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Postal staff defer strike plan
Postal employees tonight decided to defer their indefinite strike scheduled to begin tomorrow by 70 days following an assurance from the Union Communications Minister, Mr. Ram Vilas Paswan, to settle some demands within 90 days.

 PM talks to Khurana, crisis blows over
The Madan Lal Khurana crisis in the Bharatiya Janata Party has blown over. The party, which removed him from the post of vice- president on Friday evening, has now decided not to take any further action against him after he publicly declared today that he would not raise in the Lok Sabha the three economic issues he has been talking about.

PM indicates considering rollback of prices
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, today indicated that his Government might consider the allies' demand for a rollback of the prices of foodgrains sold through the Public Distribution System.

India, China discuss differences amicably
The inside accounts of the recent meeting here of the India-China Joint Working Group confirm the stability of the bilateral relationship which enabled the two sides to focus on points of agreement and - more important - to discuss differences without causing rancour.

MPs immunity issue for Constitutional Bench
A highly-sensitive point of law whether MPs could be prosecuted for voting along a particular line on bribery was today referred by the Supreme Court to a Constitutional Bench.

Lashkar hand in Sikh massacre
Intelligence agencies have intercepted a message of the Lashkar-e-TAiba (LET) cadre sent to an outpost across the border in Pakistan, taking the responsibility for the first time of the massacre of 36 Sikhs in Chattisinghpura village in Anantnag district in March.

Indo-Uzbek road map to fight terrorism
With terrorism from Afghanistan knocking on its door, Uzbekistan's President, Mr. Islam Karimov, arrived here tonight to finalise with India, a road-map to combat this menace.

May Day celebrated
May Day was celebrated across the country today with workers resolving to forge greater unity to protect their rights.

Full-time envoy
The Government today announced the appointment of Mr. Rakesh Sood, Joint Secretary (Disarmament) in the foreign office as Ambassador and India's Permanent Representative to the UN

N-powers for strengthening anti-ballistic missile treaty
The five main nuclear powers promised their ``unequivocal commitment to the ultimate goals of a complete elimination of nuclear weapons'' and a treaty on complete disarmament under strict international control. But no specifics or timetable was given.

Two killed in Pak. shelling
Pakistani troops last evening resorted to heavy shelling in the Teetwal-Karnah sub sectors in Kupwara district, killing a woman and her daughter and destroying 20 shops. A building of the Power Development Department (PDD) was also damaged and electricity supply in the entire area disrupted, police sources said.

CBI on a sticky wicket over match-fixing probe
The CBI finds itself in a fix over conducting an all-encompassing probe into the charges of match-fixing in cricket.


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