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Bush's lead reduced: Another day of uncertainty
America may be headed for a long and agonising wait over who its next President is. Officials supervising the Florida recount said the tally would be announced by the close of business day today, but several steps have already been planned by disgruntled and angry Democrats who say their party and candidate, Mr. Al Gore, were denied a fair shot at the hustings in the State.

Jharkhand birth pangs continue
Fears are being expressed that the birth of Jharkhand on November 15 may not be an entirely peaceful or joyful event. There is an open fight for the chief minister's portfolio in the BJP, and Mr. Shibu Soren of the JMM(S) has indicated that he too will certainly stake his claim.

 Narayanan arrives in Singapore
The President, Mr. K.R. Narayanan, arrived here tonight on a four-day visit to the City-State. He was given a warm welcome at the Changi airport.

Central forces for Ranchi
Faced with an uncertain political situation and amid fears that Adivasi and militant organisations could create trouble on November 15, when Jharkhand attains statehood, the Centre is rushing about 15 companies of para-military forces to Ranchi.

Tatas, Hindujas among bidders for AI
At least eight prominent business groups and leading international airlines, including the Tatas and Singapore Airlines (SIA) together, are understood to have made a bid for Air India, a day ahead of the last date for submission of expressions of interest (EOI) for the international carrier.

 U.K. specialist examines Maran
The Union Industries Minister, Mr. Murasoli Maran, was today examined by Dr. Ulrich Sigwart, Chief of Invasive Cardiology, Royal Brompton Hospital, London, at Apollo Hospitals here.

Parrikar Govt. wins trust vote
The 17-day old BJP-led Government in Goa, headed by Mr. Manohar Parrikar, today won the vote of confidence in the Legislative Assembly. The motion was adopted by voice vote.

Fire in Writers' Building
The West Bengal Finance Minister, Mr. Asim Dasgupta, escaped unhurt after a fire broke out in his chamber at Writers' Building today. Mr. Dasgupta, a honorary professor of economics at Calcutta University, had just returned to office from his weekly lecture when the fire broke out around 1.25 p.m. in an ante-chamber. Firemen had a tough time fighting the blaze, as most of the fire extinguishers lining the corridor were found defunct.


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