Govt. discounts report on Niaz Naik 'mission'
The Government is dismissing speculation in
the Pakistani media that Mr. Niaz Naik, former Pakistan Foreign
Secretary, may be in the capital for back-channel diplomacy
between New Delhi and Islamabad.
Hurriyat leaders may be freed soon
Several important leaders of the All Party
Hurriyat Conference, now in Jodhpur jail, are likely to be
released shortly as part of the Centre's efforts to create
favourable conditions for restoring normality in Kashmir.
Guru Granth Sahib, a juristic person: SC
The Supreme Court in a judgment of ``far-
reaching consequences and great significance'' has ruled that
``Guru Granth Sahib is a juristic person'' Therefore ``it can
hold and use the gifted properties given to it by its followers
out of love, in charity'' and ``this is by creation of an
endowment like others for the public good, for enhancing the
religious fervour including feeding the poor,'' a Bench said.
Sonia bid to contain Bengal crisis
Amid reports of new political alignments
likely in West Bengal, two senior State Congress(I) leaders, Mr.
A.B.A. Ghani Khan Choudhury and Mr. Somen Mitra, arrived here
tonight from Calcutta on a summons from the party chief, Ms.
Sonia Gandhi, in what is seen as a last-ditch effort by her to
prevent a split in the State unit.
Haldia Petrochem project commissioned
The Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mr. Jyoti
Basu, today commissioned the mother unit of the Rs. 5170-crore
Haldia Petrochemicals Ltd. (HPL) project and dedicated the 420-
KPTA naptha cracker plant to the nation.
Yemeni held in Pak.
A man from Yemen, with suspected links to the
Saudi dissident, Osama bin Laden, was arrested today trying to
cross into Afghanistan, Pakistani officials said.
Mount Usu erupts again
Japan's trembling Mount Usu erupted for the fifth
time, spewing clouds of black ash and steam far into the air
Inflation rate up
Sharp rise in prices of naphtha, bitumen and
furnace oil pushed up the inflation rate to a 43-week high of
3.74 per cent for the week ended March 18.
Security strengthened around Pak. court
The Pakistan authorities have stepped up
security for the judge of an anti-terrorism court who will
announce his verdict in a case against the ousted Prime Minister,
Mr. Nawaz Sharif on Thursday, police and Intelligence officials
Major role for India, Turkey in 'Eurasia' formation: Ecevit
The Turkish Prime Minister, Mr. Bulent Ecevit,
today said India and Turkey should play a major role for the
formation of ``Eurasia'' following the dismantling of ideological
blocs that once divided the world.
Pak. threat to stop rail service
Pakistan has told India that it would have to
stop the passenger train service between the two countries unless
India fulfilled its obligations under the agreement governing the
service, the official news agency APP reported today.