Constitution review panel for better results: President
The President, Mr. K. R. Narayanan, today
went along with the Vajpayee Government's decision to review the
Constitution while making the point that it had ``served us
well''. It had been a ``reliable guarantor of parliamentary
democracy, secularism and fundamental rights which all of us
cherish'', he said while addressing a joint session of Parliament
here to mark the start of the Budget session.
Cong.(I) plans dharna, rally against Gujarat order
The Congress(I) Parliamentary Party is
planning to stage a symbolic dharna inside the Parliament House
complex tomorrow morning, against the Gujarat Government order,
lifting the ban on Government employees from participating in the
Congress MLAs suspended in Gujarat
The entire Congress(I) Legislature Party in
Gujarat, barring the lone woman member, has been suspended from
the State Assembly for two to seven days for demonstrating
against the Governor, Mr. Sunder Singh Bhandari, in the House on
Monday in connection with the State Government's notification
permitting its employees to participate in the activities of the
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
Clinton may be 'unsafe' in Pak
A senior administration official has been
quoted in The Washington Times as saying that the Secret Service
which protects the President, Mr. Bill Clinton, fears that his
life would be in danger if he visits Pakistan next month because
the nation's security service has been ``heavily infiltrated'' by
anti-American Islamic militants.
Govt. will not bow to pressure: Jethmalani
The Union Law Minister, Mr. Ram Jethmalani,
today said that the Government would not ``succumb'' to the
threat of lawyers to go on a nationwide strike tomorrow to
protest the amendments to the Civil Procedure Code.
Law to check caste certificates
Fifty-seven per cent of caste certificates
issued in Maharashtra are bogus and the Government intends to
bring in legislation to punish the issuers of such certificates
and their holders.
World Sikh Council dissolved
The Akal Takht Jathedar, Giani Puran Singh,
today dissolved the governing body of the controversy-ridden
World Sikh Council (WSC) and constituted a 12-member executive
committee to make relevant changes in the Council's constitution
by Baisakhi of 2001.
BJP allies' concern over RSS, kerosene price hike issues
The allies of the Bharatiya Janata Party
Government today expressed their reservations on two issues that
have exercised them lately - the impending increase in the price
of kerosene and other petroleum products and the Gujarat
Government's decision to allow its employees to participate in
Insat-3B to ride on Ariane 5
India's Insat-3B satellite, schedule for
launch in mid-March, will be one of the first commercial
communication satellites to ride Arianespace's new launch
vehicle, the Ariane 5, into space.
Petrol price hike 'deferred'
The Government tonight deferred the proposed
hike in petroleum product prices till the middle of next month
bowing to pressure from allies including the TDP and the Trinamul
Congress which expressed strong reservations on the move.
Budget at 2 p.m. on Feb. 29
The first Budget of the new century would be
presented in the Lok Sabha at 2 p.m. on February 29. This marks a
change from last year when it was presented at 11 a.m., breaking
away from the colonial tradition of presenting it at 5 p.m.
Shuttle lands in Florida
The space shuttle Endeavour has landed
at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, wrapping up an ambitious
11-day mapping mission that measured the elevation of nearly
every significant feature on the earth's surface at least once.