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Vested interests at work, says PM
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, today accused ``vested interests'' of blowing out of proportion insignificant incidents involving minorities in some parts of the country and giving them a communal colour for partisan reasons.

Jaswant rules out joining NPT
The Government today ruled out the possibility of giving up the nuclear weapons programme and joining the Nuclear Non- Proliferation Treaty (NPT). In a suo motu statement in both the Houses of Parliament, the External Affairs Minister, Mr. Jaswant Singh, declared that the ``the NPT community needs to understand that India cannot join the NPT as a non-nuclear weapon state''.

Allies to meet PM again on rollback
Allies and supporting parties of the BJP met here again today to take stock of the situation arising out of the firm stand taken by the Vajpayee Government on the recent price hikes.

Norwegian team coming
As part of a collective international initiative to address the current crisis in Sri Lanka, the Government is stepping up consultations with the United States and Norway who are keen on promoting a peace process in the island nation.

S.C. directs Jayalalitha to face trial in coal case
The Supreme Court today directed the AIADMK leader, Ms. Jayalalitha, to stand trial in the Rs. 6.5-crore coal import scam case and set aside the orders of a Chennai Special Court and the Madras High Court discharging her from the case.

Left Front ousted in Tripura tribal council polls
The ruling CPI(M)-led Left Front has been uprooted from the 30-member Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC). The Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) has bagged 18 seats, gaining control of the politically important council.

Computer hacker freed
A Filipino, Reomel Ramones, detained in connection with the ``ILOVEYOU'' virus which wreaked global havoc, was freed today after a preliminary hearing found insufficient evidence to hold him, prosecutors said. Another hearing is scheduled on May 19.

Yaseen Malik admits role
The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front leader, Yaseen Malik, has told CNBC television that he was involved in the kidnapping of Ms. Rubaiya Sayeed, daughter of the then Union Home Minister, Mufti Sayeed, in 1989. The V. P. Singh Government had to release five hard-core militants in exchange for her release.

Ex-Minister surrenders
Former Rajasthan Social Welfare Minister and BJP legislator, Mr. Madan Dilawar, who allegedly assaulted an engineering college student ten years ago, surrendered before a court here yesterday.

Colombo to go ahead with war
With resumption of fighting looming large over northern Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan Parliament was today told that the security forces would ``not be defeated'' by LTTE advances and Jaffna would be defended at all cost.


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