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Tigers zeroing in on Palaly airbase
In a combined show of firepower and urban terror-bombing, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) today stepped up pressure on security forces in northern and eastern Sri Lanka.

 India has a key role in Sri Lanka, says Inderfurth
The Clinton administration is ``very concerned'' that the intensification of the conflict in Sri Lanka, as reflected in the battle for the Jaffna peninsula could bring on a ``humanitarian crisis'' and would therefore like to see an early end to the hostilities in the peninsula but is also very clear that the United States would favour a solution to the crisis ``that would be within the framework of Sri Lankan unity and territorial integrity''.

Stop the mud-slinging: Muthiah
The president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Mr. A.C. Muthiah, wants the mud-slinging in the Board to end. Normally a man of few words, the BCCI chief sounded assertive when he spoke to the media at the Radison Hotel here today.

 Pak. hands over Indian's body
Emotional scenes were witnessed when the body of Satpal, who was reported to have worked for military intelligence, was handed over to Border Security Force officials by the Pakistan Rangers at this joint check post today.

PM calls meet on Cauvery tomorrow
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, has convened a meeting of the Cauvery river water authority here on May 19 to review the progress on the sharing of waters among the four riparian States.

New States: Introduction of Bills stalled
Faced with strong resistance from the Opposition and some of its own allies, the Government was forced to put off introduction of the much-awaited Bills to create three new States of Jharkhand, Uttaranchal and Chattisgarh in the Lok Sabha today.

CBI denies restraining Prabhakar
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today denied that it had restrained the former India all rounder, Manoj Prabhakar from confirming the allegations made by the former BCCI chief, Mr. I. S. Bindra against Kapil Dev.

Parliament okays IT Bill
Successfully piloting the Information Technology Bill in the Rajya Sabha, the Minister of Information Technology, Mr. Pramod Mahajan, allayed apprehensions of members that the legislation would give unbridled powers to policemen to search the premises of internet service providers without a warrant.

People rejoice over Sankoh capture
Foday Sankoh, the rebel leader of Sierra Leone's Revolutionary Front, has been captured. Formally still a member of the Government of National Unity with the status of a Vice-President, Sankoh precipitated the present crisis in Sierra Leone when his forces captured and held several hundred U.N. peace-keeping troops early this month.

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