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 India, Russia call for sanctions against Taliban
Signalling their determination to develop a common strategy on Afghanistan, India and Russia today announced the setting up of a Joint Working Group to consolidate cooperation between the two nations and intensify it, if necessary.

 Mob takes control of Yugoslav parliament
Demonstrators took control of parliament, hurling pictures of the President, Mr. Slobodan Milosevic, into the streets, and police fought protesters amid clouds of tear gas today as hundreds of thousands of people swarmed Belgrade to demand that Milosevic accept electoral defeat.

Chhota Rajan free, says Thailand
By refusing to send an extradition request to Thailand, New Delhi today facilitated the release of wanted gangland boss, Chhota Rajan. His formal release orders are expected at any time, reports form Bangkok said.

Putin wants India to sign CTBT
After visiting Dhruva, one of the world's most powerful nuclear research reactors (of 100 MW capacity, fuelled by natural uranium) at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, the Russian President, Mr. Vladimir Putin, today virtually endorsed India's stand on the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).

Cheap nuclear power for T.N.
Mr. Vladimir Putin today said Russia was committed to provide power to Tamil Nadu at a reasonable price. Addressing BARC scientists here, Mr. Putin said the two units of 1000 mw Russian reactors (VVER-1000) at Koodankulam, which would be synchronised with the Southern grid in the coming decade, ``can give electricity three times cheaper than from any future conventional power in that area''.

Mamata plans to pull out?
The Railway Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo, Ms. Mamata Banerjee, appears to have burnt her boats with the Centre over the petro price hike as she prepares to ceremonially announce tomorrow her pullout from the BJP-led NDA alliance as well as the Government amid day-long efforts by her key aides to get her to a last-minute change of heart.

Secrecy on defence, nuclear deals
Russia and India have agreed to blackout news on sensitive information exchanges in a new sign that their defence cooperation is moving onto a higher level of joint R&D in the defence and nuclear fields.


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