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SC unseats Jayalalithaa as CM
New Delhi, Sept. 21. The Supreme Court today dealt a severe blow to the political career of the AIADMK chief, Ms. Jayalalithaa, by quashing her appointment as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu by the then Governor, Ms. Fathima Beevi, on May 14.

Fathima Beevi defends her action
Thiruvananthapuram, Sept. 21. The former Tamil Nadu Governor, Mr. Fathima Beevi, today defended her action in appointing the AIADMK leader, Ms. Jayalalithaa, as Chief Minister in May last. She took the decision according to her understanding of the law as it stood then, she said.

Force won't work: Taliban
Islamabad, Sept. 21. Confrontation between the United States and the Taliban appears inevitable as the latter today categorically rejected the four demands of the U.S. President, Mr. George Bush, seeking the handing over of Osama bin Laden and access to the hideouts of the Al-Quida in Afghanistan.

 Successor a surprise choice
Chennai, Sept. 21. The day-long suspense on whom the mantle will fall in Tamil Nadu ended around 7.15 p.m. when the AIADMK chief, Ms. Jayalalithaa, named the Revenue Minister, Mr. O. Paneerselvam, as her successor. It was a total surprise even to her Cabinet Ministers and partymen. Mr. Paneerselvam himself looked shell-shocked.

Taliban must act now: Bush
Washington, Sept. 21. Calling upon nations to join the war against terror and reminding them that they were either on the side of the United States or the terrorists, the U.S. President, Mr. George W. Bush, vowed that justice would be meted out to those responsible for killing thousands last week in New York and Washington.

Dhanush test-fired
New delhi, Sept. 21. The country's first indigenous ship-to-ship missile, Dhanush, was successfully launched today from a Navy vessel at sea. The 8.56 metre-long Dhanush has a strike range of 250 km. and was exclusively developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation.

HC ruling on Lok Pal
Cuttack, Sept. 21. In a significant judgment, the Orissa High Court today quashed the appointment of retired judge, Mr. K. P. Mohapatra, as the Lok Pal, stating the appointment was not in accordance with the law. Acting on a writ petition, a Division Bench of the High Court said due process was not followed under the provision of the law.

Postponed
New Delhi, Sept. 21. The crucial meeting of the Cauvery River Authority, scheduled for tomorrow, was postponed late tonight following a request from the Tamil Nadu Government.

CCS reviews situation
New Delhi, Sept. 21. The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) today reviewed the scenario in the region in the wake of developments arising out of the terror strikes in the U.S.


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