Help tide over drought, PM appeals to people
The Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, today
appealed to the people to contribute generously to the National
Fund for Calamity Relief to enable the Government to meet the
severe drought conditions in several States, especially Gujarat
and Rajasthan, admitting that funds released to affected States
Free India from economic bondage, says RSS chief
In a veiled attack on the country's economic
reform process, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief, Mr.
K. S. Sudarshan, today suggested a ``second independence
movement'' to free India from the bondage of economic
superpowers. ``We have to fight for the second independence to
gain economic freedom in the same manner in which we had fought
the British Raj.''
Govt. not serious, says Geelani
Reiterating the All-Party Hurriyat Conference
(APHC) stand on resolving the Kashmir issue, its chairman, Syed
Ali Shah Geelani, said on Sunday that the Indian Government was
not serious about negotiating the issue.
Christian group attacked near Agra
Less than a fortnight after a Christian priest
and nuns were assaulted in Mathura, a Christian group from
Hyderabad was attacked and Biblical literature was set on fire by
Bajrang Dal activists on the outskirts of Agra.
DMK chief sees 'shift' in BJP's attitude
With a ``perceptible shift'' in the BJP's
attitude to the minorities in the past several months, the DMK
president and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Mr. M.Karunanidhi, today
fortified his party's case for being part of the BJP-led NDA at
Sri Lanka protests Vaiko's remarks
The Sri Lankan Foreign Minister, Mr. Lakshman
Kadirgamar, has lodged a ``strong protest'' with the Indian
Government against remarks reportedly made by the MDMK leader,
Mr. Vaiko, at an ``LTTE- sponsored meeting at Geneva''.
Widespread ire over re-union
The Clinton administration is being slammed
for the manner in which it went about the re-union between Elian
Gonzalez and his father, Mr. Juan Miguel Gonzalez. Meanwhile, the
``spectacle'' has moved from Little Havana in Miami, Florida to
Washington with the relatives of Elian coming to this town on
Optimism on the eve of Sino-Indian JWG meet
Amidst hopeful signs of improving bilateral
ties, senior Indian and Chinese officials will meet here this
week to discuss the long-standing boundary dispute and prepare
the ground for the visit of the President, Mr. K. R. Narayanan,
to China next month.
Ghani Khan to brief Sonia
The West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee
president, Mr. A. B. A. Ghani Khan Chowdhury today said that he
would explain their stand on the proposed ``mahajot'' (grand
alliance) with Trinamool Congress to the party president Ms.
Sonia Gandhi tomorrow.
Inflation vaults to 4.64 p.c
Inflation rate scaled a new high of 4.64 per
cent for the week ended April 8 following sharp increase in the
prices of kerosene and cooking gas.