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 PM offers to resign, relents later
Responding to the carping criticism of his regime from within the BJP and the NDA, the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, today plunged the Government into a veritable crisis when he first threatened to resign and then relented, but not before the party leaders literally went on their knees, requesting him to stay put.

PMO denial
The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) today categorically said none of its officers had ever spoken to the former Unit Trust of India Chairman, Mr. P. S. Subrahmanyam, about making investments in Cyberspace Infosys Limited, a Lucknow-based company whose promoters are now in the dock on charges of defrauding the public and the UTI.

UTI: Sinha blames previous govts.
The sharpening political divide once again cast its shadow on the continuing debate on the US-64 debacle in the Rajya Sabha today with the Union Finance Minister, Mr. Yashwant Sinha, finding himself unable to close the credibility gap.

Admission of guilt, says Cong.; NDA to stand by PM
The National Democratic Alliance leaders who are meeting here tomorrow are likely to express full faith in the leadership of the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, even as a determined Opposition described his offer to resign as a ``gimmick'' to divert attention from the Unit Trust of India (UTI) scandal.

'PM over-reacted'
The Shiv Sena MP, Mr. Sanjay Nirupam, today defended his statement in the Rajya Sabha during a discussion on the UTI scandal on Monday by seeking to focus on the role of some people in the Prime Minister's Office.

A disturbing development, says Jayalalithaa
The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Ms. Jayalalithaa, has written to all her counterparts raising the issue of a ``disturbing development in the management of State cadres of All-India Service''. She has sought their views on this subject.

Phoolan killing: Advani plea to parties
The killing of the Samajwadi Party MP, Phoolan Devi, has highlighted the canker of criminalisation of politics afflicting the country's democracy, the Union Home Minister, Mr. L.K. Advani, said here today.

India-China boundary talks begin
India and China today began the 13th round of the Joint Working Group (JWG) aimed at resolving the boundary issue between the two countries.


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