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    Our people want us to move forward: Manmohan
    PORT LOUIS, MARCH 30.``When politicians meet they cannot confine their discussions to the state of the weather.'' This was the response of the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, to a question from a mediaperson on whether he would discuss the ...

    Mixed response to strike call against VAT
    NEW DELHI, MARCH 30. The three-day countrywide strike called by trade associations against the implementation of the new Value Added Tax (VAT) regime from April 1 evoked a "mixed" response on the first day today. While the wholesale and other ...

    India may insist on co-production of F-16s
    PORT LOUIS, MARCH 30.The National Security Adviser, M.K. Narayanan, said today that India may ask for a co-production deal should the issue of buying the U.S-built F-16 or F-18 fighter aircraft come up. Mr. Narayanan, who is accompanying the ...

    Gujarat BJP chief called to Delhi
    AHMEDABAD, MARCH 30: In a move that has surprised political observers, the Gujarat BJP president, Rajendrasinh Rana, was summoned to New Delhi on the eve of the all-important meeting of dissident leaders with the party president, L.K. Advani. ...

    Bus to Muzaffarabad will be safe, says Patil
    NEW DELHI, MARCH 30. The Union Home Minister, Shivraj Patil, today asserted that all steps would be taken to ensure a safe journey for passengers on the inaugural bus service between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad on April 7. "We are looking into all ...

    India, China hold border talks
    SINGAPORE, MARCH 30. India and China today held high-level talks in Beijing on their border dispute under the framework of the Joint Working Group [JWG]. The parleys will continue tomorrow. The Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister, Wu Dawei, and the ...

    Permanent seat: Maldives fully backs India
    NEW DELHI, MARCH 30. The Maldives today announced that it would extend ``full support'' to India's entry into the United Nations' Security Council as a permanent member. ``I have accordingly assured the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, of our full ...

    Fast track courts to continue functioning till April 30
    NEW DELHI, MARCH 30. The Supreme Court today came to the rescue of 1,700 centrally funded fast track courts (FTCs) by directing their continuance till April 30. These courts across the country faced closure after March 31 due to non-allocation of ...

    Quake again
    NEW DELHI, MARCH 30. A 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck the west coast of Northern Sumatra tonight, but no loss of life or property was reported. The epicentre was at 3.6 degree north latitude and 95.4 degree east longitude. — ...

    Dance bars to be shut down in Maharashtra
    MUMBAI, MARCH 30. Dance bars in Maharashtra, except in Mumbai, are being ordered to close down immediately since they had "ruptured the cultural fabric of the State and the Government had lacked the wherewithal to enforce rules that governed ...

    O.V. Vijayan passes away
    HYDERABAD, MARCH 30. The Malayalam writer and political cartoonist, O.V. Vijayan, died here today. He was 74. Vijayan made an impact on an entire generation with his epic novel Khasakinte Ithihasam (The Legend of Khasak). The body was ...

    LIC staff strike today
    NEW DELHI, MARCH 30.The employees of LIC will go on strike tomorrow to press for higher salaries. The All-India Insurance Employees' Association has called the strike, demanding wage revision due since August 1, 2002. — ...



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