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Bihar not to present vote-on-account
Following a directive from the Election Commission, the Rashtriya Janata Dal Government in Bihar has decided not to seek a vote-on-account for the expenditure required by the State beyond March 31, 2000.

 New round of trade talks inevitable, says WTO chief
The Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, Mr. Mike Moore, was today ambivalent about efforts to link trade and social issues even as the Commerce and Industry Minister, Mr. Murasoli Maran, declared that the WTO should be confined only to trade issues.

A. R. Kidwai among nominees for RS
The Congress(I) leaders, Dr. Karan Singh, Mrs. Ambica Soni and Mr. A. R. Kidwai, are set to be elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha from Delhi as no other nominations were filed on the last day today. The Congress(I) president, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, cleared their candidatures this morning. Mr. K. C. Kondaiah, who gave up his Bellary Lok Sabha seat for Mrs. Gandhi, has also been nominated by the Congress(I).

 Masood vows to continue fight
Masood Azhar, the Muslim cleric freed last month by India in return for hostages on a hijacked Indian Airlines plane has vowed to recruit half a million men to fight Indian rule in Jammu and Kashmir.

BJP directive to CM on transfers resented
The Congress (I) has taken exception to the `directive' by the executive of the Uttar Pradesh unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party to the Chief Minister, Mr. R. P. Gupta, to allow ``interference by the district BJP apparatus'' in transfers and postings of Government officials.

Panel to evaluate role of police
The Union Home Ministry has set up a five- member committee, headed by the former Home Secretary, Mr. K. Padmanabhaiah, to evaluate the strength and weaknesses of the police force in the country and specify the challenges that the lawkeepers are likely to face in the new century.

 Karmapa may seek asylum in U.S.
The 14- year-old Tibetan spiritual leader, who fled Chinese Communist rule across the Himalayas to India, was in hiding since Sunday amid speculation that he might go to America if India refuses him political asylum.

Wrangle in Bengal CPI(M) may intensify
The ongoing `war' in the CPI(M) between the leadership and the pro- democracy functionaries is expected to take a new turn in the coming days, the indications of which could be had from the party secretary, Mr.Anil Biswas' recent warning to supporters to steer clear of the forces within the party out to ``disrupt'' unity.

Noisy start to Bihar Assembly session
The last session of the 11th Bihar Assembly today got off to a noisy start with Opposition members of the BJP and Congress(I) launching a scathing attack on the RJD Ministry for allegedly unleashing a `reign of terror and corruption'' during its nearly a decade-long tenure.

Time Warner, AOL to merge
In a merger of media giants, Time Warner is being acquired by America Online for about $ 140 billions in stock.

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