|Friday, March 31, 2000,
|S P O T L I
G H T
Pak offer for talks
NEW DELHI, March 30 (PTI) India today brushed
aside Pakistan military ruler Gen Pervez Musharrafs
renewed offer to resume dialogue with New Delhi,
asserting that there was no change in its position. Asked
about General Musharrafs remarks made during his
visit to Singapore, a Foreign Office spokesman said
there is no change in our position, in our
substance or nuance. India has asserted that the
continuous calls for jehad (holy war) by
Islamabad against it can hardly be interpreted as
messages for dialogue and peace.
RSS chief meets
NEW DELHI, March 30 (PTI) Newly-appointed RSS
chief K.S. Sudershan, whose views on economic policies
brought much embarrassment recently to the BJP-led
coalition at the Centre, had a lengthy meeting with Prime
Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee along with the RSS top
brass and leaders of several Sangh Parivar outfits here
this evening. This was the first major interaction
between Mr Vajpayee and the newly-installed top RSS
leadership at the invitation of the Prime Minister for an
informal meeting over tea.
BHOPAL, March 30 (UNI) The much-awaited Bill on
the formation of a separate Chhattisgarh state was today
unanimously approved by the Madhya Pradesh Assembly after
some suggestions. Of the 21 suggestions placed during the
marathon debate lasting nine hours, 17 were finally
approved by the House.
Pak boat tragedy
ISLAMABAD, March 30 (PTI) Eleven bodies have been
fished out of the Chenab in Punjab after a boat, with
over 100 pilgrims on board, capsized yesterday. Only
eight passengers managed to swim ashore after the mishap.
The rest of the pilgrims were believed to have drowned
after the boat, sailing for Sialkot, sank midstream at
Pattan Sheikh Nik Ka, Jalalpur Jattan, near Gujarat, 120
km from here.