Veerappan case: 'Complete pleadings in 10 days for early hearing'
The Supreme Court today directed Karnataka
and the parties concerned to complete their pleadings and file
additional documents, if any, in connection with the Veerappan
associates' release case within 10 days.
Karnataka to persist with talks
The Karnataka Government today decided to
persist with the strategy of securing the release of the film
star, Mr. Rajkumar, and three others through negotiations with
the forest brigand Veerappan, and said the hostages' release was
a matter of time.
Britain beckons Indian businessmen
The visiting British Secretary of State for
Home Department, Mr. Jack Straw, says his Government would be
willing to ease the visa requirements for Indian businessmen and
entrepreneurs so as to enable them ``settle'' in the United
Pak. may figure in talks with U.S.
India expects its strained ties with Pakistan
to come up in the talks with the U.S. leadership later this
month, but believes that the visit of the Prime Minister, Mr.
Atal Behari Vajpayee, to the U.S., will be focused on the
consolidation of bilateral relations with Washington.
Ex-AMU students held for U.P. blasts
In a major breakthrough, the Uttar Pradesh
police on Sunday arrested two dreaded terrorists belonging to the
Hizb-ul- Mujahideen, who had surfaced after the recent series of
bomb explosions in the State on the eve of Independence Day.
Over 300 killed in Sri Lanka
Ferocious fighting in the Jaffna peninsula
between Government troops and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil
Eelam over two days has killed more than 300 combatants on both
sides and left over 1000 wounded. In response to an Army
offensive, mounted on Sunday, ahead of the October 10th general
elections, the LTTE launched a counter-attack this morning on
Government lines at Colombothurai in the Thenmarathchi division.
Indo-U.S. understanding will not affect others: PM
The Prime Minister, Mr. A. B. Vajpayee, has
said that India and the U.S. have the potential for being
``natural allies'' but maintained that the ``new understanding''
between the two countries is not at the cost of relations with
other countries, including China.
India, U.K to set up JWG
India and Britain today agreed to set up a
Joint Working Group to counter terrorism, drug trafficking and
other related crimes. At a joint press conference here, the
visiting British Home Secretary, Mr. Jack Straw, and the Union
Home Minister, Mr. L. K. Advani, said the modalities of the
proposed JWG would be worked out by the officials of the two
countries next month.
Musharraf address to focus on Kashmir
The military ruler of Pakistan, Gen. Pervez
Musharraf, is leaving tomorrow for New York to participate in the
millennium session of the United Nations Assembly and Kashmir is
bound to be the focus of his visit. He is to address the U.N.
Assembly on September 6 and the Pakistani Foreign Office has made
it known that he would raise the Kashmir issue in his
Decision on petroleum price revision only after PM's return
The Union Petroleum Minister, Mr. Ram Naik,
today made it clear that there would be no revision of prices of
petroleum products before the Prime Minister's return from U.S.
on September 19.
U.K. eases visa rules for Indian entrepreneurs
Britain today said it has relaxed visa rules
to allow Indian entrepreneurs in Hi-tech areas of Information
Technology and E-commerce to do business in the United Kingdom.
World community must press for tripartite talks: Hizb
The Hizb-ul-Mujahideen supremo, Syed
Salahuddin, claiming that ``Kashmiris'' were in no position to
co-exist with India , today said the international community
should pressure it to hold tripartite talks for a resolution of
the five-decade-long conflict.