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Nation
Maheshwar project
PTI
(New Delhi)

NARMADA BACHAO Andolan (NBA) on Wednesday alleged that the US power utility Ogden Energy group has withdrawn from S Kumarís-promoted Rs 2254 crore Maheshwar hydel power project in MP.

Air Force meet
HTC
(New Delhi)

AIR CHIEF Marshal A.Y. Tipnis Wednesday inaugurated the Western Air Command station commanders' conference. The Western Air Command is crucial to the air defence as it's area of responsibility stretches from Bikaner to Ladakh.

Akshay, Twinkle engaged
PTI
(Mumbai)

FILM ACTOR Akshay Kumar was engaged to actress Twinkle Khanna Tuesday night. The ring ceremony took place at Twinkle's star mother Dimple Khanna's house at Juhu. Twinkle's father thespian Rajesh Khanna blessed the couple.

17 killed in TN road mishap
HTC
(Chennai)

AT LEAST 17 were killed on Wednesday in a road accident when a bus carrying a marriage party collided with a lorry and fell into a lake near Dharmapuri town in Tamil Nadu. The bus was returning from a pilgrim centre carrying 56 passengers when it collided with a lorry on the highway.

Militant killed
PTI
(Guwahati)

AN ULFA militant was killed in an encounter with police last night in lower Assam's Nalbari district, police said today. The man died on the spot in an exchange of fire with security men at Bormuri Konagaon. A country made revolver and some ammunition was recovered from the slain ultra.


Killings flayed
(PTI)

ALL INDIA Assam Students' Federation on Wednesday condemned the recent killings of non-Assamese in different parts of Assam and urged the Prime Minister to visit the state to "restore confidence among the people".

"We believe that these killings are done by the enemies of Assam and we condemn all such inhuman and barbaric acts," AIASF president Debajit Kumar Sarmah said in a release here.

50 sheds gutted
PTI
(New Delhi)

A fire broke out in the Sadar Bazar area of central Delhi early on Tuesday morning gutting at least 50 makeshift sheds.

Season tickets
PTI
(New Delhi)

THE RAILWAY Ministry has decided to continue the scheme for IInd class season tickets priced Rs 15 for the people in the unorganised sector having a monthly income of less than Rs 400.

States
Armyman held
PTI
(Lucknow)

AN ARMY jawan and an ex-serviceman, members of a kidnapping gang operating in the western parts of UP, were arrested by the police Wednesday following an encounter. Another member of the gang, Manoj, escaped.

Notice to Jagir
PTI
(Chandigarh)

THE PUNJAB and Haryana High Court Wednesday issued fresh notice to former SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur on a petition, seeking cancellation of her anticipatory bail. The plea filed was by Kamaljit Singh, who claims to have married Bibi's deceased daughter.

Security tightened
PTI
(Patna)

SECURITY HAS been tightened along the Indo-Nepal border in Bihar in view of the intelligence reports about ISI agents making a "frantic bid" to spread fake currencies in the state, an official spokesman said.

Darjeeling normal
PTI
(Siliguri)

NORMALCY RETURNED to three hill subdivisions of Darjeeling district today with the 72-hour bandh called by Gorkha National Liberation Front ending at 6 a.m. Darjeeling district magistrate Anil Verma said no major untoward incident was reported during the period.

Manak Award
PTI
(Jaipur)

PRADEEP SHEKHAWAT, a senior scribe of Rajasthan Patrika, has been chosen for the state's prestigious annual journalism award "Manak Alakaran" for his outstanding contribution to journalism and investigative reporting for the year 1999-2000.

12 buried alive
UNI, Hazaribagh
AT LEAST twelve people were buried alive when the roof of a coal mine caved in during illegal mining near Rauta village in Hazaribagh.

J&K cooperative elections
PTI
(Jammu)

ELECTIONS TO the cooperative bodies in Jammu and Kashmir will be held in the next six months, state minister for agriculture and cooperation, Chaudhary Mohammad Ramzan said. A high-powered committee would be constituted shortly for monitoring the working of all cooperative banks.

Award for Yesudas
PTI
(Vijayawada)

SINGER K.J. Yesudas has been selected for this yearís Dr Pinnamaneni and Seethadevi Foundation Award.

Prohibitory orders
UNI
(Bhopal)

PROHIBITORY ORDERS have been clamped in Khandwa following tension arising from a dispute between two communities.

Man held for rape
PTI
(Dharmapuri (Tamil Nadu))

A PERSON was held on for allegedly raping and murdering a Sri Lankan refugee girl. Shetty alias Kumaresan was taken into custody following investigations.

