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 Leave the Constitution alone, says President
The President, Mr. K. R. Narayanan, today strongly opposed any tinkering with the Constitution even as the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, defended his Government's decision to review it, bringing into the open the differing views of the President and the Government on the issue.

NDA partners may contest against each other
With the last date for withdrawing nominations for the first phase of Bihar Assembly elections (108 seats) coming to an end, it is now certain that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) partners will fight against each other.

Cong.(I) hails President's 'wise words'
The contradictory views expressed by the President and the Prime Minister on the Government's intention to set up a Commission to study and suggest a review of the Constitution today found a reflection in the diametrically opposite stances of the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress(I) on the issue.

Pak. shadow over Clinton visit
As Washington sends mixed signals on its assessment of Pakistan's role in the hijacking of IC-814 last month, the dates for the U.S. President, Mr. Bill Clinton's visit to India are unlikely to be formalised soon.

Parcel bomb kills 11
A parcel-bomb at a post-office in Sri Lanka's northern Vavuniya town this morning killed at least 11 persons and injured atleast 39 others.

Naga leader, aide held
The general secretary of the outlawed Nagaland insurgent outfit, NSCN(I-M), Mr. T. Muivah and one of his aides, Mr. I. Shimre, have been arrested by Thailand authorities on charges of travelling on `fake' passports from Karachi.

Chadha to get passport
In keeping with its commitment to a Delhi court, the Indian government has agreed to issue a regular passport to Win Chadha, an accused in the Bofors payoffs case, to enable him to appear in court.Sources said the External Affairs Ministry had given the green signal to the Indian consulate in Dubai to issue a passport to Chadha.

Pakistan harbouring extremists: Moscow
Russia has blasted Pakistan for engaging in cross-border terrorism against India and harbouring extremist groups on its territory.

Alert driver averts major train mishap
A major train accident was today averted when an alert driver of the Hatia-Patna Super Fast Express used emergency break after detecting an additional rail line on the original track at a rail bridge between Nadwa and Pothahi stations on the Patna-Gaya section of eastern railway.

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