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Allies to keep up pressure for rollback
The allies and supporting parties of the BJP are willing to strike but afraid to wound on the price hike issue. A meeting of the representatives of the allies and supporting parties here today decided to continue to pressure the Government to reconsider the recent price hikes but at the same time categorically ruled out backing the proposed cut motions on the Finance Bill by Opposition parties.

Article 370 will stay: Advani
The Union Home Minister, Mr. L. K. Advani, today categorically ruled out scrapping of Article 370 which confers special status on Jammu and Kashmir, saying there was nothing relating to the provision in the agenda of the National Democratic Alliance.

Govt. invites Christian bodies for talks
The Centre has invited representatives of over 20 Christian organisations in the country and 22 Christian Members of Parliament for talks here on April 28. Those invited include representatives from the Missionaries of Charity, the Churches of North India, prominent members from the Roman, Catholic and Syrian Churches, besides representatives of social and educational institutions.

Hijack plot in Colombo?
India has received credible information that a passenger aircraft from Colombo international airport could be hijacked. According to highly placed Government sources, the hijack being planned could be similar to that of the Ariana airlines plane. The Ariana aircraft, which was on a domestic flight in Afghanistan, was hijacked to London after stopovers in two Central Asian destinations and Moscow in early February.

Warrant against Ardbo
The Special Court for CBI cases today issued a fresh non-bailable warrant (NBW) for the arrest of Mr. Martin Ardbo, former president of AB Bofors and one of the accused in the `Rs. 64-crore Bofors payoffs case' after the CBI informed the court that the earlier NBW was still under process.

Another arrest in IC-814 hijack case
The West Bengal police have arrested a person believed to be the mastermind behind the hijacking of the IC-814 Indian Airlines plane to Kandahar (Afghanistan) last December. Belal alias Lalu Mian was arrested on Tuesday night from a hideout near the Indo-Bangladesh border in North 24 Parganas district following a tip-off.

Nishant test-flown
Nishant, the indigenously built unmanned air vehicle (UAV), was test-flown from the interim test range here today, defence sources said.

 Naval ship to carry water to Gujarat
``INS Shakti'' of the Indian Navy will carry eight million litres of drinking water to drought- hit areas of Gujarat within a week. It will leave Mumbai for either Kandla or Mundhra.

Arguments conclude in coal import case
A Supreme Court bench on Wednesday reserved orders on a special leave petition filed by the Tamil Nadu Government against a Madras High Court judgment upholding the discharge of the AIADMK leader, Ms. Jayalalitha, in the controversial Rs. 6.50-crore coal import case.

World Bank approves $ 750 m aid for India
The World Bank has approved nearly $ 750 millions in loans for several projects in India, bulk of the money being allocated to developmental schemes in Uttar Pradesh. On Tuesday, the bank cleared a $ 512-million package for three projects aimed at assisting economic and social development in the State.


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