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 I will always remain a swayamsevak, says PM
The Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, appeared to be wading into a sharp political controversy on Saturday night by participating in a banquet hosted in honour of several Hindu religious leaders by, among others, the VHP and the BJP's ``overseas friends''.

Christian forum plans protest rally
The Indian American Christian Coalition of North America will hold a prayer rally in Washington on September 14 to protest against attacks on Christian Missions in India. The rally will take place on the Capitol Hill lawns during the Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee's address to Congress.

 Centre keeps 'all options' open on West Bengal
The Union Home Minister, Mr. L.K. Advani, today said that the Centre would consider all options in West Bengal in response to the violence allegedly resorted to by CPI(M) cadres on Trinamool Congress supporters there. However, the Centre is highly unlikely to resort to Article 356.

OPEC to raise oil output
The OPEC Ministers today agreed to raise oil supplies by 8,00,000 barrels a day to tame runaway crude prices and avert a consumer scare over fuel costs.

Gopal ready for fourth mission
The official emissary of the Tamil Nadu and Karnataka Governments, Mr. R. R. Gopal, today reiterated that he was ready to set out on his fourth trip to the forest hideout of Veerappan to secure the release of the Kannada actor, Mr. Rajkumar.

Rajkumar fans to meet PM
The Akhila-Karnataka Dr. Rajkumar Abhimanigala Sangha will approach the President, Mr. K.R. Narayanan, and the Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, seeking their intervention to get the abducted Kannada thespian released if the Supreme Court does not come out with a ``favourable ruling'' on September 14.

Kapil likely for training camp
The Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) president, Mr. A.C. Muthiah, said today that the coach, Kapil Dev might be invited to Chennai for the conditioning camp that gets under way on September 13.

Oil blockade from today
Upper Assam could have severe problems as work at the Oil India Limited (OIL) will stop from tomorrow with the commencement of the 120-hour oil blockade. The blockade was called by the All-Assam Students Union (AASU) against non- recruitment of unskilled workmen.

Inflation rises
The rate of inflation rose to 5.94 per cent in the week ended August 26 due to a significant five per cent rise in electricity charges.

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