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EC wants vigil against moneybags in RS polls
Taking cognisance of media reports on the possible role of moneybags in influencing the Rajya Sabha biennial elections tomorrow, the Election Commission has urged the Union Finance Ministry to keep vigil and prevent the misuse of money power.

Fears of cross-voting in Uttar Pradesh
The political atmosphere here is extremely vitiated on the eve of the Rajya Sabha biennial elections as reports speak of largescale attempts to encourage cross-voting in rival camps. A two-way exercise of influencing voters in the rival camps and simultaneously trying to keep their own flock together is under way, the latter part proving more daunting. Observers suggest the possibility of cross-voting in almost every political camp.

 Walsh betters Kapil's record
West Indies pace bowler, Courtney Walsh, became test cricket's leading wicket-taker when he set a new record of 435 wickets.

Akal Takht Jathedar 'sacked'
On a day of dramatic developments in the religio- political affairs of the Sikh community, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) today ``sacked'' Giani Puran Singh as Jathedar of Akal Takht.

India all set to woo Turkey
In an effort to reach out to the Islamic world, India is getting ready to build a new political partnership with Turkey which has long been an important ally of Pakistan.

Pak. extremist groups 'being brought to conference table'
The Pakistani Interior Minister, Lt. Gen. Moinuddin Haider (retd.), has said that all ``extremist religious groups'' in the country would be ``brought'' to the conference table and negotiations with these groups were on.

Former PMs meet, give vent to anxieties
Four former Prime Ministers got together in the capital to share their anxieties about various issues confronting the nation and said their next move would depend on the response to their concern from various sections of society.

Panel attacks attempts to 'saffronise' education
The standing committee on Human Resource Development Ministry, currently in session here, has taken serious note of attempts to ``saffronise'' academic institutions and rewrite textbooks with members saying that the liberal character of the education system, guaranteed in the Constitution, is under siege.

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