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Mayawati rules out alliance with Congress
LUCKNOW, MARCH 13. The Bahujan Samaj Party leader, Mayawati, today once again ruled out the possibility of an electoral alliance with the Congress and declared that her party would go it alone in the Lok Sabha elections. Addressing party ...

India clinches thriller against Pakistan
KARACHI, MARCH 13. Rahul Dravid fell one run short of a deserved century today as India held on to defend its best ever total of 349 for seven against Pakistan and win the opening one-day international of the first full tour of its rival ...

INTERVIEW
"If I had wanted... I would have become PM in 1991"
Taking time off her hectic election schedule, Congress President and the Leader of the Opposition Sonia Gandhi gave her first full length interview to the print media to senior political analyst Neerja Chowdhury. The interview was completed in two si ttings at Mrs Gandhi's residence at 10, Janpath earlier this week, and lasted over two hours. A relaxed Mrs Gandhi answered questions on a wide range of issues, from the political to the personal. She talked about why she came into politics; whether she is a candidate for prime ministership; her party's prospects in the coming elections; her relationship with her husband Rajiv Gandhi and mother-in-law Indira Gandhi; and the controversy over her foreign origins. Excerpts:

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And the winner is... ah, well, cricket!
AT DAWN on Saturday morning, you might have been excused if you had looked West for the rising sun. It was that sort of a day. For a few weeks now, there has been so much hype about how special this day is going to be that you might have almost ...

No tie-up with Congress: SP
LUCKNOW, MARCH 13. The Samajwadi Party today closed its doors to the Congress for any tie-up in the Lok Sabha polls. Hours after the BSP president, Mayawati, ruled out alliance with the Congress, the Samajwadi Party general secretary, Amar ...

Sangma merges faction with Trinamool
NEW DELHI, MARCH 13. The Purno Sangma breakaway faction of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) today announced its merger with the Trinamool Congress of Mamata Banerjee and formed the "Nationalist Trinamool Congress." The decision came less ...

Vajpayee, Sonia congratulate Ganguly
NEW DELHI, MARCH 13. The Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, today congratulated the Indian cricket team on its thrilling victory over Pakistan in the first one-day international at Karachi, Pakistan. According to officials in the Prime ...

Direct roaming for Indian mobile phones in Pakistan
NEW DELHI, MARCH 13. The Government today eased the problems of frequent travellers to Pakistan by permitting direct roaming for Indian mobile phones in Pakistan for a limited period of four months. Subscribers to Pakistan's sole mobile service ...

V.C. Shukla joins BJP
NEW DELHI, MARCH 13.The former Union Minister, V.C. Shukla, today merged his Rashtriya Janatantrik Dal in the Bharatiya Janata Party and admitted that the Emergency, during which he was a prominent player, was a "mistake." Another significant ...

Killed in blast
BAGHDAD, MARCH 13.The brother-in-law of a Shia Muslim member of Iraq's interim Governing Council was killed in a bomb attack in Baghdad's Karrada shopping district today. ``Haidar al-Qizwini was Dr. Ibrahim al-Jaffari's brother-in-law,'' an ...

Delinquents flee homes
PATNA, MARCH 13. Eighty-eight boys escaped from two remand homes in Bihar on Friday night. While 76 delinquents escaped from their Patna home, a dozen fled from the one in Ara, headquarters of Bhoj district. Twelve of the delinquents have been ...

India loses to Pakistan
MADRID, MARCH 13.Pakistan beat India 4-2 to finish third in the men's hockey Olympics qualifying tournament here today.

— PTI





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