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Govt. agrees to `symbolic bhoomi puja' on March 15
NEW DELHI, MARCH 8. The Vajpayee Government has started surrendering to an intractable Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP). It has agreed to permit a ``symbolic bhoomi puja'' on the undisputed land in Ayodhya on March 15, which, technically, would amount ...
All-party team refuses to meet Modi
AHMEDABAD, MARCH 8. An all-party delegation of Parliamentarians, including the Congress president, Sonia Gandhi, which visited riot-torn Gujarat today reportedly refused to meet the Chief Minister, Narendra Modi. Some members of the delegation ...
Work to begin before June 2
CHENNAI, MARCH 8. The Kanchi Sankaracharya, Jayendra Saraswathi, who returned by a special aircraft this morning, said a simple `Bhoomi puja' _ with a single stone _ would be performed at the `undisputed site' in Ayodhya on March 15. And work on ...
UP Governor had no option: PM
NEW DELHI, MARCH 8. The Uttar Pradesh Governor, Vishnu Kant Shastri's decision to recommend President's rule in the State was defended by the Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee, who told the Lok Sabha today that ``he (Mr. Shastri) had no other ...
Pak. amnesty for arrested militants
ISLAMABAD, MARCH 8. Pakistan has announced a general amnesty for the arrested activists of five banned militant outfits against whom no criminal charges are pending. Participating in a live Radio Forum broadcast, the Pakistan Interior Minister, ...
Muslim board opposes move
NEW DELHI, MARCH 8. The All-India Muslim Personal Law Board tonight opposed any move to allow the VHP to conduct a ``symbolic puja'' at the undisputed site in Ayodhya on March 15 and threatened to approach the Supreme Court to stall ...
PM's plea on Women's Bill
NEW DELHI, MARCH 8. The Prime Minister, A.B. Vajpayee, has urged political parties to consider the suggestion made by the Election Commission to give 33 per cent tickets to women during polls. The issue came up during zero hour in the Lok Sabha ...
Bill to replace Poto tabled
NEW DELHI, MARCH 8. Amid vociferous protests and walkout by almost the entire Opposition, a Bill to replace the controversial Prevention of Terrorism Ordinance (Poto) was introduced by the Home Minister, L. K. Advani, in the Lok Sabha ...
Sangma quits Statute panel
The former Lok Sabha Speaker and Member of the National Commission to Review the Working of the Constitution, P.A. Sangma, today resigned from the commission. In his letter to the Chairman, Justice M.N. Venkatachalaiah, Mr. Sangma said he had ...
Pak. proposal rejected
NEW DELHI, MARCH 8. India today rejected Pakistan's proposal for a test match to mark their Cricket Board's golden jubilee celebrations, ending prospects of any immediate revival of cricketing ties between the two arch rivals. ``Certainly, this ...
Pak. invitation to Advani
ISLAMABAD, MARCH 8. In yet another move to break the current impasse, Islamabad has invited the Home Minister, L.K. Advani, to visit Pakistan to discuss all contentious issues. The invitation was extended on Thursday by the Pakistani Interior ...

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