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Lok Sabha nod for Bill on National Commission for Minority Institutions
NEW DELHI, DEC. 16. The Lok Sabha today gave approval to a Bill seeking the creation of a National Commission for Minority Institutions. The House witnessed a division within the NDA ranks, with the Janata Dal (U), the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) ...

Totally committed to Manmohan's leadership: Arjun Singh
NEW DELHI. DEC. 16. The Union Human Resource Development Minister, Arjun Singh, today debunked speculation on his "attempts" to upstage the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh. "We are members of a disciplined party, and are totally committed to the ...

BJP wants all-party meet
NEW DELHI, DEC. 16. The Bharatiya Janata Party today demanded a meeting of all party leaders to discuss the manner of "functioning of the Lok Sabha and the Speaker.'' The party spokesman, V.K. Malhotra, said the BJP was "unhappy'' with the way ...

Sonia hosts dinner for alliance partners
NEW DELHI, DEC. 16. The chairperson of the United Progressive Alliance, Sonia Gandhi, tonight hosted a dinner for the constituents of the alliance and supporting parties. The dinner was part of an exercise to mark the completion of six months ...

Patil outlines efforts to curb militancy
NEW DELHI, DEC. 16. The Government today said it was examining the possibility of setting up a Unified Command of security forces in the insurgency-affected north-eastern region but was not enthused by the response of Bangladesh to India's ...

CPI(M) meet begins today
NEW DELHI, DEC. 17. The contours of the political line the Communist Party of India (Marxist) will adapt in the days to come will be drawn at a two-day meeting of its Polit Bureau beginning here on Friday. This is the first step in preparation ...

Kanchi Acharya seeks bail in assault case
NEW DELHI, DEC.16. The Kanchi Sankaracharya, Sri Jayendra Saraswathi, today moved the Supreme Court seeking bail in the "Radhakrishnan assault case" in which he was formally arrested on November 23 while in judicial custody in connection with the ...

Magistrate orders release of boy
THRISSUR, DEC. 16. An eight-year old boy from Madhya Pradesh was produced by the police before the Judicial First Class Magistrate here as an accused in a case of bouncing of cheque. The boy from Pathakera in Bethur district, Madhya Pradesh, ...

``Spat'' is over: Prime Minister
NEW DELHI, DEC. 16. The Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, today put the lid on the public quarrel between his Cabinet colleagues, the Railway Minister, Lalu Prasad, and the Steel Minister, Ram Vilas Paswan, with brief remarks in the Rajya ...

Last lap for fighter-trainers
HYDERABAD, DEC. 16. As the sun set, the silvery fighter aircraft blazed into the still-blue skies from the Hakimpet Air Force Station here. This was no ordinary sortie for the Polish made Iskra, which served the Indian Air Force (IAF) for three ...

`Kidnapped'
IMPHAL, DEC. 16. The Vice-Chancellor of Manipur University, Ng Bijoy, and its Registrar, R. K. Ranjan, are said to have been kidnapped by unidentified persons. — PTI ...

High-end PDA mobile phone arrives
NEW DELHI, DEC. 16. Personal technology buffs have good news, but there is a high price tag. Targeting high-end mobile phone users, the U.K.-based mobile technology company O2 today launched two compact PDA (personal digital assistant) mobile ...

Actor dead
MUMBAI, DEC. 16. Leading Marathi actor Laxmikant Berde (50), who also acted in several Hindi films and TV serials, died at his Mumbai residence this morning after a brief illness. — — UNI ...

Disney channels
NEW DELHI, DEC. 16. Led by brand ambassador Mickey Mouse, Walt Disney makes its debut on Indian television screens tomorrow with the launch of two channels. — PTI ...

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