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55 p.c. turnout in first phase of U.P. polling
NEW DELHI, FEB. 14. Two BSF personnel were killed in Manipur while an estimated 55 per cent voters cast ballots amid tight security for 92 Assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh and all the 70 constituencies in Uttaranchal which went into the exercise ...
BJP ahead in U.P.: exit polls
LUCKNOW, FEB. 14. Uttaranchal is likely to throw up a fractured verdict with the ruling BJP emerging as the single largest group, while in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP and allies surprisingly are shown to be ahead in the exit polls conducted for ...
70 per cent polling in Manipur
IMPHAL, FEB. 14. Brisk-to-heavy polling was reported in many parts of the 40 Assembly constituencies in Manipur which went to polls today. Armed militants resorted to booth-capturing in several places at the Sugnu constituency in Thoubal ...
Pearl is dead, Omar Sheikh tells court
KARACHI, FEB. 14. The British-born Muslim militant, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, chief suspect in the kidnapping of the U.S. journalist, Daniel Pearl, confessed to the crime today and said he believed The Wall Street Journal correspondent was dead. ...
It was a guess: Musharraf
WASHINGTON, FEB. 14. The Pakistan President, Pervez Musharraf, has said his belief that the abducted American journalist, Daniel Pearl, was alive was just a ``guess.'' Asked on what basis he had said he was ``reasonably sure'' that Pearl was ...
India iterates opposition to third-party mediation
NEW DELHI, FEB. 14. India, for the second day, reiterated its rejection of third-party intervention in Indo-Pakistan affairs and said the differences between the two sides could be resolved only through direct talks. Asked about the reported ...
'Musharraf talked only of possible test'
ISLAMABAD, FEB. 14. Pakistan today maintained that its President, Pervez Musharraf, had only talked of reports of a possible new nuclear test by India and not made any definite statement on the subject. The Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman, ...
Paradeep Phosphates sale cleared
NEW DELHI, FEB. 14. The Cabinet Committee on Disinvestment (CCD) today cleared the sale of 74 per cent Government equity stake in the loss-making public sector enterprise, Paradeep Phosphates Limited (PPL), to Zuari Maroc Phosphates Private ...
ISI bid foiled
NEW DELHI, FEB. 14. The Delhi police foiled an attempt by the ISI to create terror in the capital through the newly-formed militant outfit, Hizb-I-Islami, and arrested one of its militants from Kotwali area of North Delhi when he was trying to ...
TTD gets I-T exemption
TIRUPATI, FEB. 14. The Tirumala-Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), official custodian of the Hill Temple of Lord Venkateswara and its enormous riches, has been exempted from the Income Tax net for three more years. As the three-year exemption granted ...
Valentine's day celebrated
MUMBAI, FEB. 14. The Shiv Sena Supremo, Bal Thackaray's fiat notwithstanding, an overwhelming number of young boys and girls today observed the Valentine's Day today across Maharashtra, except that in most places shops selling greeting cards ...
Bahrain now a kingdom
MANAMA, FEB. 14. Bahrain will hold elections to restore Parliament on October 24, the head of state, Sheikh Hamad Bin Issa al- Khalifa, announced today, proclaiming the Gulf Archipelago a kingdom and himself king. The announcement by the ...
Afghan Minister killed
DUBAI, FEB. 14. The Minister of Air Transport and Tourism in Afghanistan's interim Government, Abdul Rahman, was beaten to death by Afghan pilgrims at Kabul airport today, Al-Jazeera satellite television reported. _ AFP

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