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China ready to deepen ties with India, says Hu
ST. PETERSBURG, MAY 31. In a time-span of about 15 hours, the Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee, held separate meetings with the Chinese, Russian and French Presidents, Hu Jintao, Vladimir Putin and Jacques Chirac, as well as his British ...

Putin invites PM, Bush to dinner
ST. PETERSBURG, MAY 31.The Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee, and the U.S. President, George W. Bush, were invited to a "small dinner'' hosted by the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, tonight. Unlike the "gala dinner'' thrown by Mr. Putin on ...
CBI chargesheet against Advani
NEW DELHI, MAY 31.The decade-old Ayodhya case appears set to gather some momentum with the Central Bureau of Investigation filing a supplementary chargesheet in a Special Court in Uttar Pradesh today against the Deputy Prime Minister, L.K. ...
Not afraid: Uma Bharti
BHOPAL, MAY 31.The Madhya Pradesh BJP chief, Uma Bharti, said today that she would not try to escape conviction if she was found guilty. ``I would accept whatever punishment the court awards me,'' she said here. ``I've been ...
Cong. keen on alliances: Sonia
SRINAGAR, MAY 31. In an unambiguous enunciation of her party's stand, the Congress president, Sonia Gandhi, today said that her party was more than willing to enter into alliances with like-minded parties, both at the Centre and in the States to ...
Naidu's poser to Sonia
CHENNAI, MAY 31.The Congress president, Sonia Gandhi's criticism of the Vajpayee Government's handling of the Kashmir crisis is "highly objectionable", according to the BJP president, M. Venkaiah Naidu. "It is only criticism for the sake of ...
Masood Azhar resurfaces, preaches jehad
ISLAMABAD, MAY 31.A defiant Maulana Masood Azhar, chief of the banned Jaish-e-Mohammad, continues to breathe fire and preach the path of `jehad' (holy war). While the Peshawar police did prevent him on Friday from addressing a conference ...
EPF interest rate reduced
NEW DELHI, MAY 31. The Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) today reduced the rate of interest on the Employees Provident Fund for the year 2003-04 by 0.5 per cent but compensated the cut by a one-time bonus of 0.5 per cent for its ...
Petrol, diesel prices slashed
NEW DELHI, MAY 31.State-run oil firms today passed on the benefit of appreciating rupee value to consumers by way of a 10 paise per litre cut in petrol and diesel prices. Petrol would cost Rs. 30.30 per litre in Delhi as against the prevailing ...
'Shilpa's father absconding'
MUMBAI, MAY 31.Surendra Shetty, father of actress Shilpa Shetty, facing arrest in the case of alleged extortion is absconding since yesterday after a court in Surat rejected his bail plea, police said here today. Mr. Surendra has been charged ...
Suu Kyi in custody
YANGON, MAY 31.Myanmar's ruling military today said it had taken Opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi and 17 top members of her party into ``protective custody'' after clashes between her supporters and opponents in the north of the country. ...

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