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Cabinet nod for fresh probe into anti-Sikh riots
A fresh judicial probe into the November 1984 anti-Sikh riots by a retired Supreme Court judge is among the several decisions taken by the Union Cabinet which met here today.

U.S. asks China to resume talks with Dalai Lama
The U.S. has called upon China to resume dialogue with Tibetan spiritual leader, Dalai Lama, to preserve Tibet's unique cultural heritage following reports that Beijing had launched a crackdown on the Tsurphu Monastery in Lhasa which the 17th Karmapa fled.

Irked judge transfers Sharif case to junior
In a dramatic development, the judge hearing the hijacking case against the ousted Pakistani Prime Minister, Mr. Nawaz Sharif, announced today in open court in Karachi that he could not hear the matter and transferred it to be heard by a junior colleague.

 Inputs from India critical: WTO chief
India's ``extremely strong views'' opposing linkage of trade to the social clause will be conveyed to the developed countries such as the U.S. and the European Union, according to the Director General of the World Trade Organisation Mr.Mike Moore.

`No dumping ground for second hand cars'
The Industry and Commerce Minister, Mr. Murasoli Maran, today allayed the industry's concerns regarding large scale dumping of imported cars. He said, ``the Government will consider all aspects of safety, pollution norms and valuation. Under no circumstances, shall we permit India to become a second hand dumping ground for junks''.

Army camp attacked
In yet another ``suicidal'' attack on security forces, the militants this evening barged into the sector headquarter of Rashtriya Rifles (RR) in south Kashmir town of Anantnag. One militant was killed and an Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) jawan injured in the encounter.

 New EC appointed
Mr. T.S. Krishna Murthy, Secretary, Department of Company Affairs, is the new Election Commissioner in place of Mr. G.V.G.Krishnamurty who retired on September 30 last.

Tibetans waiting for India's move
With the issue of granting political asylum to the 17th Karmapa threatening to snowball into a major controversy, the Tibetan government-in-exile is now mounting pressure on the Indian Government to recognise the presence of the 17th Karampa and grant him asylum.

Not projecting anyone as CM in polls, says Cong.
The Congress will not project chief ministerial candidates in any of the four States where Assembly elections are to be held next month. The party spokesman, Mr. Ajit Jogi, refuted the statement of the party's Orissa unit spokesman that Mr. J.B. Patnaik, former Chief Minister and now the OPCC president, would be projected as the chief ministerial candidate.

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