Wednesday, March 8, 2000, Chandigarh, India

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No consensus on Bihar Speaker
Cong divided; Samata leader rebels
PATNA, March 7 — Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s efforts to evolve a consensus on the Speaker’s election in a bid to avert a showdown ahead of the trial of strength on March 10 failed today with major Opposition parties, including the RJD and the Congress, staying away from an all-party meeting called by him.

Below: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar shakes hands with RJD chief Laloo Prasad Yadav inside the Bihar Assembly in Patna on Tuesday. — PTI photo

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Persuade Gujarat: allies
NEW DELHI, March 7 — Partners in the National Democratic Alliance today urged the BJP leadership to persuade the Gujarat Government to withdraw the controversial order, allowing its staff to join the RSS, as a way out to end the impasse in Parliament.

Pandya leaves for Delhi
GANDHINAGAR, March 7 — Gujarat Home Minister Haren Pandya tonight left for Delhi amidst speculations that he would hold consultations with the BJP central leadership on the issue of controversy surrounding the state government’s decision to allow its employees to join RSS activities.

Clinton to stop in Pakistan
Has telephonic talk with Vajpayee
NEW DELHI, March 7 — The US President Mr Bill Clinton, will make a brief stopover in Islamabad on his return from his visit to India later this month, it was officially announced here late tonight.

CPI quits Basu govt
CALCUTTA, March 7 — After ruling West Bengal for 23 years, the Left Front today suffered a major jolt when one of its constituents, the Communist Party of India (CPI), decided to quit the government.

Dacoits kill NRI, injure 7
PHAGWARA, March 7 — Terror benumbed residents for more than three hours as a group of dacoits today struck in the Green Park area and adjoining localities here in the wee hours hacked a non-resident Indian to death and injured seven others before fleeing with cash and jewellery worth lakhs of rupees.

Congress CMs’ memo to President
NEW DELHI, March 7 — A day after the mass rally in the Capital, the Congress stepped up its role as active Opposition with its MPs protesting against the recent price hike outside Parliament and five Chief Ministers of Congress-ruled States urging the President, Mr K.R. Narayanan to intervene on the RSS issue.

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Hand, all right, but where is the rest of it?
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End N-plan, China asks India
BEIJING, March 7 — Maintaining its tough stand China today asked India to renounce its nuclear weapons programme as the two countries concluded their first-ever security dialogue here.

Madarsas ring alarm bells
Madarsas mushroom along border
CHANDIGARH March 7 — The mushrooming of a large number of madarsas in the areas along the international border (IB) in Rajasthan has set alarm bells ringing in intelligence circles, while the State Government has adopted an ostrich-like approach.
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