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34 gunned down in Bihar village
At least 34 people, including woman and children, belonging to some intermediary backward castes and Dalits, were shot dead and 19 injured by gunmen of the Ranvir Sena, a private army of upper caste Bhumihars, in Mianpur tola of Upahara village under Goh police station limits of central Bihar's Aurangabad district last night.

New statute to cover 'all Fijians'
Fiji's interim military Government today pledged to uphold its moral obligation of taking into consideration the interests of all the people in this country while continuing to sympathise with the cause of the indigenous Fijians so as to ``make sure that their aspirations (and) fears are covered in a (proposed) new Constitution''.

Azhar should face CBI, says Minister
The Union Minister of State for Sports, Mr. Shahnawaz Hussain, today described as ``unfortunate'' former Indian cricket captain Mohammad Azharuddin's remark that he was being dragged into the match-fixing controversy as he was from a minority community. He said Azhar should come forward and face the CBI, which is investigating the case.

PM seeks details of massacre
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, is reported to have sought through ``central sources'' details about the latest massacre in Bihar which has resulted in 34 brutal deaths. So far, only the central agencies' assessment has been sought, and the Centre would be wary, at this stage, to be seen as taking more than a ``correct'' interest.

India told of Sri Lankan panel for north-east
The Sri Lankan Government has officially informed India about its decision to constitute an interim council to administer the northern and eastern provinces as a prelude to the commencement of a new peace process with the rebels.

Dara Singh to contest polls
Dara Singh, main accused in the killing of Australian missionary, Graham Stuart Staines, will contest the next Assembly elections in Orissa from a constituency in either Mayurbhanj or Keonjhar district.

U.S. regrets Prithvi tests
The United States has criticised India for conducting tests of its Prithvi missile, warning that it could increase tensions in South Asia.

 Two killed in U.P. poll violence
Two persons were killed and several injured in the second phase of panchayat elections in Uttar Pradesh held today, with the authorities expressing satisfaction over the improvement in poll- related arrangements.

 Plaint against Salman Khan
A complaint was filed against Bollywood star Salman Khan by the Rajasthan Forest Department today in the court of the judicial magistrate, Jodhpur, for hunting blackbuck in Bishnoi territory in October, 1998.


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