Roll back price hikes, allies tell BJP
Allies and supporting constituents of the
parties of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) joined hands
today to pressure the Vajpayee Government to roll back the Budget
hikes in fertilizers and foodgrains prices even as they continued
to show reluctance to a discussion on the RSS issue in the Lok
Sabha under a rule which would entail voting.
Taslima arrives amid tight security
The controversial Bangladeshi writer, Ms. Taslima
Nasreen, arrived here on Monday morning by a flight from Calcutta
amidst tight security in the wake of protests planned by Muslim
organisations against the release of Phitamphat, Marathi
translation of her novel Shodh.
RSS provides a face-saving formula?
The stage has been set for a resolution of
the impasse over the Gujarat Government's order permitting its
employees to participate in RSS activities. As expected, the RSS
chief, Mr. Rajendra Singh issued a statement of unconcern from
Nagpur, more or less suggesting that the organisation would have
no objection should Gujarat chose to rescind its pro-RSS move.
It is cultural terrorism: Sonia
The Congress(I) president, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi,
today launched a frontal attack on the Rashtriya Swayamsevak
Sangh (RSS) and the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Vajpayee
Government. She challenged the Ministers in the Vajpayee
Government who had an RSS background to clarify whether their
allegiance was to the Constitution (which they swore by when
taking the oath of office) or to the RSS oath (which swears by a
India, China discuss security concerns
India and China today began the first ever
bilateral security dialogue here on global and regional issues of
mutual interest which were described as ``extensive and wide
The Meghalaya Chief Minister, Mr. B. B.
Lyngdoh, resigned tonight making way for the Speaker, Mr. E. K.
Mawlong, to hold the reins.
In a goodwill gesture towards her political
archrival, the Railway Minister, Ms. Mamata Banerjee, has decided
to waive the bill for the special train arranged to bring back
the West Bengal Chief Minister, Mr. Jyoti Basu, here from
Over 60 naxals storm police station
Suspected naxals, believed to be members of
the PWG military platoon and special guerrilla squads of Adilabad
and Karimnagar district, today raided the Asarali police station
in Ahiri in Maharashtra's Gadicharoli district.
My fight will go on: Taslima
Despite threats from fundamentalists, the
Bangladeshi writer, Ms. Taslima Nasreen, has vowed to continue
the fight against communalism and fundamentalism. In exile for
several years, the internationally-acclaimed author of Lajja is
OPEC to step up production
OPEC will increase production by nearly one
million barrels per day in April, a senior official from a member
of the organisation of oil exporting countries said today.
Six killed in engines smash
Six persons were killed and 50 injured,
including policemen, when two pilot engines collided head-on near
Sonehersa Kutchery station on Saharsa-Mansi section of the East
Central Railway in Bihar today, railway sources said.
PM effects minor reshuffle
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee,
today effected a minor reshuffle of portfolios of Ministers
following the shifting of Mr. Nitish Kumar and Mr. Naveen
Patnaik, as Chief Ministers of Bihar and Orissa respectively.
Taslima backs Deepa Mehta
Taslima Nasreen today said she supported
film-maker, Ms. Deepa Mehta, whose proposed film, `Water',
incurred the wrath of the Sangh Parivar.
Shiv Sena offices raided
Delhi police today raided Shiv Sena offices
across the capital, including the party's city unit headquarters
in northeast Delhi and seized weapons including swords, tridents
and ``other material'', police sources said tonight.