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 Phoolan Devi shot dead
The Samajwadi Party Member of Parliament and former ``bandit queen'', Ms. Phoolan Devi, was shot dead by three car-borne assailants outside her 44 Ashoka Road residence, a stone's throw from Parliament House, here this afternoon.

President, PM condole death
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, today condoled the death of Ms. Phoolan Devi. Condemning the criminal act, he urged all sections of the polity to stand united in the fight against criminalisation of politics.

A political conspiracy, says SP
Parliament was adjourned for the day after lunch on Wednesday as a mark of respect to the Samajwadi Party member of the Lok Sabha, Ms. Phoolan Devi, who was shot dead by unidentified gunmen at her Ashoka Road residence earlier.

Centre willing to give 'special powers' to J&K
The Centre today announced its willingness to grant ``special powers'' to Jammu and Kashmir, if needed, but ruled out accepting the J&K autonomy resolution.

Top Hizb leader killed
In a major setback to the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen militant organisation, its deputy chief commander and spokesman, Abdul Hamid Tantray alias `commander Masood', was killed in an `encounter' with the special operations group (SOG) of the Jammu and Kashmir Police in Pulwama district on Tuesday night.

PMK returns to NDA
Five months after it quit the ruling combination at the Centre, the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) today returned to the National Democratic Alliance. The return of the PMK which has five MPs in the Lok Sabha was announced by the NDA convenor, Mr. George Fernandes, here this evening after the PMK chief, Dr. S. Ramadoss, and the MPs called on the Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee.

Govt. notice to Hinduja group
The Government today issued notices to the Hinduja group and Sterlite Industries to show cause why they should not be disqualified from bidding for public sector equity. This is aimed at keeping out charge-sheeted or debarred companies from the disinvestment exercise.

Cyber Space chief held
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today arrested Mr. Arvind Johari, the proprietor of the Lucknow-based Cyber Space Infosys Limited for his alleged role in the Unit Trust of India's Rs. 32-crore Cyber Space private placement scam.

President indisposed
The President, Mr. K.R. Narayanan, who has been indisposed due to viral infection, was admitted to the Army Research and Referral Hospital. All his engagements for the next couple of days have been cancelled.

Security was adequate: Govt.
The Centre today said the security provided to Ms. Phoolan Devi was not scaled down and was ``commensurate with the threat perception to her security''.


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