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Govt. prepares for joint session on POTO
NEW DELHI, MARCH 19. The Vajpayee Government has finalised a plan to request the President, K.R. Narayanan, to convene a joint session of Parliament - most probably on March 26 - to pass the Prevention of Terrorism (POTO) Bill in the event of the ...
RSS resolution under fire
NEW DELHI, MARCH 19. The resolution passed by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in Bangalore (it said: ``Let the Muslims understand that their real safety lies in the goodwill of the majority'') came in for severe criticism both within and outside ...
Mongia, Yuveraj take the match away from Zimbabwe
The Indian cricket team with the Pepsi Cup after winning the fifth and final one-day international to win the series against Zimbabwe at Guwahati on Tuesday. - Photo: Sushantha Patronobish GUWAHATI, MARCH 19. India did wonderfully well to annex ...
Differences in BJP over Ayodhya, VHP
NEW DELHI, MARCH 19. The sharp divisions within the Bharatiya Janata Party on the Ayodhya issue, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad's aggressive demands on the Ram temple and its attack on the Orissa Assembly were out in the open at its Parliamentary ...
VHP regrets Orissa incident
NEW DELHI, MARCH 19. The Vishwa Hindu Parishad today owned up its acts of vandalism in Bhubaneswar, where its activists and those of the Bajrang Dal and the Durga Vahini had ransacked the Assembly premises. It ``strongly condemned'' the incident ...
DA hike for Central Govt. employees
NEW DELHI, MARCH. 19. The Union Cabinet today decided to grant four per cent additional dearness allowance to Central Government employees and a similar increase in dearness relief for pensioners with effect from January 1. With this, the rate of ...
Pak. may release Jaish, Lashkar leaders
ISLAMABAD, MARCH 19. Confronted with the challenge from extremist elements within the country, the Pakistan President, Pervez Musharraf, appears to have embarked on a new strategy to ``woo'' the leaders of religious parties and ``moderate ...
Pak. expels two Indians
ISLAMABAD, MARCH 19. Pakistan today expelled two staffers of the Indian High Commission on charges of ``spying'' and ordered them to leave the country within a week. The two, Makhan Singh and Pramod Kumar Saxena, assistants in the High ...
Sekhon quits
NEW DELHI, MARCH 19. Air Marshal Manjit Singh Sekhon today resigned, for reportedly seeking political favour. Air Marshal Sekhon, fourth seniormost IAF officer, was immediately removed from his post as Chief of the Southern Air Command, ...
7 Ministers sacked
SHILLONG, MARCH 19. A day after the Congress, a major constituent of the coalition Ministry in Meghalaya, indicated it would pull out, the Chief Minister, F.A. Khonglam, today sacked seven of the 10 Ministers belonging to the party and roped in ...
Collector missing
IMPHAL, MARCH 19. The whereabouts of Yambem Thamkishore, District Collector of Chandel, who was kidnapped by tribal insurgents on Monday, is not known yet. The Chief Minister, Okram Ibobi, will make a statement on the incident in the Assembly ...
SC okays quota in teaching jobs for handicapped
NEW DELHI, MARCH 19. The Supreme Court today directed the Centre and the University Grants Commission (UGC) to provide 3 per cent reservation in identified teaching posts for physically and visually disabled persons. A Bench, comprising ...
Relief for I-T payers?
NEW DELHI, MARCH 19. The BJP spokesman, V. K. Malhotra, today indicated that after the partial rollback in the prices of Liquified Petroleum Gas, relief for income-tax payers in the form of restoration of 20 per cent rebate on savings could be in ...

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