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 Rajnath elected leader amid new optimism
The Union Surface Transport Minister, Mr. Rajnath Singh, who was asked yesterday by the BJP central leadership to replace Mr. Ram Prakash Gupta as the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, would be sworn in on October 28.

20 killed in attack on LTTE camp
An armed mob today stormed a Government rehabilitation centre for LTTE cadres in central Sri Lanka killed at least 20 inmates and injured several others. The attackers also set fire to the institute buildings. ``We can confirm that at least 20 inmates have died, and 16 injured,'' said Mr. Harsha Gunawardene of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Veerappan didn't want our emissary: Krishna
The Karnataka Chief Minister, Mr. S.M. Krishna, expressed confidence in the Legislative Council today that Veerappan would release the film star, Mr. Rajkumar, as the brigand was aware of the efforts made by the Karnataka and Tamil Nadu Governments to meet his demands.

Rich tributes paid to Kesri
The President, Mr. K. R. Narayanan, today led several political leaders in paying tributes to the former AICC chief, Mr. Sitaram Kesri, who passed away here last night after a prolonged illness.

Feverish activity over Cong. presidential poll
The notification of the election for the Congress president, which was supposed to take place today, was put off by a day as a mark of respect for Mr. Sitaram Kesri who died on Tuesday night. The notification will now be issued tomorrow and the nominations will take place on Friday and Saturday.

Medha on fast
The Narmada Bachao Andolan leader, Ms. Medha Patkar, today chose Bhopal for sitting on a five-day protest fast to build up public opinion against the recent Supreme Court judgment allowing construction of the Sardar Sarovar dam in Gujarat.

3 bodies recovered from Kursk
Russian divers today recovered three of the 118 bodies in the Kursk nuclear submarine which sank in August, a senior naval commander said.

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