'Offer addressed to Pak. too'
The Government's ceasefire initiative in
Kashmir is addressed not only to Kashmiri militants but ``also to
Pakistan,'' the Union Home Minister, Mr. L.K.Advani, said today,
even as in the Valley militants blasted an Army vehicle killing
three soldiers and wounding 12. (In all, 11 persons, including
five militants, were killed, and 22 injured in various incidents
on the first day of the unilateral ceasefire.)
Bush ready to take over, Gore goes to the people
Even as the Texas Governor, Mr. George W.
Bush, is going ahead with the transition process, the Vice-
President, Mr. Al Gore, has asked the American people to stay
behind him. The Constitution mattered more than convenience, he
said and appealed for patience.
Respond to LTTE offer, say peace activists
Less than a day after the LTTE leader, Mr V.
Prabhakaran, offered unconditional peace talks provided the
Government created a `cordial' atmosphere, a blast in northern
Sri Lanka, suspected to be the handiwork of the separatist
rebels, killed seven civilians and wounded at least 28. The
incident took place early this morning when a private bus
exploded as it ran over a landmine planted on the highway at
Kabitigollewa in Anuradhapura district.
BCCI verdict on tainted players today
The five tainted players and a
physiotherapist presented themselves in front of the Disciplinary
Committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and
promptly denied any involvement in betting and match-fixing.
Cong grills Govt. on QRs
The plight of farmers figured in both Houses
of Parliament for the second consecutive day with the Congress
being forced to walk out in Rajya Sabha after the Union
Agriculture Minister, Mr. Nitish Kumar, marshalled arguments to
best Congress leaders, Dr. Manmohan Singh and Mr. Pranab
Laloo in judicial custody as bail lapses
The former Chief Minister and RJD president, Mr.
Laloo Prasad Yadav, was remanded to judicial custody on the
technical ground that his provisional bail in connection with the
disproportionate assets case was not renewed even as it lapsed
Paswan launches party
The much-touted political outfit of the
Communications Minister, Mr. Ram Vilas Paswan, finally came into
being amid fanfare at a public rally here today.
Hizb owns up blast, threatens more
The Hizb-ul-Mujahideen stuck the first blow
to the Indian ceasefire initiative in Jammu and Kashmir by
claiming responsibility for a landmine attack near Anantnag that
killed three soldiers.
Inderfurth asks LTTE to abandon terrorism
The U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South
Asia, Mr. Karl Inderfurth, today appealed to the LTTE to
``abandon terrorism'' and pursue its political aims through