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 Thackeray warns against 'vindictive action'
After much muscle-flexing on Saturday night, the Shiv Sena today backed down from any public confrontation with the Government on the issue of permission to prosecute its supremo, Mr. Bal Thackeray but not before he indicated that such ``vindictive action'' against him could lead to a situation forcing Article 356 - dismissal of the State Government - on Maharashtra.

 Eclipse clouded in most of India
The earth's shadow swept past the moon this evening turning a yellow-shining full moon into a dim red one, and finally blackening it out of view, in the longest total lunar eclipse in 150 years.

 Indian mission in Sierra Leone to continue
India will continue to take part in peacekeeping in Sierra Leone, despite being drawn in a military duel with rebel forces to free the encircled Indian peacekeepers in the strife-torn west African State.

CEC for greater role for Governors
Concerned over the increasing tension during election time, the Chief Election Commissioner, Dr. M. S. Gill, feels that there is need for the Commission to ``keep things cool'' in the political arena.

Putin's 'threat'
The Russian President, Mr. Vladimir Putin, has threatened to cancel his visit to India later this year if five Russian pilots, who are now serving jail sentences in India for the Purulia arms drop, are not released, the Sunday Telegraph has reported.

Inflation falls below 6 p.c.
The annual rate of inflation fell below 6 per cent for the first time in nine weeks to 5.92 per cent for the week ended July 1, as prices of agricultural commodities continued to ease with the onset of monsoon in most parts of the country.

10 killed in Assam
In yet another massacre in Karbi Anglong hill district of Assam, 10 non-tribals, including four children and two women, were gunned down by the United People's Democratic Solidarity militants in two separate incidents at Telihal and Langparban villages in the early hours of today.


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