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India, Lanka sign free trade pact
NEW DELHI, Dec 28 — India and Sri Lanka today signed a historic free trade agreement, setting the pace for economic cooperation in the South Asian region.The agreement, which was signed at Rashtrapati Bhavan this evening, became a reality after a decisive go ahead by the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, who held a one-to-one 30-minute discussion with the visiting Sri Lankan President.
ri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga is greeted by Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and Mrs Usha Narayanan.

Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga is greeted by Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and Mrs Usha Narayanan, as President K. R. Narayanan looks on, during a welcome ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Monday — AFP
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Jaya faces trial in more cases
CHENNAI, Dec 28 — Trial in the case against AIADMK general secretary J. Jayalalitha for amassing wealth to the tune of Rs 66.65 crore disproportionate to her known sources of income when she was Chief Minister during 1991-96, commenced here today before Special Judge I.S. Sambandham, with the examination of two witnesses.

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Subsidy on DAP fertiliser increased
NEW DELHI, Dec 28 — The Government has decided to enhance the subsidy for the phosphatic and potassic fertilisers for Kharif, 1998, and Rabi, 1998-99, season.

US warplanes attack Iraqi missile site
WASHINGTON, Dec 28 — In a new flare-up in the Gulf, US warplanes today pounded an Iraqi anti-aircraft missile position killing four soldiers and wounding seven, with President Bill Clinton asserting that Washington would "continue to enforce no-fly zones" but Russia condemning the American action.

CTBT a political issue: Chidambaram
KURUKSHETRA, Dec 28 — Dr R. Chidambaram, Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission and Secretary of the Department of Atomic Energy said here today, that India had collected enough data from the five nuclear tests at Pokhran for developing "a credible nuclear deterrent".

Icy winds sweep region, 18 die of cold
NEW DELHI, Dec 28 — Icy winds swept parts of northern India today sending the mercury plummeting amid reports of 18 deaths so far in the current cold spell while dense fog disrupted flight and train schedules and interfered with road traffic.

Probe into SGPC land grab
AMRITSAR, Dec 28 — The BJP MLA Lukshmi Kanta Chawla told Jalandhar range Commissioner that the Minister for Rural Development and Panchayats, Mr Nirmal Singh Kahlon had grabbed plot no. 649, adjacent to his residential house in the posh Basant Avenue colony of Civil Lines here.

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Historians told to frame code of conduct
PATIALA, Dec 28 — The Governor of Punjab, Lt-Gen (retd) B.K.N. Chhibber, inaugurated the 59th session of the Indian History Congress at Punjabi University here today and urged historians to draw a code of conduct for themselves to ensure that history was not coloured by vested interests.

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