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 Rao, Buta convicted in MPs' bribery case
A special court here today convicted the former Prime Minister, Mr. P. V. Narasimha Rao, and his Cabinet colleague, Mr. Buta Singh, in the `Jharkhand Mukti Morcha case' on charges of bribing members of Parliament to buy votes to save the minority Congress(I) Government in the no-confidence motion in 1993. Nine others were acquitted.

CBI to proceed with chargesheet against Hindujas
Notwithstanding the claim made by the Hindujas, the NRI industrialist family, that payments made to them were not linked to the 155 mm howitzer contract, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) remains unimpressed and today asserted that it had ``sufficient evidence'' to proceed against them.

Petrol, diesel, LPG to cost more
The Government tonight raised prices of petroleum products across-the-board while cutting import and excise duties on crude oil, diesel and motor spirit (petrol). This will reduce the oil pool deficit this year by Rs. 12,000 crores and oil bonds and other financial instruments will be announced later to cover the balance of the expected Rs. 23,600 crores deficit in this fiscal.

Cabinet to be expanded today
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, is to expand his Cabinet tomorrow, when he fills up the existing vacancies. A swearing-in ceremony is planned for 5 p.m. at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Authoritative sources suggest that the ``expansion'' is likely to be a mini affair, and the names of the new entrants would be finalised only tomorrow morning.

 He walks into the record books
In the world of sport, some race into history. A few others jump into history. No matter what they do, in an area of human activity where things are forever on the fastforward mode, most athletes get into the history books in quick time. Not Robert Korzeniowski. For the lanky Pole, it's been a long walk.

Veerappan not to send Rajkumar with Gopal?
The journalist-emissary, Mr. R.R. Gopal's mission to secure the release of the Kannada actor, Mr. Rajkumar, and two others, being held captive by forest brigand Veerappan, seems to have failed.

Naik gets the go-ahead for price rise
The prices of oil products will be hiked tonight, the Petroleum Minister, Mr. Ram Naik, said shortly after having a meeting with the Prime minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee.

 Lara Dutta for U.N. meet
Miss Universe Lara Dutta and Bollywood actress Manisha Koirala will be the only Indians to participate in the first-ever gathering of UN messengers of peace and goodwill Ambassadors on October 23.


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