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Terrorism will be fought: Jaswant
The External Affairs Minister, Mr. Jaswant Singh, today refuted criticism that India had become a `soft state' in the aftermath of the recent Indian Airlines hijacking crisis. He asserted that ``India's fight against terrorism has not been diluted and will continue relentlessly. We are not a soft state,'' at a question- answer session with members of the Indian Economic Forum here.

NDA accord on seat-sharing in Bihar
The National Democratic Alliance partners in Bihar hammered out a seat-sharing agreement for the State Assembly polls today after a five-hour meeting between the senior leaders of the four parties - the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Samata Party, the Janata Dal (United) and the Bihar People's Party - at the residence of Mr. L. K. Advani, Union Home Minister.

Musharraf warns India against 'crossing' LoC
The Pakistani military ruler, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, has said that India would be taught a `lesson' if it tried to cross the Line of Control (LoC), adding that he did not want to throw a `challenge' at India.

Bomb defused ahead of R-Day parade rehearsal
Police today detected and defused a bomb near the route of the Republic Day parade on Rajpath here just before the start of its final rehearsal, averting a major tragedy.

U.P. starts work on recruitment for power sector
The power situation in Uttar Pradesh remained grim with powermen continuing their strike today as the stalemate in talks persisted and the State Government began the process for fresh recruitment.

LTTE 'suicide bombers' held
At least 12 suspected LTTE rebels, two of whom are said to be ``suicide-bombers'', have been detained by the Sri Lankan security forces after a curfew and search operation yesterday.

CPI(M) leader shot dead
Unidentified assailants shot dead a CPI(M) local committee member, Mr. Gurupada Bagchi at Kasba in south Calcutta this morning, sparking violence in the area, in which 150 stalls (see picture) were torched, eight policemen injured and a police station was ransacked.

Music majors plan to merge
British music giant, Emi is poised to announce a merger with the Warner Music group in a move creating the world's largest record company, the Sunday Telegraph here reported. A deal expected to be announced tomorrow by the stock exchange. The merger will be worth 12 billion.

Inflation rate up
After a two-week spell below the three per cent mark, inflation rate vaulted to 3.11 per cent for the week ended January 8, mainly on account of increase in prices of various food and non-food articles.


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