Vajpayee against 'activist' role by Centre
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee,
granted an audience to two of his Shiv Sena ``colleagues'', Mr.
Manohar Joshi and Mr. Suresh Prabhu, to explain to them that the
Centre was watching the developing situation in Maharashtra over
the possible arrest of Mr. Bal Thackeray, and that it would
everything possible - which was not much - to avert that
The Shiv Sena chief, Mr. Bal Thackeray, has
appealed to his followers not to enforce any ``bandh'', saying he
did not want any violence or communal riots.
SC expresses concern
The Supreme Court, hearing related pending
petitions on ``implementation of the Srikrishna Commission report
today, expressed its ``distress'' and ``concern'' over the
statements of some Union Ministers which were at variance with
what was stated in an affidavit filed in the Court.
Karunanidhi favours CMs' meet on autonomy: Farooq
The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Mr. M.
Karunanidhi, today urged the Centre to take steps for an in-depth
consultation on the question of autonomy to the States ``within
the ambit of the country's sovereignty,'' even as his Jammu and
Kashmir counterpart, Dr. Farooq Abdullah, said Mr. Karunanidhi
preferred a conference of all the Chief Ministers to discuss the
China ready to increase pace of talks on LAC
China is prepared to quicken the pace of
negotiations with India on the clarification of the Line of
Actual Control (LAC) that separates the two nations, according to
the Chinese Foreign Minister, Mr. Tang Jiaxuan.
IT raids 'reasonably successful'
With the dust slowly settling on the
nationwide raids on cricketers, bookies and sports
administrators, murky details about betting, huge investments in
property, unearthing of palatial houses, investments in jewellery
and huge holdings in Fixed Deposit Receipts (FDRs) have come to
RBI hikes bank rate
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) came out with a
series of measures to halt the slide of the rupee against the
U.S. dollar, which includes an increase in the bank rate by one
percentage point (from 7 per cent to 8 per cent) at the close of
Wheat, rice prices cut
The Government today announced a reduction in
the prices of rice and wheat sold under the Public Distribution
G-8 pledge on debt relief
The seven richest nations on Friday renewed a
pledge to implement a package of up to $100 billion in debt
relief for the poorest countries, but gave no indication of the
fresh initiative critics have sought.