Rajkumar's release 'anytime now'
Efforts to secure the release of the Kannada
actor, Mr. Rajkumar, and two of his relatives held hostage by the
forest brigand Veerappan for the last 77 days, appear headed for
the much-prized moment, with some definitive word on their
freedom expected late tonight.
The Karnataka Government has not received any
concrete information about the effort by the team of emissaries
to secure the release of the matinee idol, Mr. Rajkumar, and two
others from the brigand Veerappan's captivity.
U.S. planning strikes against Osama?
Is the United States planning to strike once
again at the bases of the Saudi dissident, Osama bin Laden, in
Adequate relief for States, says PM
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee,
today said the State Governments would not face any serious
handicap due to the abolition of the National Fund for Calamity
Relief or non- constitution of the National Calamity Contingency
Fund as they had been assured of adequate resources to tackle
RDX haul in Delhi, 2 held
A record 30 kg of lethal RDX and
sophisticated timer devices were seized from two terrorists in a
swift operation carried out jointly by detectives of the Central
Bureau of Investigation and Delhi police in the Capital on
Integrate with the culture of the land, Sudarshan tells minorities
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) continued
from where it left at Nagpur, sounding the minorities, especially
the Christians, on its latest theme of ``Indianisation'' of their
religious order while rejecting the present economic policies as
being unsuitable for the country's growth and advocating a
`Swadeshi' model instead.
Time of waiting at the WTO
Close to a year after the failure of the third
ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the
many differences that led to the `Seattle debacle' remain
unresolved though some of the more controversial issues are
making a back-door entry into global trading practices through
bilateral and regional agreements.
Bush against sanctions, will not impose CTBT
The U.S. Presidential candidate of the
Republican party, Mr. George Bush, has said that if elected he
would not press India to sign the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty
and favoured the immediate lifting of all sanctions against
India, the visiting Congress leader, Mr. Murli Deora, and the
chairman of Ethnic Republican in Detroit, Mr. Raj Bothra, who met
Mr. Bush in Detroit yesterday, said.