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Prez Poll: SP hints at abstention
New Delhi, June 17
Samajwadi Party today sought to do a balancing act by adopting an equi-distance posture from both the UPA and the NDA and hinting at abstention as one of the possibility in the presidential elections while stating at the same time that Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat's stature was higher than that of the UPA's presidential candidate Pratibha Patil.

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Pratibha to file nomination on June 23
New Delhi, June 17
UPA-Left Presidential nominee Pratibha Patil will file her nomination papers on June 23, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunshi said here tonight.

Suicide bomber kills 35
Kabul, June 17
A Taliban suicide bomber blew up a police bus in the Afghan capital today killing around 35 people, police said.

The Afghan police inspects the bus after a bomb blast in Kabul on Sunday.

The Afghan police inspects the bus after a bomb blast in Kabul on Sunday. ó AP/PTI

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Despite trying to right historical wrongs, the BJP refuses to learn from its second worst defeat in UP after 1969. Instead of a thread-bare discussion as demanded by the outgoing state party chief Kalyan Singh, the BJP will listen to a lecture by eminent agriculture scientist M.S. Swaminathan at its national executive meeting on July 24-26.

Dimpa, supporters on fast; allege torture
Amritsar, June 17
Former Congress MLA Jasbir Singh Dimpa, his younger brother Harpinderjit Singh and 12 other co-accused, who are lodged in the Central jail in connection with the alleged killing of an Akali worker on January 29 at Beas, have gone on fast following alleged physical and mental torture.

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New Delhi, June 17
The Supreme Court will decide tomorrow whether to grant an interim stay or not against the Punjab and Haryana High Court order in which the High Court granted anticipatory bail to former Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, his son Raninder Singh, his former media adviser BIS Chahal and former Punjab Minister Choudhary Jagit Singh, who are facing allegations of causing heavy loss to the state exchequer in Ludhiana City Centre (LCC) scam.


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Proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), promotion of terrorism by fundamentalist groups in the neighbourhood and large-scale cross-border human migration into India are among the areas of increasing concern to the countryís security.

Land acquisition: 60 hurt in Asansol
Kolkata, June 17
The venue of the agitation today shifted from Nandigram to Asansol, the colliery town in Burdwan district about 200 kms from here, where the police had to fire several rounds of tear gas shells and resort to lathicharge to disperse an angry mob, mostly women and local CPM workers who had been obstructing the acquiring of lands in Purusattampore for the expansion of the Indian Iron and Steel Company (IISCO).

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