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Solution to Cauvery row 'before Aug 12'
CHENNAI, July 26 (PTI, UNI) — Prime Minister A.B. Vajpayee will be able to hammer out a solution "acceptable to all parties" on the Cauvery waters before August 12, the date fixed for hearing of the case by the Supreme Court, BJP General Secretary M. Venkaiah Naidu said here today.
The solution could come through "talks" with the chief ministers of the states concerned or through "other means", he told reporters.
Dismissing any threat to the Vajpayee Government on the issue, he asserted that the AIADMK supremo, Ms Jayalalitha, would not withdraw support to the government over the issue. "There will not be any withdrawal of support by the AIADMK," he said.
Asked to comment on Ms Jayalalitha’s remarks that the BJP leadership lacked political will to settle the issue, he said: "You will soon know whether we have the political will or not."
On Ms Jayalalitha’s threat of "disastrous consequences" if the Centre did not notify the draft scheme to implement the interim award of the Cauvery waters disputes tribunal, Mr Naidu said she had every right to raise her voice to protect the interests of Tamil Nadu.
8 YC activists held in eve-teasing case
CHENNAI, July 26 (PTI) — The sordid episode of eve-teasing to which a city college girl Sarika Shah became a victim, today took political overtone with the arrest of eight Youth Congress volunteers.
Besides the eight, the driver of the autorickshaw in which the culprits travelled, was also held. The arrests were made on the basis of information provided by two eyewitnesses, Police Commissioner P. Kalimuthu told reporters.
All nine were produced before a magistrate who remanded them to police custody for 10 days.
Narrating the July 18 incident, Kalimuthu said six of the activists who were actually travelling by the autorickshaw, sprayed water on the girl near her college, when one of them lost balance and fell on her. The girl also went down under the impact and suffered head injuries. She died on Friday.
He said the vehicle had been hired by Murugan, a second rung leader, for attending a meeting addressed by All-India Youth Congress Chief Manish Tiwari here that day and the six were returning after the meeting.
After the arrest, the seven involved were taken to the spot and asked to re-enact the incident.

Bihar flood situation grim
PATNA, July 26 (PTI) — Swollen rivers inundated fresh areas in Darbhanga and Sitamarhi districts of Bihar as the flood situation continued to be grim in the state today. The embankment of the Adhwara group of rivers breached at two places last night inundating scores of villages of Bathnaha, Bajpati and Sursand panchayats, official sources in Sitamarhi said. The situation in Darbhanga also worsened due to a breach in the embankment of Kamlabalan. The worst affected blocks were Kusheshwarsthan, Ghanshyampur and Sighwara, officials said.
47 feared drowned
RAMESWARAM, July 26 (PTI) — Fortyseven Sri Lankan refugees, including 15 women and five children, were feared drowned when their boat capsized off the Rameswaram Coast in Tamil Nadu early today, official sources said. Five persons swam to safety and had since reached here, the sources said. Indian Coast Guard and Sri Lankan Navy personnel launched search operations for the missing refugees. However, the chances of finding survivors were bleak due to rough sea conditions, the sources quoted the survivors as saying.
Naxalite leader
PATNA, July 26 (UNI) — Naxalite leader and Politburo member of the CPML (Liberation) group Nagabhusan Patnaik and his family members escaped unhurt when his house was attacked and ransacked by some processionists at Gunupur in Rayagada district of Orissa, his party sources said here today.Top
Rail services
CALCUTTA, July 26 (PTI) — Train services on the Jharsuguda-Sambalpur-Titilagarh section of the South-Eastern Railway were today affected for over nine hours due to an agitation and blockade by some persons at Sambalpur station today. As a result, 8012-Dn Sambalpur-Howrah Ispat Express was cancelled today from Sambalpur, railway sources said. They said the 8011-Up Sambalpur Ispat Express, which left Howrah this morning, would be terminated at Jharsuguda.
Deputy Speaker
JAIPUR, July 26 (UNI) — The Rajasthan Legislative Assembly will elect its Deputy Speaker on July 28 after question hour, acting secretary of the House Mahesh Tanwar said today. Mr Tanwar told UNI that the proposal of candidatures could be made till 12 a.m. tomorrow. The Deputy Speaker's post fell vacant on July 24 after Mr Samarath Lal Meena (BJP) was elected Speaker.
Assam floods
GUWAHATI, July 26 (UNI) — Thousands of people were forced to take shelter in the highlands as their houses were submerged again by the Puthimari and Pagladia rivers in Assam's Nalbari and Rangiya division, official reports said. The rivers were rising alarmingly due to incessant heavy rain in the catchment areas during the past three days, the reports said.
Shot dead
HYDERABAD, July 26 (PTI) — A Congress worker was shot dead by four persons at Mochanda Nagaram village in Warangal district, official reports said here today. Four persons went to the house of R. Saraya, who was also chairman of local Fishermen Committee, yesterday and asked him to accompany them to a nearby place "to discuss some matter". Later, his body was found in a paddy field, the reports said.
6 killed
MUZAFFERPUR, July 26 (PTI) — Six persons were killed and 12 seriously injured when their jeep and a truck collided near Siho village in Bihar's Muzafferpur district, the police said today. The driver of the jeep, on its way to Samastipur from here, was among those killed yesterday, the police said, adding the injured were admitted to a local hospital.Top

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