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 Democracy has knit India well: Clinton
The Pink City accorded a warm welcome to the U.S. President, Mr. Bill Clinton, today on his ``leisure trip'' to Rajasthan. During his brief visit to Naila village, Mr. Clinton had a glimpse of Indian rural life and later saw the historic Amber Fort in its full splendour.

 Sikhs protest despite curfew in Jammu
Police opened fire in the air after bursting teargas shells and resorting to a lathicharge to disperse thousands of Sikh protesters who defied curfew and tried to enter the Civil Secretariat in Jammu today in protest against the Chani Singhpore massacre.

India, U.S. accord on Commercial Dialogue
India and the United States today agreed to work together to achieve a global consensus on crucial issues facing the World Trade Organisation. The Commerce and Industry Minister, Mr. Murasoli Maran said, ``we don't want another Seattle and for this we must have a consensus''.

Civic polls in Pak. from Dec.
The Pakistani military ruler, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, today ruled out holding elections to the National and Provincial Assemblies till their term expired in February 2002 even as he announced three-tier local body elections under a new structure to be held from December 2000 to July 2001.

 Clinton's stand on Kashmir: A historic shift?
As they pore over the U.S. President, Mr. Bill Clinton's formulations on Kashmir in a recent television interview, senior officials of the Government are debating whether the decades-long American tilt towards Pakistan on Jammu and Kashmir has finally been buried.

Pak. displays Shaheen
Pakistan today displayed a ``2,500-km range'' Shaheen-II (Hatf-VI) surface to surface missile at its national day parade. It is suspected that the Shaheen-II could be the North Korean No Dong-II missile or a variant.

Pak. shelling continues
Pakistani troops fired mortars and artillery shells from across the border in Keran, Karnah and Teetwal sectors of Jammu and Kashmir late last night.

Decks cleared for Cong. joining Bihar Govt.
The stage has been set for the Congress(I) to join the Rashtriya Janata Dal Government in Bihar after the two parties clinched an understanding on ministry-formation today. After two rounds of talks with Congress(I) leaders, the RJD president, Mr. Laloo Prasad Yadav, left for Patna this evening. Mr. Yadav also met Ms. Sonia Gandhi, the Congress(I) president.

 He waves, dances to win their hearts
It was an experience worth cherishing for the villagers here! They were taken by a pleasant surprise this morning when they found the U.S. President, Mr. Bill Clinton, in their midst all of a sudden.

Insat-3B engine fired
The first firing of Insat-3B's onboard liquid-fuelled rocket engine, lasting slightly over an hour, passed off successfully this morning. The second firing is scheduled to take place at 2-30 p.m. on Friday.

India defeats Pakistan by five wickets
Sharjah, March 23. India defeated Pakistan by five wickets in a league tie of the triangular Coca Cola Cup cricket tournament here tonight.

 India, Australia begin revival of ties
India and Australia today agreed to quickly restore their relationship, affected by the Pokhran nuclear tests and planned a series of meetings to push forward their multifaceted ties.

 Cong.(I) team visits Singhpore village
Amid the general strike which continued for second day today, Sikhs from all over the Valley thronged this hamlet expressing solidarity with families of 35 Sikhs massacred on Monday.


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