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Campaign ends for first phase of polls
Electioneering for the February 12 Assembly election in Bihar and Manipur, which was by and large peaceful, ended this evening. Twenty eight Assembly constituencies in Manipur and 108 in south Bihar, mostly in extremist-dominated areas, would be covered in the first phase of elections.

PM promises all help to Orissa
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, today said the National Democratic Alliance Government at the Centre was working towards making the country strong and sought the people's support for the BJP-BJD alliance to build a new Orissa.

 'Water' shooting: Digvijay warns protesters
The Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr. Digvijay Singh, today reiterated that he would not allow anyone to take law into his or her hands and disrupt the shooting of Ms. Deepa Mehta's film `Water' if it was shot in his State.

 Hijack drama ends
The four-day-old hijacking of the Afghan Airlines aircraft ended on Thursday morning as the hijackers released the last of their hostages and surrendered to the British police. A group of 65 hostages and the hijackers came down the steps of the aircraft shortly before 6 a.m.

Voters' ID must in Haryana: EC
In a bid to check bogus voting, the Election Commission today made it compulsory for the voters in Haryana to produce their electoral identity cards or other documentary evidence before voting in the election to the State Assembly on February 22.

Arjun Singh's poser to PM, Advani
Senior Congress(I) leader, Mr. Arjun Singh, has demanded an unequivocal answer from the Prime Minister and Home Minister : Does the RSS oath they took when they joined that organisation over-ride their oath of office? ``Even a cursory glance at the RSS oath would show that its words and import are totally opposed to the basic ideals and structure of the Constitution of India,'' Mr Singh said today.

India, U.S. continue talks
India and the U.S. continued their talks for the second and final day today. Yesterday the Indian Foreign Secretary, Mr. Lalit Mansingh, had discussions with the Under- Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Mr. Thomas Pickering, the Under-Secretary of State for Economic Affairs, Mr. Al Larsen, and a luncheon discussion with the Deputy Secretary of State, Mr. Strobe Talbott.

Stand on Kashmir must be defined clearly
India's concerns on terrorism are clearly understood by most of the world community but the stand on Kashmir is not fully appreciated. The Government needs to recognise this and treat it as the central point of its Pakistan- related diplomacy.

Call for monitoring globalisation process
The Deputy Chairperson of the Rajya Sabha and president of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Dr. (Ms) Najma Heptulla, has called for effective monitoring and modification in the globalisation process in order to ensure that its rewards were spread equally to all countries and all peoples.

3 killed in train blast
At least three persons were killed and three injured in a powerful blast in one of the coaches of the Sealdah Express, near Vijaypur around 27 kilometres from Jammu tonight.


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