India's Prime Minister promises to keep foreign papers out

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NEW DELHI -- India's Prime Minister H.D.Deve Gowda, who heads the center-left coalition of 13 parties, on August 18 assured the All-India Small and Medium Newspapers association that foreign print media would not be allowed to publish on Indian soil. "We have to keep the interest of the country supreme," Mr Gowda said.

Last week the government rejected London-based Pearson Group's proposal to float a business newspaper in India in a joint venture with Calcutta-based Ananda Bazar Patrika, publisher of Business World magazine and Business Standard newspaper. The 1955 ban stands on the insistence of most political parties and local print media groups.

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