Measured optimism to Pak. offer
India today acknowledged that Pakistan had
reduced firing along the Line of Control (LoC) and hoped that it
would follow it up with concrete additional steps which would
address New Delhi's ``many concerns'' on cross-border terrorism.
Militants step up attacks
Hours after Monday's fidayeen (suicide squad)
attack, in which six Central Reserve Police Force soldiers and
two militants were killed, militants stepped up attacks on the
security forces today.
A welcome half-step, says Sattar
The Pakistan Foreign Minister, Mr. Abdul
Sattar, today dubbed the Indian initiative on Kashmir a ``welcome
half- step'' and said the question of a permanent ceasefire on
the Line of Control depended on the prospect of successful
negotiations starting in the near future.
Lashkar, Hizb reject Pak. LoC move
Three days after the Pakistan Government
announced ``maximum restraint'' on the Line of Control, the
initial feeble response from militant organisations based here is
getting crystallised with more outfits expressing reservations
about the move.
Azhar, Sharma debarred for life
The Board of Control for Cricket in India has
come down heavily on players either found involved in match-
fixing or having a nexus with bookmakers.
Ayodhya issue rocks Parliament
Both Houses of Parliament were adjourned for
the day soon after question hour as the Opposition, led by the
Congress, pursued its demand for the resignation of the Union
Home Minister, Mr. L.K. Advani, and two other Ministers charged
in the Babri Masjid demolition case.
Constituencies may be frozen till 2011
A political consensus appears to have emerged
that for the moment the total number of Lok Sabha constituencies
should be frozen not till 2026, as earlier proposed by the
Government, but till 2011.
Stir hits postal services
Postal services were affected throughout the
country today with 90 per cent of the staff abstaining from work
on the first day of the indefinite strike called by the three
main postal federations.
New CJ for AP High Court
The President has appointed Mr. Justice Satya
Brata Sinha, Judge of the Calcutta High Court, as the Chief
Justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court with effect from the date he
assumes charge of his office.
The Government will continue with anti-dumping
duties on caffeine and theophylline imports from China for one
more year and impose provisional anti-dumping duty on seamless
grade alloy and non- alloy steel billets, bars and rounds from
China and Russia.
Directive to Haryana DGP
The controversial Director-General of Haryana
Police, Mr. S. P. S. Rathore, was asked by the State Chief
Minister, Mr. Om Prakash Chautala, this evening to proceed on