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 Don't undo the Budget, says Sinha
The Union Finance Minister, Mr. Yashwant Sinha, today ruled out withdrawal of taxation proposals and cut in subsidies proposed in the Budget. Expressing concern over the erosion in political consensus for reforms, Mr. Sinha said unless there was a collective will among all social partners to push ahead with the reforms, there would be an imminent danger of the process getting derailed.

Delhi must address n-issues: Albright
Providing an indication of the context in which the U.S. regards the forthcoming visit to India of its President, Mr. Bill Clinton, the Secretary of State, Ms. Madeleine Albright, has said that while the U.S. goal was a qualitatively different and better relationship with India and not a simple return to the status quo before the Pokhran nuclear tests, the ability to attain this would largely depend on India.

Cautious welcome to U.S. stand on Kashmir
India is closely scrutinising the latest American formulations on Kashmir outlined by the U.S. Secretary of State, Ms. Madeleine Albright, and the first reaction is one of cautious welcome.

Allies speak in one voice
Allies of the BJP today stuck to their demand for review of the price hikes proposed by the Union Finance Minister, Mr. Yashwant Sinha, in the Budget 2000-2001 and resolved to speak in one voice on the subject in Parliament.

Rabri well-placed to face trust vote
The four-day old Rabri Devi Government today displayed its strength by obtaining a vote- on-account for four months clearly indicating that it was well-placed to secure the confidence of the House tomorrow in deference to the directive of the Governor, Mr. V. C. Pande, to prove her majority within 10 days of assuming power.

Clinton to focus on deployable systems
Even as the Clinton administration is concerned about the nuclear programme of India and Pakistan, neither of the countries has developed an operational deployed missile; and Washington would continue to press the two nations to refrain from going this route, says the White House.

Clinton visit may help build 'IT bridge'
India is working towards creating a ``Information Technology bridge'' with the United States during President Bill Clinton's visit by proposing fewer visa restrictions and removing double- taxation on Indian software engineers working in the U.S.

'No threat to Sonia's leadership'
As expected, the Congress(I) today discounted reports of dissatisfaction among those denied Rajya Sabha nominations, with Mrs. Ambika Soni, CWC member, stating that there was no threat to Mrs. Sonia Gandhi's position in the party. Mrs. Gandhi was also in touch with those who could not be accomodated to ``explain'' the ``complusions'' under which they were excluded.

Action against policemen
Conceding the demand of the striking lawyers, Delhi's Lieutenant-Governor, Mr. Vijai Kapoor, today asked the State Police Commissioner to suspend three police officers allegedly responsible for the lathicharge on advocates during their march to Parliament on February 24. The lawyers, however, said the strike would continue.

TV script writer of Indian origin attacked
A British television script writer of Indian origin has become the latest victim of racists' attack here, media reported today. Mr. Sunil Modi, 32, who was driving with his white fiancee, fought for his life after racists forced their car off the road on the suburbs of Liverpool early on Sunday, The Times said.

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