Reprieve for Advani, 20 others in Ayodhya case
The special CBI court trying the Babri Masjid
demolition case today put on hold the trial of 21 accused in the
case, including the Union Ministers, Mr. L. K. Advani, Dr. Murli
Manohar Joshi and Ms. Uma Bharti, several Shiv Sena and Vishwa
Hindu Parishad leaders, until ``defects'' in the Uttar Pradesh
Government notification referring the case to the court were
Indian support for NMD not at Russia's cost
Pressing ahead with its latest diplomatic rope
trick, India today dispelled apprehensions that its strong
support for the National Missile Defence plan may undermine its
traditional partnership with Russia.
'Pak. crucial for talks'
Maintaining that the involvement of Pakistan
is crucial in finding an acceptable solution to the Kashmir
problem, the Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party today
said the Centre's invitation to all for talks to restore peace in
the State had only ``created confusion''.
CBI for separate trial of Hindujas
In an apparent bid to speed up trial, the CBI
today moved a Designated Court for a separate trial of the three
Hinduja brothers and three other accused in the Rs. 64 crores
Bofors payoffs case.
ULFA violence continues, 8 AGP workers killed
Suspected ULFA insurgents killed eight AGP
workers in Assam's Nalbari district as authorities today deployed
more companies of security personnel in the sensitive areas ahead
of the May 10 Assembly polls. A group of ULFA militants stormed
the AGP office at Bogorihatigaon in Dharmapur, the constituency
of the State Agriculture Minister, Mr. Chandramohan Patowary, and
India set for ICBM test-launch, says report
India is preparing to test-launch its first
Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM), the Surya-II or Agni-
IV, a report has said. The first test, expected in January next
year, will cover 5,000 km while a follow-on version, Surya-II,
will be tested in 2003 with a range of 12,000 km, the Defense
News said quoting a research scientist of the Defence Research
and Development Organisation (DRDO).
Report on ICBM denied
India tonight strongly denied a report of
launching its first 5000-km range inter-continental ballistic
missile (ICBM) in the next eight months with the help of Russian
Protest against Mcdonald
BJP activists today threw cowdung at one of the
outlets of the multinational fastfood giant Mcdonald in south
Mumbai, in protest against the alleged use of beef in French
fries being sold by the restaurant.
Bismillah Khan receives Bharat Ratna
Undeterred by the physical handicap, Shehnai
maestro Ustad Bismillah Khan today received the nation's highest
honour Bharat Ratna from President K R Narayanan at a simple
ceremony in the high-domed Durbar Hall of Rasthrapati Bhavan.