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Gujarat withdraws order on RSS
Oppn claims victory; PM denies Centre’s role
GANDHINAGAR, March 8 — Bowing to relentless Opposition pressure in Parliament, the Gujarat Government today withdrew its controversial circular allowing its employees to join the RSS, an issue that paralysed the Lok Sabha for over 10 days.

45 die in HP bus mishap
SARAHAN, March 8 — Fortyfive members of a marriage party were killed and 18 critically injured, when a private bus carrying them to Dinger village in Sirmaur district went over a cliff in the early hours today.

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Wreckage of the ill-fated bus, carrying a marriage party, after it rammed into the Pathankot-Jogindernagar train near Nurpur killing 10 persons on Tuesday night.
— Photo by PC

NDA, RJD head for showdown
Contest certain for Speaker’s post
PATNA, March 8 — The Opposition RJD today fielded a Congress nominee Sadanand Singh in the election for Bihar Assembly Speaker’s post tomorrow ensuring a trial of strength ahead of the confidence vote to be sought by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday.

Bihar issue rocks Houses
NEW DELHI, March 8 — Even as the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, today announced that the government had no objection to hold discussion on the RSS issue under Rule 184 in the Lok Sabha, proceedings in both Houses of Parliament were rocked on the Bihar issue.

Muthiah gets 25 months’ RI
Disproportionate assets case
CHENNAI, March 8 — Former Union Minister R. Muthiah was today sentenced by a special court here to 25 months’ rigorous imprisonment (RI) for accumulating ill-gotten wealth during his tenure as Speaker of the Tamil Nadu Assembly.

Left Front crisis deepens
CALCUTTA, March 8 — The stand-off in West Bengal’s ruling Left Front today persisted with the CPI, peeved at by denial of Rajya Sabha berth to it, rejecting a Front compromise offer of a seat in the upper House in the next biennial elections.

Kargil led to coup: Sharif
KARACHI, March 8 — Pakistan’s ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said at his trial today that General Pervez Musharraf plotted his overthrow after they clashed over incursions into Kargil last year.

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  Escaped ultra arrives in PoK
MUZAFFARABAD (PoK), March 8 — Ghulam Rasool, Shah, a top Kashmiri militant who escaped from Indian custody last month, has reached Pakistan occupied Kashmir, a spokesman for his organisation said today.

Pak Rangers build up defences
GAZNIWALA (Ferozepore), March 8 — With the Indian authorities trying to fence about a 5-km stretch of the Indo-Pak border here, the Sutlej Rangers on the other side have reportedly built up defences close to the international border.
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