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To remedy this situation, Senator Donald Riegle of Michigan had introduced Bill S618 to the Senate to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 USCA 1182). Congressman Frank Pallone of New Jersey had brought the companion Bill HR3182 to the House of Representatives. These bills would have allowed the spouses and children of permanent resident aliens to enter and reside in the United States temporarily as visitors or students while waiting to obtain immigrant visa status. Members of the Network wrote to federal legislators urging them to vote for these bills (S618 & HR3182). A copy of the bills, and some facts and discussion about the problem are available at the FTP Site of the Network. FTP to 188.8.131.52 (plg.uwaterloo.ca), login as "anonymous," and use your e-mail address as the password. Then change directory ("cd") to /pub/WIN/, and type "dir." The name of the file is "Family-R." ================================================================ Kashmir (Project #93KSMR) -------------------------- President Clinton cited Kashmir in his United Nation's speech (on September 27, 1993) on international conflict areas. Apparently, the United States has been distancing itself from the Shimla Agreement. Members of the Network wrote to the President urging his administration to denounce Pakistan- sponsored terrorism and to continue the previous US policy of supporting the 1972 Shimla Agreement, according to which India and Pakistan should settle their differences through bilateral discussions. The President's UN speech is available at the FTP site of the Network. FTP to 184.108.40.206 (plg.uwaterloo.ca), login as "anonymous," and use your e-mail address as the password. Then change directory ("cd") to /pub/WIN/, and type "dir." The name of the file is "Clinton.UN." To learn more about the issue, please retrieve information from the gopher site of the India Network Foundation. The address is: gopher://india.bgsu.edu/Embassy of India/Kashmir Update ================================================================ India Literacy Project (Project #93ILIT) ---------------------------------------- Literacy is the first step on the road to change and development. Unfortunately, illiteracy is one of the most significant problems in India -- only 52% of her population is literate. The India Literacy Project (ILP) is a US-based non- profit organization that raises funds and helps various organizations in India working for the cause of literacy. The goal of the ILP is to make India 100% literate. The Network supports the India Literacy Project. To learn more about this Project, please retrieve information from the Web Site of the ILP. The URL is http://pobox.com/~ilp. ================================================================ Pressler Amendment (Project #94PAMD) ------------------------------------ In March 1994 the Pentagon proposed a one-time exception to the Pressler Amendment which would have allowed the shipment of F-16 aircraft to Pakistan. These aircraft are capable of delivering nuclear warheads. Any resumption of their sale would be equivalent to a US endorsement of Pakistan's arms build-up and state-sponsored terrorism. Such a move would also escalate the arms race in an already volatile region of the world. Members of the Network wrote to US Senators urging them to oppose any exception to the Pressler Amendment. ================================================================ The Network encourages all members to join one of the above Committees and to contribute actively to the work of that Committee. To join the Committee on (a) Family Reunification Bills (S618 & HR3182), send an e-mail to email@example.com; (b) Kashmir, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org; (c) India Literacy Project, send an e-mail to email@example.com; (d) Pressler Amendment, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use the word SUBSCRIBE in the subject line, and your e-mail address (in small letters only), home zip code, full name, and telephone number(s) in the body using the following format: email@example.com : 44106 : Mr Biswanath Halder (H)216-795-1779 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
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