Our secular bond will not weaken: Vajpayee
Declaring that Islam had been an integral part
of India's national life for nearly a thousand years, the Prime
Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, today assured Iranian
parliamentarians that India would remain unwavering in its
commitment to the principle of secularism.
There may not be disqualification on Jayalalitha, says judge
Even while dismissing the petitions of the
AIADMK general secretary, Ms. Jayalalitha, seeking suspension of
her conviction in the TANSI land deal case, Mr. Justice Malai
Subramanian in the Madras High Court today observed that, ``in my
view there may not be any disqualification for the petitioner to
contest in the election.''
Admiral Sushil Kumar to be first CDS
The Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sushil
Kumar, will become India's first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) and
will head the country' nuclear forces. Highly-placed defence
sources said that the decision to name Adm. Sushil Kumar as the
CDS was taken on Monday. As CDS, he will become a single-point
military adviser to the Government and command the country's
U.S. plane crew to be freed
After a 11-day standoff, the United States
and China today reached a deal paving the way for the release of
the 24 crew members of an EP-3E Aries II Navy surveillance plane.
The crew, including three women, had been detained since their
plane made an emergency landing on Hainan Island after colliding
with a Chinese fighter jet on April 1.
Bomb found near North Block
A bomb kept inside a tiffin box was found on
Tuesday night in the parking lot in front of Gate No. 2 - the
entrance to the Union Ministry of Finance - at the North Block
Widening coalition against terrorism
India is not the only country that Iran plans
to join in the war against international terrorism. At the end of
this week, Iran and Saudi Arabia are expected to sign a treaty
focussing on cooperation against crime, terrorism, narcotics-
trafficking, and money laundering.
Sri Lanka offers limited ceasefire
The Sri Lankan Government has declared a five-
day ceasefire to mark the Sinhala and Tamil New Year on April 14
and announced a surprise decision to release 10 prisoners that it
said were Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) cadres.
17 killed in Bihar violence
At least 17 persons, including three pilgrims,
were killed and 40 others injured in the violence that marred the
first phase of the panchayat elections in Bihar which witnessed
over 60 per cent turnout.