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 Centre to set up panel on disaster management
The Government today agreed to set up a permanent Disaster Management Committee at the Centre, comprising leaders of major political parties as well experts to help the Government in dealing with national calamities. It was also decided to set up a committee of political parties to monitor and help the relief effort in Gujarat in the aftermath of the earthquake.

PM visit to Malaysia, Japan put off
Bowing to domestic political pressure, the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, today decided to postpone, for now, his official visit to Malaysia and Japan to remain in the country and oversee the relief efforts in the wake of the devastating earthquake in Gujarat. Mr. Vajpayee's journey was to begin on February 7 and was to last till February 14.

Govt. move to put Gujarat back on rails
With the rescue operations in the earthquake- hit areas, except the worst-affected Kutch district, being almost over and relief measures in place, the Gujarat Government is now concentrating on restoring normality in the State.

 Hunt on for Veerappan
The Special Task Force comprising personnel from Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu along with the Kerala police today launched a massive manhunt employing helicopters and sniffer dogs for the brigand Veerappan after he was spotted and fired at in the Walayar forests on Friday.

 Clinton initiative to raise $ 1 million
With a view to helping the ongoing relief efforts in India in the aftermath of the Gujarat earthquake, the former U.S. President, Mr. Bill Clinton, met Indian-American businessmen here on Friday to launch a fund-raiser.

Hindujas' plea to be heard on Monday
The three Hinduja brothers, accused in the Rs. 64 crores Bofors payoffs case, today moved the Delhi High Court against the special court's order rejecting their plea to leave India. The revision petitions filed by the Hinduja brothers - S.P. Hinduja, G.P. Hinduja and P.P. Hinduja to set aside the trial court's order are likely to come up for hearing on Monday.

Militants kill five Sikhs
Militants gunned down five Sikhs in the Mehjoor Nagar area of the city this evening. Five others, including a woman, were injured in the shootout.


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