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 Non-bailable warrants against Rabri, Laloo
The CBI today filed chargesheets against the Bihar Chief Minister, Mrs. Rabri Devi, and the former Chief Minister, Mr. Laloo Prasad Yadav, in the designated court in the `disproportionate assets (DA) case' (RC 5a/98) plunging the 24- day-old coalition Government into crisis.

Sonia go-ahead for talks with Trinamool
The Congress(I)'s West Bengal leaders are understood to have begun discussing with the Trinamool Congress tonight the possibility of seat-sharing in the civic elections in the State, even though the latter made it clear that its alliance with the BJP would continue.

 Frenzied selling in stocks
In the second biggest fall for a single session witnessed on the Bombay Stock Exchange, the 30-share sensitive index (Sensex) crashed today by 361 points with infotech stocks leading the collapse.

Microsoft broke anti-trust law: Court
In what is seen in industry circles as a tough and far-reaching ruling, a U.S. Federal Judge has said Microsoft, giant software company, has violated anti-trust laws. In a victory for the United States Justice Department and 19 States involved in the case, the Judge has ruled that Microsoft illegally protected its Windows monopoly against competitors as also attempted to monopolise the market for web browsers.

Asylum for Pak. poet if sought, says Advani
The Union Government tonight said it was ready to consider an asylum plea, if made, by the Pakistan writer, Mr. Altaf Hussain, who has taken refuge here after fleeing his country.

Key conspirator in hijack case held
In a swift operation, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested a key conspirator, who had allegedly procured and supplied weapons to the hijackers of the Indian Airlines flight in December last.

No move to modify tax treaty: Govt.
With foreign institutional investors (FIIs) unloading heavily on Indian bourses as a panic reaction to the Income Tax Department notice to some Mauritius-based investment companies, the Finance Ministry today clarified that there was no move to modify the double taxation avoidance treaty with that country.

FBI Director arrives
The Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Mr. Louis Freeh, arrived here this evening to deepen Indo-U.S. cooperation in the battle against international terrorism and organised crime.

 Obuchi Cabinet quits, new Govt.likely today
In an acknowledgement of the political demise of Mr. Keizo Obuchi, his Cabinet resigned en masse on Tuesday to clear the way for a new government to be formed, most probably on Wednesday. Mindful of a likely negative public fallout at a time of sudden grief, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its legislative allies have acted uncharacteristically swiftly and without rancour.

Top Afghan official shot
The most powerful figure in Taliban-controlled northern Afghanistan was killed in a daylight shooting in Peshawar today, police said.

Prospects for talks with Pakistan dim
The Niaz Naik episode and related developments have proved - if at all a proof was needed - that the prospects for the resumption of the India-Pakistan dialogue are dim at the moment. Likewise, it is not realistic to hope for an early meeting of the SAARC summit, postponed at India's instance, in the wake of the coup in Pakistan.

 Many more may desert ULFA
It was in Rang-ghar, the three hundred-year-old sports pavillion of the Ahom Kings in this upper Assam town which was once their capital, that the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) was born 21 years ago - on April 7, 1979.

Pak. responsible for downing of plane: Sorabjee
India today told the International Court of Justice (ICJ) that Pakistan was ``solely responsible'' for the incident in which a naval aircraft of the latter was shot down on August 10 last in the Kutch region and that Islamabad must ``bear the consequences of its own acts''.


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