Florida holds the key to White House
Suspense continues over who the next
President of the United States will be. All eyes are on Florida,
where it is down to a few hundred popular votes, with both
candidates also scrambling for its 25 Electoral College votes.
After making a concession call to the Texas Governor, Mr. George
W. Bush, the Vice-President, Mr. Al Gore, retracted it.
A close race awaits a nail-biting finish
Call it what you want - interesting,
exciting, incredible or even bizzare - but the fact remains that
well into the morning on Wednesday the outcome of the U.S.
Presidential election remained unknown. And it might well remain
this way for a week at least.
Hillary makes history
It was a sweet moment for Ms. Hillary Rodham
Clinton - for the first time in American history a First Lady was
elected to public office. The victory over the Republican
Congressman, Mr. Rick Lazio, for the New York Senate seat saw Ms.
Clinton open a political career of her own that many think will
not stop at Capitol Hill. ``I just wanted to say from the bottom
of my heart: Thank you, New York,'' Ms. Clinton said.
The Indian stock exchanges and the foreign
exchange markets remained fairly insulated from the tumultuous
U.S. election results today. Despite the fluctuating fortunes of
Mr. Al Gore and Mr. George Bush the sensex broke the 4,000-point
barrier mid-session, but later closed at a level of 3,954 points,
a rise of 73.88 points over Tuesday's close.
Margaret Atwood wins Booker
Ms. Margaret Atwood has won the œ 21,000 Booker
prize for her novel ``The Blind Assassin''. She beat five
contenders, including Ms. Trezza Azzoparbi and Mr. Kazuo
Ishiguro, both of whom were widely tipped to win the prize.
Nityanand is Uttaranchal CM
The midnight hour tonight heralded the birth
of Uttaranchal as the 27th State of the country, climaxing long
years of struggle by people of the region.
The desperate pleas by the sons of the Kannada
actor, Mr. Rajkumar, notwithstanding, the Tamil Nationalist
Movement leader, Mr. P. Nedumaran, today ruled out undertaking
another mission to the forest to negotiate with Veerappan.
LTTE chief for direct talks with Chandrika?
The chief of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil
Eeelam, Mr. V. Prabhakaran, has shown an inclination to hold
direct negotiations with the Sri Lankan President, Ms. Chandrika
Kumaratunga. At least this seems to be the assessment of a
section of the Indian security establishment.
`Maran still 'serious'
The Union Industries Minister, Mr.Murasoli
Maran, who is admitted to Apollo Hospitals with a heart ailment,
is still in a ``serious condition'', according to hospital
authorities. He developed oedema in the lungs on Tuesday night
and was subjected to a procedure called ``alcohol ablation'' to
meet the emergency.
Daewoo Motor goes bankrupt
South Korea's troubled Daewoo Motor Company was
today officially declared bankrupt, creditor banks said.
Violence mars PCC election
Firing and stampede at the Sadaquat Ashram, State
headquarters of the Congress here, led to suspension of the
organisational poll programme as the BPCC acting president, Mr.
Chandan Bagchi, saw a conspiracy to eliminate him.
Goa trust vote today
The Goa Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Parrikar,
heading a Bharatiya Janata Party-Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party