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    Somnath offers to step down
    NEW DELHI, DEC. 16. Unhappy with the way he was forced to adjourn the Lok Sabha on Wednesday and the aspersions that have been cast on him, the Lok Sabha Speaker, Somnath Chatterjee, today offered to step down. "If members are not happy with the ...

    We are a responsible nuclear power, says Manmohan
    NEW DELHI, DEC. 16. There is no uncertainty over the country's nuclear policy, the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, asserted in the Rajya Sabha today. "India is a nuclear power and a responsible nuclear power," he said. Dr. Singh was responding ...

    Nod for quicker promotions; the Army will look younger now
    NEW DELHI, DEC. 16. The Government today approved faster promotions for Army officers up to the rank of Colonel to reduce their age profile at the combat level and ensure that they get promotions commensurate with their jobs. With this step, ...

    Supreme Court reserves verdict on BCCI appeal
    NEW DELHI, DEC. 16. The Supreme Court today reserved verdict on a batch of petitions filed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and others against the Madras High Court order superseding the Board and appointing a retired judge of ...

    The "common man's DTH" is here
    NEW DELHI, DEC. 16. DD Direct Plus — "the world's first free-to-air direct-to-home television service" — was launched by the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, here today with the confidence that it would be another step in the ...

    Human failure may have caused accident: Lalu
    NEW DELHI, DEC. 16. The Railway Minister, Lalu Prasad, said today that "human failure", prima facie, appeared to have led to the December 14 rail accident in Punjab in which 38 persons were killed and 52 injured. Making identical ...

    `Osama' praises Jeddah attack
    CAIRO, DEC. 16.A man identified as Osama bin Laden, speaking on an audiotape posted on an Islamic Web site on Thursday, praised an attack earlier this month on a U.S. consulate in Saudi Arabia and criticised the Saudi regime as weak and ...

    Sensex climbs to new peak
    MUMBAI, DEC. 16. The Sensex today once again climbed to a new lifetime closing peak of 6420.38 in low volume, driven by unabated foreign institutional investment inflows into the booming bourses. Jumping yesterday's record high, the BSE ...

    Zahira's mother convicted for contempt of court
    MUMBAI, DEC. 16. The Additional Sessions Judge, Abhay Thipsay, who is hearing the Best Bakery re-trial, today convicted Sehrunissa, mother of Zahira Sheikh, for contempt of court and fined her Rs. 100 or, in default, undergo simple ...

    Top Iraqi official killed, cleric attacked
    MANAMA, DEC.16. At least two assassination attempts, one of them successful, and a sharp verbal attack on Iran have marked the beginning of Iraq's election campaign which began yesterday. Armed militants killed a senior official in Iraq's ...

    Sea Harrier crash-lands
    PANAJI, DEC. 16. A Sea Harrier aircraft attached to the Naval Aviation Area, which was on a regular training sortie, crash-landed at the Dabolim International Airport near Vasco-da-Gama this morning. The pilot disembarked unhurt, the spokesman ...



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