10 killed, over 50 hurt as blasts rock Kashmir
At least 10 persons were killed and 56 injured in
two militancy- related incidents in Jammu and Kashmir today. The
dead included two Army jawans and a young girl. A bomb also
exploded outside the National Conference headquarters in Jammu
early in the morning but did not cause any damage.
No talks with VHP, says Muslim Law Board
The All-India Muslim Personal Law Board today
indicated that it was prepared to consider the possibility of a
negotiated settlement of the Babri Masjid-Ramjanmabhoomi issue,
albeit with a proviso that the negotiations would only be held
with the Central Government.
Political overtones to Sonia's Kumbh visit
The proposed visit of the
Congress president, Ms. Sonia Gandhi, here tomorrow morning is
fast becoming a political issue. Will she be coming here to send
a message that she has embraced Hinduism? Will the visit send a
signal that she is certainly no longer a ``foreigner'' but a
person who has accepted Indian culture and traditions?
VHP unveils construction plan
Outlining the action plan for Ram temple
construction at the disputed site in Ayodhya, the Vishwa Hindu
Parishad today declared that the ``faithfuls'' who had demolished
the structure could build a temple there.
Taliban denies closure of its offices in Pak.
The Taliban has denied as ``baseless' reports
in the Pakistani press that Islamabad has closed down all its
offices, following the slapping of United Nations Security
Council sanctions on the fundamentalist regime in Afghanistan.
West Bengal CM warns against imposition of President's rule
The West Bengal Chief Minister, Mr.
Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, today warned the Centre against imposing
President's rule in the State.
Ethical norms set for new team
The first day ended as impressively as it
began for the new President of the United States, Mr. George W.
Bush. From a private prayer service at St. John's Episcopal
Church near Lafayette Park, Mr. Bush and Ms Laura Bush made their
way through a number of glittering inaugural balls.
Clinton rides into sunset in a trail of adulation
In all the focus on the inauguration
ceremonies including the parade that followed, there was also
attention on something that had been a fixture of the media here
for the last eight years - the outgoing President, Mr. Bill
Engagement with Saudi Arabia not aimed at Pak: Jaswant
India's new engagement with Saudi Arabia is
aimed at expanding the bilateral relationship and not directed at
Pakistan, the External Affairs Minister, Mr. Jaswant Singh
'Ex-U.K. Minister lobbied for Hinduja's passport'
A fresh controversy has erupted over the grant of
British citizenship to Mr. Srichand Hinduja two years ago,
following allegations that it was given in exchange for his
£ one million donation to the Millennium Dome and at the
intervention of the Northern Ireland secretary, Mr. Peter
Mandelson, who was then the Minister in-charge of the Dome.
Rail pact with Pak. extended by 3 years
India and Pakistan today agreed to extend the
bilateral agreement on rail communications by three years. Both
sides agreed to some minor modifications such as two extra
coaches to the bi-weekly Samjhauta Express during the peak
season, a truncated freight train comprising wagons of higher
axle load and better quality coaches.
India, Bangladesh reintroduce rail link
The railway route between Bangladesh
and India was re-established through Benapole today with the
arrival of a goods train from the Indian bordering point of