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Uncertainty haunts Parliament
After the partial disruption of Parliament today - question hour was allowed to proceed smoothly - there is continued uncertainty not only in relation to normal functioning of Parliament for the rest of the budget session, but also on the length of the session. It seems that the Rashtriya Janata Dal has decided to raise the Tehelka issue strongly tomorrow and force yet another adjournment.

 Mamata insulted me: Panja
A weeping Mr. Ajit Panja, Trinamool Congress MP and chairman, today turned against the party supremo, Ms. Mamata Banerjee, accusing her of being a dictator and humiliating him, but stopped short of submitting his resignation.

Cong. finds itself isolated
The Congress found itself isolated and out on a limb in both houses of Parliament, with the Left and the SP preferring to keep their distance. The Congress and the RJD alone had to kick up a row on the demand for a joint parliamentary probe(JPC) into the Tehelka episode, besides setting in motion the legal process against those found culpable in the expose.

 Hurriyat invited, but undecided
The All-Party Hurriyat Conference today received a formal invitation from the Centre for dialogue on the Kashmir issue but could not firm up its response despite six hours of deliberations by its executive council.

Meghalaya CM, BSF deny intrusion
The Meghalaya Chief Minister, Mr. E.K. Mawlong, today said that he had no information that Pyrdiwah village in the East Khasi Hills district was occupied by the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) while the Border Security Force categorically denied any such incident.

Ties with India not at cost of Pak., says Eastham
The United States has no intention to `abandon' Pakistan in forging a closer relationship with India. This is the crux of the message delivered by the US Assistant Secretary of State, Mr. Alan Eastham, in his discussions with the the military establishment in the course of his two-day stay in Islamabad.

Pak. violating Taliban arms embargo?
Amid accusations that Islamabad is violating the international arms embargo against the Taliban, a team of experts from the United Nations is currently travelling through the subcontinent to discuss the creation of an effective mechanism to monitor the long border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Riot at Hindu wedding in UK
Two pubs and an Asian take away outfit were wrecked and a chemist's shop was looted following a clash between a group of white men and guests at a Hindu wedding in Bradford, about 120 kms from here, police said.

Tanzania backs India for U.N. seat
Tanzanian support to India's candidature for a permanent seat on the United Nations' Security Council was appreciated by the Lok Sabha Speaker, Mr. G.M.C. Balayogi, when an 8-member Tanzanian parliamentary delegation led by the Tanzanian Speaker, Mr. Pius Msekwa, called on him today. Later Mr. Balayogi hosted a dinner for the delegation.

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