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October 9

'The PM has selected the best talent in the world'
'He is awesome! Certainly, Dr Chittaranjan Ranawat is the best,' says Dr Nilesh Patel who also works at the Lenox Hill Hospital, New York.

The PM's new knee could last 12 years
By the fifth day the patient can stand with support and walk with the help of a walker. The sutures are usually removed by the tenth day and physiotherapy continues for eight to ten days.

'He has the magic touch'
Twelve years ago, Dr Ranawat relieved Bimal Maheswari from three years of agonising pain.

'Who else will take care of our PM?'
'Elders have to be respected. That's what Hindu culture has imbibed in us,' says one mall owner at Breach Candy, Bombay.

Pakistan thrash Lanka, move into semis
What promised to be a hotly contested quarterfinal between two strong subcontinental teams turned out to be a walkover, as Pakistan romped to a nine-wicket win. Prem Panicker reports.

Hostage crisis affects pomp of Mysore's Dussehra
What was to have been a millennium show of grandeur and gaiety was subdued, with people only from the old Mysore region of Karnataka taking part.

October 7

The good doctor with an eye for charity
Since 1981, Dr Chitranjan S Ranawat has quietly been training young Indian surgeons in replacement surgery. He has also invested millions of rupees to set up proper operational facilites and donated replacements kits to poor patients in India.

Mamata Banerjee withdraws resignation
Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee withdrew her resignation from the Union Cabinet after Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee assured her that he will take another look at the recent hike in prices of petroleum products after his knee surgery in Bombay.

Rajan arrested, to be sent back to India: PTI
Immigration police Chief Lt Gen Hemaraj Theerathai said Vijay Kadam, alias Chhota Rajan, was arrested after a three-member Bombay police team confirmed that the passport on which the gangster entered Thailand was not genuine.

Ultras target Bihar's weakened police force
Junior IPS officers believe that the division of the police force (between Bihar and the proposed state of Jharkhand) has weakened their positions in several Naxal infested pockets of the state.

Putin satisfied with India visit: PTI
Some of the projects being launched with India are worth hundreds of millions of dollars, while the successfully developing military-technical co-operation will bring Russia several billion dollars, the Russian president told reporters.

Cabinet clears IBP, STC, MMTC, BBL sell-off
The Union Cabinet on Friday gave the Department of Divestment the clearance for divestment in four major government-run organisations - IBP, STC, MMTC, and Bharat Brakes Limited.

Dabhol Power Co to export fruits, flowers
The horticulture and floriculture forays are intended for exports to the Middle East and Europe.

Tata-AIG file for insurance ventures
The Tatas and the American International Group have filed applications with the IRDA to set up two separate general and life insurance ventures.

Wright expected on October 23
The former New Zealand opener will meet with BCCI officials in Bombay to discuss coaching the national team.

An honest film about dishonesty!
The Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar review

Sun, moon and star sons: Deepa Gahlot
Everyone says Abhishek is a lambi race ka ghoda...

Madhuri's searching for a dream role
No, it's not hostess of Sawaal Dus Crore Ka!

Mohanlal signs up with Kumar Shahani
After impressing the director with the spirituality in his eyes!

Celebrate the Garba
A celebration of the victory of good over evil.

Like a dream
'Princess Odette returned to life, dancing at midnight. Swan Lake, Act II, choreographed by Ray Barra, unfolded before me...' Ronjita Das returns mesmerised!


'The twenty-first century belongs to Indians'
'We do have some serious problems to take care of. However, if all of us put our acts together, no one in the world can stop us from achieving our goals and aspirations.' Dr Thomas Abraham, pioneer of the Global Organisation of People of India Origin in an interview to Amberish K Diwanji.

The ordinary as icon
'The more intriguing aspect of development, which is only faintly upon us, is the notion of an Indian uniformity clearly separated from the rest of the world. Once the material aspects of the oft-quoted 200 million consumers with buying power are dealt with, we will still have social and political scenarios of uniformity, and how deeply these become entrenched will determine the evolution of India in the next 50 years,' says Ashwin Mahesh.

