Pak. proposes nuclear restraint regime
For the first time since the military took
over in Pakistan, the Musharraf Government today offered India a
strategic restraint regime in both the nuclear and conventional
fields on a ``reciprocal basis''.
Sinha move to clear bad loans of banks
In a move aimed at ridding public sector
banks of Rs. 51,000 crores of bad loans, the Finance Minister,
Mr. Yashwant Sinha, has announced a one-time settlement of
outstanding loans below Rs. 10 crores. However, punitive action
would be taken against leading defaulters and the list of
defaulters publicised, something the Government has been shying
away from so far.
Naidu denies he issued withdrawal threat
The Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telugu
Desam president, Mr N. Chandrababu Naidu, has emphatically denied
that he issued any threat to withdraw support to the NDA
Government at the Centre.
Vaiko meets PM, satisfied on aid
The MDMK leader, Mr. Vaiko, expressed himself
to be ``satisfied'' with the $100-million ``credit'' the External
Affairs Minister, Mr. Jaswant Singh, had promised Sri Lanka
during his visit to Colombo.
Hijacked vessel reaches Mumbai
The Italian cargo ship, mv Medstar, carrying 20
crew members and 14 stowaways, which moved from the high seas off
the Gujarat coast on Saturday, reached here tonight.
Syrians bid adieu to Assad
Thousands of Syrians poured onto the
streets of Damascus in the early hours of Tuesday to pay their
last respects to the man who had ruled them for the last three
New Governors for Haryana, Tripura
The Vajpayee Government has cleared the names
of Mr. Parmanand and Lt-General (Retd). V.R. Raghavan for
appointment as Governors of Haryana and Tripura. The present
incumbent in Meghalaya, Mr. M.M. Jacob, has been retained for a
second term, it is learnt.
Mountain of tasks before us, says visiting Kim
The South Korean President, Mr. Kim Dae-jung,
said today he hoped his unprecedented visit to North Korea would
banish the long shadow of war from the divided Korean peninsula
and pave the way for eventual reunification.
Advani in Jerusalem on a five-day visit
The Home Minister, Mr. L. K. Advani, arrived
here tonight on a five-day tour to study Israeli security system,
particularly counter-terrorism and border management.
Fernandes' visit: U.K. to push Hawk trainer jet sale
The Defence Minister, Mr. George Fernandes,
arrives in Britain today on the first official visit by an Indian
Defence Minister to the U.K. in over a decade. Mr. Fernandes will
meet his British counterpart, the Defence Secretary, Mr. Geoff
Hoon, the Minister in charge of licencing arms exports, the Trade
and Industry Secretary, Mr. Stephen Byers, and members of the
International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) during his
I was shattered by Cronje's offer: Kallis
Another South African cricketer, Jacques
Kallis, today claimed he was approached by Hansie Cronje with a
bribe offer during the Bangalore test, but said he had turned it
Bacher, Majid should furnish proof: PCB chief
The Pakistan Cricket Board chairman, Lt.
General Tauqir Zia, has said the inquiry into match-fixing
allegations would not be reopened on the basis of statements made
by the United Cricket Board of South Africa managing director,
Dr. Ali Bacher, and former Pakistan skipper, Majid Khan, that two
matches involving Pakistan in the 1999 World Cup were fixed.