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U.S. offers help to counter terrorism
The United States and India have agreed to intensify their joint cooperation to ensure that the perpetrators of the hijacking of the Indian Airlines Flight 814 are brought to justice as part of joint efforts to fight international terrorism, the State Department spokesman, Mr. James Rubin, has said.

 Vananchal soon, says PM
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, today said that a separate State of Vananchal would become a reality in a few months from now.

Sonia ridicules NDA claim
The Congress(I) president, Ms. Sonia Gandhi, today charged the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) with having `befooled and cheated' the people of south Bihar on creation of a separate state.

 'No more altering of script'
Cornered and keen to see her story take a celluloid form, the film director, Ms. Deepa Mehta, today indicated that she was open to shooting the last of her controversial trilogy, Water, anywhere in the country other than Varanasi.

Full protection for crew in M.P.
The shooting of Ms. Deepa Mehta's film Water, which was stopped by the Uttar Pradesh Government on Monday following violent protests by Shiv Sena activists at the outdoor locale in Varanasi, will now take place in Madhya Pradesh.

Pak. troop movement heightens fears
Pakistan has moved an army brigade towards the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, triggering apprehensions that the movement of these troops may be timed to coincide with the visit of the U.S. President, Mr. Bill Clinton, to India and Bangladesh next month.

Article 370 is a 'dead letter'
The Bharatiya Janata Party is of the view that ``Article 370 of the Constitution (which gives the State of Jammu and Kashmir a special status) will become a dead letter'' as a result of the manner in which the BJP-led Government is tackling Kashmir-related problems.

Opposition flays Advani comment on RSS review
Opposition parties are on the warpath after the Home Minister, Mr. L.K. Advani, told a private TV channel yesterday that the Government would review the ban on Central Government employees participating in RSS activities.


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