Govt. decides to form panel to review Constitution
The Vajpayee Government has decided to go
ahead with its proposal to set up a ``National Commission'' to
review the working of the Constitution. The Union Cabinet passed
a resolution to this effect this evening, but, according to the
Union Law Minister, Mr. Ram Jethmalani, the ``review'' would not
tinker with the basics of the parliamentary form of government.
Clinton coming on March 20
Seeking to build a closer relationship with
India despite the differences on nuclear weapons and Pakistan,
the U.S. President, Mr. William Jefferson Clinton, will arrive
here for a five-day visit on March 20.
Dara Singh arrested
Dara Singh alias Ravinder Kumar Pal,
wanted in as many as 14 cases, including the murder of the
Australian missionary, Graham Stuart Staines, and his two sons,
was arrested by the Mayurbhanj district police on Monday night.
Taliban seeks proof against Osama
The Taliban head of Government, Mullah
Mohammad Rabbani, said today that Pakistan had made a `request'
regarding the Saudi rebel, Osama bin Laden, but Afghanistan was a
`free' Islamic State. He did not give details of the Pakistani
`request' on Osama.
'PM keeping an eye on Sangh Parivar'
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee,
is keeping track of the sudden pro-activism in certain quarters
of the Sangh Parivar, though for the time being he is not
inclined to take a stand, be it the matter of the controversy
over Ms. Deepa Mehta's proposed film or Gujarat's controversial
order on Government employees and the RSS.
Uma Bharti's resignation accepted
The Prime Minister, Mr. A. B. Vajpayee, has
forwarded to the President for acceptance Ms. Uma Bharti's
resignation from the Union Council of Ministers. Ms. Bharti had
met the Prime Minister on Monday night and was given a choice to
make up her mind whether to stay in the Cabinet or not.
PSU strike today
Trade unions would go ahead with the day-long
strike in the public sector undertakings tomorrow, following
failure of talks with the Government on their demands, including
a five-year wage settlement period, the CITU secretary, Mr.
Swadesh Deb Roye, said.
Gunmen last night shot dead a Janata Dal (U)
candidate for the Tipaimukh Assembly constituency in Manipur ,
Mr. Songlianthang Songate(45), hardly two km away from the police
station in Churachandpur district headquarters. Election to the
constituency has been countermanded, official sources said.
Former AG convicted
Former Orissa Advocate General, Mr. Indrajit
Ray, was today sentenced to three years' rigorous imprisonment
and a fine of Rs.5,000 by the Assistant Sessions and Chief
Judicial Magistrate's court here in the Anjana Mishra molestation
Gladys Staines happy over Dara's arrest
1 Ms. Gladys Staines, widow of the Australian
missionary, Graham Stuart Staines, who was murdered along with
his two sons in Orissa a year ago, today expressed happiness over
the arrest of the prime accused in the case, Dara Singh.
No decision on bond scheme: Vaz
Britain has not taken any decision so far on
the controversial bond scheme for issuing visas to short-term
visitors to London, the visiting British Minister of State for
Foreign Affairs, Mr. Keith Vaz, clarified today.