RSS issue rocks Parliament
Amid signs of mounting confrontation with the
Vajpayee Government over what was termed as the ``RSS-isation''
of administration, an aggressive Opposition today disrupted
Parliament demanding the reversal of the Gujarat Government's
decision to allow its staff to join the RSS. There were angry
scenes in both Houses as the Opposition refused to cooperate with
the treasury benches unless a Congress(I)-sponsored adjournment
motion on the controversy was taken up, setting aside other
Sonia leads Cong.(I) protest
The Congress(I) president and Leader of the
Opposition, Ms. Sonia Gandhi, today led her party MPs in staging
a dharna near the statue of the Mahatma in the Parliament House
complex to protest the Gujarat order, lifting the ban on
Government employees participating in RSS activities. This is
first time Ms. Gandhi has lent her presence to such a protest.
She was joined by both senior and junior leaders, who raised
slogans against the BJP-led Government, at the Centre and in
Lawyers lathicharged in Delhi
The nationwide strike by lawyers to protest
against the amendments to the Civil Procedure Code today turned
violent resulting in a lathicharge by the police injuring over 20
advocates and two senior police officials.
Sonia demands judicial probe
The Congress(I) president, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi,
today condemned the ``unprovoked brutal assault'' by police on
lawyers peacefully protesting in the capital and demanded a
judicial inquiry by a sitting Judge of the Supreme Court.
National security to be reviewed
The Government has decided to order a
thorough review of the national security set-up in its entirety
in the backdrop of the Subrahmanyam Committee report which was
tabled in the Lok Sabha today. The review will be undertaken by
an ``appropriate body.''
M.P. nod for Bill to ban PWG
The Madhya Pradesh Cabinet today approved the
Madhya Pradesh Special Area Protection Bill - 2000 to ban the
People's War Group (PWG) and other organisations indulging in
illegal activities. This will cover the areas to be notified by
the Government from time to time.
'No time-frame to decide on Clinton's visit to Pak.'
The White House is maintaining that there is
no particular time-frame on deciding whether the President,
Mr.Bill Clinton, will be visiting Pakistan or not during the
course of his South Asian trip that takes him to India and
Bangladesh next month.
'Water' location not yet decided: Mehta
Film-maker, Ms. Deepa Mehta, today announced
that she was yet to decide on the location for shooting her film
`Water'. Ms. Mehta said she was looking at the possibilities of
shooting the film either in West Bengal or Madhya Pradesh and
added that she would take a decision within two weeks from now.
Protest against `Hey Ram' spreads to Varanasi
The protest against Mr. Kamal Haasan's `Hey
Ram' today spread to Varanasi with several Congress(I) workers
brickbatting and damaging posters of the film at the Mazda
picture palace where it was being screened, police said.
Counting put off in Tiruchi II
The Election Commission has suspended
counting of votes in the Tiruchirapalli-II Assembly constituency,
following complaints of irregularities, pending an enquiry by
Secretary to the Commission, Mr. K. J. Rao.
Rabri's brother detained
The Bihar Chief Minister, Mrs. Rabri Devi's
brother and candidate for Gopalgunj constituency, Mr. Sadhu
Yadav, was detained by the police for causing disturbance as the
State recorded 50 to 55 per cent voting in repoll in 829 booths
Santana bags seven Grammys
Carlos Santana, the rejuvenated veteran of
Latin rock, showed young pop stars a thing or two as he picked up
eight Grammy awards to equal a record set in 1983 by Michael
Jackson. Pop pianist and singer Elton John, 52, received the
Grammy Legend award, capping a long and prolific career that
spans 30 years.
Indians oppose Clinton's Pak. visit: envoy
India has told the United States that
Indians will ``feel bad'' if the U.S. President, Mr. Bill
Clinton, adds Pakistan to his South Asia tour in March, the
Indian Ambassador to Washington said today.
'India trying to scare away Clinton'
Pakistan today accused India of launching a
campaign aimed at ``scaring away'' the U.S. President, Mr. Bill
Clinton, from facilitating a dialogue between New Delhi and