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<b>Wednesday 13 December</b><br>
Shiv Sena workers burn an effigy with the photographs of Farooq Abdullah, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, 
Mohammad Afzal, Gulam Nabi Azad and Mehbooba Mufti during a protest on the fifth anniversary of the
<a href=full.asp?fodname=20061218&fname=Arundhuti+%28F%29&sid=1 target=_blank> attack on 
Parliament</a> in New Delhi. Demanding Afzal's execution, families of the security men, who died in the 2001 terror attack, 
returned the gallantry medals they had received to the Rashtrapati Bhavan and demanded that the medals should be 
placed in the National Museum until Afzal is executed. Meanwhile Afzal, through a curative petition filed in the Supreme 
Court, has contended that he did not get fair trial in the case in which his capital punishment was upheld by the superior 
courts and sought curing of the defects in the verdict on the ground that the fundamental right guaranteed under Article 
21 of the Constitution has been violated. There were also heated exchanges in Rajya Sabha where the BJP-Shiv Sena 
combine raked up the issue saying it was a national shame that the gallantry medals were being returned. <b>Monday 18 December</b><br>
Railway minister Lalu Prasad Yadav and his wife Rabri Devi flash victory sign with their supporters in Patna. In a major 
legal victory, the RJD supremo and his wife were acquitted of all charges in a seven-year-old high-stakes 
disproportionate assets case in which an adverse verdict would have had ramifications on the UPA government at the 
centre. While Lalu was accused by the CBI of amassing property worth Rs 46 lakhs above his known source of 
income between 1990 and 1997 as the then Bihar Chief Minister, his wife was charged with abetting him in the alleged 
crime. The case was an offshoot of the infamous fodder scam. Lalu still faces six more cases in connection with the 
multi-crore fodder scam, estimated to be running into more than Rs 900 crore. It was this case for which Lalu Prasad 
had to resign as Bihar Chief Minister in 1997 and install his wife as his successor.
<b>Friday 15 December</b><br>
In the first case of its kind, a Delhi court sentenced a retired Delhi Police officer to death for a custodial death 19 years 
ago. Terming the offence as rarest of rare cases, former Assistant Commissioner of Police R P Tyagi was awarded 

capital 
punishment under sections 302 (murder), 342 (wrongful confinement) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC by 
the court for torturing two persons to death in judicial custody and also awarded one and three years of rigorous 
imprisonment to former ACP K P Singh and sub-inspector Tej Singh respectively for protecting the accused, Tyagi, and 
destruction of evidence. Dismissing his plea that he is 65-years-old and had undergone two cardiac surgeries, the court 
also slapped a fine of Rs 50,000 on Tyagi for causing death of Mahender Kumar and Ram Kumar in Vivek Vihar Police 
station in east Delhi in 1987. As per the prosecution, the victims, during the Janmasthami celebrations on August 16, 
1987, entered into a scuffle with a constable posted at Circular Road, Vivek Vihar and a case of assaulting a policeman 
was lodged against them. For forcing their surrender, the cops arrested their family members and neighbours. 
Subsequently both victims were taken into custody and policemen at the instance of Tyagi subjected them to torture 
following which they died in a hospital. 

