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Home Ministry seeks reports on church blasts
The series of explosions in different churches spread over three States, all on Thursday morning, have forced the Union Home Ministry to look at the grim reality of growing attacks on Christians even as the Congress(I) and the Left saw a ``pattern'' in the incidents which they said ``led a trail to the Sangh Parivar related outfits.''

VHP warns of ISI conspiracy
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad - which today blamed Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence for the almost simultaneous bomb explosions in churches in three different States yesterday - warned that the growth of the ISI network over the last three years could lead to another division of India, as in 1947.

Jaswant Singh to visit Sri Lanka tomorrow
In a significant development, the Minister of External Affairs, Mr Jaswant Singh, is scheduled to arrive here on an official visit on Sunday to hold discussions with the Sri Lankan President, Ms. Chandrika Kumaratunga, on the crisis in the island.

 Laloo, Rabri Devi charged
The CBI-designated court today framed charges against the Bihar Chief Minister, Mrs. Rabri Devi, and her husband and RJD president, Mr. Laloo Prasad Yadav, in the disproportionate assets case and decided to start the trial on July 4.

Laloo submits memo
The Rashtriya Janata Dal president, Mr. Laloo Prasad Yadav, met the President, Mr. K. R. Narayanan, today and reportedly demanded the recall of the Bihar Governor, Mr. V. C. Pande, alleging ``misconduct.''

Gibbs dropped from team after confession
The South African cricket team's opening batsman, Herschelle Gibbs, was today ruled out of next month's Sri Lanka tour after admitting he had accepted a bribe to under- perform in a one-day international match in India.

30 p.c. cut in MTNL Internet tariffs
The Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) today announced up to 30 per cent cut in Internet tariffs.

Bid to evolve plan to end Fiji crisis
With a Commonwealth delegation forced to cool its heels instead of beginning a crisis-busting mission to Fiji today, the delay being traced to a suggestion by the military powers-that-be in the South Pacific state's capital of Suva, the focus shifted almost entirely to the efforts by the Fijians themselves at resolving the impasse.

RUF takes Indian soldiers hostage
Twentyone Indian soldiers, who were detained by the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) in Sierra Leone, have been disarmed and taken hostage. Their captors have made five demands.


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