Probe ordered into arms depot fire: Blast continues
The Army has instituted a high-
level court of inquiry under Major-General C.B.Suku to look into
the causes of the devastating fire that broke out at the
Bharatpur Ammunition Depot on Friday.
Fernandes briefs PM
The Defence Minister, Mr. George Fernandes,
who visited Bharatpur today briefed the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal
Behari Vajpayee, about the fire which destroyed nearly 10,000
tonnes of ammunition in a key explosives dump of the Army's
E.C. reforms agenda comes a cropper
Consensus eluded all the major items on the
electoral agenda, including reservation for women in the Lok
Sabha and State Assemblies, at the all-party meeting convened by
the Election Commission here today.
Relief workers succumb to sunstroke
Even before the controversy over ``starvation
deaths'' has died down, two more people are reported to have died
in Gujarat while participating in scarcity relief works.
Khurana defiant, BJP hints at further action
The Khurana episode in the BJP seems headed
for the Waghela and Kalyan Singh path with a defiant Mr. Madan
Lal Khurana continuing to question certain decisions of the
Vajpayee Government on grounds of ``national sovereignty'' and
``security'' and threatening to raise the issue in Parliament.
The party, which removed him as vice-president yesterday, hinted
that it could take further action.
Musharraf expresses wish to meet Vajpayee
The Pakistani Chief Executive, Gen. Pervez
Musharraf, said today that he wanted to meet the Prime Minister,
Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, to discuss the Kashmir issue.
Plea to split Microsoft
The U.S. Justice department has asked a
Federal Court here to split Microsoft, into two independent
companies, one to develop operating systems and the other to
focus on computer applications.
Security stepped up
Security measures have been stepped up in
Tripura with the 840-km Indo-Bangladesh border being sealed to
prevent sneaking of insurgents and massive deployment of security
forces to ensure the peaceful conduct of elections to the Tripura
Tribal Areas Autonomus District Council beginning tomorrow.
Another shooting spree in U.S.
In what is described as a racially
motivated killing, a white person went on the rampage in suburban
Pittsburgh killing five people including a person of Indian
descent at an Indian grocery store.
Contribute to drought fund, industry told
The Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, today
appealed to industrialists at a meeting of his Advisory Council
on Trade and Industry to contribute generously for the
rehabilitation of the drought-affected in Gujarat, Rajasthan and
India, China to resume military ties
In an attempt to revive confidence and trust
between their armed forces, New Delhi and Beijing have agreed to
resume senior level military contacts which were suspended after
India's nuclear tests in May 1998.
Ammunition loss may affect strike capability
The destruction of over 8,000 tonnes of
explosives in the 400-acre ammunition depot in Kanjoli line in
Bharatpur may affect the Army's preparedness for offensive
strikes in deserts and also retard its ongoing post-Kargil