July 1, 2004, Chandigarh, India
Updated at 3:00 am (IST)
ministers to stay, asserts PM New Delhi, June 30
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today
rejected the BJP-led Opposition’s demand for the removal of
“tainted” ministers from his Cabinet and hoped that the coming Budget
session of Parliament would not be disrupted on this count. Talking to
newspersons after the presentation of Padma awards by President
A.P.J.Abdul Kalam at Rashtrapati Bhavan, the Prime Minister said the
previous NDA ministry also had several charge-sheeted persons and the
“distinction” now made was not “tenable”.
Do you agree with the PM’s focus on rural
Justice (retd) M.N.R. Venkatachaliah receives the Padma Vibhushan award from President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam during an investiture ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi on Tuesday.
— Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal
to Muzaffarabad hits roadblock New Delhi, June 30
India has proposed 10 Jammu and
Kashmir-specific concrete and forward-looking Confidence Building
Measures to Pakistan in the just-ended Foreign Secretary-level
talks, though the stalemate continues on the proposed
Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus service.
forces Special Powers Act in J&K to stay Troops not to be reduced Srinagar, June 30
Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee
today ruled out scrapping of legislation according unfettered powers to
the security forces in countering extremist violence till terrorism
continued in the state. “We cannot think of doing away with the Armed
Forces (J & K) Special Powers Act, 1990 till terrorism completely
put down in Jammu and Kashmir”, Mr Mukherjee told mediapersons here at
the conclusion of his first two-day visit to the state.
reverses KV teachers’ transfer policy New Delhi, June 30
The previous government’s
transfer policy for Kendriya Vidyalaya teachers was scrapped by the
Human Resource Development Ministry today. It
was replaced by a new policy which promises a more humane approach and a
greater understanding of the problems of teachers, especially women.
Teachers will not be removed from their schools unless absolutely
necessary, the Ministry said.
body allowed to conduct CET Chandigarh, June 30
In a significant decision, a
high-level committee headed by a former Punjab and Haryana High Court
Judge, Justice G.R. Majithia, has allowed the Association of Unaided
Sikh Minority Medical and Dental Institutes in Punjab to hold
its own common entrance test. This permission has been granted
only for this academic year.
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