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Police enforce peace during Delhi bandh
The ``Delhi bandh'' - called by industrialists and workers to protest the closure of polluting units - passed off peacefully today as police clamped down on the protesters, preventing any major outbreak of violence.

Jagmohan on the mat
The Union Urban Development Minister, Mr. Jagmohan's run-ins with politicians, both within his party and outside, continues unabated. In the eye of the storm over the Delhi masterplan, he found himself pilloried once again in both Houses of Parliament.

Madhavan report too finds Azhar guilty
The Madhavan report has confirmed the findings of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and named former skipper, Mohammad Azharuddin, guilty of match-fixing.

Prabhakaran wants talks, 'liberation' too
The LTTE leader, Mr. Velupillai Prabhakaran, today said he was prepared for ``unconditional talks'' but demanded that the Government first ``de-escalate'' the war and create a ``conducive'' atmosphere for negotiations, and pledged in the same breath to reconquer Jaffna.

 Bush certified winner in Florida
The Texas Governor, Mr. George W. Bush, who has been certified winner of the U.S. presidential election in Florida, has urged the Vice-President, Mr. Al Gore, to concede the election. ``Now that the votes are counted, it is time for the votes to count,'' he said from Austin, Texas. With the State's 25 electoral college votes, Mr. Bush now has 271 votes against 267 for Mr. Gore.

CJI age document: CBI probe ordered
The Supreme Court today ordered a Central Bureau of Investigation probe to establish the authenticity of the document purported to have been sent by the General Council of the Bar, London, on September 4 under the name of S. Behr to Sohal and Co., regarding the age of the Chief Justice of India, Dr. A.S. Anand. (This document, giving the year of birth of the CJI as 1934, finds a place in Mr. Ram Jethmalani's book released recently).

 J&K truce takes effect
Security forces today suspended all combat operations in Jammu and Kashmir in line with the Ramzan ceasefire, hours ahead of commencement of the holy month, but were on a high alert to thwart any attempt by militant groups to carry out violent activities in the State which remained peaceful, official sources in New Delhi said.

Putin hails ceasefire
The Russian Federation tonight welcomed the unilateral Indian ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir and hoped that Pakistan and the militants would respond positively to the initiative.


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