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 Jharkhand is born; Marandi is CM
Jharkhand, 28th state of the Indian Union, was born shortly past midnight tonight with the swearing in of the Governor, Mr. Prabhat Kumar, and the Chief Minister, Mr. Babulal Marandi, whose oath-taking was delayed by half-an-hour following a last-minute drama of claim to Government formation by his rival, the JMM(S) chief, Mr. Shibu Soren.

 VHP bid to perform 'yajna' in Qutb foiled
Tension ran high in the vicinity of the Qutb Minar here on Tuesday after a large number of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal activists gathered to perform a ``yajna'' inside the complex.

Mystery over helicopter crash
Mystery continues to surround Sunday's helicopter crash in the Rann of Kutch, with the Indian Air Force withholding comment on the cause.

OIC wants special envoy on J&K
The Organisation of Islamic Conference, which concluded its summit in Doha today, has asked its Secretary- General, Mr. Azzedine Laraki, to appoint a special representative to deal with the Kashmir dispute and to send a fact-finding mission to the region.

Recount deadline will stand: judge
A Florida judge today ruled that the Secretary of State, Ms. Katherine Harris' decision fixing a 5 p.m. vote recount deadline certification (IST 3.30 a.m. Wednesday) in the U.S. presidential election in some counties will stand.

Support not forever: Mamata
The Railway Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo, Ms. Mamata Banerjee, signalled to the BJP that her party might withdraw support to the BJP-led NDA Government at the Centre in the days ahead.

Passport for Lone
Senior Hurriyat leader, Mr. Abdul Gani Lone, is being given a passport to attend his son's marriage with the daughter of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chief, Mr. Amanullah Khan, in Rawalpindi on November 19, it was officially stated today.

Bank strike today
More than 10 lakh employees will go on a one- day token strike tomorrow to protest against privatisation of the public sector banks, but the Government is sticking to its plan to introduce a Bill in the winter session of Parliament to enable it to reduce its equity in the banks from 51 per cent to 33 per cent.


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