Opposition assails Govt. again on temple issue
The Opposition today mounted an attack again
on the Government through a motion disagreeing with the Prime
Minister's statement giving a clean chit to the three Union
Ministers charged by the Central Bureau of Investigation in the
Babri Masjid demolition case.
RSS' new formula
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh spokesman,
Mr. M. G. Vaidya, today came up with a new formula for an out-of-
court settlement of the Ayodhya issue, according to which the
Centre should decontrol the land acquired by it at Ayodhya and
hand it over to the original owners.
Paddy: A.P. demand conceded
The Centre today conceded yet another demand
of the Andhra Pradesh Government to procure the ``swaran
masoori'' variety of paddy from the State as the superior Grade A
variety, instead of the Common variety. This means that the Food
Corporation of India will pay a minimum support price of Rs. 540
per quintal meant for the superior paddy, instead of Rs. 510 per
quintal for the Commom paddy in the State. This will bring an
additional burden of about Rs. 9 crore on the Centre.
The Chief Minister, Mr. N. Chandrababu Naidu,
who spoke to Telugu Desam MPs in Delhi at a teleconference this
morning, said that he can consider withdrawing Telugu Desam
support to the NDA Government because of the Centre's lukewarm
attitude to A.P.'s demand for parity between wheat and paddy, and
between A.P. and Punjab.
PM reviews J&K ceasefire
Ahead of a meeting of the Cabinet Committee
on Security Affairs expected later this month to review the
current ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir and decide whether to
extend it or not, an informal meeting was convened by the Prime
Minister today where the issue is believed to have been
BJP terms Hurriyat stance 'good sign'
The Bharatiya Janata Party today described
the Hurriyat stance welcoming the ceasefire initiative and
expressing its readiness for talks as a ``good sign'' which
``could lead to peace in the Kashmir Valley''.
Postal services to be normal soon
The postal strike ended formally today with
the largest postal federation - the National Federation of Postal
Employees (NFPE) - directing its members to join duty from
tomorrow. A formal communication will be given to the Postal
Department tomorrow, the NFPE secretary general, Mr. R.L.
Hizb denies reports of Saudi meet
The Hizb-ul-Mujahideen has denied reports in
a section of the press that Kashmiri leaders from both sides of
the border are to meet in the next few days in Saudi Arabia to
chalk out a strategy in the light of recent initiatives by India