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We don't need APHC as mediator: Advani
The Centre today refused to accord the All- Party Hurriyat Conference the status of mediator between New Delhi and Islamabad, while stating that the Hurriyat leaders with passports were free to travel to Pakistan.

Capital market safe, says Sinha
The Union Finance Minister, Mr. Yashwant Sinha, today assured parliamentarians and investors that there was no payment crisis at the Bombay Stock Exchange, and that the Indian capital market was ``absolutely safe''.

BSE chief offers to quit
The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) president, Mr. Anand Rathi, has offered to submit his resignation to the Board of the exchange which is meeting tomorrow. This comes in the wake of allegations of his involvement in a recent crisis in the stock market. However, he has denied all the allegations.

TMC mounts pressure on Cong. to accept AIADMK's delink proposal
Virtually pouring cold water on the third front proposal, the Tamil Maanila Congress today stepped up pressure on the Congress to join the PMK-inclusive AIADMK front in Tamil Nadu, accepting the ``alliance delink'' proposal for Pondicherry.

Cong. continues to haggle
The Congress today maintained that the number of seats being offered to it by the AIADMK was ``insufficient''. The party also indicated that apart from more seats in Pondicherry and Tamil Nadu, it would like to be the first to form a government in Pondicherry.

Shourie seeks audit of BALCO deal
Even as the Disinvestment Minister, Mr. Arun Shourie, has written to the Comptroller and Auditor-General seeking an audit of the BALCO sale transaction, an apex industry chamber has described the entire controversy as ``embarrassing'' in an open letter to the Chhatisgarh Chief Minister, Mr. Ajit Jogi.

Give protection to workers, SC tells Chhatisgarh
The controversy over privatising the BALCO took a new turn today with the Supreme Court directing the Chhatisgarh Government to provide full protection to workers and the new management of the strike-bound aluminium plant.

Fiji Govt. quits
Fiji's ``interim'' Prime Minister, Mr. Laisenia Qarase, today submitted the resignation of his ``Government'' to the President, Mr. Josefa Iloilo, ahead of an all-crucial meeting of the Great Council of Chiefs which begins in Suva tomorrow.

Akash test-fired
India's indigenously-built medium range surface-to-air missile Akash, which is going to be inducted into the Army next year, has been successfully test-fired today at Balasore for the third time since February 27.

Bail plea rejected
The Mumbai High Court today rejected the bail plea of incarcerated film financier Bharat shah, facing charge of alleged nexus with the underworld.


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