Thursday, February 24, 2000,
Chandigarh, India



Clinton’s revised schedule
WASHINGTON, Feb 23 (PTI) — US President Bill Clinton, who is to visit India from March 20, would arrive on March 19, fly to Bangladesh the next day and return the same day to begin his state visit, the Washington Times reported quoting a senior US official. During his trip to Bangladesh, Mr Clinton hopes to visit some rural development projects of non-governmental organisations like Grameen Bank and the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee, which have used novel techniques to become entrepreneurs, it said. The President is expected to spend five days in different parts of India, the official said.

Minister revolts
LUCKNOW, Feb 23 (PTI) — Mr Prem Parkash Singh, a minister belonging to a constituent of the BJP-led government in Uttar Pradesh, today raised the banner of revolt against the Chief Minister, Mr Ram Prakash Gupta, demanding his immediate removal as he was “incompetent”. “It will be in the best interest of the BJP if the Chief Minister is removed at the earliest as he is incompetent and the government under him totally inactive and ineffective,” Mr Prem Parkash Singh, belonging to the Jantantrik BSP, told reporters here.

45 MLAs suspended
GANDHINAGAR, Feb 23 (PTI) — The confrontation between the BJP and the Congress in Gujarat sharpened today with the suspension of all but one of the 46 Congress members from state Assembly for throwing RSS uniform at Governor Sunder Singh Bhandari during his address on the opening day of the Budget session. Angry Congress members led by CLP leader Amarsinh Chowdhary staged a walkout protesting the suspension for varying period ranging from three days to a week and told reporters later that his party would table a motion demanding removal of Speaker Dhirubhai Shah.

Prasar Bharati panel
NEW DELHI, Feb 23 (UNI) — The government today asked the three-member committee, set up to review the structure of Prasar Bharati and recommend changes to make the functioning of Doordarshan and All-India Radio more professional, to submit its report within two months. The committee, which had initially been given a three-month period that expired today, has been given additional time to submit its report as it has not yet completed its work, according to sources in the Information and Broadcasting Ministry.

  Space shuttle lands
CAPE CANAVERAL, Feb 23 (Reuters) — The space shuttle Endeavour has landed at the Kennedy Space Centre, wrapping up an ambitious 11-day mapping mission that measured the elevation of nearly every significant feature on the earth’s surface at least once. The shuttle’s fiery re-entry yesterday took it across the U.S. Heartland — North Dakota, Minnesota, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia - as dusk was settling in many areas. Endeavour’s brightly lit plasma trail was visible much of the way.

Volcano’s fury
MANILA, Feb 23 (DPA) — Mayon volcano in the eastern Philippines today spewed fiery rocks and ash as magma continued to rise to the top for an imminent eruption, government volcanologists said. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) said the lava fragments rolled down the slope of Mayon volcano in Albay province, 330 km southeast of Manila, to a distance of one kilometre from the summit.

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