<b>Monday 18 December</b><br>
Overturning the acquittal in yet another sensational murder case, the Delhi High Court has convicted Manu Sharma, 
son of a senior Congress leader, for killing model <a href=full.asp?fodname=20061218&fname=jessica&sid=1 target=_blank> Jessica
Lall</a>, holding that the trial court's assessment of evidence was 
immature and self-contradictory. Wrapping up the appeal in 25 hearings, a Bench comprising Justice R S Sodhi and 
Justice P K Bhasin, which had given death sentence to Santosh Kumar Singh in the Priyadarshni Mattoo case, also 
convicted Vikas Yadav, an accused in the Nitish Katara murder case, and Amardeep Singh Gill alias Tony, an executive 
in a multinational firm, for conspiracy and destruction of evidence. <b>Monday 18 December</b><br>
The Parliament passed the controversial Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admission) Bill, 2006 to
provide 27 per cent <a href=full.asp?fodname=20061214&fname=quota&sid=1 target=_blank> reservation for OBCs</a> in centrally-aided educational institutions, leading to hunger strike by resident  doctors of AIIMS and Maulana Azad Medical College New Delhi and the students of IIT Kanpur. The Bill, which makes  no exclusion for the 'creamy layer' despite the Parliamentary Standing Committee favouring that this segment should  be covered only after giving priority to the deprived among the backwards, was passed in both the houses with a voice  vote after amendments moved by the BJP for including minority institutions in its purview were rejected. <b>Monday 18 December</b><br>
President George W. Bush, surrounded by members of Congress and other officials, signs the 'U.S.-India Peaceful 
Atomic Energy Cooperation Act' in the East Room at the White House in Washington. Meanwhile, making it clear that
"<a href=full.asp?fodname=20061218&fname=manmoahnnuke&sid=1 target=_blank>nuclear
swaraj</a>" will be maintained, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has acknowledged in Parliament that the US law  on civil nuclear deal contained areas of concern on which clarifications would be sought from Washington during  further talks which are going to be difficult. While the BJP and the CPM have opposed the enabling bill which was  approved overwhelmingly by US Congress on December 9, three other approvals -- by the 45-nation Nuclear Suppliers  Group, the International Atomic Energy Agency and the US Congress -- are still needed before American nuclear  transfers to India can commence. And all of it of course depends upon the details of the 123 Agreement to be signed  between India and the US, <b>Friday 15 December</b><br>
Former Prime Minister Viswanath Pratap Singh talks with Trinamul Congress leader Mamata Banerjee during a visit at 
the venue of her hunger strike in Kolkata. Even as Mamta Banerjee's indefinite hunger strike entered its 15th day 
now, West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has stated that the state government is determined to go 
ahead with the Tata project in Singur. But he does offer a peace offering: that the state government is willing to discuss 

the compensation package for the 1,300 landless labourers with the Trinamul Congress. Mamata Banerjee has now 

called a 48-hour general strike in West  Bengal from December 21 and also attacked the UPA government saying that 

while Lok Sabha had  discussed the Gurgaon and Telengana issues, the Singur issue was not taken up because the 

remote control is with the CPI(M). <b>Thursday 14 December</b><br>
A rickshaw puller sleeps during a general strike called by the Left parties in Agartala, Tripura. A day-long strike by 
Left-backed trade unions against economic and labour policies of the UPA government crippled normal life in West 
Bengal, Kerala and Tripura, but the newly-formed association in IT sector did not force workers to join the shutdown in 
Kolkata. Across India, the most affected areas were PSU banks (except SBI), state-run insurance firms, ports and coal 
mines, according to reports from various parts of the country. Industry chambers have put the loss due to the strike in 
the range of Rs 1,000-2,000 crore. In the national capital, Left MPs staged a demonstration in front of Parliament in 
support of the strike call by the trade unions, including CPI(M)-affiliated CITU and CPI-backed AITUC. The 
Congress-affiliated INTUC and RSS-backed BMS stayed away from what they called a politically motivated strike. 
<b>Thursday 14 December</b><br>
In this handout photo released by Tamilnet, Anton Balasingham, the political advisor and chief negotiator of the LTTE, 
talks with his leader Velupillai Prabhakaran in the rebel controlled city of Kilinochchi, Sri Lanka on January 21, 2005. 
Balasingham, who for years articulated the LTTE position in international negotiations first in the India-sponsored talks 
in Thimpu in 1985 and later in the Norway-brokered parleys with Sri Lankan government, died in his London home after 
battling cancer and crippling diabetes. He was 68.
<b>Saturday 16 December</b><br>

