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Court vacates stay on Rajya Sabha polls
NEW DELHI, JUNE 9. The Supreme Court today cleared the decks for the Election Commission to hold elections to the Rajya Sabha for filling 65 vacancies from 14 States by vacating the interim order passed on June 4. The order had restrained the ...

New schedule
NEW DELHI, JUNE 9. Following the Supreme Court order lifting the stay on the Rajya Sabha elections, the Election Commission tonight announced a new schedule for the polls, which will be held on June 28, if necessary. The last date for filing ...

Pranab clears the air on Kargil
NEW DELHI, JUNE 9. The Defence Minister, Pranab Mukherjee, today cleared the air on the controversy surrounding media reports related to the Kargil war, saying that "despite the Army asking for the deployment of air power from May 8, 1999, the ...

Atwal elected Deputy Speaker
NEW DELHI, JUNE 9.The Shiromani Akali Dal leader, Charanjit Singh Atwal, was unanimously elected the Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha today. Mr. Atwal's name was proposed by the former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and seconded by the ...

Mulayam's poser to Congress
PRATAPGARH, JUNE 9. The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Mulayam Singh Yadav, said today that the Congress should first look into the law and order situation in Delhi. Mr. Singh's reaction came in the wake of the Congress MP, Rahul Gandhi's ...

Militants in mosque
SRINAGAR, JUNE 9.Two militants continued to remain holed up inside a mosque even as one of their associates and a security jawan were killed in a shootout with the Border Security Force in Anantnag district. The firing between the two sides has ...

Cinema blast
GUWAHATI, JUNE 9.At least 23 persons were injured, eight of them seriously, when suspected ULFA militants lobbed a grenade in a cinema hall in Tinsukia in upper Assam today. ``Twentythree persons were injured when militants hurled a grenade ...

Maoist attack
KATHMANDU, JUNE 9.Maoist rebels today exploded a bomb in the Modern Indian School near here causing heavy damage after it defied a strike call by the rebels. At least 20 armed rebels stormed the school and detonated a bomb. PTI ...

Sworn in
NEW DELHI, JUNE 9.B.L. Joshi was today sworn in the 18th Lt. Governor of Delhi. The retired Rajasthan cadre IPS officer said he had come with a ``dream and commitment'' to coordinate in making the Capital a ``beautiful city." Addressing ...

Ruled out
DUBAI, JUNE 9. The BCCI president, Jagmohan Dalmiya, today ruled out the possibility of a one-day series against Pakistan in India or Sharjah this year. ``We are hard pressed to sort out our own commitments this year,'' he ...

Two shot dead
PATNA, JUNE 9.Two passengers were shot dead by unidentified gunmen inside an AC-2-tier coach of the Howrah-Danapur Express between Bakhtiarpur and Khusrupur stations, about 40 km from here, early this morning. Anil Yadav and Vijay Yadav were ...

Laloo gives up Madhepura seat
NEW DELHI, JUNE 9. The Railway Minister, Laloo Prasad Yadav, has decided to give up the Madhepura Lok Sabha seat and retain the Chapra seat. He won from both the constituencies, but under the rules he can retain only one of them. The Lok Sabha ...



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