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Chidambaram gets Finance, Defence for Pranab
NEW DELHI, MAY 23. Shivraj Patil is the new Union Home Minister and P. Chidambaram the Finance Minister. Pranab Mukherjee will be the Defence Minister and K. Natwar Singh the External Affairs Minister. The Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, late ...

DMK Ministers not to take charge
CHENNAI, MAY 24. In a late night development, the seven Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Union Ministers decided not to assume office. The DMK chief, M. Karunanidhi, said in a statement that this was because the portfolios allocated to the ...

28 killed in J&K mine blast
LOWER MUNDA (SOUTH KASHMIR), MAY 23. In a major attack, militants detonated a powerful improvised explosive device (IED) when a Border Security Force (BSF) convoy was passing through the Srinagar-Jammu national highway, killing 28 persons — ...

Left parties defer decision on Speaker
NEW DELHI, MAY 23. The Left parties today deferred a decision on whether or not to accept the Congress' offer to the CPI (M) leader, Somnath Chatterjee, to take up the post of the Speaker of the Lok Sabha. The Left parties, which will meet again ...

Nuclear CBM talks put off
NEW DELHI, MAY 23.The expert-level India-Pakistan talks on nuclear confidence building measures (CBMs), scheduled to be held in New Delhi on May 25-26, have been postponed following a request from the new Union Government. A Pakistan Foreign ...

M.P. gesture to gas victims
BHOPAL, MAY 23.The Madhya Pradesh Minister for Local Self Government, Bhopal Gas Tragedy Relief and Rehabilitation, Housing and Environment, Babulal Gaur, today announced that the State Government would give free treatment to all the victims of ...

Tension in Jhargram
MIDNAPORE (W.B.), MAY 23.Tension prevailed in Jhargram area of West Midnapore district a day after post-poll violence in which a panchayat official was burnt to death in retaliation for the killing of a local CPI (M) leader. The situation in ...

Bandopadhyay to float party
KOLKATA, MAY 23.The expelled Nationalist Trinamool Congress leader and former MP, Sudip Bandopadhyay, today said he would decide on rejoining the Congress within a month if his current efforts to float a new party — Democratic Trinamool ...

New German President
BERLIN, MAY 23.Horst Koehler, a former head of the International Monetary Fund who advocates bolder economic reforms in Germany, was elected today as the country's ninth post-war President. Nominated by opposition conservatives, Koehler ...



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