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 Huge voter turnout for Congress presidential poll
The long and high-spirited battle for the Congress presidency came to an end this evening. The election, necessitated by Mr. Jitendra Prasada's decision to challenge party president, Ms. Sonia Gandhi, was marked by a huge voter turnout and stray clashes between rival supporters, particularly in Lucknow and Chennai.

Prasada supporters lathicharged
The Congress presidential elections was marked by high drama with supporters of Mr. Jitendra Prasada and Mrs. Sonia Gandhi raising high-pitch slogans at the State party headquarters here which was placed under virtual siege by the security forces.

 Half my job is done: Madhavan
``Fifty five per cent of my job is done,'' said Mr. K. Madhavan, former Joint Director, CBI, and Special Commissioner appointed by the BCCI to study the CBI report on match-fixing, after examining cricketers Ajay Jadeja and Nayan Mongia and former Indian physio, Dr. Ali Irani, here on Sunday.

New Mexico police impound ballots
In an indication of the widening battle between the Republicans and the Democrats over the outcome of the presidential election of November 7, the State Police in New Mexico have started impounding ballots after lawyers of the Grand Old Party asked the courts for protection for early voting and absentee ballots.

Will the wedlock untie the knot?
The wedding of the daughter of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chief, Mr. Amanullah Khan, with the son of senior Hurriyat leader, Mr. Abdul Gani Lone, scheduled for November 19 in Rawalpindi is proving troublesome for all concerned.

Maran 'improving'
The condition of the ailing Industry Minister, Mr.Murasoli Maran, has `definitively improved' and he would neither have to undergo any further surgical procedure for his heart problem nor have to go abroad for treatment, according to Dr.Pratap C. Reddy, Chairman of the Apollo Hospitals here.

Gopal yet to leave Chennai
Even as the Tamils' Nationalist leader, Mr.P.Nedumaran, and the two human rights activists accompanying him are learnt to have reached Erode today, the `Nakkeeran' Editor and the Government emissary, Mr.R.R.Gopal, is yet to leave city for Sathyamangalm forest to resume negotiations with the Brigand to secure the release of Mr.Rajkumar.

Gujarat Minister resigns
The Gujarat Health and Civil Supply Minister, Mr. Ashok Bhatt, chargesheeted in a 1985 anti- reservation riot case in Ahmedabad, today resigned from the Keshubhai Patel Ministry on ``moral grounds.'' He told presspersons he resigned to seek justice from the court.


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