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 Reprieve for Ministers in Ayodhya cases
The Allahabad High Court today set aside a decision by the special CBI court to frame charges in the Babri Masjid demolition cases against eight of 49 accused including the Union Ministers, Mr. L. K. Advani, Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi and Ms. Uma Bharti. The court found that these persons were being tried on the basis of an improper notification issued by the Uttar Pradesh Government.

Main case intact: experts
The setting aside of the notification for trial against the eight accused, including Mr. L. K. Advani, Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi, Ms. Uma Bharti and others, in the Babri Masjid demolition case is no cause for rejoicing by the BJP stalwarts as the main chargesheet stays, say legal experts.

Shinde dropped, Kamal Nath included in CWC
In a major organisational reshuffle, the All- India Congress Committee (AICC) president, Ms. Sonia Gandhi, today dropped three Congress Working Committee (CWC) members while bringing in a new chief spokesperson and constituting a 12- member Central Election Committee, besides changing the AICC office-bearers.

Centre happy about Hurriyat talks
The Centre has noted with satisfaction the thrust of the deliberations at the executive of the All-Party Hurriyat Conference this afternoon in Srinagar. In particular, officials here have noted that the executive seems to have rejected Syed Ali Shah Geelani's formulation that the Kashmir issue is a religious conflict and that the APHC has, instead, termed it a ``political problem''.

 Sikhs not to leave Kashmir
Uncertainty over the future course of action by the shell-shocked Sikh community ended today, when a group of prominent members, after a meeting with senior leaders of the All-Party Hurriyat Conference, decided against migrating from the Kashmir Valley.

Pak. wants quick decision on documents for APHC leaders
Pakistan today once again sought to remind New Delhi that ``procrastination'' on its part in the issuance of travel documents to the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) to travel to Islamabad could damage the ``opportunity'' to seriously address the Kashmir dispute.

Bush writes to Vajpayee
The United States President, Mr. George W Bush, is understood to have written to the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, expressing the hope that the two would ``foster a strong and mutually beneficial bilateral relationship.''

India for gaining foothold in Myanmar to counter China
The External Affairs Minister, Mr. Jaswant Singh, will cross the international border into Myanmar tomorrow to begin what could prove to be the most serious engagement with Yangon since the visit of the late Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi, in December 1987.


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