Three jawans hurt
PTI
(Jammu)

THREE JAWANS on patrol were injured when militants detonated an IED at Detha village in Udhampur on Wednesday.

Economy
Aeroflot for more flights to India
HTC
(New Delhi)

AEROFLOT IS keen to add four more passenger flights and introduce a cargo flight every week on the Moscow-Delhi route. Russian diplomats and Aeroflot executives met the civil aviation minister on Tuesday to discuss the issue.

Karnataka asked to extend KIOCL lease
HTC
(New Delhi)

THE GOVERNMENT has asked the Karnataka government to extend the lease of Kudremukh Iron Ore Company (KIOCL), a 100% export oriented PSU of the steel ministry. Karnataka had given the company only a work permit for a year when its 30-year lease period expired last year, which was renewed in July 2000 for another year

Exim Bank to invest Rs 25 cr in VC fund
HTC
(New Delhi)

EXIM BANK is making a foray in venture capital finance by investing Rs 25 crore in the India Technology Venture Unit Scheme, a venture capital fund promoted by the Unit Trust of India.

Microsoft launches Office 2001 for Mac
HTC
(New Delhi)

MICROSOFT HAS announced the launch of the Office 2001 for Macintosh. Office 2001 is completely rebuilt to better serve the needs of Mac users who in recent years have come to rely heavily on the world wide web, electronic mail, personal organizers, digital picture files and digital video.

GM to phase out Oldsmobile
Reuters
(Detroit)

IN ANOTHER sign of trouble among Detroit automakers, General Motors Corp on Tuesday said it would phase out Oldsmobile, Americaís oldest automotive brand, cut nearly 4% of its worldwide work force and would miss profit forecasts.

GM, the world's largest automaker, also said it will close an engine plant in Lansing, Michigan, and a passenger car production plant in Luton, England, in an effort to slash costs as vehicle sales show signs of slowing in its key US and European markets.

Foreign
Chinese ban on ultrasound
GNS
(Hong Kong)

Parts of China are taking action to stop parents from choosing the sex of their children after the publication of alarming figures which suggest that far more boys than girls are being born.

A new regulation in Anhui province, banning the use of ultrasound scanners to determine foetus gender, has been given national publicity after a survey from the region, reported by the official New China News Agency, revealed that "an unbalanced proportion (of boys)" had been born over the last six years.

The ban in Anhui is intended to provide a local reinforcement to a widely ignored national prohibition on the use of ultrasound in pregnancy, except for medical reasons.

Water hunt in the sea
AP
(Oslo)

A Norwegian company has begun an air and sea search for water in an area where there is nothing but water: the Mediterranean Sea. But the missing water is special. It is fresh and was held in a giant bag developed to transport water to dry areas, Nordic Water Supply said yesterday.

The bag, filled with about 20m litres of fresh water, broke free of the tugboat that was towing it to Cyprus. The ship lost the water about five miles off Cyprus on Saturday. "The company is investigating the cause of the accident," a brief statement from Nordic Water Supply said, adding that the search was continuing. The Oslo company developed its floating water bag in the mid-1990s and now uses it to supply fresh water in operations in many parts of the world.

Medical marijuana okayed
Reuters
(Calgary)

A Canadian, who uses marijuana to control multiple sclerosis symptoms, was given the green light to grow his own by a judge who ruled current legislation governing medicinal use was "absurd" and must be changed.Grant Krieger, who was charged with marijuana cultivation, launched the court challenge under Canada's charter of rights and freedoms, saying his rights would be violated if he was not allowed to grow marijuana for his own use.

Alberta judge Darlene Acton agreed, saying in her ruling the only other way Krieger, would be able to obtain it would be illegally. "It means I'm on the right track - it's more beneficial than any other kind of pharmaceutical I've put in my body to date," Krieger said afterwards.

Becker fans angry with siren rapper
IANS
(Berlin)

A singer of Indian origin in Germany, who was romantically linked with tennis star Boris Becker, has been receiving criticism from her fans, angry over the alleged affair. Sabrina Setlur, the 26-year-old rapper who has an Indian father, has a huge fan following in Germany. But she has been getting unflattering comments in letters addressed to her at her website. Setlur, often referred to as the "first lady" of Germany's rap world, is not having an easy time as the ubiquitous media and the pack of paparazzi photographers seem to be untiringly following her every move ever since rumours spread about her alleged involvement with the three-time Wimbledon winner. Both Setlur and Becker have denied, in separate statements, that they were having an affair.

Bengal tiger cub dies after surgery
AP
(Texas(US))

KARMA, A 5-month-old Bengal tiger, believed to be the first to undergo a heart bypass, died on Saturday from complications hours after the surgery. The tiger cub was in Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge in Texas.