Telecom Ministry to be bifurcated, strike called off
Telephone services, including STD and ISD
facilities, which had been disrupted throughout the country since
Friday began limping back to normality today after the work-to-
rule agitation by the officers and employees of the Ministry of
Communications was called off around noon. The Government has
agreed to the bifurcation of the Ministry.
Attacks on Christians only isolated acts, says PM
Attacks on members of India's Christian minority
are only isolated acts and there is no organised campaign against
them, the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, said today.
J&K Assembly likely to adopt resolution today
Despite stiff opposition from the Congress(I),
the BJP and other National Democratic Alliance (NDA)
constituents, the ruling National Conference (NC) is all set to
push through the resolution on restoring greater autonomy to
Jammu and Kashmir on the last day of special Assembly session
Musharraf justifies 'jihad'
Pakistan's military ruler, Gen. Pervez
Musharraf, has defended terrorist groups for ``waging holy war''
against India saying ``jihad''is a tolerant concept.
4 hostages freed in Fiji
The sudden release of four women hostages by Mr.
George Speight, the Fijian `civil coup' leader, in Suva today
gave a new twist to the political atmospherics of the now-stalled
negotiations between him and the `Interim Military Government'
over the freedom of all captives, including the recently
dismissed Prime Minister, Mr. Mahendra Pal Chaudhry.
CBI to summon more players
The CBI would soon summon at least three
former cricket captains in the ongoing match-fixing scandal even
as the agency was planning to register another enquiry in the
allotment of telecast rights, agency sources said here today.
India, U.S. meet today
The External Affairs Minister, Mr. Jaswant
Singh, and the U.S Secretary of State, Ms. Madeleine Albright,
are due to hold a crucial meeting here tomorrow on the sidelines
of the first ever inter-governmental conference to discuss the
state of world democracy.
Wax model of Amitabh
Mr. Amitabh Bachchan, voted ``superstar of the
millennium'' by a BBC poll, has been chosen as the Indian star
whose wax statue should be installed at the famous Madame
Tussaud's gallery here.
Inflation falls to 6.21 p.c.
The annual rate of inflation fell for the
second consecutive week ended June 10, 2000 to 6.21 per cent on
account of a sharp fall in the prices of primary articles.
Sanction for prosecution
Seven months after the suspended judge, Mr.
Jaysingh Wadhu Singh, was booked in a case of alleged extortion
under a stringent law, the Maharashtra Government has accorded
sanction to prosecute him.
Emergency part of history: BJP
As the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) began its
week-long programme of rallies and meetings to remind the people
of the excesses committed during the Emergency declared this day
25 years ago, some party leaders are of the view that this
exercise should not create bitterness against a political
opponent, the Congress (I), but rather serve to remind the people
about their fight to save democracy in the country.
Pope and economics on PM's agenda
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee,
arrived here today with a specific agenda to enhance bilateral
economic and political relations. India and Italy have had
significant bilateral engagements since 1995 and the latest prime
ministerial visit seeks to consolidate that relationship.
Vajpayee's goodwill message to Pak.
The Prime Minister, Mr. A. B. Vajpayee, today sent
a message of goodwill to the people of Pakistan while flying over
Pakistan on his way to Rome.
Bomb hurled at mosque in Guntur
Tension gripped the old city here after a bomb
was hurled at a mosque here by some miscreants around 9.45 p.m.
today, in which a boy sustained injuries.