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BJP, allies pick holes in 'expose'
The BJP and its alliance partners today unveiled a strategy calculated to rubbish the tehelka expose about the role of middlemen in defence deals.

PM defends Brajesh
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, today said the Shiv Sena had not ``conveyed to us'' the demand for the resignation of his Principal Secretary, Mr. Brajesh Mishra. As for the demand for Mr. Mishra's resignation, he said: ``He does not hold any public office''.

Fernandes had no role in Barak deal: Navy chief
The Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sushil Kumar, today said the former Defence Minister, Mr. George Fernandes, had not pushed through the controversial Barak missile deal.

Trinamool hardens stand against BJP
The Trinamool Congress today moved closer to the Congress, its parent body, and further distanced itself from the BJP, reiterating that it would not extend support to Vajpayee-led NDA Government as was demanded by the BJP.

CBI case against Sonia's secy.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a case under the Prevention of Corruption of Act against Mr. Vincent George, private secretary to the Congress president, Ms. Sonia Gandhi.

 Lata Mangeshkar given Bharat Ratna
Lata Mangeshkar, whose rendition of ``Ae mere watan ke logon'' brought tears to the eyes of the country's first Prime Minister, was honoured with the country's highest civilian award - Bharat Ratna - here this evening.

India unmoved by Pak. line on CTBT
India is unlikely to modify its current position on the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty even if Pakistan, under economic compulsions, decides to sign the agreement to ban nuclear testing worldwide.

Canada lifts sanctions
In a move that signals a fresh start to bilateral relations, Canada has announced that it is lifting diplomatic and economic sanctions against India.

Indo-U.S. ties at its best: Mansingh
The new Indian Ambassador to the United States, Mr. Lalit Mansingh, is confident that bilateral relations will climb to newer heights and there will be continuity and expansion in what has been achieved thus far.

 India should assume leadership role, says Canada
Concerns of no member-country of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) should be left out of consideration in its agenda for the next round of negotiations if it is to realise its objective of expanding the realm of free trade.

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