Rabri sworn in CM, given 10 days to prove majority
The Rashtriya Janata Dal's Mrs. Rabri Devi, was
today sworn in as the Chief Minister of Bihar and administered
the oath of office by the Governor, Mr. V. C. Pande, ending the
spell of uncertainty in the State.
Clinton trip to Pak. as scheduled: U.S.
The killing of Mr. Nawaz Sharif's lawyer
has raised the issue of the U.S. President's safety during his
trip to Pakistan, but the White House maintains that Mr. Bill
Clinton's trip to that country is on.
BJP blames allies for Bihar bungle
Now that the National Democratic Alliance
has lost both the war and battle in Bihar, the BJP has begun
blaming its allies - the Samata Party, the Janata Dal (United)
and the Bihar People's Party - for the humiliating developments.
CWC defers decision
The Congress(I) Working Committee today
deferred for a few days a decision on whether or not to
participate in the Rabri Devi Government in Bihar, though the
indications are that eventually the party would decide to be
``inside Laloo Prasad's tent'' in the hope of using its presence
in the State Government as a leverage in favour of
``development''. Mrs. Sonia Gandhi is said to have had a
telephonic chat with Mr. Laloo Prasad Yadav last night.
RSS chief puts Vajpayee Govt. on notice
The new RSS chief, Mr. K.S. Sudarshan, today
put the BJP-led Central Government on notice on economic reforms,
saying the Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, should bring in
economic advisers who believed in `swadeshi' concept.
Rebels commit suicide
Four suspected rebels of the Liberation Tigers
of Tamil Eelam commited suicide here early on Saturday while
another was shot dead by army personnel. The shootout in an
apartment complex here ended the drama that began last evening.
(Picture shows a commando inspecting a cloth worn by one of the
Ramar Pillai arrested
Ramar Pillai, who created a sensation with his
`herbal fuel,' was arrested by the CBI here in the wee hours of
Saturday on charges of criminal conspiracy and cheating the
public by selling industrial organic chemicals as herbal fuel.
Bangladesh scores over Pakistan
``Moderate Islam'' has always had a huge
brand value in the American foreign policy market. Bangladesh has
now begun to replace Pakistan as one of America's most favoured
``moderate Islamic'' states.
'Globalisation has negative effects'
Just a week prior to the visit of the U.S.
President, Mr. Bill Clinton, to India, the Prime Minister, Mr.
Atal Behari Vajpayee, surprisingly, chose the forum of a
university in Mauritius to caution against what he called the
``worrisome impact of economic globalisation on our lives.''