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 Latest data confirms economic recovery: PM
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, today said the latest data showed that the economic recovery was continuing and that the macro-economic fundamentals were strong.

Pak. reins in Masood to meet U.S. demand
Masood Azhar, the Pakistani cleric released by India in exchange for the hostages, has been asked by Islamabad to `refrain' from making public statements and holding press conferences, The News reported today quoting `sources' in the Pakistani Interior Ministry.

IGNCA Trust reconstituted
The Government today reconstituted the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA) Trust while retaining Mrs. Sonia Gandhi as a trustee along with Mr P. V. Narasimha Rao, Prof. Yashpal and Dr. Abid Hussain. All other ``sitting'' trustees were dropped and replaced with the Government's nominees.

Govt. to inquire into Lama's arrival
While the authorities in Dharmasala (in Himachal Pradesh) have been able to confirm the arrival on January 5 of the Tibetan spiritual leader, Karmapa Lama Ugyen Trinley Dorje, a central team, consisting of officials of the Ministry of External Affairs and the Home Ministry, is likely to visit Dharamsala to try to understand the background and reasons for the ``escape'' from Lhasa.

Poll schedule for four Assemblies
Assembly elections will be held in Bihar, Manipur, Orissa and Haryana on February 12, 17 and 22, the Election Commission announced here today.

 Hijack episode reveals U.S. compulsions
The hijacking of the Indian Airlines aircraft to Kandahar brought to the fore the United States' primary concern for its nationals and the compulsions Washington perceives in its dealings with Islamabad.

Govt. justifies delay in talks with hijackers
The Government has sought to justify the delay in initiating a dialogue with the hijackers of the Indian Airlines plane saying that the aircraft had landed in a country with which the country did not have diplomatic relations.

India, Myanmar hold talks for enhancing ties
India and Myanmar have commenced a broad-based dialogue in the military, political and commercial spheres, with a tri-service delegation of the armed forces of both countries holding intensive discussions on either side of the border.

'No precondition for Clinton visit'
The U.S. today said that India signing the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) is not a pre-condition to the U.S. President, Mr. Bill Clinton's visit to New Delhi this year.

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