Cricket Association Bengal (CAB) president <a href=full.asp?fodname=20061216&fname=Dalmiya&sid=1 target=_blank> Jagmohan Dalmiya</a> talks to the media as he returns from a meeting of the 
Board of Control in Cricket in India (BCCI) in Jaipur. The former BCCI and ICC president, who is often credited for 
taking the game to new commercial heights, was expelled from the Board and removed from all posts on charges of 
financial irregularities during the 1996 World Cup. The Special General Body of the Board, which met in Jaipur in 
absence of its president Sharad Pawar and heard him on the charges levelled against him, adopted a resolution that 
expelled him from the Board and barred him from holding any position in any organs of the cricket body, including state 
associations. The resolution was adopted 29-2 against him with only Cricket Association of Bengal and the National 
Cricket Club, Kolkata voting in his support. Interestingly, Ranbir Singh Mahendra, once his loyalist, also voted against 
Jaggu Dada. <b>Monday 18 December</b><br>
Dismissed as pushovers after their ODI thrashing, India staged a dramatic turnaround by recording their
<a href=full.asp?fodname=20061218&fname=Test&sid=1 target=_blank> first ever Test  win on South African
soil</a>. Shanthakumaran 'Breakdancer' Sreesanth won the Man of the Match award for his eight  wickets, including 5/40 in the first innings which effectively broke the South African back, bundling them out for 84. <b>Wednesday 13 December</b><br>The bitter public spat between Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi overshadowed the two gold and two silver India won in tennis at the Asian Games in Doha. The failure to win a gold in the men's team event, losing to unfancied Chinese Taipei, triggered off the latest round of wrangling with Paes accusing Bhupathi of 'not being honest with himself, his injuries and his tennis'. Bhupathi's father hit back saying 'it's not fair on the part of the captain to comment this way, it's unethical.' After some suspense over whether they would combine for the doubles, the duo took to the court and expectedly bagged the gold. But soon after, Bhupathi broke his silence to announce 'Thank God it is over on a high because I feel after we had a career together, it would have been unfair anywhere else. I have been living with his comments. I am hurt. Hopefully, this is the last one since we stopped playing together now.' When Paes was asked whether he would consider playing with Bhupathi on a regular basis after the match, he had answered 'no' since he already had a partner in the circuit. But he was quick to clarify after winning the mixed doubles with Sania that he had never said that he would not play with Bhupathi for India and even went to the extent of calling him 'the stalwart of my team'. <b>Sunday 17 December</b><br>
In a major embarrassment to India, Doha Asian Games silver medallist middle distance runner Santhi Soundarajan was 
stripped of her medal after it was found that she did not have the sexual characteristics of a woman. The 25 year-old 
athlete, who picked up the silver medal in 800 m race, was asked to undergo a gender test after the race which she 
failed and was pulled out of the 1500m event. In spite of the controversy, the Tamil Nadu government has awarded the 
Chennai athlete Rs 15 lakh for her Doha show on humanitarian grounds. This is not the first time that an Indian 
athlete has been involved in a gender controversy with Anusuya Bai and Nani Radha having failed such tests earlier in 
1970s. <b>Tuesday 12 December</b><br>
An Iraqi grieves over the bodies of his dead relatives at Al-Kindi hospital in Baghdad after two synchronized explosions 
in Iraq's capital. At least 57 people have been killed and more than 220 injured after a suicide attacker detonated a large 
bomb in a central Baghdad square. A pickup truck, loaded with about 200 kilograms of explosives, pulled into Tayaran 
Square as hundreds of unemployed Iraqis - mostly from Shiite suburb of Sadr City- had gathered seeking a day's work. 
The truck driver signaled to the would-be workers that he had jobs -- prompting people to crowd around the pickup 
before he detonated his bomb. <b>Tuesday 12 December</b><br>
Jewish rabbis from different countries listen to Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki at a conference on the 
Holocaust, in Tehran. Iran's foreign minister rejected international criticism of a two-day conference held in Iran to 
examine whether the Holocaust actually happened, saying it is only a platform to allow people to express their views 
freely, rather than to confirm or deny the Holocaust. According to the foreign ministry in Tehran, 67 researchers from 

30 countries attending the conference in Iran, which is home to 25,000 Jews. A handful of Orthodox Jews -who object to using the Nazi genocide of the Jews as justification for the existence of Israel- also attended the controversial 
conference.
<b>Thursday 14 December</b><br>
The former Commissioner of London's Metropolitan Police, Lord Stevens delivers the long-awaited official British police 
report into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, at the Queen Elizabeth II conference centre in London. After three 
years of investigation named 'Operation Paget', the official police inquiry into the Paris car crash which killed Princess 
Diana and Dodi Al ayed has found that there is no evidence the couple were murdered and concluded that the deaths 
were a tragic accident. The 832-page inquiry report, seeking to bury almost a decade of conspiracy theories, also said 
chauffeur Henri Paul, who also died in the accident, was speeding and over the legal drink-drive limit and that Diana 
was not pregnant at the time of accident. Thirty-six-year-old Diana and 42-year-old Fayed were killed when their 
Mercedes crashed in the Pont de l'Alma tunnel in the early hours of August 31, 1997. The couple was being pursued by 
paparazzi photographers after leaving the Ritz Hotel for Fayed's apartment.
Dec 18, 2006
Wednesday 13 December
Shiv Sena workers burn an effigy with the photographs of Farooq Abdullah, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Mohammad Afzal, Gulam Nabi Azad and Mehbooba Mufti during a protest on the fifth anniversary of the attack on Parliament in New Delhi. Demanding Afzal's execution, families of the security men, who died in the 2001 terror attack, returned the gallantry medals they had received to the Rashtrapati Bhavan and demanded that the medals should be placed in the National Museum until Afzal is executed. Meanwhile Afzal, through a curative petition filed in the Supreme Court, has contended that he did not get fair trial in the case in which his capital punishment was upheld by the superior courts and sought curing of the defects in the verdict on the ground that the fundamental right guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution has been violated. There were also heated exchanges in Rajya Sabha where the BJP-Shiv Sena combine raked up the issue saying it was a national shame that the gallantry medals were being returned.

