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Musharraf for `reasonable' timeframe
ISLAMABAD, JULY 23. Striking a tough posture, the Pakistan President, Pervez Musharraf, today told the External Affairs Minister, K. Natwar Singh, about the need for a final settlement of the Kashmir issue within a "reasonable" timeframe and ...

'All steps to get hostages released'
NEW DELHI. JULY 23. For the second day, the Manmohan Singh Government continued its efforts to secure the release of the three Indian nationals taken hostage in Iraq. The External Affairs Minister, Natwar Singh, on his return from Islamabad ...

Kelkar panel for three tax slabs
NEW DELHI, JULY 23. The second report of the Kelkar Committee, dealing with direct and indirect taxes, has maintained its original recommendation of three tax slabs for income tax along with abolition of all exemptions except those relating to ...

Kidnappers set new deadline
MANAMA, JULY 23. The Iraqi militant group, holding captive seven persons, including three Indian truck drivers, issued a fresh 48-hour deadline today to their Kuwaiti employers to pull out of Iraq. In a new videotape sent to the Al-Jazeera ...

Apex court clears hurdles to Bench
NEW DELHI, JULY 23.The Supreme Court today rejected a special leave petition (SLP) seeking a stay of the July 6 Presidential notification for the establishment of the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court as well as its inauguration, scheduled ...

Manmohan asks Soren to quit
NEW DELHI, JULY 23. The Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh has written to the Coal Minister, Shibu Soren to put in his papers in the wake of the controversy over his "disappearance". Dr. Singh is reported to be embarrassed by Mr. Soren's ...

Parliament adjourned
NEW DELHI, JULY 23. The BJP-led Opposition today blocked business in both Houses of Parliament demanding the dismissal of the Union Coal Minister, Shibu Soren. Both Houses were adjourned for a 23-day recess. The next sitting will be on August 16. ...

Fire again
THANJAVUR, JULY 23. A fire broke out around 9 p.m. tonight in the record room on the second floor of the Kumbakonam Sri Krishna High School, which witnessed a fire on July 16 that claimed the lives of 93 children. Neighbours, who saw the smoke, ...

Soren case
RANCHI, JULY 23. The Jharkhand High Court today set up a constitutional Bench to hear the writ petition filed by the Union Coal and Mines Minister, Shibu Soren, seeking to quash the non-bailable warrant issued against him. The petition will be ...

Lodha plea
KOLKATA, JULY 23. R.S. Lodha, auditor of the Birlas, today petitioned before the Calcutta High Court, seeking the dismissal of the caveat applications filed by the Birlas. Mr. Lodha had been bequeathed assets worth Rs. 5,000 crores in the ...

Sena, BJP fined
MUMBAI, JULY 23. The Bombay High Court today slapped a fine of Rs. 20 lakhs each on the Shiv Sena and the BJP for organising a bandh in July last year after the bomb blasts. ...

Protected monument
NEW DELHI, JULY 23. The Delhi High Court today upheld the Archaeological Survey of India's plea that the Jantar Mantar was a protected monument. But it asked the Centre to review within six months its 1992 notification prohibiting any ...

Mehmood dead
MUMBAI, JULY 23. Mehmood, the king of comedy who tickled many a funny bone with his perfect sense of timing, his rib-tickling punchlines, his native wit and his deliberated accented drawl, was among the rare breed of actors to bring both a smile ...

Award for Om Puri
MUMBAI, JULY 23. Noted film actor Om Puri has been conferred the award of Honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire by the British crown. The investiture ceremony is likely to be held in Mumbai. PTI ...

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