Comfortable win for Rabri Devi
The Bihar Chief Minister and Rashtriya Janata
Dal leader, Mrs. Rabri Devi, today comfortably proved her
majority in the State Legislative Assembly with as many as 166
MLAs voting in favour of her trust motion. Only four members
voted against it while the National Democratic Alliance boycotted
the process on the pretext of opposing the procedure adopted.
Sinha unrelenting despite pressure
Despite sustained pressure from allies and
the Opposition parties for rolling back the hike in food and
fertilizer prices, the Finance Minister, Mr. Yashwant Sinha, did
not yield ground during his reply to the Budget debate late last
China for maintaining peace along LoC
Rejecting the use of force as a means to
change existing boundaries in Jammu and Kashmir, China today said
India and Pakistan should maintain ``peace and tranquillity''
along the Line of Control.
'Indian stand reinforced'
India believes the Clinton Administration's
call to respect the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir
reinforces the Indian approach to peace and stability in the
State since Kargil.
Child killer to be strangled
A Pakistani judge today sentenced a serial
child killer, Javed Iqbal(see photo), to death by strangling
after finding him guilty of murdering and mutilating 100
children. He said the bodies of Iqbal and a co-accused should be
cut into pieces and thrown into acid, the same fate as the
Tension in Ahmedabad
Tension prevailed today on the eve of
Bakrid in some parts of Ahmedabad city following the killing of a
person belonging to the minority community.
Seven injured in Delhi blast
Seven persons were injured in a blast in the
crowded Sadar Bazar market here today.
'Income criteria for quota under consideration'
The Minister of State for Personnel, Ms.
Vasundhara Raje, today said there was no proposal for introducing
reservation in the private sector and added that the Government
was seriously considering the option of introducing income
criteria for reservations. She was replying to supplementaries in
the Rajya Sabha.
Nepal PM quits
The Nepal Prime Minister, Mr. Krishna Prasad
Bhattarai, announced his resignation today, a day ahead of a vote
by the Nepali Congress party on whether to dump him for failing
to stem a Maoist insurgency.
'Pak. n-warheads too will be discussed'
The White House has once again reiterated
that nuclear and missiles issues ``will be very much on the
table'' when the U.S. President, Mr. Bill Clinton, visits South
Asia. The Spokesman, Mr. Joe Lockhart, was asked to comment on
the satellite photographs of Pakistani nuclear facilities, with
independent scientific organisations making the point that
Islamabad may be possibly be preparing to place nuclear warheads
on the missiles.
OBCs list expanded, revised VRS scheme for PSUs
The Union Cabinet tonight approved a
proposal to carry out certain additions and amendments to the
Central list of OBCs (Other Backward Classes) as recommended by
the National Commission for Backward Classes.
'U.S. policy on Kashmir unchanged'
The United States' policy on Kashmir remains the same but the
nature of the conflict has transformed both in terms of the
violence and in the presence of nuclear weapons, says the
Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia, Mr. Karl Inderfurth.
Pak. ban on rallies, strikes
Pakistan's military government has banned
open air political rallies and strikes saying the step is to
restore ``order and harmony in the society''.