- AP Photo
Dec 18, 2006
Monday 18 December
Railway minister Lalu Prasad Yadav and his wife Rabri Devi flash victory sign with their supporters in Patna. In a major legal victory, the RJD supremo and his wife were acquitted of all charges in a seven-year-old high-stakes disproportionate assets case in which an adverse verdict would have had ramifications on the UPA government at the centre. While Lalu was accused by the CBI of amassing property worth Rs 46 lakhs above his known source of income between 1990 and 1997 as the then Bihar Chief Minister, his wife was charged with abetting him in the alleged crime. The case was an offshoot of the infamous fodder scam. Lalu still faces six more cases in connection with the multi-crore fodder scam, estimated to be running into more than Rs 900 crore. It was this case for which Lalu Prasad had to resign as Bihar Chief Minister in 1997 and install his wife as his successor.

- AP Photo/Prashant Ravi
Dec 18, 2006
Friday 15 December
In the first case of its kind, a Delhi court sentenced a retired Delhi Police officer to death for a custodial death 19 years ago. Terming the offence as "rarest of rare" cases, former Assistant Commissioner of Police R P Tyagi was awarded capital punishment under sections 302 (murder), 342 (wrongful confinement) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC by the court for torturing two persons to death in judicial custody and also awarded one and three years of rigorous imprisonment to former ACP K P Singh and sub-inspector Tej Singh respectively for protecting the accused, Tyagi, and destruction of evidence. Dismissing his plea that he is 65-years-old and had undergone two cardiac surgeries, the court also slapped a fine of Rs 50,000 on Tyagi for causing death of Mahender Kumar and Ram Kumar in Vivek Vihar Police station in east Delhi in 1987. As per the prosecution, the victims, during the Janmasthami celebrations on August 16, 1987, entered into a scuffle with a constable posted at Circular Road, Vivek Vihar and a case of assaulting a policeman was lodged against them. For forcing their surrender, the cops arrested their family members and neighbours. Subsequently both victims were taken into custody and policemen at the instance of Tyagi subjected them to torture following which they died in a hospital.

- TV Grab
Dec 18, 2006
Monday 18 December
Overturning the acquittal in yet another sensational murder case, the Delhi High Court has convicted Manu Sharma, son of a senior Congress leader, for killing model Jessica Lall, holding that the trial court's assessment of evidence was "immature and self-contradictory". Wrapping up the appeal in 25 hearings, a Bench comprising Justice R S Sodhi and Justice P K Bhasin, which had given death sentence to Santosh Kumar Singh in the Priyadarshni Mattoo case, also convicted Vikas Yadav, an accused in the Nitish Katara murder case, and Amardeep Singh Gill alias Tony, an executive in a multinational firm, for conspiracy and destruction of evidence.

- AP Photo
Dec 18, 2006
Monday 18 December
The Parliament passed the controversial Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admission) Bill, 2006 to provide 27 per cent reservation for OBCs in centrally-aided educational institutions, leading to hunger strike by resident doctors of AIIMS and Maulana Azad Medical College New Delhi and the students of IIT Kanpur. The Bill, which makes no exclusion for the 'creamy layer' despite the Parliamentary Standing Committee favouring that this segment should be covered only after giving priority to the deprived among the backwards, was passed in both the houses with a voice vote after amendments moved by the BJP for including minority institutions in its purview were rejected.

