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Submit report on efforts to nab Veerappan: SC
The Supreme Court today asked the Karnataka counsel to furnish in a sealed cover, ``primary material'' including police status reports stating the ``genuine'' efforts made so far to nab the brigand Veerappan, and also why he was not apprehended and the ``reality'' of the Government's ``perceptions'' including any alternative strategy it might consider.

'Centre involved in emissary choice'
The Karnataka Chief Minister, Mr. S. M. Krishna, today said the Centre was also involved in the selection of the Tamil nationalist leader, Mr. P. Nedumaran, as one of the emissaries to negotiate the release of the Kannada actor, Mr. Rajkumar, and two others being held hostage by the brigand Veerappan.

Team enters forest
The new team of emissaries entered the Thengumarata forests near Thalamalai here this morning in a bid to meet the brigand Veerappan and secure the release of the Kannada actor, Mr. Rajkumar, and two other hostages.

 PM's condition satisfactory
The progress of the Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, was satisfactory today after yesterday's operation to replace his left knee-joint at the Breach Candy Hospital here. His surgeon, Dr. Chittaranjan Singh Ranawat, said the pain was significantly less and `well-tolerated' by Mr. Vajpayee.

Hindujas deny charges
Lawyers acting for the Hinduja brothers have said that they were cooperating with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into corruption allegations but had not been informed of any charges.

Laxman assures Celeste of religious freedom
The U.S. Ambassador to India, Mr. Richard Celeste, today queried the BJP on a number of issues - religious freedom and the status of Christians in India, the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), the Kashmir issue and even the party's problems in Gujarat where it suffered a defeat in the local body elections last week.

PM will find way to reduce oil prices: Naik
The Petroleum Minister, Mr. Ram Naik, has said that the Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, would find a solution if the Trinamool Congress leader, Ms. Mamata Banerjee, persisted with her demand for a roll-back in oil prices. ``I feel the Prime Minister will find a solution; it is not a very big problem.''

Sri Lanka headed for hung Parliament
As Sri Lanka today appeared set for a hung Parliament with unofficial results showing the President, Ms. Chandrika Kumartunga's People's Alliance (PA) bagging 109 seats, four short of simple majority in the 225-member House, the Election Commission deferred the annoucement of final results by a day amid reports of wide spread rigging.

Cronje banned for life
The United Cricket Board of South Africa has imposed a life-ban on former captain, Hansie Cronje, who has admitted receiving money from bookmakers.

 2 share Nobel for Economics
U.S. economists, James Heckman and Daniel Mcfadden, won the 2000 Nobel prize in Economics, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said today.

Hizb ultras clash in PoK
The differences among the ranks of Hizb-ul- Mujahideen came to the fore when three activists of the outfit were killed in internecine clashes in Kotli in Pakistan occupied Kashmir(Pok) a few days ago.

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