Oil prices to go up
As world oil prices soar to record levels,
the Central Government is gearing to meet the impact by raising
the prices of oil products and cutting taxes. The extent of the
hike will depend on the Finance Ministry's willingness to reduce
import and excise duties on crude oil and petroleum products.
Chota Rajan shifted to undisclosed place
Thai authorities have shifted the underworld
don, Chota Rajan, to an undisclosed destination from a local
hospital where he was undergoing treatment for gunshot injuries
sustained in an attack even as one of the arrested assailants
vowed to hunt down and kill him within three months.
Bandh hits life in Mysore
The bandh called by various pro-Kannada
organisations on Friday, protesting against the delay in securing
the release of the Kannada matinee idol, Mr. Rajkumar, disrupted
life in Mysore city. Police said the bandh was peaceful.
Gopal yet to meet Veerappan
The Government emissary and Nakkeeran editor,
Mr. R. R. Gopal, was yet to make contact with the forest brigand
Veerappan. According to sources, heavy rain in the Thalawady and
Thalamalai forest areas of Sathyamangalam taluk had made it
difficult for a meeting to be arranged.
Telecom unions warn of yet another strike
Telecom unions today warned of another
nation-wide strike if the Union Cabinet failed to approve the
agreement signed by them with the Communications Ministry on job
security and guaranteed pension from the Consolidated Fund of
Uma Bharti summoned
The Justice Liberhan Commission, probing the
conspiracy angle in the demolition of the disputed structure in
Ayodhya, today ordered issue of summons to the Union Minister,
Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi, and Ms. Uma Bharati to depose on October
CPI(M) warns Centre against 'illegal' actions in Bengal
A day before two crucial meetings - a Union
Cabinet meeting tomorrow morning and the meeting of the National
Democratic Alliance leaders in the evening - the CPI(M)
politbureau has warned the Centre against taking any step that
will upset the constitutional scheme of Centre-State relations or
do anything else which is ``patently undemocratic and illegal.''
Safety of Indians key to Asia's security: PM
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari
Vajpayee, has said that the security of one billion Indians is
central to Asia's security and stability. India's experience had
taught it that in the absence of a non-discriminatory world
order, peace lay in strength, he said in an article in The
International Herald Tribune.
Cong. polls run into rough weather
With barely a month to go before the election
of the Congress President and the PCC chiefs, the Central
Election Authority (CEA) is at its wits end tending to the
problems that have been cropping up almost on a daily basis.
Sinha decries inequitous treatment by developed nations
India today charged the developed countries
with ``unreasonable'' anti-dumping actions and denying market
access on spurious considerations to squeeze out developing