Stop chanting Kashmir, PM tells Pakistan
Amritsar, Nov. 2. The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee,
today told Pakistan in no uncertain terms that it should stop
chanting `Kashmir, Kashmir' while he forcefully stated that he
had refused to meet Gen. Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan President,
(in New York) ``because no purposeful dialogue can be held in
today's situation'' in which cross-border terrorism continues
Jaswant-Sattar meet likely in New York
New Delhi, Nov. 2. India today said a meeting between the
External Affairs Minister, Mr. Jaswant Singh, and his Pakistani
counterpart, Mr. Abdul Sattar, could take place on the sidelines
of the coming U.N. General Assembly session in New York, but
ruled out the possibility of an interaction between the Prime
Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, and the Pakistan President,
Gen. Pervez Musharraf.
SC bans smoking in public places
New Delhi, Nov. 2. In a significant order concerning the health
of the citizens, the Supreme Court today ordered a ban on smoking
in public places throughout the country with immediate effect.
Over 70 U.S. soldiers killed: Taliban
Doha, Nov. 2. Between 70 and 100 U.S. soldiers have been killed
in Washington's military campaign against Afghanistan launched on
October 7, an official of Afghanistan's ruling Taliban said
today. But, in a report from Washington, the White House flatly
denied the claim.``Once again, the Taliban are just lying,'' said
the spokesman, Mr. Ari Fleischer.
Letter to Bhujbal 'anthrax positive'
Mumbai, Nov. 2. An envelope containing a white powder received at
the office of the Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister, Mr. Chhagan
Bhujbal, has been found to be anthrax-positive in the second
New Judge for Bofors case
New Delhi, Nov.02 The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr. R.
K.Gauba, was today designated as a special Judge to hear the
Bofors payoff case after a reshuffle in the lower judiciary that
made him the fourth Judge to preside over the trial of the
politically-sensitive case. Mr. Gauba replaces the special Judge,
Mr. S. L. Khanna.
Designate Lashkar, Jaish as terrorist outfits: Ashcroft
Washington, Nov. 2. In a significant move, the U.S. Justice
Department has asked the State Department to designate the
Pakistan-based militant outfits, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-
Mohammad, as foreign terrorist organisations.
Minor changes in portfolios
New Delhi, Nov. 2. The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee,
has made minor changes in the portfolios of some Ministers of
State belonging to the BJP.
CBI implicates Sanjay Dutt
Mumbai, Nov. 2. The CBI has implicated all the 123 accused,
including the film star, Mr. Sanjay Dutt, in the conspiracy
leading to the serial explosions here on March 12, 1993, in which
more than 200 persons were killed and several others maimed.
Anthrax scare hits Commerce Ministry
New Delhi, Nov. 2. Ahead of the WTO Ministerial meeting in Doha
next week, the anthrax scare hit the Commerce Ministry today as
the Minister, Mr. Murasoli Maran and the secretary, Mr.Prabir
Sengupta, received two separate envelopes containing ``white
20 militants killed
Jammu, Nov. 2. Twenty militants were shot dead in the Poonch
sector by the Army today. They had moved into the Indian side
from the Line of Actual Control in Nowshera sector on Monday.
Defence sources said they belonged to the Lashkar-e-Taiba.