Only political process can bring peace: Jaswant
The Minister for External Affairs, Mr. Jaswant
Singh, reiterated India's commitment to the territorial integrity
of Sri Lanka and support for a political solution in line with
the aspirations of the country's Tamil minority in talks with the
President, Ms. Chandrika Kumaratunga, today.
Tearful farewell to Pilot
In a remarkable show of dignity and grief,
the Congress(I) today bid an emotional farewell to its senior
leader and CWC(I) member, Rajesh Pilot, who died in a road
Commandos on alert for ship
The naval marine commandos, helicopters and
frigates were put on `stand-by' today to deal with any emergency
on board the hijacked Italian cargo vessel M V Medstar, highly
placed naval sources said here.
100 p.c. foreign equity allowed in power, oil sectors
The Government today took a series of
decisons aimed at promoting foreign direct investment (FDI) in
both the infrastructure and consumer goods sectors. These include
allowing 100 per cent foreign equity in petroleum refineries and
e- commerce business-to-business ventures and removal of ceiling
on FDI inflows in the power sector.
Minorities safe : PM
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee,
today endorsed the suggestion of the United Christian Forum for
Human Rights (UCFHR) for an end to negative propaganda against
all religions. He assured a UCFHR delegation at his official
residence here that all minorities in the country were secure.
Loan to ease Sri Lanka's war burden?
India will indirectly contribute to Sri Lanka's
war effort through a $100-million loan that was extended by the
External Affairs Minister, Mr Jaswant Singh, during his two-day
Take up role, Tamil parties tell Jaswant
Representatives of Tamil parties who met the
External Affairs Minister, Mr. Jaswant Singh, here today said
they had urged India to play a definitive role towards resolving
Sri Lanka's ethnic conflict.
12 shot dead in Bihar
Twelve upper caste people, including
eight of a family related to an Independent MLA, were gunned down
and three seriously injured by unidentified assailants in Bihar's
Nawada district last night, police said today.Sources said that
the killing could be the fallout of the gang war between the
Ashok Mahato and Akhilesh Singh groups in central Bihar.
Indo-Pak. World Cup match fixed: Bacher
The managing director of the United Cricket
Board of South Africa, Dr. Ali Bacher, today said that, in his
view, at least two matches during last year's cricket World Cup
in England - the India-Pakistan match which India won and the
Bangladesh-Pakistan match which Bangladesh won, were fixed. He
said he had been told of this by Majid Khan, former Pakistani
Klusener, Boucher throw bombshell
South African all-rounder Lance Klusener and
wicket-keeper Mark Boucher said today that they were approached
by Hansie Cronje with an offer to play below par during their
tour of India earlier this year.