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 Kargil heroes remembered
The Lok Sabha today paid rich tributes and recalled the sacrifices made by the soldiers during the Kargil conflict on its first anniversary today and reaffirmed the nation's commitment to the welfare of the families of the martyrs and the injured armymen.

Attack on Christians rocks RS
Attacks on Christians in various parts of the country triggered heated exchanges between the Treasury Benches and Opposition members in the Rajya Sabha, leading to two adjournments in the pre-lunch session.

DF Govt. should go: Opposition
Opposition parties in Maharashtra, mainly the Shiv Sena and BJP, were vociferous in their demand for the resignation of the Democratic Front Government because of the ``setback'' it received on Tuesday when the case against the Shiv Sena chief, Mr. Bal Thackeray, - for inflammatory writings in 1992-93 stoking communal riots - was thrown out by a city court.

Jethmalani insists on making statement today
The former Union Law Minister, Mr. Ram Jethmalani, today said he would insist that the Rajya Sabha Chairman, Mr. Krishan Kant, allow him to make an ``amended'' statement - about the events leading to his resignation from the Union Cabinet - tomorrow; in case the Chairman's permission was not forthcoming, he would ``withdraw'' his statement and release it outside the House.

Curbs hinder ties with U.S.: Brajesh Mishra
Although India is not ``pleading'' for the lifting of sanctions, the punitive measures now in place are an impediment to the realisation of the full potential of Indo-U.S. relations, the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister and National Security Adviser, Mr. Brajesh Mishra, has said.

Attempt to enforce dress code in university
The self-styled ``protectors'' of Indian culture are at it again. Some student leaders of the Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, claiming to be members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad but disowned by the organisation, recently held a ``striptease show'' on the university campus to enforce a ``dress code'' for the girl students.

 Speight arrested
The Fijian coup leader, Mr. George Speight, has been arrested by the military, reports from Suva said today. His media adviser, Mr. Jo Nata, and a legal aide, Mr. Tevita Bukarau, were taken into custody.

UNP distancing itself from reforms?
After reaching an agreement with the Sri Lankan Government on many of the key provisions in the proposed new Constitution, the Opposition United National Party (UNP) is now seeking to distance itself from the document.

Ban on Govt. staff employing children
The Centre has imposed a ban on employing children below 14 years as domestic servants by all Government employees in the All India Services.

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