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Sena, TDP join review call
The Government today found itself isolated on the Rs. 551-crore BALCO-Sterlite deal in the Rajya Sabha, when some of its allies joined the Opposition in demanding a Joint Parliamentary Committee to go into the agreement, which was rejected outright.

 Will Sinha do a 'Mamata' today?
Despite the preparatory talk by the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, the fourth Budget of the Finance Minister, Mr. Yashwant Sinha, is not likely to be a harsh one. In fact, there is speculation that Mr. Sinha might actually present to Parliament a Budget which would cheer industry and investor sentiments even as it spares the general population from further taxation.

We did everything possible in Gujarat: PM
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, today came down heavily on the Opposition charging it with politicising the issue of relief and rehabilitation in Gujarat. Reacting to allegations of discrimination in providing relief to the earthquake victims, Mr. Vajpayee told the Opposition, ``We will put you in the dock,'' in his intervention during a special discussion in the Lok Sabha on the Gujarat quake.

Cong. undecided
Despite the March 1 deadline set by the AIADMK chief, Ms. Jayalalitha, the Congress appears undecided about the path to choose in Tamil Nadu. The central leadership continued to look up to the Tamil Maanila Congress chief, Mr. G.K. Moopanar, for guidance.

Akash test-fired
Akash, indigenously built multi-target surface-to-air missile, was successfully test-fired from the Interim Test Range at Chandipur-On-Sea, about 15 km from here, today, sources said.

Goods trains blocked
Movement of goods trains was affected in many parts of Orissa today as the Left parties and the Janata Dal(S) blocked them to register their protest against the Centre's `neglect' of the State in the Railway Budget.

Militant surrenders
A self-styled district commander of the pro- Pakistan Hizb-ul-Mujahideen outfit, Jehangir Ahmad Khan, laid down his arms in north Kashmir today.


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