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Oil prices to go up
As world oil prices soar to record levels, the Central Government is gearing to meet the impact by raising the prices of oil products and cutting taxes. The extent of the hike will depend on the Finance Ministry's willingness to reduce import and excise duties on crude oil and petroleum products.

Chota Rajan shifted to undisclosed place
Thai authorities have shifted the underworld don, Chota Rajan, to an undisclosed destination from a local hospital where he was undergoing treatment for gunshot injuries sustained in an attack even as one of the arrested assailants vowed to hunt down and kill him within three months.

Bandh hits life in Mysore
The bandh called by various pro-Kannada organisations on Friday, protesting against the delay in securing the release of the Kannada matinee idol, Mr. Rajkumar, disrupted life in Mysore city. Police said the bandh was peaceful.

Gopal yet to meet Veerappan
The Government emissary and Nakkeeran editor, Mr. R. R. Gopal, was yet to make contact with the forest brigand Veerappan. According to sources, heavy rain in the Thalawady and Thalamalai forest areas of Sathyamangalam taluk had made it difficult for a meeting to be arranged.

Telecom unions warn of yet another strike
Telecom unions today warned of another nation-wide strike if the Union Cabinet failed to approve the agreement signed by them with the Communications Ministry on job security and guaranteed pension from the Consolidated Fund of India.

Uma Bharti summoned
The Justice Liberhan Commission, probing the conspiracy angle in the demolition of the disputed structure in Ayodhya, today ordered issue of summons to the Union Minister, Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi, and Ms. Uma Bharati to depose on October 9.

CPI(M) warns Centre against 'illegal' actions in Bengal
A day before two crucial meetings - a Union Cabinet meeting tomorrow morning and the meeting of the National Democratic Alliance leaders in the evening - the CPI(M) politbureau has warned the Centre against taking any step that will upset the constitutional scheme of Centre-State relations or do anything else which is ``patently undemocratic and illegal.''

Safety of Indians key to Asia's security: PM
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, has said that the security of one billion Indians is central to Asia's security and stability. India's experience had taught it that in the absence of a non-discriminatory world order, peace lay in strength, he said in an article in The International Herald Tribune.

Cong. polls run into rough weather
With barely a month to go before the election of the Congress President and the PCC chiefs, the Central Election Authority (CEA) is at its wits end tending to the problems that have been cropping up almost on a daily basis.

Sinha decries inequitous treatment by developed nations
India today charged the developed countries with ``unreasonable'' anti-dumping actions and denying market access on spurious considerations to squeeze out developing countries exports.

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