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 Forced to quit Cabinet, Jethmalani blames Sorabjee
The Union Minister for Law, Justice and Company Affairs, Mr. Ram Jethmalani, was forced by the Prime Minister to resign from the Cabinet. The sacked Mr. Jethmalani made a characteristically messy exit, hurling taunts at Mr. Vajpayee and accusations at the Attorney-General, Mr. Soli Sorabjee.

Arun Jaitley gets additional charge of Law and Justice
Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley has been given the additional charge of Law and Justice after Law Minister Ram Jethmalani resigned from the Union Cabinet, highly placed sources said today.

Jethmalani and his 'pin-pricks'
Mr. Jethmalani is right. There were far too many pin-pricks, though entirely of his own making. The foremost pin- prick the former Law Minister got from the Attorney-General was an opinion to the Prime Minister in what is known as the ``M.S. Shoes scandal''.

Kapil to be out of textbook
Whatever the outcome of the inquiry into the match-fixing and income tax raids on cricketers and alleged bookies, the Gujarat Government seems to have already pronounced its verdict against Kapil Dev - guilty.

 Sena keeps off NDA meet
The Shiv Sena stayed away from a meeting of leaders of the National Democratic Alliance held at the Prime Minister's residence today to discuss business before the monsoon session of Parliament opening tomorrow. However, Mr. George Fernandes, convener of the NDA, did not attach much importance to this, preferring to see it as simply a question of Sena leaders being unable to attend.

Mumbai police receive prosecution orders
L'affaire Bal Thackeray is inching towards its climax with police officials and lawyers giving shape to the chargesheet against the Shiv Sena supremo after the State Government allowed the Mumbai Police Commissioner, Mr. M. N. Singh, to initiate prosecution proceedings yesterday.

UP official probing corruption charges shot dead
Unidentified gunmen shot dead a senior official of Uttar Pradesh Government who was probing corruption charges against several employees of his department.

Chandrika Kumaratunga leaves for UK
Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga left for the United Kingdom today on a private visit. There has been no official word about the trip as details of Kumaratunga's movements are kept secret in view of the threat to her life from the LTTE, the Sunday Times newspaper said.

Blast kills six in Pakistan
Police picked up several people in Quetta, capital of Pakistan's western province of Balochistan, today after three bomb blasts killed six people and injured 22 others in the Garrison city overnight.

Inflation rate remains static
The annual rate of inflation based on the wholesale price index (WPI) remained static at 5.92 per cent during the week ended July 8, according to provisional figures. The rate was at 1.99 per cent a year ago.

Lions' death alarms officials
Four lions have died, two of them of rabies, at the famous Gir National Park in Gujarat's Junagadh district in the last 10 days sending alarm bells ringing in the State Government, Forest Department and among wildlife lovers.

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