SC clears Narmada dam height up to 138 metres in stages
In a significant decision, the Supreme Court
today gave the nod for the construction of the controversial
Sardar Sarovar dam on the Narmada river immediately up to a
height of 90 metres and thereafter up to 138 metres in stages on
getting proper sanction from the authorities concerned.
People's victory: Patel
The Supreme Court's verdict today favouring
construction of the Sardar Sarovar project triggered celebrations
here. Crackers were burst and sweets distributed in the State
Secretariat and a happy Chief Minister, Mr. Keshubhai Patel,
declared a half-day special holiday for Government employees and
schools in the capital. to celebrate the ``people's victory''.
A.P. bracing to face storm
The cyclonic storm, which today lay centered
350 km in the Bay of Bengal, east of Nellore, is likely to cross
the coast between Nellore and Machilipatnam on Thursday.
Can detenus' release free hostages, asks SC
The Supreme Court today asked the Karnataka
counsel how the State Government was sure that, on withdrawal of
``TADA charges'' against the 51 Veerappan associates as demanded
by the forest brigand, the actor, Mr. Rajkumar, would be set
free, when his (Veerappan's) other ``political demands were
'Nedumaran not Karnataka's choice'
The Congress president, Ms. Sonia Gandhi, today
said the Karnataka Government was not responsible for sending the
Tamil Nationalists Movement leader, Mr. P. Nedumaran, to join Mr.
R. R. Gopal, editor of Nakkeeran, to negotiate the release of the
hostages held by the brigand Veerappan.
RSS outburst worries BJP minority morcha
Muslim members of the BJP's minority morcha
today expressed concern over the adverse effect of the speeches
made by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leaders at their Agra
national security camp last weekend on their work to try and
bring more Muslims closer to the party.
Defence Intelligence Agency on the anvil
After months of brainstorming, the armed
forces are getting ready to establish a unified Defence
Intelligence Agency (DIA) as part of a revamped national
intelligence set up.
Second Opposition Speaker in Sri Lanka
Mr. Anura Bandaranaike, who has been elected
Speaker of Sri Lanka's 11th Parliament. is Sri Lanka's second
Opposition Speaker. His election was hailed by the local media as
a rapprochement between the People's Alliance(PA) and the UNP,
and the first step in the possible formation of a national
India `resells' copters to Britain
India is reported to have sold back to Britain
the entire fleet of the jinxed Westland helicopters, bought in a
controversial deal during Rajiv Gandhi's regime in 1985 against
expert technical advice.