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President okays session plan
NEW DELHI, Oct 14 (PTI) — President K. R. Narayanan has approved the government’s proposal to convene the winter session of Parliament from November 30. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Madan Lal Khurana said in a press note that the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha secretariats had accordingly been advised to take further action for issuing summons to members. The session which is likely to conclude on December 23 will have 18 sittings.

Anti-Taslima protest
DHAKA Oct 14 (PTI) — Thousands of activists of a radical Islamic group laid siege for several hours to the offices of the Deputy Commissioner and the District Judge in Sylhet town, demanding immediate arrest and hanging of the controversial writer Taslima Nasreen. Security was tightened today around the collectorate and the judge's court buildings in the town following the gherao yesterday.

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TN probe into rape
CHENNAI, Oct 14 (PTI) — The Tamil Nadu Government today ordered an inquiry by the Crime Branch CID into the alleged rape of a woman in custody by policemen last Monday, even as AIADMK leader J. Jayalalitha said the crime was another proof of "reckless governance" by the DMK in the state. Six police personnel who brought the three-month pregnant woman to the police station on October 12 night in connection with a charge of theft against her husband have been suspended.

Governor's appointment
BHOPAL, Oct 14 (PTI) — The controversy over Madhya Pradesh Governor Bhai Mahavir deepened with a former MP questioning his appointment saying as a resident of the state he was constitutionally barred from holding the office here. Addressing newspersons here today, Mr Shashi Bhushan Vajpayee said he had written a letter to President K.R. Narayanan in this regard as according to the Constitution, a person who was a resident of a state or was registered as a voter there, could not be its Governor.

Police station attacked
NAWADA, (Bihar), Oct 14 — A chowkidar was killed when suspected extremists attacked Akbarpur police station in extremist-hit Nawada district of Central Bihar last night, the police said today.

73 die in boat mishap
LAGOS, Oct 14 (AFP) — Seventythree persons, died when a ferry boat overturned, in a river in Nigeria's northern Kaduna state, the government-owned Daily Times reported today. The paper did not say when the accident happened.

Pak emergency
ISLAMABAD, Oct 14 (PTI) — The Pakistan Supreme Court has criticised the imposition of indefinite emergency in the country saying martial laws and denial of fundamental rights to the people had been a major cause for carving out of Bangladesh from erstwhile East Pakistan. In a detailed judgement on the petitions filed against the imposition of emergency in Pakistan after its May nuclear tests, a seven-member Bench, headed by Chief Justice Ajmal Mian, yesterday regretted that "unlike the Indian Constitution, there is no check on the perpetual imposition of emergency in Pakistan".

Patent treaties
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 14 (AP) — In a major decision, India has agreed to abide by the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property and the Patent Cooperation Treaty, according to the U.N. Patent Agency, the world intellectual property organisation. Both treaties will be binding on India as of December 7.

5 PWG men shot
HYDERABAD, Oct 14 (UNI) — Five PWG Naxalities, including district committee member Raji Reddy were shot dead in an encounter with the police in the forests near Banswada in Nizamabad district of Andhra Pradesh today.

INLD leader resigns
SONEPAT, Oct 14 (PTI) — Mr Jaipal Singh Machhriwala, former president of the District Bar Association, today resigned from the primary membership of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) in protest against the "dictatorial" attitude of party supremo Om Prakash Chautala. In a signed press statement, Mr Machhriwala alleged that Mr Chautala had lost the confidence of party workers and he remained surrounded by "opportunists". He also said Mr Chautala was extending the party's unconditional support to the BJP-led coalition government at the Centre for selfish reasons, despite the fact that the BJP was "Anti-farmer and anti-worker".

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