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 Sri Lankan Tamils issue cannot split NDA: Advani
The Union Home Minister, Mr. L. K. Advani, today ridiculed the Opposition's bid to create a rift in the National Democratic Alliance over the Sri Lankan Tamils issue, even as he emphasised that the concern for the dismal plight of the island's Tamils should give no room for secessionism here by ``agents of our neighbours''.

PM thanked for 'correct stand'
A key resolution on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue, adopted at the MDMK conference here, wholeheartedly thanked the Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, and the Union Government ``for their correct stand on the on-going tragedy in Sri Lanka.''

RSS caution on autonomy demand
The national executive of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh today has cautioned the Vajpayee Government against the autonomy resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly and demanded ``full and final'' integration of all regions of the State with India including the part currently under ``foreign occupation.''

Chinese Foreign Minister coming to firm up ties
As part of the recent bilateral understanding to maintain high-level political contacts, the Chinese Foreign Minister, Mr. Tang Jiaxuan is visiting India later this month.

Farooq not for confrontation
``Kashmir's accession to India is final and irrevocable,'' the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Dr. Farooq Abdullah, said here today.

Ramadoss lashes out at Eelam critics
Within minutes of the Union Home Minister, Mr.L.K.Advani's lengthy homily on India's internal security concerns, aimed at having a sobering effect on the pro-Eelam parties such as the MDMK and the PMK in Tamil Nadu, the MDMK conference here witnessed a curious bout of whiplash against the `Eelam critics' by none other than the PMK founder-leader, Dr. S. Ramadoss.

Israel denies U.S. pressure on arms sale
Israel today denied any U.S. pressure on it over the sale of sophisticated military hardware to India even as the two countries decided to add greater content to their political and economic relationships.

A tricky issue for PA, UNP
When the People's Alliance (PA) and the United National Party (UNP) meet again this Friday for consultations on the constitutional reforms, they will deal with an issue that could become an obstacle to an overall consensus on the package.

30 killed as boat capsizes
At least 30 people were feared drowned when a boat capsized in Kamla river near Pratapur in the district today.

Left Front wins crucial seat
The Trinamool Congress-BJP combine today failed to wrest the Bidhannagar municipality from the ruling Left Front which won the crucial Ward number 16 after a repoll at a polling station today amidst political clash, lathicharge and teargassing.


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