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 AIADMK, PMK clinch deal
Virtually shutting out the Congress from its electoral front, the AIADMK today concluded seat-sharing negotiations with the Paattali Makkal Katchi in both Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry.

Will swim and sink with TMC: Azad
The Congress' bad run continues unabated. A day after eight MLAs walked out of the party in West Bengal, there was bad news from Tamil Nadu as well, with the AIADMK virtually shutting the door on it.

Destruction of Buddhist icons will continue: Taliban
The Taliban chief, Mulla Mohammad Omar, used the Id-ul-Adha festival today to urge the Muslim world to support the destruction of ancient Buddhist icons and unite behind his vision of Islam.

Revolt in Trinamool over seats for Congress entrants
The Railway Minister and the Trinamool Congress leader, Ms. Mamata Banerjee, is having a mutiny on her hands for allotting ticket to the Congress MLAs who have just joined the party to enable them to contest the coming Assembly elections in West Bengal.

Advani's absence annoys Liberhan Commission
Annoyed at the failure of the Union Home Minister, Mr. L.K. Advani, to depose before it for the second time, the Justice Liberhan Commission probing the Ayodhya incident today directed him to appear positively on April 10 and 11.

Lashkar fidayeen kills 2 soldiers
In the fourth major attack since the third extension of ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir, a suicide squad of militants today stormed an Army camp in Poonch district killing two soldiers and wounding eight others, official sources said.

 35 killed in Haj stampede
Thirty-five Muslim pilgrims were killed in a stampede at the annual Haj in Saudi Arabia today. A civil defence official said 23 women and 12 men of various nationalities had been crushed to death in the stampede during the devil-stoning ritual at Jamarat bridge, near Macca.

Akash serial test put off
The crucial serial test of the indigenously- built medium range surface-to-air missile, Akash, could not be held in Balasore today because of bad weather, Defence sources here said.

U.P. bypoll on April 7
The Election Commission has decided to hold byelections to the Haidergarh and Sadadad assembly constituencies in Uttar Pradesh on April 7.

5 coalminers buried alive
Five coalminers were killed when a roof collapsed in an underground mine in Durgapur Reyatpur Colliery of western coalfields limited, at Chandrapur, about 160 km from here, today.


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