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Blair's sister mugged
LONDON, Nov 28 (PTI) — A sister of British Prime Minister Tony Blair was recently mugged close to her home in Islington, north London, media reported today. Fortythree-year-old Sarah Blair, who works as head of publishing at the Association for Information Management in London, had got off a bus in Islington on November 11 when she was attacked by a man wearing a black balaclava and gloves.

Narrow escape
GUNTUR, Nov 28 (UNI) — Minister of State for Railways B.Laxman and three ministers of the Andhra Pradesh Government had a narrow escape when the Hyderabad-bound Naraspur Express carrying them came close to being raided by extremists at the Bellamkonda station last night. In a midnight attack, about 15 extremists tied up the Assistant Station Master and cut communication lines at the station between Guntur and Nadiku sections of the South Central Railway, the police said. The train carrying the ministers came to a halt at a level crossing near the station the extremists fled the station after police reached there.

Doctors' stir
MUMBAI, Nov 28 (PTI) — Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) today decided to approach Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh and Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal to seek an "amicable settlement of their demands" even as their indefinite strike entered the seventh day.

Train-bus collision
ISLAMABAD, Nov 28 (PTI) — Eight persons were crushed to death and 18 injured when a passenger train collided with a bus on a railway level crossing in the Singh city of Sukkur early today, according to official APP news agency.

Basu's copter
BARRACKPORE (West Bengal), Nov 28 (UNI) — A West Bengal Government helicopter, "Chetak", scheduled to fly state Chief Minister Jyoti Basu to Tarakeswar in Hooghly district today, overturned during run-up at Hindustan Aeronautic Limited hanger here seriously injuring three persons. Superintendent of Police Binay Chakrabarty said the helicopter, in operation since 1982, was used to carry the Chief Minister during his tour within the state.

Vajpayee meets Oppn leaders
NEW DELHI, Nov 28 (UNI) — Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee tonight held a meeting with leaders of opposition parties with an aim to evolve consensus on various issues, including the Insurance Regulatory Development Authority (IRDA) Bill, which are going to come up before Parliament beginning here tomorrow. Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Manmohan Singh, CPM leader Somnath Chatterjee and others attended the meeting. Official sources said there was consensus on some issues.

Brain fever cases
HYDERABAD, Nov 28 (PTI) — Thirteen fresh cases of brain fever (Japanese encephalitis) were reported in Andhra Pradesh today but the death toll remained at 154, the state Health Department said here. Pyrethurm spray, fogging operations, anti-larvel operations and residuary spray operations were in progress to control the spread of the disease.

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BSF battalions
GUWAHATI, Nov 28 (PTI) — There would be a shortage of BSF personnel along the Assam-Meghalaya and the Assam-Bangladesh borders following the deployment of four battalions in counter-insurgency operation in Manipur soon, a top BSF official said today. The four battalions, would be soon sent to Manipur, BSF Inspector-General V.S. Shirohi told reporters here.

8 hurt in air strike
BAGHDAD, Nov 28 (AFP) — Eight persons, including three children, were injured as us and British warplanes hit a primary school in the northern Iraqi town of Mosul today, a military spokesman said. "Nine formations of enemy planes coming from Turkey...bombarded primary school, in a residential district of the town of Mosul," North of Baghdad, he said.

11 die as train rams into jeep
PUNE, Nov 28 (PTI) — Eleven persons were killed and three injured when the Nagpur-Kolhapur "Maharashtra Express" rammed into a jeep at Nimpati gate near Ahmadnagar railway station early today. The Superintendent of Railway, Mr M.K. Karve, said the accident occurred when the jeep driver tried to manoeuvre his vehicle through a small opening near the level crossing gate which was closed for traffic on the Duand-Manmad section of Solapur division of the Central Railway.

Nigerians flee
LAGOS, Nov 28 (Reuters) — Nigerians tried to flee brewing ethnic trouble spots today after rioting here killed 50 persons and fanned fears of a backlash elsewhere in Africa's most populous country. The local suburb of Ketu, torn by two days of violence between local Yorubas and northern Hausas, was quiet today.

Capital punishment
KOCHI, Nov 28 (PTI) — Union Law Minister Ram Jathmalani today said he was against awarding any kind of irreversible sentences such as capital punishments. On the issue of introducing capital punishment in rape cases, the minister said "on an intellectual level, I am personally against any kind of irreversible sentences like capital punishment since no human judgement could be infallible".

Goa's trust vote
PANAJI, Nov 28 (UNI) — Goa Chief Minister Francisco Sardinha will seek a vote of confidence of his 14-member council of ministers on Tuesday. A special session of the Goa Assembly has been summoned to meet at 2.30 p.m. on November 30.

Desmond Tutu
JOHANNESBURG, Nov 28 (AFP) — Nobel Peace laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu today lashed out at President Thabo Mbeki for his reluctance to meet exiled Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama, who is due in Cape Town this week. Mr Tutu, currently in Australia, told Johannesburg’s Sunday Independent newspaper Mbeki’s decision was "sad" and that he was "disappointed."

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