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 55 die in plane crash near Patna
Fiftyone passengers including six crew members, were killed when a Boeing 737 of Alliance Air, subsidiary of Indian Airlines, crashed in a densely-populated colony, minutes before landing at the Patna airport this morning.

 Farooq-Vajpayee meeting 'positive'
The much-awaited ``autonomy dialogue'' between the Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, and the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Dr. Farooq Abdullah, took place ``on a very positive note'' this evening. Both sides seemed relieved that the meeting went off remarkably smooth.

Four held for A.P. blasts
The Andhra Pradesh police have achieved a vital breakthrough in the serial blasts at places of worship in the State with the arrest today of 4 key figures and the recovery of gelatin sticks.

Govt. to consult NHRC
The Home Minister, Mr. L.K. Advani, has told the consultative committee of Members of Parliament that the Government would consult the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on the proposed anti-terrorism legislation.

 Biggest ever haul of RDX in 11 years
In the biggest ever haul of the dreaded explosive in last 11 years, security forces today recovered 315 kg of RDX from the old city. In other developments, 12 persons have been killed across Jammu and Kashmir since Sunday.

Maharashtra panel on border row to meet
The Maharashtra Chief Minister, Mr. Vilasrao Deshmukh, is now willing to initiate, official talks with his Karnataka counterpart on the question of the merger of Marathi- speaking areas into this State, an issue that has been pending for many decades.

Approach paper on reforms soon: PM
Taking cognisance of the differences over the Government's economic policy, the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, today decided to come out with a common approach paper on the reforms ``which are achievable in the current political framework and in the time frame that the Government has in mind.''

Historians want ASI to be made autonomous
Making a plea against ``saffronisation of the Archeological Survey of India'', several historians today demanded that ASI be made an autonomous organisation that would report directly to Parliament.


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