Pak. formally offers to resume talks
In what could prove to be an ice-breaking
initiative, the Pakistani Foreign Secretary, Mr. Inam-ul-Haq,
formally offered to resume the suspended bilateral dialogue
during a meeting with the Indian High Commissioner, Mr. G.
Parthasarathy, on Wednesday.
End terrorism first, says India
The Government will resume talks with
Pakistan only when the Mushrraf regime unconditionally ends its
campaign of terror against India.
President presents Padma awards
Luminaries from all walks of life including
science, literature, music, dance, cinema and Information
Technology were honoured by the President, Mr. K. R. Narayanan,
in the stately Darbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhavan here today.
Cong.(I), BJP rattled by cross-voting
Even after the just-concluded biennial
elections to the Rajya Sabha, the ruling BJP and its National
Democratic Alliance partners are still short of a majority in the
Upper House. The bottomline is that the Vajpayee Government
remains dependent on cooperation from the Opposition in carrying
out any radical programme of its own, including the proposed
review of the Constitution.
Inquiry into 'disappearance' of civilians
The Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Dr. Farooq
Abdullah, today said in the Assembly that he had directed the DGP
and the ADGP (CID) to inquire into the alleged disappearance of
five civilians in Anantnag.
Rollback of LPG prices ruled out
The Petroleum Minister, Mr. Ram Naik, today
said that the reduction in the international oil prices following
the OPEC decision to raise output would not affect domestic
prices of petroleum products.
40 killed in air crash
36 Sri Lankan soldiers and four crew of an AN-
26 military aircraft were feared killed when the plane crashed
near Anuradhapura town this morning due to a `technical failure'.
The plane was ferrying the troops to the town from Palaly in the
18 prisoners injured
Eighteen prisoners and three policemen were
injured in a clash between two groups of prisoners in the
district jail in Pilibhit last night. An argument among the 289
new and old inmates in barrack number three during dinner turned
into a clash which lasted about an hour.
Ms. Panchamarthi Anuradha (26) of the
Telugu Desam Party today assumed office as Mayor of the
Vijayawada Corporation. An electronics graduate, she is the
youngest Mayor in the country.