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DMK pulls out, UPA govt in a bind
Chidambaram says we have the numbers as SP, BSP promise outside support to govt
New Delhi, March 19
The UPA government today received a setback with the DMK, its most trusted and long-standing ally from the South, pulling out from the coalition rendering it more dependent on the outside support provided by the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party.
DMK chief M Karunanidhi with his son MK Stalin at a press meet in Chennai on Tuesday.
DMK chief M Karunanidhi with his son MK Stalin at a press meet in Chennai on Tuesday. PTI

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DMK letter to Prez closes options for UPA
New Delhi, March 19
The UPA government’s efforts to placate its ally DMK were thwarted tonight when its southern ally handed over a letter to President Pranab Mukherjee withdrawing support to the ruling coalition, closing all options of a possible rapprochement.

Italy says Indian SC order violates envoy’s immunity
Rome’s defiance unacceptable: Sonia 

New Delhi, March 19
UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi today blasted Italy for refusing to send back the two marines to face trial for the murder of two Indian fishermen, even as Rome claimed that the Supreme Court order to bar the Italian envoy from leaving the country represented an evident violation the diplomatic immunity law.

Lok Sabha clears tougher anti-rape Bill 
Entails penalty up to death for grave sexual assault Marital rape not an offence
New Delhi, March 19
The Lok Sabha today passed a powerful anti-rape Bill that expands the definition of the crime beyond peno vaginal penetration and prescribes stricter penalties up to death for grave sexual assault.

Cong to put in place 3 zonal heads to assist PPCC chief
Chandigarh, March 19
The Congress high command is in the process of appointing three zonal heads for the Majha, Doaba and Malwa regions on the basis of caste combinations to assist newly appointed Pradesh Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa.


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PUNJAB: More than half working PSUs in the red

HARYANA: 'Jagrukta' rally in Gulha on March 24

J&K: Free-for-all in House over MLA’s anti-India rhetoric

HIMACHAL: Private universities’ issue rocks House

CHANDIGARH: Justice comes in record 17 days

LUDHIANA: Holi rush: Railways to run special trains

DELHI: Members disrupt House over attack on Cong MLA
BUSINESS: DMK exit from govt puts reforms at risk
OPINIONS: DMK blackmail

NATION: 37 die in Maharashtra bus mishap

SPORTS: Is this weakest Aussie team to visit India?
WORLD: Car bombs kill 65 on Iraq’s invasion anniversary




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RBI cuts repo rate, no immediate relief for borrowers likely
Mumbai, March 19
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) today cut its short term lending rate or the repo by 0.25 per cent to 7.5 per cent. Repo is the rate at which the central bank lends to banks. The step has been taken to boost growth and revive investment but the impact may not be visible immediately as several bankers are saying they would wait for current fiscal to end before passing on the benefit to home, auto and corporate loan seekers.

A lot of bull, but no one’s complaining
Karnal, March 19
In a major breakthrough in the dairy sector, the first male cloned buffalo calf with 100 per cent DNA of a quality bull has been produced by the scientists of the National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI), Karnal. As there is an acute shortage of quality bulls, the achievement can help reduce the demand-and-supply gap in the shortest possible time.

India, Egypt sign seven accords
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh promises all assistance to Morsi

New Delhi, March 19
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi in New Delhi on Tuesday. India today rolled out a red carpet for Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi with Prime Minister offering to share this country’s experience with the Arab nation in a wide range of fields
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi in New Delhi on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Mukesh Aggarwal





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