Foreign elements behind Bihar violence, says PM
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee,
today attributed the violence during the first phase of Bihar
elections on Saturday to ``external forces'' and promised that
his Government would do everything possible to control the
Opposition slams review panel constitution
Even as the BJP today sought the cooperation
of all political parties in reviewing the Constitution, saying it
was intended to ``strengthen'' the system, the Opposition called
the exercise politically motivated and questioned the choice of
some of the members of the panel which would review the
'Signing CTBT will help'
In the first signs of an easing of the global
nuclear blockade against India, France says it is ready to
consider civilian nuclear energy cooperation if New Delhi adopts
a positive approach towards the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.
Abdullah hits out at autonomy opponents
The poll-plank of my party is getting greater
autonomy for the State and if it is denied, it would amount to a
breach of trust, the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Dr. Farooq
Abdullah, said here today.
Reforms: States found wanting
The Planning Commission has found most of the
States wanting in pushing the economic reforms programme,
including the pro-active ``reform-oriented'' States such as
Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra.
Deepa Mehta to test Bengal waters
The Jyoti Basu Government in West Bengal will
allow the filming of the controversial film, Water only after
ensuring that the script would not in any way hurt the sentiments
of the widows.
14. The developments in Indonesia over the
supremacy of the democratically elected leader took a decisive
turn today in Jakarta as the President, Mr. Abdurrahman Wahid,
placed Gen. Wiranto under `suspension' as the Senior Minister for
Politics and Security and installed Mr. Suryadi Sudirya, in his
Chandrika presents budget
The Sri Lankan President, Ms. Chandrika
Kumaratunga, today made a surprise visit to Parliament and
presented the 2000 budget. According to the parliamentary
programme, the Junior Finance Minister, Mr.G. L. Peiris, was due
to unveil the annual budget.
Advani's shadow on review panel
Though the announcement about the composition
of the ``Constitution Review Commission'' was made on Sunday, in
the name of the Prime Minister, many others, including Mr. L.K.
Advani, Mr. Ram Jethmalani, Mr. Soli Sorabjee and Mr. Justice
(retd.) M.N. Venkatachalaiah had their say. The Union Minister
for Information and Broadcasting, Mr. Arun Jaitely, himself a
leading lawyer, was also consulted.
'Foreign origin not a priority issue'
The Constitution Review Commission Chairman,
Mr. Justice (retd.) M. N. Venkatachalaiah, said today that the
issue of barring people of foreign origin from occupying high
Constitutional offices was not a priority item.
Protest against Valentine's Day
Activists of various student organisations,
including the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarathi Parishad(ABVP) today
held demonstrations against the Valentine's Day programmes being
held in the city and forced more than 100 youth celebrating the
day in various restaurants to leave.