Infiltration the issue: Advani
The Union Home Minister, Mr. L.K. Advani, today
said the country could open a dialogue with Pakistan only if it
discontinued its support to militants from across the border.
BJP cautious, Cong. sees hope
Though the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party was
somewhat cautious in its response today to Pakistan's offer of
exercising ``maximum restraint'' on the Line of Control in
Kashmir, the Opposition parties, particularly the Left and the
Congress, view the offer as a ``positive development'' which
could be used to start ``parallel talks'' with Pakistan even as
India goes ahead to develop its offer of talks with militant
groups in Kashmir.
'Pak. response encouraging'
The former All-Party Hurriyat Conference
chairman, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, sees Pakistan's response of
exercising restraint along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and
Kashmir as a ``positive and encouraging development'', which can
be used to create a conducive atmosphere for initiating the peace
Advani rekindles Sufi memories
It was the Union Home Minister, Mr. L.K. Advani's
day out today in the holy city of Ajmer. After a gap of 30 years,
he visited the world-famous `dargah' here to offer chaddar at the
mazaar (mausoleum) of the Sufi saint, Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti.
Earlier, he offered prayers at the Brahma temple at Pushkar.
SC judge to probe rail accident
The Union Railways Minister, Ms. Mamata
Banerjee, has said the accident on the Ambala-Amritsar section of
Northern Railway on Saturday was a serious matter, adding that
those found responsible would not be spared.
Eight coaches of the Pune-Jammu Tawi
Jhelum Express derailed between Talvadya and Khaigaon stations on
Khandwa-Itarsi section of the Central Railway today, disrupting
rail traffic, official sources said here. Nobody was injured in
the accident that occurred at 5.30 a.m.
'Why Central forces?'
The Defence Minister, Mr. George Fernandes,
today almost disapproved of the decision of his own Government to
send Border Security Force personnel and National Security Guard
commandos to nab forest brigand, Veerappan.
The annual inflation rate fell marginally by
0.14 percentage points to 7.41 per cent in the week ended
November 18 despite the continuing rise in manufactured product
I'm soon-to-be President: Bush
The outcome of the November 7 U.S.
presidential election continued to be argued in a Florida Circuit
court on Saturday by lawyers of the Gore and Bush campaigns while
a confident Texas Governor, Mr. George W. Bush, declared himself
as ``soon-to-be President''.