Suicide squad storms Red Fort, kills 3 jawans
A suicide squad, suspectedly belonging to the
Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba, struck at the high security Red
Fort late in the night on Friday killing three Army jawans and
injuring two. The two militants barged into the sensitive area,
catching unawares the jawans of the Rajputana Rifles and the Jat
Regiment inside the premises.
Curtains for women's bill?
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee,
today virtually sounded the death-knell for the Women's
Reservation Bill saying the Government would try to build a
consensus on ``other ways'' to increase representation of women
even as the last 15 minutes of the winter session witnessed a
stand-off between him and the Leader of the Opposition, Ms. Sonia
Hizb leaders demand meaningful talks
After a prolonged silence over the ceasefire and
its subsequent extension, developments a group of Hizb-ul-
Mujahideen leaders appeared at the Jamia Masjid in Srinagar today
and vowed to fight against any ``sell-out'' on Kashmir. The
group's chief commander (operations), Mr. Abdul Majid Dar, termed
the India and Pakistan initiatives ``sincere and important''.
'India has to talk to Pak.'
India has little option but to talk to
Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir conflict, the Chief Executive,
Gen. Pervez Musharraf, has said.
A week's holiday for Rly Ministry?
The Railway Ministry will virtually come to a
standstill for a week beginning from tomorrow. Almost the entire
brass of the Railway Ministry would be devoting its collective
talent to stage a two-hour meeting of the Hindi Consultative
Committee in Thiruvananthapuram on December 27. The meeting is
being held at the insistence of a politician fond of water sports
and the seashore.
Military launches attack on Jaffna
Sri Lanka today said the month-long ceasefire
declared by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam could be a
``productive exercise'' but it reserved the right to respond with
caution in the interests of national security.
Three cricketers likely to be stripped of award
The Government today said it was considering
withdrawal of Arjuna awards conferred on three cricketers -
Mohammad Azharuddin, Ajay Jadeja and Manoj Prabhakar - and had
given them 15 days' time to state their position as they have
been accused in the match-fixing.
16 killed in Assam
Sixteen persons, including 10 Bhutanese
woollen garment sellers, were shot dead and another was injured
by the National Democratic Front of Bodoland militants in the
lower Assam districts of Barpeta, Darrang and Nalbari last night
, according to official sources.
Arafat sees active role for India
In a letter to the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal
Behari Vajpayee, the Palestinian President, Mr. Yasser Arafat,
has made a case for India's active help at regional and
international levels to resolve the present crisis resulting from