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    A `non-partisan' visit to Mauritius
    NEW DELHI, MARCH 29. This is cyclone season in the small, picturesque island of Mauritius in the south-west Indian Ocean. Not more than 50 km at its widest, the island often comes in the track of a train of cyclones that swirl across the tropical ...

    Chidambaram's allegations totally baseless: Jayalalithaa
    The following is the statement of the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, issued on March 29, 2005: Mr. P. Chidambaram, Union Minister of Finance has, as is his wont, on his weekend sojourn in Tamil Nadu, made some allegations ...

    Revisit labour policies: Minister
    NEW DELHI, MARCH 29. The Union Labour and Employment Minister, K. Chandrasekhar Rao, has asked employers to take greater responsibility for providing financial compensation to workers who might face greater uncertainty, while making labour laws ...

    Support to UPA Government not in perpetuity: Bardhan
    CHANDIGARH, MARCH 29. Setting the pace for its 19th party congress, the Communist Party of India, today cautioned the United Progressive Alliance Government that the Left parties could part ways with it, if it continued to deviate from the Common ...

    F-16 offer to Pakistan an impediment to peace: CPI
    CHANDIGARH, MARCH 29. The Communist Party of India today said the U.S. offer to sell F-16 fighter planes to Pakistan would fuel an arms race and comes at a time when peace talks between India and Pakistan were progressing well. The CPI general ...

    Cabinet panel clears defence purchases
    NEW DELHI, MARCH 29.The Cabinet Committee on Security has cleared a number of defence purchases, including the acquisition of 11 Dornier 228 aircraft at a cost of Rs. 726 crores for maritime surveillance purposes, the Defence Minister, Pranab ...

    Gujarat BJP dissidents unrelenting
    AHMEDABAD, MARCH 29.Dissident leaders in the state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today reiterated their demand for the removal of the Chief Minister, Narendra Modi. This is significant in the light of moves on Mr. Modi's part for a reconciliation. ...

    Action plan on good governance: panel stresses need for blueprint
    NEW DELHI, MARCH 29. There was a broad consensus within the Standing Committee of the Inter-State Council today over preparing a "Blueprint of Action Plan on Good Governance," including electoral reforms, to provide for State funding of elections ...

    Mehbooba, Omar Abdullah to board bus
    SRINAGAR, MARCH 29. An all-party delegation is preparing to board the first bus to Muzaffarabad on April 7 as the Government of India has already forwarded the names of delegation members to the Government of Pakistan for approval. The delegation ...

    Why Monday's quake did not produce big tsunami?
    CHENNAI, MARCH 29. The 8.7 magnitude earthquake that struck off the Sumatra coast on Monday has raised several questions. Was it an aftershock of the December 26 quake that killed hundreds of thousands or was it an earthquake in its own right? ...

    U.S. starting arms race in South Asia: Jaswant Singh
    NEW DELHI, MARCH 29. The former External Affairs Minister, Jaswant Singh, today charged the U.S. Government with promoting the ``commercial interests of its industrial-military complex'' and starting ``an arms race in South Asia'' by deciding to ...

    Modi meets Vajpayee
    NEW DELHI, MARCH 29. The Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi, met the former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, for about 45 minutes this evening. Although officially the meeting was described as a "courtesy call," party sources indicated ...

    Committed to resolving issues with Pakistan: Manmohan
    NEW DELHI, MARCH 29.The Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, said today that he looked forward to his meeting with the Pakistani President, Pervez Musharraf, in the capital next month. India was committed to finding a "lasting solution" to all ...

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