Laloo arrested, vows to continue struggle
A Rashtriya Janata Dal activist was killed when
the RJD-sponsored Bihar bandh called today against the
``unconstitutional'' installation of Mr. Nitish Kumar as the
Chief Minister by the Governor, Mr. V. C. Pande, turned violent.
The RJD president, Mr. Laloo Prasad Yadav, along with several
supporters was arrested for violating prohibitory orders.
Pak. massing troops near Kutch
Pakistan has reportedly beefed up its forces
close to the Rann of Kutch area in Gujarat to target India's
shore- based industry more effectively.
Credible minimum n-deterrent vital: PM
The Prime Minister, Mr. A.B.
Vajpayee, on Sunday reiterated India's commitment to time-bound
and comprehensive global nuclear disarmament.
Sino-Indian talks on security today
The first-ever India-China security dialogue
here tomorrow will provide both sides an opportunity to
understand each other better and strengthen bilateral relations
further, official sources said.
Militants attack Army post in Kashmir
In a pre-dawn attack, heavily-armed militants
fired at an Army post in the Ganderbal area on the outskirts of
Srinagar today critically injuring four armymen, a Defence
Ministry spokesman said.
Naveen Govt. installed
A 25-member BJD-BJP coalition ministry
headed by the BJD president, Mr. Naveen Patnaik, was administered
the oath of office by the Governor, Mr. M.M. Rajendran, here
Attempt on Minister
The Assam Minister of State for Veterinary and
Power, Mr. Hiranya Konwar, had a providential escape today when a
bomb planted by the ULFA blew up the dickey of his car and
shattered its window panes.
Final touches being given to Clinton visit
The Indian Ambassador to the United States,
Mr. Naresh Chandra, will be meeting the National Security
Adviser, Mr. Sandy Berger, and the Chief of the White House
Staff, Mr. John Podesta, on Wednesday to finalise the U.S.
President, Mr.Bill Clinton's visit to India between March 20 and
Bihar Govt. will prove majority: Fernandes
The Defence Minister and Samata Party
president, Mr. George Fernandes, has said that the new National
Democratic Alliance Government in Bihar would prove its majority
during the vote of confidence in the Assembly on March 9.
'Subrahmanyam panel not for action'
The Defence Minister, Mr. George Fernandes,
has ruled out taking any action against any Defence official in
the wake of the report of the Subrahmanyam Committee, which went
into the handling of the Kargil conflict.
Laloo takes U-turn on Jharkhand
In an apparent bid to woo pro-Jharkhand
legislators, the RJD president, Mr. Laloo Prasad Yadav, today
took a U-turn on the Vanachal issue promising that his party
would not oppose the creation of a separate State out of Bihar.
All-party meet on RSS issue
The Lok Sabha Speaker, Mr. G.M.C. Balayogi,
tonight said he has called an all-party meeting in Delhi tomorrow
to end the impasse in the Lok Sabha over the RSS issue.