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 I didn't dabble in defence deals: Brajesh Mishra
Mr. Brajesh Mishra, beleaguered Principal Secretary to a beleaguered Prime Minister, today assertively refuted the insinuation in the Tehelka tapes that he had dabbled in defence deals. He also declared that there was no need for him to put in his papers.

TDP not to rock NDA boat
The Telugu Desam Party expects the present political crisis in New Delhi to end soon, as there is no likelihood of any other dispensation such as the third front forming a Government at the Centre, and no chance of the NDA Government quitting under pressure from the Congress and the Left parties on the Tehelka tapes issue.

Govt. to go in for vote-on-account
With the Government reconciled to the fact that the rest of the first phase of the budget session of Parliament is lost, it has decided to get the crucial vote-on- account approved by the Lok Sabha tomorrow and the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, even if it means getting these through amidst the din and noise of protests and counter-protests by Opposition and treasury benches.

Revolt in Samata
The ``collective decision'' of the Samata Party which led to its three Union Ministers agreeing to withdraw resignations from the Vajpayee Cabinet today, led to fresh trouble with a section of party MPs openly challenging the move.

 Cong. intention not clear: Surjeet
The CPI(M) general secretary, Mr. Harkishan Singh Surjeet, has termed as unconvincing the Congress declaration that it is ready to ally with other parties to form an alternative to the BJP-led NDA Government.

Stock exchange in trouble
The Calcutta Stock Exchange authorities were today toying with the idea of mortgaging the CSE Association Limited building to raise money if the need arose, in the face of severe payments crisis.

 OPEC rules out price discount
The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries will encourage member-countries to provide oil at concessional prices to developing countries such as India, but has ruled out such facilities on a multilateral basis.

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