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 Rabri gets bail, Laloo remanded
The Bihar Chief Minister, Mrs. Rabri Devi, and her husband and former Chief Minister, Mr. Laloo Prasad Yadav, today surrendered in the `disproportionate assets' (DA) case before the designated court of the Central Bureau of Investigation. The court rejected Mr. Laloo Yadav's bail petition but granted bail to Mrs. Rabri Devi. This averted a political crisis that threatened to envelop the Rashtriya Janata Dal and the ruling coalition.

Cong. keeping Bihar Govt. alive: NDA
Amid indications that the Congress(I) will not do anything at this juncture to ``destabilise'' the Rashtriya Janata Dal-led Government, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) appeared to be running out of patience.

Ready for talks with militants, says Advani
The Home Minister, Mr. L.K. Advani, today offered to hold talks with Kashmir militants on the issue of autonomy but within the framework of the Constitution.

Hurriyat awaits 'official' offer
The All Party Hurriyat Conference leadership today reacted non-committally to the Centre's reported offer to hold talks with the militant groups in Jammu and Kashmir within the framework of the Constitution. It maintained that it would react only after it hears about the ``offer'' directly or officially, than through media.

 FBI offers help in hijack case
The Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Mr. Louis Freeh, has assured India of ``active assistance'' in the ongoing investigation of the Indian Airlines flight hijacking case being handled by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

 Crunch time for Sharif party
On April 4, 1979, a civilian Prime Minister, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, was hanged to death. Twenty-one years later, a special anti-terrorist court (ATC) will decide on April 6, 2000, the fate of another civilian Prime Minister, Mr. Nawaz Sharif.

Blast rocks Pak. court
Seven people, including three lawyers, were injured today when a bomb went off at a court in Hyderabad, police sources said.

FDI clearance for 24 software proposals
The Government has approved 57 cases of foreign direct investment including Birla A T and T's plans for infusing Rs.1016.75 crores for merging with Tata Communications. In addition, the Indiainfo.Com's proposal for issue of American Depository Receipts (ADR) worth $100-150 million and another $15 million for Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) has been cleared.

Select pivotals stage recovery
After a weak start, select key heavy-weights staged a dramatic recovery aiding the Sensex to recoup part of its overnight losses on the Bombay Stock Exchange today following good purchases by financial institutions and selective buying by speculators.

Mori may stick to Obuchi policies
Japan's Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) chief, Mr. Yoshiro Mori, was today elected Prime Minister to succeed Mr. Keizo Obuchi, who has been in coma since he suffered a stroke on Sunday.


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