Lashkar bid to storm Srinagar airport foiled
Twelve persons, including six Lashkar-e-Taiba
fidayeen (suicide squad members), and four CRPF jawans were
killed in a fierce gunfight at the gate of the highly-guarded
Srinagar airport this afternoon.
Home Ministry 'cool'
Notwithstanding the seriousness of the attack
by militants on the Srinagar airport complex, the Centre has
reasons to be satisfied with the response of the security forces,
which by evening had managed to kill all the six members of the
Lashkar-e-Taiba suicide squad.
Mamata, NDA team meet PM
The Railway Minister and Trinamool Congress
leader, Ms. Mamata Banerjee, met the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal
Behari Vajpayee, this evening, and presented to him ``evidence''
of a ``massacre'' in Midnapore district.
Jitendra Prasada passes away
The senior Congress leader, Mr. Jitendra
Prasada, who was admitted to Indraprastha Apollo Hospital here in
a critical condition last week, died early this afternoon
following a heart attack. Mr. Prasada is survived by his wife, a
son and a daughter.
India's views on APHC conveyed to Pak.
Even as the suspense continues over the issue
of travel documents to some leaders of the All-Party Hurriyat
Conference to enable them travel to Pakistan, the Indian
Government has categorically conveyed to the military government
here that it does not consider the Hurriyat sole representatives
of the Kashmiris.
Sikhism a separate religion, admits RSS
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh today
officially recognised Sikhism as a ``separate religion'' and
Sikhs as having a ``separate identity'' from Hindus.
Shankaracharyas' meet to counter VHP moves
Four Shankaracharyas are planning to announce
their own `sant sansad' ahead of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad's
`dharam sansad' scheduled to start on January 19 at the Kumbh
Mela in Allahabad. The move will surely take the steam out of the
'Road map' on talks with Pak. under study
Pakistan's emphasis on talks without a firm
commitment to rein in key insurgent groups is coming in the way
of its stalled dialogue with India.
Don't be influenced by false propaganda: Afghan Minister
The Afghanistan Foreign Minister, Mr. Wakil
Ahmad Muttawakil, has urged India not to be influenced by the
`false propaganda' of the Russians and come to the rescue of the
Taliban regime in fighting the imposition of tougher sanctions by
the United Nations.
India, Russia to step up cooperation
India and Russia have called for strict
enforcement of the U.N. sanctions against the Taliban and agreed
to step up their cooperation in promoting a U.N.-brokered
political settlement in Afghanistan.