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 QRs on 714 items lifted to allow free imports
In a major initiative to promote exports, the Government today announced the creation of two special economic zones (SEZs) on the Chinese model in Gujarat and Tamil Nadu. Simultaneously, it lifted quantitative restrictions (QRs) on 714 items, thus allowing free import of a wide range of goods including milk, coffee, potato chips, fish, paper and electronic goods.

 India, Turkey begin new phase of ties
Committed to economic modernisation but faced with a common threat of cross-border terrorism, India and Turkey began a new round of political and economic engagement today.

One killed in firing at Kashmir shrine
One person was killed and two children injured when unidentified militants opened fire on a gathering in a shrine in Kreeri village of north Kashmir. In Kupwara district's Shiepora area, five people including two security forces personnel were killed in a fierce encounter, police said.

 China-E.U. talks fail
China's bid to join the World Trade Organisation suffered a serious setback today when talks with the powerful European Union collapsed without a deal or a new date for negotiations.

Clinton hits back
The U.S. President, Mr. Bill Clinton, has hit back at Republicans for accusing him of failing to make India and Pakistan agree to sign the CTBT saying the refusal by the Senate to ratify the same has resulted in a loss of his ``leverage.''

Jungle warfare training
Small groups of Indian officers will get jungle warfare training in Vietnam following an agreement reached earlier this week, a government official said today.

India, China exchange greetings
China today said Sino-Indian relations have entered a ``new stage'' of improvement and growth and Beijing hoped to further strengthen cooperation, promote mutual understanding and work for common development. India reciprocated by warmly greeting China.


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