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2 Pak. ultras, 3 jawans killed in shootout
Two Pakistani militants, believed to be members of the Fidayeen (suicide squad) of the Lashkar-e-Taiba were killed within minutes of their storming an army camp at Magam in Handwara and shooting dead three jawans early this morning. Four jawans were injured in the shootout. (A PTI report said four soldiers were killed in the battle.)

World Bank chief begins 10-day visit today
The World Bank President, Mr. James D Wolfensohn, will pay a 10-day official visit to India from tomorrow to review the Bank's impact in India and evaluate its poverty reduction programme.

JMM opts out of NDA
The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha tonight decided to severe ties with the National Democratic Alliance at the State level after the latter rejected its demand for installing the JMM leader, Mr. Shibu Soren, as the first Chief Minister of Jharkhand.

NDA rejects Soren demand
The leader of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, Mr. Shibu Soren, has been firmly told that he should drop his demand for the chief ministership of Jharkhand and decide to back a National Democratic Alliance government in the State to be led by the Bharatiya Janata Party which will have 32 MLAs in an Assembly of 80.

Madhavan to examine cricketers
Five Indian cricketers - Mohammad Azharuddin, Manoj Prabhakar, Ajay Sharma, Ajay Jadeja and Nayan Mongia - who were banned for 15 days by the Board of Control for Cricket in India last Friday, have been asked to appear before Mr. K. Madhavan, former CBI Director and the Board's Commissioner for Anti-Corruption. The five had been named by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in its first report on `Cricket match-fixing and related malpractices'.

 Mongia denies charges
Former wicket-keeper, Nayan Mongia, today expressed dismay over having been charged with match-fixing in the CBI report, saying he was not even a member of the Indian team for the two matches stated to have been fixed in the report.

All set for showdown in Cong.
The stage is set for a showdown in the Congress with no withdrawal of nomination for the party presidential election poll scheduled for November 12 when Mr. Jitendra Prasada will test his strength against Ms. Sonia Gandhi.

Rajkumar completes 100 days in forest
The Kannada film actor, Mr. Rajkumar, completes 100 days in the captivity of forest brigand Veerappan tomorrow; but the emissaries are yet undecided on their next mission to the jungles to negotiate his release.

4 coal miners buried alive
Four persons were buried alive and two injured when the roof of a coal mine near here caved in, official sources said today.

BJP meet to fine-tune electoral strategy
A meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party office-bearers here tomorrow is expected to fine-tune the strategy to be adopted in the run-up to Assembly elections.

Inflation declines
The annual inflation rate dipped by 0.08 percentage points to 6.78 for the week ended October 21, despite continuing rise in fuel prices.

Sonia will win by record margin: Hooda
The president of the Haryana unit of the Congress, Mr. Bhupinder Singh Hooda, today said all delegates from the State would vote for the party supremo, Ms. Sonia Gandhi, in the organisational polls and that she would be elected president by a record margin.

IT year from Nov. 21
The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance Government will observe ``information technology year'' beginning this November 21, according to the Union Minister for Information Technology, Mr. Pramod Mahajan.


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