Rao, Buta convicted in MPs' bribery case
A special court here today convicted the
former Prime Minister, Mr. P. V. Narasimha Rao, and his Cabinet
colleague, Mr. Buta Singh, in the `Jharkhand Mukti Morcha case'
on charges of bribing members of Parliament to buy votes to save
the minority Congress(I) Government in the no-confidence motion
in 1993. Nine others were acquitted.
CBI to proceed with chargesheet against Hindujas
Notwithstanding the claim made by the
Hindujas, the NRI industrialist family, that payments made to
them were not linked to the 155 mm howitzer contract, the Central
Bureau of Investigation (CBI) remains unimpressed and today
asserted that it had ``sufficient evidence'' to proceed against
Petrol, diesel, LPG to cost more
The Government tonight raised prices of
petroleum products across-the-board while cutting import and
excise duties on crude oil, diesel and motor spirit (petrol).
This will reduce the oil pool deficit this year by Rs. 12,000
crores and oil bonds and other financial instruments will be
announced later to cover the balance of the expected Rs. 23,600
crores deficit in this fiscal.
Cabinet to be expanded today
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari
Vajpayee, is to expand his Cabinet tomorrow, when he fills up the
existing vacancies. A swearing-in ceremony is planned for 5 p.m.
at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Authoritative sources suggest that the
``expansion'' is likely to be a mini affair, and the names of the
new entrants would be finalised only tomorrow morning.
He walks into the record books
In the world of sport, some race into history.
A few others jump into history. No matter what they do, in an
area of human activity where things are forever on the
fastforward mode, most athletes get into the history books in
quick time. Not Robert Korzeniowski. For the lanky Pole, it's
been a long walk.
Veerappan not to send Rajkumar with Gopal?
The journalist-emissary, Mr. R.R. Gopal's
mission to secure the release of the Kannada actor, Mr. Rajkumar,
and two others, being held captive by forest brigand Veerappan,
seems to have failed.
Naik gets the go-ahead for price rise
The prices of oil products will be hiked
tonight, the Petroleum Minister, Mr. Ram Naik, said shortly after
having a meeting with the Prime minister, Mr. Atal Behari
Lara Dutta for U.N. meet
Miss Universe Lara Dutta and Bollywood
actress Manisha Koirala will be the only Indians to participate
in the first-ever gathering of UN messengers of peace and
goodwill Ambassadors on October 23.