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    Uncertainty over hostages' release / Mediator withdraws from talks
    MANAMA, AUG. 1. Negotiations to seek the release of seven persons, including three Indians who had been taken hostage in Iraq, appear to have hit a last-minute snag, with the Iraqi mediator, Sheikh Hisham Al Dulaimi, announcing his withdrawal ...

    No confirmation, says India
    NEW DELHI, AUG. 1. The Government announced tonight that it had no confirmation of the release of the three Indian hostages being held by militants in Iraq. The Minister of State for External Affairs, E. Ahamed, said he, like others, had seen ...

    CPI(M) to campaign against petrol price hike
    NEW DELHI, AUG. 1.The Communist Party of India (Marxist) will launch a campaign against the hike in the prices of petrol and diesel and the proposal of the United Progressive Alliance to raise the foreign direct investment cap in strategic ...

    Sri Lanka triumphs over India
    COLOMBO, AUG. 1. Sri Lanka defeated India by 25 runs to win the Asia Cup at the Premadasa Stadium on Sunday. Chasing 229 for victory, India finished at 203 for nine. Sachin Tendulkar top-scored for India with 74, while Sri Lankan leg-spinner Upul ...

    WTO pact
    GENEVA, AUG. 1.Negotiators today celebrated their agreement on the framework of a new global trade accord after a week-long talks, but acknowledged that there was still a lot of the hard work ahead. The World Trade Organisation (WTO) agreement, ...

    JD(U) threatens to leave NDA if BJP revives Hindutva
    NEW DELHI, AUG. 1. In what appears to be an attempt to rein in the Bharatiya Janata Party, which is contemplating a return to its `Hindutva' ideology, the Janata Dal (United) today said a revival of the controversial issue would force it to part ...

    Vajpayee for united NDA
    DONA PAULA (GOA), AUG.1.The former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, today stressed the need to keep the Opposition National Democratic Alliance intact even as the RSS asked the BJP to remain firm on its ideology. This comes a day after the ...

    No terms for talks with Naga rebels
    NEW DELHI, AUG. 1.The Government has said there will be no conditionalities for talks to find a lasting and peaceful solution to the Naga issue. This assurance follows its extension of the ceasefire with the NSCN (I-M) for another year. ...

    Pawar warns dissidents
    MUMBAI, AUG. 1.The Nationalist Congress Party president, Sharad Pawar, today warned the party workers against dissidence and declared that the pre-poll alliance with the Congress would continue for the Assembly elections in Maharashtra. Mr. ...

    Tight security in Jamtara
    RANCHI, AUG. 1. Heavy security arrangements have been put in place in Jamtara in view of the appearance of the former Union Coal and Mines Minister, Shibu Soren, before the Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate Court tomorrow. Prohibitory orders ...

    Wipro boss in Fortune top 10 list
    NEW DELHI, AUG. 1.Wipro owner Azim Premji, Reliance Group Chairman Mukesh Ambani and Infosys Chief Executive Officer Nandan Nilekani are among Fortune magazine's 25 most powerful business people in Asia. Premji is No.10 on the ...

    Church blasts in Iraq
    BAGHDAD, AUG. 1.A series of explosions rocked five churches across Baghdad and the northern city of Mosul today, killing at least two people and injuring about 60 others.This is the first-ever attack on the country's Christian minority. ...

    Curfew relaxed in Manipur
    IMPHAL, AUG. 1.Curfew was today relaxed in many parts of Manipur. It was imposed on July 15 in the wake of protests against the recent custodial death of a woman. — PTI ...

    New York on high alert
    WASHINGTON, AUG. 1.The U.S. Government is considering raising the threat level in Washington and New York City for financial companies, a Homeland Security Department official said today. It was not immediately known what intelligence was leading ...

    RJD worker shot dead
    MUNGER (BIHAR), AUG. 1.A RJD worker was shot dead at Korra Maida in Bihar's Munger district. This triggered protests by local people who threw stones damaging six government vehicles. — ...

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