We don't need APHC as mediator: Advani
The Centre today refused to accord the All-
Party Hurriyat Conference the status of mediator between New
Delhi and Islamabad, while stating that the Hurriyat leaders with
passports were free to travel to Pakistan.
Capital market safe, says Sinha
The Union Finance Minister, Mr. Yashwant
Sinha, today assured parliamentarians and investors that there
was no payment crisis at the Bombay Stock Exchange, and that the
Indian capital market was ``absolutely safe''.
BSE chief offers to quit
The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) president, Mr.
Anand Rathi, has offered to submit his resignation to the Board
of the exchange which is meeting tomorrow. This comes in the wake
of allegations of his involvement in a recent crisis in the stock
market. However, he has denied all the allegations.
TMC mounts pressure on Cong. to accept AIADMK's delink proposal
Virtually pouring cold water on the third front
proposal, the Tamil Maanila Congress today stepped up pressure on
the Congress to join the PMK-inclusive AIADMK front in Tamil
Nadu, accepting the ``alliance delink'' proposal for Pondicherry.
Cong. continues to haggle
The Congress today maintained that the number
of seats being offered to it by the AIADMK was ``insufficient''.
The party also indicated that apart from more seats in
Pondicherry and Tamil Nadu, it would like to be the first to form
a government in Pondicherry.
Shourie seeks audit of BALCO deal
Even as the Disinvestment Minister, Mr. Arun
Shourie, has written to the Comptroller and Auditor-General
seeking an audit of the BALCO sale transaction, an apex industry
chamber has described the entire controversy as ``embarrassing''
in an open letter to the Chhatisgarh Chief Minister, Mr. Ajit
Give protection to workers, SC tells Chhatisgarh
The controversy over privatising the BALCO
took a new turn today with the Supreme Court directing the
Chhatisgarh Government to provide full protection to workers and
the new management of the strike-bound aluminium plant.
Fiji Govt. quits
Fiji's ``interim'' Prime Minister, Mr.
Laisenia Qarase, today submitted the resignation of his
``Government'' to the President, Mr. Josefa Iloilo, ahead of an
all-crucial meeting of the Great Council of Chiefs which begins
in Suva tomorrow.
India's indigenously-built medium range
surface-to-air missile Akash, which is going to be inducted into
the Army next year, has been successfully test-fired today at
Balasore for the third time since February 27.
Bail plea rejected
The Mumbai High Court today rejected the bail
plea of incarcerated film financier Bharat shah, facing charge of
alleged nexus with the underworld.