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U.S. to urge moderation by India, restraint by Pakistan
The Clinton administration has been exuding warmth about the Prime Minister, Mr. Vajpayee's visit to Washington, particularly as the visit is seen as a significant step towards ``institutionalising'' the high-profile dialogue between India and the United States, that had begun with the U.S President, Mr. Bill Clinton's visit to India in March.

Joint statement to focus on implementation of goals
With the administrations of both the United States and India being very clear that the conceptual framework and the parameters of the emerging relationship between the two countries as spelt out in the Vision Statement signed last March would be retained, the focus of the official delegation-level discussions is expected to be on a review of the implementation of the goals of the Statement.

Fernandes report biased, says Basu
The West Bengal Chief Minister, Mr. Jyoti Basu, has described the George Fernandes report on incidents of violence in the State as ``politically motivated and biased'', and has termed the Defence Minister's conduct as ``unbecoming'' of a Union Minister.

Advani meets President
The Union Home Minister, Mr. L. K. Advani, met the President, Mr. K. R. Narayanan, this morning and apprised him of the latest details about the Prime Minister's health. Mr. Advani is believed to have talked on the telephone with Mr. Vajpayee last night, and therefore decided to inform the President of the Prime Minister's decision to have his troublesome knee operated upon.

'Declare certain areas disturbed in West Bengal'
The Telugu Desam-led National Democratic Alliance fact-finding team to West Bengal today demanded that the Centre declare certain areas there `disturbed zones' while turning down the suggestion for the imposition of President's rule.

PM sets $ 15b target for U.S. investment
Ahead of his visit to Washington to broadbase political and economic ties with the United States, the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, today set an ambitious target of $ 15 billions of American investments in India and doubling of bilateral trade in the next three years.

More time for probe panel
The Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Dr. C. P. Thakur, today said the high-power committee which went into the treatment provided to the late Union Power Minister, Rangarajan Kumaramangalam, at the Apollo Hospital here during the last four months, had sought a week's extra time to complete its probe.

9 killed by MCC activists
Nine people - six Muslims and three tribals - were today killed by the Maoist Communist Centre activists in Narkugi village of Bihar's Ranchi district, police said.

Vajpayee arrives in Washington
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, arrived here today from New York on his first official visit amidst a new warmth in Indo-U.S. ties and American concern over the situation in Kashmir where it wants an immediate ceasefire.


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