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SC rejects Centre's plea to lift ban on religious activities
NEW DELHI, MARCH 31. The Supreme Court today dealt a severe blow to the Centre's efforts to hand over the 67.703 acres of "undisputed land" to a trust or an organisation for construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya, by ordering that the "status ...
Petition against excavation dismissed
NEW DELHI, MARCH 31. The Supreme Court today dismissed a writ petition seeking a direction to stop forthwith the excavation work at the "disputed site" in Ayodhya going on from March 12. A Bench, comprising Justice S. Rajendra Babu and Justice ...
Baghdad homes bombed
BAGHDAD, MARCH 31. Six Iraqi civilians were killed and dozens wounded by a U.S.-led coalition bombing in a residential neighbourhood here today. And a low-flying plane launched two missiles that crashed into the Iraqi President, Saddam Hussein's ...
Remarks on Iraqi TV cost NBC journalist his job
WASHINGTON, MARCH 31. News correspondent Peter Arnett, who won the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the Vietnam War for the Associated Press, has been sacked by NBC after he suggested on Iraqi television that the U.S. war plan had failed. ...
Exim policy focusses on exports in services sector
NEW DELHI, MARCH 31. In the backdrop of the ominous economic impact of the United States-led war on Iraq, the Export-Import Policy 2003-04 seeks to focus on the sunrise services sector of software, entertainment, health and tourism to boost ...
Delhi HC judge resigns
NEW DELHI, MARCH. 31.It is understood that Justice S. Mukherjee of the Delhi High Court has resigned. He submitted his resignation to the President, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, today. However, when High Court senior officials were contacted over ...
Centre, J&K to fight terrorism jointly
NEW DELHI, MARCH 31. The Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir Government today unanimously agreed "that the work of providing the sinews for the fight against terrorism is of both the State Government and the Centre, and that the State Government ...
More DA for Central staff
NEW DELHI, MARCH 31. The Union Cabinet today decided on a three per cent increase in the dearness allowance for its in-service personnel and a similar raise in dearness relief for pensioners. With this, the rate of DA and DR would go up from 52 ...
EC guidelines
NEW DELHI, MARCH 31. In keeping with the recent Supreme Court judgment, the Election Commission today issued revised directions, making it mandatory for candidates to declare their educational background, assets and criminal antecedents while ...
Bandh evokes mixed response
NEW DELHI, MARCH 31.The nation-wide two-day bandh by traders against the introduction of the Value Added Tax evoked a mixed response today. The bandh was claimed to be a big success in Delhi and some Northern States, but ``moderate'' and ...
POTA: fresh affidavit filed
NEW DELHI, MARCH 31.The Union Government today approached the Supreme Court with a fresh affidavit seeking to delete two paragraphs in its earlier one accusing the MDMK leader, Vaiko, of indulging in activities banned under POTA. — ...
SBI hikes rate
MUMBAI, MARCH 31.The State Bank of India has revised upwards interest rates on short-term domestic deposits by 0.25 per cent. The rate payable to deposits of maturity seven to 14 days has increased to 4.25 per cent (four per cent earlier) with ...



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