Vajpayee keeps tabs on Kashmir situation
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee,
camping at Manali, was reported to have telephoned Moulvi
Iftikhar Hussain Ansari, the influential Shia leader who was
injured yesterday in a bomb blast.
Paswan defends decision
The Union Communications Minister, Mr. Ram
Vilas Paswan, today vigorously defended the free phone bonanza to
the telecom staff but refrained from commenting on reports that
the Prime Minister had put the package on hold. ``I don't know
what view the Prime Minister's Office has taken and therefore I
don't want to react at all,'' he told reporters here today.
Curfew eased in Jaffna
With the fighting between the security forces
and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in northern Sri Lanka
tapering off over the last few days, the Government has eased the
nearly 24-hour curfew in Jaffna town.
Speight goes back on offer
The clock was put backwards in Fiji today in
regard to the much- promised release of the political hostages
including the duly elected Prime Minister, Mr. Mahendra Pal
Chaudhry. Instead of taking steps to set them free, the chief
hostage-taker and the ``civil coup'' leader, Mr. George Speight,
called on the new military rulers to quit the centre stage first.
The martial law authorities, too, confirmed that an earlier
agreement between them and Mr. Speight had now run into rough
Stage set for productive engagement with China
As the President, Mr. K. R. Narayanan, heads
home after a week-long visit to China, India can have the
satisfaction that its post-Pokhran diplomacy with the great
powers has now acquired a better balance.
Jaswant ends Singapore visit
The External Affairs Minister, Mr. Jaswant
Singh, today left for New Delhi on completing a productive round
of discussions with leaders across the entire political spectrum
of Singapore - the Prime Minister, Mr. Goh Chok Tong, and the
Senior Minister, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, besides the Deputy Prime
Minister, Mr. Lee Hsien Loong, and the Foreign Minister, Prof. S.
CPI(M) plumps for 'third alternative'
With the BJP's ``steel frame'' beginning to
show signs of wear and tear - both in terms of its organisational
coherence and electoral pull - and the Congress(I) showing no
sign of revival, the CPI(M) thinks that time is ripe for a
Prabhakar submits video cassettes to CBI
Former all rounder Manoj Prabhakar on Saturday
submitted to the Central Bureau of Investigation video recording
of what he said were interviews with the who's who of Indian
cricket, politicians and certain others on the existence of
match-fixing and betting in the game.
CBSE X results
Overall 65.4 per cent of the 4,79,591 students
cleared the Class X examination of the Central Board of Secondary
Education, the results of which were announced today.
DMK chief's formula for solving Sri Lankan crisis
In a dramatically major shift in the DMK's
approach to resolve the Sri Lankan Tamils issue, the party
president and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Mr. M.Karunanidhi,
tonight said Sri Lanka should either agree for a `territorial
separation' on the lines of the Czech and Slovakia republics or
grant more rights to the Tamils to enable a ``permanent
solution'' to the ethnic strife there.