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India expels four Pak. embassy personnel
NEW DELHI, JAN. 22. In a signal that Indo-Pakistani relations will get a lot worse before they can get better, the Government today expelled two diplomats and two staffers from the Pakistan High Commission. The move was aimed at conveying India's ...
Pak. may retaliate
ISLAMABAD, JAN. 22. Pakistan today denounced the expulsion of two of its diplomats and two officials by India. The Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman, Aziz Ahmed Khan, said, "this will further vitiate the atmosphere in the region." Pakistan ...
France, Germany say they are against war on Iraq
PARIS, JAN. 22. In a tough message to Washington, the French President, Jacques Chirac, and the German Chancellor, Gerhard Schroeder, have said they were both opposed to a conflict in Iraq. "Germany and France share the same opinion on the Iraq ...
Help fight terrorism, says Vajpayee
NEW DELHI, JAN. 22. The Prime Minister, A.B. Vajpayee today urged parliamentarians to strengthen mutual cooperation in the fight against terrorism, which had ``become a big threat to peace, democracy and the civilised world order''. Addressing ...
World Cup: HC directive to Govt.
NEW DELHI, JAN. 22. The Delhi High Court today directed the Union Government and the Reserve Bank of India not to release foreign exchange or provide income tax concession to Pepsi Foods Limited, Hero Honda Motors Limited and LG Electronics ...
Decision on Friday
NEW DELHI, JAN. 22. India's participation in next month's cricket World Cup hinges on the outcome of Friday's executive board meeting of the ICC Development International, marketing arm of the world body, which will decide whether or not to ...
Venkaiah Naidu rebuffs Katiyar
NEW DELHI, JAN. 22. The Bharatiya Janata Party president, Venkaiah Naidu, today virtually rebuffed the party's Uttar Pradesh unit president, Vinay Katiyar, by stating that the BJP had no plans to withdraw from the Mayawati Government, in which it ...
Award for Arundhati
NEW DELHI, JAN. 22. The Booker Prize winner, Arundhati Roy, has been selected by the U.S.-based Lannan Foundation for its fourth annual $ 350,000 Prize for Cultural Freedom. ``As both an artist and global citizen, Arundhati Roy, writes about ...
Shinde wins confidence vote
MUMBAI, JAN. 22.The Maharashtra Chief Minister, Sushilkumar Shinde, today won the vote of confidence in the Assembly by a voice vote with the Opposition BJP-Shiv Sena deciding not to press for a division of the votes. The numbers did not favour ...
Venue shifted
COLOMBO, JAN. 22.The venue of the next session — fifth round — of direct talks between Colombo and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam has been shifted to ``a European capital'', instead of Thailand as announced earlier. Norwegian ...
Maran suffers setback
CHENNAI, JAN. 22. The condition of the Union Minister, Murasoli Maran, undergoing treatment at the Methodist hospital in Houston, has suffered "a setback since the past two days", a press release from the Additional Private Secretary to the Union ...

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