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Tribals shifting loyalties
RAIPUR, APRIL 25.The gradual shift in loyalty by tribals of Chhattisgarh from the Congress is likely to earn the saffron party rich dividends in the Lok Sabha polls, thanks to the efforts of Sangh Parivar outfits to enthuse `Hindutva' passion in ...

Where are the jobs, ask Rohtak residents
ROHTAK, APRIL 25.Increasing unemployment, underemployment, escalating cost of agriculture and privatisation of education, which has taken it out of the reach of the common man, has made the residents of Rohtak a worried lot these days. These ...

Tough fight for Orissa veterans
BHUBANESWAR, APRIL 25.The fate of several political heavyweights of Orissa will be decided when the remaining 10 Lok Sabha seats and 70 Assembly segments of the State go to the polls in the second phase on Monday. The electioneering for the ...

`New political alignment may be in the offing'
PONDICHERRY, APRIL 25. There is possibility of an alignment between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Pattali Makkal Katchi, in case a BJP-led government is formed at the Centre, the Rashtriya Lok Dal's candidate for Pondicherry, G. ...

Man succumbs to injuries
PONDICHERRY, APRIL 25. Srinivasan (55) of Azhiyur in Nettapakkam commune panchayat limits, who was assaulted by one, Balu, succumbed to his injuries here on Saturday. Police said the incident occurred some days ago, when Balu demanded ...

New diagnostic centre
PONDICHERRY, APRIL 25. The Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) at Kanagachettikulam in Lawspet Assembly constituency has started a City Centre on Nehru Street for diagnosis before referring patients to the hospital for advanced and ...

Third Front to form next Govt.: Ajit Singh
JAIPUR, APRIL 25.The president of Rashtriya Lok Dal, Ajit Singh, today claimed that the "third front'' would form the next Government in the Centre after the Lok Sabha elections, even though the front did not formally exist at present. "Neither ...

A day's programme for Vajpayee, Sonia
JAIPUR, APRIL 25.The Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and the Congress president, Sonia Gandhi, will have their first election campaign meetings in Rajasthan during the current season this coming week. Both the leaders are coming for a day. ...

Uttar Pradesh
BJP struggling to retain seats in eastern U.P.
LUCKNOW, APRIL 25.The Bharatiya Janata Party has been faced with an uphill task to retain its position in eastern Uttar Pradesh slated to go to polls tomorrow from where the party had captured 13 of 32 seats in the 1999 Lok Sabha elections. BJP ...

Staff shortage hampers Government functioning
LUCKNOW, APRIL 25. As Uttar Pradesh gears itself to face the first round of elections tomorrow, deployment of officials from various government departments, particularly traffic police, on poll duty has created a peculiar problem here. Almost ...

Bollywood glamour challenges Nawabi fortress
RAMPUR (UTTAR PRADESH), APRIL 25. For a title clash between an ``outsider'' actress and a local royalty, Rampur seems an unlikely podium. For, this dusty rural segment that holds the distinction of being perhaps the only constituency in the ...

Missing Samajwadi Party candidate returns
RANCHI, APRIL 25.Samajwadi Party candidate for Ranchi seat, Ali Raza Zaidi, missing since Friday night, walked into a police station today alleging he had gone into hiding after facing pressure to withdraw from the polls. ``After giving us ...

Foreigners trapped near Nanda Devi
DEHRA DUN, APRIL 25.Four mountaineers from abroad have been stranded near the Nanda Devi peak in Pithoragarh district of Uttaranchal for the last week after a mishap, and their rescue is being thwarted by bad weather, official sources said today. ...

Heat wave dries up Pithoragarh
PITHORAGARH, APRIL 25.A village in Uttaranchal faces acute drinking water crisis as natural sources have dried up due to severe heat wave in the hilly region. Just as the summer sets in, around 200 families living in Pithoragarh district trudge ...

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