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Opposition walkout in LS over price hike
The Opposition, with the tacit support of several National Democratic Alliance (NDA) partners, demanded in Parliament today a rollback of the recent price hike saying it had particularly hit the farmers and the very poor. In the Lok Sabha, members of the Trinamool Congress, Telugu Desam Party, Samata Party and JD(U) - all allies of the Government - nodded their heads when the Opposition claimed their support arguing that the issue cut across party lines.

 Wall Street 'virus' infects Asia
Rattled by last week's record losses on Wall Street, Asia's top three stock markets fell sharply today, leaving some investors worried that the bubble might have finally burst on New York's exchanges.

 Cook praises India for Lahore process
Proclaiming a natural partnership with India in the new century, the visiting British Foreign Secretary, Mr. Robin Cook, moved the United Kingdom today closer to India on finding a way to reduce tensions between India and Pakistan over Kashmir.

Kishan Kumar shifted to AIIMS
Film actor Kishan Kumar, who was arrested by Enforcement Directorate officers last week for his alleged involvement in the cricket betting and match-fixing scandal, was shifted from the Apollo Hospital to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences here this evening on the direction of a court.

Lathicharge on lawyers not warranted: HC
The Delhi High Court said today that lawyers did not have a right to strike as it infringed on the fundamental rights of the litigants to speedy trial.

Ghani Khan summoned
The Congress(I) has adopted a cautious approach towards its increasingly belligerent West Bengal leaders. The party president, Ms. Sonia Gandhi, has summoned the West Bengal unit chief, Mr. Ghani Khan Chaudhary, to Delhi for talks.

Narayanan calls for convention to fight international terrorism
The President, Mr. K. R. Narayanan, today called for joint efforts by India and France for building a strong and multi-faceted bilateral relationship. In the new emerging India, according to him, ``the genius of France will find enormous opportunities for meaningful cooperation in the fields of investment, trade and enterprise.''

Debate on future role of IMF
The International Monetary Fund has said that its deliberations had taken place against the backdrop of a ``growing public debate'' about the directions in which the Fund and other international financial institutions should evolve to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing economic environment.

 Vajpayee promises to liberalise promotion avenues for Dalits
In a move aimed at wooing the Scheduled Castes, and Scheduled Tribes, the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, today announced that the NDA-led Government would bring forward legislation in the current session of Parliament to amend the Constitution to expedite the process of promotions for this category which had faced neglect for the past 50 years.

Ultras demand 1 cr. ransom
The Hmar People's Convention (Democrats) militants have demanded Rs. 1 crore as ransom for the release of the six employees of the North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Ltd, held captive since March 31, a top state official said today.

Britain assures help for Indian economic reforms
The British Foreign Secretary, Mr. Robin Cook, today assured his country's support and assistance to India's economic reforms programme, especially in areas of competition policy and privatisation.

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