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Rajnath given a free hand
The three major players in Uttar Pradesh - the Samajwadi Party, the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party - have already been infected by the Assembly poll fever, but it seems the Congress is yet to realise the elections may be closer than it thinks.

'I have a comfortable majority'
The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr. Rajnath Singh today opposed dissolution of the State Assembly saying his Government enjoyed a comfortable majority in the House. There was also no need to advance the Assembly election as it was scheduled to be held in March next year, Mr. Singh told PTI in an interview.

 5 killed as violence mars DMK rally
At least five persons were killed and scores injured as violence erupted towards the fag end of the procession taken out by the DMK here today to condemn the arrest of its leaders and ``police atrocities''.

Governor rushing to Chennai
The Tamil Nadu Governor, Dr. C. Rangarajan, is rushing to Chennai, in view of the tension following the violence during the DMK rally here. According to Raj Bhavan sources, Dr. Rangarajan, who is in Hyderabad, would reach Chennai tomorrow morning.

PM's address to focus on Agra summit
The Prime Minister's Independence Day address this time may make no major announcement as Parliament is in session, but with his fourth successive speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort, he will have broken all previous records of the non-Congress heads of government.

Quake rocks N-E States
An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.6 on the Richter Scale, rattled the North-Eastern States on the Indo-Myanmar border at 7.28 a.m today.

1 dies of food poisoning
A 13-year-old girl died and more than 1,000 persons, mostly children, were taken ill after allegedly consuming a poisonous gram in Assam's Barpeta district, official sources said here.

Tension in U.P. town'
The idol of Hanuman and the door of a temple were damaged setting off violent protests and tension forcing police to fire in the air in Jalalabad town of Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar district, senior police officials said here today.


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