India welcomes Bush plan for cuts in n-arsenal
In an unprecedented convergence of views with
the United States, India today welcomed the plans for the
unilateral reduction of American nuclear forces announced by the
President, Mr. George Bush, last night.
What Ivanov will seek from India
With Indo-Russian relations being described by
both sides as ``problem-free,'' the Russian Foreign Minister, Mr.
Igor Ivanov, is likely to focus on international issues in his
talks in Delhi on May 4 and 5.
Centre permits FCI to export 30 lakh tonnes of rice
The Centre today permitted the Food Corporation
of India (FCI) to offer for export 30 lakh tonnes of rice during
the current financial year. Of this, 20 lakh tonnes has been
carried forward from the last financial year. This was decided at
a meeting of the Union Cabinet here today.
Special status for Uttaranchal
The Cabinet today decided to confer ``special
category'' status on Uttaranchal, recently carved out of Uttar
Pradesh. The decision would mean a more liberal flow of Central
assistance to the new State in the Himalayan region.
EC reviews situation in 5 States
The Election Commission today reviewed the law
and order situation in the five States where Assembly polls are
to be held on May 10. The Commission expressed concern over
unabated pre-poll violence in Assam.
'Order can't be challenged during polls'
A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court was told
by the Chief Electoral Officer, Mr. P. J. Thomas, that any matter
which had the effect of challenging the electoral process could
be brought up only after the election was over.
Bilateralism unhelpful: Geelani
The senior Kashmir leader, Syed Ali Shah
Geelani, has asserted that the All-Party Hurriyat Conference
(APHC) had not rejected the Centre's offer of dialogue but merely
reaffirmed its view that bilateralism was an unhelpful format for
resolving the Kashmir problem. Mr. Geelani made these
observations in an interview with a news website here.
Hasina not to visit India
Bangladesh today said it would favourably consider
India's invitation for talks on border rowbut scotched
speculation about Prime Minister, Ms. Sheikh Hasina, visiting
Delhi later this month.
Blast near Panja's house
A powerful bomb exploded today in front of the
residence of dissident Trinamool Congress leader, Mr.Ajit Panja,
but no one was hurt. The explosion occurred at about 5.45 p.m
when Mr. Panja was addressing a press conference along with West
Bengal BJP president, Mr. Asim Ghosh and vice-president, Mr.
Muzaffar Khan. A member of Panja's personal staff said two
persons were seen speeding off on a two-wheeler immediately after
BALCO stir continues
The BALCO trade unions today announced that a
decision would be taken on May 4 on the new management's offer to
resolve the dispute over privatisation even as they maintained
that they were continuing the strike.