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 Basu dares Centre to impose President's rule
Burying talk of retirement, the Chief Minister, Mr. Jyoti Basu, today said he would personally lead West Bengal's counter-campaign against Delhi's effort to impose President's rule on the Marxist-ruled State.

Increase in oil prices imminent
The Government evidently has little option but to raise the prices of petroleum products since the decision by the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to increase output was not likely to bring down world prices significantly.

T.N. justifies dropping of charges
The Tamil Nadu Government has justified its decision to revoke the ``NSA and TADA charges'' against the five accused whose release has been demanded by the forest brigand, Veerappan for the return of the Kannada thespian, Mr. Rajkumar, and three others held captive by him since July 30.

PM's remarks stir a hornet's nest
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, may have pleased the saffronites with his turn of phrase and presence at the Vishwa Hindu Parishad-sponsored meeting on Staten Island in the United States.

Sonia election: SC admits plea
The Supreme Court has admitted an appeal from Mr. Hari Shankar Jain against a judgment of the Allahabad High Court dismissing as not maintainable his petition challenging the election of the Congress (I) president, Ms. Sonia Gandhi to the Lok Sabha from Amethi constituency (U.P.) in October last.

Chadha's plea rejected
The Supreme Court today dismissed a Special Leave Petition filed by Mr. Win Chadha, an accused in the `Rs. 64 crores Bofors payoffs case', against the Delhi High Court's order rejecting his plea to go to Dubai for treatment.

Govindacharya not in list
For the first time, a senior party leader went on record to say that the former BJP general secretary, Mr. K.N. Govindacharya, had requested the party to relieve him of all responsibilities as an office-bearer to allow him to devote two years to studying the impact on the ground of the new economic policies.

 West Wing strikes gold at Emmy
Putting its name in the record books, the White House drama ``The west wing'' has rubbed out mafia rival ``The Sopranos'', winning Best Drama in an upset victory at the 52nd annual primetime Emmy awards.


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