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 No asylum to Karmapa for now
After discussing the wider implications of the defection from Tibet of the 17th Karmapa, Ugyen Trinley Dorje, at the highest level, India, for the moment, is understood to have decided against granting political asylum to the boy monk. At the same time, New Delhi, it is believed, is opposed to the deportation of the boy monk who has a considerable following among Buddhists all over the world. Consequently, New Delhi may accept the Karmapa's de facto refugee status.

 India gets three more months to end quotas
An agreement reached last week on the removal of quantitative restrictions (QRs) on imports between India and the United States ensures that these will be completely eliminated by April 2001. Finalised last week, the agreement implements a decision by the disputes settlements panel of the World Trade Organisation on the issue.

China cautions India
China today urged India to tread carefully over the issue of a high-ranking Tibetan Lama who trekked to India last week and may seek asylum there.

ODA loans only after India signs CTBT: Japan
Japan today rejected India's plea to resume the official development assistance (ODA) loans suspended in the wake of New Delhi's nuclear tests in May, 1998, saying it could be done only after India signed the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.

CPI(M) may lose national party status
The Election Commission is expected to serve a showcause notice on the CPI(M) to explain why its status as a national party should not be withdrawn as it has lost the eligibility for recognition as a national party after the recent Lok Sabha and Assembly elections.

 Big fire after encounter: two armymen killed
Around 80 shops and 10 houses were destroyed in Pattan township on the Srinagar-Baramulla National Highway after militants gunned down two army men who were on patrol. At least nine persons including six firemen were injured while fighting the fire which continued throughout the night.

Hijack drama has damaged BJP's image, says Advani
For the second time within a week, the Union Home Minister, Mr L.K.Advani, today expressed the view that the release of three terrorists by the Vajpayee Government in exchange for the freedom of hostages taken by the hijackers of the Indian Airlines plane from Kathmandu had ``damaged'' the image of the BJP. He was speaking at a Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha meeting.

India must play leading role on world-stage: Sachs
Strongly endorsing India's position at Seattle of opposing the attempt by rich countries to introduce labour and environment standards, the noted economist, Mr. Jeffrey Sachs urged the country to don a new role on the world-stage. India must become pro-active on the world arena by evolving itself into a formulator of visions and leader of institutions, he said while delivering the millennium lecture at the CII's `Partnership Summit' here today.

Fresh momentum likely to Indo-Italy ties
The External Affairs Minister, Mr. Jaswant Singh, has left for Italy to impart fresh momentum to ties between New Delhi and Rome.


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