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Rabri, Nitish stake claims in Bihar
PATNA, March 1 — The two rival contenders for power in Bihar, the NDA and RJD, today staked their claim to form the government claiming they had a majority with NDA leader Nitish Kumar claiming the support of 146 MLAs while Chief Minister Rabri Devi did not produce any list.

Naveen to stake claim today
BHUBANESWAR, March 1 — Biju Janata Dal (BJD) President and Union Mines and Mineral Minister Naveen Patnaik will be formally elected the leader of the BJP-BJD alliance in Orissa at a joint meeting of the two parties here tomorrow.

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PATNA: Chief Minister Rabri Devi with her husband and RJD chief Laloo Prasad going to Raj Bhavan with supporting MLAs to stake claim to form government. — PTI

Bhajan chosen CLP Leader
Rival supporters come to blows
CHANDIGARH, March 1 — The former Chief Minister of Haryana, Mr Bhajan Lal, was “unanimously” elected Leader of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) amidst exchange of blows between his supporters and those of the Haryana Congress President, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, here today.

Arora quits as Haryana Speaker

War of quotations in RS
RSS issue rocks Parliament
NEW DELHI, March 1 — The controversial RSS issue continued to rock Parliament for the fifth day with the Lok Sabha adjourning without transacting any business while the Rajya Sabha witnessed uproarious scenes during discussion on the issue before being adjourned ahead of schedule.

HVC crisis deepens
SHIMLA, March 1 — The crisis in the Himachal Vikas Congress (HVC) deepened today with a majority of “members” of the executive committee through a show of strength revoking the suspension of the PWD minister, Mr Mohinder Singh, and the party chief, Mr Sukh Ram, describing the meeting as illegal.

Hold back old-design Rs 500 notes: RBI
BATHINDA, March 1 — The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) authorities have instructed all banks in the country not to reissue old-design notes of Rs 500 denomination with the Ashoka Pillar water mark and portrayal of Mahatma Gandhi on the right side.

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Papa, it looks a new millennium "Mahabharata" is going to start from Kurukshetra!
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Akal Takht chief dissolves WSC units
AMRITSAR, March 1 — The newly-constituted executive committee of the World Sikh Council (WSC) at its meeting here today presided over by the Akal Takht Jathedar, Giani Puran Singh, dissolved all zonal units of the WSC.
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