than 10,000 persons have been killed in a tropical
cyclone that struck Myanmar at the weekend, Foreign
Minister Nyan Win told state television, adding that
this nation would welcome international aid.
Monks clear fallen trees from a road in Yangon on Monday after "Cyclone Nargis" swept through parts of the country. — Reuters
clears women quota Bill To be tabled in RS
today New Delhi, May 5
At a late night meeting
here today the Union Cabinet cleared the women’s reservation
Bill that is aimed at providing 33 per cent quota for women in
Parliament and state legislatures. The decision was taken at
an emergency meeting of the Cabinet convened at the residence
of the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh tonight.
Food Bytes Mulford
defends Bush, PM mum
New Delhi, May 5
Seeking to put an end to
the controversy over George W. Bush’s remarks on food habits
of Indians, US Ambassador David Mulford dismissed suggestions
that the US President had made any critical comments and said
“hostile political commentary is not productive”.
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a matter of
Kishan Maharaj dead Varanasi, May 5
A hushed silence fell over the
Manikarnika ghat shortly after six this evening when Pandit Puran
Maharaj lit the funeral pyre of his father, tabla maestro Pandit Kishan
relents, MPs promise to behave themselves New Delhi, May 5
After a dramatic start to the Lok
Sabha today, Speaker Somnath Chatterjee withdrew the references he had
made last Thursday to the parliament’s Privileges Committee against 32
unruly opposition MPs. The withdrawal came after leaders of the
political parties in the Lok Sabha met the Speaker and assured him of
cooperation in smooth functioning of the House.
China, Dalai Lama
aides agree to talk again Shenzen, May 5
Envoys of the Dalai Lama and
Chinese officials agreed to further contact during a day of talks aimed
at mending fences following a wave of unrest that pushed Tibet to
centrestage ahead of the 2008 Olympics.
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pay package for Army to be finalised today New Delhi, May 5
A revised pay package for the armed
forces personnel, including enhanced military service pay for those
below officer rank, would be finalised at a crucial meeting to be
chaired by the Cabinet secretary K.M. Chandrashekar tomorrow.
comes crashing down on students 12 injured, minister orders
probe Pathankot, May 5
Over 12 students of Guru Arjun Dev
Girls Senior Secondary School, Sarai Mohalla, were injured when the roof
of Class XII collapsed on them this afternoon. A teacher, Seema Sharda,
who was holding the class at the time of the incident, was also injured.
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