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Assembly polls in May
Expressing concern over the incidents of violence in West Bengal where Assembly polls are barely four months away, the Chief Election Commissioner, Dr. M. S. Gill, today said the Commission's role would arise only at the time of entering the poll process.

Jakarta backs India's case for U.N. Security Council seat
Signalling a new warmth in bilateral relationship, the Indonesian Foreign Minister, Mr. Alwi Shihab, today said Jakarta supported India's entry into a reformed United Nations Security Council as a permanent member.

Osama seen at son's wedding
International terrorist, Osama bin Laden, appeared happy and smiling at his son's wedding in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar in footage shown today on an Arab satellite channel.

Beijing ready for triangular cooperation
The Chinese leader, Mr. Li Peng, is here for an intensive round of consultations with the Indian leadership amidst new speculation on the prospects for triangular cooperation among India, Russia and China.

Hindujas won't be arrested: CBI
The Central Bureau of Investigation today informed the special court here that the three Hinduja brothers chargesheeted in the Bofors payoff case would not be arrested on their coming to India to face trial in response to summons against them.

PDS sugar only for poor
There will be no allocation of levy sugar for the non-poor (above the povertyline population) in the Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) from April 1.

 China launches spacecraft
China today inched closer to its ambition of putting astronauts on space by launching its second unmanned and indigenously- designed spacecraft `Shenzhou II,' the State media reported.

Diamond traders protest
MUMBAI, JAN. 10. Diamond traders in Mumbai and parts of Gujarat pulled down their shutters today following a strike called by the Diamond Merchants' Association to protest the arrest of Mr. Bharat Shah.

Boy foils bid to blow up Rajdhani
An attempt to blow up the Howrah-bound Rajdhani Express from Delhi was foiled when a teenaged boy informed the railway staff about two bombs planted on the track near here, a senior Eastern Railway official said here today.


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