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Govt. climbdown on 'forged' letter
A determined Opposition today forced the Government to climb down from the high moral ground it had sought to occupy by ordering a CBI inquiry into the alleged ``forged'' letter written by the Cabinet Secretary.

NHRC differs with Govt. on Durban agenda
Even as the Central Government decided against the inclusion of caste on the agenda of the World Racism conference to be held at Durban in South Africa from August 31 to September 6, the National Human Rights Commission has differed with the Centre and favoured a discussion on all aspects of human discrimination.

Details of Ayodhya talks will be tabled in LS: PM
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, told the Lok Sabha today that his Government was in touch with several organisations and people in its bid to find a solution to the contentious Ayodhya issue.

Mamata back in NDA, Fernandes to talk to Farooq
The Trinamool Congress is back in the National Democratic Alliance, the PMK's re-entry has been formalised, and once again the services of the NDA convener, Mr. George Fernandes, are to be used to smoothen the ruffled feathers of a partner - this time the National Conference, whose leader, Dr. Farooq Abdullah, on Sunday threatened to walk out of the ruling coalition. In fact, it was indicated that Mr. Fernandes might meet Dr. Abdullah here tomorrow to remove the ``misunderstanding.''

Setback to Moopanar's health
The condition of the Tamil Maanila Congress president, Mr. G.K. Moopanar, who has been on ventilator for a fortnight now, has suffered a setback, according to the Sri Ramachandra Medical College hospital here where he is under treatment.

Dalit woman paraded naked
A Scheduled Caste woman was reportedly paraded naked at Vanenur village in Bellary taluk of Karnataka on Sunday. Police have taken seven persons into custody on a complaint from the woman's brother-in- law.

AIIMS notices to striking staff
The AIIMS today issued notices to all striking employees, including resident doctors, to join duty immediately in the wake of the Delhi High Court direction to resolve the strike in the hospital within 36 hours.

Sanctions against India to go?
The Bush administration is on the verge of lifting the post-1998 Glenn Amendment sanctions against India in an effort to forge a closer strategic and economic partnership, says The New York Times in a front page report.

PM calls up President
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee today rang up the President, Mr. K. R. Narayanan and enquired about his health.

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