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 Parliament session ends on a bitter note
The two Houses of Parliament adjourned sine die today, but not before cumulative bitterness of the budget session asserted itself. Harsh words were spoken and harsher sentiments expressed, signalling that the truce between the ruling NDA and the Opposition, Congress, was over the moment the Finance Bill got passed.

 Stop sermonising: Sonia
A normally reticent Ms. Sonia Gandhi today blasted the Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, for ``unfairly attacking the Congress and trying to sermonise to it''. In a rare display of emotion, the Leader of the Opposition launched an onslaught after the Lok Sabha adjourned sine die and the members were leaving the House.

Hasina likely to visit Delhi next month
The Bangladesh Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, is likely to pay a brief visit to New Delhi in the middle of May. Border problems are expected to top the agenda at a summit meeting planned with her Indian counterpart, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee.

BSF examines returned weapons
The Border Security Force is verifying and examining the weapons handed over by the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) of the 16 BSF personnel killed on April 18 at Boroibari border village in Mankachar sub-division of Assam.

 N.K. Singh shifted to Planning Commission
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, today appointed Mr. N.K. Singh, Officer on Special Duty in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), as a Member of the Planning Commission with effect from May 1, 2001. In his new post, Mr. Singh will enjoy the status of a Minister of State.

Hindujas barred from leaving India
The Delhi High Court today refused to allow the three Hinduja brothers facing prosecution in the multi-crore Bofors pay-off case, Mr. Gopichand P. Hinduja, Mr. Prakash P. Hinduja and Mr. Srichand P. Hinduja, to go abroad.

Youth held at Red Fort
An alert Army guard foiled the attempt of a youth to intrude into the Red Fort early this morning.

No extension of deadline for CNG conversion: S.C.
The Supreme Court today dropped contempt proceedings initiated against the Chief Minister of Delhi, Ms. Shiela Dikshit, and the Transport Minister, Mr. Parvez Hashmi, for their reported statements against its order on conversion of city buses and other commercial vehicles to CNG mode.

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