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 Fernandes unveils 'limited war' doctrine
As military tensions with Pakistan continue on the Line of Control in Kashmir, the Defence Minister, Mr. George Fernandes, today unveiled the Government's new doctrine on fighting ``limited wars'' with Islamabad.

New staff appointed in U.P.
The Uttar Pradesh Government today issued appointment letters to 50 junior power engineers to replace the dismissed striking employees of the State Electricity Board as the stand-off between the two sides continued, an official spokesman here said.

BJP, allies continue to haggle
The BJP and its electoral partners in Bihar were engaged in hectic parleys to identify the seats each of them will contest under the seat-sharing agreement reached on Sunday.

 We won't expel Osama: Taliban
Afghanistan's ruling Taliban Government today said it would not bow to mounting U.S.-led international pressure to expel the Saudi-born terrorism suspect, Osama bin Laden.

Pak. resorts to mortar firing
Pakistani troops resorted to heavy mortar firing in the Krishna Ghati and Pallanwala sectors of the Jammu region injuring two Indian soldiers, official sources said here today.

President of Nigeria arrives
The Nigerian President, Mr. Olusegun Obasanjo, who arrived to a ceremonial welcome here today, will be the chief guest at the country's 50th Republic Day celebrations.

By-elections notified
The notification for holding of by-elections to Bellary and Kannauj Lok Sabha constituencies in Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh on February 17 were issued today marking the opening of filing of nominations.

Reservation extended
The President has given assent to the Constitution (79th Amendment) Act, 1999, extending reservations for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in the Lok Sabha and State Assemblies for a further period of 10 years beyond January 25, 2000 and upto January 25, 2010.

Pak. threatens response to 'violations''
Pakistan today described `violations' of the Line of Control (LoC) by Indian Army in Chamb sector on Saturday as `intolerable' and threatened to ``respond appropriately''. The threat was issued in a statement after a meeting of the army commanders chaired by military ruler, Gen. Pervez Musharraf.

 PM gives away bravery awards
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, today gave away the bravery awards to 15 children and said no religion was greater than helping others.


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