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Reprieve for Advani, 20 others in Ayodhya case
The special CBI court trying the Babri Masjid demolition case today put on hold the trial of 21 accused in the case, including the Union Ministers, Mr. L. K. Advani, Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi and Ms. Uma Bharti, several Shiv Sena and Vishwa Hindu Parishad leaders, until ``defects'' in the Uttar Pradesh Government notification referring the case to the court were rectified.

 Indian support for NMD not at Russia's cost
Pressing ahead with its latest diplomatic rope trick, India today dispelled apprehensions that its strong support for the National Missile Defence plan may undermine its traditional partnership with Russia.

'Pak. crucial for talks'
Maintaining that the involvement of Pakistan is crucial in finding an acceptable solution to the Kashmir problem, the Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party today said the Centre's invitation to all for talks to restore peace in the State had only ``created confusion''.

CBI for separate trial of Hindujas
In an apparent bid to speed up trial, the CBI today moved a Designated Court for a separate trial of the three Hinduja brothers and three other accused in the Rs. 64 crores Bofors payoffs case.

ULFA violence continues, 8 AGP workers killed
Suspected ULFA insurgents killed eight AGP workers in Assam's Nalbari district as authorities today deployed more companies of security personnel in the sensitive areas ahead of the May 10 Assembly polls. A group of ULFA militants stormed the AGP office at Bogorihatigaon in Dharmapur, the constituency of the State Agriculture Minister, Mr. Chandramohan Patowary, and opened fire.

India set for ICBM test-launch, says report
India is preparing to test-launch its first Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM), the Surya-II or Agni- IV, a report has said. The first test, expected in January next year, will cover 5,000 km while a follow-on version, Surya-II, will be tested in 2003 with a range of 12,000 km, the Defense News said quoting a research scientist of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

Report on ICBM denied
India tonight strongly denied a report of launching its first 5000-km range inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM) in the next eight months with the help of Russian cryogenic engine.

Protest against Mcdonald
BJP activists today threw cowdung at one of the outlets of the multinational fastfood giant Mcdonald in south Mumbai, in protest against the alleged use of beef in French fries being sold by the restaurant.

 Bismillah Khan receives Bharat Ratna
Undeterred by the physical handicap, Shehnai maestro Ustad Bismillah Khan today received the nation's highest honour Bharat Ratna from President K R Narayanan at a simple ceremony in the high-domed Durbar Hall of Rasthrapati Bhavan.

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