Ceasefire can be extended: PM
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee,
today indicated that the Government was not averse to extending
the current ceasefire beyond Ramzan provided Pakistan responded
in a ``substantive'' manner.
Sattar wants tripartite talks before Ramzan
The Pakistan Foreign Minister, Mr. Abdul
Sattar, has urged India to enter into a tripartite dialogue to
resolve the Kashmir dispute before the end of the Ramzan
ceasefire on December 27.
2 killed in landmine blast
After two days of relative calm in the Valley,
militants struck at two places today. In Baramulla, unidentified
militants triggered an IED-induced landmine blast killing two
persons and injuring 20; while in Anantnag, a Lashkar-e-Taiba
suicide squad attacked a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)
battalion, injuring at least seven soldiers.
Echo of accident: Mamata's resignation rejected
The Railway Minister, Ms. Mamata Banerjee,
today sent in her resignation from the Union Cabinet, owning
moral responsibility for last Saturday's train accident in
Punjab, in which as many as 43 passengers were killed.
Advani, Joshi must quit: Cong.
Three days ahead of the eighth anniversary of
the demolition of the Babri Masjid, Congressmen today demanded
the resignation of Union Ministers, Mr. L. K. Advani, Dr. Murli
Manohar Joshi and Ms. Uma Bharti, and forced the Speaker to
adjourn the Lok Sabha for the day.
High alert in U.P.
Police and paramilitary forces were put on high
alert in Uttar Pradesh, especially in Ayodhya, Mathura and
Varanasi in view of the anniversary of the demolition of disputed
structure in Ayodhya on December 6, official sources said today.
Krishna refuses comment
The Karnataka Chief Minister, Mr. S.M.
Krishna, today refused comment on the remarks of the Defence
Minister, Mr. George Fernandes, about the deployment of Central
forces to nab the forest brigand, Veerappan.
Postal strike as planned
The Joint Council of Action of postal workers
tonight decided to proceed with its plan to go on a countrywide
strike from 6 a.m. tomorrow.
More CRPF men for Assam
The Centre is rushing 18 additional companies
of the CRPF to Assam following a request from the State
Government to deal with militant activities.
Curfew in Gujarat town
An indefinite curfew has been clamped in
Navsari in south Gujarat where communal disturbances occurred
this afternoon. The police fired six rounds and burst teargas
shells to disperse stone-throwing mobs.
27 policemen killed in bus accident
At least 27 policemen were killed when the bus
they were travelling in skidded off the road and fell into the
Chenab river at Chashma near Ramban, about 150 km from here, this
evening, a police spokesman said.
LTTE supporter deported
A Sri Lankan Tamil and LTTE supporter, Mr. M. K.
Eelavendhan, who had been residing in Chennai for more than a
decade, was deported to Colombo today flowing a Union Home