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Clinton unveils plan to rekindle ties with India
On the eve of his departure for South Asia, the U.S. President, Mr. Bill Clinton, has said he would use the five- day trip to rekindle the relationship with India and to reduce tensions between New Delhi and Islamabad.

Parliament House being spruced up
In anticipation of the U.S. President, Mr. Bill Clinton's visit to Parliament House to address the special joint sittings of the two Houses on March 22, the entire complex is getting a face-lift. The American President is expected to use the occasion to delineate before Indian parliamentarians the commonality between the two democracies.

Grenades fired at Srinagar DD kendra
Militants today made an abortive bid to blow up the Srinagar Kendra of Doordarshan.

Cong.(I) set to take over in Pondy
Decks have been cleared for the installation of a Congress(I)-led government in Pondicherry after the DMK Chief Minister, Mr. R.V. Janakiraman, tendered his resignation today.

Saxophone awaits Bill Clinton
The temporary White House at the Maurya Sheraton hotel here was in place today with even a saxophone arranged for the music-loving U.S. President, Mr. Bill Clinton, a day ahead of his arrival.

Shabir Shah's office sealed
Police today sealed the headquarters of the Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party in Srinagar in a bid to prevent the party president, Mr. Shabir Ahmad Shah, and his followers from proceeding to Delhi tomorrow for a demonstration during the U.S. President, Mr. Bill Clinton's arrival. But Mr. Shah could not be traced.

Win Chadha in Delhi
Mr. Win Chadha, accused in the `Rs. 64 crore Bofors payoffs case', arrived here today from Dubai to appear before the special CBI court on March 21. From the airport he was taken to a private hospital where he will stay.

Pro-independence leader wins Taiwan poll
The Taiwanese electorate today gave a resounding thumbs down to the ruling nationalist Kuomintang Party (KMT), ignored threats from the mainland China and elected Mr. Chen Shui-bian of the pro- independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to the presidency. The winner instantly made an offer of friendship to Beijing.

`No rollback of n-weapons programme'
India today ruled out any rollback of its nuclear-weapons programme or delivery systems but said that it was ready to discuss with Washington expansion of the scope of export controls if it was necessary to prevent proliferation.

 Karnataka Govt. will prevent crime against Dalits: Sonia
The Congress(I) president, Ms. Sonia Gandhi, today visited Kambalapalli village in Chintamani taluk where seven Dalits were burnt alive on March 11, and said the State Government would take steps to prevent recurrence of such atrocities. She met the families of the victims, consoled them and said that the Government would ensure their safety and protection.

Iridium gives up search for new bidders
Iridium Llc. gave up its search for new backers, and a bankruptcy judge gave the mobile phone company permission to cut off service to 55,000 customers and destroy its satellites.

16 injured in bomb blast
Sixteen people were injured, three of them seriously, when a bomb exploded in a bus on the Aligarh-Agra road, near here, today, police said.


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