Consensus in ASEAN for summit with India?
A ``consensus is perhaps emerging'' within the
Association of South East Asian Nations for a separate summit
meeting with India, Mr. Brajesh Mishra, Principal Secretary to
the Prime Minister, told Indian reporters this evening as Mr. A.
B. Vajpayee wrapped up his tour of Vietnam.
'India, Vietnam must strive for stable environment'
The Vietnamese Prime Minister, Mr. Phan Van Khai,
has said that Vietnam and India need to work together for
building a peaceful and stable regional and international
environment ``without causing detriment to any third party.''
Centre to await Bengal response
Expressing grave concern over the prevailing
``climate of terror'' in the violence-hit Garbeta town, the Union
Home Minister, Mr. L. K. Advani, today said the Centre would
consider ``every aspect of the situation'' before taking any
decision on West Bengal.
48 injured in Kashmir blasts
Militants today made an abortive bid to blow up
the Central Telegraph Office (CTO) in Srinagar by detonating a
bomb outside the building in which 28 people were injured, some
of them seriously, while in Anantnag, 20 people were injured when
a grenade thrown by militants exploded and a middle-rung Hurriyat
leader escaped a bid on his life.
Qureshi withdraws petition challenging arrest
In an anticlimax to a 12-day legal battle,
Mohammed Hashim Qureshi, a founder-member of the Jammu and
Kashmir Democratic Liberation Front, today withdrew his writ
petition challenging his arrest in connection with the hijacking
of an Indian Airlines plane in 1971.
Bharat Shah's firms raided
The Mumbai police today raided a few business
premises of the film financier and diamond trader, Bharat Shah,
arrested for his alleged links with the underworld, but found
Jitendra Prasada critical
The Senior party leader and Congress Working
Committee member, Mr. Jitendra Prasada, was in a ``critical
condition'' following a brain haemorrhage late last night. Mr.
Prasada, who suffered a stroke close to midnight, was first
rushed to the nearby Ram Manohar Lohia hospital and later shifted
to the Apollo hospital, in the early hours of the morning.
Vajpayee offer to develop Vietnam's infrastructure
India would be ready to assist with ``requisite
capital'' the development of transportation, telecommunications,
railways, power generation and water supply in Vietnam, the Prime
Minister, Mr. A. B. Vajpayee, said today.