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Quake rumbles through nations
An earthquake measuring up to 6.7 on the Richter scale rocked Central Asia today, panicking residents from Kabul to New Delhi and prompting many to flee their homes. Seismologists said the quake's epicentre was in northern Afghanistan near the Tajikistan border.

Delhi feels a 'distant shock'
Almost a month after the high-intensity earthquake that caused large-scale devastation in Gujarat, another quake of moderate intensity shook many parts of northern India this morning.

 NDA neglecting farmers: Sonia
The Congress president, Ms. Sonia Gandhi, today accused the BJP-led coalition at the Centre of being clueless about running the Government.

 Railway Budget may offer innovative schemes
Some innovative measures to mop up additional revenue, thrust on upgradation of the system, including signaling and telecommunication networks, and allotment of more funds to provide amenities for the travelling public, are among the likely highlights of the railway budget for 2001-2002 to be presented tomorrow to the Lok Sabha by Mamata Banerjee for the second successive year.

Nagaland ceasefire may be broadbased
The Centre is ``actively considering'' the proposal of the Nagaland Government to extend the ongoing three- year-old ceasefire agreement with the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN- Isaac-Muivah) to two other major insurgent groups in the State.

Ball in India's court, says Salahuddin
The Hizb-ul-Mujahideen today offered to cease fire in Kashmir if India was prepared to accept the proposition of the pro-Pakistan Kashmiri leader, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, for resolution of the Kashmir dispute.

We will block BALCO deal: Jogi
The controversy over the Central Government's decision to sell BALCO shows no sign of abating. A day after the Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, indicated that the deal would go through, the Chattisgarh Chief Minister, Mr. Ajit Jogi, today said his Government would bring in an official resolution in the Assembly to block the deal which, he said, reeked of corruption.

Minister quits
The Radhabinod Koijam Government in Manipur was jolted today when the Health Minister, Mr. Nimachand Luwang, said he had resigned and claimed two other Ministers also followed suit.

'Alternative fuel ready'
The working of the Tarapur Nuclear Power Plant will not be affected even if Russia stops supply of fuel, the Director of the BARC, Mr. Anil Kakodkar, has said.

German held
Police today detained a 38-year-old German national carrying a knife when he was entering into ``Vajra Vidya Sansthan'' in Sarnath, near here, where the Buddhist monk, Ugyen Trinley Dorji, was staying, according to sources here.

CPI(M) wins
The ruling CPI(M) retained the Kadamtala Assembly seat in north Tripura when its candidate, Mr. Subodh Nath, was declared elected.

Inflation at new high
The annual inflation rate zoomed up by 0.36 percentage points to touch a new high of 8.57 per cent for week ended February 10.

Gujarat Govt. announces package to revive economy
In a bid to rehabilitate the industries damaged by the Republic Day earthquake, the Gujarat Government today announced a Rs. 1,000 crore comprehensive package to help revive the economy.

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