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 U.P. bandh turns violent
One person was killed and 27 others, including an Additional District Magistrate and some policemen, were injured today during the Statewide bandh called by the Samajwadi Party against the murder of party MP, Phoolan Devi, even as she was cremated in Mirzapur.

Parliament adjourned
Parliament was adjourned for the day on Thursday after tributes were paid to the slain Samajwadi Party member of the Lok Sabha, Phoolan Devi.

Making death count, politically
Even before the body of the slain Samajwadi Party MP, Phoolan Devi, could be airlifted to her constituency in Uttar Pradesh for cremation, political parties had begun exploiting the murder for partisan purposes.

Search on for missing driver
The probe into the murder of Phoolan Devi reached a crucial stage today with the Delhi police asserting that they were on the lookout for the ``prime suspect Pankaj'', who disappeared after driving the Samajwadi Party MP to Parliament House in a green Maruti car (CIM 907), later used by the three assailants as a getaway vehicle.

 PM warns Pak. on propaganda
Kargil Vijay Diwas today saw the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, warn Pakistan that its propaganda about divisions within the Indian camp at the Agra summit could create problems for future talks.

Pak. to examine CBMs `on merit'
Even as India officially conveyed the proposals on Confidence-Building Measures (CBMs), announced in the run-up to the Agra summit, Pakistan today maintained that it would `examine them on merit.'

31 Indians to be released
Pakistan has decided to release 31 Indian prisoners, including two women, detained in the Quetta jail in Baluchistan for illegal entry.

CAT directive
The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), in an extended interim order on a petition filed by Dr. R.Vishwanathan, Director-General of Police, on Thursday said the selection of any officer of the rank of Director-General of Police (DGP) to serve in the Union Government would be subject to the decision on the application of Dr. Vishwanathan.

IA resumes service
Indian Airlines resumed its Chennai-Colombo- Chennai flights from Bandaranaike International Airport today. ``The flight arrived and left as scheduled,`` said Mr. Kamal Mehra, IA Sri Lanka Manager.


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