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NAM bid to revive spirit of cooperation
A three-day meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Non-Aligned Movement countries began amid mixed signals this morning in this exotic city lashed by the Caribbean sea. Among the more than 50 Foreign Ministers from the 115 member-countries attending the conference are India's Mr. Jaswant Singh and Pakistan's Mr. Abdus Sattar.

 Match-fixing: South Africa to seek India's explanation
The South African Government and cricket establishment today reacted sharply to the manner in which the Delhi police handled the alleged match-fixing scandal in which five of its players have been named. The Government said it would contact Indian authorities to voice its concern.

More characters tumble in
Shady characters from the underworld, a ``failed film actor'', dubious non-resident Indians, mercenary cricketers and manipulative bookies - all of them seem to have wanted their share of the rich pie of match-fixing and betting in cricket judging by police investigations here. The interrogation of Rajesh Kalra - the only person to have been arrested in the sensational scandal allegedly involving five South African cricketers - seems slowly but surely set to blow the lid off the racket.

'Govt. reconsidering move on white paper on ISI'
The Government was reconsidering its decision to bring out a white paper on the activities of Pakistan's Inter- Services Intelligence (ISI), the Union Home Minister, Mr. L. K. Advani, said today. ``We are reconsidering the matter relating to the publication of a white paper on the ISI,'' Mr. Advani said during an informal interaction with journalists at the editors conference on social sector issues here.

Congress(I) elections put off
Amid signs of growing restiveness against the Congress(I) president, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi's leadership, the party has decided to postpone its internal organisational elections by about 10 weeks, according to Mr. Ram Niwas Mirdha, chairman of the party's Central Election Authority. Earlier, the enrollment of membership was to end on April 10, but it has now been extended up to May 31. Mr. Mirdha said a fresh schedule for the election would be announced soon.

Pak. did not arrange Naik's visit
Pakistan today said that India, by rejecting its offer of talks, was ``going against the trend of the times and the will of the international community''.

U.S. will persist with sanctions against India, Pak.
Rejecting the notion that India and Pakistan ``got away'' with the nuclear tests of 1998, a senior Clinton administration official has said that the United States will persist with the ``very strong sanctions'' and that there is a degree of relationship that would not be possible as long as these two South Asian nations pursue a nuclear capability.


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