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Cong ready for coalition
Plans nationwide stir to dislodge NDA govt
Rajiv Gandhi Nagar, March 17
Realising that it might not be possible for the Congress to win a majority on its own in case of a snap general election, its leadership has changed track by declaring in the draft of its political resolution that it is ready for electoral or coalition arrangements with secular parties, even as it planned a countrywide agitation to dethrone the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance government.


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Congress President Sonia Gandhi and former party President P.V. Narasimha Rao discuss a point at the 81st plenary session of the Indian National Congress at Rajiv Gandhi Nagar in Bangalore on Saturday. Congress President Sonia Gandhi and former party President P. V. Narasimha Rao discuss a point at the 81st plenary session of the Indian National Congress at Rajiv Gandhi Nagar in Bangalore on Saturday. 
— PTI photo

Samata ministers adamant
Govt to start media war on Opposition
New Delhi, March 17
In a move to counter the Opposition, the National Democratic Alliance partners have decided to go in for an aggressive information campaign to fight the battle in the popular mind.

Tehelka calls it witchhunt; Centre denies
New Delhi, March 17
Days after throwing the entire government into a tizzy, Internet news portal, today charged the government with initiating a “scandalous campaign” against the organisation and ordering a probe against the company even as the Centre denied having ordered any investigation.



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Raise standards of probity, Vajpayee tells Army
New Delhi, March 17
A day after addressing the nation on disclosures made in the tehelka tapes and the government’s plan of action, Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee today urged the armed forces to raise the standards of probity, transparency and accountability.

Flag march by Army, 13 dead
RJD MP vows to kill Siwan SP
Patna, march 17
The ever so controversial RJD MP, Mohammad Shahabuddin, an accused in several criminal cases including murders, in a blatant show of brute power-cult that pervades the socio-political layers of Bihar, has vowed to kill the Siwan Superintendent of Police, Mr Bachchu Singh Meena, after the ‘rebellious’ district police force, under the leadership of the SP raided the village of the MP. 

In Spectrum today
Outrage at Bamiyan
By T.V. Rajeswar

Her stitched amulets
By Jayanti Roy



I think this is the right message for NDA partners!
by Sandeep Joshi

RSS gives govt a year on temple
New Delhi, March 17
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh today gave the Vajpayee government a year’s time to remove hurdles in the construction of Ram Temple at Ayodhya, saying there was a limit to people’s patience.

3 more killed in Kanpur
Kanpur, March 17
In a flare-up of communal violence, three persons were killed and a police Sub-Inspector was injured here today as frenzied groups set on fire five places of worship and about 40 shops belonging to minorities forcing the authorities to issue shoot-at-sight orders and extend indefinite curfew in two more areas.

Rebels in touch with Cong?
Shimla, March 17
Are the seven rebels of the ruling BJP maintaining a contact with the opposition Congress here? Chief Minister, P.K. Dhumal today said that he had information that one of the dropped minister went to meet the Congress Legislature Party leader, Mr Virbhadra Singh, at his residence here a few days ago.


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