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 India, U.S. can change the world, says Clinton
The U.S. President, Mr. Bill Clinton, hosted for the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, the largest ever banquet of his presidency to a single visiting dignitary saying the Indian leader and he had built ``the strongest and most mature partnership'' the two countries had known.

No pressure on CTBT: PM
On his way back home after talks with the U.S. President, Mr. Bill Clinton, the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, declared here tonight that India will not accept any bindings on the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) that would limit its independence in strategic matters.

Columbus, Ganesha at star-studded banquet
Hollywood stars, sports icons and leaders of the Internet revolution feted the Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, at a White House banquet on Sunday night.

No need to satisfy Advani: Basu
The West Bengal Chief Minister, Mr. Jyoti Basu, today said he would reply tomorrow to the Union Home Minister, Mr. L. K. Advani's letter accusing the State Government of failing to ``satisfactorily deal'' with the political violence, and asserted that it was not his purpose to satisfy Mr. Advani.

Cabinet discussion on Friday?
The law and order situation in West Bengal is likely to figure at the meeting of the Union Cabinet which may be held on September 22 after the return of the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, from his U.S. visit, highly placed sources in the Government indicated today. Mr. Vajpayee is returning to the Capital on Tuesday night.

 Gopal for the forest yet again
The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Mr. M. Karunanidhi, and the Karnataka Home Minister, Mr. Mallikarjuna Kharge, today discussed the ``modalities to be adopted'' for securing the early release of the Karnataka actor, Mr. Rajkumar, held hostage by forest brigand, Veerappan, in the light of the TADA cases coming up in the Supreme Court tomorrow.

'Chidambaram welcome to join BJP, if he wants to'
The search for a high-profile leader from Tamil Nadu to fill the vacancy in the BJP ranks caused by the death of P.R. Kumaramangalam and the fact that Mr. P. Chidambaram, former Finance Minister and Tamil Maanila Congress leader, finds himself in a bit of a political jam has fuelled speculation that the BJP may be trying to bring him over to its fold.

LTTE counter-attack unsuccessful: Colombo
At least 63 combatants were killed and more than 200 wounded when the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) launched a fierce counter-attack on the Sri Lankan security forces in the Chavakachcheri area of Jaffna peninsula on Sunday, the Government said today.

Ashraff's widow to contest polls
Bowing to the established traditions of South Asian politics, the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) has nominated the widow of M.H.M. Ashraff, the minister who was killed in a helicopter crash last week, to take his place as the main candidate in his constituency in eastern Sri Lanka for the October 10 general elections, and as the joint leader of the party.

Muivah freed on bail
The Nationalist Social Council of Nagaland leader, Mr. Thuingaleng Muivah, jailed in Bangkok for travelling on forged papers and jumping bail, was released on bail last week.

Rupee on a new low
Expressing concern over an imminent increase in oil prices, leading financial markets reacted sharply with the rupee touching a new all-time-low against the U.S. dollar in the forex market and share prices tumbling to new lows at the Bombay and National Stock Exchange today.

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