Krishna calls emergency Cabinet meeting
The Karnataka Cabinet is holding an emergency
meeting here on Monday morning to discuss the situation arising
out of the Supreme Court order against the release of the
associates of the forest brigand, Veerappan, detained under the
Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act.
We are with you: Sonia
The Congress(I) president, Ms. Sonia Gandhi,
has sent Mr. Ghulam Nabi Azad, one of the AICC(I) general
secretaries, to Bangalore, to assure the Karnataka Chief
Minister, Mr. S.M. Krishna, that he had the full support of the
party's central leadership in handling the difficult situation
arising out of the kidnapping of the Kannada icon, Mr. Rajkumar,
by brigand Veerappan.
26 soldiers die as Army launches offensive in Jaffna
At least 26 soldiers were killed and hundreds
wounded when the Sri Lankan Army launched a fresh offensive
against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Jaffna
peninsula early today.
T.N. to move S.C. for ultras' release
Even as the kidnap episode involving the
Kannada actor, Mr. Rajkumar, entered a delicate phase, the Tamil
Nadu Government decided to file a counter-petition in the Supreme
Court as part of its ``legal efforts'' to press for the release
of the five extremists jailed in the State. Their release is one
of the key demands made by the forest brigand Veerappan.
E.C. calls meet on model code
The Election Commission has convened an all-
party meeting on September 16 here in a bid to evolve a consensus
on the contentious issue of implementation of the Model Code of
Conduct. This exercise assumes significance in view of the
Assembly polls in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Assam and
Pondicherry slated for early next year.
A.P. to get Rs. 148 cr. aid
The Centre will provide about Rs. 148 crores
to Andhra Pradesh as immediate assistance to help tide over the
damage caused by the recent floods.
PM's U.S. visit: CII sets $15 bn. FDI target
In the backdrop of the Prime Minister's visit
to the United States, the Confederation of Indian industry (CII)
has finalised a report identifying 13 sectors with potential of
increasing Indo-US economic cooperation. Apart from information
technology, these include the financial sector, energy,
environment, pharmaceuticals and even the social sector.
Use military to nab Veerappan: Bitta
The chairman of the All-India Anti-Terrorism
Front, Mr. M.S. Bitta, has demanded a joint operation by the Army
and other Central forces to nab forest brigand Veerappan.
Pak. initiative to gloss over embarrassment
On the eve of the departure of the Chief
Executive, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, to New York to take part in the
millennium United Nations Assembly session, the Pakistani
Military Government has announced two major initiatives.
U.S. may declare some Pak. outfits as terrorist: Mishra
The United States is considering declaring
some militant groups in Pakistan as terrorist outfits and is
``doing everything'' to ensure that Islamabad created a conducive
atmosphere in Kashmir for resumption of Indo-Pak dialogue, the
Prime Minister's principal secretary, Mr. Brajesh Mishra said
Pilot error caused Alliance Air plane crash?
Pilot error is seen as the probable cause of the
crash of the Alliance Air Boeing 737-200 on July 17 at Patna if
the readouts of the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) and the solid
state flight data recorder (SFDR), which together constitute the
``black box'', are any indication.