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President invites Sonia Gandhi
NEW DELHI, MAY 17. The President, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, today invited Sonia Gandhi, leader of the Congress Parliamentary Party and of the newly-constituted United Progressive Alliance, "for discussions" on formation of the next government. Two ...

High drama at 10 Janpath
NEW DELHI, MAY 17. It had all the elements of a thriller. Suddenly in the corridors of power in the Capital an element of suspense had entered with Congress leaders speaking in hushed tones over an "impending major announcement." The suspense ...

Left not to join government
NEW DELHI, MAY 17. A joint meeting of the Left parties today decided against being part of a Congress-led secular government. While extending support from outside, they resolved to "ensure that any machinations by the BJP and the communal forces ...

Stock market recovers a little after record crash
NEW DELHI, MAY 17. The lack of clarity on the economic policy and the delay in the finalisation of a common minimum programme (CMP) of the Congress and its allies led to a historic fall of the Bombay Stock Exchange Sensitive Index (Sensex) by ...

Iraqi leader killed
BAGHDAD, MAY 17.The head of the Iraqi Governing Council, Abdel-Zahraa Othman, was killed in a suicide car bombing near a U.S. checkpoint in central Baghdad today, dealing a blow to U.S. efforts to stabilise Iraq ahead of a handover of sovereignty ...

`Bio Visa' to U.S. from July
NEW DELHI, MAY 17.Indians visiting the United States will now have to put their thumbs under a scanner for fingerprinting at the visa centres for a brush with the U.S. Homeland Security's data bank of top terrorists. The issuing of `BioVisa' ...

Raja Bhaiya granted bail
KANPUR, MAY 17.Independent Uttar Pradesh legislator Raghuraj Pratap Singh, alias Raja Bhaiya, and his father, Uday Pratap Singh, facing charges under POTA, were today granted bail by a special court here. PTI ...

6 BSF men killed in Tripura
AGARTALA, MAY 17.Six Border Security Force personnel including an Assistant Commandant were killed in an ambush by the insurgents of the outlawed National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) in Tripura's Dhalai district today, police said. ...

Kerala lottery rule stayed
NEW DELHI, MAY 17.The Supreme Court today stayed the operation of a rule framed by the Kerala Government to regulate sale and marketing of lotteries run by other States. PTI ...

Governor's move
BANGALORE, MAY 17. The Karnataka Governor, T.N. Chaturvedi, today moved in to break the impasse created by the fractured verdict in the Assembly elections by inviting the State presidents of the BJP, the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) for ...

Monsoon ahead of schedule
NEW DELHI, MAY 17.The monsoon has arrived over the south Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea ahead of schedule by a few days even as intense heat continued over North India with Delhi recording the hottest day of the season so far, weather officials ...

14th Lok Sabha constituted
NEW DELHI, MAY 17. The Election Commission today issued a notification constituting the 14th Lok Sabha, under Section 73 of the Representation of the People Act. The Chief Election Commissioner, T.S. Krishnamurthy, and the two Commissioners, ...

`Sushma violating her oath'
NEW DELHI, MAY 17.Noting that the Constitution does not distinguish among citizens on the ground of their place of birth, eminent jurist Shanti Bhushan today termed the Bharatiya Janata Party leader, Sushma Swaraj's protest against the Congress ...

Chapra DIG, SP shifted
PATNA, MAY 17.The Deputy Inspector General, Ganesh Prasad Yadav, and the Superintendent of Police, Ganesh Kumar, of Chapra were tonight shifted on the directives of the Election Commission, the State police headquarters sources said here. The ...

Paintings missing
NEW DELHI, MAY 17. In yet another incident of its kind in a space of a few months, 22 paintings have gone missing from the Sahitya Akademi here. The paintings, which had been placed in the first floor of the building situated on Copernicus ...

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