Sparks fly over delay in tabling Women's Bill
The controversy over the Women's Reservation
Bill dominated the Lok Sabha on the last day of the monsoon
session of Parliament today, plunging the House into turmoil as
the Congress(I) insisted on an assurance from the Government that
it would bring the Bill in the next session even if there was no
consensus by then.
Yet to hear from India on Phalcon deal: Peres
Israel has an open mind on selling the
Phalcon early warning aircraft, but has not yet been approached
by India for their transfer, Israel's former Prime Minister, Mr.
Shimon Peres has said.
Gopal for the forests again
The emissary-journalist, Mr. R. R. Gopal, will
undertake his third mission to the Sathyamangalam forest on
August 28 with ``two vital clarifications'' related to the
release of prisoners in Karnataka, to convince the forest
brigand, Veerappan, to free the Kannada actor, Mr. Rajkumar, and
three other hostages.
It is in Govts' hands, says emissary
The official emissary, Mr. R.R. Gopal, today
put the onus on the Karnataka and Tamil Nadu Governments for
securing the release of the Kannada film actor, Mr. Rajkumar, who
was kidnapped by sandalwood smuggler Veerappan on July 30.
King panel report rejects Cronje's claim
The interim report of the King Commission
of Inquiry into match-fixing released here today rejects the
disgraced South African cricket captain Hansie Cronje's
contention that he was merely ``spinning along'' an Indian
A.P. seeks Rs. 100 cr. for now
The death toll due to heavy rain and floods
in the State rose to 105 today while receding waters
``everywhere'' brought cheer to the administration as it
facilitated speeding up of relief and rescue operations.
Police stop Suu Kyi
The Myanmarese Pro-democracy leader, Ms. Aung
San Suu Kyi, was stopped by the police on Thursday as she tried
to travel out of Yangon for the first time in two years.
India's most sophisticated
short range surface-to-air missile with multi-purpose utility -
Trishul - was successfully test-fired from the interim test range
here today, according to official sources.
Five killed in Assam blast
Two CRPF constables and three suspected Muslim
militants were killed about 22 km from Kokrajhar town today when
an IED blew up the truck of a CRPF search party. The security
personnel where returning after a raid at Durgamoni village where
they had picked up the three for interrogation. Four CRPF
constables were injured.
End strike, says Paswan
The Union Communications Minister, Mr. Ram
Vilas Paswan, has called upon the three recognised telecom
federations to call off their proposed indefinite strike from
September 6. He said all possible steps would be taken to ensure
financial viability of the proposed corporation and the rights of
the employees with regard to pay and pension will be fully
'U.S. not playing role of match-maker'
While the United States would welcome and
may even be pushing for a summit meeting between the Prime
Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, and the Pakistan military ruler,
General Pervez Musharraf, in New York, the official response of
the Clinton administration is that it is not playing the role of
a ``match- maker''.