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Telecom Ministry to be bifurcated, strike called off
Telephone services, including STD and ISD facilities, which had been disrupted throughout the country since Friday began limping back to normality today after the work-to- rule agitation by the officers and employees of the Ministry of Communications was called off around noon. The Government has agreed to the bifurcation of the Ministry.

 Attacks on Christians only isolated acts, says PM
Attacks on members of India's Christian minority are only isolated acts and there is no organised campaign against them, the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, said today.

J&K Assembly likely to adopt resolution today
Despite stiff opposition from the Congress(I), the BJP and other National Democratic Alliance (NDA) constituents, the ruling National Conference (NC) is all set to push through the resolution on restoring greater autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir on the last day of special Assembly session tomorrow.

Musharraf justifies 'jihad'
Pakistan's military ruler, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, has defended terrorist groups for ``waging holy war'' against India saying ``jihad''is a tolerant concept.

 4 hostages freed in Fiji
The sudden release of four women hostages by Mr. George Speight, the Fijian `civil coup' leader, in Suva today gave a new twist to the political atmospherics of the now-stalled negotiations between him and the `Interim Military Government' over the freedom of all captives, including the recently dismissed Prime Minister, Mr. Mahendra Pal Chaudhry.

CBI to summon more players
The CBI would soon summon at least three former cricket captains in the ongoing match-fixing scandal even as the agency was planning to register another enquiry in the allotment of telecast rights, agency sources said here today.

India, U.S. meet today
The External Affairs Minister, Mr. Jaswant Singh, and the U.S Secretary of State, Ms. Madeleine Albright, are due to hold a crucial meeting here tomorrow on the sidelines of the first ever inter-governmental conference to discuss the state of world democracy.

 Wax model of Amitabh
Mr. Amitabh Bachchan, voted ``superstar of the millennium'' by a BBC poll, has been chosen as the Indian star whose wax statue should be installed at the famous Madame Tussaud's gallery here.

Inflation falls to 6.21 p.c.
The annual rate of inflation fell for the second consecutive week ended June 10, 2000 to 6.21 per cent on account of a sharp fall in the prices of primary articles.

Sanction for prosecution
Seven months after the suspended judge, Mr. Jaysingh Wadhu Singh, was booked in a case of alleged extortion under a stringent law, the Maharashtra Government has accorded sanction to prosecute him.

Emergency part of history: BJP
As the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) began its week-long programme of rallies and meetings to remind the people of the excesses committed during the Emergency declared this day 25 years ago, some party leaders are of the view that this exercise should not create bitterness against a political opponent, the Congress (I), but rather serve to remind the people about their fight to save democracy in the country.

Pope and economics on PM's agenda
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, arrived here today with a specific agenda to enhance bilateral economic and political relations. India and Italy have had significant bilateral engagements since 1995 and the latest prime ministerial visit seeks to consolidate that relationship.

Vajpayee's goodwill message to Pak.
The Prime Minister, Mr. A. B. Vajpayee, today sent a message of goodwill to the people of Pakistan while flying over Pakistan on his way to Rome.

Bomb hurled at mosque in Guntur
Tension gripped the old city here after a bomb was hurled at a mosque here by some miscreants around 9.45 p.m. today, in which a boy sustained injuries.


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