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Four States, Pondy go to polls on May 10
The Election Commission today announced that elections to the Assemblies of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Pondicherry, West Bengal and Assam would be held on May 10.

Simultaneous bypolls for 3 LS seats
The Chief Election Commissioner, Dr. M. S. Gill, today announced that byelections to the Lok Sabha constituencies of Tiruchirapalli in Tamil Nadu, Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh and Midnapore in West Bengal and the Kshetrigao Assembly constituency in Manipur, would be held on May 10 along with the Assembly polls in five States.

 QRs system dismantled
The Government has dismantled the system of quantitative restrictions (QRs) on imports and announced a strategy to promote agricultural exports as a step towards achieving a one per cent share in global trade.

No breakthrough yet in Cong., Trinamool talks
The discussion on seat-sharing between the Trinamool Congress and the Congress failed to produce any result with the AICC general- secretary, Mr. Kamal Nath, returning to Delhi this evening.

MDMK, DMK part ways
The NDA in Tamil Nadu suffered a major jolt, with the MDMK today snapping ties with the DMK and deciding to contest in all the constituencies - barring those being contested by the BJP - in the May 10 Assembly poll.

President discharged
The President, Mr. K. R. Narayanan, who underwent surgery for removal of gall bladder stones at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital here last Thursday, was discharged early this afternoon.

Documents seized, raids still on
Armed with the information that he had received a ``huge bribe'' from a middleman barely a week ago, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today raided the premises of the Chairman of the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), Mr. B.P. Verma.

 Tendulkar's diktats prove too much for the Aussies
It was worth every penny they had spent, and every blow they had earned from the cops to cram into the stadium. The man they had come to cheer did not disappoint. And that is what counted most on a day when India put it across Australia, thanks mainly to Sachin Tendulkar.


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