NDA, RJD stake claim
The Bihar Chief Minister, Mrs. Rabri Devi, and
the Union Agriculture Minister, Mr. Nitish Kumar, today staked
claim to form the next government in the State.
RSS issue continues to haunt Parliament
For the fifth consecutive day, question hour
was disrupted in the Lok Sabha, and the Rajya Sabha was adjourned
for the day before scheduled time as the differences between the
Opposition and the Government over the Gujarat Government order
allowing its employees to join the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh
PDS rice, wheat prices up
The National Democratic Alliance Government
has taken the first step towards easing out the middle class from
the Public Distribution System (PDS) by withdrawing subsidised
sugar allocation for the Above Poverty Line (APL) population and
by raising the price of rationed rice and wheat to levels higher
than the open market.
Allies not to back BJP on Gujarat order
The allies in the National Democratic
Alliance and the supporting parties today virtually rejected a
suggestion by the Bharatiya Janata Party that they give a firm
commitment on voting with the Government on the Rashtriya
Swayamsevak Sangh issue in the Lok Sabha, if the need arose.
BSP to support Laloo
The Bahujan Samaj Party president, Mr. Kanshi
Ram, today said the party had decided to support the Rashtriya
Janata Dal in Bihar, even as hectic political activity began in
Patna after the outgoing Chief Minister, Mrs. Rabri Devi, and Mr
Nitish Kumar of the National Democratic Alliance staked claim to
form the Government.
Focus was on equitable distribution of burden: Sinha
The Union Finance Minister, Mr. Yashwant
Sinha, today defended the Budget proposals, saying that the focus
was on equitable distribution of burden on all sections of
'Musharraf influenced defence budget'
Who indeed decides the size of India's
defence budget? The Finance Minister, Mr. Yashwant Sinha, seems
to think that the credit for the highest-ever increase in the
country's defence allocation should go to Gen. Pervez Musharraf,
the Chief Executive of Pakistan.
India sore over Chinese advice to U.S.
India has conveyed to China its
disappointment over Beijing's advice to the U.S., on the eve of
the President, Mr. Bill Clinton's visit here, to be firm with New
Delhi on nuclear non-proliferation issues.
No inflationary impact: Govt.
Finance Ministry officials today claimed that
the Budget proposals would have no inflationary impact on the
economy. Although the rate of inflation was currently at a
historic low of two-to-three per cent, their estimate was that
the general level of inflation during 2000-2001 would be around
five per cent.