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 Soren pulls out, swears to become CM
Having snapped ties with the National Democratic Alliance after it turned down support to form a government in the new Jharkhand State, the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (Soren) today asserted the party would come to power with the backing of non- NDA parties.

Uma Bharti back in Cabinet
The Vajpayee Council of Ministers will be further expanded tomorrow, with the inclusion of at least three Ministers. There will also be a minor reshuffle of portfolios, as well as a Cabinet-rank promotion for Mr. Arun Jaitely.

Choice narrows down to Marandi
With just two more days left for the formation of Uttaranchal, the race for the Chief Minister seems to have narrowed down to one of the MLAs or MLCs of the new State, and in Jharkhand the choice is expected to be Mr. Babulal Marandi who has been asked by the Prime Minister to resign from his position as Minister of State in the Union Council of Ministers.

Major changes sought in law on arrest
The Law Commission has suggested sweeping changes in the law governing arrest to prevent the abuse and misuse of the power of arrest by the law enforcing agencies.

 A photo-finish likely for White House
Americans head to the polling booths tomorrow as the nation gears itself to watch one of the most closely contested elections, not just for the presidency, but for the Congress too. If there has been one thing consistent in the last several weeks, it is an assessment that the race for the White House is going to be too close to call. There is talk of a candidate winning the 270 Electoral College votes and still losing the popular vote; many are looking at this possibility in case there is a tie in the Electoral College.

11 killed in clashes
Sectarian clashes claimed 11 lives and rendered 32 injured here last night following which an indefinite curfew was clamped on the town. Police and Rapid Action Force have been deployed to restore peace, officials said today.

Vehicles, exam centre torched
A government building was gutted and an examination hall of Manipur University and two government vehicles were torched at different places in Manipur ahead of a bandh called from midnight tonight to protest the killings of 10 persons in the crossfire during an encounter between insurgents and security forces.

200 killed in road crash
About 200 people were killed when a petrol tanker lost control and rammed vehicles before bursting into flames in south-west Nigeria at the week-end.

BJP MLA shot dead
The BJP MLA, Mr. Nirbhay Pal Sharma, was shot dead by some unidentified assailants at his residence here last night, police said today.

Gore for U.S. intervention, Bush cautious
Twentyfive years after the disastrous American intervention in Vietnam and a decade after the successful use of force in the Persian Gulf to restore the sovereignty of Kuwait, the question of when and where to use force has become a major divide in the current national security debate in the United States.


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