Prevent starvation deaths, says SC
The Supreme Court today directed 16 States
which had not identified the people living below the poverty line
(BPL), to do so within two weeks to enable the Governments to
distribute food to them under the public distribution system
Jagmohan yields to pressure
Much to the relief of the prime ministerial
aides, Mr. Jagmohan took charge of his new responsibility as
Minister of Tourism. Also, Mr. Sharad Yadav and Mr. Ram Vilas
Paswan, the two Cabinet Ministers who lost their prime
assignments in last Saturday's reshuffle, took charge of their
SC to hear Jayalalithaa's petition on Friday
The Supreme Court will hear on Friday,
September 7, a petition filed by the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister,
Ms. Jayalalithaa, for vacating the interim stay on the hearing of
her appeals in the Madras High Court, challenging her conviction
in the `TANSI land deal' and `Pleasant Stay Hotel' cases.
PM calls meet on economic issues today
With the long-awaited Cabinet reshuffle over,
the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, has decided to put
the process of economic revival on the fast track by convening a
series of crucial meetings over the next few days.
Militants 'pardon' officials
In a rare incident, a group of 35 heavily-
armed militants today publicly ``pardoned'' the Additional Deputy
Commissioner (ADC), Anantnag, the Station House Officer, Dooru,
and five policemen.
Ties with India not China-centric, says Blackwill
The United States views India as a key
partner for promoting stability in Asia and the world, but its
relationship with New Delhi is not driven by security concerns
about China, its Ambassador-designate, Mr. Robert D. Blackwill,
Funds going into militants' hands: Advani
Expressing concern over the diversion of
Government funds to underground organisations in the north-east,
the Union Home Minister, Mr. L. K. Advani, today asked the seven
States in the region to be cautious and remove all hurdles in the
path of development.
Russia's no to Dalai Lama
Moscow has refused to grant a transit visa to
the Dalai Lama and will not allow the Tibetan spiritual leader to
visit Buddhists in Russia as a gesture to China following a
warming in relations, a spokesman for the Dalai Lama said today.
Pak. misusing Islam: India
A day after Pakistan raked up the Kashmir issue
at the ongoing World Conference Against Racism, India today hit
back charging Islamabad with misusing Islam by `blatantly'
terming cross-border terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir as a holy
U.S., Israel pull out of Durban meet
Resenting the ``hateful language'' used against
Israel in the final declaration, the United States today pulled
out of the World Conference Against Racism declaring that the
global meet had been hijacked by ``rigid and extremist'' Arab
countries wanting to equate Zionism with racism.
SC notice on Vedic astrology
The Supreme Court today issued notice to the
Human Resources Development Ministry and the University Grants
Commission on a Special Leave Petition filed by a scientist and
two others challenging the UGC's move to introduce ``Vedic
Astrology'' (Jyotir Vigyan) courses in Indian universities from
Protest against 'Lajja'
A group of BJP workers today burnt an effigy of
Bollywood film- maker, Mr. Rajkumar Santoshi, and posters of film
actress, Ms. Madhuri Dixit, to express their protest against what
they described as ``objectionable dialogues'' against Hindu gods
and goddesses in Lajja.