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Keep contentious issues out of Women's Bill: PM
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, today urged political parties to evolve a consensus on the Women's Reservation Bill by keeping contentious issues out at ``this initial stage of enacting this revolutionary legislation''.

Non-MLAs cannot be reappointed as Ministers beyond six months: SC
The Supreme Court has ruled that no one can be a Minister for more than six consecutive months without becoming a member of the Legislature concerned during the term of that Legislative Assembly.

Jayalalithaa no to transfer of three IPS officers
While turning down the Centre's request to relieve the three IPS officers, the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Ms. Jayalalithaa, today declared that Centre-State relationship was not a ``master- slave'' relationship.

'No report sought from Governor'
The Tamil Nadu Government, which has ordered a judicial probe into the violence during a recent DMK rally in Chennai, has sent a report on it to the Centre, a Home Ministry spokesman said tonight.

'Norms' for mediamen sought from T.N. panel
In a controversial move, the Tamil Nadu Government has asked the Bhaktvatsalam Commission of Inquiry, set up to go into the violence during the DMK rally on August 12, to lay down ``norms and guidelines'' for mediapersons covering processions and demonstrations.

 Railway staff suspended for Bihar accident
The Railways has suspended four of its employees for the accident in Bihar on Thursday which claimed the lives of 10 passengers and resulted in injuries to 15 others.

Mahanta hands over charge
A big question mark hangs over the future of the former Assam Chief Minister and AGP supremo, Mr. Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, following the interview by an Assembly secretariat employee, Mrs. Sanghamitra Bharali.

Tension rises in Bhilwara dt.
Tension in Bhilwara district, following the desecration of a mosque in Pander village on Monday, escalated today with a local organisation, the Hindu Sangathan Manch, demanding reinstatement of three police officers suspended by the State Government.

Petrol dealers drop stir plan
The Union Petroleum Minister, Mr. Ram Naik, today announced in both Houses of Parliament that petroleum dealers had called off their nation-wide stir scheduled to begin from Sunday night.


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