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'Tainted Ministers' issue rocks Parliament again
NEW DELHI, JUNE 8. Parliament had to be adjourned today as the Opposition stepped up its protest over the inclusion of "tainted Ministers" in the Union Council of Ministers. Proceedings were disrupted in both Houses soon after the motion of ...

A rare celestial spectacle
GREENWICH (ENGLAND), JUNE 8. The rare spectacle of a tiny Venus passing across the face of the sun drew sky-gazers across a wide band from Australia to the edge of north America on Tuesday. Many came with a sense of cosmic wonder; some were ...

Law and order situation bad in U.P.: Rahul
JAGDISH PUR (AMETHI), JUNE 8.The Congress Member of Parliament, Rahul Gandhi, today expressed concern over the law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh but said he could do little about it as it was a State subject. The situation was "really ...

Cauvery: Experts coming
NEW DELHI, JUNE 8.A three-member, senior-level technical team of experts is being deputed by the Centre to Tamil Nadu and Karnataka to assess the water availability and requirement situation in the two States. It will leave tomorrow. The ...

No water: Karnataka
BANGALORE, JUNE 8. The Karnataka Minister for Large and Medium-scale Industries, P.G.R. Sindhia, today ruled out releasing Cauvery waters to Tamil Nadu on the ground that the State is facing distress. Speaking to reporters after a Cabinet ...

IIMs submit proposals
NEW DELHI, JUNE 8. The six Indian Institutes of Management today submitted to the Government ``reasonable and comprehensive'' proposals on the fee structure but appeared agreeable to a ``flexible'' need-based scholarship scheme for poor students. ...

Waiting for response
HYDERABAD, JUNE 8.The Andhra Pradesh Government is awaiting the response of the outlawed Peoples War to its offer of peace talks, the Home Minister, K. Jana Reddy, told reporters today. He said the Government would constitute a committee to ...

Banned
NEW YORK, JUNE 8.A 53-year-old Sikh was banned from driving a train because he refused to wear a Transit Authority (TA) cap over his turban. Kevin Harrington, a TA motorman for 20 years, will be reassigned to his new job, of moving trains in a ...

Atwal to be elected today
NEW DELHI, JUNE 8. The Lok Sabha will have a Sikh Deputy Speaker when Charanjit Singh Atwal is elected to the office tomorrow. His election to the post comes within a month of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) naming Manmohan ...

American shot dead
MANAMA, JUNE 8.Gunmen today shot dead an American in Riyadh. The U.S. embassy in Riyadh confirmed the killing. The Arab TV news channel Al-Arabiya said the shooting took place in the Al-Khalij district, in the eastern part of the city. Two days ...



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