Govt put on the back foot in Ayodhya-Babri debate
The Lok Sabha finally began the `Ayodhya/
Babri Masjid debate', with the Government finding itself, for
most of the time, on the back foot. The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal
Behari Vajpayee, is scheduled to reply tomorrow, after which the
House will most probably see a division, forcing the National
Democratic Alliance partners to take a stand, for the first time,
on an issue that has been the litmus test for the
BJP allies fine tune strategy
The discomfort that some of the constituents
of the NDA felt came to the fore today with the Lok Sabha members
belonging to seven parties meeting here to fine tune their
strategy, ahead of the scheduled voting tomorrow on the ongoing
discussion on Ayodhya issue in the House.
Deadlock continues in Rajya Sabha
The deadlock over the Ayodhya issue continued
to cast its shadow on the Rajya Sabha which was adjourned for the
eighth day without transacting any business even as a discussion
on it got underway in the Lok Sabha.
U.S. Supreme Court rejects vote recount
A divided U.S. Supreme Court today appeared
to hand the presidency to the Texas Governor, Mr. George W. Bush,
in a bitterly disputed ruling that drove a legal stake through
the heart of the Vice-President, Mr. Al Gore's hopes of moving
into the White House.
Investigator not inquisitor: Madhavan
Mr. K. Madhavan, former CBI joint director and
now, anti-corruption commissioner of the Board of Control for
Cricket in India, has handled several sensitive cases including
the Bofors scandal.
Case against Azhar, Jadeja
A criminal case has been registered by the
police against former Indian skipper Mohammad Azaharuddin and
batsman Ajay Jadeja for allegedly fixing the one-day cricket
match between India and South Africa here in 1996.
Banking Bill introduced
The Government today introduced in the Lok
Sabha a bill which seeks to reduce its equity in nationalised
banks from 51 to 33 per cent and empowers it to supersede the
board of directors of public sector banks and constitute a
financial restructuring authority.
Postal talks today as court fixes deadline to end strike
Postal federation leaders will meet
Government representatives tomorrow morning to convey their
response in the light of the Delhi High Court's directions today
asking both the sides to end the strike within two days.
Iraq resumes oil supply
Iraqi companies this evening started filling
up a super tanker chartered by the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC)
after a gap of nearly two weeks, IOC sources told PTI here.
'Gangworld links' to pressure actors and secure dates
The Crime Branch of Mumbai Police today arrested
Nazim Hassan Rizvi, producer of Chori Chori Chupke Chupke, for
allegedly entering into a criminal conspiracy with the underworld
gangster, Chhota Shakeel of Dawood Ibrahim's gang, to carry out
attacks on film personalities.
President 'seeks' Cabinet view
The President, Mr. K.R. Narayanan, has sought
the view of the Union Cabinet on the controversial Sardar Sarovar
Dam and expressed his opinion on it, according to the ``Narmada
Bachao Andolan'' leader, Ms. Medha Patkar.