Submit report on efforts to nab Veerappan: SC
The Supreme Court today asked the Karnataka
counsel to furnish in a sealed cover, ``primary material''
including police status reports stating the ``genuine'' efforts
made so far to nab the brigand Veerappan, and also why he was not
apprehended and the ``reality'' of the Government's
``perceptions'' including any alternative strategy it might
'Centre involved in emissary choice'
The Karnataka Chief Minister, Mr. S. M.
Krishna, today said the Centre was also involved in the selection
of the Tamil nationalist leader, Mr. P. Nedumaran, as one of the
emissaries to negotiate the release of the Kannada actor, Mr.
Rajkumar, and two others being held hostage by the brigand
Team enters forest
The new team of emissaries entered the
Thengumarata forests near Thalamalai here this morning in a bid
to meet the brigand Veerappan and secure the release of the
Kannada actor, Mr. Rajkumar, and two other hostages.
PM's condition satisfactory
The progress of the Prime Minister, Mr. A.B.
Vajpayee, was satisfactory today after yesterday's operation to
replace his left knee-joint at the Breach Candy Hospital here.
His surgeon, Dr. Chittaranjan Singh Ranawat, said the pain was
significantly less and `well-tolerated' by Mr. Vajpayee.
Hindujas deny charges
Lawyers acting for the Hinduja brothers have
said that they were cooperating with the Central Bureau of
Investigation (CBI) probe into corruption allegations but had not
been informed of any charges.
Laxman assures Celeste of religious freedom
The U.S. Ambassador to India, Mr. Richard
Celeste, today queried the BJP on a number of issues - religious
freedom and the status of Christians in India, the Comprehensive
Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), the Kashmir issue and even the party's
problems in Gujarat where it suffered a defeat in the local body
elections last week.
PM will find way to reduce oil prices: Naik
The Petroleum Minister, Mr. Ram Naik, has
said that the Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, would find a
solution if the Trinamool Congress leader, Ms. Mamata Banerjee,
persisted with her demand for a roll-back in oil prices. ``I feel
the Prime Minister will find a solution; it is not a very big
Sri Lanka headed for hung Parliament
As Sri Lanka today appeared set for a hung
Parliament with unofficial results showing the President, Ms.
Chandrika Kumartunga's People's Alliance (PA) bagging 109 seats,
four short of simple majority in the 225-member House, the
Election Commission deferred the annoucement of final results by
a day amid reports of wide spread rigging.
Cronje banned for life
The United Cricket Board of South Africa
has imposed a life-ban on former captain, Hansie Cronje, who has
admitted receiving money from bookmakers.
2 share Nobel for Economics
U.S. economists, James Heckman and Daniel
Mcfadden, won the 2000 Nobel prize in Economics, the Royal
Swedish Academy of Sciences said today.
Hizb ultras clash in PoK
The differences among the ranks of Hizb-ul-
Mujahideen came to the fore when three activists of the outfit
were killed in internecine clashes in Kotli in Pakistan occupied
Kashmir(Pok) a few days ago.