Sinha hopes sanctions will be lifted soon
The Finance Minister, Mr. Yashwant Sinha, has
expressed confidence that the United States will lift the
economic sanctions against India ``as quickly as possible''.
Pant ready to clarify to Shabir Shah
The Centre's designated interlocutor on
Kashmir, Mr. Kishen Chand Pant, is prepared to have an ``open
mind'' on the clarifications sought by the resistance leader, Mr.
Shabir Shah, about the nature of dialogue the Vajpayee Government
wants to initiate in Jammu and Kashmir.
After lying low for several months, the
Pakistan- based Lashkar-e-Taiba has said that it would step up
militant activities in Jammu and Kashmir to scuttle the peace
process, and vowed to continue `fidayeen' (suicide) attacks to
achieve its goal of ``disintegrating India through armed
No steps against workers: PM
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee,
today assured the working class that his Government would not
take any step which might affect their interests.
India not surprised by U.S. line on Pak.
India is not surprised by Washington's
reluctance to designate the Lashkar-e-Taiba a terrorist
organisation or put Pakistan in the dock as a state sponsor of
India under 'Special 301' watchlist
India, along with the European Union and 14
other countries, has been brought under the `Special 301'
priority watchlist of the United States Trade Representative
(USTR) for violation of the intellectual property rights.
LTC freeze to stay
The two-year freeze on leave travel concession
for Central Government employees will stay, Finance Ministry
sources said, scotching reports that the decision in this regard
could be reviewed.
The State Election Commission today decided to
postpone counting of ballots, which was to have begun from May 5,
for non-arrival of ballot papers from Kolkata for repoll on May
3. The Election Commissioner, Mr. M. L. Mazumdar, said here today
that the Commission could not go ahead with scheduled repoll on
BJP candidate killed
The BJP candidate for the Dibrugarh Assembly
constituency, Mr. Jayanta Dutta, and two other party workers were
killed by suspected ULFA activists in a shoot-out at around 8.30
p.m. in Dibrugarh town today. Six people, including four
policemen, sustained injuries in the shoot-out at the BJP office.