May 25, 2004, Chandigarh, India
Updated at 3:00 am (IST)
threatens to pull out Seeks promised berths, final
decision today Chennai, May 24
48 hours of being sworn in the Congress-led United People’s Alliance
ministry has run into rough weather with the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
threatening to pull out of the Central Government unless its ministers are
allotted the promised portfolios.
DMK President M. Karunanidhi at an emergency press briefing in Chennai on Monday. —
Photo by S. Sukumar
hints at probe into defence deals New Delhi, May 24
charge of the Defence Ministry here this morning, Pranab Mukherjee said
some defence deals of the previous National Democratic Alliance government
could come under a cloud. He made it clear that certain deals inked by
former Defence Minister George Fernandes could be looked into.
video: New Cabinet ministers assume office. (28k,
necessary, says Home Minister New Delhi, May 24
that the government did not consider the controversial Prevention of
Terrorism Act as ‘necessary’, the new Union Home Minister Shivraj
Patil today indicated that the Centre could amend or allow the Act to
shift in foreign policy: Natwar New Delhi, May 24
The External Affairs Minister, Mr
Natwar Singh, today stated that there will not be much shift in
India’s foreign policy and stressed that New Delhi will work towards
improving relations with all countries, including Pakistan.
hike in petrol, diesel prices likely New Delhi, May 24
The government is likely to
announce a marginal increase of at least Re 1 per litre in petrol and
diesel prices soon despite stiff opposition from the Left parties and
partners in the ruling United Progressive Alliance.
dismisses PIL on Sonia’s citizenship New Delhi, May 24
The Supreme Court today dismissed
a petition challenging Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s entitlement
to become the Prime Minister of the country because of her foreign
origin and grant of citizenship to her allegedly in violation of law.
may ask Barnala to quit as Governor Amritsar, May 24
The Political Affairs Committee
of the Shiromani Akali Dal will decide whether Mr Surjit Singh Barnala
should quit as the Governor of Andhra Pradesh or not in wake of the
change of guards at the Centre.
among probables New Delhi, May 24
The Indian Hockey Federation put at rest all the speculation and
uncertainty surrounding the selection of the Olympic probables when it
named 26 players, including penalty corner specialist Jugraj Singh,
for the Athens games 2004. (Details onsports
page) In video (28k, 56k)
blast toll put at 29 Humahama (Budgam), May 24
The death toll in yesterday’s IED
explosion on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway has been put at 29.
Mr Ajay Raj Sharma, Director-General of the Border Security Force, salutes a coffin of a jawan at a wreath-laying ceremony at Humahama, Budgam, on Monday. — Reuters
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