11-member Constitution review panel announced
The Government today announced the setting up
of a 11-member Constitution review Commission to be chaired by
Mr. Justice M. N. Venkatachalaiah. The Commission is expected to
give its report `within a year' and suggest changes, if any,
within the framework of parliamentary democracy.
Accord with PM; RSS backs off
The Central Government will not revise the
conduct rules for Government servants which forbid them from
becoming members of or participating in the activities of the
Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh.
Advani promises 'violence-free' polls
The Union Home Minister, Mr. L. K. Advani, today
took serious exception to the `widespread' violence that killed
several security men in Bihar during the first-phase of election
on Saturday. Mr. Advani assured that steps would be taken to
ensure that the remaining phases were ``violence-free.''
Central team reviews J & K situation
The law and order situation in Jammu and Kashmir
was reviewed at a high- level meeting between a Central team and
the State administration here today. The meeting decided that the
militants be dealt with greater firmness to frustrate their
Pie on his face
The outgoing chief of the IMF, Mr. Michel
Camdessus, was hit on the face with a cream pie by an American
anti-free trade activist at the UNCTAD meet here today.
Osama in Jalalabad?
Saudi dissident Osama bin Laden appeared in
Afghanistan' eastern town of Jalalabad, the private news agency,
NNI, has said, quoting media reports. He ``will stay in the
eastern zone for a short time to carry out important tasks.''
Maran for globalisation with 'safeguards'
The Union Minister of Commerce and Industry,
Mr. Murasoli Maran, today called for globalisation with
``safeguards'' and cautioned the international community against
creating a new ``networking behemoth'' involving the World Bank
,the International Monetary Fund and the World Trade
Kashmir not on agenda of U.N. session: Annan
The Kashmir question will not figure in the
planned agenda of the prospective ``millennium session'' of the
United Nations General Assembly, according to the U.N. Secretary-
General, Mr. Kofi Annan. Affirming this in Bangkok today, Mr.
Annan did not indicate, one way or other, whether the Kashmir
issue will altogether be taken off the U.N. agenda.
India, Pak. lobbyists step up heat in U.S.
Although India has made it clear that
whether the U.S. President, Mr. Bill Clinton, should visit
Pakistan or not is a ``sovereign decision'' that should be taken
by Washington; and Pakistan has made no bones of the fact that it
does indeed wish (and hope for) Mr. Clinton to include the
country in his South Asia programme, both New Delhi and Islamabad
are engaged in a battle by employing ``a bevy of highly paid
lobbyists,'' says The New York Times.
U.S. and India's French connection
As India prepares to receive the U.S. President,
Mr. Bill Clinton, in a few weeks from now, the United States is
clearly the flavour of the month in New Delhi.