Govt. has a 'closed mind' on POTO: Opposition
New Delhi, Nov. 23. The Vajpayee Government's bid to hammer out a
consensus on Prevention of Terrorism Ordinance (POTO) appears to
have run into rough weather, with an enraged Opposition accusing
it of having a ``closed mind'' on the ordinance.
It is 'Talibanisation' of education: Arjun Singh
New Delhi, Nov. 23. The Rajya Sabha, which had barely gone
through the second question of the day, adjourned today after
tumultuous scenes marked the proceedings over a disagreement on
the usage of the word - Taliban - which the BJP wanted expunged
but the Opposition refused to withdraw.
'Terrorism anywhere should be rooted out'
New Delhi, Nov. 23. India and the European Union (E.U.) have
decided to initiate a structured political dialogue even while
calling for decisive measures against states harbouring or
Anti-Taliban forces besiege Kunduz
Bangi (Afghanistan), Nov. 23. Anti-Taliban forces advanced on
Kunduz on Friday and a spokesman for the Northern Alliance in
Takhar province near Kunduz claimed that his forces had taken
Aliabad, a town just east of Kunduz behind the Taliban front
lines without a fight. The Taliban fighters there turned
themselves in, he said.
Sena to observe Dec. 6 as 'victory day'
Kanpur, Nov. 23. The Shiv Sena today threatened to offer prayers
at the disputed site in Ayodhya on December 6, and observe it -
ninth anniversary of the demolition of the ``disputed structure''
- as a ``victory day.''
Bilateral talks on J&K will help: Jack Straw
Islamabad, Nov. 23. The British Foreign Secretary, Mr. Jack
Straw, has said that resolution of the Kashmir issue is important
for peace and stability in South Asia.
Howard flays India, S. Africa
Sydney, Nov. 23. Backing the International Cricket Council, the
Australian Prime Minister, Mr. John Howard, today described as a
``terrible development'' the action of Indian and South African
cricket authorities sacking the controversial match referee, Mike
Denness, by defying the cricket governing body.
MCI chief removed
New Delhi, Nov. 23. In a hard-hitting judgment, the High Court
today ordered removal of Dr. Ketan Desai as president of the
Medical Council of India (MCI) and directed the CBI to initiate
prosecution against him for his ``involvement'' in corrupt
practices while observing that the apex body for doctors was a
``den of corruption''.
Probe panel's term extended
New Delhi, Nov. 23. The Centre today extended the term of the
Justice K. Venkataswami Commission, probing the Tehelka portal's
expose on corruption in defence deals, till March 23, 2002. This
is the second extension given to the Commission.