Nitish Kumar NDA's choice for Bihar
The entire establishment of the ruling
National Democratic Alliance was engaged in finalising its
strategy on how to secure the Bihar Governor's invitation for its
nominee to form the next government after the electorate returned
a hung Assembly.
Eight Indian soldiers killed in Pak. attack
In a pre-dawn attack on a surveillance post near
the Line of Control in the Jammu region by Pakistani troops,
eight Indian soldiers were killed and one bunker destroyed. Five
Pakistani soldiers were also said to have been killed in the
Assam Minister killed in blast
The Assam Minister for Forests and PWD, Mr.
Nagen Sharma, and four others were killed when ULFA militants
blew their vehicle by a remote-controlled improvised explosive
device at Nij Bahjani village in Nalbari district around 1.45
p.m. today. The village is considered one of the outfit's
``strongest bastions'' in the State.
Bomb blast in Delhi
A powerful bomb blast rocked the congested
main bazaar area of Paharganj opposite the New Delhi railway
station here today, resulting in minor injuries to eight persons
and extensive damage to three floors of the five-storey guest
Be firm with India on N-issues, China tells U.S.
Under pressure from China and other nations
to hold firm on nuclear issues with New Delhi, the Clinton
Administration is at pains to suggest that non-proliferation
remains an `unfininshed business' between India and the United
Rabri elected RJD leader
Having edged past the National Democratic
Alliance, the ruling Rashtriya Janata Dal in Bihar re-elected the
Chief Minister, Mrs. Rabri Devi, as its leader this evening. She
will be staking her claim tomorrow to form the next Government.
Naveen Patnaik BJDLP leader
The Biju Janatal Dal president, Mr. Naveen
Patnaik, was unanimously elected leader of the BJD Legislature
Party here today.
U.P. rubs salt into Cong.(I) wounds
The ignominious electoral debacle suffered by
the Congress(I) in the recently held by-elections in eight
Assembly and one Lok Sabha constituencies in Uttar Pradesh,
wherein each of the party's nine candidates forfeited their
deposits, underlines the fact that the party's downward slide in
the State has not stopped.
No escape from reforms: PM
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee,
today sought to discount the apprehensions that the economic
reforms process would result in an increase in unemployment in
the country. In fact, reforms were in the very interest of
developing countries and there was no escape from this.