||Blair's sister mugged
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.