Don't undo the Budget, says Sinha
The Union Finance Minister, Mr. Yashwant
Sinha, today ruled out withdrawal of taxation proposals and cut
in subsidies proposed in the Budget. Expressing concern over the
erosion in political consensus for reforms, Mr. Sinha said unless
there was a collective will among all social partners to push
ahead with the reforms, there would be an imminent danger of the
process getting derailed.
Delhi must address n-issues: Albright
Providing an indication of the context in
which the U.S. regards the forthcoming visit to India of its
President, Mr. Bill Clinton, the Secretary of State, Ms.
Madeleine Albright, has said that while the U.S. goal was a
qualitatively different and better relationship with India and
not a simple return to the status quo before the Pokhran nuclear
tests, the ability to attain this would largely depend on India.
Cautious welcome to U.S. stand on Kashmir
India is closely scrutinising the latest
American formulations on Kashmir outlined by the U.S. Secretary
of State, Ms. Madeleine Albright, and the first reaction is one
of cautious welcome.
Allies speak in one voice
Allies of the BJP today stuck to their demand
for review of the price hikes proposed by the Union Finance
Minister, Mr. Yashwant Sinha, in the Budget 2000-2001 and
resolved to speak in one voice on the subject in Parliament.
Rabri well-placed to face trust vote
The four-day old Rabri Devi Government today
displayed its strength by obtaining a vote- on-account for four
months clearly indicating that it was well-placed to secure the
confidence of the House tomorrow in deference to the directive of
the Governor, Mr. V. C. Pande, to prove her majority within 10
days of assuming power.
Clinton to focus on deployable systems
Even as the Clinton administration is
concerned about the nuclear programme of India and Pakistan,
neither of the countries has developed an operational deployed
missile; and Washington would continue to press the two nations
to refrain from going this route, says the White House.
Clinton visit may help build 'IT bridge'
India is working towards creating a
``Information Technology bridge'' with the United States during
President Bill Clinton's visit by proposing fewer visa
restrictions and removing double- taxation on Indian software
engineers working in the U.S.
'No threat to Sonia's leadership'
As expected, the Congress(I) today
discounted reports of dissatisfaction among those denied Rajya
Sabha nominations, with Mrs. Ambika Soni, CWC member, stating
that there was no threat to Mrs. Sonia Gandhi's position in the
party. Mrs. Gandhi was also in touch with those who could not be
accomodated to ``explain'' the ``complusions'' under which they
Action against policemen
Conceding the demand of the striking
lawyers, Delhi's Lieutenant-Governor, Mr. Vijai Kapoor, today
asked the State Police Commissioner to suspend three police
officers allegedly responsible for the lathicharge on advocates
during their march to Parliament on February 24. The lawyers,
however, said the strike would continue.
TV script writer of Indian origin attacked
A British television script writer of Indian
origin has become the latest victim of racists' attack here,
media reported today. Mr. Sunil Modi, 32, who was driving with
his white fiancee, fought for his life after racists forced their
car off the road on the suburbs of Liverpool early on Sunday, The