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PM gives no clue to rollback of prices
The Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, today refused to give any firm indication to his party MPs that the Government was about to give in to the demand of its allies on lowering the recent increase in the prices of fertilizers and of foodgrains supplied through the public distribution system.

Clinton for a new beginning in ties
India and the United States will not allow their differences on Indo-Pakistani tensions and nuclear non- proliferation to come in the way of the efforts to give a new direction to their bilateral relations during the U.S. President, Mr.Bill Clinton's visit to the region next week.

'Don't corner India on n-issue'
In setting forth goals for the President in his visit to South Asia, an Independent Task Force has warned Mr. Bill Clinton to resist the temptation of placing the ambitious nuclear weapons-related goals at the centre of American aims with respect to India.

Badal leaves it to God
The Punjab Chief Minister and president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), Mr. Parkash Singh Badal, has left it to divine intervention to resolve the crisis in the Sikh community (over the Akal Takht Jathedar's excommunication of the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee chief, Bibi Jagir Kaur). At the same time, he has expressed his willingness to meet anybody, including the Jathedar, to work out a solution.

CPI to return to LF Ministry
Differences between the CPI and the CPI(M) over the Rajya Sabha nominations have been resolved with the two CPI Ministers, who had pulled out of the Left Front Government in West Bengal, agreeing to return to the Ministry following the Chief Minister, Mr. Jyoti Basu's intervention.

India, U.S. to sign energy, environment pact
The U.S. President, Mr. Bill Clinton, has chosen the majestic setting of the Taj Mahal, now threatened by pollution, to explore the growing tension between economic progress and environmental security.

Mixed reaction to Sonia's choice
A certain amount of discontent and unhappiness over the Congress (I) president, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi's choices for the Rajya Sabha was inevitable, given the fact that there were far too many senior party leaders keen on accommodation in the Upper House and that there are only so limited seats it can win for itself.

ICHR official disputes claim
The Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) has questioned the former ICHR chairman, Prof. S. Settar's statement that the Human Resource Development Minister, Dr.Murali Manohar Joshi, had ``misled'' Parliament on the `` Towards Freedom'' controversy.

MDMK, Trinamul oppose Salem Steel privatisation
An angry Opposition, joined by two constituents of the ruling NDA-MDMK and Trinamul Congress-today strongly opposed in the Lok Sabha the Government's move to privatise the Rs. 2,500 crore Salem Steel Plant in Tamil Nadu, saying that ``Government should not try to sell off what we have acquired during the last 50 years.''

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