LTTE announces 10-hour ceasefire
The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)
announced late tonight that they would observe unilateral,
temporary ceasefire between 10.00 a.m. and 10.00 p.m. tomorrow in
the Thenmarachchi division of the Jaffna Peninsula.
'Be Jaffna CM, stop war'
The Sri Lankan President, Ms. Chandrika
Kumaratunga, today offered the LTTE chief, Mr. Velupillai
Prabhakaran, chief ministership of the Jaffna province if he gave
up his policy of terrorism and joined the democratic process in
the country's political life.
6 killed in Bihar poll violence
Six people were killed in violence during the
bypolls to three Assembly seats in Bihar today. An estimated 62
per cent of the electorate exercised their franchise in Raghopur
where the Chief Minister, Mrs. Rabri Devi, is contesting the seat
vacated by her husband and RJD chief, Mr. Laloo Prasad Yadav.
Shastri explains his silence
Former India captain, Ravi Shastri, today
answered Kapil Dev's query on why he had kept silent for six
years on Manoj Prabhakar's charge of match-fixing against the
latter, saying, ``If someone comes to you with a scandalous piece
of information, you are not going to be foolish to tom-tom this
to the world.''
Govt. to allow disinvestment up to 60 p.c. of AI equity
In a significant development, the Government
today decided to allow disinvestment up to 60 per cent equity of
Air India. This would include sale of 40 per cent shareholding to
a strategic partner which could comprise a foreign entity or even
a foreign airline up to 26 per cent.
Speight deaf to appeals
A new and somewhat unpredictable tension gripped
the Fijian capital, Suva, today, even as the crisis arising out
the ousting of the democratically-elected Prime Minister, Mr.
Mahendra Pal Chaudhury, remained unresolved.
Berth for Nitish Kumar?
The Union Council of Ministers will be
expanded tomorrow and new faces are slated to get inducted in a
swearing-in ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan at 11 in the
morning. The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, was in
consultation with senior aides and colleagues, and the final
shape of the ``expansion'' is still subject to considerable
pressures and counter-pressures. However, neither the size nor
the complexion of the Council of Ministers is likely to change
Wahid backs India
Indonesia will support India's credentials for
joining the exclusive forum of `ASEAN Plus Three' which comprises
all the members of the Association of South East Asian Nations
and the East Asian powers such as Japan, China and South Korea.
'Terrorism, core issue in U.S.-Pak. dialogue'
The U.S. Under Secretary of State, Mr. Thomas
Pickering, has reportedly stressed the Pakistan-Afghan linkage in
talks with his Pakistani interlocutors today, clearly indicating
that Osama bin Laden and terrorism remain the ``core'' issue in
the U.S.-Pakistan dialogue.
Musharraf's Kashmir policy comes full circle
The Chief Executive, Gen. Pervez Musharraf's
India policy has come full circle. Soon after the October 12,
1999 coup, he was stuck on a ``Kashmir or nothing'' approach and
had belittled the Lahore process in an interview to the BBC on
November 6, 1999 by terming it a ``phalana, dhimkana'' process.
'U.S. not to take any action in Sri Lanka'
The United States has told India that it did
not wish to ``take action'' in Sri Lanka, the Foreign Secretary,
Mr. Lalit Mansingh, said today to reports that U.S. warships had
been moved from the Persian Gulf towards the southern Arabian