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Statute review panel term extended
The Union Cabinet today formally decided to extend the term of the National Commission to review the working of the Constitution by eight months, upto October 31.

Babri case: Opposition steps up heat
The Opposition parties today demanded that the BJP-Government in Uttar Pradesh remove the technical flaw arising out of the Allahabad High Court order in the Babri Masjid demolition case by issuing a fresh notification.

 Spacecraft lands on asteroid
The Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) launched by the United States has touched down on the barren, rocky surface of Eros, successfully completing history's first spacecraft landing on an asteroid.

India, Myanmar road opened
Often the subject of criticism in its neighbourhood, New Delhi today showed that its expertise and resources could be used to promote better relations with the Government and people of Myanmar.

Govt. to dilute stake in Maruti
The Cabinet Committee on Disinvestment today formally decided to dilute the Government's equity holding in the Maruti Udyog Limited (MUL), where it is a 50 per cent shareholder with Japan's Suzuki Motor Corporation. While the quantum of dilution would be decided in consultation with Suzuki, an outright sale of government equity would be decided possibly by September.

Cong. emissary for Chennai soon
A Congress emissary will travel to Chennai in the next few days, as planned. The party has taken note of the weekend ``deadline'' set by the AIADMK, and senior Congress leaders say they will act ``in due course of time''. The visit, party sources however clarify, has nothing to do with the ``deadline'' set by Ms. Jayalalitha.

Manipur CM resigns
The Manipur Chief Minister, Mr. Wahengbam Nipamacha Singh, today submitted his resignation to the Governor, Mr. Ved Marwah.

'Anti-dumping cases will dampen trade with China'
The Chinese Ambassador, Mr. Zhou Gang, today said the spate of anti-dumping cases being filed by India against products from his country would depress Sino-Indian trade at a time when China's entry into the WTO will mark a new phase that would spell opportunities for the Indian business community.

India, China seek to narrow down differences
India and China are positioning themselves for a new round of diplomatic engagement to narrow down their differences, and build on common ground.

'Important milestone', says Jaswant
The External Affairs Minister, Mr. Jaswant Singh, today said India considered it a ``privilege'' to be a partner in the socio-economic development of Myanmar. Speaking at the inauguration of the Tamu-Kalewa-Kalemyo road, Mr. Singh described it as an ``important milestone'' in India-Myanmar relations.

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