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All set for Indo-U.S. parleys on terrorism
India and the United States are getting ready to explore the scope of institutionalised cooperation to counter terrorism radiating from the Afghanistan-Pakistan arc.

Cong. lends a twist to review debate
The debate over the Constitution Review Commission set up by the Vajpayee Government took a new twist today when the Congress(I) admitted that it too had set up a similar commission when Indira Gandhi was Prime Minister.

 'Water' may yet hang fire
The shooting of Ms. Deepa Mehta's film, Water, continues to be bogged down by uncertainty, with the Uttar Pradesh Government adopting an ambiguous attitude despite the Union Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry's fresh permission to the producer to shoot the film.

Pak. signal to U.S. on n-command
A National Command Authority (NCA), with an ``apex'' Employment Control Committee (ECC), has been set up to ``control and command'' Pakistan's nuclear weapons following approval from the National Security Council. The apex ECC, which will be the final authority to decide on the use of nuclear weapons, will be chaired by the ``head of Government''.

BJD expels top leader for six years
In a major political development in Orissa, the Biju Janata Dal president and Union Mines Minister, Mr. Naveen Patnaik, today expelled the chairman of the political affairs committee of his party, Mr. Bijoy Mahaptra, for` anti- party activities' for six years.

Chadha fails to turn up in court
The Special Court for CBI cases here today directed a fresh warrant against Mr. Win Chadha, former Bofors agent and one of the accused in the `Rs. 64-crore Bofors payoffs case', following his failure to appear before it.

 Moves on to mollify Meira
The Congress(I) has deputed the CWC member, Mr. Bhajan Lal, to persuade Ms. Meira Kumar to withdraw her resignation from the party and the CWC. Four candidates for the Haryana Assembly elections were changed today. The new candidates are supporters of Ms. Kumar.

Ministers roughed up
The Union Minister of State for Forest and Environment, Mr. Babulal Marandi and the Union Minister of State for Food Processing, Syed Shahnawaz Hussain were today roughed up by Youth Congress workers at the Ranchi airport when they were about to board a chopper for campaigning in the Jharkhand areas.

U.P. Bill sent to President
The Uttar Pradesh Governor, Mr. Suraj Bhan has referred the controversial U.P. Regulation of Public Religious Buildings and Places Bill, 2000 to President K.R. Narayanan for his assent.

PM may begin poll campaign in Bihar on Feb. 9
The Prime Minister, Mr. A. B. Vajpayee, is expected to devote three days to campaigning in Bihar, one in each of the phases of polling in the State, and he will also give two days to Orissa, where the polling is in two phases, and one day to Haryana.

CBI sends another letter to Hindujas
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has sent yet another letter to the NRI Hinduja brothers asking them to ``join'' the investigations into the Bofors payoffs case.

'Jehadi' banners surface in Pak.
An effort is under way to make the ritual of February 5, a ``day of solidarity'' with the Kashmiris, ``different'' from the earlier years. And, the difference was evident on the boulevards of Islamabad.


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