Vajpayee's US visit: Now historic, soon to be prehistoric
'The visit has been much ado about nothing and we are exactly where we were before. Much has been said and heard, nothing has been furthered. The intentions and sentiments of the visit will become history soon,' says S Gopikrishna.

An American Ramlila?
As more and more folks are becoming a part of the virtual community, the primitive need to stay in touch may only get stronger. We have our Santa, our pumpkins, our goblins, so why not burning effigies, too, or hey, why not even Ravana himself? asks Rohini Balakrishnan Ramanathan.

October 6

Russia keen to fortify trade ties with India
'We are ready to buy Indian goods which are cheap and of good quality. These goods are appreciated all over Russia,' President Putin told a joint CII-FICCI meeting in Bombay.

'I wish VVIPs visit Agra only at night'
Agra residents have to put up with traffic jams, automobile, noise and dust pollution and the dadagiri (high-handedness) of city cops when VVIPs drop in to have a look at the Taj Mahal.

The Putins at the Taj
In Real Video.

Slide Show: The Putin Visit

The Spy Who Dined With Me
'Smiley first met Karla, his KGB adversary, in Delhi. I too met my first KGB operative in Delhi...' Nikhil Lakshman rubs shoulders with Vladimir Putin.

Indian woman third on Fortune list
Naina Lal Kidwai is the only Indian to figure among the magazine's six most powerful businesswomen in Asia.

Crorepati's head still on shoulders
Meet Harshavardhan Nawathe, 27, winner of the Rs 10 million prize on Kaun Banega Karodpati.

Mamata adamant on rollback, PM hopeful
Two more NDA allies, the Telugu Desam and the Akali Dal, Thursday joined the Trinamul Congress in demanding reconsideration of the petroleum price hike.

Vajpayee may decide to call Banerjee's bluff
'While the government's continuance is necessary, Prime Minister Vajpayee is a determined man. Once he takes a decision, it stays and we don't think anyone can hold a gun to his head,' sources said.

PM did not promise rollback: Ram Naik
Petroleum Minister Ram Naik said the prime minister had only asked Mamata Banerjee not to press for her resignation.

Bangalore industrialist rescued
K Narayana Bhat, Namasthe Exports proprietor, was rescued following the arrest of three people of a five-member gang at Vemgal in Kolar district of Karnataka.

Maharashtra govt warns BSES, TEC
The government has asked the two firms to pay Rs 1.81 billion to MSEB by way of standby changes within a week or risk revocation of their licences to operate.

Sinha urges MFs to be more transparent
The finance minister stressed that mutual funds should instil greater confidence among investors and focus on product innovation and market reach.

Tatas to bid for 40% stake in Air-India
"Perhaps, we can once again be associated with Air-India. We hope we can apply for the airline and restore the image of the Maharaja,'' Tata Sons chairman, Ratan Tata, told newspersons in New Delhi.

RBI not to cut Bank Rate, cash reserve ratio
'No change in the bank rate or cash reserve ratio is being considered at this juncture,' RBI Governor Bimal Jalan said on Thursday.

'I could have won a gold medal, but one wrong lift cost me the first place'
Olympic bronze medallist Karnam Malleshwari talks to Onkar Singh about her Olympic bronze medal-winning campaign.

Coach threatens to take Malleshwari to court
Malleshwari accused P S Sandhu of having tried to blackmail her when there was a debate whether she or Kunjarani Devi should be sent to Sydney.

Astitva mirrors society
And Tabu is its reflection! A review.

Salman goofs up
And stumbles over the name of his own film!

Shah Rukh or no Shah Rukh?
Whether or not the star is acting in an animation film, it will do wonders for his image.

Shah Rukh on KBC?
STAR might witness superstar clash!

Dada No 2
For once, Govinda is happy to play second fiddle.

Will Govinda conquer?
Time was when Govinda had at least one hit a year. Time is when Govinda and failure have become synonymous with each other.

