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India for another Ministerial meet
India today proposed convening another ministerial meeting to ``consider'' a new trade round and called for hammering out a ``consensus'' at the official level on ways to further liberalise world markets.

 Sonia's call for prolonged fight against communalism
The Congress(I) president, Ms. Sonia Gandhi, today gave a call to party workers to ``go to the jails'' and fight the ``spreading of communalism'' by the BJP Governments in Gujarat and at the Centre and resist the attempt being made to subvert the Constitution.

Courts arrest
The Congress(I) president, Ms. Sonia Gandhi, along with CWC members, legislators and councillors courted arrest at Tees January Marg here today while proceeding towards the Prime Minister's residence to protest against the ``saffronisation'' of the bureaucracy in Gujarat and the move to review the Constitution.

Pak. 'ready' to abide by Lahore Declaration
Without naming the Lahore Declaration, Pakistan has said that it is ``prepared to implement'' the February 1999 Pakistan-India agreement pledging the two countries to the intensification of efforts for the resolution of outstanding issues, including Kashmir.

Unfazed Mehta launches movie
About 500 people led by local leaders of the BJP and some outfits owing allegiance to the Sangh Parivar ransacked the sets of Ms. Deepa Mehta's film `Water' at Tulsi Ghat here this morning and threw the material in the Ganga. The protesters came to the spot in a procession, raising slogans. However Ms. Deepa Mehta said she would continue shooting.

Bihar Food Minister quits
The Bihar Minister of State for Food and Civil Supplies, Mr. Ram Lakhan Mahto, today resigned from the Rabri Devi Government, on being denied the Rashtriya Janata Dal ticket to contest the Assembly elections.

Militant killed in encounter
Security forces shot dead a Hizbul Mujahideen militant suspected of carrying out surveillance for attacking BSF establishments here last night.

BPP sore over NDA accord for Bihar
After weeks of wrangling, the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance today produced a half-baked agreement on seat-sharing in Bihar with one of its constituents - the Bihar People's Party of Mr. Anand Mohan - refusing to sign it and even threatening to walk out of the alliance if his demand for eight more seats was not accepted. He was not satisfied with the 20 seats allotted to his party, and was particularly upset that it had been denied the Araria seat once held by his wife, Ms. Lovely Anand.

Britain's £10,000 bond for Asians dubbed discriminatory
Visitors to Britain from the Indian subcontinent will have to put up a £10,000 bond if immigration officials suspect that they intend to settle illegally.

'Gujarat notification on RSS will stay'
The Gujarat Home Minister, Mr. Haren V. Pandya, has ruled out the possibility of his Government withdrawing the controversial circular permitting employees to participate in the activities of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.

Musharraf ready to meet Vajpayee
Terming Indo-Pakistan relations at its ``lowest'', Pakistan's military ruler, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, today said he was ready to meet the Prime Minister, Mr. A. B. Vajpayee, provided that ``centrality'' of the Kashmir issue was accepted.


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