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Militants take nine persons hostage
SRINAGAR, OCT. 20. Militants today took nine persons, including women and children, hostage in a house in the Shopian area of Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district while one civilian was killed and 45 were injured in two separate grenade blasts in ...


India, Sri Lanka talks soon on economic agreement
NEW DELHI, OCT. 20.India and Sri Lanka have agreed to begin negotiations on a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) immediately and conclude these talks by March 2004, the External Affairs Ministry spokesman announced today. ...
SP rules out alliance with Congress
NEW DELHI, OCT. 20.The Samajwadi Party announced today that it would field candidates in the four heartland States going to polls, signalling a downturn in its ties with the Congress. Though the two parties came together two months ago to help ...
BSNL unveils bonanza
NEW DELHI, OCT. 20. The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. today announced a month-long bonanza for all calls made to the U.S., Europe and Canada. It will be a flat Rs. 7.20 a minute for calls to the United Kingdom and Rs. 9.60 for calls to the United ...
Commission to probe Venkatesan killing
CHENNAI, OCT. 20. The Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, has ordered the setting up of a commission of inquiry to probe the circumstances which led to the September 26 killing here of Venkatesan Pannaiyar, who, the police said, was an accused in 12 ...
Theatres call off strike
MUMBAI, OCT. 20. The three-day-old strike called by single-screen cinema theatre-owners in Maharashtra was called off today. Announcing this after a meeting with the Deputy Chief Minister, Chhagan Bhujbal, producer Kiran Shantaram said the ...
Sobhraj denied bail
KATHMANDU, OCT. 20. A Nepalese court today denied bail to serial killer Charles Sobhraj and gave an interim order to probe his involvement in the murder of two foreign backpackers in 1975. The Kathmandu District Court gave the order keeping ...
Mayawati seeks stay
LUCKNOW, OCT. 20. The former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Mayawati, today filed two separate writ petitions in the Allahabad High Court seeking a stay on her possible arrest in the Taj Heritage Corridor scam and quashing of the FIRs filed ...
Advocate shot dead
PATNA, OCT. 20.A senior advocate of the Patna High Court, Pramod Kumar, was today shot dead on a busy thoroughfare by two motorcycle-borne persons while he was on his way to court. The two sped away after the crime. ...



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