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 BCCI suspends five cricketers
The Board of Control for Cricket in India today suspended five cricketers - Mohammad Azharuddin, Ajay Jadeja, Nayan Mongia, Ajay Sharma and Manoj Prabhakar - for a period of 15 days. The action comes two days after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) report on match-fixing was made public.

 Emotional scenes as Basu makes his exit
Mr. Jyoti Basu, the longest-serving Chief Minister in the country, today left Writers' Buildings - seat of the West Bengal Government - for good. Chanting of slogans, farewell salutes, waving and weeping by supporters marked the exit.

Suraj Bhan shifted to H.P.
Mr. Suraj Bhan has been moved out of the Raj Bhavan in Lucknow and posted as the Governor of Himachal Pradesh. His place in Lucknow has gone to Mr. Vishnu Kant Shastri, incumbent Governor of Himachal Pradesh.

Rajasthan power project goes critical
The unit-4 of the Rajasthan Atomic Power Project (RAPP) of the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) achieved criticality early today after obtaining regulatory clearance from the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB).

Tension as Shias take to the streets
A powerful landmine blast triggered by militants in Budgam district of central Kashmir this afternoon killed six persons including the general secretary of the Pradesh Congress Committee, Aga Syed Mehdi. Immediately, tension gripped the Shia- dominated area as thousands took to the streets and raised slogans against the killers.

 Into the blind alley of marriage
A 27-year-old woman turned blind after her in- laws allegedly applied `kajal' (a black cosmetic powder used to darken eyelids) dipped in acid as she refused to bring more dowry.

 It is a fight to the finish, says Medha Patkar
It is now a fight to the finish, the Narmada Bachao Andolan leader, Ms. Medha Patkar, told The Hindu here today of her struggle against the Sardar Sarovar dam and the resultant displacement of about 4 lakh people in the four States of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan.

 Ambika Soni quits party post, to seek support for Sonia
Close on the heels of Mr. Jitendra Prasada's forays to the State capitals to garner support, Ms. Sonia Gandhi's loyalists have decided to take the plunge. The AICC general secretary, Ms. Ambika Soni, today quit her post to spearhead Ms. Gandhi's campaign.

India, Pak. urged to exercise restraint
The U.S. today admitted that neither India nor Pakistan were ``going to give up their nuclear weapons'' unless some underlying issues were resolved but appealed for restraint on both sides, even as it ruled out its mediation over the Kashmir issue.


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