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 Cong. boycotts all-party meet, forces Govt. clarification
The decision by an angry Congress to stay away from an all-party meeting called by the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, here this evening in a bid to ensure the smooth functioning of Parliament prompted the Prime Minister to declare that ``no CBI inquiry had been ordered'' against the Congress president, Ms. Sonia Gandhi.

 Maran to keep away from active politics, cites health grounds
Barely a few hours before the DMK was to release its list of candidates for the Assembly election, senior DMK leader and Union Commerce and Industry Minister, Mr. Murasoli Maran, today stunned the party leadership by announcing his intention to ``keep away from active politics on health grounds.''

Talks on Karunakaran impasse today
The Congress today gained more time in sorting out the issues concerning the crisis in Kerala with the two AICC emissaries stating here they would discuss the matter with Congress president, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, tomorrow.

AIADMK announces 20 candidates in Pondy
Ending all efforts to put up a united secular front in Pondicherry, the AIADMK general secretary, Ms. Jayalalitha, today announced AIADMK candidates for 20 seats in the 30-member territorial assembly.

 Jayalalitha to contest from two places
The AIADMK general secretary, Ms. Jayalalitha, who is fighting the possibility of electoral disqualification, today announced that she is contesting from two constituencies in the coming Tamil Nadu Assembly polls.

Delhi protests encroachment of property in Karachi
The residence of the Indian Consul-General in Karachi, lying vacant since the Pakistan Government decided to close down the Consulate in January 1995, is believed to have been encroached and the Indian High Commission here has lodged a protest with the Pakistan Foreign Office.


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