Quake rumbles through nations
An earthquake measuring up to 6.7 on the Richter
scale rocked Central Asia today, panicking residents from Kabul
to New Delhi and prompting many to flee their homes.
Seismologists said the quake's epicentre was in northern
Afghanistan near the Tajikistan border.
Delhi feels a 'distant shock'
Almost a month after the high-intensity
earthquake that caused large-scale devastation in Gujarat,
another quake of moderate intensity shook many parts of northern
India this morning.
NDA neglecting farmers: Sonia
The Congress president, Ms. Sonia Gandhi,
today accused the BJP-led coalition at the Centre of being
clueless about running the Government.
Railway Budget may offer innovative schemes
Some innovative measures to mop up additional
revenue, thrust on upgradation of the system, including
signaling and telecommunication networks, and allotment of more
funds to provide amenities for the travelling public, are among
the likely highlights of the railway budget for 2001-2002 to be
presented tomorrow to the Lok Sabha by Mamata Banerjee for the
second successive year.
Nagaland ceasefire may be broadbased
The Centre is ``actively considering'' the
proposal of the Nagaland Government to extend the ongoing three-
year-old ceasefire agreement with the National Socialist Council
of Nagaland (NSCN- Isaac-Muivah) to two other major insurgent
groups in the State.
Ball in India's court, says Salahuddin
The Hizb-ul-Mujahideen today offered to cease
fire in Kashmir if India was prepared to accept the proposition
of the pro-Pakistan Kashmiri leader, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, for
resolution of the Kashmir dispute.
We will block BALCO deal: Jogi
The controversy over the Central Government's
decision to sell BALCO shows no sign of abating. A day after the
Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, indicated that the deal would
go through, the Chattisgarh Chief Minister, Mr. Ajit Jogi, today
said his Government would bring in an official resolution in the
Assembly to block the deal which, he said, reeked of corruption.
The Radhabinod Koijam Government in Manipur was
jolted today when the Health Minister, Mr. Nimachand Luwang, said
he had resigned and claimed two other Ministers also followed
'Alternative fuel ready'
The working of the Tarapur Nuclear Power
Plant will not be affected even if Russia stops supply of fuel,
the Director of the BARC, Mr. Anil Kakodkar, has said.
Police today detained a 38-year-old German
national carrying a knife when he was entering into ``Vajra Vidya
Sansthan'' in Sarnath, near here, where the Buddhist monk, Ugyen
Trinley Dorji, was staying, according to sources here.
The ruling CPI(M) retained the Kadamtala
Assembly seat in north Tripura when its candidate, Mr. Subodh
Nath, was declared elected.
Inflation at new high
The annual inflation rate zoomed up by 0.36
percentage points to touch a new high of 8.57 per cent for week
ended February 10.
Gujarat Govt. announces package to revive economy
In a bid to rehabilitate the industries
damaged by the Republic Day earthquake, the Gujarat Government
today announced a Rs. 1,000 crore comprehensive package to help
revive the economy.