We'll not yield to terrorism: Vajpayee
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee,
informed Parliament today that his Government would not allow
violence to impede the peace process in Jammu and Kashmir. He
urged all militant groups to come forward for talks, saying they
should realise that people wanted peace.
Setback to Pakistan at UNCHR meet
Pakistan suffered a major setback today when the
United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) refused it
permission to raise the issue of alleged human rights violation
in Jammu and Kashmir.
Rajkumar's voice brings cheer
The five-day old kidnap episode involving the
veteran Kannada film actor, Mr. Rajkumar took a dramatic turn
today, as the first words from the thespian, the chief victim, of
being in ``good health and spirits'', injected much-needed relief
to the crisis- managers in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
'Bharat bandh' evokes mixed response
``Bharat bandh'', called by the Vishwa
Hindu Parishad to protest the killings of Amarnath pilgrims in
Jammu and Kashmir, evoked a mixed response across the country
today and remained largely peaceful.
Advani must admit lapse: Cong.(I)
The Congress(I) today turned the heat on the
Government for the Jammu and Kashmir killings and singled out the
Union Home Minister, Mr. L.K. Advani, for special treatment.
Sonia demands judicial probe
The Congress president, Ms. Sonia Gandhi,
today demanded a judicial probe into the security lapses that led
to the recent massacres in Jammu and Kashmir and asserted
``someone must be (held) accountable'' for it.
BJP vague on nature of talks with Hizbul
The BJP today tied itself in knots on the
question whether the Government was holding talks with the Hizbul
Mujahideen ``within the framework of the Constitution''.
Headway in talks with Hizbul
The negotiations between the Hizbul Mujahideen
and the Government on framing the ground rules for a durable
ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir appears to be making a headway.
Pak. demands impartial probe into killings
Pakistan today rejected India's charges that
it was behind the recent Kashmir killings and demanded an
``impartial, neutral, third-party mechanism'' for a full
investigation into the incidents.
German tourist body found
The Jammu and Kashmir police has recovered the
body of a German tourist who was kidnapped by militants from
Zanskar area of Ladakh region on July 11.
China expresses shock over killings
China today expressed shock over the massacre of
over 100 people in Jammu and Kashmir by militant outfits and said
Beijing was opposed to all forms of terrorism.