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 Sonia's charges baseless: PM
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, today said there was ``nothing objectionable'' in his closing remarks on the last day of the budget session of Parliament on April 27 which could have provoked the angry remarks made by the Leader of the Opposition, Ms. Sonia Gandhi, immediately afterwards.

 6 CRPF men killed in IED blast
In a wave of militancy-related violence across Jammu and Kashmir, 31 people including nine paramilitary personnel, one of them an assistant commandant, were killed and scores injured since Saturday evening.

 Streamline IMF conditionality: Sinha
It is incumbent among policy makers in the main currency areas to actively support an orderly resolution of global imbalances; proactive macro economic policies are required in the United States aimed at supporting a reasonably smooth transition to more sustainable growth rates, says the Finance Minister, Mr. Yashwant Sinha.

India for early talks in Sri Lanka
Expressing concern at the escalation of violence in Sri Lanka, the Government today called on Colombo and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to commence immediate negotiations to end the civil war in the island nation.

Normality returns to Bangladesh border
Normality has returned to Mankachar, Karimganj and Belonia along the Indo-Bangladesh border which recently witnessed a face-off between the Border Security Force (BSF) and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR), but nonetheless the BSF is on a maximum alert in the areas, a BSF official said today.

AGP candidate shot at
The ruling AGP candidate, Mr. Kumar Dipak Das, and his personal security officer (PSO) were critically injured in an ambush by suspected ULFA militants in Barpeta district in Assam tonight, police said.

Arunachal's charge
The Arunachal Pradesh Government today expressed concern over the ``large-scale encroachment'' of its territory in several areas along the boundary by the Assam Government.

What did you tell Vajpayee, Opposition asks Hasina
The Bangladeshi Opposition today used the border crisis involving India as a vital political tool to embarrass the Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, demanding she make public her recent telephone talk with her Indian counterpart, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee.

Fire in ammunition dump near Pathankot
A huge fire broke out in the ammunition dump of the Army's Mamoon Cantonment near Pathankot in Gurdaspur district late tonight. Major panic has been reported in the border township.


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