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 65 p.c. polling in 5 States
About 13 crore voters in Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Kerala and Assam, and the Union Territory of Pondicherry today exercised their franchise for the Assembly polls, in what is being termed as a ``mini-general elections'' and whose outcome is expected to influence political equations at the Centre.

India to hear out Armitage on NMD
India will be in a listening mode tomorrow when the visiting U.S. special envoy, Mr. Richard Armitage, briefs the top echelons of the Government on the latest U.S. proposals to build a system of national missile defences (NMD).

BSF attacks mediapersons in Kashmir
In act of high-handedness, personnel of the Border Security Force unleashed an unprovoked assault on 17 reporters, newscameramen and photojournalists of international and national media organisations in Magam in Budgam district of central Kashmir today.

8 shepherds abducted, killed in J&K
Eight persons, all Hindus, were today massacred by militants who abducted them from a village in Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir, a police spokesperson said.

Hindujas also fixed Mishra's meeting with G-8 Ministers
The intermediary role of the Hinduja brothers in the Vajpayee Government's diplomatic campaign over India's nuclear tests in the summer of 1998 is further highlighted in a leaked letter showing Mr. G.P. Hinduja's intervention with Downing Street to get the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee's Principal Secretary, Mr. Brajesh Mishra, to meet the G-8 Foreign Ministers in London in June 1998.

Govt. must retract from hasty stand on NMD: CPI(M)
The Communist Party of India (Marxist) today demanded that the Vajpayee Government retract from its ``hasty stand'' over the United States' National Missile Defence (NMD) plan and asked it to convey India's concern over this new version of Star Wars.

Sudhakarrao Naik dead
The former Maharashtra Chief Minister, Sudhakarrao Naik, died in a city hospital tonight following a heart attack. He was 67.

State Dept. split over sanctions
The Bush administration is carrying on a review with respect to the sanctions policy, but the State Department is split on the issue of lifting the punitive measures against India, says The Washington Times in a report.


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