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POTA Amendment Bill passed in Lok Sabha
NEW DELHI, DEC. 16. The Lok Sabha late this evening voted the Prevention of Terrorism (Amendment) Bill, 2003, but not before the entire Opposition walked out and the AIADMK insisted on recording its opposition to the "dilution" of the anti-terror ...


PETER ROEBUCK FROM DOWN UNDER
A win for unity and commitment
ADELAIDE, DEC. 16. As far as Sourav Ganguly and company are concerned, this must be the sweetest victory of them all. To beat the Australians in the cauldron of Kolkata is one thing. To overcome them beneath the spires of St. Peter's cathedral is ...
Supreme Court upholds POTA, Vaiko may get some relief
NEW DELHI, DEC. 16. The Supreme Court today upheld the constitutional validity of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA), observing that "terrorism is affecting the security and sovereignty of the nation. It is not State-specific but ...
ULFA central command captured in Bhutan
GUWAHATI, DEC. 16. Intensifying its crackdown on Indian insurgent groups operating from its soil, the Bhutanese Army has captured the Central Command Headquarters of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) and destroyed several camps near the ...
Nod for Bill to check defection
NEW DELHI, DEC. 16. The Constitution Amendment Bill seeking to contain the size of the Council of Ministers (to 15 per cent of the Lower House) in the case of the Centre and in the States, and debar a defector from holding any "remunerative ...
ESI limit raised
NEW DELHI, DEC. 16. The Employees' State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) has decided to enhance the wage ceiling for coverage of employees under the scheme to Rs. 7,500 a month from the existing Rs. 6,500 a month. The new ceiling will come into ...
Strike peaceful
NEW DELHI, DEC. 16. The day-long strike by oil sector workers to protest against the Government's move to privatise cash-rich oil companies today had a marginal impact on operations but supplies of all petroleum products and crude production ...



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