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Bill to freeze seats in Parliament till 2026
The Union Cabinet today decided to set up a Delimitation Commission and entrust it with readjustment and rationalisation of both Parliamentary and Legislative Assembly constituencies. The Election Commission had been wanting to do the delimitation work.

DTS to become corporation by Oct.1
The Union Cabinet today decided to corporatise the Department of Telecom Services/Department of Telecom Operations under the Companies Act instead of creating it through an Act of Parliament as demanded by telecom unions and officers.

 Hindutva shelved for now: Laxman
The Bharatiya Janata Party president, Mr. Bangaru Lakshman, has indicated that the party's core Hindutva issues had not been given up, only shelved for the time being. He explained their absence from the party's resolutions adopted at the Nagpur session saying ``they are there in earlier party documents. Every policy, every issue cannot be repeated each time.''

Extremist disowns father's plea
The contentious issue of freeing Manikandan, one of the four detenus lodged in the Tiruchi Central Prison, whose release has been demanded by the forest brigand Veerappan, took a curious turn today with the detenu saying his father had filed a petition in the Madras High Court without his knowledge.

Bangaru Laxman's speech hypocritical: Scindia
The senior Congress (I) leader, Mr. Madhavrao Scindia, has debunked as ``hypocritical and double standard'' the newly-elected BJP president, Mr. Bangaru Laxman's speech in Nagpur favouring opening of the party doors to Muslims saying ``they have one policy to garner votes and another to run the Government''.

Disappointment over PM's truncated visit
With the Indian Foreign Secretary, Mr. Lalit Mansingh, here for two days to finetune the agenda of the Prime Minister, Mr. A. B. Vajpayee's, visit to the United States, there is concern here on how Mr. Vajpayee will attend the multifaceted programmes, now that his visit has been curtailed by two days. He now leaves for New York on September 7 instead of September 5.

I-T Dept. to be revamped
The Union Cabinet today approved a plan to restructure the Income Tax Department, to improve its efficiency and effectiveness. The plan includes greater infusion of computers and other tools of Information Technology, and upgradation of senior level officers, but with a reduction in the overall workforce.

Musharraf will raise Kashmir at U.N. summit
The Chief Executive of Pakistan, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, will raise the Kashmir issue at the United Nations Assembly's millennium session when he gets an opportunity to make his statement on September 6.

Detonators seized
Police seized 2,450 detonators and explosives from two passengers travelling by an Assam-bound bus from Bihar at Mohitnagar in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri district today.

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