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 India to assist Vietnam in nuclear research
India has offered to provide equipment for a nuclear science laboratory in Vietnam as part of a set of three agreements signed today, the Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, said at a press conference here.

Centre's advisory to Bengal on probe
The Centre tonight sent an advisory to the West Bengal Government, suggesting that an independent inquiry be held into the violence that rocked Chotoangra massacre.

'Passports for some Hurriyat leaders'
The Home Minister, Mr. L.K. Advani, today said some of the Hurriyat leaders will be given passports to travel to Pakistan.

CID probe ordered
Giving in to pressure by the Trinamool Congress- led Opposition, the State Left Front Government today ordered a CID probe into the alleged massacre of 11 people at Garbeta in Midnapore district.

Statute panel releases study papers
The Constitution Review Commission today released a set of seven consultation papers and questionnaires for generating public debate and discussion.

Samata rebels relent, to attend Mysore meet
Rebel Samata MPs, led by Mr. Raghunath Jha, have decided to call off their `boycott' and attend the two-day National Council, which got under way in Mysore today, at the instance of the senior party leader and Defence Minister, Mr. George Fernandes, who ``persuaded'' them to join the session.

 Bharat Shah arrested
The diamond merchant and film financier, Mr. Bharat Shah, was today arrested for his alleged nexus with the Karachi-based gangster, Chhota Shakeel, and remanded to police custody till January 18, by a special court here.

J&K rocked
A tremor of slight intensity rocked areas of Jammu and Kashmir this afternoon, the Meteorological Department said here.

 'India deserves membership on all S.E. Asian fora'
The Vietnamese Prime Minister, Mr. Phan Van Khai, said tonight that India ``deserves membership on all important economic and political forums in the (Southeast Asian) region'' while reiterating its support for New Delhi's entry into the United Nations Security Council.


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