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Budget will be based on CMP: Chidambaram
NEW DELHI, JUNE 18. The Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, and the United Progressive Alliance chairperson, Sonia Gandhi, today heard suggestions from the UPA constituents and Left parties ahead of the Government's first Union Budget. The Left ...

The Hindu hands over voters' complaints to EC
CHENNAI, JUNE 18. The Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu, N. Ram, today handed over a categorised list of instances of deletion of names in the electoral roll to the Chief Electoral Officer in Tamil Nadu, Mryutunjay Sarangi, and the Chief ...

VAT from April
NEW DELHI, JUNE 18.Almost all the States have agreed to implement the much-delayed nationwide Value Added Tax (VAT) from April 1, 2005. This was decided at a meeting here today between the Union Finance Minister, P. Chidambaram, and State Finance ...

Vajpayee owns up defeat
PRINI (MANALI), JUNE 18. After creating a flutter by blaming the Gujarat riots for the electoral debacle and talking about Chief Minister Narendra Modi's removal, the former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, today owned "maximum ...

Probe Ahmedabad shootout, NHRC tells Gujarat police
NEW DELHI, JUNE 18. With the Ahmedabad encounter killings snowballing into a major controversy, the National Human Rights Commission today asked the Gujarat police to investigate the shootout that claimed four lives, including that of a Thane ...

`Debt relief' for farmers
NEW DELHI, JUNE 18. The Centre today announced a major "debt relief" package for farmers.The proposals include raising farm credit by 30 per cent this fiscal, making 50 lakh new farmers borrow from banks and evolving a four-point strategy to ...

IIM-C reverts to old fee
KOLKATA, JUNE 18.The Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, (IIM-C) today announced that the fee charged by the premier business school in 2003-04 will be continued for the academic session commencing June 2004 with provision for need-based ...

Heptulla set to enter RS
NEW DELHI, JUNE 18.The Union Ministers, Shivraj Patil and R. Anbumani, the Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson, Najma Heptullah, and former ministers Yashwant Sinha, Jaswant Singh, Dilip Singh Judev and Sharad Yadav are all set to be elected unopposed ...

Akhtar arrested
MUMBAI, JUNE 18. Dubai-based businessman Akhtar Hussaini Qutbuddin Ahmed, who had been detained since June 12 on suspicion of trying to sell India's nuclear secrets to Arab nations, was today arrested by the Crime Branch of the Mumbai police on ...

Extradition treaty
DUBAI, JUNE 18. India and Jordan have agreed to negotiate and sign an extradition treaty as well as consider a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty in Criminal Matters. The decisions were taken during discussions the visiting Minister of State for ...

Clash at E.U. meet
BRUSSELS (BELGIUM), JUNE 18. European Union leaders clashed on Friday over a historic constitution for a post-Cold War Europe, with the French President, Jacques Chirac, attacking the British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, for insisting ...

American hostage beheaded
MANAMA, JUNE 18. Al-Qaeda militants have beheaded an American engineer whom they had taken hostage last week and had threatened to kill in case their demands were not met. The Saudi owned Al-Arabiya television network said that Paul Marshall ...

`No extradition of Abu Salem'
LISBON (PORTUGAL), JUNE 18. Portugal's Supreme Court has overturned a decision by a lower Lisbon court to grant India's request for the extradition of Abu Salem, who is suspected of planning one of India's deadliest bomb attacks. Salem's lawyer ...

Denmark downs Bulgaria
BRAGA, JUNE 18.Denmark defeated Bulgaria 2-0 here today to give themselves every chance of reaching the quarter-finals of football's European Championships. John Dahl Tomasson struck in the 44th minute, and substitute Jesper Gronkjaer, added a ...

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