Advani unveils new J&K plan
Arguing that the militancy in Jammu and
Kashmir was a special case of state-sponsored terrorism and that
there were bound to be ups and downs in the battle against
Pakistan's proxy war, the Union Home Minister, Mr. L. K. Advani,
today sought the ``support and cooperation'' of all political
parties as he unveiled (in both the Houses of Parliament) the
Centre's new plan to meet the terrorists' challenge in the State.
Don't talk like Musharraf: BJP
The Opposition parties were roundly criticised
by the Bharatiya Janata Party today for not applauding the
response of the Union Home Minister, Mr. L.K. Advani, to the
calling attention motion in the Lok Sabha on the recent Jammu
killings. The party regretted that the Opposition ``walked out''
of the House instead of appreciating Mr. Advani's claim that the
Government had met with ``success after success.'' The recent
massacres were not indicative of any policy failure.
Nothing new, says Cong.
The package of measures announced by the Union
Home Minister, Mr. L.K. Advani, to fight terrorism in Jammu and
Kashmir appears to have left the Congress unimpressed. The party
continued to press for Mr. Advani's resignation.
Credit rating, a wrong assessment: Sinha
The Union Finance Minister, Mr. Yashwant Sinha,
today discounted fears of the reforms process being affected by
the downgrading of India's credit rating by two international
agencies. ``The ratings are an absolutely wrong assessment of
India's reforms process. We will continue with reforms at our own
pace. We are not hostage to anyone so far as the reforms are
concerned,'' he said.
Moody's lowers India's rating
A leading international credit rating agency,
Moody's, has lowered India's foreign currency outlook to `stable'
from `positive' and to `negative' from `positive' for domestic
debt, close on the heels of standard and poor's downgrading
India's local currency.
India may be isolated at trade round: U.S.
The U.S. today warned that India's opposition
to the new trade round of negotiations is likely to leave it out
in the cold at the coming Doha ministerial conference of the
World Trade Organisation. With most countries having decided to
engage on issues relating to the agenda of the new round, it
hinted that India's unrelenting stance on resolution of
implementation concerns may leave it isolated.
SP protest peaceful
The Uttar Pradesh Samajwadi Party programme to
organise protest demonstrations across the State today against
the `misrule' of the State Government passed off peacefully with
no major incident reported from anywhere. While the SP leaders
described the programme as a complete success, Government sources
said the situation was by and large normal and police did not
have to use force.
Foreign Secys meet to carry forward Agra peace process
The bilateral meeting between the foreign
secretaries of India and Pakistan that is scheduled to take place
on Friday is expected to reiterate the existence of the political
will to continue the process initiated at Agra despite the
acrimonious statements immediately following it.
U.S. pressure led to Agra summit, says Congress
The Congress today accused the Vajpayee
Government of succumbing to pressure from the United States in
holding the Agra summit and said the outcome of the talks showed
a betrayal by Islamabad.
India, Nepal discuss fall-out of Maoist insurgency
Concerned about Maoist insurgency in the
mountains and the simmering discontent in the plains of the
Terai, India and Nepal are defining new ground rules that would
encourage stability in the sensitive Himalayan kingdom.