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 Bihar goes to the polls with borders sealed
The Indo-Nepal and Indo-Bangladesh borders, along or close to the State, have been sealed from both sides for tomorrow's third and final phase of polling on which depends much of the State's political future.

Cong.(I) lays siege to Gujarat Assembly
Congress(I) workers who were protesting in front of the Gujarat Assembly here today against the State Government's controversial notification permitting its employees to participate in the activities of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh were teargassed and lathicharged and its women workers allegedly roughed up by the police.

Pak. awaits Vajpayee's response
Pakistan has said that if there was a ``positive response informally expressed'' by the Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, to a meeting offered by the Chief Executive, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, then ``we can move one step forward and take it to that formal stage which will facilitate this meeting''.

'Laloo trying to confuse voters'
The Congress today took exception to the Rashtriya Janata Dal chief, Mr. Laloo Prasad Yadav's statement that his party would form the next government in Bihar with the support of the Congress in the event of a hung Assembly.

M.P. law to deal with naxal menace
The Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr. Digvijay Singh, today informed the Assembly that the State Government would soon enact a law to deal with the problem of naxal menace.

Prof. Gopal questions ICHR stand
Professor S. Gopal, general editor of the ``Towards Freedom'' project, has sharply questioned the stand of the Indian Council for Historical Research that Professors Sumit Sarkar and K. N. Panikkar's volumes, which it has withdrawn, were sent to the Oxford University Press without the Council's knowledge.

Protest against film
A group of West Bengal Chhatra Parishad activists today tore apart posters of the film `Hey Ram' starring Kamal Hasan and attacked a north Calcutta cinema hall showing it, alleging that it had projected Mahatma Gandhi in bad light.

Sachin's choice for captaincy
The captain of the Indian cricket team, Sachin Tendulkar, has suggested that either Saurav Ganguly or Ajay Jadeja succeed him. Speaking after releasing a cricket book here, he denied his abrupt resignation had anything to do with the recall of Mohammad Azharuddin.

UNP not to participate in meeting called by Chandrika
Scuttling hopes of any immediate breakthrough in the fresh initiatives towards forging peace in Sri Lanka, the United National Party (UNP) today said that it would not participate in a meeting called by the President, Ms. Chandrika Kumaratunga, for tomorrow.

NHRC member
Mrs. Justice Sujata Vasant Manohar, former Judge of the Supreme Court, today assumed charge as a member of the National Human Rights Commission. She was appointed by a Presidential warrant on January 29.


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