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DMK to pull out of UPA govt
n Break-up a fallout of seat-sharing failure in Tamil Nadu
n But the party will continue to offer issue-based support from outside
Chennai, March 5
Furious with the Congress for demanding 63 seats of its choice for the forthcoming Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu, the DMK, a key constituent of the UPA, today decided to withdraw its ministers from the Central government and offer issue-based support to the UPA regime from outside.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi chairs a DMK meeting in Chennai on Saturday.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi chairs a DMK meeting in Chennai on Saturday. — PTI

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Parting third time in 4 decades
Chennai, March 5
This is the third time, the DMK is parting ways with the Congress, against which the party was founded by CN Annadurai and his colleagues in 1949. It was DMK chief Karunanidhi, who deviated from the firm anti-Congress line pursued by its founders and formed an alliance with the Congress, led by former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1971, against the wishes of the parent organisation the Dravidar Kazhagam.

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Centre to review security curbs affecting J-K tourism
New Delhi, March 5
The government plans to undertake a comprehensive review of a range of security-based restrictions that are hampering the tourism potential of Jammu and Kashmir. A working group comprising members of the ministries of Home, Defence, External Affairs, the Indian Mountaineering Foundation and the state government is likely to be set up for the purpose.

Garg panel to probe Chhillar killings
Chandigarh, March 5
A former Judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Justice TP Garg, will probe the killings of over 20 Sikhs in Hondh Chhillar village in Rewari district of Haryana and the damage caused to their property in November 1984.

Indian-origin officer to head Singapore Army
Singapore, March 5
Singapore has appointed Brigadier General Ravinder Singh as its next army chief, the first Sikh in nearly 30 years to be given the force's baton. Brig Gen Ravinder Singh, 41, will take over from Major-General Chan Chun Sing on March 25, the Straits Times reported. A Singaporean of Indian origin, Brig Gen Singh is currently the Deputy Secretary (Technology) in the Defence Ministry. He had joined the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) in December 1982.



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Pak on tinderbox poised to explode: Zardari
Washington, March 5
Blaming the recent political assassinations on religious fanatics, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari today warned that fanaticism in his nation was a “tinderbox” poised to explode across the country and asked Washington to avoid confrontation and work together with Islamabad against terror.

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Memories of Slumdog star’s fame go up in flames
Mumbai, March 5
The home of ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ child star Rubina Ali and the awards she won for the Oscar-winning film were destroyed in a major fire that raged through a slum in suburban Bandra yesterday night. In the blaze, at least 21 persons were injured and over 2,000 rendered homeless.

Rubina Ali of ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ fame in front of her gutted house in Bandra, Mumbai, on Saturday. Not only her home, but her Oscar citation was also destroyed.

Rubina Ali of ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ fame in front of her gutted house in Bandra, Mumbai, on Saturday. Not only her home, but her Oscar citation was also destroyed. — PTI




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