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Jethmalani had to go for the sake of harmony: PM
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, today asserted the only reason he asked Mr. Ram Jethmalani to resign from the Union Cabinet was because his Government was committed to ``promoting a harmonious relationship between different wings of the State''. Mr. Vajpayee also dissociated himself and his Government with the charges made by the former Law Minister against the Chief Justice of India, Dr. A.S. Anand, and the Attorney-General, Mr. Soli Sorabjee.

Marching orders for 2 officials
Even as the Government has ordered an inquiry into the leakage of certain classified and privileged documents in the possession of the Law Ministry, it issued marching orders on Thursday night to the former Personal Secretary to Mr. Ram Jethmalani and the Officer on Special Duty.

 Jaswant non-committal on sanctions against Fiji
The External Affairs Minister, Mr. Jaswant Singh, today left open the question of sanctions against Fiji. ``Let us see,'' was his response to a question about New Delhi's course of action on the crisis in Fiji.

Ceasefire offer under deliberation, says Army
The Army today denied reports from Srinagar attributed to the chief of staff of the 15th corps, Major General Basant Singh, that the military offensive against militant groups had been suspended in response to the ceasefire declared by the Pakistan-based Hizbul Mujahideen organisation.

'Operations stepped down'
The Army had reduced operations against militants in response to the ceasefire announcement by the Hizbul Mujahideen, the chief of staff of the 15 Corps, Major General Basant Singh, said here today and described it as the first call towards peace.

 Jyoti Basu admitted to AIIMS
The West Bengal Chief Minister, Mr. Jyoti Basu, was hospitalised after he fell ill during a CPI (M) Central Committee meeting here on Friday morning.

Farm policy favours private participation
The Government today came out with a National Agriculture Policy aiming at over 4 per cent growth rate per annum in the next two decades, favouring private sector participation through contract farming and land leasing arrangements and supporting the development of genetically- modified food crop varieties. A major thrust will be on genetic upgradation of indigenous and native breeds of cattle.

Fresh warrant against ex-Bofors chief
The special court for CBI cases today ordered issue of fresh non- bailable warrant (NBW) for arresting Mr. Martin Ardbo, former Chief of the Bofors company of Sweden, who is one of the accused in the `Rs. 64 crore Bofors pay-off case'.

Bill to bar foreigners
A private member's bill to bar persons of foreign origin from holding high Constitutional positions, including the President and the Prime Minister, was introduced in the Rajya Sabha by the Samajwadi Party member, Mr. Amar Singh.

21 officials suspended
The Orissa Chief Minister, Mr. Naveen Patnaik, today directed forest authorities to suspend 21 employees of the Nandankanan Zoological Park in connection with the killing of a crocodile on Wednesday night. Mr. Patnaik has asked the authorities to deploy 15 forest guards to prevent any such incidents.

100 bombs recovered
The CID officers investigating the serial blasts case have recovered nearly 100 bombs from the house of a Deendari in Nuzvid near here on Friday.

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