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 Keep issues within party, BJP MPs told
With the Khurana episode still fresh in everyone's mind, the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, used the occasion of the BJP's parliamentary party today to remind the party MPs that while the Government believed in ``transparency'' and was ``ready to discuss any issue'' they must not rush to the press or take up in public matters for which the right forum was the party.

BJP backs Sankhya Vahini project
The Bharatiya Janata Party today came out in defence of the controversial Sankhya Vahini project which has created ripples in political circles including the Sangh Parivar.

Colombo 'seeks' Indian help to rescue troops
The Sri Lankan President, Mrs. Chandrika Kumaratunga, has reportedly sought India's assistance to evacuate at least 40,000 troops trapped by a Tamil tiger rebel advance to regain their former capital, according to a television news report today.

Tigers advancing towards Kilali
A key Army base in Sri Lanka's northern Jaffna peninsula has come under threat from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), following its advances towards Kilali, 24 km from Jaffna town.

S.C. decision an encroachment, feels MPs
Members in the Lok Sabha today expressed concern over the Supreme Court's decision to refer to a Constitution Bench the question whether MPs should enjoy ``absolute immunity'' for their conduct inside the House. Under Article 105 (2), MPs enjoy immunity and cannot be prosecuted.

ICC turns down Bindra's plea
The International Cricket Council has turned down the request of the former Board of Control for Cricket in India president, Mr. I. S. Bindra, to be allowed to attend the extraordinary meeting of the world body to discuss the betting and match-fixing controversy.

Washington defends 'soft' approach towards Pak.
The Clinton Administration has clearly said that while Pakistan definitely needed to improve efforts on the issue of terrorism, it did not merit being designated as a ``state sponsor'' of terrorism.

HC notices to JMM leaders
The Delhi High Court today issued notices to three Jharkhand Mukti Morcha leaders-Mr. Shibu Soren, Rajya Sabha MP, Mr. Suraj Mandal and Mr. Simon Marandi- in a forgery case related to the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha MPs' bribery case.

Resignation withdrawn
The Uttar Pradesh Public Works Department Minister, Mr. Kalraj Misra, today announced withdrawal of his resignation tendered on April 27.

 Two held for attack on Uma Bharti
Two youths, carrying sharp weapons, were arrested here on Monday night from near the spot, where the BJP leader and local MP, Ms. Uma Bharti, was sitting on a ``fast unto death'', police said today.

Sensex crashes on panic selling
Equities, after showing signs of firmness, turned weak and later came down crashing with the Sensex closing today with a fall of 285.33 points on the opening day of the new account on the Bombay Stock Exchange on panic selling triggered by reports of inquiry into the accounts of some leading corporates.


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