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 Bill Clinton arrives to a warm welcome
Amid rising expectations of a new political relationship with India, the U.S. President, Mr. Bill Clinton, arrived here tonight to a warm welcome. As the capital gears up for the spring festival of Holi, Mr. Clinton brings with him the promise to end the long winter in Indo-U.S. relations.

A distant wave and smile
Amid popping of flash-bulbs, the U.S.President, Mr. Bill Clinton, emerged from Air Force One to a red-carpet welcome at the Palam technical area this evening. By his side was his daughter, Chelsea, followed by his mother-in- law, Mrs. Dorothy Rodham.

PM for ties with U.S. on equal terms
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, today asserted that India would not take any decision with regard to its security ``under pressure'' and said Indo-U.S. relations should be based on ``equal terms''.

Shanmugam, Pondy CLP leader
The new Congress(I)-headed coalition in Pondicherry will be led by the veteran Pradesh Congress(I) President, Mr. P. Shanmugam, with his unanimous election as the leader of the Congress(I) Legislature Party (CLP) there today and the party's allies, the TMC, AIADMK and CPI, jointly endorsing him as their chief ministerial candidate.

Dignity eroded, says Left
The Left parties today warned not to expect any concrete gain for India from the visit of the U.S. President, Mr. Bill Clinton. In fact, they see it as the start of ``kowtowing'' to the Americans and erosion of dignity and independence in India's foreign policy.

Cult members feared end of the world
The Christian cult members who set themselves alight in a church in southwest Uganda did so in the belief that the end of the world was approaching, police said. (According to UNI, the Ugandan police today revised their estimate of the death toll and said it would be nearly 500.)

 Australia for enhanced strategic ties with India
Appreciating India's growing importance in global affairs, Australia has fashioned out a new initiative for a ``strategic dialogue'' with New Delhi, despite persistent differences over the nuclear arms question.

Jagir Kaur asked to appear before Akal Takht
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today directed the president of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), Bibi Jagir Kaur, to submit before the Akal Takht.

ONGC workers kidnapped
Outlawed tribal guerillas abducted 16 people, including some ONGC workers and fishermen, while miscreants burnt down several houses and killed a youth in Tripura during the past 24 hours.

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