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 Naxalites strike terror in Bihar, 17 killed
Seventeen persons, including 12 police personnel, were killed and 16 others injured today, when naxalites struck terror during the first phase of polling for the Bihar Assembly. A naxalite was also killed. (According to a PTI report, 21 persons were killed in the violence).

Repoll in Manipur
Incidents of snatching of ballot boxes and destroying of ballot papers, abduction of polling officials and clashes between rival parties, were reported in Manipur, where 27 constituencies went to the poll in the first phase of Assembly elections.

 Third party cannot meddle in our affairs, says PM
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, has rejected, once again, any American role in resolving the India- Pakistan tensions. Without mentioning the U.S. by name, the Prime Minister has categorically noted that India would ``not allow others to meddle in our bilateral relations or problems''.

60 p.c. turnout in Bihar
An estimated 60 per cent of the electorate exercised its franchise in the first of the three-phase election to the 324-member Bihar Assembly. In three separate incidents of violence in the State, 17 people were killed.

Central team for Jammu
Following two bomb blasts in Jammu since Thursday evening, a Central team led by the Special Secretary (Home ), Mr. T. R. Kakkar, is arriving here tomorrow to assess the prevailing situation.

 Clinton should not go to Pak: Pressler
Confessing to a healthy weakness for this country - ``I am one of those Americans who are hooked on India'' - the former U.S. Senator, Mr. Larry Pressler, today described the coming visit of the American President, Mr. Bill Clinton, as a moment of opportunity for both countries.

PM favours coalition govt. in Bihar
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, today said he favoured a coalition government in Bihar if the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) secured a majority in the Assembly elections.

PM lauds PIOs' support during Kargil conflict
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, today said that the country was prepared to play its part in shaping a new and equitable international order adding that ``we are ready to engage with any country in a cooperative framework''.

 Paris maid episode: doubts over French case
Lalita Oraon, the Indian maid who was declared a minor by the French authorities and placed under the care of a judge for minors in Paris last September, is in fact not a minor, according to evidence collected by The Hindu.

Maran discusses WTO issues with Trade Ministers
The Commerce and Industry Minister, Mr. Murasoli Maran, today discussed contentious World Trade Organisation issues that led to the failure of the Seattle ministerial conference with Trade Ministers of various countries.


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