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Saturday, April 10, 2004
We did not yield to U.S. pressure on n-arms: PM
BHUBANESWAR, APRIL 9.The Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, today said the U.S. had put pressure on him not to go in for a nuclear bomb, but he refused to yield. Addressing an election rally here this evening, Mr. Vajpayee said that his ...
EC to write to print media on political ads
NEW DELHI, APRIL 9. Taking strong note of political advertisements appearing in the print media without the name of the organisation concerned, the Election Commission has decided to write to newspapers and magazines not to publish any such ...
A Congressman's response to Lindstrom's questions
I am delighted to answer Sten Lindstrom's six "key questions" (reproduced inThe Hindu, April 9, 2004, courtesy The Asian Age) 1. Who introduced Ottavio Quattrocchi to Bofors officials? Obviously `N' ...
Lindstrom chose the timing, says M.J. Akbar
NEW DELHI, APRIL 9. A day after the former Swedish police officer, Sten Lindstrom, who had investigated the Bofors-India howitzer case for 18 years, suggested the probing of "links" between the Congress president, Sonia Gandhi, and the Italian ...
Congress demands apology from Vajpayee
NEW DELHI, APRIL 9.The Congress today criticised the Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, for his suggestion that the Central Bureau of Investigation look into "fresh evidence'' in the Bofors case and demanded an apology for what it called ...
BJP for extension of campaign time
NEW DELHI, APRIL 9. A day after a District Magistrate insisted that the Deputy Prime Minister, L.K. Advani, end his election speech at 10 p.m. - the outermost limit for campaigning through loudspeakers the Bharatiya Janata Party ...
Congress plea to media
NEW DELHI, APRIL 9.The Congress today turned its attention to media and made an appeal that the party should be given a fair treatment in news coverage. The party suggested an "indirect censorship'' was in force in the media that prevented its ...
Revival of interest in the Congress in U.P.
The party seems to have regained its popular appeal in Uttar Pradesh but whether this will translate into electoral gains is an open question.
Once-thriving saree trade now in grip of crisis
Jalees Ansari's world is crumbling around him. His once-thriving Benarasi saree business has almost run aground and Mr. Ansari's monthly income has dipped from Rs. 5 lakh to just about Rs. 5,000 in the last two months. Caught in the midst of one ...
POLL THEME/SPECIAL POWERS ACT
Human rights violations take centre stage in Manipur
Political parties of all hues in the State are united in demanding the revocation of the Act, writes Sushanta Talukdar.
Q&A: Raman Singh
The Chhattisgarh Chief Minister, Raman Singh, is contesting from the Dongargaon Assembly seat. He quit the Rajnandgaon Lok Sabha seat after becoming Chief Minister. The Dongargaon seat was vacated for him by Pradeep Gandhi who is now contestin g for the Lok Sabha from Rajnandgaon. A lot is at stake for Dr. Singh because the BJP that had eight seats expects to improve its tally this time since it performed exceptionally well in the Assembly elections. Excerpts from his interview with Aar ti Dhar:
ON THE ROAD WITH... AJIT PANJA
A six-time winner courts Kolkata again
A day in April. Time: 4.15 p.m. A man clad in white pyjamas, slightly crumpled light yellow kurta embossed with two small flowers and a few blades of grass, the symbol of the Trinamool Congress the party he helped set up steps out ...
Q&A: Sultan Salahuddin Owaisi
The veteran of several battles has finally called it a day. After stalking the political arena for close to 50 years, Sultan Salahuddin Owaisi, has passed on the baton to his barrister son, Asaduddin Owaisi. The Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen ch ief has set a record of sorts by winning the Hyderabad Parliamentary seat for a record six times, consecutively. Called "Salar" by his supporters, Mr. Owaisi exercises a vice-like grip over the Old City area of Hyderabad which he has nursed as his po cket borough. Amid the hustle and bustle of the poll preparations, he spoke to J.S. Ifthekhar. Excerpts:
CANDIDATE WATCH: Roja (TDP)
Roja, TDP candidate, Nagari Assembly seat
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