Talks only if Pakistan stops violence: Vajpayee
Amid indications that the Government is ready
to review, and possibly extend, the ceasefire in Jammu and
Kashmir after the current ceasefire ends with Ramzan, the Prime
Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, today said that India was
ready to hold talks with Pakistan, but the violence and killings
by militants must stop.
PM statement soon
The Home Minister,
Mr. L.K. Advani, today said the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari
Vajpayee, would soon make a statement in Parliament on whether
the Government would extend the ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir
Pak. monitoring statements
Pakistan is closely monitoring statements
emanating from various quarters in India on the possibility of
resumption of dialogue between the two countries following recent
initiatives from both sides.
Ready to join the road to peace: Hurriyat
The All Party Hurriyat Conference, reiterating
its stand on ceasefire, today swore by unity and said it would
join any of the comprehensive, meaningful and result-oriented
political process aimed at finding a permanent solution to the
Cong. committed to economic reforms, says Sonia
The Congress president, Ms. Sonia Gandhi,
today utilised the FICCI platform to categorically state her
party's economic stance - and the message she gave out was that
the ``Congress needs no certificate of its commitment to economic
reforms from anybody.''
Postal unions call off strike
The 13-day nationwide postal strike was
called off tonight after an agreement was reached following the
latest round of negotiations between the leaders of the three
federations of postal employees and the Communications Minister,
Mr. Ram Vilas Paswan.
Kashmiri leaders to meet in Saudi Arabia
Kashmiri leaders from both sides of the Line
of Control are expected to meet in Saudi Arabia in the next few
days, the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen spokesman, Mr. Saleem Hashmi, said
here today. The Hizb commander, Syed Salahuddin, had already
reached Saudi Arabia for the meeting.
We can't be hustled into globalisation: Sinha
The Union Finance Minister, Mr. Yashwant
Sinha, under pressure from practically all shades of investors,
domestic and foreign, to hasten economic reforms and
globalisation, today advocated patience. ``India cannot be
hustled into globalisation,'' he said at a meeting organised by
FICCI as part of its annual general meeting.
Bush and Powell proclaim 'uniquely American internationalism'
As India gets ready to engage the new
Republican administration and begins to assess the direction of
American foreign policy in the next four years, it had the first
signals from the President- elect, Mr. George W. Bush, yesterday,
to chew on.