Govt. will not resign: Advani
The Government will ``fulfill the people's
mandate and shoulder the responsibility given to it till it
commands a majority in the Lok Sabha,'' the Union Home Minister,
Mr. L.K. Advani, told his party MPs at an emergency meeting of
the parliamentary party at the end of the first part of the
budget session. The message was clear - the Government will not
resign and oblige the Opposition.
Judge spotted for Tehelka probe
Mr. Justice K. Venkataswami, retired judge
of the Supreme Court, is likely to head the probe into the
tehelka controversy. The name of Mr. Justice Venkataswami, who
retired in September 1999, has been suggested by the Chief
Justice of India, Dr. A.S. Anand.
Space odyssey ends in a blaze
The famed Russian space station, Mir, ended its
glorious 15-year odyssey on Friday morning with a fiery
splashdown in the Southern Pacific. The flawless descent of the
140-tonne Mir into target zone was the final triumph for the
veteran space station and its ground controllers.
Cong. to campaign for PMK
Dumping its ``concerns and reservations'' over
the pro-LTTE Paattali Makkal Katchi (PMK), the Tamil Nadu unit of
the Congress today declared that it would ``whole-heartedly''
work for the victory of PMK candidates in the coming Assembly
elections in the State.
Ex-Kerala Minister gets bail
The Supreme Court today granted bail to the
former Kerala Electricity Minister and Kerala Congress (B)
leader, Mr. R. Balakrishna Pillai, and former chairman of the
State Electricity Board, Mr. P. Kesava Pillai, who were convicted
and sentenced to undergo one year rigorous imprisonment by the
trial court in the `graphite corruption case'.
Nationwide IT swoop on brokers
In a nationwide operation, Income Tax
authorities today carried out searches to unearth tax evasion by
leading brokers in Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Kolkata.
PM greets Pakistan
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari
Vajpayee, today reiterated India's commitment to establish good
relations with Pakistan. In a message to Gen. Pervez Musharraf on
the occasion of Pakistan's national day, Mr. Vajpayee said,
``India looks to the future and seeks to promote peace and
Sena not for cricketing ties with Pak.
At a time when attempts are being made by
the International Cricket Council (ICC) to revive cricketing ties
between India and Pakistan, the Shiv Sena today said it would not
allow cricket match with the hostile neighbour till Islamabad
stopped abetting trans-border terrorism.