42 die in Kerala train accident
At least 42 persons were killed when four
bogies of the Mangalore-Chennai Mail derailed and plunged into
the Kadalundi river, 20 km from here, this evening.
Desperate cries touched her heart
A sea of humanity has flooded Kadalundi near
here which otherwise was a most silent, typical countryside
surrounded by marshy land with preserved mangrove vegetation all
Musharraf may continue as President for 5 years
The appointment of Gen. Pervez Musharraf as
Pakistan President has been challenged in the Lahore High Court
even as several legal and constitutional questions related to the
takeover remain unanswered.
APHC seeks audience with PM, Musharraf
The All-Party Hurriyat Conference has sought
a meeting with the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, and
has made a similar request to the Pakistan President, Gen. Pervez
Musharraf. The APHC wants to meet the two leaders when Gen.
Musharraf will be in India for his summit meeting.
Agenda in consultation with Pak.: Jaswant
The External Affairs Minister, Mr. Jaswant
Singh, said here today that he will ``fix the agenda'' for the
upcoming summit meeting between India and Pakistan after he
returns to New Delhi in consultation with the ``visitors''.
Return to democracy in Pak. must: U.S.
The Bush administration has said that while
it is important for the United States to develop a cooperative
relationship with Pakistan, democracy is an aspect of this.
Referring to the latest developments in Islamabad, the Republican
administration said it was ``absolutely essential'' to restore
democracy to revive and rebuild relations with the U.S.
PM reviews ceasefire fallout
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee,
today reviewed the developments since the extension of the Naga
ceasefire. At a high-level meeting, the Prime Minister heard the
nature of apprehensions that have gripped the northeastern States
since the announcement that the Centre-NSCN (I-M) ceasefire would
be extended to all Naga-inhabited areas. However, the overall
view was that the Centre could not go back on the central thrust
of the ceasefire extension.
Medha Patkar protests outside MSEB office
Anti- globalisation activist, Ms. Medha Patkar,
staged a protest outside the office of the Maharashtra State
Electricity Board in Mumbai on Friday.
China names new envoy
China has named a career diplomat, Mr. Hua
Qunduo, as the new Ambassador to India replacing Mr. Zhou Gang,
who was appointed in 1998. Mr. Hua may leave next month.
3 Shiv Sainiks arrested
The special task force (STF) of the Mumbai
police yesterday arrested three alleged Shiv Sainiks on charges
of rioting during the December 1992-January 1993 communal
disturbances in the city after the demolition of Babri Masjid at
Ayodhya. The three are Anant Shankar Panchal (34), Ramakant
Sakharam Nachnekar (31) and Ravindra Sakaram Nachnekar (33).
'Extension for Cabinet Secy.
The Vajpayee Government has reportedly made
up its mind to give an extension to the Cabinet Secretary, Mr.
T.R. Prasad, till October 31, 2002, in pursuant of a policy
decision that those holding ``apex posts'' should have a tenure
of two years. A formal announcement is likely in the next few
days. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet is to meet soon
to identify the posts.