- AP Photo
Dec 18, 2006
Monday 18 December
President George W. Bush, surrounded by members of Congress and other officials, signs the 'U.S.-India Peaceful Atomic Energy Cooperation Act' in the East Room at the White House in Washington. Meanwhile, making it clear that "nuclear swaraj" will be maintained, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has acknowledged in Parliament that the US law on civil nuclear deal contained "areas of concern" on which "clarifications" would be sought from Washington during further talks which are going to be "difficult". While the BJP and the CPM have opposed the enabling bill which was approved overwhelmingly by US Congress on December 9, three other approvals -- by the 45-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group, the International Atomic Energy Agency and the US Congress -- are still needed before American nuclear transfers to India can commence. And all of it of course depends upon the details of the 123 Agreement to be signed between India and the US,

- AP Photo/Ron Edmonds
Dec 18, 2006
Friday 15 December
Former Prime Minister Viswanath Pratap Singh talks with Trinamul Congress leader Mamata Banerjee during a visit at the venue of her hunger strike in Kolkata. Even as Mamta Banerjee's indefinite hunger strike entered its 15th day now, West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has stated that the state government is determined to go ahead with the Tata project in Singur. But he does offer a peace offering: that the state government is willing to discuss the compensation package for the 1,300 landless labourers with the Trinamul Congress. Mamata Banerjee has now called a 48-hour general strike in West Bengal from December 21 and also attacked the UPA government saying that while Lok Sabha had discussed the Gurgaon and Telengana issues, the Singur issue "was not taken up because the remote control is with the CPI(M)".

- AP Photo
Dec 18, 2006
Thursday 14 December
A rickshaw puller sleeps during a general strike called by the Left parties in Agartala, Tripura. A day-long strike by Left-backed trade unions against economic and labour policies of the UPA government crippled normal life in West Bengal, Kerala and Tripura, but the newly-formed association in IT sector did not force workers to join the shutdown in Kolkata. Across India, the most affected areas were PSU banks (except SBI), state-run insurance firms, ports and coal mines, according to reports from various parts of the country. Industry chambers have put the loss due to the strike in the range of Rs 1,000-2,000 crore. In the national capital, Left MPs staged a demonstration in front of Parliament in support of the strike call by the trade unions, including CPI(M)-affiliated CITU and CPI-backed AITUC. The Congress-affiliated INTUC and RSS-backed BMS stayed away from what they called a "politically motivated" strike.

- AP Photo/Ramakanta Dey
Dec 18, 2006
Thursday 14 December
In this handout photo released by Tamilnet, Anton Balasingham, the political advisor and chief negotiator of the LTTE, talks with his leader Velupillai Prabhakaran in the rebel controlled city of Kilinochchi, Sri Lanka on January 21, 2005. Balasingham, who for years articulated the LTTE position in international negotiations first in the India-sponsored talks in Thimpu in 1985 and later in the Norway-brokered parleys with Sri Lankan government, died in his London home after battling cancer and crippling diabetes. He was 68.

- AP Photo/Tamilnet¤ HO
Dec 18, 2006
Saturday 16 December
Cricket Association Bengal (CAB) president Jagmohan Dalmiya talks to the media as he returns from a meeting of the Board of Control in Cricket in India (BCCI) in Jaipur. The former BCCI and ICC president, who is often credited for taking the game to new commercial heights, was expelled from the Board and removed from all posts on charges of financial irregularities during the 1996 World Cup. The Special General Body of the Board, which met in Jaipur in absence of its president Sharad Pawar and heard him on the charges levelled against him, adopted a resolution that expelled him from the Board and barred him from holding any position in any organs of the cricket body, including state associations. The resolution was adopted 29-2 against him with only Cricket Association of Bengal and the National Cricket Club, Kolkata voting in his support. Interestingly, Ranbir Singh Mahendra, once his loyalist, also voted against Jaggu Dada.

- AP Photo
Dec 18, 2006
Monday 18 December
Dismissed as pushovers after their ODI thrashing, India staged a dramatic turnaround by recording their first ever Test win on South African soil. Shanthakumaran 'Breakdancer' Sreesanth won the Man of the Match award for his eight wickets, including 5/40 in the first innings which effectively broke the South African back, bundling them out for 84.

