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Uproar in Parliament over Jethmalani's charges
The Government had a torrid time in Parliament today over the issues thrown up by Mr. Ram Jethmalani's exit from the Union Cabinet, as the Opposition blocked proceedings in both the Houses insisting that the Prime Minister clear the air. Noisy scenes were witnessed, leading to a premature adjournment, amid indications of a further disruption tomorrow.

Marginal rise in States' share of Central revenues
The Eleventh Finance Commission (EFC) has not accepted the suggestions of the States to raise their share in Central taxes and duties to a minimum of 33 per cent and has instead recommended a share of 29.5 per cent of Central taxes and duties for the States for the next five years, that is 2000-2005. So far, the States were getting a share of 29 per cent, based on the recommendations of the Tenth Finance Commission (TFC).

 Jethmalani questions Sorabjee's role
The former Union Law Minister, Mr. Ram Jethmalani, who was dropped from the Cabinet last week, today launched a tirade against the Attorney-General, Mr. Soli Sorabjee, and the Chief Justice of India, Dr. A.S. Anand.

Charges baseless, says Sorabjee
Joining issue with the former Law Minister, Mr. Ram Jethmalani, the Attorney-General, Mr. Soli Sorabjee, today denied giving his opinion to the Hindujas in the Bofors case.

Raid on Azhar's wife's house in Bangalore
Sleuths of the Income Tax Department and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today raided the residence of the former Indian cricket captain, Mohammed Azaraudin's wife, Ms. Sangeetha Bijlani and that of a leading businessman in Bangalore.

Abu Azmi appears in court
The police today filed a chargesheet in a court of the Metropolitan Magistrate against the president of the Samajwadi Party's city unit, Mr. Abu Asim Azmi, for alleged offences under Sections 153 and 153(a) of IPC but did not arrest him.

 Fiji military cracks down on rebels
One rebel was killed and 369 others were taken into custody in a crackdown by the Fijian armed forces today, as pro-George Speight supporters took 40 Indians into custody briefly and kidnapped two New Zealand pilots, reports from Suva said today.

Warrant against Kalyan issued
Enraged at the continued defiance of the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr. Kalyan Singh, to respond to summons, the Justice Liberhan Ayodhya Commission of Inquiry today issued bailable warrants to secure his appearance on August 18.

Eleven killed in CPI(M)-TC clash in Birbhum
At least 11 persons were killed and seven others injured, some critically, in an armed clash between CPI(M) and Trinamool Congress activists at Suchpur village in West Bengal's Birbhum district early today, police said.


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