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Gujarat withdraws order on RSS
The Gujarat Government today withdrew its controversial notification of January 3 thereby reimposing the ban on its employees from participating in the activities of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. This brings to an end the battle of attrition between the ruling party and the Opposition in the State and the Centre on the issue.

Rule 184 is fine by me: PM
The two-week deadlock in the Lok Sabha over the controversy surrounding the Gujarat Government's order on the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh ended today with the Vajpayee Government agreeing to the Opposition demand for a vote on it, but normal business remained disrupted for much of the day because of a row over the Bihar Governor's conduct.

Sinha in a fix as allies insist on rollback of prices
With the allies of the Government increasing the pressure to roll back the increase in fertilizer and food prices announced in the latest Budget, the Finance Minister, Mr. Yashwant Sinha, finds himself in a jam. Because, if he relents any bit on the increases, not only will he not be able to reduce the subsidy bill, it will actually go up.

Bihar takes centre-stage
Though the two-week deadlock in the Lok Sabha over the RSS controversy was broken today, normal business remained disrupted for much of the day because of a row over the Bihar Governor's conduct.

 'Extremists will be crushed'
Several towns in Andhra Pradesh observed a bandh today to protest killing of A. Madhava Reddy, Andhra Pradesh Minister for Panchayat Raj, in a landmine explosion at Ghatkesar on Tuesday night.

Karunanidhi hails Gujarat decision
The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK president, Mr. M. Karunanidhi, hailed the Gujarat Government's decision, revoking its order on allowing its staff to participate in RSS activities, even without the Central Government having to interfere. He appreciated the BJP leadership's timely action that resolved the deadlock.

Rajya Sabha seat for CPI
Succumbing to the pressure of the CPI, the CPI(M) today agreed to allot a Rajya Sabha seat to CPI from its own quota.

`Daily wage earners also entitled to maternity benefits'
The women (muster roll) employees of municipal corporations and municipal bodies who, have been working on `daily wages' are also entitled to the benefits under the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961, the Supreme Court has ruled.

Trial of strength
The Rashtriya Janata Dal today fielded the Congress nominee, Mr. Sadanand Singh, in the election for the Bihar Assembly Speaker's post tomorrow ensuring a trial of strength ahead of the confidence vote to be sought by the Chief Minister, Mr. Nitish Kumar, on Friday.

India, China to talk despite differences
India and China have agreed to continue their just-initiated security dialogue despite deep differences over nuclear non-proliferation and arms control.


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