Keep issues within party, BJP MPs told
With the Khurana episode still fresh in
everyone's mind, the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee,
used the occasion of the BJP's parliamentary party today to
remind the party MPs that while the Government believed in
``transparency'' and was ``ready to discuss any issue'' they must
not rush to the press or take up in public matters for which the
right forum was the party.
BJP backs Sankhya Vahini project
The Bharatiya Janata Party today came out in
defence of the controversial Sankhya Vahini project which has
created ripples in political circles including the Sangh Parivar.
Colombo 'seeks' Indian help to rescue troops
The Sri Lankan President, Mrs. Chandrika
Kumaratunga, has reportedly sought India's assistance to evacuate
at least 40,000 troops trapped by a Tamil tiger rebel advance to
regain their former capital, according to a television news
Tigers advancing towards Kilali
A key Army base in Sri Lanka's northern Jaffna
peninsula has come under threat from the Liberation Tigers of
Tamil Eelam (LTTE), following its advances towards Kilali, 24 km
from Jaffna town.
S.C. decision an encroachment, feels MPs
Members in the Lok Sabha today expressed
concern over the Supreme Court's decision to refer to a
Constitution Bench the question whether MPs should enjoy
``absolute immunity'' for their conduct inside the House. Under
Article 105 (2), MPs enjoy immunity and cannot be prosecuted.
ICC turns down Bindra's plea
The International Cricket Council has turned down
the request of the former Board of Control for Cricket in India
president, Mr. I. S. Bindra, to be allowed to attend the
extraordinary meeting of the world body to discuss the betting
and match-fixing controversy.
Washington defends 'soft' approach towards Pak.
The Clinton Administration has clearly said that
while Pakistan definitely needed to improve efforts on the issue
of terrorism, it did not merit being designated as a ``state
sponsor'' of terrorism.
HC notices to JMM leaders
The Delhi High Court today issued notices to
three Jharkhand Mukti Morcha leaders-Mr. Shibu Soren, Rajya Sabha
MP, Mr. Suraj Mandal and Mr. Simon Marandi- in a forgery case
related to the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha MPs' bribery case.
The Uttar Pradesh Public Works Department
Minister, Mr. Kalraj Misra, today announced withdrawal of his
resignation tendered on April 27.
Two held for attack on Uma Bharti
Two youths, carrying sharp weapons, were arrested
here on Monday night from near the spot, where the BJP leader and
local MP, Ms. Uma Bharti, was sitting on a ``fast unto death'',
police said today.
Sensex crashes on panic selling
Equities, after showing signs of firmness, turned
weak and later came down crashing with the Sensex closing today
with a fall of 285.33 points on the opening day of the new
account on the Bombay Stock Exchange on panic selling triggered
by reports of inquiry into the accounts of some leading