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 Paswan, Sharad Yadav shifted
In a half-hearted reshuffle exercise, the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, today inducted six new faces into his Council of Ministers while five colleagues were shown the door, and two Ministers of State were elevated to the Cabinet rank. The portfolios of several Ministers have also been changed.

PM plans Davos-type retreat with CMs
The National Development Council today unanimously approved the draft approach paper to the Tenth Five Year Plan which envisages a eight per cent annual growth in the next five years.

AI: Singapore Airlines pulls out
The Government is prepared to let the privatisation plan for Air India die a natural death in case the Tatas are not able to find another joint venture partner.

Did the DMK try to influence the SC, asks Jayalalithaa
The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Ms. Jayalalithaa, has asked the DMK members in the State Assembly to clarify whether or not they tried to influence the Supreme Court in the cases against her.

U.S. sanctions against Chinese, Pak. firms
In a major development, the United States has imposed missile proliferation sanctions against the China Metallurgical Equipment Company (CMEC), for shipment of missile parts and technology to Pakistan. Sanctions were also imposed on Pakistan's National Development Complex (NDC).

JVP 'deal' with Chandrika
The Sri Lankan President, Ms. Chandrika Kumaratunga, has all but tied up a deal with the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna to help the Government stay on in power.

8 Pak. soldiers killed
Eight Pakistani soldiers were killed in heavy gunfire and shelling between Indian and Pakistani troops along the Line of Control in Poonch, Jammu and Rajouri sectors since Friday night, defence sources said here today.

Malik allowed to go abroad
Senior Hurriyat leader and JKLF chairman, Mr. Yaseen Malik, who was granted bail last month in TADA cases, was today permitted to go abroad for two months for treatment under several conditions.


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