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 BALCO deal as planned: PM
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, today defended the Government's disinvestment policy and said there was no confusion over the course of action taken in the case of the Bharat Aluminium Company (BALCO).

Three directors asked to go
The Government has sought the resignations of the three functional directors of the Bharat Aluminium Company (BALCO) as part of the pre-signing formalities for sale of 51 per cent stake to Sterlite industries for Rs. 551.5 crores even as the issue is hanging fire in Parliament.

 No decision yet on tie-up with AIADMK: Azad
The Congress today said it was not happy with the number of seats offered to it by the AIADMK but made it clear the party and the Tamil Maanila Congress would fight the coming elections in Tamil Nadu together.

BJP, LDF twin evil: Sonia
The Congress president, Ms. Sonia Gandhi, today said her party and the UDF would take on the LDF and the BJP in the coming Assembly elections in the State.

 Jyoti Basu bids adieu
The former Chief Minister, Mr. Jyoti Basu, 87, bowed out after attending the last session of the current West Bengal Assembly ending his 55-year-career in electoral politics.

'Govt. trying to minimise impact of WTO agreement'
The Union Agriculture Minister, Mr. Nitish Kumar, today lashed out at those who blamed the National Democratic Alliance for the plight of farmers saying it was the Congress regime which signed the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and the subsequent formation of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) without involving the Agriculture Ministry in the negotiations.

Bush, Blair hint at review of Iraq curbs
The leaders of the U.S. and Britain have said that while sanctions against Iraq might warrant a review, there is also the determination to keep the Iraqi President, Mr. Saddam Hussein, in check. The U.S. President, Mr. George W. Bush, and the visiting British Prime Minister, Mr. Tony Blair, met face-to-face for the first time at Camp David.

7 tremors recorded
Seven tremors of varying magnitude, not exceeding 3.5 on the Richter scale, were experienced in parts of Gujarat today.


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