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RSS issue rocks Parliament
Amid signs of mounting confrontation with the Vajpayee Government over what was termed as the ``RSS-isation'' of administration, an aggressive Opposition today disrupted Parliament demanding the reversal of the Gujarat Government's decision to allow its staff to join the RSS. There were angry scenes in both Houses as the Opposition refused to cooperate with the treasury benches unless a Congress(I)-sponsored adjournment motion on the controversy was taken up, setting aside other business.

 Sonia leads Cong.(I) protest
The Congress(I) president and Leader of the Opposition, Ms. Sonia Gandhi, today led her party MPs in staging a dharna near the statue of the Mahatma in the Parliament House complex to protest the Gujarat order, lifting the ban on Government employees participating in RSS activities. This is first time Ms. Gandhi has lent her presence to such a protest. She was joined by both senior and junior leaders, who raised slogans against the BJP-led Government, at the Centre and in Gujarat.

 Lawyers lathicharged in Delhi
The nationwide strike by lawyers to protest against the amendments to the Civil Procedure Code today turned violent resulting in a lathicharge by the police injuring over 20 advocates and two senior police officials.

Sonia demands judicial probe
The Congress(I) president, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, today condemned the ``unprovoked brutal assault'' by police on lawyers peacefully protesting in the capital and demanded a judicial inquiry by a sitting Judge of the Supreme Court.

National security to be reviewed
The Government has decided to order a thorough review of the national security set-up in its entirety in the backdrop of the Subrahmanyam Committee report which was tabled in the Lok Sabha today. The review will be undertaken by an ``appropriate body.''

M.P. nod for Bill to ban PWG
The Madhya Pradesh Cabinet today approved the Madhya Pradesh Special Area Protection Bill - 2000 to ban the People's War Group (PWG) and other organisations indulging in illegal activities. This will cover the areas to be notified by the Government from time to time.

'No time-frame to decide on Clinton's visit to Pak.'
The White House is maintaining that there is no particular time-frame on deciding whether the President, Mr.Bill Clinton, will be visiting Pakistan or not during the course of his South Asian trip that takes him to India and Bangladesh next month.

 'Water' location not yet decided: Mehta
Film-maker, Ms. Deepa Mehta, today announced that she was yet to decide on the location for shooting her film `Water'. Ms. Mehta said she was looking at the possibilities of shooting the film either in West Bengal or Madhya Pradesh and added that she would take a decision within two weeks from now.

Protest against `Hey Ram' spreads to Varanasi
The protest against Mr. Kamal Haasan's `Hey Ram' today spread to Varanasi with several Congress(I) workers brickbatting and damaging posters of the film at the Mazda picture palace where it was being screened, police said.

Counting put off in Tiruchi II
The Election Commission has suspended counting of votes in the Tiruchirapalli-II Assembly constituency, following complaints of irregularities, pending an enquiry by Secretary to the Commission, Mr. K. J. Rao.

Rabri's brother detained
The Bihar Chief Minister, Mrs. Rabri Devi's brother and candidate for Gopalgunj constituency, Mr. Sadhu Yadav, was detained by the police for causing disturbance as the State recorded 50 to 55 per cent voting in repoll in 829 booths today.

 Santana bags seven Grammys
Carlos Santana, the rejuvenated veteran of Latin rock, showed young pop stars a thing or two as he picked up eight Grammy awards to equal a record set in 1983 by Michael Jackson. Pop pianist and singer Elton John, 52, received the Grammy Legend award, capping a long and prolific career that spans 30 years.

Indians oppose Clinton's Pak. visit: envoy
India has told the United States that Indians will ``feel bad'' if the U.S. President, Mr. Bill Clinton, adds Pakistan to his South Asia tour in March, the Indian Ambassador to Washington said today.

'India trying to scare away Clinton'
Pakistan today accused India of launching a campaign aimed at ``scaring away'' the U.S. President, Mr. Bill Clinton, from facilitating a dialogue between New Delhi and Islamabad.


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