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Food must reach the starving, not rot: S.C.
Expressing serious concern over the starvation deaths in some States, the Supreme Court today observed that it was the primary responsibility of the Central and State Governments to ensure that the foodgrains overflowing in FCI godowns reached the starving people and not wasted by being dumped in the sea or eaten by rats.

Allies oppose 'saffronisation of education': BJP stands isolated
The Bharatiya Janata Party finds itself totally isolated from its allies in the National Democratic Alliance on the issue of saffronisation of education. Leaders of the coalition parties have already let it be known that even if the Human Resource Development Ministry continues to push its agenda through, the States where they have their Governments will simply refuse to accept the new textbooks and the changes made in the syllabus. There is no way the Centre could force its view on the States.

India has open mind on trade issues: PM
The Prime Minister, Mr. A. B. Vajpayee, today stressed that India was prepared to engage ``constructively and with an open mind'' with developed countries on all issues relating to global trade.

Hurriyat critical of relief to security forces
The Hurriyat Conference today sharply criticised the move to give relief to security personnel accused of human rights violations during fight against militancy and said the move reinforced ``our view that the security personnel have official patronage of the Government to violate human rights in the State.

PM's remarks on Christian missionaries slammed
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee's remarks at a book release function about Christian missionaries being engaged in conversions, has evoked strong protests in Parliament and outside.

Probe resisted
Members of an official team, set up to book medical clinics engaged in female foeticide in Faridabad, near here, were reportedly roughed up when they tried to investigate a complaint against one such clinic.

Another naval officer held
The police have picked up another senior Naval officer on charges of espionage and are interrogating him. They also suspect the involvement of some more in the spy ring. Lt.Cdr. Rajkumar, chief of security in the Naval Armament Depot here, is believed to have admitted that he had even accepted money once or twice from some agents.

10 policemen die in blast
In a major strike by naxalites, ten policemen were killed and two others seriously injured in a landmine blast triggered by the outlawed People's War Group near Remidicherla village in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh today.

Turnover period abolished
The Government today decided to abolish the turnover period limit of 30 days imposed on recognised dealers of sugar in a bid to further liberalise the trade.

Another Indo-Pak. meeting
The first political contact between India and Pakistan after the Agra summit last month will take place when the Pakistan Commerce Minister, Mr. Razzak Abdul Dawood, arrives here later this week.

Basmati patent for U.S. firm
The United States Patent Office has given a ``varietal patent'' to a Texan company for selling its three varieties of Basmati rice but this in no way prevented India from cultivating and selling its own varieties.

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