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Court urged to expedite Ayodhya case
NEW DELHI, FEB. 17. The Vajpayee Government today used the President's address to the joint session of Parliament to call upon the judiciary to "expedite its work and give an early verdict'' in the Ayodhya dispute. The reference in the ...
Duty on oil products may be cut
NEW DELHI, FEB. 17.With prospects of a strike on Iraq by the United States still looming large, the Government is considering revising excise and import duties on oil products to cushion the impact of a steep rise in world oil prices. The oil ...
Visas for India, Pak. envoys
NEW DELHI, FEB. 17.India and Pakistan have agreed to simultaneously issue visas tomorrow to fill the posts of Deputy High Commissioners which have been "vacant'' since the tit-for-tat expulsions on February 8. From the Indian side, T.C.A. ...
Punjab Ministers ready for probe
CHANDIGARH, FEB. 17.The two Punjab Ministers named in the sex racket in Gujarat today sought a probe by a sitting or retired Supreme Court Judge to inquire into what they described as a "well-planned BJP conspiracy" with an eye on Himachal ...
`POTA cannot be misused'
NEW DELHI, FEB. 17. Contrary to the views held by his predecessor, J.S. Verma, newly-appointed Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), A.S. Anand, today said the controversial POTA did have provisions to safeguard against its ...
SC notice on caging of accused
NEW DELHI, FEB. 17. Taking a serious view of a photograph published in The Hindu on transporting of accused in a cage and brought to court's attention in a petition, the Supreme Court today ordered notice to the Punjab Government for a ...
Airmiss over Nagpur
CHENNAI, FEB. 17. An "airmiss" involving an Indian Airlines Airbus-320 flight and an EVA Air flight was reported over the Nagpur airport this morning. Sources in the IA and National Airports Division of the Airports Authority of India told ...
Akademi chief
NEW DELHI, FEB.17. In one of the most politically-charged elections for the post of president of Sahitya Akademi, Gopichand Narang, a well-known Urdu literary critic, defeated Jnanpith award winner, Mahashweta Devi, here today. The contest saw ...
Five shot dead
PATNA, FEB.17. Barely a day after the killing of seven upper caste persons in Bihar's Nawada district, unidentified gunmen shot dead five people under Barh police station in Patna district today, the DIG (Provision), Rituraj, told PTI here. ...
Umpire voices concern
JOHANNESBURG, FEB. 17. English World Cup umpire Peter Willey is worried about handling two games in Zimbabwe now that the England team has decided not to go there, championship officials said on Monday. According to David Richardson, general ...
Irate cricket fans continue to vent anger
KOLKATA, FEB. 17. A mob of about 50 youths today burnt the effigy of the skipper of the Indian cricket team, Sourav Ganguly, and torched the pictures of other players. Carrying pictures of Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag, and shouting ...

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