PM gives no clue to rollback of prices
The Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, today
refused to give any firm indication to his party MPs that the
Government was about to give in to the demand of its allies on
lowering the recent increase in the prices of fertilizers and of
foodgrains supplied through the public distribution system.
Clinton for a new beginning in ties
India and the United States will not allow
their differences on Indo-Pakistani tensions and nuclear non-
proliferation to come in the way of the efforts to give a new
direction to their bilateral relations during the U.S. President,
Mr.Bill Clinton's visit to the region next week.
'Don't corner India on n-issue'
In setting forth goals for the President in
his visit to South Asia, an Independent Task Force has warned Mr.
Bill Clinton to resist the temptation of placing the ambitious
nuclear weapons-related goals at the centre of American aims with
respect to India.
Badal leaves it to God
The Punjab Chief Minister and president of
the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), Mr. Parkash Singh Badal, has left
it to divine intervention to resolve the crisis in the Sikh
community (over the Akal Takht Jathedar's excommunication of the
Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee chief, Bibi Jagir Kaur).
At the same time, he has expressed his willingness to meet
anybody, including the Jathedar, to work out a solution.
CPI to return to LF Ministry
Differences between the CPI and the CPI(M)
over the Rajya Sabha nominations have been resolved with the two
CPI Ministers, who had pulled out of the Left Front Government in
West Bengal, agreeing to return to the Ministry following the
Chief Minister, Mr. Jyoti Basu's intervention.
India, U.S. to sign energy, environment pact
The U.S. President, Mr. Bill Clinton, has
chosen the majestic setting of the Taj Mahal, now threatened by
pollution, to explore the growing tension between economic
progress and environmental security.
Mixed reaction to Sonia's choice
A certain amount of discontent and
unhappiness over the Congress (I) president, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi's
choices for the Rajya Sabha was inevitable, given the fact that
there were far too many senior party leaders keen on
accommodation in the Upper House and that there are only so
limited seats it can win for itself.
ICHR official disputes claim
The Indian Council of Historical Research
(ICHR) has questioned the former ICHR chairman, Prof. S. Settar's
statement that the Human Resource Development Minister, Dr.Murali
Manohar Joshi, had ``misled'' Parliament on the `` Towards
MDMK, Trinamul oppose Salem Steel privatisation
An angry Opposition, joined by two
constituents of the ruling NDA-MDMK and Trinamul Congress-today
strongly opposed in the Lok Sabha the Government's move to
privatise the Rs. 2,500 crore Salem Steel Plant in Tamil Nadu,
saying that ``Government should not try to sell off what we have
acquired during the last 50 years.''