All-party meet on POTO next week?
New Delhi, Nov. 26. A political confrontation on the Prevention
of Terrorism Ordinance (POTO) is now almost inevitable, unless
the Union Government decides to allow it to lapse or takes
recourse to convening a joint session to get its way. One more
chance for a consensus will be available when an all-party
meeting is called to discuss the issue, but a breakthrough seems
highly unlikely given the mood on the two sides.
House sealed under POTO
Srinagar nov. 26. The ``controversial'' Prevention of Terrorism
Ordinance (POTO) has been used in Kashmir. On Sunday, police
sealed a house in the Safakadal locality of Srinagar and threw
the inmates out.
Kunduz overrun as U.S. Marines land in Kandahar
Kunduz (Afghanistan), Nov. 26. Stomping on the faces of captured
Taliban forces and shooting others as they lay wounded, the
forces of the Northern Alliance rampaged through Kunduz on
Monday, laying claim to the Taliban's last northern stronghold.
We're smoking them out: Bush
Washington, Nov. 26. The U.S. President, Mr. George W. Bush,
today said American forces were hunting down those responsible
for the Sept. 11 terror attacks on the U.S. ``We're smoking them
out, they're running and now we're going to bring them to
justice,'' he said.
Other issues too are important: Benazir
New Delhi, Nov. 26. The visiting Pakistani leader, Ms. Benazir
Bhutto, today sharply distanced herself from Islamabad's approach
to peace talks with India while holding on to her nation's basic
position on the Kashmir dispute.
Musharraf sees division in India on Kashmir
Islamabad, Nov. 26. The Pakistan President, Gen. Pervez
Musharraf, today said that there was a division in the Indian
establishment on the Kashmir dispute and this was evident from
the repeated statements of the External Affairs Minister, Mr.
Jaswant Singh, about Kashmir at the `core of the nationhood' of
High drama as Laloo appears in court
Ranchi, Nov. 26. The Special CBI Court today rejected the bail
petitions of the two former Chief Ministers, Mr. Laloo Prasad
Yadav and Dr. Jagannath Mishra, and remanded them to 14 days
judicial custody in connection with a conspiracy angle case of
the fodder scam today.
India to boycott Denness
New Delhi, Nov. 26. The Indian Cricket Board today decided to
permanently boycott the controversial match referee, Mr. Mike
Denness, but gave clear indications that it favoured an amicable
settlement with the International Cricket Council (ICC). It
asserted that Virender Sehwag was eligible to play against
England next week despite the ICC having ruled against that.
Govt. denies attempt to rewrite history
New Delhi, Nov. 26. The Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Mr.
Pramod Mahajan, today termed the controversy over the circular
and the Opposition walkout as ``very unfortunate'' and maintained
that there had been no attempt to ``rewrite history.''
Quattrocchi in court
Kuala Iumpur, Nov. 26. The Bofors pay-off case accused and
Italian businessman, Mr. Ottavio Quattrocchi, today appeared in a
court here to fight India's efforts to extradite him from
Malaysia. Mr. Quattrocchi appeared calm and took notes as his
lawyers traded arguments with those for the Government of India
over an affidavit alleging that the extradition effort was
Emergency in Nepal
Kathmandu, Nov. 26. Nepal's King Gyanendra imposed a state of
emergency on the Himalayan nation today after the worst violence
in five years by Maoist guerrillas fighting to topple the
AP Cabinet reshuffled
Hyderabad, Nov. 26. Rewarding old loyalists and seeking to stem
the TDP's eroding base in Telengana, the Andhra Pradesh Chief
Minister, Mr. N. Chandrababu Naidu, today carried out a major
reshuffle, sacking eight Ministers and inducting 11. Party
loyalists and six senior leaders were given Cabinet berths and
three were given Cabinet ranks for their loyalty to the party
since its inception.
New CJ for Rajasthan HC
New Delhi, Nov. 26. The President, Mr. K.R. Narayanan, has
appointed Mr. Justice Arun Kumar, Judge of the Delhi High Court,
to be the Chief Justice of the Rajasthan High Court with effect
from the date he takes charge. He succeeds Mr. Justice A.R.
Lakshmanan, who has taken over as the Chief Justice of the Andhra
Pradesh High Court.