Companies seduce Roshan
We're talking about Rakesh here, not Hrithik

The Millennium Navratri
Enjoy the traditional flavour and grandeur of Gujarat's greatest show of culture. In Real Video

'Govinda intimidated me!'
Rinke Khanna, but awefully!

Tabu breaks new ground
With the bilingual, Astitva.

Abhishek: Dressed to kill
Wanted: Dressmaker for AB Jr!

October 5

Alexander calls Putin visit a milestone
The Maharashtra Governor and his wife received visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife Lyudmilla Putina, along with his ministerial team and other high ranking officials at Raj Bhavan in Bombay on Wednesday evening.

Vajpayee, Putin stick to mother tongues
Addressing a joint session of Parliament, Putin said he was sincerely touched by the reception he received in India.

When Parliament hosted Putin
The Russian President made up for the lack of glamour vis-a-vis Bill Clinton with his boyish good looks and brevity.

From the KGB to the Kremlin
Putin knows Russia is today seen as a Third World country. He knows he cannot re-create a Russian empire. But he is clear about one thing: Russia's decline must stop.

Russian FM will visit Islamabad: Pak media
Pakistan Foreign Minister Abdul Sattar extended an invitation to his Russian counterpart to visit Pakistan during their meeting in New York, media in Islamabad quoting Pakistani officials said.

Beauty of Taj charms Putin
His wife Lyudmila said: 'You have a wonderful treasure in Agra and you must preserve it.'

Putin's wish was Maurya Sheraton's command
It began a fortnight back, when the Russian Embassy and ministry of external affairs confirmed that the first family of Russia would stay at the Maurya. The hotel went on a spring-cleaning spree - carpets, curtains, floors, ceilings - every nook and cranny of the hotel was sanitised. Thrice.

Putin for joint fight against terrorist elements
The Russian president told Parliament that the same extremist organisations that are creating problems in Jammu & Kashmir were behind the troubles in Chechnya and other parts of Russia.

Vajpayee talks of a new global order
Addressing a special meeting of both Houses of Parliament, the prime minister said the views of India and the Russian Federation overlap and intersect on a wide range of international issues.

India, Russia ink arms deals, defence accord
India will acquire 300 T-90 tanks, licence for the production of 150 multi-role Sukhoi-30MKI fighter aircraft and the aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov from Russia under five defence agreements.

Russian president to stay at the Oberoi
Putin is following in the footsteps of United States President Bill Clinton. Not only is he going to put up in the same hotel where Clinton stayed but also the same suite.

Putin calls on the President
In Real Video.

India, Russia sign arms deals
In Real Video.

Putin in Parliament
In Real Video.

Sonia meets Putin
In Real Video.

Marsh to discuss Indian coach short-listing
The former Australia coach will travel to India in a fortnight to discuss the job with the BCCI.

Lanka kayos Windies in Kenya
Two former world champions took centre stage in the ICC trophy on Wednesday. One looked the part, the other provided embarrassment. Prem Panicker reports.

Pankaj Mishra, Akhil Sharma in race for Booker nominations
Mishra's The Romantics, which is set in Banaras, and full-time investment banker Sharma's An Obedient Father, which talks about a turbulent New Delhi and Rajiv Gandhi's assassination, have won rave reviews in the West since their release early this year.

'Govinda intimidated me!'
Rinke Khanna, but awefully!

Tabu breaks new ground
With the bilingual, Astitva.

Abhishek: Dressed to kill
Wanted: Dressmaker for AB Jr!

Devang Patel unplugged
The hottest star in the growing world of Indipop. He sings, acts and spoofs in his albums, and has fans crying out for more.

Kaun Ban Gaya Crorepati !
Scenes from the episode where Harshavardhan Nawathe became the first crorepati on KBC

Always there for me
'I used to promise that I would take her around India, to all the temples she wanted to visit. I never got the chance...'

October 4

Vajpayee, Putin skip Kashmir issue
National security advisor Brajesh Mishra Tuesday said Afghanistan was the central issue of discussion between the visiting Russian president and the prime minister.

