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Obituary: N. T. Rama Rao

N. T. Rama Rao is best known in India for having abandoned his status as a film god to enter politics, and was three times voted chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, the state's highest elected office, most recently in 1994.

Final curtain

Hyderabad - N T Rama Rao, the matinee idol turned political leader, died of a massive heart attack, only months after being turned out of office by his son-in-law, Chandrababu Naidu. Rama Rao, 73, led his Telugu Desam Party to a landslide victory in 1994 elections in Andhra Pradesh. Reuter

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The late Nizam of Hyderbad was one of the world's richest - and most miserly - men. It was once said he had enough pearls to pave Piccadilly Circus. Now, after a 20-year legal battle, the Indian government has bought the Nizam's treasure from his heirs for the equivalent of £45m, though experts say the jewellery is worth five times as much.

Chess: A right royal championship

SIX OF the world's top players will shortly be arriving in Sanghi Nagar, India, for the quarter-finals of the Fide World Championship. 'The road to Sanghi Nagar is steeped in history,' says the official brochure of the event. 'It scythes off the highway, where regal caravans once passed on their way to the erstwhile royal state of Hyderabad, and cleaves through a vast plain dwarfed by towering mountains, whose summits are crowned with huge boulders, precariously balanced on top of each other, as if hurled there by a playful group of giants long ago in the mists of time.'

Science: A subcontinent learns to sell its software skills: Britain is making more use of India's IT expertise, says Lynne Curry

At the top of his house in Chiswick, west London, Rishad Talyarkhan, a 53-year-old former IBM man with an impressive track record (Oxford chemistry degree, international career) has spent the past 18 months laying the foundations for a minor revolution in British computer practice that he feels is sure to come.

Karachi slum riots shake Bhutto's hold on power

PAKISTANI troops have restored calm in Karachi, after a week of riots and drive-by shootings paralysed parts of the large southern city. But the Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto, still confronts the worst crisis of her eight-month-old government.

Lomas laid low again: Table Tennis

Lisa Lomas lost a repeat of the European final when she went down in straight games to Bettine Vriesekoop in Arezzo, Italy, yesterday, writes James Leigh. The England No 1 had been hoping to avenge her defeat by the Dutchwoman in Stuttgart nearly two years ago, but she was beaten 21-19, 21-16, 21-15 on the second day of the European Top 12 tournament. Lomas, who came home early from last week's Commonwealth Championships in Hyderabad feeling unwell, was again taken ill with a fever on the opening day of the Top 12, but continued with antibiotics and courageously scored a four-game victory over the former title holder Daniella Gergelcheva, of Bulgaria. The loss to Vriesekoop was followed by two more losses and Lomas ended with one win from five matches.

Table Tennis: Cooke runs out of steam in final

ALAN COOKE failed to regain the Commonwealth title he won in 1989, losing 21-15, 21-17, 21-17 to Johnny Huang, the world No 14 from Canada, in the men's singles final here yesterday, writes James Leigh from Hyderabad.
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