Bihar goes to the polls with borders sealed
The Indo-Nepal and Indo-Bangladesh borders, along
or close to the State, have been sealed from both sides for
tomorrow's third and final phase of polling on which depends much
of the State's political future.
Cong.(I) lays siege to Gujarat Assembly
Congress(I) workers who were protesting in
front of the Gujarat Assembly here today against the State
Government's controversial notification permitting its employees
to participate in the activities of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak
Sangh were teargassed and lathicharged and its women workers
allegedly roughed up by the police.
Pak. awaits Vajpayee's response
Pakistan has said that if there was a
``positive response informally expressed'' by the Indian Prime
Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, to a meeting offered by the
Chief Executive, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, then ``we can move one
step forward and take it to that formal stage which will
facilitate this meeting''.
'Laloo trying to confuse voters'
The Congress today took exception to the Rashtriya
Janata Dal chief, Mr. Laloo Prasad Yadav's statement that his
party would form the next government in Bihar with the support of
the Congress in the event of a hung Assembly.
M.P. law to deal with naxal menace
The Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr. Digvijay
Singh, today informed the Assembly that the State Government
would soon enact a law to deal with the problem of naxal menace.
Prof. Gopal questions ICHR stand
Professor S. Gopal, general editor of the
``Towards Freedom'' project, has sharply questioned the stand of
the Indian Council for Historical Research that Professors Sumit
Sarkar and K. N. Panikkar's volumes, which it has withdrawn, were
sent to the Oxford University Press without the Council's
Protest against film
A group of West Bengal Chhatra Parishad
activists today tore apart posters of the film `Hey Ram' starring
Kamal Hasan and attacked a north Calcutta cinema hall showing it,
alleging that it had projected Mahatma Gandhi in bad light.
Sachin's choice for captaincy
The captain of the Indian cricket team, Sachin
Tendulkar, has suggested that either Saurav Ganguly or Ajay
Jadeja succeed him. Speaking after releasing a cricket book here,
he denied his abrupt resignation had anything to do with the
recall of Mohammad Azharuddin.
UNP not to participate in meeting called by Chandrika
Scuttling hopes of any immediate breakthrough
in the fresh initiatives towards forging peace in Sri Lanka, the
United National Party (UNP) today said that it would not
participate in a meeting called by the President, Ms. Chandrika
Kumaratunga, for tomorrow.
Mrs. Justice Sujata Vasant Manohar, former
Judge of the Supreme Court, today assumed charge as a member of
the National Human Rights Commission. She was appointed by a
Presidential warrant on January 29.