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CEC rejects concept of simultaneous polls
NEW DELHI, AUG. 5. The Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), J.M. Lyngdoh, today rejected the concept of simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly elections. Though feasible, he maintained that it was not according to the Constitution, and said elections ...


Not influencing CBI: PM
NEW DELHI, AUG. 5. The Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee, today denied the Opposition charge that his Government was trying to influence the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to ``drop'' the conspiracy charge against the Deputy Prime ...
Blast rocks Jakarta hotel
SINGAPORE, AUG. 5.Ten persons were killed and over 90 injured when a bomb blast shook a luxury hotel in Jakarta today. Authorities said the toll in the suspected case of "suicide bombing'' in the Indonesian capital might go up. The carnage at ...
Residues of toxic pesticides in 12 soft drink brands: CSE
NEW DELHI, AUG. 5. The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) today announced that 12 soft drink brands collected for testing from in and around Delhi contained residues of four extremely toxic pesticides and insecticides — lindane, DDT, ...
MPs take up Ibrahim case
NEW DELHI, AUG. 5.Picking up the cudgels for C. Ibrahim, India-born Pakistani passport-holder now in the custody of the Kerala police, MPs from the State in both Houses of Parliament today sought the Centre's intervention in his case and other ...
Quake jolts Gujarat
AHMEDABAD, AUG. 5. Panic gripped several parts of Gujarat today as an earthquake measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale jolted the State, including Kutch which was the worst hit by an earthquake over two years ago which killed more than 20,000 ...
Five killed in copter crash
SRINAGAR, AUG. 5. Five persons, including four pilgrims, were killed and one injured when a helicopter ferrying them from the Amarnath cave shrine crashed today about 10 minutes before it was to land at the Nehru helipad, apparently after hitting ...
Sentenced
ISLAMABAD, AUG. 5. A Swiss court has handed down the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto, and her husband, Asif Zardari, a six-month suspended sentence and fined them $50,000 each in a pre-shipment inspection case, their lawyer ...
2 AI flights to China
MUMBAI, AUG. 5.Air-India will start two flights to China from December linking Shanghai and Mumbai. The flights will operate on the Mumbai-New Delhi-Bangkok-Shanghai sector. The Chinese carrier, East China, is already operating a weekly service ...
Proceedings stayed
LUCKNOW, AUG. 5. The Allahabad High Court today passed an interim order staying till September 24 the proceedings in the Special CBI Court trying the Ayodhya demolition cases against the 26 accused. Justice N.K. Mehrotra of the High Court's ...



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