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WikiLeaks: PM leads the govt charge against BJP
Puts up a spirited defence, terms Opposition’s bribery charges as wild

New Delhi, March 23
PM Manmohan Singh and BJP leaders LK Advani and Sushma Swaraj in Parliament.The Congress marshalled all its forces in Parliament today to demolish the attack mounted against it by a united Opposition over latest WikiLeaks cables suggesting that the UPA government won a crucial trust vote in 2008 on the Indo-US civil nuclear agreement by bribing MPs

PM Manmohan Singh and BJP leaders LK Advani and Sushma Swaraj in Parliament. — Tribune photo: Mukesh Aggarwal

"He (Advani) believes that being Prime Minister was his birth right and therefore, has never forgiven me... All I can say to Advaniji is that people of India have voted us to power in free and fair elections. Please wait for another three-and-a-half years."
— Manmohan Singh, PM
"It is the habit of the PM to blame others. If it is price rise then (Agriculture Minister) Sharad Pawar is responsible, if it is 2G then (former Telecom Minister) A Raja is responsible and if it is Commonwealth Games then (Suresh) Kalmadi is to blame."— Sushma Swaraj, Leader of Oppn in LS

Nation page: Poetic PM humbles Sushma; Sonia also speaks
Battle of the lawyers in House

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Heat and dust but no light at Khatkar Kalan
Khatkar Kalan, March 23
Cops gag teachers who demonstrated with black flags at the SAD rally on Wednesday. On Wednesday, Manpreet Badal could well be having the last laugh. Having set the cat among the pigeons by declaring his intention to unveil his new political party at a rally here on Martyrs’ Day

Cops gag teachers who demonstrated with black flags at the SAD rally on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Malkiat Singh

Gaddafi defiant as fresh explosions rock Tripoli
Pledges victory, says he is ready to die a ‘martyr’

Tripoli/Washington, March 23
A defiant Muammar Gaddafi today vowed to crush the “unjust aggression” mounted by western powers as fresh explosions rocked Tripoli and coalition forces set their eyes on halting Libyan tanks advancing towards rebel strongholds of Misurata, Ajdabiya and Zintan.

Jat stir continues, Delhi-Chandigarh Shatabdi among cancelled trains
Chandigarh, March 23
As the Jat agitation continues to wreak havoc on rail traffic in northern India, Railways today cancelled two important trains connecting the Union Territory with the National Capital.

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UK toughens visa rules for foreign students
New Delhi, March 23
In what could be a setback to many Indian students aspiring to study in Britain, the UK government has announced a major overhaul of the student visa system, tightening the entrance criteria and the post-study work route. The changes will be introduced in stages over the next year.

Italian envoy summoned over turban removal of Jeev’s coach
New Delhi, March 23
Enraged over top golfer Jeev Milkha Singh’s coach Amritinder Singh being asked to remove his turban for a security check at the Milan Airport for the second time, New Delhi today lodged a strong protest with the Italian Government over the incident.

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Time for the knock-out punch: India play Oz today
* Question mark over Sehwag’s fitness * Winner will play Pakistan in Mohali

Áhmedabad, March 23
Virender Sehwag, it seems, has not yet fully recovered from his knee inflammation and his fitness was a cause of concern for hosts India on the eve of the crucial knockout quarterfinal tie against Australia at the Sardar Patel Stadium at Motera here.


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