Gujarat withdraws order on RSS
The Gujarat Government today withdrew its
controversial notification of January 3 thereby reimposing the
ban on its employees from participating in the activities of the
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. This brings to an end the battle of
attrition between the ruling party and the Opposition in the
State and the Centre on the issue.
Rule 184 is fine by me: PM
The two-week deadlock in the Lok Sabha over
the controversy surrounding the Gujarat Government's order on the
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh ended today with the Vajpayee
Government agreeing to the Opposition demand for a vote on it,
but normal business remained disrupted for much of the day
because of a row over the Bihar Governor's conduct.
Sinha in a fix as allies insist on rollback of prices
With the allies of the Government increasing
the pressure to roll back the increase in fertilizer and food
prices announced in the latest Budget, the Finance Minister, Mr.
Yashwant Sinha, finds himself in a jam. Because, if he relents
any bit on the increases, not only will he not be able to reduce
the subsidy bill, it will actually go up.
Bihar takes centre-stage
Though the two-week deadlock in the Lok Sabha
over the RSS controversy was broken today, normal business
remained disrupted for much of the day because of a row over the
Bihar Governor's conduct.
'Extremists will be crushed'
Several towns in Andhra Pradesh observed a
bandh today to protest killing of A. Madhava Reddy, Andhra
Pradesh Minister for Panchayat Raj, in a landmine explosion at
Ghatkesar on Tuesday night.
Karunanidhi hails Gujarat decision
The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK
president, Mr. M. Karunanidhi, hailed the Gujarat Government's
decision, revoking its order on allowing its staff to participate
in RSS activities, even without the Central Government having to
interfere. He appreciated the BJP leadership's timely action that
resolved the deadlock.
Rajya Sabha seat for CPI
Succumbing to the pressure of the CPI, the
CPI(M) today agreed to allot a Rajya Sabha seat to CPI from its
`Daily wage earners also entitled to maternity benefits'
The women (muster roll) employees of
municipal corporations and municipal bodies who, have been
working on `daily wages' are also entitled to the benefits under
the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961, the Supreme Court has ruled.
Trial of strength
The Rashtriya Janata Dal today fielded the
Congress nominee, Mr. Sadanand Singh, in the election for the
Bihar Assembly Speaker's post tomorrow ensuring a trial of
strength ahead of the confidence vote to be sought by the Chief
Minister, Mr. Nitish Kumar, on Friday.
India, China to talk despite differences
India and China have agreed to continue their
just-initiated security dialogue despite deep differences over
nuclear non-proliferation and arms control.