India, U.S. can change the world, says Clinton
The U.S. President, Mr. Bill Clinton,
hosted for the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, the
largest ever banquet of his presidency to a single visiting
dignitary saying the Indian leader and he had built ``the
strongest and most mature partnership'' the two countries had
No pressure on CTBT: PM
On his way back home after talks with the
U.S. President, Mr. Bill Clinton, the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal
Behari Vajpayee, declared here tonight that India will not accept
any bindings on the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) that
would limit its independence in strategic matters.
Columbus, Ganesha at star-studded banquet
Hollywood stars, sports icons and leaders
of the Internet revolution feted the Prime Minister, Mr. A.B.
Vajpayee, at a White House banquet on Sunday night.
No need to satisfy Advani: Basu
The West Bengal Chief Minister, Mr. Jyoti
Basu, today said he would reply tomorrow to the Union Home
Minister, Mr. L. K. Advani's letter accusing the State Government
of failing to ``satisfactorily deal'' with the political
violence, and asserted that it was not his purpose to satisfy Mr.
Cabinet discussion on Friday?
The law and order situation in West Bengal
is likely to figure at the meeting of the Union Cabinet which may
be held on September 22 after the return of the Prime Minister,
Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, from his U.S. visit, highly placed
sources in the Government indicated today. Mr. Vajpayee is
returning to the Capital on Tuesday night.
Gopal for the forest yet again
The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Mr. M.
Karunanidhi, and the Karnataka Home Minister, Mr. Mallikarjuna
Kharge, today discussed the ``modalities to be adopted'' for
securing the early release of the Karnataka actor, Mr. Rajkumar,
held hostage by forest brigand, Veerappan, in the light of the
TADA cases coming up in the Supreme Court tomorrow.
'Chidambaram welcome to join BJP, if he wants to'
The search for a high-profile leader from
Tamil Nadu to fill the vacancy in the BJP ranks caused by the
death of P.R. Kumaramangalam and the fact that Mr. P.
Chidambaram, former Finance Minister and Tamil Maanila Congress
leader, finds himself in a bit of a political jam has fuelled
speculation that the BJP may be trying to bring him over to its
LTTE counter-attack unsuccessful: Colombo
At least 63 combatants were killed and more
than 200 wounded when the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)
launched a fierce counter-attack on the Sri Lankan security
forces in the Chavakachcheri area of Jaffna peninsula on Sunday,
the Government said today.
Ashraff's widow to contest polls
Bowing to the established traditions of South
Asian politics, the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) has
nominated the widow of M.H.M. Ashraff, the minister who was
killed in a helicopter crash last week, to take his place as the
main candidate in his constituency in eastern Sri Lanka for the
October 10 general elections, and as the joint leader of the
Muivah freed on bail
The Nationalist Social Council of Nagaland leader, Mr.
Thuingaleng Muivah, jailed in Bangkok for travelling on forged
papers and jumping bail, was released on bail last week.
Rupee on a new low
Expressing concern over an imminent increase in
oil prices, leading financial markets reacted sharply with the
rupee touching a new all-time-low against the U.S. dollar in the
forex market and share prices tumbling to new lows at the Bombay
and National Stock Exchange today.