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 More sops for I-T payers
The Finance Minister, Mr. Yashwant Sinha, today announced further concessions for income tax payers costing the exchequer Rs. 1,000 crores and addressed some of the industry's concerns over his budget proposals.

Accord, discord and uncertainty
Even as the fate of the remainder of the budget session remained uncertain today, the Speaker of the Lok Sabha, Mr G.M.C. Balayogi, called on the President, Mr. K.R. Narayanan, for about 30 minutes, presumably to brief him on the happenings during the session.

Balakrishna Pillai's nomination accepted
The nomination paper of former Kerala Minister, Mr. R. Balakrishna Pillai, as the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) candidate from Kottarakara has been accepted by the Returning Officer (RO) for the constituency.

No need for guidelines: Uma Bharti
Without mincing words, Ms. Uma Bharati, today showed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) its place.

BSF HQ near Bangla border soon: Swami
The Union Minister of State for Home, Mr. I.D. Swami, today assured the Meghalaya Chief Minister, Mr. E.K. Mawlong, that a BSF headquarters would be set up near the Indo- Bangla border, for strengthening the security of the State's border.

'Consensus on fiscal management needed'
The Finance Minister, Mr. Yashwant Sinha, today called for a national political consensus on the management of the economy, saying that the growing fiscal deficit of the Centre and the States would ``put undue pressure on the future generations of the country.''

'BSF entered Baraibari to neutralise firing'
The 16 Border Security Force (BSF) personnel, killed brutally by the Bangladesh Rifles in Baraibari, were part of a patrol which came under heavy fire by the BDR troops on April 18.

Indo-Pak. Foreign Secys may meet in Colombo
A meeting between the Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan is likely to be held in Colombo on June 8 on the sidelines of the SAARC preparatory meeting, according to the Pakistani Urdu daily, Jang.

'APHC, Pak. will adopt joint strategy on Kashmir'
A day before the All-Party Hurriyat Conference (APHC) is to take a decision on the offer of talks made by the Indian Government, the Hurriyat leader and Chairman of People's League, Sheikh Abdul Aziz, has said that the APHC and Pakistan would adopt a joint strategy for future talks with India on Kashmir.


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