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 Vajpayee hints at split in Trinamool Congress
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, dealt a blow to Ms. Mamata Banerjee, Trinamool Congress supremo, just before the May 10 Assembly election in West Bengal when he indicated today that besides the rebel Trinamool MP, Mr. Ajit Panja, a few other parliamentarians from that party were expected to sever ties with Ms. Banerjee and return to the National Democratic Alliance fold soon.

No tripartite talks on Kashmir, says Nambiar
India has categorically ruled out any tripartite discussions on the Kashmir issue that would include Pakistan. However, it is prepared for a bilateral dialogue with Pakistan provided it is willing to address India's concerns over violence in the Valley.

Rajnath subverting Constitution: Cong.
The Congress today criticised the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister for refusing to move the court and remove the technical flaw in the Babri Masjid demolition case against the 21 accused persons.

'Govt. can't be forced'
The Bharatiya Janata Party today said that the Uttar Pradesh Government could not be ``forced'' to issue a fresh notification, following the recent judgment of the special CBI court in the Babri Masjid demolitiion case.``The Government cannot be forced to issue a fresh notification,'' the BJP spokesman, Mr. Hriday Narain Dixit, said in a statement here.

 Home after flying high
The capsule carrying the world's first paying space tourist landed successfully in the Kazak steppe today, the Russian mission control said, ending Mr. Dennis Tito's multimillion dollar cosmos adventure.

Plot to kill Tejpal foiled
An ISI-backed plan to eliminate the Chief Executive of, Mr. Tarun Tejpal, and editor investigation of the site, Mr. Aniruddha Bahal, has been foiled, the Special Cell of Delhi police claimed today.

MEA website hacked
Pro-Pakistani hackers have defiled the website of the Ministry of External Affairs posting anti-India messages on the site. ``We got owned by Number 1 activist force GFORCE,'' one of the many notes put up on the website read.

Deendar Anjuman to challenge ban
Deendar Anjuman, which has been declared unlawful by the Centre, has decided to challenge the ban in a court of law.

 Pope visits mosque
John Paul II became the first Pope to set foot in a mosque today, as he entered the Omayyad mosque in Damascus on his historic visit to Syria to the cheers from the crowd.

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