BCCI suspends five cricketers
The Board of Control for Cricket in India
today suspended five cricketers - Mohammad Azharuddin, Ajay
Jadeja, Nayan Mongia, Ajay Sharma and Manoj Prabhakar - for a
period of 15 days. The action comes two days after the Central
Bureau of Investigation (CBI) report on match-fixing was made
Emotional scenes as Basu makes his exit
Mr. Jyoti Basu, the longest-serving Chief
Minister in the country, today left Writers' Buildings - seat of
the West Bengal Government - for good. Chanting of slogans,
farewell salutes, waving and weeping by supporters marked the
Suraj Bhan shifted to H.P.
Mr. Suraj Bhan has been moved out of the Raj
Bhavan in Lucknow and posted as the Governor of Himachal Pradesh.
His place in Lucknow has gone to Mr. Vishnu Kant Shastri,
incumbent Governor of Himachal Pradesh.
Rajasthan power project goes critical
The unit-4 of the Rajasthan Atomic Power Project
(RAPP) of the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL)
achieved criticality early today after obtaining regulatory
clearance from the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB).
Tension as Shias take to the streets
A powerful landmine blast triggered by
militants in Budgam district of central Kashmir this afternoon
killed six persons including the general secretary of the Pradesh
Congress Committee, Aga Syed Mehdi. Immediately, tension gripped
the Shia- dominated area as thousands took to the streets and
raised slogans against the killers.
Into the blind alley of marriage
A 27-year-old woman turned blind after her in-
laws allegedly applied `kajal' (a black cosmetic powder used to
darken eyelids) dipped in acid as she refused to bring more
It is a fight to the finish, says Medha Patkar
It is now a fight to the finish, the Narmada
Bachao Andolan leader, Ms. Medha Patkar, told The Hindu here
today of her struggle against the Sardar Sarovar dam and the
resultant displacement of about 4 lakh people in the four States
of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan.
Ambika Soni quits party post, to seek support for Sonia
Close on the heels of Mr. Jitendra Prasada's
forays to the State capitals to garner support, Ms. Sonia
Gandhi's loyalists have decided to take the plunge. The AICC
general secretary, Ms. Ambika Soni, today quit her post to
spearhead Ms. Gandhi's campaign.
India, Pak. urged to exercise restraint
The U.S. today admitted that neither India
nor Pakistan were ``going to give up their nuclear weapons''
unless some underlying issues were resolved but appealed for
restraint on both sides, even as it ruled out its mediation over
the Kashmir issue.