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Pak. backing N-E insurgents: P.M.
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, today charged Pakistan with backing insurgents and separatists in the North-Eastern States as ``part of its larger gameplan'' to destabilise India and said this had impeded the regions's economic development.

 Bring hijackers to justice, Pak. told
The United States today bluntly told Pakistan to locate and bring the hijackers of the Indian Airlines plane to Kandahar to justice and asked Islamabad to rein in `those militant, violent groups' that are threatening foreign nationals.

U.S. Senators want Pak. to address terrorism threat
The U.S. Senate Democratic leader, Mr. Tom Daschle, the Assistant Democratic leader, Mr. Harry Reid, a senior member of the Foreign Relations Committee, Mr. Christopher Dodd and the ranking member on the Non-Proliferation Subcommittee of the Government Affairs Committee, Mr. Daniel Akaka, have released a statement at the conclusion of their recent visit to Southwest Asia.

 Singapore ideal 'launching pad'
The Singapore Prime Minister, Mr. Goh Chok Tong, today urged more Indian companies to use Singapore as a platform to expand their business in East Asia. ``One interesting area is e-business,'' Mr. Goh said.

Talks on ports strike under way
Breaking a three-day impasse, the Government and representatives of the striking port and dock workers sat down on the negotiating table today for closed-door talks. After preliminary talks this morning, the two sides met again at 4 p.m.

U.P. power strike talks fail
The two-day negotiations between the Uttar Pradesh Government and the State Electricity Board Employees' Joint Action Committee to end the seven-day-old power workers' strike ended here this afternoon without any breakthrough, as both sides remained adamant.

Help apprehend Osama, U.S. tells Pakistan
The U.S. Assistant Secretary of State, Mr. Karl Inderfurth, said here on Friday that the purpose of his trips was to discuss key issued of concern to both the United States and Pakistan, including terrorism, democratisation, economic reform, halting the spread of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles as well as promoting regional stability, especially through productive dialogue with India. He was reading from a prepared statement before addressing a press conference.

Normalise ties with Pak., U.S. Senators tell India
The U.S. Senate Democratic leader, Mr. Tom Daschle, the Assistant Democratic leader, Mr. Harry Reid and the ranking member on the Non-Proliferation Subcommittee of the Government Affairs Committee, Mr. Daniel Akaka, have in a statement said that India would be a major player at the international level in the 21st century.

Thakre may not get another term
A new president of the Bharatiya Janata Party is to be installed by the third week of May, and now it has become absolutely clear that Mr. Kushabhau Thakre will not be getting a second term, although even under the recently amended party constitution he is in a position to stand for the election.

Stalemate over seats continues in NDA
A final effort to clinch a deal between the quarrelling National Democratic Alliance would-be partners in the Bihar Assembly elections is expected to be made by the Union Home Minister, Mr L. K. Advani, tomorrow.


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