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NDA meeting put off
A meeting of the National Democratic Alliance MPs scheduled to be held this evening has been postponed to tomorrow following a decision by the Shiv Sena parliamentary party this morning to stay away from it. The BJP parliamentary party will meet on Tuesday morning.

Countdown begins for Thackeray arrest
The Mumbai police today began work on drafting a chargesheet against the Shiv Sena chief, Mr. Bal Thackeray, for his alleged inflammatory writing during the 1992-93 riots here as the Maharashtra Minister of State for Home, Mr. Manikrao Thakare, asserted that the countdown for the arrest had begun.

 Plea for PM's statement rejected
The Vice-President and Rajya Sabha chairman, Mr. Krishan Kant, today turned down a vociferous demand by Opposition members that the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, make a statement on the circumstances of the resignation of the former Law Minister, Mr. Ram Jethmalani.

Bhujbal firm on task at hand
The Shiv Sena, with substantial assistance and moral support from the Bharatiya Janata Party is striving for a ``solution'' to what it sees as the biggest crisis in its history - possible arrest of Mr. Bal Thackeray - but has realised that Mr. Chagan Bhujbal, Deputy Chief Minister, is its main challenge.

Jethmalani defends role in M.S. Shoes affair
The former Law Minister, Mr. Ram Jethmalani, today defended his decision (as the then Urban Development Minister) to favour the M.S. Shoes company in extending the time limit for payment of the second instalment to HUDCO for the lands allotted to it.

Bihar policemen strike work
Over 18,000 policemen proceeded on a seven-day mass casual leave from Sunday midnight in response to the call by the Bihar Police Association (BPA) to protest the ``non- fulfillment of their charter of demands'', paralysing the functioning of police stations and wireless communications across the State.

Hizbul announces 'ceasefire'
The Jammu and Kashmir's militant organisation Hizbul Mujahideen, which has been sustaining the anti-India militancy since 1990, on Monday announced a ``unilateral ceasefire'' for three months beginning with immediate effect. It also expressed its willingness for an unconditional dialogue with the Government for the peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute. The outfit, however, has not laid down its arms.

7 killed as blast rips through bus
At least seven passengers were killed and 16 others were injured when a powerful blast ripped through a privately-owned bus on the outskirts of Jalandhar city this evening.

Anjuman activist was trained in Pak.
Five activists of Deendar Anjuman, who were involved in the serial bomb blasts in places of worship in Andhra Pradesh recently, were arrested by a CID special party at the Khammam railway station on Monday morning. They included Syed Jilani of Nuzvid who was behind the incidents at Machilipatnam and Vijayawada.

Sensex nosedives on allround selling
The Sensex crashed by 275 points and closed below the 4200 level at 4188.34 on all round selling pressure. This is the biggest drop in the last three months.


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