'Peaceful polling' in Bihar, Orissa, E.C. satisfied
An estimated 60 to 65 per cent of the
electorate exercised their franchise for the second phase of
election to the Bihar Assembly in a `by and large peaceful'
polling. In Orissa, where the first phase of election was held to
the Assembly, the voter turnout was 60 per cent and it was
U.S. will mediate on J&K if asked: Clinton
After saying, initially, that India and
Pakistan would have to sort out ``this business of Kashmir''
between themselves and that Washington could not get involved
unless asked to by the two countries, the President, Mr. Bill
Clinton, has made it known now that the United States would
``absolutely'' be willing to get involved to try and help mediate
in the Kashmir issue if asked to.
India's stand will not change: PM
The Prime Minister, Mr. A. B. Vajpayee, was today
quoted as saying that the Indian public would ``seriously
disapprove'' of the U.S. President, Mr. Bill Clinton, visiting
Pakistan after his trip to India next month.
BJP's 'warning' to CVC
Clearly unhappy with the Central Vigilance
Commission for having referred a list of politicians connected
earlier with the hawala scandal to the Central Bureau of
Investigation for a further probe into accumulation of
unaccounted money, the BJP virtually warned that ``such actions
will diminish the sanctity of the CVC''.
'Panel must study foreign origin issue'
The Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister
and TDP leader, Mr. Chandrababu Naidu, today said that the issue
of barring people of foreign origin from occupying top
constitutional positions should be taken up by the newly set-up
Constitution review panel.
ICHR decision independent: BJP
The BJP today claimed that the Government had
nothing to do with the withdrawal from the Oxford University
Press two volumes of the book, ``Towards Freedom'', edited by Dr.
Sumit Sarkar and Dr. K. N. Panikkar by the Indian Council of
French Foreign Minister arrives
The French Foreign Minister, Mr. Hubert
Vedrine, arrived here today on a two-day visit to bolster
Deepa Mehta firm on filming 'Water'
The filmmaker, Ms. Deepa Mehta, has said that
the shooting of her controversial film, `Water,' will begin very
soon in India and not outside the country.
Maran to discuss trade with China, not Karmapa issue
The Union Minister of Commerce and Industry,
Mr. Murasoli Maran, today left Bangkok for Shanghai to begin a
visit to China, the first by an Indian political leader since the
recent flight to India by the Tibetan Karmapa, Ugyen Trinley
Ultras strike in Assam
Three police personnel were killed and five
seriously injured when their vehicle was blown up by an
improvised explosive device near Nawchalia village in Nalbari
district this afternoon.
Bajrang Dal shifts venue
The national convention of the Bajrang Dal
will be held at Brindavan from March 3 to 5 instead of Bhopal to
avoid a confrontation with the Madhya Pradesh Government, the
Vishwa Hindu Parishad working president, Mr. Ashok Singhal, said