Autonomy resolution within Constitution: PM
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee,
today said the resolution passed by the Jammu and Kashmir
Assembly on the autonomy issue was within the framework of the
Constitution and that the issue would be discussed by the Union
Cabinet and further action on it would follow thereafter.
Ladakh Council adopts resolution seeking separation from J & K
Close on the heels of autonomy resolution
adopted by the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly on Monday, the Ladakh
Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) today adopted another
resolution seeking complete separation from the State.
Immediately, the Nation Conference Government, headed by Dr.
Farooq Abdullah, described the resolution as ``unconstitutional
Indian peacekeepers arrive in Freetown
Twenty-one Indian peacekeepers, released by
Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebels at Pendembu, tonight
reached the Sierra Leonean capital of Freetown to a hearty
welcome, Army sources said here.
Hostages' safety comes first, says Fiji military
Fiji's military, which is preparing a no-go zone
around the rebels who are holding 27 political hostages, said
today it would prefer to let the crisis drag on rather than
endanger the lives of hostages.
Pak. must create atmosphere for talks: Farooq
The Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Dr.
Farooq Abdullah, has asked Pakistan to create a conducive
atmosphere for talks with New Delhi by ending border hostilities
and stopping infiltration of militants.
Denounce activists, NHRC tells VHP
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)
has asked the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the Bajrang Dal to
denounce their activists who were allegedly involved in
propagating ``anti-Christian'' statements, in order to restore
harmony in the country.
EPF rate cut
The rate of the Employees Provident Fund
(EPF) has been brought down to 11 per cent from 12 per cent with
effect from April 1, 2000, official sources said today.
Govt. asks CBI to give update on match-fixing probe
The Government has asked the Central Bureau
of Investigation (CBI) to give it an update within 10 days on the
progress made in the investigations in connection with the
cricket match-fixing scandal.
A blow to Sri Lankan Govt.
The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka today dealt a
major blow to the Government by ruling that last month's
appointment of the chief media censor was illegal, thereby
effectively invalidating the ban order on the weekly newspaper,
The Congress(I) president, Ms. Sonia Gandhi,
today appointed Mr. V.S. Koujalagi as the party's Karnataka unit
president. He replaces the Chief Minister, Mr. S.M. Krishna.
Centre not for confrontation on autonomy issue
With the Prime Minister, Mr. A. B. Vajpayee,
back in the capital after a five-day foreign trip, the Centre
will handle the hot potato - autonomy - handed by the Jammu and
'World's best fighter planes for India
Russia would soon begin assembling the upgraded
SU-30MKI multi-role fighters for India, Sukhoi corporation
officials told the visiting Defence Minister, Mr. George