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 Nitish Kumar sworn in CM
The Samata Party leader, Mr. Nitish Kumar, was today sworn in as Chief Minister of Bihar by the Governor, Mr. V. C. Pande, in a move which evoked widespread criticism. The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), the Congress (I) and the CPI(M) sharply attacked the Governor and threatened to launch a Statewide agitation from tomorrow.

Gujarat 'rethink' on RSS order
The Gujarat Government is awaiting a clear instruction from Delhi on its January 3 notification giving permission to its employees to participate in the activities of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

Pande's haste baffles Opposition
Enraged at the Bihar Governor, Mr. Vinod Pande's inexplicable decision to ask Mr. Nitish Kumar to take oath as Chief Minister, and then to give him as many as ten days to prove his majority in the Bihar Assembly, the entire non- National Democratic Alliance political leadership has sought the intervention of the President, Mr. K.R. Narayanan, to roll back the ``undemocratic' act.

Governor's decision 'undemocratic'
Both Houses of Parliament today witnessed uproarious scenes over the decision of the Bihar Governor, Mr. Vinod Pande, to invite the National Democratic Alliance leader, Mr. Nitish Kumar, to form the new government in the State and had to be adjourned without transacting the customary private members business scheduled for Friday afternoons.

9 killed in bus blast
Nine passengers were killed when a bomb exploded in a Delhi-bound private bus from Jammu near here on the GT Road early this morning.

Badal, Kaur share platform
Ignoring the `hukamnama'(edict) of the Akal Takht Jathedar, leaders of the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal led by the Chief Minister, Mr. Parkash Singh Badal, shared a common platform with the excommunicated SGPC president, Ms. Bibi Jagir Kaur, at the annual delegate session of the party there today.

HC directive to U.P. on 'plight of widows in Vrindavan'
A Division Bench of the Allahabad High Court has directed the Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary to file an affidavit within four weeks informing the court of the ``plight of widows in Vrindavan''.

 Not Clinton, this village awaits son of the soil
This village may not have produced an Inder Kumar Gujral as Prime Minister, nor has it thrown up a Prakash Singh Badal - three times Chief Minister of Punjab.

MPCC may be reconstituted
Mr. Prataprao Bhosale, president of the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC), today resigned from his party post for `personal reasons'.

New Chief Secretary
The Chief Secretary of Bihar, Mr. S. N. Biswas was tonight changed immediately after NDA leader, Mr. Nitish Kumar was sworn-in.


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