Battles on Jaffna doorstep
Pitched battles raged on the doorstep of Jaffna
town today, with the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam
denting Sri Lankan Army defences close to the town. Curfew was
imposed in Jaffna, which is home to about five lakh civilians.
Arms arriving for Sri Lanka
Despite their military gains, the Liberation
Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) may now encounter tougher resistance
from the Sri Lankan troops who are now getting fresh arms
supplies from abroad, highly-placed sources in the Government
We are 1 billion today
The countdown has begun for the one-billionth
child -- officially -- to be born at the Safdarjung hospital
here. The United Nations Population Fund has sponsored a
`function' to mark the arrival of the one billionth baby. Two or
three babies are to be born at the appointed hour of 12.56 pm at
this hospital. Whoever arrives on time shall become the focus of
world media attention.
'S.C. ceiling no hurdle to quota'
The Government today assured the Lok Sabha
that it would not allow the Supreme Court's ceiling of 50 per
cent on SC/ST job reservation to come in the way of individual
States going in for a bigger quota.
'Contacts with Hurriyat do exist'
Claiming that an informal channel did exist
between the All Party Hurriyat Conference (APHC) and the
Government of India for a resolution of the Kashmir dispute, the
Peoples Democratic Party chief, Mr. Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, said
here today that there was a real change in the perception of the
BJP not for J&K division
The Bharatiya Janata Party today rejected the
idea of division of Jammu and Kashmir, saying that while the
formation of regional councils for better, all-round development
of the state could be considered, there was no question at all of
agreeing to divide the State.
Countrywide strike today
Workers owing allegiance to major Left and
centrist trade unions are all set to respond to the call for a
countrywide general strike tomorrow given by the National
Platform of Mass Organisations (NPMO).
Provisional bail for Laloo
The Patna High Court today granted a provisional
bail for three months to the former Chief Minister and RJD
leader, Mr. Laloo Prasad Yadav, on the condition that he would
not tamper with the evidences or influence witnesses in the
disproportionate assets case. He is likely to be released
Sibu Soren unseated
The Patna High Court today set aside the election
of the JMM(S) president, Mr. Sibu Soren, to the Rajya Sabha and
declared the Samata Party leader and industrialist, Mr. D.N.
Sahay, elected in his place.