'Parliament will decide on autonomy issue'
Whatever needs to be done on the autonomy
resolution passed by the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly will be done
by Parliament, the Union Home Minister, Mr. L. K. Advani, told a
press conference here today.
Vajpayee seeks greater FDI flow from EU
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee,
today initiated the process for faster inflow of Foreign Direct
Investment (FDI) into India by proposing constitution of a joint
Government-industry group to look into all aspects of project
Most telecom unions call off proposed strike
The Government today claimed that a majority
of telecom employee unions had called off their proposed one-day
strike tomorrow following an appeal by the Communications
Minister, Mr. Ram Vilas Paswan. However, some unions are planning
to go ahead with the strike.
India, Russia to upgrade defence ties
Russia and India have agreed to upgrade their
military and technical cooperation and set up a joint commission
at the Defence Ministry level, diplomatic sources said.
U.S. to help free peacekeepers
The United States has assured India that it
would take up with the concerned authorities the issue of
securing the safety of Indian peacekeepers in strife-torn Sierra
Leone even as New Delhi sought ``greater clarity'' and
cooperation to ensure their well-being.
Defence file banning middlemen missing
The all-important file containing the
Government Order of 1985-86 eliminating middlemen in defence
deals is missing, hampering the probe by the Central Vigilance
Commissioner into allegations of kickbacks in the multi-crore
Fiji coup plotters today said they would not
accept the military authorities' 24-hour ultimatum to sign an
'Extension for judicial officers only on HC advice'
The continuation in service of a judicial
officer beyond 58 years (and up to 60 years) is permissible only
when the State High Court concerned makes a positive
recommendation in favour of that officer for such continuation,
the Supreme Court has ruled.
Even as the Norwegian special envoy, Mr. Erik
Solheim, is here, amid signs of an emerging consensus between the
ruling People's Alliance coalition and the United National
Party(UNP) on a political solution to Sri Lanka's ethnic crisis,
a hand grenade was hurled at the office of the U.K.- Norwegian
aid agency ``Save the Children'' early today. Mr. Solheim arrived
Centre for 'playing down' autonomy issue
Faced with a fait accompli in terms of the
autonomy resolution passed by the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly, the
Government seems keen on playing down the whole issue. As of now,
the Government's inclination seems to be to treat the resolution
as a `proposal' for a dialogue between the Jammu and Kashmir
Government and the Centre and nothing more.
EU welcomes India's voluntary n-moratorium
The agreed wording in the European Union-
India Joint Declaration on sensitive nuclear-related issues is
regarded significant, considering that the E.U. had sharply
reacted to Indian nuclear tests two years ago (though there has
since been an increasing recognition of the ground reality).
Temple damaged in Medak dt.
A temple on the outskirts of Rajampet village
in Sangareddy mandal of Medak district was damaged by miscreants
on Monday night.