RSS issue continues to stall Parliament work
The Opposition today forced the adjournment
of Parliament without transacting any official business in
support of its demand for a discussion with voting in the Lok
Sabha on the decision of the Gujarat Government to allow its
employees to participate in the activities of the RSS and the
insistence on an immediate discussion in the Rajya Sabha on the
installation of a National Democratic Alliance Government in
Bihar by the State Governor.
Clinton calls Vajpayee, confirms Pak. visit
The U.S. President, Mr. Bill Clinton, called
the Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, late tonight to convey his
decision to make a brief stop-over in Pakistan on his way back to
the U.S. after a five-day trip to India later this month.
Bihar headed for showdown
A showdown seems imminent over the election of
the Speaker of the new Bihar Assembly with almost the entire
Opposition turning down the NDA proposal for a consensus.
'Single largest party must have been invited'
The Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr. N.
Chandrababu Naidu, has said that the single largest party should
have been invited to form the government in Bihar.
Cong.(I) CMs' plea to President
Stepping up the pressure on the Vajpayee
government on the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) issue, five
Chief Ministers belonging to the Congress(I) today urged the
President, Mr. K.R. Narayanan, to issue a directive to the
Gujarat Government to revoke the order permitting its employees
to join the RSS.
Give up n-programme, China tells India
Maintaining its tough stand, China today asked
India to renounce its nuclear weapons programme as the two
countries concluded their first-ever security dialogue here.
Bangladesh ratifies CTBT
Bangladesh has ratified the Comprehensive Test
Ban Treaty (CTBT) ahead of the United States President, Mr. Bill
Clinton's visit. The Bangladesh Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina,
today signed an executive order ratifying the treaty, the Foreign
Secretary, Mr. S.M. Shafi Sami, announced at a news briefing this
CPI to quit LF Govt.
In an apparent pressure tactic, the CPI today
decided to pull out of the Jyoti Basu Cabinet protesting against
the Left Front's decision to deny the party ticket for the
ensuing Rajya Sabha election from West Bengal but said that it
would remain a partner in the Front.
The Orissa Chief Minister, Mr. Naveen
Patnaik, has asked all the Ministers to submit their property
statements by the end of this month.
SC rejects plea in wealth case
The Supreme Court today declined to restrain
the special court-I in Chennai from delivering the judgment
tomorrow in the Rs. 45.74 lakhs disproportionate wealth case
against the former Speaker of the Tamil Nadu Assembly, Mr.
Sedapatti R. Muthiah, and members of his family.
Mawlong new Meghalaya CM
The Meghalaya Assembly Speaker, Mr. E K
Mawlong, would be the new Chief Minister of the State following
the resignation of Mr. B B Lyngdoh as leader of the ruling UDF.
Mr. E. K. Mawlong, will be sworn in tomorrow, Raj Bhavan sources
Muivah to face trial in Thai court
Thuingaleng Muivah, secretary general of NSCN
(I-M), is due to appear in a Thai court tomorrow, facing charges
of using fake travel documents and jumping bail, immigration