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 Sonia, Basu fail to impress Vajpayee on rollback
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, today unambiguously told his two major political rivals - Ms. Sonia Gandhi and Mr. Jyoti Basu - that his government was not going to give in to the Opposition demand for a rollback of price hikes and subsidy cuts. Thrice during the course of the day, he defended his government's willingness to take ``certain hard decisions'' in the long-term interests of the economy.

HC raps IA for 'misbehaviour'
The Delhi High Court today took serious view of the Indian Airlines giving special treatment to politicians at the expense of other passengers, and even ``humiliating'' judges to accommodate MPs and MLAs.

Fighting spreads to east of Jaffna
Breaking a ``somewhat steady'' situation which prevailed on the northern military front for the past few days, the LTTE today stepped up its offensive on the east of Jaffna in which at least 40 LTTE militants and six Sri Lankan soldiers were reportedly killed.

 Ready to discuss all issues: Fischer
A highly positive approach to India is reflected during the 50- minute exclusive interview to The Hindu here by Germany's Foreign Minister, Mr. Joschka Fischer. Speaking on Monday, a day before his departure for his very first visit to India, indeed to Asia, he gave plenty of clues to the shape of Germany's engagement with India.

Ayodhya mahant shot
Mahant Jagdish Das of the Thakurain Mandir at the Ram Janmabhoomi complex in Ayodhya was shot dead today allegedly by another mahant Jitendra Das, a Home Department spokesman said.

Cyber tribunal by Aug. 15
The Government intends operationalising the Cyber Regulations Appellate Tribunal and the Controller of Certifying Authorities to regulate cyber space by August 15, said sources in the Ministry of Information Technology.

Cong.(I) sends controversial 'Sandesh' to itself
Even before the Jairam Ramesh affair has been laid to rest, the Congress(I) is faced with another controversy. This time, it is an editorial in the latest issue of Congress Sandesh, the party's official organ.

Some Tigers may have sneaked into Jaffna
Despite stiff resistance by Government troops, some cadres of the LTTE may have slipped into Jaffna town, further restricting Colombo's military options.

Start dialogue, E.U. tells Colombo, LTTE
In the first substantive international reaction to the current crisis in Sri Lanka, the European Union has called on Colombo and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to stop fighting and start talking.


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