Hizbul Mujahideen revokes ceasefire
In conformity with the build-up in the last
few days, the Hizbul Mujahideen today announced the withdrawal of
the July 24 ceasefire declaration saying India had failed to
reciprocate its gesture and demonstrated ``traditional
Govt. blames Pak., open for talks
The Government of India has noted with ``deep
regret'' the withdrawal of the ceasefire by Syed Salahuddin, and
has blamed Pakistan for torpedoing the peace process.
U.S. regrets decision, wants talks continued
The Clinton administration has expressed
regret at the decision of the Hizbul Mujahideen calling off the
ceasefire and is urging all parties to continue with the peace
process. ``We urge all sides to nurture and continue a process of
peace in Kashmir,''a State Department official told The Hindu.
Vote on Sri Lankan statute put off
The Sri Lankan Government's ambitious plan to
introduce a new Constitution aimed at resolving the ethnic
conflict suffered a setback today when it decided to adjourn the
debate and put off the vote on the controversial Bill, an
admission of its failure to muster the necessary two-thirds
PM unlikely to meet Musharraf in U.S.
While formal preparations for the visit of
the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, to the United
States are being worked out and the political, economic and
social agenda is being fine-tuned, the one thing being said with
a degree of ``certainty'' is that he will not meet General Pervez
Musharraf, Pakistan's military ruler.
Pak.-based organisations hail Hizbul decision
Pakistan-based militant organisations engaged
in fighting in Kashmir have welcomed the Hizbul Mujahideen's
decision to end its 15-day old ceasefire and said the move would
give a further fillip to the ongoing ``freedom struggle.''
Hizbul commanders go underground
The `commanders' of Pakistan based militant
outfit Hizbul Mujahideen went underground in Jammu and Kashmir
after the outfit today withdrew its unilateral ceasefire. The
Hizbul commanders, who represented the outfit in the first round
of talks with the Government representatives on August three,
went underground in the State immediately after the news of
withdrawal of the ceasefire became known here, sources close to
Bangaru Laxman elected BJP president
Mr. Bangaru Laxman was today declared elected
unopposed the new Bharatiya Janata Party president. The formal
announcement was made today by the returning officer for the
party elections, Mr O.P.Kohli, after scrutiny of nominations. All
the nomination papers filed were in favour of Mr Laxman.
Lack of boldness in handling Veerappan issue?
The reaction of the Chief Minister, Mr. S.M.
Krishna, and his Government to the abduction of the Kannada
superstar, Mr. Rajkumar, is considered to be one of panic. It is
being pointed out that they should have responded with a fair
degree of circumspection and boldness.
Govt. dragging its feet on Women's Bill: Sonia
The Congress(I) today launched a scathing
attack on the Government for delaying enactment of the Women's
Reservation Bill. Addressing a rally organised by the All-India
Mahila Congress to mark the 58th anniversary of Quit India
Movement, the party president, Ms. Sonia Gandhi, said the non-
inclusion of the Bill for discussion in the current session of
Parliament was an indication of the Government's lack of
commitment to the cause of women's empowerment.
Anwar faces political wilderness
The former Malaysian Finance Minister, Mr.
Anwar Ibrahim, was today sentenced to a nine-year jail term on
charges of sodomy by a High Court in Kuala Lumpur.
Lieberman may help shed 'Clinton baggage'
Calling it a miracle and that he would be both
honoured to accept the offer, the Democratic Senator from
Connecticut, Mr. Joseph Lieberman, has accepted the party ticket
Elder Statesman and former Chief Minister, Mr.
S. Nijalingappa, died at 10.35 p.m. at his residence ``Vinaya''
in Chitradurga today. He was admitted to the Bowring Hospital
here on July 15 following a fracture sustained at his home in
Chitradurga. He was shifted back to Chitradurga on July 27 after
he expressed a wish to return there.