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 Firm up look-east policy, Singapore tells India
Singapore today prompted India to reinforce its ``look-east policy'' even as the two countries sought to expand their economic linkages and discussed ways to galvanise a global campaign against international terrorism.

 Clinton visit soon, says Summers
The visiting United States Treasury Secretary, Mr Lawrence H. Summers, today confirmed that the U. S. President, Mr. Bill Clinton, would be visiting India ``sooner than later,'' but side- stepped all queries on a possible lifting of sanctions imposed against India after the Pokhran nuclear tests in May 1998.

Strike hits work in ports
Operations at 11 major ports across the country have been affected as the port and dock workers resorted to an indefinite strike as scheduled at midnight on Monday in response to the joint call given by five federations. They are demanding a wage revision.

Pak. expels Moses
Mr. P. Moses, a staffer of the Indian High Commission here, abducted and arrested on false charges of carrying a ``remote device'' for a bomb on Sunday afternoon, was asked today by Pakistan to leave the country within seven days.

Militants will find it hot in J&K
The Vajpayee Government's ``offensive strategy'' to tackle cross-border terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir has turned the focus on 49 newly-carved sectors in the Counter- Insurgency (CI) grid and making them self-sufficient.

 Musharraf gets China's 'unconditional support'
The Pakistani military ruler, General Pervez Musharraf, today left for home after winning unconditional diplomatic and political backing from the Chinese leadership for his administration.

No policy innovation in J&K strategy
The Prime Minister-led review of the security scenario in Jammu and Kashmir has expectedly led to a reaffirmation of the Vajpayee Government's resolve to defeat the ``proxy war'', unleashed and sustained by Pakistan. The stress on counter-insurgency measures, to the total exclusion of political solution and political ideas, is the most conspicuous outcome of the review.

Agreement on seat adjustment eludes NDA
The Bharatiya Janata Party's Central Election Committee, at its meeting here today, was unable to take up the task of declaring its candidates for the assembly polls in the absence of final seat adjustment with any of its allies.

HC rejects TRAI plan on cellphones
The Delhi High Court today struck down the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India's (TRAI) revenue sharing regulation of May 1999 on inter-connection charges between service providers and `Calling Party Pays' (CPP) scheme under which incoming calls on cellular phones were proposed to be made free.

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