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Rice coming, may
offer India F-16s 

What is India News Service, Monday, 14 March 2005, 1300 hrs IST

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will hold comprehensive discussions on bilateral issues and international developments, including Afghanistan and Iraq, with the Indian leadership during her one-day visit to New Delhi on March 16.

The newly appointed Secretary of State, who was earlier the National Security Advisor during President George Bush's first tenure, is scheduled to hold delegation-level talks with External Affairs Minister K Natwar Singh. She would also call on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Leader of Opposition LK Advani and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, it was learnt here on Sunday.

Besides discussing bilateral issues, the two countries are also expected to focus on the progress in India-Pakistan peace process, political crisis in Nepal and other developments in India's neighbourhood. The situation in Iraq and Afghanistan, the developments in West Asia and UN reforms can also form part of the discussions between the two sides.

Incidentally, this is Ms Rice's first visit to India after becoming Secretary of State. Her upcoming tour of South Asia and East Asia from March 14-21 clearly shows that the Bush administration is keen to consolidate its transformed relationship with India, sources said.

Ms Rice is also expected to do some groundwork for proposed visit of President Bush to India. India is expected to renew its invitation to President Bush as he had already indicated that a visit to New Delhi would be one of his priorities during his second term in office.

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Statement twisted to serve political purposes: Somnath: The Lok Sabha Speaker, Somnath Chatterjee, said that his statement on the Supreme Court order of March 9 was "twisted, distorted and misread to serve political purposes." 

UPA mishandled Jharkhand, Bihar, alleges Jyoti Basu: CPM leader Jyoti Basu has charged the UPA leadership with mishandling the situation in Jharkhand and Bihar where the electorate had given a fractured mandate in the recent Assembly elections.

Nitish favours abolition of Governor\92s post: Referring to the recent controversial actions of Goa and Jharkhand governors, senior JD (U) leader and former Railway Minister Nitish Kumar today suggested the abolition of the gubernatorial post for \93smooth functioning of democracy\94.

'Dandi march reduced to Cong PR exercise': The BJP on Sunday flayed the Congress for reducing the commemoration of Mahatma Gandhi's historic Dandi march to a public relations exercise for the party instead of making it a national event involving all political parties and shades of opinion. 

Tremors in Andamans:
Two quakes of moderate intensity rocked some islands in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, early today. Two quakes, measuring 5.5 and 5.3 on the Richter scale, rocked the archipelago within minutes of each other.

Only legal wife entitled to maintenance: In an important order relating to matrimonial law, the Supreme Court has ruled that only the legally wedded wife and not the woman who is treated like one is entitled to get maintenance from the husband.

Parliamentarians\92 forum for eco protection: The forum demands the government to increase number of forest guards, set up educational facilities for their wards and strengthen security at wildlife parks.


Taj case: CBI files voluminous record:
The CBI has filed voluminous investigation records on the multi-crore Taj Heritage Corridor scam involving former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati in the Supreme Court which wanted to peruse these in the light of Attorney General\92s opinion for closure of case against her.

19 killed in bus mishap near Mussoorie: Nineteen persons were killed and many injured in a bus accident near Dhanolti ahead of Mussoorie today. The accident took place when the bus carrying about 30 passengers fell into a 1500-foot deep gorge late in the afternoon, officials said.

Bangalore court set for Jaya trial: The special court, constituted for the trial of the two disproportionate assets cases against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha, will start its work from Monday.

Cong's stern warning to Karunakaran: The crisis in the Kerala Congress further deepened on Sunday after senior leader AK Antony warned of a split if the situation was allowed to drift and the party high command indicated action against rebels, including 'old guard' K Karunakaran on the basis of the KPCC report.

Modi gets stormy reception at Kolkata: The Gujarat Chief Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, was \93confined to the airport\92s VIP lounge for over three hours today following a demonstration by Congress and CPM supporters. This was Mr Modi\92s first visit to the city after the Gujarat riots.

Madarsa teacher held for links with LeT: A Madarsa teacher was arrested for allegedly receiving ammunition from Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants, who had planned to attack the Indian Military Academy in Dehra Dun.


Options narrow down for King Gyanendra: The Government of India is not going to attach undue importance to reports of Pakistan\92s offer of military assistance to Nepal and King Gyanendra\92s scheduled visit to China next month.

China passes Anti-Secession Law: Chinese lawmakers today unanimously passed a law which authorises use of military force to thwart Taiwan's moves towards independence. 

China completes process of leadership change: The Chinese President, Hu Jintao, who is also Chairman of the powerful Central Military Commission (CMC) of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC), was today elected Chairman of a similar commission at the apex level.

View from abroad

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Rice may offer India F 16 planes:
 But India is unlikely to jump at the idea.

China passed anti-secession law: Its eye is firmly on Taiwan, and its separatist aspirations.  

India said it wasn't worried about Gyanendra: The Nepali overtures of China and Pakistan notwithstanding, India is not worried about the king's choices.