AS FRIDAY, MAY 15. 1998 NEWS THE SALINA JOURNAL T NUCLEAR TESTING Threatened aid cut-off doesn't deter nuclear tests India's economy could suffer greatly with loss of foreign investments By The Associated Press ,[NEW DELHI, India — School rooms in southern India might not get built. Cash-strapped cities could be out of luck. The population-control program in the wprld's most populous democracy cquld run aground. , ,Or, maybe not. Though the United States and other countries were quick to announce sanctions to punish India for conducting five riuclear tests this week, it will be ^TELEVISION Millions ; i' watch 'Seinfeld' finale Cracking jokes gets 'Seinfeld' gang in trouble in season finale By The Associated Press NEW YORK — Yada, yada, yada — see ya in prison. ; .Millions of Americans watched "Seinfeld" sign off Thursday, bidding farewell to four essentially unlovable television characters who were the masters of minutiae and their own domains. , -In the end, Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer wound up behind bars for "criminal indifference" when they witnessed a carjacking and cracked jokes, failing to; help the victims. Their self-reverential trial brought back a pantheon of "Seinfeld" characters to testify against them: the Soup Nazi, Bubble Boy, Keith Hernandez and the old woman Jerry mugged for a loaf of marble rye bread. "It's kind of like looking through a photo album or watching an old film movie," said Todd Cherchef, a 36-year-old executive who watched the show at a coffee bar called Drip in Manhattan. The show was being beamed on the side of a seven-story building in St. Louis, on a 35-foot-high screen in New York's Times Square and at countless viewing parties across the country. .Actress Susan Sarandon attended a party at Tom's, the Manhattan diner that provides a setting in the series, with.her daughter, 13-year-old Eva Amurri. "My daughter really wanted to see the show," she said. "I'm trying to score points with her." Junior Mints, Snickers bars, marble rye bread and muffin tops were on the menu at a farewell bash at an Ohio State University branch campus in the northwest Ohio city of Lima — all foods that have figured in odd plot twists during the show's nine years on the air. T GROUP OF EIGHT Testing to interrupt summit By The Associated Press ;BIRMINGHAM, England — It was meant as a gathering on economic issues, but a summit of the wprld's most powerful nations suddenly is also a forum on nuclear testing in India and worrisome violence in the Balkans. British Prime Minister 1 Tony Blair has tried to pare down the agenda for the annual Group of Eight economic summit convening Friday, hoping he, President Clinton and the six other leaders will be able to have substantive discussions on financial matters. But it would be difficult for the leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United States to avoid discussing India and Koso- vo, two pressing foreign policy issues of the moment. 'British officials said the Group of Eight was expected to express its "dismay and consternation" over India's nuclear tests, but it wasn't known if further sanctions would be forthcoming. James Steinberg, U.S. deputy national security adviser, said he would not rule out at least a joint statement on India, since all eight nations have expressed their strong disapproval and the G-8 is the leaders' first time together since the tests were conducted. days or weeks before the effects are clear. "There is concern, but there is certainly no panic," said K. Sreed- haran, general manager of Development Alternatives, which runs a string of programs across the country funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and other international donors. India, with its array of social crises, can ill-afford to give up aid. It is one of the world's poorest countries — with an annual per capita income of $450 — and nearly half of its 980 million people are illiterate. While world powers accused In- dia of creating new obstacles to a global nuclear testing accord and sparking a regional arms race, they said humanitarian aid to ordinary people would continue. Feeding programs for children in the slums of New Delhi or Calcutta are surely safe, but some of the sanctions will likely slow crucial foreign investment and infrastructure development that could help ease the country's crushing poverty. Washington cut off all but humanitarian and food aid — the latter accounts for $91 million of $142 million the United States will give India this year, U.S. Embassy officials in Delhi said. Japan, India's largest donor, suspended $30 million in grants. Australia pulled back all nonhu- manitarian aid. Canada, meanwhile, canceled meetings with Indian officials to discuss new money for development and environmental protection. Germany and Australia also announced punitive measures. Such direct aid has only a small effect on the Indian economy. More important is seed money — loans to help an Indian enter a joint venture with an American and create jobs, or guarantees without which foreign companies would be unwilling to invest in India. Pakistan may proceed with tests despite threat of losing aid By The Associated Press ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Scoffing at the international sanctions imposed on India for setting off five underground nuclear blasts, Pakistani officials said Thursday that their neighbor had left them little choice but to go ahead with their own nuclear test. "What India has done is short of a declaration of war — the provocation has been that extreme," Foreign Minister Gohar Ayub said. | American officials rushed to/Is-- lamabad, hoping that even belated! diplomacy could contain a nuclear! arms race that threatened to; sweep up India, Pakistan and'pos-; sibly China. '" ; In an evening session in Parlia-i ment, Pakistani senators demand-! ed the government carry out a'nu-; clear test but warned that .'.the; country should be prepared for.in-! ternational sanctions. : ' ! 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