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Manmohan names Cabinet

Stalwarts of India's ruling Congress party grabbed key posts yesterday in the government of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with the finance ministry in the hands of a free-marketeer, a statement said.

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Manmohan is new India PM

Manmohan Singh, the Oxford-educated economist who crafted India's economic liberalisation policies, was sworn in as prime minister on Saturday, placing the Congress party back in control of the nation after eight years on the sidelines.

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Congress stalwarts to control Cabinet

Stalwarts of India's Congress party are expected to dominate the Cabinet of the new coalition government but the finance ministry could go to a non-politician, party sources said yesterday.

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Peace process with India will continue, says Pakistan

Pakistan's Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali said yesterday the peace process with India would continue, despite an imminent change in government in the wake of the Bharatiya Janata party's defeat in the election.

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Grinding poverty the reality for millions

B>T/B>HE shock defeat of India's ruling coalition was the electoral equivalent of a peasants' revolt.

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Rebels want talks to go on

Kashmiri separatists said yesterday they hoped peace talks with India over the disputed Himalayan region would continue even with a change of government in New Delhi.

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Congress committed to peace process

India's opposition Congress party, which is poised to take power, said yesterday it was committed to the ongoing peace process with nuclear rival Pakistan.

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Three killed as violent regions in India go to polls

Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee flashed a 'V'' sign for victory as he voted in yesterday's round of parliamentary elections and expressed confidence he would be returned to office for another five years, despite predictions his coalition might lose seats.


Team wins matches and hearts

They undertook the tour of Pakistan amidst uncertainty, fearing the unknown gunman who might target them because he bore a grudge against the rulers in Islamabad or New Delhi. The Indian Home Ministry almost cancelled the tour, citing security concerns. Coomi Kapoor looks at how cricket diplomacy won the day.


Behind the bags

The name Louis Vuitton (LV) harks back to 1852 when Napoleon III became Emperor of France. The Empress Eugenie seemed to have had a thing for the 'packing-cases' made by an apprentice craftsman. This young I>monsieur/Inamed Louis Vuitton gained the Empress' favour by coming up with practical and stylish ways of packing her beautiful petticoats and gowns.