Nation salutes Kargil heroes
The Indian Republic turned 50 today with a
celebration that sought to encapsule the achievements of a young
nation while providing an insight into what the future holds in
store for the world's largest democracy. Showcased on Rajpath
here this morning was the military might of a culturally diverse
country rooted to its social commitment and holding out a promise
of a better tomorrow.
Six SC judges refuse to toe Musharraf line
In a major setback to the Musharraf regime,
six judges of the 13- member Supreme Court, including the Chief
Justice, Mr. Justice Saiduzzaman Siddiqui, refused to take oath
under the Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO) No. 1 and
consequently ``ceased'' to be judges of the apex court.
Rocket attacks mar celebrations in Jammu
Republic Day passed off peacefully in Srinagar
on Wednesday while militants fired at least eight rockets in
Jammu district disrupting the celebrations there. However, there
was no loss of life.
Priests reject 'ex-communication'
In a day of hectic activity in the politico-
religious circles of Sikh religion, five head priests who met at
the Golden Temple complex today rejected the `hukumnama' issued
by the Jathedar of Akal Takht, Giani Puran Singh, wherein he had
ordered `excommunication' of the president of the Shiromani
Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), Bibi Jagir Kaur.
Pak. shells Indian posts
Pakistani troops have been shelling Indian
positions along the line of control (LoC) in the Keran sector of
Kupwara district in north Kashmir since last night, official
sources said here today. Indian troops have retaliated
effectively, they told PTI.
Nawaz Sharif trial starts
The trial of the deposed Pakistani Prime
Minister, Mr. Nawaz Sharif got underway today. Mr. Sharif's
lawyers had sought an adjournment until the Supreme Court ruled
on a plea challenging the October 12 coup that ended Mr. Sharif's
32-month rule and seeking his reinstatement.
World oil prices go up
World oil prices made a renewed push towards
nine-year highs today as fresh data showed larger- than-expected
declines in U.S. petroleum stockpiles. North Sea benchmark Brent
blend for March delivery climbed more than 40 cents per barrel in
opening trade in London to hit an early peak at $26.95 per
NDA partners wrangle over seats in Bihar
The seat-sharing accord among the partners of
the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) for the assembly elections
in Bihar has proved to be shortlived as the four parties have
failed to identify the seats they will contest from within their
IED found at Red Fort
An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was
detected this morning at the Red Fort grounds where the Republic
U.S. 'considering' Indian `Intelligence'
The United States is considering the
`Intelligence' India has shared with it by way of proving
Pakistani complicity in the recent hijacking of an Indian
Airlines plane, The Washington Post has said.
Azhar arrives in Lahore
Dozens of bearded men in camouflage uniforms and
wielding automatic rifles overran the Lahore International
Airport today to welcome Maulana Masood Azhar, one of three
militants freed by India to end last month's hijacking of an
Indian Airlines plane.