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 Cong. nominee unanimous choice for Bihar Speaker
The RJD-Congress(I)-CPI(M) combine in Bihar scored a major victory over the ruling NDA ahead of the vote of confidence the Chief Minister, Mr. Nitish Kumar, is to seek tomorrow, with its candidates, Mr. Sadanand Singh, being elected the Assembly Speaker today.

Sparks fly over Bihar, RSS
Both Houses of Parliament were adjourned for the day today without any business being transacted following noisy exchanges on the Bihar developments. Unlike the last few days when there was no official transaction, the Opposition today allowed the introduction of two Bills in the Lok Sabha and a statutory resolution in the Rajya Sabha to protect the interests of farmers hit by sugar imports from Pakistan.

 Jadeja, Robin Singh script sensational win
India had to produce the `winning hit' twice. Could anyone have asked for a greater finish to a one-day game than the one enacted at the Nehru Stadium here.

`Not possible to stop infiltration into India'
Pakistan's military ruler, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, today said his Army was unable to stop militants from crossing the Line of Control with India.

Noisy scenes in Gujarat Assembly
Congress(I) members in the Gujarat Assembly today raised slogans hailing the victory of secular forces after the State Government on Wednesday withdrew its circular, allowing Government employees to take part in RSS activities.

SCBA expels Jethmalani
The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) today expelled the Union Law Minister, Mr. Ram Jethmalani, for his ``unbecoming and hostile behaviour'' towards the lawyer community during its agitation against amendments to the Civil Procedure Code and entry of foreign law firms.

U.S. to notify curbs removal
The U.S. will notify ''very shortly'' in its federal register the removal of 51 items from the entities list, an External Affairs Ministry spokesman said here today. The items were placed on the list in the wake of the Pokhran nuclear tests in 1998.

Muivah pleads not guilty
Rebel Naga leader Thuingaleng Muivah today pleaded not guilty in a court here to a charge of travelling to Thailand on a false passport. He will be tried on April 27. Muivah was arrested at Bangkok airport on January 19 for allegedly travelling on a false South Korean passport.

Elected Speaker
The Indian National Lok Dal legislator, Mr. Satbir Singh Kadian, was today unanimously elected speaker of the Haryana Assembly. An official motion sponsoring his name was moved in the Assembly by the Chief Minister, Mr. Om Prakash Chautala. The Congress Legislature Party leader, Mr. Bhajan Lal, seconded the motion, while former Chief Minister, Mr. Bansi Lal (HVP), supported it.

S.C. reserves verdict in Alamatti case
A Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court today reserved judgment, at the conclusion of hearing in the connected original suits from Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh in the `Krishna Water Dispute - Alamatti Dam case'.


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