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 Hard options can't be put off: Sinha
The Union Finance Minister, Mr. Yashwant Sinha, today said he was committed to exercising the hard options in the coming Union Budget for the greater good and well-being of the nation.

 NDA vows to root out corruption in Bihar
The National Democratic Alliance today pledged to establish the rule of law, root out corruption, create Vananchal state, make education compulsory and promote all-round growth if voted to power in Bihar after the Assembly elections.

Centre has failed Orissa: Sonia
The Congress(I) president, Ms. Sonia Gandhi, has stressed the need for returning the party to power in Orissa saying it was the only party which could provide a stable government.

Deepa down but not out
Battle-weary but the fire still raging in them - this is the impression the three women seeking to keep `Water' afloat sought to give after reaching here after a week-and-a-half-long test of nerves with the powers that be in Uttar Pradesh.

Karunanidhi defends PM's stand on RSS
The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Mr. M. Karunanidhi, today defended the Prime Minister, Mr.Vajpayee's stand that the Rashtriya Swamyamsevak Sangh is not a political party. ``It is an accepted fact,'' he said.

 India keen to revive ties with Indonesia
Maritime neighbours India and Indonesia today took the first concrete steps to develop a durable economic and political partnership after the return of democracy in Jakarta.

BJP expels four rebels in Bihar
The BJP today expelled four of its candidates in Bihar for defying the party's orders to retire from the contest following seat- adjustment with its allies even as it indicated there were five more rebels who would be dealt with later if they did not retire.

Govindacharya praises U.P. action on 'Water'
8. For the BJP general secretary, Mr K. N. Govindacharya, those protesting against Ms. Deepa Mehta's yet-to- be-made film `Water' were like the `French revolutionaries' and `people's sentiments' were above the orders of a Government.

11 security men killed in ambush
At least 11 security forces personnel were killed and seven others seriously wounded when militants ambushed a patrolling party this morning at Keimai village along the national highway no. 53 connecting Imphal with Jiribam in Assam.

SC accepts Krishna's 'sincere regrets', drops contempt proceedings
The Supreme Court's closure of the ``contempt proceedings'' against the Karnataka Chief Minister, Mr. S.K. Krishna, and his discharge from the ``contempt notice'' issued to him on January 25, followed his expression of ``sincere regrets'' for an ``innocent lapse'' and in view of what was stated in his affidavit filed in response to the court's notice.


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