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 Nitish quits, Rabri stakes claim
The Bihar Chief Minister, Mr. Nitish Kumar, today submitted his resignation to the Governor, Mr. V. C. Pande, within seven days of assuming office in rather controversial circumstances that had brought the role of the later under a question mark.

Bihar shadow on Vajpayee Govt.?
The loss of face for the National Democratic Alliance in Bihar today follows the forced retreat it made on the RSS issue on Wednesday, and together, these signal that all is not well with the Vajpayee Government and its allies and supporters.

'India key element of U.S. foreign policy'
There is a clear recognition in the executive and legislative branches of the U.S. administration that engagement with India is going to be a key element of foreign policy in the 21st century, according to the Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia, Mr. Karl Inderfurth. And ways are being explored to lay the foundation for future high-level exchanges during Mr. Bill Clinton's visit.

'Most dangerous place'
The U.S. President, Mr. Bill Clinton, has said the Indian sub-continent and the Line of Control in Kashmir is the most dangerous place in the world.

 Sudarshan is new RSS chief
Prof. Rajendra Singh, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Sarsanghchalak, installed Mr. K. S. Sudarshan as his successor during the inaugural session of the organisation's highest policy-making body, Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha, here today.

21 killed in Colombo blast
At least 21 persons, including six policemen and three members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, were killed and 46 persons injured in an explosion triggered by a suicide-bomber and subsequent exchange of fire here this evening. The incident is being seen as an attempt on the life of the Deputy Defence Minister, Gen. Anuruddha Ratwatte.

 Sharif lawyer shot dead
A top lawyer, defending the deposed Prime Minister, Mr. Nawaz Sharif, and his two assistants were shot dead in Karachi today by four gunmen giving rise to a sense of fear among other counsel. The killers were seen running out of lawyer Iqbal Radh's chamber after killing him, his assistant Shehzad Khetari and office boy Sajjad, reports said.

Setback to Sri Lankan peace talks
The collapse of the Norwegian Government today has cast a shadow of doubt on the future of the peace talks between the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE and dampened the euphoria generated over yesterday's historic meeting between the President, Ms. Chandrika Kumaratunga, and the UNP leader, Mr. Ranil Wickramasinghe.

BCI order prompted by fall in education standards
In a major decision which will affect the career of thousands of students and employed persons, the Bar Council of India (BCI) has ordered all evening law colleges in the country to close down from the coming academic session.

 'Terrorism threatening democratic nations'
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, arrived here today on a three-day official visit which was partly overshadowed by the developments in Bihar. All along the nearly seven-hour long flight from New Delhi, anxious queries were being made by the Prime Minister's entourage as to what had happened in Patna where the NDA Chief Minister, Mr. Nitish Kumar, was to seek a vote of confidence.

Clinton visit will have a rich agenda: Chandra
India views the visit of the U.S. President, Mr. Bill Clinton, as an event of great significance and importance to bilateral relations, the Indian Ambassador to the United States, Mr. Naresh Chandra said here today.


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