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Opposition motion on UTI muddle defeated
An Opposition-sponsored motion censuring the Government on the Unit Trust of India (UTI) issue was negated in the Lok Sabha today amid uproarious scenes and without the Finance Minister, Mr. Yashwant Sinha, being permitted to finish his reply to an acrimonious debate earlier.

Slogans, counter-slogans
The Lok Sabha today witnessed unprecedented slogan-shouting and counter slogan-shouting between the treasury benches and the Congress members, during the debate on the adjournment motion on the Unit Trust of India fiasco.

Don't aid public servant convicted of corruption: SC
``When conviction is on a `corruption charge' against a public servant, the appellate court or the revisional court should not suspend the order of conviction during the pendency of the appeal even if the sentence of imprisonment is suspended,'' the Supreme Court ruled today.

Corporate control over the Govt.
The debate on the US-64 scam in the Lok Sabha today offered an instructive lesson in the country's political economy. Speaker after speaker, cutting across the party divide, alluded to the awesome powers that corporate houses had come to exercise over the Government. And, the corporate house most often cited was ``Reliance''.

A deviation of transfer norms: T.N.
Six days after the controversial transfer of three State police officers to the Cabinet Secretariat, the Tamil Nadu Government today sent its reply to the Centre.

SC reserves order on plea against Arundhati Roy
The Supreme Court today reserved orders on a contempt petition against the Booker Prize winner, Ms. Arundhati Roy, the Narmada Bachao Andolan activist, Ms. Medha Patkar, and others, even as the two stood by their affidavits and submitted that the apex court might consider proceeding against them if it found that the remarks were ``contemptuous''.

T.N. autonomy involved: Gehlot
The Rajasthan Chief Minister, Mr. Ashok Gehlot, has expressed concern over the Centre requisitioning IPS officers working in Tamil Nadu on deputation saying it involved the autonomy of the State Government.

Cong. demands JPC probe into UTI scam
The Opposition today made a reasonably convincing case of Ministerial incompetence against the Finance Minister, Mr. Yashwant Sinha, for his failure to oversee the affairs of the beleaguered Unit Trust of India.


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