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Nedumaran sent only to help Gopal: Karunanidhi
The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Mr. M. Karunanidhi, today justified the Government's decision to send the Tamil Nationalist Movement (TNM) leader, Mr. P. Nedumaran, and some human rights activists to the forest, along with the official emissary, Mr. R.R. Gopal, to negotiate with the brigand Veerappan the release of the Kannada actor, Mr. Rajkumar, and the two other hostages.

Minutes not recorded: Karnataka
The Karnataka Government will submit on October 16 (Monday) the ``primary material'' asked for by a Supreme Court Bench hearing writ appeals and petitions in the Veerappan associates release case.

Centre ready to help: Advani
The Centre is ready to help the Tamil Nadu and Karnataka Governments in securing the release of the Kannada actor, Mr. Rajkumar, the Home Minister, Mr. L.K. Advani, said today.

 PA govt. in place in Sri Lanka
The People's Alliance of Mrs. Chandrika Kumaratunga today formed the new Government of Sri Lanka, ending two days of uncertainty following the emergence of a hung parliament from elections held earlier this week.

 Attack on U.S. warship kills 17
The U.S. administration today warned that it would not remain a silent spectator after a powerful explosion ripped a hole in a U.S. Navy Destroyer in the Yemeni port of Aden, killing at least seventeen sailors on Thursday.

Hard decisions inevitable: PM
On completion of one year in office, the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, today proclaimed that the fight against terrorism would continue ``till the terrorist's gun falls silent''; and indicated that some hard decisions on the economic front were inevitable.

 Nobel peace prize for Kim
The South Korean President, Mr. Kim Dae-Jung, won the Nobel peace prize today for his work toward peace and reconciliation with North Korea that led to a ground-breaking summit with his counterpart.

Passport revoked
The Government has revoked the passport of the underworld don, Chhota Rajan, who is in Bangkok and the Thai authorities have been informed about it, a foreign office spokesman said today.

Winter session from Nov. 20
The winter session of Parliament is likely to be convened from November 20, the Home Minister, Mr. L. K. Advani, said today.

India storms into final
A resurgent India stormed into the final of the ICC Knockout cricket tournament here today thrashing South Africa by 95 runs after a great batting display highlighted by skipper Saurav Ganguly's unconquered 141.

Vajpayee takes first steps to recovery
With the help of physiotherapists and a walker, the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, stood and took several steps today, said his surgeon, Dr. Chittaranjan Ranawat, and Dr. F.E. Udwadia of the Breach Candy hospital here today.


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