Category:January 26, 2005

News briefs

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Wikinews Staff Reports —The following stories made international headlines today:

India celebrates 56th Republic Day

India today celebrated its 56th Republic Day.

President APJ Abdul Kalam took the salute at the parade. The national flag was hoisted and the armed forces and paramilitary units carried out march-pasts at Rajpath in New Delhi.

Source: "56th Republic Day: India displays military might" — NDTV, Wed Jan 26, 2005

Death toll rises in Indian stampede

Focus is on relief work as the death toll nears 300 persons killed in a stampede and fire during the popular annual pilgrimmage to the Mandher Devi temple southeast of Bombay, India.

Source: "Death Toll in Indian Temple Stampede Seen Rising" — Reuters, Tue Jan 25, 2005 11:06 PM ET

White House predicts $427 billion deficit

The record-shattering estimate is "conservative", and higher than the Budget Office's number of 328 billion USD. The Budget Office's long-term predictions suggest deficit spending will taper off by 2012, but (as with their projection of the current deficit spending) it does not include costs of war. President Bush's 2006 budget is expected at the Capitol on Feb. 7, and it too will not include requests for war funds; those are expected in separate funding requests as they were in 2004.