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 Thackeray arrested, freed by court
The Mumbai police today arrested the Shiv Sena chief, Mr. Bal Thackeray, after he dramatically put himself in the hands of the law today ``to end the tension of uncertainty''. He told the police he would meet them in the court even before the chargesheet was readied. The police then asked him to come to the Mayor's official bungalow to avoid the throng of the Sena cadre and formally arrested him.

I feel vindicated: Jethmalani
The former Union Law Minister, Mr. Ram Jethmalani, today said he felt vindicated with a Mumbai court dismissing the case against the Shiv Sena supremo, Mr. Bal Thackeray, as time- barred, a view which he had maintained all along.

 113 killed in Concorde crash
Just days after the grounding of one of British Airways' seven Concorde supersonic jets, one owned by Air France crashed outside Paris today, killing all 109 people on board.

PM's clean chit to Jethmalani
Mr. Ram Jethmalani is not a man who can be easily counted out. Two days ago he was shown the door; today he had reason to permit himself a smile. For the time being he has the satisfaction of being proved right about the status of the legal case against the Shiv Sena chief, Mr. Bal Thackeray.

Sack Maharashtra Govt., demand Sena MPs
The dismissal of the case against the Shiv Sena leader, Mr. Bal Thackeray, by a Mumbai court this morning led to noisy scenes in both Houses of Parliament with the Rajya Sabha being adjourned for the day shortly after the lunch break following clashes between the Congress(I) and Shiv Sena members.

PM hails Ceasefire offer
The Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, the Defence Minister, Mr. George Fernandes, and the Congress (I) today welcomed the declaration of unilateral ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir by pro-Pakistan militant outfit, Hizbul Mujahideen.

 Magsaysay for 2 Indians
Two Indians, an Indonesian, a Chinese and a Filipino have been chosen for this year's Ramon Magsaysay award for public service, the trustees announced .

Magsaysay for Filipino, Indonesian
Besides two Indians, an Indonesian, a Chinese and a Filipino have been awarded this year's Ramon Magsaysay awards for public service, the trustees announced today.

Missionary shot dead
A Catholic priest was killed and three other missionaries were injured when a group of unidentified militants opened fire on them at Balucherra in north Tripura district today, the SP (Operations), Mr. Dhurjati Gautam, said here.

Talks collapsed over Jerusalem
After 15 days of talks, the Camp David process has collapsed. Both the Israeli Prime Minister, Mr. Ehud Barak, and the Palestinian leader, Mr. Yasser Arafat, were scheduled to leave the United States later on Tuesday. The U.S. President, Mr.Bill Clinton, announcing the breakdown, said that even though there was significant progress the two sides were not able to reach an agreement ``this time''.

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