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Cabinet skips rollback issue
The Railway Minister, Ms. Mamata Banerjee, today wrote to the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, suggesting ways to reduce the impact of the hike in prices of kerosene and cooking gas, but the Cabinet today did not take up the issue at its meeting.

 CBI names four cricketers
The CBI report on cricket match-fixing, submitted to the Government here today, has named four players and a former physiotherapist for their deep-rooted nexus with betting syndicates.

A fight between coterie, grassroot workers: Prasada
The senior Congress leader, Mr. Jitendra Prasada, who is contesting the party's presidential poll against the incumbent, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, today launched his campaign labelling it a battle between the grassroot workers and coteries.

Consensus on Ajit Jogi as Chattisgarh CM?
The supporters of the former Union Minister, Mr. V. C. Shukla, have been isolated and a broad consensus appears to have emerged in favour of the AICC spokesman, Mr. Ajit Jogi, at a Congress Legislature Party meeting here today to elect the leader to be sworn in as the first Chief Minister of Chattisgarh. The State comes into existence on Wednesday.

Governors for three new States
Mr. Surjit Singh Barnala, senior Akali Dal leader and former Union Minister, was today appointed the Governor of Uttaranchal.

Nedumaran seeks NHRC intervention in detenus case
The Tamil Nationalist Movement leader, Mr. P. Nedumaran, and two other emissaries negotiating the release of the abducted Kannada film star, Mr. Rajkumar, with Veerappan have urged the National Human Rights Commission to intervene in the Supreme Court case relating to the brigand's demand for the release of 121 TADA detenus in Karnataka.

 Iceland keen on IT ties
Iceland today expressed a keen desire to strengthen ties with India particularly in information technology and fisheries.


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