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Let us make it a friendly border, says Narayanan
Declaring that cooperation between India and China is ``a historic necessity'', the President, Mr. K.R. Narayanan, urged the two nations to overcome differences and make their border a peaceful and friendly one.

Multi-racial statute scrapped in Fiji
Fiji's new military ruler, Commodore J.V. (Frank) Bainimarama, today promulgated a decree scrapping the 1997 Constitution Amendment. As a document of multi-racial political pluralism, the scrapped statute had proved conducive to the democratic election of the now-deposed Prime Minister, Mr. Mahendra Pal Chaudhry, an ethnic Indian, in a country dominated by a narrow majority of natives.

 Jayalalitha acquitted in colour TV case
A Special Court in Chennai today acquitted former Chief Minister, Ms. Jayalalitha, her close associate, Ms. Sasikala, and another accused, Mr. S.R. Bhaskeran, in the ``Rs.10.16-crore colour TV scam''.

India mobilising opinion
A senior official of the Foreign Office, Mr. S. T. Devare, is to leave for Australia and New Zealand in the next few days in an effort to mobilise international opinion in the matter of the ongoing constitutional turmoil in Fiji. This will be the first overt effort to be made by India. Mr. Devare is also likely to visit Suva, capital of Fiji.

Rupee hits new low
The rupee clocked a new closing low of 44.56/57 to a dollar on the inter-bank foreign exchange market today. Sustained dollar demand from corporates and importers for month- end considerations amidst reduced supplies pushed the rupee down by another seven paise following its overnight sharp 13-paise decline.

Sri Lanka blast kills 8
Eight policemen were killed and 10 injured when a Claymore mine blasted the truck in which they were travelling near Vavuniya in northern Sri Lanka today.

Judgment reserved
The trial in the ``MPs bribery case'' against former Prime Minister, Mr. P. V. Narasimha Rao, and 10 others, ended today, with a Delhi court reserving its judgment at the conclusion of final arguments by the prosecution and the 11 accused.

Indian peacekeepers surrounded
As many as 224 Indian peacekeepers and 11 military observers were encircled by rebels in the eastern Kailahun province in Sierra Leone, according to the UN mission (UNAMSIL) spokesman, Mr. David Wimhurst. The troops were ``not held in detention, but they are submitted to a restriction of movement. They had been immobilised for more than three weeks,'' he said.

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