Fernandes, Farooq review security in Kashmir
The Unified Headquarters of all law enforcing
agencies in Jammu and Kashmir today reviewed the security
situation at a meeting chaired by the Chief Minister, Dr. Farooq
Abdullah. The Defence Minister, Mr. George Fernandes, a special
invitee, was briefed about the measures being taken to tackle the
Don't quit Valley, Hurriyat tells Sikhs
The Defence Minister, Mr. George Fernandes, and
his ministerial colleagues today shared the stage with prominent
Hurriyat leaders at the Mehjoor Nagar gurdwara in Srinagar, where
the bhog ceremony of the six Sikhs killed on February 3, was
held. Both sides pleaded with the Sikhs not to migrate from the
Kashmir Valley as such a step would only increase their problems.
New 'evidence' about human genes
In what is claimed to be a ``radical''
breakthrough which contradicts the conventional understanding of
human genes and their influence on behaviour, two teams of
British and American scientists have found that there are no more
than 30,000 to 40,000 genes - nearly a quarter less than what was
believed at the time of gene mapping last year.
Manipur CM expelled from party
Mr. Th. Chaoba, Union Minister of State for Food
Processing, in his capacity as working president of the Manipur
State Congress Party (MSCP), today expelled the Chief Minister,
Mr. W. Nipamacha, the Deputy Chief Minister, Mr. L. Chandramani,
and five other Ministers from the party for six years for ``anti-
Violence mars GNLF bandh
Sporadic arson and violence marred the start
of an ``indefinite hill-bandh'' today, called by the Gorkha
National Liberation Front (GNLF) to protest the attack on the
party chief, Mr. Subhas Ghising. The bandh paralysed normal life
across Darjeeling district of West Bengal, police said.
Clinton to visit Gujarat
The former U.S. President, Mr. Bill Clinton,
will visit India in April as part of his fund-raising effort for
the Gujarat quake victims, the India Post has said.
Mine officials suspended
The Union Minister of State for Coal, Syed
Shahnawaz Hussain, has ordered the suspension of three officials
of Bagdigi coal mine near Dhanbad, where tragedy struck on
February 2, claiming several lives.
Naresh Chandra to discuss sanctions with Powell
India's outgoing Ambassador to the United
States, Mr. Naresh Chandra, is expected to have his first meeting
with the U.S. Secretary of State, Gen. Colin Powell, on Monday.
Aside from the formalities of the meeting, the Indian envoy is
expected to push for early high-level meeting between the two
U.S. Congress clubs India with Israel, Palestine
India has to compete with the high-profile
West Asia for attention in the U.S. House of Representatives as
South Asia has been clubbed with Israel and Palestine in the
newly- constituted 107th Congress.