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 NDA team for stern action against T.N. Govt.
The National Democratic Alliance today passed the Tamil Nadu ``hot potato'' on to the Prime Minister and the Union Cabinet by demanding that the Centre take ``exemplary and stern action'' against the State Government and those police officials who had inflicted ``brutality'' on two Union Ministers and others on June 30.

 T.N. Govt. orders release of Maran, Baalu
The Tamil Nadu Government today ordered the release of Union Ministers, Mr. Murasoli Maran and Mr. T. R. Baalu, who were held for alleged assault of State police personnel during the arrest of the former Chief Minister, Mr. Karunanidhi on June 30.

 Karunanidhi not to press for bail
The DMK president and former Chief Minister, Mr. M. Karunanidhi, today decided not to press for bail in the alleged fly-over scam case in which he has been arrested.

Protest against Jayalalithaa's visit
The demonstrations by the BJP-Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha workers during the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Ms. Jayalalithaa's visit to the Guruvayur temple, led to a clash between the protesters and the law-enforcers, in which three persons were injured, one of them seriously, and nine arrested.

SC hearing on Karunanidhi arrest on July 9
The Supreme Court will hear after July 9 a writ petition challenging the arrest and detention of the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Mr. M. Karunanidhi and the two Union Ministers, Mr. Murasoli Maran and Mr. T.R. Baalu (detenus), by the Tamil Nadu Government authorities concerned.

BJP sees 'anarchy'in T.N., Cong. chides call for President's rule
The release of the two Union Ministers in Chennai did little to prevent the BJP and the Congress from taking up the cudgels for their allies. Mr. Venkaiah Naidu, Union Minister for Rural Development, issued an oblique warning saying that the Centre was studying the situation and would `act appropriately at the appropriate time and it will not be too late'.

Jayalalithaa effigy burnt in Vavuniya
A delegation of Tamil leaders representing 11 political parties today handed over a memorandum addressed to the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, protesting the arrest of the former Chief Minister, Mr. M. Karunanidhi, to the Indian High Commissioner here.

RS polls in T.N. on July 23
The Election Commission today announced that biennial elections to six seats from Tamil Nadu for the Rajya Sabha would be held on July 23. The notification will be issued on July 6.

 Prabhakar arrested
The former cricketer, Mr. Manoj Prabhakar (at right), was today arrested by the Uttaranchal police from his office in Delhi in the cheating case registered against him in Haldwani district.

Momentum as Pak. team in Delhi
A two-member official team from Pakistan is in New Delhi to finalise the security and protocol arrangements for the visit of the Pakistani President, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, between July 14 to 16.

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