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 World Bank ready to increase lending
The visiting World Bank President, Mr. James D. Wolfensohn, today indicated that his organisation was willing to raise the level of commitments to India to around $ 3 billion by the end of 2001 and to $ 4 billion thereafter.

 CBI swoops down on 'telecast-fixing'
The Central Bureau of Investigation today conducted nationwide raids in connection with the alleged irregularities on the part of Doordarshan in awarding the telecast rights for some top sports events during 1997-98.

 Jagir Kaur goes into hiding
The Central Bureau of Investigation today said it would soon question the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) chief, Bibi Jagir Kaur, an accused in the mysterious death of her daughter Harpreet Kaur, and then take a decision on arresting her.

Democrats to move court against Florida result
In a sign of rapid escalation in the presidential recounting process, the Gore campaign has said that it would move court to prevent Florida's Secretary of State from formally announcing the result of the election by the mandated 5 p.m. deadline on Tuesday.

Cong. not to support Soren
The Congress today decided to sit in the Opposition and not to support any group in its bid to form the government in Jharkhand.

Karunanidhi blames Patel Govt.
The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Mr. M. Karunanidhi, today virtually blamed the erstwhile J.H. Patel regime in Karnataka for ``unwittingly contributing'' to the Veerappan-triggered abduction crisis involving the Kannada thespian, Mr. Rajkumar.

SAARC summit not now
The Sri Lankan Foreign Minister, Mr. Lakshman Kadirgamar, said today that a meeting of the SAARC head of States, postponed since 1999, was not likely in the immediate future, but emphasised that the regional grouping should move ahead on previously agreed areas of cooperation.

'No Pak hand in copter crash'
The Defence Minister, Mr. George Fernandes, today said there was no evidence yet to show that Pakistan had a hand in yesterday's crash of an IAF helicopter near the border in Gujarat.

Maran taken off ventilator
The condition of the ailing Union Industries Minister, Mr. Murasoli Maran, showed improvement and his vital parameters continued to be satisfactory today.


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