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50-55 p.c. turnout in second phase of U.P. elections
LUCKNOW, FEB. 18. Between 50 and 55 per cent votes were cast today in the second phase of polling to Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, which, by and large passed off peacefully. Stray clashes and obstruction of the polling process at some places ...
India set for military exercises
NEW DELHI, FEB. 18. The Indian Air Force has begun a new round of exercises that is likely to be followed by fresh Army manoeuvres. This calibrated activism by the armed forces in the coming days is likely to counter media assertions by the ...
I did it all, says Omar Sheikh
ISLAMABAD, FEB. 18. In a sensational report, a leading Pakistan daily today claimed that Omar Sheikh Saeed, one of the main suspects in the abduction of the U.S. reporter, Daniel Pearl, had owned up responsibility for the suicide attacks on the ...
Sort out issues, U.S. tells India, Pak.
NEW DELHI, FEB. 18. Ruling out mediation between India and Pakistan, the United States today suggested that both countries sort out their problems between themselves. ``As you know we don't have a large military presence in the rest of the ...
It is plague, says NICD
NEW DELHI, FEB. 18. Scientists at the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) confirmed tonight that the disease which recently broke out in the villages of Himachal Pradesh and Uttaranchal was plague, sources said. All the three ...
PM helpless because of NDA: VHP
NEW DELHI, FEB. 18. The Vishwa Hindu Parishad today blamed the Prime Minister's ``helplessness'' on the Ram temple issue to the fact that he was heading the National Democratic Alliance Government at the Centre. There was time till March 12, ...
Death penalty commuted
SYDNEY, FEB. 18. George Speight, who overthrew the government of ethnic Indian Prime Minister, Mahendra Chaudhry, in Fiji in a coup, was today sentenced to death by the high court after he pleaded guilty to treason charge, but the punishment was ...
9 held for church attack
BANGALORE, FEB. 18. The Karnataka Home Minister, Mallikarjuna Kharge, has said that nine persons had been arrested in connection with the attack on a church in Hinkal, on the outskirts of Mysore, on Sunday. Mr. Kharge said security had been ...
Militants fire rockets
JAMMU, FEB. 18. Panic gripped Rajouri when militants fired two rockets on the town last night. The DIG, Rajouri-Poonch range, S.S. Bijral, said the rockets were fired around 10 p.m. in gap of five minutes. The first rocket hit the residential ...
Woman dies after operation
BHUBANESWAR, FEB. 18. One woman has died and 54 others developed complications after undergoing family planning operation in Astarang block of Orissa's Puri district. Kanchan Swain, who was operated upon on February 15, died the next ...

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