New population policy: freeze on LS seats
The Union Cabinet today decided to freeze for
25 more years - from 2001 to 2026 - the number of representatives
in the Lok Sabha on the basis of the 1971 census. This would
enable the State Governments to pursue the agenda of population
stabilisation without any hesitation and protect the interests of
the States that have done well in terms of population control, as
against those that have lagged behind.
Incentives for small families
The Centre today gave the nod to a new
national population policy that seeks to hasten the process of
population stabilisation through a series of socio-economic
measures. The approval came at a meeting of the Union Cabinet
Army, Air Force begin exercises in Thar desert
The Army and the Air Force have begun a major
joint exercise in the Thar desert, about 100 km inside the
international border, with the strike corps, elite paratroopers
and frontline combat jets participating.
Indian military exercises routine, says Pakistan
Pakistan has described Indian military
exercises as `apparently' routine at present and did not find
anything `extraordinary' about them, the ISPR Director-General,
Major-General Rashid Qureshi, has said.
''Water'': Basu warns against disruption
A showdown appears to be shaping up between
West Bengal's ruling Communists and the Opposition BJP over the
filmmaker, Ms. Deepa Mehta's move to shoot the controversial
film, Water in Bengal after her original plans for shooting in
Varanasi ran into a rough weather following opposition from the
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
VHP 'ultimatum' on Bhopal convention
The senior Vice-President of the Vishwa Hindu
Parishad (VHP), Mr. Giriraj Kishore, has issued an ultimatum that
the Bajrang Dal would ignore the ban orders and hold its three-
day national convention at its original venue in the old Bhopal
area from February 18 if the State authorities fail to respond to
their offer of shifting the venue to elsewhere in the State
Campaigning for second phase ends, Bihar repoll peaceful
Campaigning for the second phase of Assembly
elections to 108 constituencies in Bihar, marred by violence in
the first round on Saturday, and 70 Assembly seats in Orissa to
be held on February 17 ended today.
National film awards presented
The President, Mr. K. R. Narayanan, and the
Information and Broadcasting Minister, Mr. Arun Jaitley, today
called upon the filmmakers to be sensitive to the sensibilities
of the viewing public.
U.S. for close relationship with India
The Clinton administration has said that
there were a number of issues of specific concerns, sometimes
profound, that the President, Mr. Bill Clinton, and the Secretary
of State, Ms. Madeleine Albright, would be discussing with the
Indian Government; and that the U.S. wanted to have a close
working relationship with the world's largest democracy, said the
State Department Spokesman, Mr. James Rubin.
'India may not sign CTBT during Clinton visit'
A senior American arms control official
believes it is `unlikely' that India will sign the CTBT during
the March 20-25 visit by the United States President, Mr. Bill
Clinton, to South Asia. ``Certainly, the whole question of non-
proliferation will be on the agenda when the President goes to