Extension of truce beyond Nagaland withdrawn
The Centre tonight took a u-turn on the Naga
ceasefire agreement and decided to restrict the four-year-old
arrangement to Nagaland, taking into account the violent protests
that have erupted in Manipur over the past one month.
Prime suspect in Phoolan murder arrested
In a crucial breakthrough in the Phoolan Devi
murder case, police here today arrested the prime suspect, Sher
Singh Rana alias Pankaj Singh, who is said to have confessed to
the crime to avenge the massacre of 22 Thakurs in Behmai by the
former `bandit queen' in 1981.
Pankaj Singh, who according to police has
confessed to the murder of the Samajwadi Party MP, Phoolan Devi,
today said he was ``proud'' of gunning down the former bandit
queen to avenge the massacre of 22 Thakurs in Behmai.
BJP decries opportunism among NDA allies
For the first time since the National
Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government came to power, the Bharatiya
Janata Party (BJP) has expressed disapproval of the manner in
which the NDA has functioned - with its constituents leaving it
for their own purposes, and then seeking to re-enter as
One-match ban for Ganguly
The Indian cricket team captain, Saurav
Ganguly, has been suspended for one match for showing dissent
during his team's 67-run loss to New Zealand in the triangular
one-day tournament here on Thursday.
Advani statement on July 31
The Union Home Minister, Mr. L. K. Advani,
will make a detailed statement in the Lok Sabha on the murder of
the Samajwadi Party MP, Phoolan Devi, on Tuesday. Given the
strong feelings on the subject among the MPs, members will be
allowed to seek clarifications from the Minister.
UTI: bail plea rejected
Rejecting the second bail plea of the former UTI
chief, Mr. P.S. Subramanyam, and three others in the multi-crore
UTI scam, a special court today directed the Central Bureau of
Investigation (CBI) to come out with a white paper to ensure that
all aspects and ramifications of the alleged fraudulent
investment of Rs. 32 crores by the accused in the Lucknow-based
Cyberspace Limited, were covered.
Palm oil duty cut
India has conveyed to Malaysia its decision to
reduce the duty on import of crude palm oil by 10 per cent. The
hike in palm oil import duties had dominated much of the visit of
the Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, to Kuala Lumpur in May
this year. India had said at the time that it would ``review''
Centre seeks 'services' of Chennai Police Commissioner
The postings of two senior police officers from
Tamil Nadu threaten to erupt into a Centre-State row. The
question that has arisen now is whether the Centre can transfer
an IPS officer without the concurrence of the State Government?
Musharraf sends invitation to Vajpayee
The Pakistan President, Gen. Pervez
Musharraf, tonight formally invited the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal
Behari Vajpayee, to visit Islamabad at the latter's earliest
India willing to accept 29 prisoners
New Delhi is willing to accept 29 of the 31
prisoners, claimed by Islamabad as Indians, as it believes that
the two women among them could be Sri Lankan citizens.
Enron wants to pull out of Dabhol project
The U.S. energy major, Enron wants to pull out
of the Indian power project and expects the Indian Government to
buy out its stake in the $2.9 billions Dabhol Power Project near