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    Congress to go it alone in Bihar
    NEW DELHI, JAN. 13. The Congress unhinged itself from the Rashtriya Janata Dal in Bihar today by deciding to contest 80 of the 243 seats in the Assembly elections. But there is a tacit agreement that the allies and the supporting parties in the ...

    Government doctors off downsizing order
    NEW DELHI, JAN. 13.The Union Cabinet and the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs today took important decisions in the economic and social sectors, including exemption of doctors and paramedical staff of Government hospitals from the purview of ...

    Police withdraw summons after Acharya's objection
    KANCHEEPURAM, JAN. 13. The Special Investigation Team has withdrawn the summons issued to the Kanchi Sankaracharya, Sri Jayendra Saraswathi, to appear for questioning, according to the Acharya's counsel, A.Shanmugam. The police orally ...

    Bank accounts frozen, Kanchi Mutt in a quandary
    CHENNAI, JAN. 13. With the freezing of the Kanchi Sankara Mutt's bank accounts, reportedly all over the country by the Tamil Nadu police, the Mutt's functionaries and those running the associated institutions are breaking their heads on how to ...

    Compensation planned for retrenched workers
    NEW DELHI, JAN. 13. The Union Labour Ministry proposes to introduce a novel plan of providing compensation to workers who lose employment due to the closure of industry or face retrenchment owing to the liberalisation and privatisation policy. ...

    Workers to get salaries
    NEW DELHI, JAN.13. The Supreme Court today directed the Governments of Bihar and Jharkhand to deposit Rs. 75 crores for the payment of salaries of employees of State corporations. These people have been denied their salaries for years. ...

    Charges framed in Bilkis case
    MUMBAI, JAN. 13. Charges were framed today against the 19 accused in the Bilkis Bano case. The trial is being held here at the court of the Additional Sessions Judge, U.D. Salvi. The accused, including six police officials and a government ...

    BSNL, MTNL to launch broadband services
    NEW DELHI, JAN. 13. The Communications and Information Technology Minister, Dayanidhi Maran, will launch broadband services by the two public sector phone companies — Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited ...

    Smashing a hole in comet
    CAPE CANAVERAL (FLORIDA), JAN. 13. A NASA spacecraft with a Hollywood film name — Deep Impact — blasted off on Wednesday to smash a hole in a comet and give scientists a glimpse of the frozen primordial ingredients of the solar ...

    TCS profit
    MUMBAI, JAN.13. Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS) has posted a net profit of Rs. 643.81 crore for the quarter ended December 31, 2004.

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