Don't tinker with the Constitution: Narayanan
On the eve of the 52nd Republic Day, the
President, Mr. K.R. Narayanan, warned the country against the
attempts being made to tinker with the Constitution. In his
customary address to the nation, the President insisted that
there was no cause for losing faith in the democratic spirit and
arrangement enshrined in the Constitution.
Bharat Ratna for Lata, Bismillah Khan
The melody queen, Ms. Lata Mangeshkar, and
the shehnai maestro, Ustad Bismillah Khan, were tonight awarded
Bharat Ratna, the nation's highest civilian honour.
Help stop J&K violence, U.S. tells Pakistan
The Bush administration has welcomed the
extension of the ceasefire in Kashmir by the Indian Government
and has called on Pakistan to use its influence with the militant
groups ``very soon'' to halt the violence.
Vijayaraje passes away
The senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader,
Vijayaraje Scindia - popularly known as ``Rajmata'' - died here
early this morning after a prolonged illness.
India, Pak. clash at Geneva
India and Pakistan today clashed over the
situation in Jammu and Kashmir with New Delhi calling upon
Islamabad to demonstrate its commitment to dialogue in a
``meaningful manner'' and ``show more encouraging signs'' that it
was ready to end cross-border terrorism.
U.S. arrests two Pak. brothers for smuggling hi-tech cameras
After a four-month sting operation, the
United States Customs Service has arrested two brothers from
Pakistan - Mr.Tanzeem Khan and Mr.Tauquir Khan - and has charged
them with trying to smuggle sophisticated cameras for military
intelligence gathering to a Pakistani government laboratory. One
of the brothers is a naturalised American citizen while the other
is on a student visa. Both have been arrested for falsifying
shipping documents that said the cameras were on their way to
WEF meet: Import tariffs will be further lowered: Sinha
Import tariffs, already brought down to 35 per
cent, will be lowered further notwithstanding the total
dismantling of quantitative restrictions (QRs) from April 1 this
year, the Union Finance Minister, Mr. Yashwant Sinha, said today.
India, Algeria sign partnership declaration, trade accord
Driven by a common concern over terrorism and
hoping to expand their economic agenda, India and Algeria have
signed a ``partnership declaration'' and three other agreements.
Passport issue: Focus turns to Hindujas' networking
Perhaps never before in the past 50 years has an
Indian ``connection'' shaken up the British political
establishment so rudely as the Hindujas' passport affair leading
to the fall of one of the principal architects of New Labour and
arguably most charismatic Cabinet Minister, Mr. Peter Mandelson.
After a Cabinet meeting this morning, the Prime Minister, Mr.
Tony Blair, said it was now time to get on with business but his
ashen face was a give-away as indeed his funereal tone.