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 Vajpayee assures relook at resource allocation
The day-long deliberations by seven Chief Ministers and representatives of two State Governments over the ``discriminatory'' recommendations of the Eleventh Finance Commission (EFC) ended with an assurance from the Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, that the points raised would be considered in the second report of the Commission, expected by the month-end.

 All aboard Russian sub dead
Ten days after the Russian nuclear submarine ``Kursk'' sank in the Barents Sea, an international rescue operation was called off after divers said there were no survivors on board.

Brigadier, Colonel killed in J&K blast
In a devastating landmine explosion triggered by militants in north Kashmir, two senior Army officers and a driver were killed and five soldiers injured.

TN Govt. awaiting word from Gopal
With the hostage crisis involving the Kannada actor, Mr. Rajkumar, having reached a sensitive stage, the Tamil Nadu Government today stonewalled queries on clearing the decks for the withdrawal of the 15 or so cases against the five Tamil ultras, whose release has been a key demand of the brigand, Veerappan.

Kumaramangalam condition unchanged
The health of the Union Power Minister, Mr. Rangarajan Kumaramangalam, continues to be critical. Earlier in the day, he had shown some signs of improvement in his circulatory status. But, this was temporary.

Uma Bharti quits LS, party post
Ms. Uma Bharti, the `sanyasin' MP of the BJP, has resigned from the Lok Sabha as well as from the party's national executive. She has written to the Prime Minister enclosing a separate letter to the Lok Sabha Speaker which she has requested the Prime Minister to forward.

Harkat to go ahead with 'jehad'
Differences among militant outfits over the ceasefire and initiation of talks with India came to the fore with the Pakistan-backed Harkat-ul-Mujahideen warning separatists groups and political organisations against such moves and saying that the ``only'' way to resolve the Kashmir issue is through ``jehad'' (holy war).

Mori stress on identities
Now on a delicate mission to invigorate the ongoing normalisation of relations with India, the Japanese Prime Minister, Mr. Yoshiro Mori, has expressed a resolve to turn the spotlight on the common identities of the two countries as democracies and free market economies.

Assam MLA shot dead
Mr. Mohini Basumatary, the People's Democratic Front MLA from Bijni in Assam's Bongaigaon district, was shot dead by the ultras of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) at his residence on the outskirts of Bijni today.

SC stays HC order
The Supreme Court has stayed a Karnataka High Court order setting aside the Centre's decision to shift the zonal headquarters of the Railways from Bangalore to Hubli.


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