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 Comfortable win for Rabri Devi
The Bihar Chief Minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal leader, Mrs. Rabri Devi, today comfortably proved her majority in the State Legislative Assembly with as many as 166 MLAs voting in favour of her trust motion. Only four members voted against it while the National Democratic Alliance boycotted the process on the pretext of opposing the procedure adopted.

Sinha unrelenting despite pressure
Despite sustained pressure from allies and the Opposition parties for rolling back the hike in food and fertilizer prices, the Finance Minister, Mr. Yashwant Sinha, did not yield ground during his reply to the Budget debate late last night.

China for maintaining peace along LoC
Rejecting the use of force as a means to change existing boundaries in Jammu and Kashmir, China today said India and Pakistan should maintain ``peace and tranquillity'' along the Line of Control.

'Indian stand reinforced'
India believes the Clinton Administration's call to respect the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir reinforces the Indian approach to peace and stability in the State since Kargil.

 Child killer to be strangled
A Pakistani judge today sentenced a serial child killer, Javed Iqbal(see photo), to death by strangling after finding him guilty of murdering and mutilating 100 children. He said the bodies of Iqbal and a co-accused should be cut into pieces and thrown into acid, the same fate as the victims.

Tension in Ahmedabad
Tension prevailed today on the eve of Bakrid in some parts of Ahmedabad city following the killing of a person belonging to the minority community.

 Seven injured in Delhi blast
Seven persons were injured in a blast in the crowded Sadar Bazar market here today.

'Income criteria for quota under consideration'
The Minister of State for Personnel, Ms. Vasundhara Raje, today said there was no proposal for introducing reservation in the private sector and added that the Government was seriously considering the option of introducing income criteria for reservations. She was replying to supplementaries in the Rajya Sabha.

Nepal PM quits
The Nepal Prime Minister, Mr. Krishna Prasad Bhattarai, announced his resignation today, a day ahead of a vote by the Nepali Congress party on whether to dump him for failing to stem a Maoist insurgency.

'Pak. n-warheads too will be discussed'
The White House has once again reiterated that nuclear and missiles issues ``will be very much on the table'' when the U.S. President, Mr. Bill Clinton, visits South Asia. The Spokesman, Mr. Joe Lockhart, was asked to comment on the satellite photographs of Pakistani nuclear facilities, with independent scientific organisations making the point that Islamabad may be possibly be preparing to place nuclear warheads on the missiles.

OBCs list expanded, revised VRS scheme for PSUs
The Union Cabinet tonight approved a proposal to carry out certain additions and amendments to the Central list of OBCs (Other Backward Classes) as recommended by the National Commission for Backward Classes.

'U.S. policy on Kashmir unchanged'
The United States' policy on Kashmir remains the same but the nature of the conflict has transformed both in terms of the violence and in the presence of nuclear weapons, says the Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia, Mr. Karl Inderfurth.

Pak. ban on rallies, strikes
Pakistan's military government has banned open air political rallies and strikes saying the step is to restore ``order and harmony in the society''.

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