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Chandrachud panel report on match-fixing tabled in LS
The nearly three-year-old report of the Chandrachud Committee on match-fixing, termed as a ``whitewash'' job in cricket circles, was placed in the Lok Sabha today with the Government assuring the House that it would take ``all legal measures'' to get to the bottom of the truth and not ``hesitate'' to order a detailed investigation by any agency.

Bacher makes more claims
The chairman of the United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCBSA), Dr. Ali Bacher, has claimed that two matches during last year's World Cup were fixed, one international team was throwing and manipulating matches and an umpire was under suspicion.

No stakes for foreign airlines in domestic sector
The Task Force on Infrastructure, headed by the Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, Mr. K. C. Pant, today decided to drop the controversial proposal on participation of foreign airlines in the equity of the domestic airlines.

Rollback tug of war continues
There was no sign today of the Government being ready to soften the blow it has already delivered in the matter of cut in food and fertilizer subsidies, the hike in prices of cooking gas and kerosene, and the more recent cuts in interest rates on public provident fund.

'Ready to face armsdrop bid'
The Defence Minister, Mr. George Fernandes, today informed the Lok Sabha that the Army was prepared to deal with any situation if Pakistan attempted to airdrop arms for militants in Jammu and Kashmir as apprehended by the Chief Minister, Dr. Farooq Abdullah.

More equal than others?
If Mr. Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, senior most member of the Rashtriya Janata Dal in the Lok Sabha, had his way the honourable members of Parliament would rather not go through the security routine at the airports that is prescribed for the ordinary citizens.

PM 'back to work'
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, is reasonably well and attended to his office work today. On Wednesday, Mr. Vajpayee could not take part in the debate in the Lok Sabha as he was feeling unwell; and, predictably, the officials were keen on downplaying his illness. Today, the same officials were keen on playing up ``the PM is back to work'' theme.

Pak ordinance on women
The Military Government of Gen Pervez Musharraf has removed a long-standing discrimination against Pakistani women whose children are denied the citizenship if they marry foreign men.

11 Nepalis killed
The United People's Democratic Solidarity, a militant group operating in the Karbi Anglong district, has gunned down 11 civilians, all Nepalis, in two separate incidents yesterday.

India needs major effort to enter Security Council
As the efforts to expand the United Nations Security Council gather an unexpected momentum, diplomatic observers here say India will have to launch an all-out offensive to gain a permanent seat at the high table.

 Ranil meets PM
The Leader of the Opposition in the Sri Lankan Parliament, Mr. Ranil Wickremasinghe, today called on the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, and discussed with him regional, international and issues of mutual interest.

Three killed in CPI(M)-TC feud
Three persons, including two leaders, were killed in attacks and counter-attacks between activists of CPI(M) and Trinamool Congress (TC) in Kanksa area of Barddhaman district.

Jamia students continue strike
Students of the Jamia Millia Islamia did not call off their strike today, despite an assurance by the Lt. Governor, Mr. Vijai Kapoor, and the Delhi Police Commissioner, Mr. Ajai Raj Sharma, that the cases registered against some of them would be withdrawn.

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