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Law will take its course in Ayodhya case: Vajpayee
The Vajpayee Government today suffered a major embarrassment when an Opposition-sponsored amendment on the decision to sell the Bharat Aluminium Company (BALCO) to a private industrial group was carried in the Rajya Sabha during the debate on the motion of thanks to the President's address.

 Lone to seek meeting with Annan
The All-Party Hurriyat Conference today decided to depute its senior member, Mr. Abdul Ghani Lone, considered a moderate, to New Delhi to explore the possibilities of a meeting with the United nations Secretary-General, Mr. Kofi Annan, during his visit to the union capital.

 Assembly polls by April-end?
The Election Commission today held detailed discussions with top State Government officials from Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Assam, Kerala and the Union Territory of Pondicherry on the possible schedule for holding Assembly polls.

Gill skirts query on Jayalalitha
The Chief Election Commissioner, Dr. M.S. Gill, today evaded a question on whether the AIADMK general secretary, Ms. Jayalalitha, facing a disqualification due to her conviction in the TANSI case for three years, would be allowed to contest the Assembly polls in Tamil Nadu.

Centre rejects Jogi offer
The Centre tonight rejected the Chhatisgarh Chief Minister, Mr. Ajit Jogi's offer to buy 51 per cent shares in the Bharat Aluminium Company (BALCO), terming it as ``non- serious and frivolous.''

Will Annan statement induce realism?
Will the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Kofi Annan's clarification on the status of the Security Council's 1948 resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir add to the belligerence of the jehadi outfits in Pakistan and generally harden extremist trends? Or will it have a chastening effect and induce realism? Given the ``high expectations'' - to use the words of Pakistan's Foreign Minister, Mr. Abdul Sattar - pinned on the eve of Mr. Annan's visit for support to their stand and the deep sense of shock now, any optimism on this count will be out of place.

Chattisgarh ready to buy BALCO for Rs. 552 cr., SC told
Notwithstanding the differences with the Centre on the BALCO disinvestment issue, the Chattisgarh Government today assured the Supreme Court that it would maintain law and order, provide protection to workers and the management and also supply water and electricity to the plant.

Bihar Finance Minister quits
The crisis in the ruling RJD deepened with the Finance Minister, Mr. Shanker Prasad Tekriwal, resigning from the Cabinet demanding a change in the legislature party leadership.

Sensex crash
Even as the Bombay Stock Exchange Sensex crashed by 114 points today, the acting president, Ms. Deena Mehta, called on the Union Finance Minister, Mr Yashwant Sinha. The Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Board of India, Mr. D. R. Mehta, had met the Minister, who returned to the country after a day-long visit to Germany, on Sunday.

SEBI restrains BSE governing board
The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) today restrained all broker member-directors from acting as governing board members of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) till further orders.


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