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 Tight security for Bihar polls
Amid tight security, the elections to elect a new Bihar Assembly begin tomorrow. The first phase of polling covering 108 constituencies of south and central Bihar assumes significance from the point of naxalite-related violence as also because aspirants for the State's top job are in the fray.

Pak. troop build-up being studied: Air Chief
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal A. Y. Tipnis, today said that the security agencies were determining the exact intent behind the Pakistani build-up across the Line of Control, but pointed out that there was no cause for any ``undue anxiety''.

 BJP cautious over RSS issue
The Bharatiya Janata Party today decided to take a step back in caution and lower the rising political temperature in the ongoing controversy on allowing Government servants to get membership and participate in the activities of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

Let us bring round India, Pak on CTBT: U.S. tells Russia
The U.S. Secretary of state, Ms. Madeleine Albright, has urged Russia to work with the U.S. in bringing India and Pakistan ``back from the nuclear precipice'' and making them sign the CTBT as they both (U.S. And Russia) have ``powerful reasons'' and ``interest'' to attain these goals.

Laloo down but not out in Central Bihar
Even as the campaign for the first phase of the elections came to an end, the people in this high profile constituency neighbouring Patna, from where Mr. Laloo Prasad Yadav is seeking entry to the State Assembly, hardly displayed any interest at the polls.

It is BJP vs rest in South Bihar
It is advantage BJP in the southern part of Bihar - popularly known as Jharkhand region - even as the curtains came down on Thursday evening for 69 of the 81 Assembly segments which will have polling in the first phase of election in the State tomorrow.

Rebels hold the key in western Orissa
Western Orissa's main business hub, Sambalpur, and its surrounding areas have not changed much during the past five years. Except for the butter-smooth L&T road connecting this town with Rourkela and the rail link between this town and Bhubaneswar, the Lok Sabha constituency with seven Assembly segments has nothing new to flaunt.

BOB chief not appointed as per law: HC
A Division Bench of the Madras High Court has upheld a single judge's order, holding that the reappointment of Mr. S. Srinivasan as Chairman of the Bharat Overseas Bank (BOB) was not in accordance with the provisions of the Banking Regulation Act.

Trinamul to sue Bengal CPI(M) leader
The Trinamul Congress is planning to file a Rs. 100-crore defamation suit against the CPI(M) politburo member and the West Bengal State CPI(M) secretary Mr. Anil Biswas, for calling the party chief, Ms. Mamata Banerjee ``mentally deranged''.

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