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 Situation fluid in Bihar
So near, yet so far. This is the predicament facing the National Democratic Alliance and the Rashtriya Janata Dal in the run-up to government formation in Bihar in the ``hopelessly hung'' Assembly.

 'Hijack' mocks at security
The mock hijack of a Chennai-bound Boeing-737 Jet Airways plane by personnel of the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) in Bangalore today exposed the lapses in security at the Bangalore HAL Airport. At New Delhi, the BCAS said it would conduct an inquiry into the incident.

'CMG not informed'
The ``hijacking'' of the Chennai-bound Jet Airways chartered flight from Bangalore was ``successful'' though the Bangalore Police, the District Magistrate, the Intelligence Chief and the Airports Authority of India (AAI) personnel were quick in their reaction, the Commissioner of BCAS, Mr. Veranna Aivalli, told The Hindu here today.

RJD chief to leave for Delhi
In view of the fractured verdict delivered by the people of Bihar, the Governor, Mr. V. V. Pandey, will now have to decide whether to invite the National Democratic Alliance or the ruling Rashtriya Janata Dal to form the new Government.

Laloo calls up Sonia, CWC to meet soon
The Congress(I) Working Committee(CWC) is expected to meet soon, perhaps early next week, to decide its strategy on Bihar, including whether to support the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) or not.

EC seeks candidates' criminal records
The Election Commission has directed all the returning officers (DROs) to send details within 24 hours about the candidates with criminal antecedents who had won in the Bihar Assembly polls. According to State election office sources here today, the DROs were asked to send details about such candidates.

Ganguly named captain for one-dayers
The national selectors appointed Sourav Ganguly captain for the five one-day internationals against South Africa and for the Coca Cola Cup in Sharjah.

 PM for cut in power subsidies
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, today called for cutting down subsidies in the power sector saying it was not a solution to the problems. He also outlined the enormous requirement of funds for the power sector pointing out that in order to meet the demand in the opening decade of the new century, the country would need to mobilise about Rs. 11,00,000 crores as investment.

Govt. will not rush through CPC amendments, says Vajpayee
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, had assured the lawyers that the Government would not rush through the amendments to the Civil Procedure Code. An enquiry would also be ordered into Thursday's incidents in which lawyers were lathicharged resulting in injuries to several of them, Mr. S. K. Kaarvendhan, Chairman of the Bar Council of India, (BCI) who led a delegation to the Prime Minister, told The Hindu.

Sanctions will go after Clinton visit: PM
The Prime Minister, Mr. A. B. Vajpayee, today indicated that the sanctions imposed by the United States on New Delhi following the 1998 nuclear tests would be lifted when the President, Mr. Bill Clinton, visits India next month.


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