Opposition walkout in LS over price hike
The Opposition, with the tacit support of
several National Democratic Alliance (NDA) partners, demanded in
Parliament today a rollback of the recent price hike saying it
had particularly hit the farmers and the very poor. In the Lok
Sabha, members of the Trinamool Congress, Telugu Desam Party,
Samata Party and JD(U) - all allies of the Government - nodded
their heads when the Opposition claimed their support arguing
that the issue cut across party lines.
Wall Street 'virus' infects Asia
Rattled by last week's record losses on Wall
Street, Asia's top three stock markets fell sharply today,
leaving some investors worried that the bubble might have finally
burst on New York's exchanges.
Cook praises India for Lahore process
Proclaiming a natural partnership with India
in the new century, the visiting British Foreign Secretary, Mr.
Robin Cook, moved the United Kingdom today closer to India on
finding a way to reduce tensions between India and Pakistan over
Kishan Kumar shifted to AIIMS
Film actor Kishan Kumar, who was arrested by
Enforcement Directorate officers last week for his alleged
involvement in the cricket betting and match-fixing scandal, was
shifted from the Apollo Hospital to the All India Institute of
Medical Sciences here this evening on the direction of a court.
Lathicharge on lawyers not warranted: HC
The Delhi High Court said today that lawyers
did not have a right to strike as it infringed on the fundamental
rights of the litigants to speedy trial.
Ghani Khan summoned
The Congress(I) has adopted a cautious
approach towards its increasingly belligerent West Bengal
leaders. The party president, Ms. Sonia Gandhi, has summoned the
West Bengal unit chief, Mr. Ghani Khan Chaudhary, to Delhi for
Narayanan calls for convention to fight international terrorism
The President, Mr. K. R. Narayanan, today called
for joint efforts by India and France for building a strong and
multi-faceted bilateral relationship. In the new emerging India,
according to him, ``the genius of France will find enormous
opportunities for meaningful cooperation in the fields of
investment, trade and enterprise.''
Debate on future role of IMF
The International Monetary Fund has said
that its deliberations had taken place against the backdrop of a
``growing public debate'' about the directions in which the Fund
and other international financial institutions should evolve to
meet the challenges of a rapidly changing economic environment.
Vajpayee promises to liberalise promotion avenues for Dalits
In a move aimed at wooing the Scheduled
Castes, and Scheduled Tribes, the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari
Vajpayee, today announced that the NDA-led Government would bring
forward legislation in the current session of Parliament to amend
the Constitution to expedite the process of promotions for this
category which had faced neglect for the past 50 years.
Ultras demand 1 cr. ransom
The Hmar People's Convention (Democrats)
militants have demanded Rs. 1 crore as ransom for the release of
the six employees of the North Eastern Electric Power Corporation
Ltd, held captive since March 31, a top state official said
Britain assures help for Indian economic reforms
The British Foreign Secretary, Mr. Robin
Cook, today assured his country's support and assistance to
India's economic reforms programme, especially in areas of
competition policy and privatisation.