Bloody faith The Hindujas, who financed the Millennium Dome's Faith Zone and entertained Tony and Cherie Blair at their annual party last year, were charged with corruption by the Indian police. The wealthy Asian brothers were accused of receiving around £6m from Bofors, the Swedish arms manufacturers, in return for using their influence with the late Indian prime minister, Rajiv Gandhi, to secure an arms contract. The allegations against the Hindujas were first disclosed by Nick Cohen ("Guns and the Dome") in the NS last November.
Donald Dewar As the NS went to press, Scotland's First Minister, Donald Dewar, died in hospital at 63, after a fall outside his official residence in Edinburgh led to a brain haemorrhage.
Hidden art A Michelangelo drawing, by chance discovered glued to a scrapbook in the library of a stately home in Yorkshire, was valued at more than £6m. James Miller, deputy chairman of Sotheby's, described it as "like finding part of the Holy Grail".
Naming suspects The BBC won an eleventh-hour courtroom battle to show a Panorama programme naming four men suspected of being involved in the Omagh bombing, which killed 29 people in 1998. The Irish prime minister Bertie Ahern said that "bandying around names on television" could be prejudicial for the police operation that, so far, has failed to convict any of the members of the dissident Real IRA, which is believed to be responsible. The BBC said the programme would encourage witnesses to come forward with evidence.
Tube fix The London mayor Ken Livingstone appointed Robert Kiley, former chair of New York's Metropolitan Transport Authority, to head Transport for London, a new body set up to run London's bus and underground rail system. Kiley, credited with turning round the New York subway, will be paid £2m over the next four years if he achieves "real improvements" in services.