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Status quo in Ayodhya will not be disturbed, says Minister
NEW DELHI, DEC. 7. Even as the Government reiterated in the Rajya Sabha that nobody would be allowed to violate the Supreme Court order to maintain the status quo at the disputed site at Ayodhya, the issue cast its shadow over the proceedings in ... More
Taliban surrenders Kandahar
KABUL, DEC. 7. The Taliban began surrendering Kandahar, the last city under their control, on Friday after two months of U.S. airstrikes on Afghanistan and advances by the Opposition Northern Alliance drove them from most of the country. ``The ... More
Stand-off on POTO continues
NEW DELHI, DEC. 7. The stand-off between the Opposition and the Government on the POTO issue seems to show no sign of abating. The Government's attempts to win support for the ordinance by effecting amendments last night failed to have the ... More
Chandrika invites Wickremesinghe to form Govt.
COLOMBO, DEC. 7. The Sri Lankan President, Ms. Chandrika Kumaratunga, today invited Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe, the leader of the United National Party-led opposition, for discussions on Saturday to form the Government, following its victory in the ... More
Vajpayee to meet Muivah in Japan?
NEW DELHI, DEC. 7. During the course of his five-day tour of Japan, the Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, is likely to accomplish a bit of domestic agenda as well. It is learnt that Mr. Thiungaleng Muivah, general secretary, National Socialist ... More
Equity for foreign airlines planned
NEW DELHI, DEC. 7. In a major policy shift, the Government is planning to allow foreign airlines to pick up equity in the domestic sector and to go in for technical tie-up with domestic airlines. The Government is also considering a proposal ... More
India may help Kabul in policing
NEW DELHI, DEC. 7. Pleased to make early personal contact with the proposed interim administration in Afghanistan, India today extended its fullest possible support to the reconstruction and stabilisation of the war-torn nation. The visiting ... More
He gave practical shape to Gandhian values
NEW DELHI, DEC. 7. The Irish civil rights activist and Nobel laureate, Mr. John Hume, has been unanimously nominated by a jury chaired by the Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, for this year's Gandhi Peace Prize. He has been selected for his ... More
Exchange of fire along border
JAMMU, DEC. 7. Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged fire at several places along the border in Jammu and Kashmir since Thursday, officials said today. There was no loss of life or property in the exchange of fire at 23 places in Jammu district ... More
Mawlong Govt. voted out
SHILLONG, DEC. 7. The 20-month-old E. K. Mawlong Government, reduced to a minority last month, was today voted out of power when the Assembly adopted a no-confidence motion against it by a voice vote. Terming the Speaker, Mr. E. D. Marak's ... More
39 outfits in visa blacklist
WASHINGTON, DEC. 7. The U.S. has placed 39 alleged terrorist groups - including the Jaish-e-Mohammad and the Lashkar-e-Taiba - and affiliated businesses on a new visa blacklist aimed at plugging loopholes in previous regulations that allowed ... More

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