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 Jayalalitha sworn in CM
In what she described as a ``smooth transition'', the AIADMK general secretary, Ms. Jayalalitha, was today sworn in Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu ending all controversy over her eligibility to hold public office following the electoral disqualification.

 Accord with Malaysia on railway project
India today failed to obtain Malaysia's support for a separate summit meeting with the Association of South East Asian Nations as Kuala Lumpur linked the issue to improved relations ``between'' countries of South Asia, a clear reference to the Pakistan-India equation.

 Mamata blames it on Gill, Centre
A day after her defeat in the Assembly election, the Trinamool Congress chief, Ms. Mamata Banerjee, today stepped out in public to put the responsibility of the Congress-Trinamool combine's debacle at the doorstep of Election Commission, the BJP-run NDA Government at the Centre and the State administration.

Antony likely to be CLP leader
The AICC observers, Mr. Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mr. Motilal Vora, arrived here today with the specific mission of ensuring a smooth election of the Congress Legislature Party leader, who would naturally become the Chief Minister candidate.

Malaysia, India keen on evolving strategies in WTO
Malaysia and India view positively the possibility of their coordinating strategies in the World Trade Organisation.

 Mahathir sees bigger role for India in Asia
The Malaysian Prime Minister, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, today said he was happy India had given a ``public commitment'' to become a legal party to a nuclear-free zone in South-East Asia.

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