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India, U.S. should look ahead: Jaswant
Although Pakistan will continue to impinge on Indo-U.S. relations, India and the United States have a larger agenda going beyond the confines of the subcontinent, according to the External Affairs Minister, Mr.Jaswant Singh.

'Pak. will pay for any misadventure'
The Defence Minister, Mr. George Fernandes, today asserted that the armed forces could not be taken by surprise as it happened in Kargil and warned Pakistan that it would have to pay ``very hard'' for any misadventure.

U.S. may ease some curbs against India
The U.S. President, Mr. Bill Clinton, may ease some U.S. economic sanctions against India during his coming visit in a move that could help mend trade relations, administration officials said.

Pak. ban on rallies 'misguided'
The U.S. today termed as ``misguided'' Pakistan's decision to ban political rallies, strikes and processions ahead of the President, Mr. Bill Clinton's visit. ``We are extremely disappointed by the Government of Pakistan's decision to ban all public political rallies throughout the country,'' the State Department spokesman, Mr. James Rubin, told reporters.

Governor sanctions Laloo's prosecution
The Bihar Governor Mr. V. C. Pande, today accorded sanction to the Central Bureau of Investigation, to initiate prosecution proceedings against the Rashtriya Janata Dal president and former Chief Minister, Mr. Laloo Prasad Yadav, in a disproportionate assets case. The CBI is likely to file a chargesheet against Mr. Yadav and the Chief Minister, Mrs. Rabri Devi, co-accused in the case, before the designated court on March 23.

BJP demands Rabri resignation
The BJP today demanded that Mrs. Rabri Devi step down as Bihar Chief Minister in view of the sanction for prosecuting her granted by the Governor, Mr. V. C. Pande.

 Indians keep their cool in close finish
It was yet another needle finish. The fourth one- day international of the Pepsi Series which did not appear would turn out into a humdinger and go to the wire when the Indians were cruising to an overwhelming win, climaxed towards a dramatic end at the IPCL Complex Ground here on Friday. The Indians were suddenly facing a situation wherein its seventh wicket pair had to score run-a-ball in the last over of the match.

 Excitement missing over Clinton's visit
The only certainty about Mr. Bill Clinton's visit to India is that he would not be greeted by massive crowds, or any other manifestation of popular excitement. If anything all indicators suggest that Mr. Clinton's sojourn is turning out to be almost a ``purda visit''. The man, who is by far the most effective natural communicator the U.S. has produced in the last few decades, would not be getting any opportunity to communicate with the world's largest democratic audience.

Industry sees long-term gains
Indian industry would be taking the initiative to forge closer economic ties with U.S. business during the visit of the U.S. President, Mr. Bill Clinton, which is expected to enhance both trade and investment links between the two countries.


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