Sri Lankan Minister among 22 killed in blast
Sri Lanka's Industries Development Minister, Mr.
C. V. Gooneratne, was killed by a suicide bomber of the
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam 15 km south of the capital
today. At least 21 others, including the Deputy Mayor of the
area, Mr. Anura Silva, and Mr. Gooneratne's police bodyguard,
died in the attack shortly before 2 p.m.
PM rejects Karunanidhi's proposal
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee,
has virtually rejected the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Mr. M.
Karunanidhi's views on a Czech-like division of Sri Lanka. On his
return to the capital here from a week-long holiday, Mr. Vajpayee
termed Mr. Karunanidhi's proposal as ``personal view, or at the
most of his party'' but not the view of ``the NDA or the
We can wait for peace with Pak., says PM
The Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, today
said he was confident that India's efforts for peace with
Pakistan would be successful. ``That we want friendship need not
be reiterated. We can wait for it,'' he said inaugurating the
Sindhu darshan festival here.
Telecom panel approves Paswan bonanza
The Telecom Commission has approved the free
phone bonanza for all telecom employees announced by the Union
Communications Minister, Mr. Ram Vilas Paswan, even as the Union
Finance Minister, Mr. Yashwant Sinha, has opposed this step on
grounds that everyone, with no exception, be asked to pay user
Pak. writer seeks asylum
Mr. Aftab Hussain, a Pakistani writer, who was
harassed by the military regime for publishing the poems written
by the Prime Minister, Mr A.B. Vajpayee, has applied for
political asylum in India.
Signing CTBT 'a matter of time'
The Defence Minister, Mr. George Fernandes, said
today that it was only a matter of time before India signed the
Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), a key element in nuclear
Speight 'defies' Commonwealth
Even as the sound of gunfire reverberated
outside the parliament complex in Suva several hours after the
Commonwealth decided to place Fiji under suspension, the self-
styled ``civil coup'' leader, Mr. George Speight, today asked the
organisation not to interfere in the country's internal affairs.
'Pak. supplying arms to Sri Lanka by ship'
Pakistan's obsession with India leaves it
little time for Sri Lanka. Barring the odd statement that it is
committed to Sri Lanka's territorial integrity and sovereignty (a
position similar to the one taken by the Government of India),
there is little public analysis here of developments on the
Left flays Karunanidhi's argument
The Left parties said today the Tamil Nadu
Chief Minister, Mr. M. Karunanidhi's statement ``defending'' his
controversial remarks on Sri Lanka had made things worse, and
reiterated their demand that the Prime Minister, Mr. A.B.
Vajpayee, rein in his allies.
Another blow to peace process
The Tamil Tiger suicide attack that killed the
Industries Minister, Clement V. Gooneratne, today is yet another
blow to prospects of peace in Sri Lanka.