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 Sinha hints at changes in tax regimes
The Union Finance Minister, Mr. Yashwant Sinha, today hinted at some changes in indirect and direct tax regimes in the coming Budget.

 Sena spoils `day of romance'
It was not exactly Cupid's day out this Valentine's Day. Love was in the air, and the romantics too came out in strength to savour the spirit of the occasion. They even had men in khaki guarding them for a change. Only, St. Valentine faced some competition from a bunch of self-proclaimed saviours of Indian culture.

Hindujas case hearing on Feb. 26
The three Hinduja brothers, accused in the Rs. 64-crore Bofors payoffs case, wanting to go abroad to look after their business interests, have to wait till February 26 as their applications seeking permission to leave the country have been adjourned by the Delhi High Court.

Centre's plea on Raghavan admitted
The Karnataka High Court today admitted a writ petition filed by the Union Government challenging the order of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), Bangalore, which set aside the appointment of Mr. R.K. Raghavan as director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

 'Not in a hurry to join ASEAN'
The External Affairs Minister, Mr. Jaswant Singh, today referred to the possibility of India becoming a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) given India's contiguous land border with Myanmar.

President, PM to visit Myanmar
India has accepted invitations for the President, Mr. K. R. Narayanan, and the Prime Minister, Mr. A. B. Vajpayee, to visit Myanmar.

The blame lies at Cong. door: VHP
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad today charged that Mr. Ahmed Patel, Congress Working Committee member, had ``organised a demonstration of Muslim youths who were paid to participate'' during the visit of the Congress president, Ms. Sonia Gandhi, to Gujarat. The allegation was that it was Ms. Gandhi, not the VHP, who injected religion into relief work in the State.

Cong. attacks 'cultural fascism'
The Congress today continued to attack the Sangh Parivar's attempt to impose a moral code of conduct on the country, with the party spokesman, Mr. Anand Sharma, accusing the former of trying to ``impose cultural fascism''.

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