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 $200-m credit offered to Iran
In a bold move to add economic substance to its incipient strategic partnership with Iran, the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, today offered a credit line of $200 million to support India's participation in Iran's plans for economic development.

PM's speech angers Taliban
Afghanistan's ruling Taliban militia has reacted angrily to the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee's statement that it (Taliban) was a threat to the region, and said it was India which was a threat to regional security.

Jayalalitha's counsel remarks irk judge
A statement by counsel for the AIADMK general secretary, Ms. Jayalalitha, that no clarification was needed from the court on yesterday's order dismissing her plea for suspension of the conviction in TANSI land deal cases, led to an anticlimax in the Madras High Court today.

T.N. Govt. files caveat in S.C.
The Tamil Nadu Government today filed a caveat in the Supreme Court in connection with any Special Leave Petition, the AIADMK general secretary, Ms. Jayalalitha, may file in the court on her eligibility to contest the Assembly polls.

EC declines comment
The Election Commission today declined to make any comment on the Madras High Court judgment on the AIADMK leader, Ms. Jayalalitha's petition seeking suspension of her conviction in the TANSI land deal cases.

All-party meet tomorrow
The Prime Minister, Mr A.B. Vajpayee, has called an all-party meeting here on Saturday in an attempt to end the stalemate over the Tehelka expose in Parliament which resumes sitting after a three-week recess on April 16.

Azad, Vora to meet Karunakaran today
The Congress leadership has decided to send the AICC general secretary in charge of Kerala, Mr. Ghulam Nabi Azad, and party treasurer, Mr. Motilal Vora, to Thiruvananthapuram tomorrow.

IOC pipeline catches fire
A fire that broke out from a leak in the pipeline of the Indian Oil Corporation Limited, conveying petroleum products from the Barauni Refinery to Kanpur, disrupted train movement and inflicted burn injuries on two villagers of Bhoipur district.

'No decision yet on CDS appointment'
The Government today said it had not taken a decision on appointment of the Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sushil Kumar, as the country's first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS).

 Dewang Mehta found dead
High-profile NASSCOM president, Mr. Dewang Mehta, was found dead in his hotel room here this morning.


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