coming days, the indications of which
could be had from the party secretary, Mr.Anil Biswas' recent
warning to supporters to steer clear of the forces within the
party out to ``disrupt'' unity.
Noisy start to Bihar Assembly session
The last session of the 11th Bihar Assembly today
got off to a noisy start with Opposition members of the BJP and
Congress(I) launching a scathing attack on the RJD Ministry for
allegedly unleashing a `reign of terror and corruption'' during
its nearly a decade-long tenure.
Time Warner, AOL to merge
In a merger of media giants, Time Warner is
being acquired by America Online for about $ 140 billions in