Narayanan sees Russia as greatest friend of India: PTI
Terming terrorism as an anti-thesis of democracy and of peaceful co-existence, the President Tuesday asked the international community to take the initiative to wipe out the menace, at a banquet hosted by him in honour of visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin.

India, Russia renew Cold War vows
The Declaration of Strategic Partnership signed by the two countries has elaborate references to the reduction of nuclear weapons and the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

Price is now only problem with T-90 tanks
India is unwilling to pay more than $2.1 million apiece while the Russians are demanding over $2.3 million, army sources said.

Putin plans for visit to Pak denied
Before leaving for New Delhi on Monday, Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov said in Moscow that the president would not visit Pakistan and had no intention of undertaking any such visit.

Dipping tea exports to Russia ring an alarm
In 1998, Russia imported 210.34 million kilos of Indian tea. This figure fell by 20.16 million kg to 190.18 million kilos in calendar 1999.

Traders pray for shuttle trade to pick up
The women come on cheap Aeroflot flights, check into inexpensive hotels and shop, shop and shop. In a day or two they get bales of garments all neatly packed to fly back and sell in flea markets in Moscow and other cities.

Putin stays longer at Gandhi's samadhi
We are paying venerable homage to the genius of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of an independent and prosperous India, wrote the Russian president in the visitor's book at Rajghat.

Text of Indo-Russian agreement

Putin at Rajghat
A Real Video report.

Indo-Russian Agreement
A Real Video report.

The President arrives
A Real Video report.

Fresh impetus to an old friendship
The president's visit comes when India and Russia are well poised on the international stage, despite the host of domestic problems that the leaderships of both countries face at home, says C V Ranganathan, former ambassador in Moscow.

Changing contours of Indo-Russian ties
New Delhi is watching with interest as Russia now sees India and China as major countervailing forces in a unipolar world.

'The soul is a confluence of the sacred and the profane'
Bestselling author Deepak Chopra is now working on a film called Juggernaut, about an American assassin who eventually reforms himself. He talks to Pritish Nandy about the film, and about Hinduism as he sees it.

Infotech bug bites Vijay Mallya too
The flamboyant chairman of the UB Group is all set to foray into the IT sector with plans to build a massive software technology park in Bangalore.

Antfactory to launch Internet hotels
Internet hotels are huge installations where companies buy space to house their Web servers. The hotels house thousands of computers that are serviced by highly trained technical staff and have high-speed telecom links.

'Tera Jadoo made me restless...
A hungry Kirti Reddy is on the prowl!

'Manoj entrusted his faith in me'
Director Hansal Mehta, straight from the heart!

Crash! Boom! Bang!
A few of our fave Hollywood flicks.

October 1

'The CBI did their best to save Rao'
An exclusive interview with Ravindra Kumar, who exposed the JMM bribery case, in which former prime minister P V Narasimha Rao and Buta Singh were convicted on Friday.

'It will reinforce confidence in the judiciary'
Former Union law minister Shanti Bhushan on the verdict in the JMM case.

Venkaiah Naidu, Sushma Cabinet ministers
Swaraj returns to the Cabinet almost two years to the day.

'I grieve the death of a good friend of India'
President K R Narayanan salutes the memory of his classmate, former Canadian premier Pierre Trudeau who died on Thursday.

'The number of days he spends here will depend on how he responds to treatment'
'Surgery is possibly on October 10. Unless the doctors say his condition is frail and they want to wait one or two days. Post operative care will need another five days.' Dr K G Nair, Director (Medical), Breach Candy hospital in Bombay on the prime minister's surgery.

'There's no way the mobile phone will replace the PC'
Dell Computer Corporation chairman and CEO, Michael Dell, in a candid interview.

Celebrating South Asiana
'My involvement with SAJA has made me realise what a provocative phrase 'South Asian' is. Those who embrace it are embracing the idea that 1.5 billion people of the subcontinent can have something in common. That close to two million folks in the US share in a destiny that unites them as immigrants, children of immigrants, or as visitors,' says Sreenath Sreenivasan.