Talks on to salvage Durban meet
South African and European officials began
negotiations on Tuesday to salvage the world racism conference
following a U.S. and Israeli walkout over Arab efforts to condemn
Israel for its ``practices of racial discrimination''.
Cabinet panel on economic strategy to be set up
Soon after sending a strong signal through
the Cabinet reshuffle exercise that economic reforms were the top
priority of the NDA Government, the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal
Behari Vajpayee, today decided to set up a Cabinet Committee on
Economic Strategy with the idea of providing stimulus to the
economy which is witnessing a slowdown.
2 children die in J&K landmine blast
In a shocking incident, two children were blown
to pieces and five were injured when a landmine went off in
Janbazpora locality of Baramulla town in north Kashmir today.
Mahanta quits as AGP chief
The former Chief Minister of Assam and founder
of the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), Mr. Prafulla Kumar Mahanta,
resigned from the party presidentship and leadership of the
party's legislative wing today, two days before the general body
meeting of the party.
HP buys Compaq for $25 billions
The computer world witnessed a mega merger
today when Hewlett-Packard (HP) bought Compaq Computer Corp. for
$25 billions in stock.
SC hearing on petitions against Jayalalithaa's appointment
The decision of the then Governor of Tamil
Nadu, Ms. Fathima Beevi, to appoint the AIADMK leader, Ms.
Jayalalithaa, as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, despite her
conviction and consequent disqualification was today assailed by
several lawyers before a Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court,
which began hearing a batch of petitions questioning the validity
of her appointment.
Manipur House to be dissolved
The Union Cabinet today decided to recommend
to the President, Mr. K.R. Narayanan, dissolution of the Manipur
Assembly, clearing the decks for holding elections in the north-
eastern State, which has recently been in the grip of unrest,
political instability, financial crisis and violence.
Waiting for my change: PM
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee,
has for the second consecutive day spoke of short tenures of
Prime Ministers in India.
Fijian parties for coalition
Indigenous Fijian political parties were holding
discussions today to try to form a coalition Government after
last week's general election, local media reported.