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I-T rates won't be cut: Sinha
The Finance Minister, Mr. Yashwant Sinha, today reiterated that there would be no cuts in income tax rates in the next budget.

Partial rollback on the anvil
A partial rollback of petroleum product prices is on the anvil and a decision is likely to be taken at tomorrow's meeting of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). The pre-session meeting is expected to approve a marginal reduction in kerosene and LPG prices, keeping diesel and petrol out of its ambit.

Secys. panel to hold talks with Suzuki on Maruti disinvestment
In a move towards the long-awaited ``big ticket'' privatisation, the Government today decided to set up a Committee of Secretaries to hold talks with Suzuki Motor Company of Japan before recommending ways to disinvest in Maruti Udyog Limited (MUL).

 Rajkumar in hospital for check-up
The Kannada actor, Mr. Rajkumar, was admitted to the Mallya Hospital here today for specialised medical investigation. Mr. Rajkumar's family physician, Dr. Ramana Rao, said the actor was in good health and had no medical problem.

 We are friendly towards industry: Buddhadeb
The West Bengal Chief Minister, Mr. Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, has said that his Government is in favour of privatisation and aware of the private sector's role in development and wants to convey the message that it is industry- friendly.

 New equality in ties, says Peter Hain
The Indo-British relations had entered a new phase in the past one year, and both in New Delhi and London there was a much better understanding of each other's perceptions now, the Foreign Office Minister, Mr. Peter Hain, said before leaving for India on a four-day visit.

'A historic occasion' says Amanullah Khan
The keenly watched marriage ceremonies of the children of the Pakistan-based Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman, Mr. Amanullah Khan and India-based Hurriyat Conference leader, Mr. Abdul Ghani Lone began here today.

'Pak. stand on Kashmir unchanged'
Pakistan insists that there is no change in its stand on Kashmir and it has not indicated its willingness to change its position.

Russian Minister to visit India
The former Russian master spy, Mr. Vyacheslav Trubnikov, will visit India between November 20 and 23, for a meeting of a newly established Indo-Russian working group on Afghanistan, it has been officially announced here.

Florida S.C. puts results on hold
On a day of major legal battles, the U.S. Vice- President, Mr. Al Gore, emerged a winner with rulings from the Florida Supreme Court and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta going his way.


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