- AP Photo/Themba Hadebe
Dec 18, 2006
Wednesday 13 December
The bitter public spat between Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi overshadowed the two gold and two silver India won in tennis at the Asian Games in Doha. The failure to win a gold in the men's team event, losing to unfancied Chinese Taipei, triggered off the latest round of wrangling with Paes accusing Bhupathi of 'not being honest with himself, his injuries and his tennis'. Bhupathi's father hit back saying 'it's not fair on the part of the captain to comment this way, it's unethical.' After some suspense over whether they would combine for the doubles, the duo took to the court and expectedly bagged the gold. But soon after, Bhupathi broke his silence to announce 'Thank God it is over on a high because I feel after we had a career together, it would have been unfair anywhere else. I have been living with his comments. I am hurt. Hopefully, this is the last one since we stopped playing together now.' When Paes was asked whether he would consider playing with Bhupathi on a regular basis after the match, he had answered 'no' since he already had a partner in the circuit. But he was quick to clarify after winning the mixed doubles with Sania that he had never said that he would not play with Bhupathi for India and even went to the extent of calling him 'the stalwart of my team'.

- AP Photo/Saurabh Das
Dec 18, 2006
Sunday 17 December
In a major embarrassment to India, Doha Asian Games silver medallist middle distance runner Santhi Soundarajan was stripped of her medal after it was found that she did not have the "sexual characteristics of a woman." The 25 year-old athlete, who picked up the silver medal in 800 m race, was asked to undergo a gender test after the race which she failed and was pulled out of the 1500m event. In spite of the controversy, the Tamil Nadu government has awarded the Chennai athlete Rs 15 lakh for her Doha show on "humanitarian" grounds. This is not the first time that an Indian athlete has been involved in a gender controversy with Anusuya Bai and Nani Radha having failed such tests earlier in 1970s.

- AP Photo
Dec 18, 2006
Tuesday 12 December
An Iraqi grieves over the bodies of his dead relatives at Al-Kindi hospital in Baghdad after two synchronized explosions in Iraq's capital. At least 57 people have been killed and more than 220 injured after a suicide attacker detonated a large bomb in a central Baghdad square. A pickup truck, loaded with about 200 kilograms of explosives, pulled into Tayaran Square as hundreds of unemployed Iraqis - mostly from Shiite suburb of Sadr City- had gathered seeking a day's work. The truck driver signaled to the would-be workers that he had jobs -- prompting people to crowd around the pickup before he detonated his bomb.

- AP Photo/Karim Kadim
Dec 18, 2006
Tuesday 12 December
Jewish rabbis from different countries listen to Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki at a conference on the Holocaust, in Tehran. Iran's foreign minister rejected international criticism of a two-day conference held in Iran to examine whether the Holocaust actually happened, saying it is only a platform to allow people to "express their views freely", rather than to confirm or deny the Holocaust. According to the foreign ministry in Tehran, 67 researchers from 30 countries attending the conference in Iran, which is home to 25,000 Jews. A handful of Orthodox Jews -who object to using the Nazi genocide of the Jews as justification for the existence of Israel- also attended the controversial conference.

- AP Photo/Vahid Salemi
Dec 18, 2006
Thursday 14 December
The former Commissioner of London's Metropolitan Police, Lord Stevens delivers the long-awaited official British police report into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, at the Queen Elizabeth II conference centre in London. After three years of investigation named 'Operation Paget', the official police inquiry into the Paris car crash which killed Princess Diana and Dodi Al ayed has found that there is no evidence the couple were murdered and concluded that the deaths were a "tragic accident". The 832-page inquiry report, seeking to bury almost a decade of conspiracy theories, also said chauffeur Henri Paul, who also died in the accident, was speeding and over the legal drink-drive limit and that Diana was not pregnant at the time of accident. Thirty-six-year-old Diana and 42-year-old Fayed were killed when their Mercedes crashed in the Pont de l'Alma tunnel in the early hours of August 31, 1997. The couple was being pursued by paparazzi photographers after leaving the Ritz Hotel for Fayed's apartment.

- AP Photo/Stefan Rousseau-pa
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President George W. Bush, surrounded by members of Congress and other officials, signs the 'U.S.-India Peaceful Atomic Energy Cooperation Act' in the East Room at the White House in Washington. Meanwhile, making it clear that "nuclear swaraj" will be maintained, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has acknowledged in Parliament that the US law on civil nuclear deal contained "areas of concern" on which "clarifications" would be sought from Washington during further talks which are going to be "difficult". While the BJP and the CPM have opposed the enabling bill which was approved overwhelmingly by US Congress on December 9, three other approvals -- by the 45-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group, the International Atomic Energy Agency and the US Congress -- are still needed before American nuclear transfers to India can commence. And all of it of course depends upon the details of the 123 Agreement to be signed between India and the US,

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