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 BJP must remove distance with Muslims: Laxman
The taking over of the Bharatiya Janata Party by Mr. Bangaru Laxman as the new party president here today was marked by a determined effort to move away from some of the negative approaches of the past to become the preferred party of governance, which Mr. Laxman remarked, had not yet happened.

PM unwell, cuts short visit
The Prime Minister's sudden illness and departure for Delhi this afternoon has cast a shadow on the proceedings here..

'Muslims are the blood of our blood'
In a significant move away from the old ideological moorings of the Bharatiya Janata Party to a large extent based on a hate Muslim attitude, the new party president, Mr. Bangaru Laxman, today quoted old Jana Sangh ideologue, Deendayal Upadhyaya, to declare ``Muslims are the flesh of our flesh and the blood of our blood.''

Godavari in spate
While the flood situation in Hyderabad was slowly returning to normal, the Godavari was in spate at Bhadrachalam because of 25 cm of rain on Saturday in Tekra village in Maharashtra where the Pranahita confluences with the Godavari.

Focus now on Mysore court
The journalist-emissary, Mr. R.R. Gopal, will leave on his third mission for the jungles tomorrow night if the decks are cleared for the dropping of all charges against the forest brigand Veerappan's 121 accomplices, including 51 TADA detenus in Karnataka.

China turns down Indian request
China has turned down India's request for opening of an alternative route to Kailash-Mansarovar from Dhamchok area of Ladakh.

India, Pak. reposition forces in Dras
In repositioning their defences in the Dras sector, India and Pakistan appear to have violated a key confidence building measure without making any strategic headway around the Line of Control (LoC).

Hizb joins issue with Geelani
The shortlived ceasefire in Kashmir is heading towards a major controversy with the Hizb-Ul-Mujahideen (HM) spokesman, Commander Masood refuting the statement of the senior Hurriyat leader, Mr. Syed Ali Geelani who had disclosed that to make the guns silent for some time was not the decision of the Hizb's command council.

PWG adopts new technique
The Nizamabad district police have seized three tape cassette box bombs (an improvised explosive device), along with several other material from two houses during cordon and search operation in Manala village of Kammarpalli mandal, late on Saturday night.


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