Basmati issue rocks Parliament
The granting of a patent on Basmati rice to
an American company by the U.S. Patent Office sparked
considerable heat in both the Houses of Parliament today.
Copy cannot be better than the original
The official stand on the United States
Patent and Trademark Company granting the patent to Texas-based
RiceTec for ``superior strain'' of Basmati rice is that it won't
impact on rice exports.
Stray violence marks Bihar bandh
Stray violence and disruption of rail traffic
today marred the 12-hour Bihar bandh called by the NDA to demand
the resignation of the Bihar Chief Minister, Ms. Rabri Devi, as
police rounded up 4,000 people including the alliance's top State
leadership during the shutdown that affected normal life across
Privilege motion against Sinha
A privilege motion was moved today against
the Union Finance Minister, Mr. Yashwant Sinha, in the Rajya
Sabha by the Congress MP, Mr. Kapil Sibal, on the grounds that
the Minister had ``deliberately misled'' the House while replying
to a discussion on the Unit Trust of India (UTI) muddle.
Madras High Court CJ shifted
The Chief Justice of the Madras High Court,
Mr. Nagendra Kumar Jain, has been transferred to the Karnataka
High Court. A press communique of the Ministry of Law, Justice
and Company Affairs says, ``in exercise of the powers conferred
by Clause (1) of Article of the Constitution, the President,
after consultation with the Chief Justice of India, is pleased to
transfer'' Mr. Justice Jain as the Chief Justice of the Karnataka
Western diplomats return
The fate of the eight arrested international
aid workers in Afghanistan continues to hang in the balance as
the three Western diplomats who had gone to Kabul to visit them
returned here without achieving their goal.
SC directive to Chief Secy.
The Supreme Court today asked the Chief
Secretary of the Orissa Government to be present in the court on
August 29 to explain the steps taken by the State Government to
implement the model sewerage system in the temple town of Puri.
Ranil invited for talks
The Prime Minister, Mr Ratnasiri Wickramanayake,
today invited the leader of the United National Party for talks
on forming a government of national reconciliation.
LS nod for Bill on freezing seats
The Lok Sabha today passed a Constitution
Amendment Bill, extending the current freeze on the number of
seats in the Lok Sabha and the State Assemblies till 2026 but
providing for fresh delimitation to alter the size of the
Catholic, RSS leaders meet
Catholic and RSS leaders today came face-to-
face for a dialogue in an effort to remove misgivings. The RSS
was represented by its chief, Mr. K.S. Sudarshan, its chief
spokesman, Mr. Madan Vaidya, and another senior member, Dr. S.
Shastri; the Catholic Bishop Conference of India was represented
by its secretary-general, Archbishop Oswald Gracious, the senior
vice-president, Archbishop Vincent Concessaro, Father Donald
D'Souza and Father Domminic Emmanuel.
India to stay away from Asian championship
India has decided not to take part in the
second edition of the Asian test cricket championships, ending
months of speculation.