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 Probe ordered into arms depot fire: Blast continues
The Army has instituted a high- level court of inquiry under Major-General C.B.Suku to look into the causes of the devastating fire that broke out at the Bharatpur Ammunition Depot on Friday.

Fernandes briefs PM
The Defence Minister, Mr. George Fernandes, who visited Bharatpur today briefed the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, about the fire which destroyed nearly 10,000 tonnes of ammunition in a key explosives dump of the Army's Southern Command.

E.C. reforms agenda comes a cropper
Consensus eluded all the major items on the electoral agenda, including reservation for women in the Lok Sabha and State Assemblies, at the all-party meeting convened by the Election Commission here today.

 Relief workers succumb to sunstroke
Even before the controversy over ``starvation deaths'' has died down, two more people are reported to have died in Gujarat while participating in scarcity relief works.

Khurana defiant, BJP hints at further action
The Khurana episode in the BJP seems headed for the Waghela and Kalyan Singh path with a defiant Mr. Madan Lal Khurana continuing to question certain decisions of the Vajpayee Government on grounds of ``national sovereignty'' and ``security'' and threatening to raise the issue in Parliament. The party, which removed him as vice-president yesterday, hinted that it could take further action.

Musharraf expresses wish to meet Vajpayee
The Pakistani Chief Executive, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, said today that he wanted to meet the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, to discuss the Kashmir issue.

Plea to split Microsoft
The U.S. Justice department has asked a Federal Court here to split Microsoft, into two independent companies, one to develop operating systems and the other to focus on computer applications.

Security stepped up
Security measures have been stepped up in Tripura with the 840-km Indo-Bangladesh border being sealed to prevent sneaking of insurgents and massive deployment of security forces to ensure the peaceful conduct of elections to the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomus District Council beginning tomorrow.

 Another shooting spree in U.S.
In what is described as a racially motivated killing, a white person went on the rampage in suburban Pittsburgh killing five people including a person of Indian descent at an Indian grocery store.

 Contribute to drought fund, industry told
The Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, today appealed to industrialists at a meeting of his Advisory Council on Trade and Industry to contribute generously for the rehabilitation of the drought-affected in Gujarat, Rajasthan and other parts.

India, China to resume military ties
In an attempt to revive confidence and trust between their armed forces, New Delhi and Beijing have agreed to resume senior level military contacts which were suspended after India's nuclear tests in May 1998.

Ammunition loss may affect strike capability
The destruction of over 8,000 tonnes of explosives in the 400-acre ammunition depot in Kanjoli line in Bharatpur may affect the Army's preparedness for offensive strikes in deserts and also retard its ongoing post-Kargil modernisation drive.

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