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    CPI(M) meet may be headed for showdown
    MALAPPURAM, FEB. 21.The 18th Kerala conference of the Communist Party of India(Marxist), which ends here tomorrow, appears headed for a showdown between rival factions on election of a new State committee. The CPI(M) Polit Bureau member and ...

    Armed forces to the rescue as avalanches hit Kashmir
    NEW DELHI, FEB. 21. Armed forces have been deployed to assist victims of an unprecedented series of avalanches in north India.An estimated 1,000 jawans are digging into avalanches at a dozen places in Jammu and Kashmir to retrieve bodies and ...

    "Many kidney diseases can be prevented"
    CHENNAI, FEB. 21. The president of the International Society of Nephrology, Jan J. Weening, said on Sunday that despite the availability of treatment for end-stage renal failure all over the world, it remained out of the reach of most ...

    Supreme Court directive on PG medical admission
    NEW DELHI, FEB. 21. The Supreme Court today directed the Chief Secretaries of all the States and Union Territories to furnish details of the total post-graduate medical seats in government colleges in their States and indicate 50 per cent seats ...

    Prosecution, arrest of IAS officer stayed
    NEW DELHI, FEB. 21. The Supreme Court today stayed the prosecution and arrest of senior IAS officer Sanjeev Kumar, whose house was raided by the Central Bureau of Investigation on February 17 and Rs. 2 crores of alleged assets disproportionate to ...

    Improve credibility, weathermen told
    NEW DELHI, FEB. 21. Weathermen at the India Meteorological Department (IMD) could not have bargained for a worse situation, as the Union Science and Technology Minister, Kapil Sibal, himself questioned the credibility of their forecasts at an ...

    Arrested accused were named by Zahira: ex-police chief
    AHMEDABAD, FEB. 21. The then Police Commissioner of Vadodara, D. D. Tuteja, told the G.T. Nanavati and K.G. Shah judicial inquiry commission today that most of the accused arrested in connection with the Best Bakery communal riot case were those ...

    Zahira charges: court gives more time for probe panel
    NEW DELHI, FEB. 21. The Supreme Court today extended by three months the time limit for the high-level committee appointed by it to probe the veracity of the allegations and counter-allegations made by key witness in the Best Bakery case, Zahira ...

    Congress hopes budget will reflect CMP priorities
    NEW DELHI, FEB. 21. The Congress today expressed the hope that the United Progressive Alliance Government's first full budget would reflect the priorities outlined in the national common minimum programme as also the party's "Vision Document," ...

    Congress leaders eye top post in Haryana
    NEW DELHI, FEB. 21. Notwithstanding the objections raised by the Haryana Chief Minister, Om Prakash Chautala, to the Election Commission's decision to advance counting of votes for the Assembly to Wednesday, excitement is high in the Congress, ...

    Iran welcomes India's decision on pipeline project
    NEW DELHI, FEB. 21. The Iranian Foreign Minister, Kamal Kharrazi, said today that building the Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline would be the "best and most desirable step" between Teheran and New Delhi in the field of energy cooperation. Mr. ...

    Special counters for cricket visas
    ISLAMABAD, FEB. 21. The Indian High Commissioner here has put in place arrangements to facilitate the issue of visas to 10,000 people who intend to travel to India to watch the Indo-Pak cricket series beginning on February 28. All those holding ...

    Scrapping of MPLAD scheme sought
    NEW DELHI, FEB. 21.Former MP Era Sezhiyan today described the functioning of the Members of Parliament Local Area Development (MPLAD) scheme as an "assault on the Constitution" and demanded that it be scrapped. "It goes against democratic ...

    ESPN charge against Zee Telefilms
    CHENNAI, FEB. 21. Zee Telefilms Limited (ZTL), which has moved the Madras High Court against the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decision to cancel the tender process for telecast rights, did not come with "complete candour and ...

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