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RSS issue continues to stall Parliament work
The Opposition today forced the adjournment of Parliament without transacting any official business in support of its demand for a discussion with voting in the Lok Sabha on the decision of the Gujarat Government to allow its employees to participate in the activities of the RSS and the insistence on an immediate discussion in the Rajya Sabha on the installation of a National Democratic Alliance Government in Bihar by the State Governor.

Clinton calls Vajpayee, confirms Pak. visit
The U.S. President, Mr. Bill Clinton, called the Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, late tonight to convey his decision to make a brief stop-over in Pakistan on his way back to the U.S. after a five-day trip to India later this month.

 Bihar headed for showdown
A showdown seems imminent over the election of the Speaker of the new Bihar Assembly with almost the entire Opposition turning down the NDA proposal for a consensus.

'Single largest party must have been invited'
The Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr. N. Chandrababu Naidu, has said that the single largest party should have been invited to form the government in Bihar.

 Cong.(I) CMs' plea to President
Stepping up the pressure on the Vajpayee government on the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) issue, five Chief Ministers belonging to the Congress(I) today urged the President, Mr. K.R. Narayanan, to issue a directive to the Gujarat Government to revoke the order permitting its employees to join the RSS.

Give up n-programme, China tells India
Maintaining its tough stand, China today asked India to renounce its nuclear weapons programme as the two countries concluded their first-ever security dialogue here.

Bangladesh ratifies CTBT
Bangladesh has ratified the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) ahead of the United States President, Mr. Bill Clinton's visit. The Bangladesh Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, today signed an executive order ratifying the treaty, the Foreign Secretary, Mr. S.M. Shafi Sami, announced at a news briefing this afternoon.

CPI to quit LF Govt.
In an apparent pressure tactic, the CPI today decided to pull out of the Jyoti Basu Cabinet protesting against the Left Front's decision to deny the party ticket for the ensuing Rajya Sabha election from West Bengal but said that it would remain a partner in the Front.

Naveen's directive
The Orissa Chief Minister, Mr. Naveen Patnaik, has asked all the Ministers to submit their property statements by the end of this month.

SC rejects plea in wealth case
The Supreme Court today declined to restrain the special court-I in Chennai from delivering the judgment tomorrow in the Rs. 45.74 lakhs disproportionate wealth case against the former Speaker of the Tamil Nadu Assembly, Mr. Sedapatti R. Muthiah, and members of his family.

Mawlong new Meghalaya CM
The Meghalaya Assembly Speaker, Mr. E K Mawlong, would be the new Chief Minister of the State following the resignation of Mr. B B Lyngdoh as leader of the ruling UDF. Mr. E. K. Mawlong, will be sworn in tomorrow, Raj Bhavan sources said.

Muivah to face trial in Thai court
Thuingaleng Muivah, secretary general of NSCN (I-M), is due to appear in a Thai court tomorrow, facing charges of using fake travel documents and jumping bail, immigration police said.


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