Cong., Trinamool identify common ground
The Congress today said Ms. Mamata Banerjee
had ``become the symbol of the anti-Left sentiment in West
Bengal'' and that the party would have no reservations in
projecting her as the leader of the combine in the State. This
was stated by the AICC general secretary in charge of West
Bengal, Mr. Kamal Nath, who returned from Kolkota today after a
meeting with Ms. Banerjee.
Vajpayee breathes easy
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari
Vajpayee, is reported to be in a buoyant mood, especially after
the successful rally staged by the NDA yesterday as well as by
the show of solidarity at the BJP's national executive over the
Surprise over circular to missions
The Vajpayee Government is believed to have
sent a note to all the foreign missions abroad to defend it in
the Tehelka expose and present it as a ``conspiracy'' to
destabilise the Government.
'Gladiator' makes a big kill
The ancient Roman epic `Gladiator' took
Best Picture and earned Russell Crowe an Oscar for Best Actor at
the 73rd Academy Awards here, while Taiwan's `Crouching Tiger,
Hidden Dragon' and the drug docu-drama `Traffic' won four Oscars
4 CRPF men die in LeT attack
A suicide squad of the Pakistan-based
militant outfit Lashkar-e- Taiba (LeT) today stormed a security
camp here killing four Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)
personnel. One ultra perished in retaliatory fire.
India clocks 1.02 billion
India has touched a population of over 1.02
billion as of March 1 this year, according to new census figures
ADB to grant $500-million aid for Gujarat
After a joint assessment by the Asian
Development Bank (ADB) and the World Bank of the reconstruction
cost of the earthquake-hit Gujarat, the ADB today announced that
it would extend $ 500 millions concessional assistance to the
Karnataka Ratna for C.N.R Rao
Well-known scientist, Prof. C.N.R. Rao, has
been selected for the Karnataka Ratna award for the year 2000.
Countdown for GSLV launch begins
The countdown for the most-awaited moment of
the Indian space programme - the launch of the Geosynchronous
Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) - began at the Sriharikota range
this morning. The GSLV is slated to lift off at 3.47 p.m. on
Wednesday, March 28. The window period of the launch extends till
7.41 p.m. that day.
Indian cricket team may keep off Sharjah
The Indian cricket team is unlikely to take
part in the three-nation series in Sharjah next month. Official
sources said today the Government was still considering the
cricket board's request for permission to play in the tournament
in which Pakistan is also a participant.
Cricket relations over: Pak.
In an angry reaction to the reported
decision of India not to participate in the Sharjah Cup, the
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief has said that Pakistan would
snap its cricket relations with India.