Sunday, May 25, 2003, Chandigarh, India
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3 new Cabinet ministers sworn in
Five Ministers of State also inducted into Vajpayeeís ministry
New Delhi, May 24
In a much-awaited Cabinet expansion-cum-reshuffle, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee today named three new Cabinet ministers and five Ministers of State to the Union Council of Ministers. The Cabinet ministers are Major-Gen B.C. Khanduri (retd), Mr Rajnath Singh and Mr Subodh Mohite, while the Ministers of State are Mr Prahlad Patel, Mr Kailash Meghwal, Swamy Chinmayanand, Mr Nagmani and Mr P.C. Thomas.

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UP RLD ministers to quit
No immediate threat to Mayawati govt
New Delhi, May 24
A day after Rashtriya Lok Dal chief Ajit Singh was forced to resign from the Vajpayee Cabinet, all five ministers of the party today decided to resign from the Mayawati government in Uttar Pradesh. 
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INLD retains Fatehabad seat
Fatehabad, May 24
Swatantra Bala Chowdhary The Indian National Lok Dal today won the Fatehabad Assembly byelection retaining the seat which fell vacant after the death of its MLA, Mr Leela Krishan. The partyís nominee Ms Swatantra Bala Chowdhary defeated her nearest rival Mr Dura Ram of the Congress by 7672 votes.

 
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Let Pervez time his exit as army chief: Jamali
Islamabad, May 24
Pakistanís Prime Minister Zafarullah Khan Jamali has called on the Opposition to stop pressuring President Pervez Musharraf to relinquish his position as head of the armed forces, saying that the General should be allowed to decide the timing of such a move.


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Cop kills Dy Commandant, surrenders
Mumbai, May 24
The CISF constable Raj Namdeo, who shot dead his Deputy Commandant A. Karandekar and took hostage six colleagues, surrendered tonight.
Airport officials said Namdeo surrendered at 0040 hrs after he talked to his parents.

No place for tainted: Hanspal
H.S. HanspalPhillaur, May 24
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief, Mr H.S. Hanspal, today asserted that there was no place in the party for people with a criminal or a tainted image and only honest and upright Congressmen would be given key party posts.

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Chandigarh, May 24
Apropos the news-item, HC Judgeís name included in FIR, published in these columns on May 24, The Tribune tenders an unqualified and unconditional apology. The report was not intended to defame any person or scandalise the judiciary.


Sikh clergy discusses Badalís letter to Akal Takht
Parkash Singh BadalAmritsar, May 24
The marathon meeting of the Sikh clergy held at the Akal Takht secretariat here today discussed the one-page letter of Mr Parkash Singh Badal who has reiterated his stand that he has not indulged in any religious misconduct.


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