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S.C. stays release of 51 Veerappan men
The Supreme Court today in the `Rajkumar abduction-Veerappan associates accused case' set aside the August 19 order passed by the designated court, Mysore granting `consent' to the special public prosecutor's application to withdraw `TADA' charges against 51 Veerappan associates, as the court's order ``does not meet the requirements of Section 321 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and is bad in law''.

Nedumaran pulls out
The Tamils Nationalist Movement leader and key negotiator in the kidnap crisis, Mr. P. Nedumaran, today suddenly refused to undertake any further mission to the forest to negotiate with the bandit Veerappan release of the Kannada actor, Mr. rajkumar, and another person.

 Munda raises banner of revolt
Refusing to take the oath of office as Union Minister of State, Mr. Karia Munda has raised the banner of revolt in the Bharatiya Janata Party even while staking claim to the chief ministership of the new State of Jharkhand to be formed on November 15. ``If I am not fit to be chief minister how can I be fit for the job of central minister,'' Mr. Munda told reporters, clearly seething with anger.

Good voter turnout in U.S. polls
In what is being billed as the closest Presidential election in the last 40 years, Americans headed to the voting booths today to choose between the Vice-President, Mr. Al Gore, and the Texas Governor, Mr.George W. Bush.

 CS passes away
Elder statesman and recipient of Bharat Ratna, Mr. C. Subramaniam, died here today. He was 90. He is survived by wife, two daughters and a son, Mr. Rajasekhar.

CS ushered in Green Revolution
A multi-faceted personality, Mr. C. Subramaniam, was one of the last distinguished leaders of a generation who actively participated in both India's freedom struggle and in her post- independent development.

Millennium scheme
The India Millennium Deposit(IMD) scheme of State Bank of India has been successful in raising a record $5.2 billions, about a billion dollar more than the $4.23 billions mobilised through the Resurgent India Bonds floated in the wake of the Pokhran tests in 1998.

PM to visit S-E Asia
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, is scheduled to visit South-East Asia next year. Mr. Vajpayee is likely to travel to Vietnam and Malaysia, while he has also invitations to visit Singapore, Indonesia and South Korea.

'Maran needs pacemaker'
The Union Industries Minister, Mr. Murasoli Maran, has undergone a ``temporary cardiac pacing'' procedure at Apollo Hospitals here on Monday night. He is stable and progressing well, hospital sources said.

Delhi HC grants bail to Rao, Buta Singh
The Delhi High Court today suspended the sentence of three years' imprisonment awarded by the trial court to the former Prime Minister, Mr. P.V. Narasimha Rao, and his then Cabinet colleague, Mr. Buta Singh, in the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) MPs bribery case. Mr. Justice R.S. Sodhi, who suspended the sentence, granted bail to them on their furnishing a bond for Rs. 10,000 with one surety each for a like sum.

Nityanand Swami to be made CM
Mr. Nityanand Swami, Leader of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council, will be the Chief Minister of the newly-carved out State of Uttaranchal, BJP sources said here tonight. Mr. Swami will be formally elected leader of the Uttaranchal BJP legislators in Dehra Dun tomorrow.

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