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Veerappan kidnaps thespian Rajkumar
Arson in Karnataka; Gopal to be sent as emissary

BANGALORE, July 31 — Kannada thespian Rajkumar and three of his relatives, including his son-in-law, were kidnapped last night by notorious sandalwood smuggler Veerappan from his farmhouse in Gajanur, Tamil Nadu, in a daring and swift operation triggering incidents of arson and violence in Karnataka.



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Both Houses condemn kidnapping
NEW DELHI, July 31 — Both Houses in Parliament today expressed anguish and concern at the kidnapping of Kannada matinee idol, Dr Rajkumar, by the Veerappan gang and urged the Centre to provide assistance to the Karnataka government for securing the release of the film star and arrest of the gang leader.

PM speaks to Karnataka CM

NDA govt in fresh crisis
BJD threatens to withdraw ministers

NEW DELHI, July 31 — The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is facing a fresh crisis with the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) threatening to break free if its demand to merge the erstwhile princely states of Sadheikala and Kharsuan in South Bihar with Orissa is not met before the formation of a separate Jharkhand state.

6 Army men killed in attack
SRINAGAR, July 31 — At least six Army men were killed and seven others were critically injured when a heavily armed group of foreign militants attacked an army installation at Sonarwani in Bandipore last night.

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Include Pandits in talks: Panun
NEW DELHI, July 31 — Panun Kashmir, a frontline group of Kashmiri Pandits, has demanded association of the community in any dialogue between the Centre and separatist organisations of Kashmir.

Bangaru Laxman to be new BJP chief
NEW DELHI, July 31 — The Minister of State for Railways, Mr Bangaru Laxman, will be the next President of the BJP. The 61-yr-old Mr Laxman will replace Mr Khushabhau Thakre. Mr Laxman will be resigning from the Union Council of Ministers after he takes over as party President formally.

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Padmanabhan may be new Army Chief
NEW DELHI, July 31 — There is an air of expectancy prevailing in the Army headquarters (AHQ) and the corridors of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) over the appointment of the next Chief of Army Staff.

Wadali brothers ‘defrauded’
AMRITSAR, July 31 — World-renowned Punjabi singers the Wadali brothers have not recorded a single cassette even 10 years after getting the President’s award while newcomers have earned lakhs of rupees by imitating their music. But the Wadali brothers prefer to stay away from the rat-race despite record companies hankering for their recording.

Shaheed Udham Singh Chair instituted
KURUKSHETRA, July 31 — A virtual sea of humanity had descended at the state-level function organised at Shahbad to pay rich tributes to Shaheed Udham Singh on his martyrdom day reminding one of the popular couplet “Shaheedon ki chitaon pe lagenge har baras mele, Watan par marne walon ka yahi baki nishan hoga” (There will be annual fairs at the tombs of martyrs, this is what they will leave behind after their death).
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